PowerSheets Party–October

Happy October, friends! This is the most exciting month of the whole year for the Cultivate team because our 2018 PowerSheets go on sale on October 25th!

It's the start of the month, and as usual, the Cultivate team is excited to share our PowerSheets Prep with you! On the final Friday of each month, the team hops on Instagram stories to share our personal PowerSheets prep with each of you! Join us in sharing your prep work each month using the hashtag #PowerSheets on social media so our team can cheer you on and encourage you as you cultivate what matters.

Don't have PowerSheets? That's okay! Save the date for October 25th to grab your very first goal-planning workbook!

Share your October goals in the comments below! We'd love to read about what you have planned for the month!


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Introducing the Newest Member of the Cultivate Team, Part II

The title of this blog post might be throwing you off since you've already met Kaylee, but boy do we have a surprise for you! When we set out to grow our team earlier this year, we did so with open hands, committed to finding the right person (or persons!) and tailoring their responsibilities in a way that suited them and our growing business. Some of our most astute followers know that when we hired Kaylee, we also hired another wonderful lady, and I've gotten a few emails and Instagram direct messages asking when we're going to introduce her! I'm thrilled to say the wait is over, friends!

It is with the happiest heart that I'm introducing the newest member of the Cultivate What Matters and Southern Weddings' team to you–Catherine Marks!


One of our favorite things (on a list of so many!) is that Catherine has been one of our company's biggest cheerleaders for years! We've featured her wedding and newlywed home tour on the Southern Weddings' blog. She's an avid PowerSheets user, even sharing her goal progress with many on her personal blog.

Isn't it always interesting to meet someone you've known online for the first time? Sometimes there are questions or fears, but with Catherine, none of that proved to be true. Before joining our team, Catherine was in a season of transition herself–preparing for the arrival of their first child and transitioning out a career that left much to be desired. I remember a buddy chat I had with Catherine soon after I transitioned to Atlanta, and her words offered me so much encouragement and hope in my season of transition. While I don't quite remember her exact words, I remember being greatly encouraged because everything she was articulating exactly how I was feeling at the time.

She has exceeded our expectations in every way and continues to be one of the biggest blessings to our team in 2017! Now, without further ado, meet the lovely Catherine Marks!

Tell us how you joined the team in a few sentences: I'm a long-time Southern Weddings fan (I know I'm not the only one still loyally reading years after my wedding day!), PowerSheets user, and Making Things Happen Conference alum. I have always had so much love and respect for this team from afar, I even told my husband at one point that if I could just work with the Cultivate gals I would have my dream job. As luck would have it, I was in a transitional period in my life with knowing I was to be a new mama soon when they posted that they were searching for a new team member! I never dreamed I would actually get the job, but God had other plans, and here I am!

What have you been doing since May? I have been loving my job! Can you believe that my very first "assignment" was to get my hair and makeup done for our team photo shoot at Fearrington Village? Granted, not every day is that glamorous, but most days are that fun! Starting out with the Cultivate Team Summit was like getting three months of information and team bonding done in three days! Since then, I've been editing and drafting blog posts, managing our Southern Weddings' Blue Ribbon Vendor directory, and gearing up for the 2018 PowerSheets release on October 25th! On a personal note, I also gave birth to my baby girl, Victoria.

What else will you be doing in the coming months? I am so excited to be able to write and share more from a personal perspective now that you know who I am! I have such a passion for encouraging women to cultivate what matters, right where they are, and I can't wait to share more to our wonderful Cultivate family. I'm a new mom, and I'm looking forward to learning from all the wise women in the Cultivate family as I transition into a new season.


Hometown and where you live now: I'm from Southeast Missouri (Charleston and Cape Girardeau, MO) and live in Arlington, VA now!

Birthday: September 28

Something others might not know about me: I am a proud (fourth generation) farmer's daughter!

Favorite part about being on team: Since "everything" is a boring answer, I'll narrow it down to two very broad things: the work I do and the people I do it with. It is such a joy to do work that I believe so strongly in and love so much. It's cliche, but it truly never feels like a job! And then, of course, to work with these eight incredible women who are so much more than coworkers is a daily blessing I hope I never take for granted!
Catherine went on maternity leave two months into her role to celebrate the birth of her first child–Victoria Jane, and while we are grateful we could celebrate this new season alongside her, we missed her dearly. We're selfishly happy to have her back, as we know her enthusiasm, excitement, and ninja-like writing skills are going to enable us to continue to encourage and equip women to cultivate what matters–right where they are!

Friends, please help us give Catherine a big CWM welcome in the comments below! She's been such a delight to our team, and we know you are going to love her just as much as we do! You can also say hi and get to know her on Instagram and her blog.

Photos by Ally and Bobby and Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography.



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A Comprehensive Guide to Nutrition Goals

We recognize that sometimes you know where you want to end up, but it's still hard to come up with the specific steps that will help to get you there! We're always looking for ways to encourage you on your PowerSheets journeys, so we've identified some broad categories of goals that are popular in the PowerSheets community and brainstormed a list of potential monthly, weekly, and daily goals to help you get the creative juices flowing. Today, we're back with a continuation of our goal guide series!

This is the natural companion to our first fitness goal guide: nutrition goals! I find that planning and checking off work-outs is often a bit more accessible than finding effective ways to improve my diet. In fact, meal planning may take a bit more forethought. But with these ideas and some of your own, we know you can make little by little progress on your nutrition goals!

