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Our Favorite Things – May

We skipped April favorites, which means I had an even harder time narrowing down my favorites for the month! We couldn't be more excited about welcoming summer! We're here to celebrate the progress that's been made, and to share a few of the things that have helped us cultivate joy, make progress on our goals, and live more purposeful days this month. We'd love for you to share what has helped you in your PowerSheets progress, too–just drop a note in the comments!

  1. You don't have to spend much time around the Cultivate office to know we're big fans of the Emily Ley team! They launched their 2017-2018 Simplified Planners earlier this month, and they are pretty dreamy! Even better than the gorgeous covers is the way each page (whether you use daily or weekly) helps you cultivate what matters most in the simplest way, hence the name :) Their mission is to inspire women to organize, simplify, and carve white space for the good stuff of life is why our team uses Emily's planners each day.
  2. After my one and only pair of summer sandals bit the dust a few weeks ago, I received a new pair as a gift, and I've had a hard time taking them off. One of my personal 2017 PowerSheets goals is to simplify and be happier with less, and these sandals are the perfect replacement. They're certainly an investment, but I know they'll last much longer than a pair of Target sandals (and they're ethically made!)
  3. Lara has long used the Things app to manage her running to-do list (in conjunction with Asana), and she was recently asked to beta test the new version (Things 3) and has been singing its praises. So much so, in fact, that a few ladies in the office have started using it too.
  4. Our new Workplace Health Initiative has all of us up and moving during the workday, but Lara took it to a whole new level with a stepper for her standing desk. We rotate using it during our team meetings to get some extra steps on our Fitbits.
  5. I have a bit of a confession for y'all. I love love love when PowerSheets go on sale each fall, but there's something about watching you set mid-year goals that has me even more excited! I love seeing our Undated Six-Month PowerSheets showing up on your doors and watching you dig in. Now is the perfect time to start if you want to snag a set from our shop before we sell out!
  6. Lara has recently starting preparing her garden for planting, and I must say, it's so fun to pull up every day and see the progress! Her Floret Flower seeds are the ones I'm most eagerly waiting to bloom! (Psst: If you tend to have a brown thumb like me, there is hope! Lara shared her Gardening 101 series on her blog and it is a great place to start!)
  7. This final one admittedly doesn't have much to do with my PowerSheets goals, but it has been a game-changer. I recently purchased a 6-foot phone charging cord, and having the extra length has been so helpful when I need to charge my phone at work but keep it nearby so I can see all your wonderful social comments!

What "things" are helping you make progress on your goals this month? We'd love to hear so we can add them to our lists!

 

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The Cultivate Book is Coming!

Do you ever read a quote from a book or see an image on social media and breathe a sigh of relief? As if someone has put to words and voiced your thoughts, hopes, fears, desires, and more? That's exactly what sitting down with Lara's second book Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life was like for me. It's an invitation to be a part of something more meaningful and intentional than chasing the seemingly perfect life. It's an invitation to believe that a flourishing life is possible, right where you are.

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Recently I was telling a friend about Lara's newest book and when she asked me to explain what the book was about, I froze. Like, deer in the headlights frozen. The Cultivate Team has been so immersed in the book writing process, that the words Lara has written have almost become ingrained in me (in the best possible way!) I ended up sharing Lara's Cultivate book trailer because it does a fantastic job at sharing Lara's heart for the words in these pages.

Cultivate from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Not sure if Cultivate is right for your season of life? (Spoiler alert: it is!) Sign up below to have the first three chapters delivered right to your inbox!

You might be wondering why we chat a lot about preorders (I actually used to wonder the same thing!), and now I know! Preorders help retailers ensure they have enough copies on stock on launch day!

As a thank you for all our friends who pre-order the book before the release day on June 27th, you'll get these amazing pre-order bonuses listed below:

  • Cultivate Together Leader Guide
  • Quick Start Video from Lara to help guide you in facilitating a group study of Cultivate
  • Gardening 101 E-Book filled with 22 pages of helpful advice and resources for growing a garden
  • Citrus Grove Coloring Page for a restful and fun activity
  • Goal Gardening Worksheet from our best-selling PowerSheets intentional goal planner
  • Phone and computer desktop backgrounds to remind you to cultivate what matters most

Make haste and preorder your copy today, because these preorder bonuses are only good through June 26th! Claim your bonuses here!

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On behalf of Lara and the rest of the team, I want to thank you for your genuine encouragement, support, and prayers during this season. If you've been following Lara's book writing journey over the last two years, you know it's been one of imperfect progress. She wrote Cultivate in the thick of one of the hardest seasons of her life and even had to start over half-way through the process. But, like working in her garden, all of this hard work and digging in was worth it. We are grateful she took the time so share her journey and how it has changed her and her family, and we are hopeful it will do the same for you!

