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We are excited to announce that we'll be accepting Contributors for the PowerSheets Community Site Blog!

Do you love to write? Do you love intentional goal-setting and connecting with others? Are you looking for a place to share your story to encourage others? We'd love to give you the opportunity to share your voice on this platform.

As a contributor, you'll be responsible for writing one post a month on your PowerSheets Journey - your goals, progress, how you're tending to them (or why some things didn't get tended to!). We're looking for contributors in all stages of life that are willing to share an honest update on their goal-setting experience.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

 

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My Word of the Year | Valerie Woerner

We're excited to introduce the "My Word of the Year" series here on the PowerSheets Community Site! This series will feature PowerSheets users and will take a look into their PowerSheets Prep, their Word of the Year, and how they've implemented it into their lives so far. Who better to kick us off this new series than Valerie Woerner of Val Marie Paper? Valerie has such a gift for putting her heart into words and sharing her journey to finding margin. Let's dive right in to her interview!

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Hi! Tell us who you are and what fires you up:
Hi! I'm Valerie Woerner. I'm a Shop Owner of Val Marie Paper and Author of The Finishing School.

I get fired up by:

  • Books and learning
  • Porch time
  • Chat time with my husband
  • Passion tea
  • Giggling with Vivi
  • Minimalism
  • The simple life
  • Focused prayer time
  • Giving and serving
  • A tidy space
  • Grasping the Word

 

If you could envision your most fulfilling year yet, what would it look like?
Lots of giving. This hasn't always been my heart, but my husband, who is super generous, has inspired me a ton in this area. I feel blessed to have what I have and want to bless others with what God has entrusted to me.

What is your word for this year?
My word for this year is small. I have learned that although success and attention is nice, ultimately, I want point others to Jesus instead of myself.

How have you implemented 'small' into your life so far this year?
Much of it has been placed on me. ;) Being 32 weeks pregnant has me slowing down quite a bit and enjoying the small moments of my day, something I fought pretty hard a few months ago, but now I see what God is calling me to, especially in this season.

What are you saying yes to this year?
Patience/The Hard Work/The Compound Effect. Simply knowing things take time and what I do 25 times a month is going to be more effective than what I do five times a month.

And, what are you saying no to?
Talk radio. I got in the habit of listening last year and especially with the presidential election getting closer, it would leave me feeling so frustrated and tense. I pretty much just pray or listen to KLove now and it's doing wonders!

Where do you want to be when you're 80?
When I'm 80, I want to be content and at peace, having given generously and loved others selflessly.

Thank you for sharing, Valerie! We're cheering you on as your pursue "small" this year!

You can read more about Valerie's 2016 Goals here.

www.valmariepaper.com  •  @valmariepaper

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Introducing the Creative Chics Community Manager, Melissa!

We've been longtime fans of Melissa Jones and her business, The Chief Encouragement Office. She's been dedicated to serving creative entrepreneurs and small business owners, empowering women in their businesses so they can make an difference in their communities. For us, that philosophy is the backbone of how we use PowerSheets for business -- to discover our gifts and passions so that they can be used for good.

We're thrilled that Melissa is joining our community as a Community Manager for the Creative Chics group, a national community of like-minded entrepreneurs who are also using the PowerSheets! Join us in welcoming her in the comments, or by sending her a note to ask about how to be involved in the Creative Chics!

Always choose love over fear in life and business. Choosing love means not only being kind to yourself but setting boundaries so that others respect you. When we operate from fear or scarcity we allow others to walk all over us. When you choose love there is enough for everyone, you can never run out of love.

What's your story in a few sentences?
Natural born leader who took the path less traveled to discover her purpose of encouraging & empowering female entrepreneurs. I am still learning and growing, but grateful for where life has taken me. I love living life fully!

Tell us about the Creative Chics and how they're using PowerSheets and community
The Creative Chics, founded January 2015, is a national community of women small business owners that meet monthly. Meetups are limited to 10 women to allow them to truly connect and create relationships. We encourage each other through challenges, and hold each other accountable for business goals.

I don’t believe in recreating the wheel when there is already an excellent resource available that I believe in. The PowerSheets workbook is the perfect complement for our community in helping us set intentional goals and achieve them. Plus using the PowerSheets allows us to support a small business woman and her team.

Melissa Jones PowerSheets

What's your favorite color?
Royal Blue

What fires you up about spring?
I’m a spring baby at heart and I love everything about spring and seeing flowers bloom for the first time. Tulips, lilacs, lily of the valley, cherry blossoms, dogwoods, the rebirth of nature, baby animals, and my birthday. LOL.

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What did you learn from attending MTH?
Where do I start? Attending MTH was such a personal experience for me. I knew what I was getting into going (interpersonal growth), but I had no idea how much I would get out of it. And some of the AHA moments didn’t come until months later. I learned what was at the root of my fears (because Lara makes you dig deep into the well) and that I wasn’t the only person that had those fears. I also make conscious decisions to achieve the goals that I set at MTH so it was a huge catalyst for me personally and professionally. The icing on the cake were the friends I made. If you have ever attended there is not a huge amount of time for networking, but I cherish the friends I made at MTH.

