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Three Ways to Prepare for Making Things Happen

Happy Friday, friends! We are so grateful to know the names of each and every one of the lucky ladies joining us for our March 2018 Making Things Happen Intensive! The Making Things Happen Intensive is our in-person two-day workshop. Under the fearless leadership of our founder, Lara Casey, we answer the hard questions, grow in community, and take a deep dive into our plans to cultivate what matters. It's always one of the highlights of our year!

We sold out more quickly than usual for this conference, and your enthusiasm gives us extra joy and energy as we prepare to welcome you to Chapel Hill! If you are interested in Making Things Happen but did not sign up this time, do not despair! We expect to have a fall event, and the best way to be the first to know is to sign up for our email updates here.

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If you are one of our March 2018 attendees, here are three things you can do now to prepare well for the conference!

  1. Keep an Open Mind. To get the most out of your Making Things Happen experience, clear your agenda. Admittedly, I made the mistake of coming to MTH with a plan. If you have something you'd like to work out in your heart and head, that's great. But be careful not to decide exactly what you plan to accomplish in your two days in Chapel Hill. You may miss something better. Our MTH process works, and the only thing you need to do is trust the process and give it your all in the moment.
  2. Observe Your Life. While keeping that first point in mind, start observing your life a little more closely. You don't have to come to any big decisions, but just study your current state of affairs. Include the big and small things. What emotions are you feeling most often? How are you spending your limited time? What habits do you regularly keep? What does your behavior say about your priorities? Tune in and collect some good data over these next two months.
  3. Expect Good Things with Confidence. I'm so proud of each of you for taking the leap to attend MTH! It takes bravery to make a big investment in yourself and be open to change. I know, because I've been there! Know that everyone else in the room is likely a little nervous to commit to change, hoping to make some friends, and a little hesitant about opening up and being vulnerable. Remind yourself that you are loved and worthy. Your story is valuable and inspiring. Come to Chapel Hill ready to embrace the experience, and I know you won't regret it!

Not joining us at this Spring's MTH Conference? That's okay! These three tips can apply to how you approach your personal PowerSheets Prep Work, too!

If you're an MTH alum, we'd love to hear what other tips you might add in the comments! Again, if you are interested in joining us for a future conference, sign up for our email updates so you'll be the first to know when tickets go on sale! 

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How to Turn Your Word of the Year into a Phone Background

"What one word resonates most with you for the year ahead, pulling together all that you want to make happen?"

This question in the PowerSheets Prep Work fires me up because it gives me a focus for my time, energy, and goals. Personally, I went back and forth between a few different words as I worked through my PowerSheets, and I love the word I ended up settling on: ROOTED.

Now that I've settled on my word for the year (and the Cultivate team has chosen ours as well!), I've been looking for a way to incorporate it into my every day life, particularly something I touch each and every day!

Enter our Word of the Year phone background! We were looking for a way to help you get your word of the year in front of you each day, and what better way than by being intentional with your phone background!

 

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Here's a screenshot of how I used the iPhone background to write in my word of the year! It'll serve as a great reminder for me!

Want to make a background using your word of the year? Here's a quick way to do it in your iPhone Photos app in under five minutes:

  1. Download our free iPhone background, and save it to your Photos.
  2. Click "Edit" in the top, right-hand corner of the photo.
  3. Click the circle with three dots, and choose Markup.
  4. Choose a pen, and write in your word of the year!
  5. Click "Done" and use as your wallpaper!

Still deciding on your word of the year? That's okay, too! Bookmark this post, and come back to it once you've finished your PowerSheets Prep Work! We wrote a great blog post with some of our best tips for choosing a word that is fitting for your year! If you're still needing some inspiration, check out this list I pulled from the PowerSheets Facebook Group below to get your wheels turning:

Abide
Able
Action
Adventure
Balance
Be
Beloved
Bloom
Brave
Breathe
Centered
Change
Cherish
Confidence
Confident
Consistent
Create
Cultivate
Dance
Delight
Design
Devoted
Diligence
Diligent
Discover
Embrace
Enrich
Faithful
Focus
Freedom
Grace
Grateful
Gratitude
Grow
Happiness
Happy
Healing
Hope
Implement
Intention
Joy
Joyful
Leap
Learn
Less
Light
Listen
Love
Meaningful
Nourish
Play
Prepare
Progress
Purpose
Quiet
Ready
Refine
Rest
Revitalize
Rooted
Savor
Self-discipline
Shine
Simplify
Sow
Steadfast
Steady
Stillness
Strength
Surrender
Thankful
Thrive
Trust
Wellness
Worthy
Yes

Ready to uncover your good goals and make progress on them! It's not too late to grab one of our Six-Month PowerSheets Goal Planners now! They're available in three fun colors, and they're undated so you can dive in as soon as they arrive! 

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2018 Goals Round-Up

Can I tell you a secret? One of my favorite parts of my role as Community Manager is coming across your PowerSheets when browsing the PowerSheets hashtag or spending time in the PowerSheets Facebook Group! (Seriously, if you need some encouragement, just head over there!) My particular favorites are reading each of your blog posts about your annual and monthly goals! I love when you share them on social media or in the PowerSheets Facebook group, and we love rounding up some of your goals each month on the blog!