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Ways to Love on Your Momma

I was a little late getting this posted in time for Mother's Day to our Cultivate Team Summit, but I'm hopeful you'll bookmark Emily's list of favorites for the mommas for a day when they aren't expecting a gift. After all, as my mom likes to remind me, every day is Mother's Day :) -Jess

One of my favorite things about my PowerSheets is that they remind me to stop and look both forward and backward regularly - a good way to ensure I'm living an examined, and hopefully more purposeful and fruitful life! With that heart, I have Mother's Day in my sights this May. This month's favorites are all themed around lovely things the moms in your life might appreciate it (including, if applicable, you!).

Farmgirl Flowers | Bouquets from this company are a go-to gift for Lara. They're designed by florists usually the freshest blooms you know and love, and are delivered ready for gifting in a burlap wrap. So different from the stiff, plastic-y arrangements you might be familiar with from mail-order florists!
Mother of the Bride Guide | April showers bring May flowers AND weddings! Our sister brand, Southern Weddings, recently came out with this in-depth e-book detailing everything an MOB could ever want to know.
Plum Pretty Sugar pajamas | File "nice pajamas" under a luxury your mama never knew she wanted. Research suggests that going to bed in actual pajamas set aside for sleeping (instead of the same lounge clothes you use for the gym!) can help ensure a better night's sleep!
How to Celebrate Everything | I am mildly obsessed with this book! It's a beautiful celebration rituals and traditions that make life meaningful, and I know you will enjoy it just as much as I did.
Social Print Studio prints | One of my favorite gifts to give is a year of printed out Instagram photos! Social Print Studio offers a 4x4 size on stiff stock I love. My Mom practically cries tears of joy when her a handful in the mail, but only if they include grandbabies' faces
Pinhole Press memory game | Fun for big and little hands alike! Especially if your family is far-flung, printing a set of these cards with beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins is a great way to cultivate a closer family connection.
Life Handbook | Our own Life Handbook is the quintessential Mother's Day gift. It's an easy and beautiful way to collect all of your favorite stories and life advice to share with a loved one, through 150 pages of prompts to tell your best stories, memories and advice.

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Fruitful Summer Week Is Over. Now What?

What a great week with each of you celebrating Fruitful Summer, and this is only the beginning!

We talked a lot about making new friends, spent time together chatting about staying motivated on your summer goals, and talked about how to cultivate friendships in your life.

All week long we've had a blast reading your blog comments, listening to your stories via email, and hearing from you on social media, so we decided to keep it going!

Starting Wednesday, May 31st, Lara and I will be walking through the new Fruitful Friendships Workbook together every week through the entire summer! Grab your Workbook today to get it in time. We can't wait to get to know each of you better this summer!

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We've loved hearing how many of you are ready to dig into setting meaningful goals for the summer, so Lara has decided to host a live Get the Most Out of Your PowerSheets classnext Wednesday at noon on Facebook Live. No need to register--just mark your planner and be there!

 

 

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Celebrate Your Friendships with Traditions

Traditions help us cultivate connection through meaningful shared experiences. Guess what? You're never too old to start a new tradition! Whether it's something you've done before or a tradition you want to start, now is the perfect time to make it happen!

When I think about my favorite memories from my college years, it's easy to notice a thread–the place I called home my senior year of college, 2 Marilyn Lane. A house is just a shell, and what makes it a home are the people with whom you share it. We shared our lives–not perfectly, but willingly. One of my favorite traditions we have is gathering together for a weekend each year. No amount of technology can make up for time together, so early on we made a promise to prioritize in-person time together by planning a reunion weekend once a year. This trip consistently ends up being one of my favorite weekends each year!

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2 Marilyn Lane celebrating at a baby shower together last year

You might not have the finances or time to plan annual trips with your friends in this season of life, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to start traditions. We've created a list of friendship traditions you can start below!

Host a holiday gathering. Take it one step further and make it themed! An annual Friendsgiving potluck or an adult Easter egg hunt, the possibilities are endless!

Schedule monthly Google hangouts or FaceTimes with faraway friends. A group of my boyfriend's college housemates has started a monthly Google hangout on Saturday mornings. Everyone can join, and they get a chance to share big updates in their lives.

Start a group text message thread or photo stream. There's a good chance you already have this, and if so, start being more intentional with what you're communicating. Offer encouragement, ask for help, and send funny photos! It will help you feel connected to your friends throughout the day.

Take an annual vacation together. This takes some forethought and intentional planning, but it's worth it! Use Doodle to find a weekend that works for everyone, get creative about your locations, and start planning!

Start a traveling scrapbook. One of the traditions I want to start (you'll see it in my Fruitful Friendships Workbook!) is to create a notebook that is mailed from person to person. When it's received, the person will fill it out before mailing it to the next person! Whether it's funny memories from their week, a day in the life, photos, or anything, I know it will be a sweet and funny thing to look back on together.

That's a small list, but it's a start! Our Fruitful Friendships Workbook is full of lots of other ideas! It will also walk you through brainstorming and action steps, and then helps you transfer those goals to your PowerSheets.

I'd love to hear from you! What tradition do you want to start with your friends? Leave a comment below!

 

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