What was your favorite part about MTH?
Just being there! I love visiting the South as a Midwesterner. I remember talking to a friend and said well I’m moving to Chapel Hill instead of Chicago. One of the moments I do remember is being the last one to pick up my phone on Tuesday because I didn’t miss it at all. That was a great feeling.

What is your favorite part of the PowerSheets?
The Relationship Tending and Cultivating Gratitude pages. Relationship tending because we get so busy we tend to take the ones we love for granted. However, healthy relationships are vital for growth and happiness. Cultivating Gratitude because it is one of my personal values that I live by. Gratitude changes your perspective on all situations and circumstances when you allow it to. When you choose to be grateful for the small things it strengthens relationships and encourages more positive things to happen.

Have you used any PowerSheets stickers lately? Which ones?
The gold stars and the I Love This flags. I may overuse the word love sense I’m passionate about a lot of things however I believe we should always choose love in life. The gold stars to highlight big wins.

Melissa Jones Chief Encouragement Office

What encouragement can you give to our PowerSheets/Making Things Happen community
Always choose love over fear in life and business. Choosing love means not only being kind to yourself but setting boundaries so that others respect you. When we operate from fear or scarcity we allow others to walk all over us. When you choose love there is enough for everyone, you can never run out of love.

What's your word for 2016?
REFINE

Anything else our community should know about you?
As a business coach I believe in setting you and your business up for success. That could be process improvements to improve your client experience, customer service, and you or your team’s productivity. Or it could be coaching you through how to handle difficult conversations with a colleague, vendor, or employee. Being a leader in business is not a title, it is how you help and serve others.

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Join the “Technical Questions” Group!

 

Hi, friends!

We hope you're enjoying the new PowerSheets Community Site as much as we are!

A quick note:

This site is still in 'beta mode' as we're working out a few kinks as we go. We invite you to join the TECHNICAL QUESTIONS GROUP to offer suggestions or let us know about any technical glitches or problems you may experience. We will report back with updates! You can join the group here.

Thank you!

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Introducing our Community Manager, Laura!

Don't let fear get in the way of reaching out and creating relationships! Life is too short to let fear win, amen? My favorite saying from Lara is, 'You know those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them.' I cannot wait to cheer you on!

We’ve had the great pleasure of working with Laura since January of this year, and we’ve been antsy for the day to come when we get to introduce y’all to her! She’s been working behind the scenes with us, preparing content for this new site, generating ideas to help us connect with you over social media and our shops, and generally being an awesome person to talk to on a daily basis. Some of you may know Laura as an MTH 2015 alum, or from her own business, Laura Kathryn Creative. For those of you who don’t know her, you’re in for a treat!

Laura is our new Designer and Community Manager, so she’ll be in charge of creating content like free downloads and printables, worksheets, and graphics that we hope will get you fired up and help you do the good work of making what matters happen! She’ll also be coaching you through your PowerSheets in our various community groups, and lending an ear to your suggestions and feedback.

We can’t wait for y’all to see how encouraging and calming Laura is — be sure to say hi to her in your community groups and in the comments below!

Powersheets

What's your story in a few sentences?
I live in a beautiful little farm town in Illinois with my husband, Alex and our two sweet girls. After we got married, I left the corporate design world to start my own freelance photography and design business. Now, five years later, I spend my days designing beautiful things with creative people and playing tea party and finger painting. Can life get sweeter?

What's your favorite color?
Green - in every shade!

What fires you up about spring?
A fresh start, blossoms, green grass, open windows, running outside, flying kites, sidewalk chalk masterpieces with my three year old, outdoor picnics at the park and sunshine!

What did you learn from attending the Making Things Happen Conference?
I went to Making Things Happen thinking I'd learn the "secret sauce" of creating a great business and making big things happen. I left with a complete mindset shift on the person I wanted to be for myself, my family and my clients. I learned the legacy I wanted to leave and how I could make my days simpler, more joyful and more purposeful. I learned that being present is the best gift I can give myself and others. You can read more about my MTH experience here.

What was your favorite part about the MTH Conference?
Other than the incredible life change I've experienced since attending in 2014, I love the friendships I've made! I've gotten to cheer on the other alums as they chase what fires them up and watch them bloom right where they are. Getting to connect in real life with the people behind the Instagram feeds I follow was so good for my soul.

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What is your favorite part of the PowerSheets?
The Download and Tending List pages! I look forward to the fresh start and clear plan the Tending List gives me at the start of each month.

Have you used any PowerSheets stickers lately? Which ones?
Ah, the stickers! Who knew they could still bring so much joy? I love using the little colorful checkmarks for the monthly and weekly items on my Tending List. The "I'm Grateful For...." stickers are also a favorite.

What do you love about being a designer?
I love getting to tell a story with images and words. My most favorite projects involve creating visual stories with smart typography, beautiful photography and the good old-fashioned printed page.

What encouragement can you give to our PowerSheets community?
Don't let fear get in the way of of reaching out and creating relationships! Life is too short to let fear win, amen? My favorite saying from Lara is, 'You know those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them.' I cannot wait to cheer you on!

Laura Kashner

What's your word for 2016?
JOY

Anything else our community should know about you?
I get really fired up about summer beach vacations, beautiful books, creative people, a yummy brunch and spending time with my little family! I'm also training for my 7th Half Marathon (my first one post-babies) and could definitely use some encouragement! If you're a running mama, let's connect!

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