The LC Team is so excited to introduce our next PowerSheets Community Blog Contributor - Christine Dore! Over the next several months, Christine will share openly about her PowerSheets journey. We hope that you'll be encouraged by her progress over perfection, and can take away some of her tips for making the PowerSheets work best for her. We are excited for this community to get a glimpse into these PowerSheets users' lives and how they're making what matters happen. Get to know a little bit about Christine below and stay tuned for her first contributor post in the coming weeks!
What's your story in a few sentences?
Like all of us, I am many things and wear many fabulous hats. I am a Texas native, Florida-raised, Philadelphia-educated, Boston resident, daughter, sister, fiancée, friend, writer, editor, creative, knitter, baker, and many more!
What's your favorite color?
All of them! I am a Florida girl to the core; in the depths of Boston winters, I wear a hot pink coat and knit bright scarves.
What fires you up about spring?
Spring is especially sweet to me now that I live in the North East. I am invigorated by colorful tulips popping out of the frosty ground and trees sprouting new green leaves. After months of grey, bland days and frigid temperatures, you can’t help but walk around in the sun with a smile on your face!
I love having friends over for a cookout together. I adore exploring vintage and antique fairs with my fiancé and picking up items with stories to decorate our home. Simple things, like sitting outside on the longer evenings reading a book, bring me joy.
How long have you used the PowerSheets and how have they helped you in the past?
I started using PowerSheets in December of 2015. I was in a completely chaotic chapter of my life—working full time with a long commute, wedding planning, freelancing, and trying to forge a new path in my career. I was so consumed with the options before me, that I couldn’t take a step in any direction. I decided to give PowerSheets a whirl to start to make the big goals in my head something more than just a little glimmer of hope. I consider that whirl one of the distinct “God moments” in my life—one of those seemingly spontaneous actions that changes everything. Looking back, I know that whirl was absolutely God saying to my heart, “Here, sweetheart, you can do this. You just need some direction.” Diving in, I finally felt like I had the tools to build my own compass.
More than six months later, the trappings of my life are still the same from the outside looking in—I’m still working a full-time, corporate job with a long commute, I’m up to my eyeballs in wedding planning, and I don’t have any concrete plans for the future—but my entire outlook has changed and I am far from paralyzed. I know where I’m going, and exactly what steps I’m going to take to get there. The path may curve or dip but I’ve got my compass now.
What is your favorite part of the PowerSheets?
I love the goal breakdown pages. I am a list queen, and I’ve been known to make a list of the lists I need to write (hello, wedding planning!). These pages speak to my list-loving heart. They help me break down big, scary goals into “I can totally do this” action plans. They remind me why I made the goal in the first place, and why achieving it matters to more than just me. That’s a lot of empowerment in one little page.
Tell us about one of your goals for the year.
One of my goals for this year is to create new content every week. And look: I’m doing it right now! I am thrilled to become a part of the PowerSheets team, and doubly so because it helps me achieve one of the goals I set for myself this year.
What is your favorite PowerSheets sticker?
The brightly colored arrow stickers are my favorite. They have so many uses! Whether you slap one on a page next to a challenging word to pump yourself, tuck one in a spot that reminds you to love yourself, or fold over the end to use it as a tab—these little guys are my PowerSheets all-stars.
As a contributor, what encouragement can you give to our PowerSheets community?
I am right there with you. I have big goals and even bigger dreams. I was completely paralyzed by self-doubt and the overwhelming task of changing my life. I won’t sugar coat it, and I won’t tell you just what you want to hear, and I definitely won’t pretend I’m crossing every item off my tending list each month. I will share my story with you—all of it. The beauty of this community is in accepting progress over perfection; I know I feel empowered and encouraged by people who are real and open and honest. I hope my story makes you feel like we’re in this together, because we are!
What's your word for 2016?
Change! I’m getting married in June, growing my freelance business, applying for graduate school, and working toward some big goals. I am very much in a season of change in my life and am so excited for each and every one.
Anything else our community should know about you?
I want to hear from you! Please feel free to shoot me a note in the comments, via email, or on social media—I would love to hear about what y’all are working on.
Thank you for sharing, Christine! We're looking forward to hearing about your PowerSheets journey this year!
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