We're kicking off 2018 strong–with a combination of some 2018 goals and January goals below. The best part about the PowerSheets is they can be used by anyone in any season of life. We hope these round-ups give you some inspiration for making progress on your own unique goals this year!

Keep sharing your goals with us! We love knowing what you're working towards, and it helps us plan content that will be most beneficial to you!

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Is cultivating your finances on your 2018 Goals? If so, check out AJ's daily goal! It might be a great one to add to your Tending List!

Thuy and I have an overlapping goal this year to take 100 barre classes, so I'm particularly excited to cheer  her on!

Setting goals can seem pretty easy with the PowerSheets process (if you put in the work), but sometimes the first step is the hardest! Mattie outlined her 2018 goals, and a few initial action steps she's taking to make them happen.

I love reading Diana's goal recaps because she shares openly and honestly about her progress (not perfection!) Check out her December recap, and read her first set of goals for January!

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Photo by our friend Levi and Clementine

Reyna's color-coded 2018 goals has my heart singing!

Need a pep talk about why there's nothing magical about January 1st? Head to Chelsey's post to read all about how she approaches her goals!

Starting steps are key to keeping up with momentum and not trying to do everything at once. Check out Kory's starting steps for her six goals!

Lindsay's broader, overarching goals guide her on a path of becoming who she wants to be, and I love how she thought holistically when creating them!

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too-no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek and cheer you on!

Don't have PowerSheets yet, and feeling behind? You're in luck! We have our Six-Month PowerSheets Goal Planner available in three fun colors–Poppy Pink, Teal, and White! These are undated, and they're shipping now, so you can dig in as soon as you get them!

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How to Make a Tending List

You've pushed through the PowerSheets Prep Work, created goals that are connected to what matters most to you, flip the page to your January Tending List... and you're stuck.

How in the world do you break down those big goals into smaller action steps for your Tending List? How do you decide what to focus on each month? How do you create a Tending List with action steps connected to your goals, and not just another to-do list?

We're here to share our best tips for taking a blank page and turning it into a Tending List you'll look at each day!

Don't try to do it all at once. I thought about calling this one "easy tiger" because I know how it feels to be roaring to go! You 're feeding off the momentum of setting your best goals, and you're ready to dive in and accomplish all the things!

Review your goals. Whether it's your first Tending List or your fiftieth, don't lost sight of what you're working towards! Look at action plan overview and your Goal Refresh sections (if applicable), and start from there.

Look at starting steps in Goal Action Overview Pages. Are there steps that you wrote out that fall into the current month or season? Great! Move those to the Brain Stream page in your monthly Tending section. Remember in the PowerSheets Prep Work when we asked you:which 3 areas of your life do you most want to cultivate moving forward? Pay extra attention to those goals!

Pay attention to what's ahead. The Prepare Well page in your Monthly Tending pages help you know what's on your calendar, important to-dos, and things you're excited about and want to celebrate in the coming months. Don't stop at your personal paper or digital calendar. Be sure to check your significant other's work calendar, your children's school calendar, and birthdays and anniversaries for loved ones.

Write all your ideas down. Write out all you want to cultivate or accomplish this month: goals you want to take action on, habits you want to grow, ways you'll rest or recharge, and relationships you want to cultivate.

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Simplify. I know what you're thinking! "But Jess, you just told me to write them all down!" Once you've written everything you think you want to do this month on paper, it's time to cut it down and focus on the most important things! Don't be afraid to get messy–circle a priority, scratch things out, and highlight to your heart's content to help you start to get a visual for what's ahead. I find it particularly helpful to use different colors on my Brain Stream page to differentiate between monthly, weekly, and daily goals.

Start each action step with a verb. Once you've decided what's going on your Tending List, start filling it in! Starting each of your goals with an action verb makes it less passive, and will give you a kick in the pants each time you read it!

Color-code to stay focused. We're so excited our Goal-Setting Sticker Book includes color-coding tools to help you see progress on your yearly goals and remind you of where you're going each month. Are you a color-coding first timer like me? We have some great tips for you to get started!

Don't overthink it. No one expects you to have perfect goals each and every month. After all, this is different than traditional goal setting. It's grace-filled goal setting! Commit to daily tending. Our lives bloom through daily decisions and habits–not just the giant leaps made once in a while. Lean into the little by little progress, and be willing to celebrate all that you do accomplish in the coming weeks!

Put next month's PowerSheets Prep Day on your calendar! The Cultivate Team uses the last Friday of each month to do our PowerSheets Prep Work. , and we love sharing it on Instagram stories to encourage you! Whether you join us on that day or use a different one, go ahead and mark it in your calendar!

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Were these tips helpful? What else would you add to this list? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

We are so grateful that ALL of the dated One-Year 2018 PowerSheets are headed to happy homes! If you haven’t ordered your PowerSheets yet, we still have three beautiful color options for undated six-month sets that are shipping now! The Prep Work, Goal Action Plan pages, and Tending Lists are identical to the one-year sets. Get yours here.

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The Best is Yet to Come

2017 was an incredible year, largely in part to YOU. On behalf of the entire Cultivate team and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you! The best is yet to come, indeed!

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