Monthly Goals

  • Read one book on nutrition
  • Plan a dinner with a friend at a healthy restaurant
  • Purchase a recipe binder or box
  • Buy a few new kitchen appliances or tools to help you make healthy recipes
  • Clean out the refrigerator (especially sauces and dressings that live in the door!)
  • Devise a nutrition plan for what and how you want to eat
  • Try a meal delivery service (like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron)
  • Ask a friend to start eating healthier with you and to hold you accountable
  • Watch a health documentary
  • Compile list of healthy recipes
  • Make a bank of your favorite healthy recipes as a go-to meal-planning library
  • Download Plant Nanny to track water consumption
  • Clean out pantry and purge unhealthy or expired snacks
  • Invite friends over for supper at your place to ensure a healthy meal will be served and to practice your cooking skills
  • Eliminate caffeine

Weekly Goals

  • Meal plan for the week. Here are our best meal-planning tips!
  • Go grocery shopping for the full week ahead
  • Meal prep for the week ahead
  • Cook one plant-based dinner
  • Create containers of easy-to-grab washed and cut produce to snack on throughout the week

Daily Goals

  • Drink and record eight glasses of water
  • Start the day with a healthy breakfast
  • Make or reheat a homemade lunch and dinner
  • Make coffee before leaving for work
  • Eat slowly, away from your desk
  • Pack a snack so you aren't tempted by fast food or Starbucks trips

These are just a few suggestions of tangible goals you can add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your nutrition goals for the year! If you're enjoying this series, be sure to visit our Fitness and Faith goal guides.

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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Our Favorite Things–September

Happy Fall, friends! 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!

  • Our Cultivate What Matters Sticker Book is on sale through Monday for $8, and once it sells out, it's gone! But have no fear. We're releasing a brand new sticker book with our 2018 Collection. Sign up to get all the details on October 18th.
  • If you read my meal planning tips, you know that I'm a creature of habit when it comes to buying food. I often buy and eat the same thing to same money and prevent decision fatigue. Because of that, HelloFresh has been a great treat! It's a little out of my budget to receive weekly boxes, but my boyfriend and I are splitting a monthly box (you can change the delivery preference in your settings). Feel free to sign up for $40 off your first box. Note: This isn't sponsored. HelloFresh has no idea who I am, but I do get a few dollars to add to my future box :)
  • One of my favorite ways to stay in shape is going to barre class. If you've ever been, you know that "sticky" socks are a requirement. These socks from Amazon work just as well, and they're much more affordable than buying socks in the studio.
  • This herb stripper has been a game-changer for all my cooking needs. You know how sometimes you read a recipe and it says it takes 15 minutes to prep, but you spend 15 minutes simply deveining the kale? Is that just me? This makes it easy-peasy!
  • Wouldn't the Lumitory's Supper Club Gathering Box make a great housewarming gift? I haven't tried it myself yet, but I love how they send you everything you need. All you need to do is grocery shop and doing the cooking. Even better that 10 meals are donated to a nonprofit focused on helping to end to childhood hunger.
  • LAKE pajamas have made it on my list before, but I recently got a new set for the fall as a gift and need to sing their praises again. Self-care to me isn't just massages and manicures, but making sure I have small luxuries in certain areas of my life, and nice pajamas are a great investment (and last longer than a massage, too!)
  • I'm on a quest to begin replacing toxic products in my bathroom as things run out, and I recently replaced my previous face wash with Beautycounter's Nourishing Cream Cleanser. I love the way it smells, and it leaves my face feeling clean.

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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A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivating Faith

If you've been in the Cultivate family for long, you know that the heart behind everything we do is rooted in equipping and encouraging you to cultivate what matters in your life. We also know that when it comes to setting goals that work for your lifestyle, everyone is different, and sometimes you need a little inspiration when it comes to filling out your monthly PowerSheets Tending List.

We started a new series earlier this month to begin sharing a collection of monthly, weekly, and daily goals that align with larger themes we see in our PowerSheets community. Our hope is that you use these guides as resources when you're looking to make progress on one of your goals and need some inspiration to fill out the lines of your Tending List. Remember, these are simply suggestions to help get your wheels turning, and we welcome any additional suggestions in the comments!

Next up, goals to help you cultivate your faith! Whether you're new to this faith thing or you've been at it for years, the list below will give you some ideas for your Tending List if you're looking to cultivate a fresh faith.

Monthly Goals

  • Choose and purchase a Bible
  • Join a church
  • Find an accountability buddy
  • Create a faith playlist
  • Choose a Bible reading plan
  • Join a volunteer team at church
  • Memorize a passage of Scripture
  • Order a prayer journal
  • Join a small group
  • Order a Write the Word journal
  • Read a book that grows your faith
  • Download First5 App
  • Choose a SheReadsTruth study
  • Fill in prayer journal
  • Invite coworker to church

Weekly Goals

  • Attend service
  • Write the Word*
  • Attend small group
  • Serve at church
  • Tithe
  • Sabbath rest
  • Be generous

Daily Goals

  • Pray before reaching for phone
  • Read the Bible
  • Write the Word*
  • Pray with spouse
  • Memorize Scripture
  • Write in gratitude journal
  • Love someone

*Did you notice that some of these goals can be weekly or daily goals? That's the great thing about our goal guides; we give you ideas, and you decide where they fit into your Tending List. It might change each month, too!

These are just a few suggestions of tangible goals you can add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your faith goals for the year.

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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