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Meghan’s PowerSheets – Spring Goal Recap

Our goal for this community is to create a safe place for PowerSheets users to share their intentional goal-setting journeys. We're honored to have our Blog Contributor, Meghan Coleman, share about her Spring PowerSheets progress. Thank you, Meghan, for taking the time to share your story with us! If you haven't yet, be sure to read Meghan's introduction here. - Laura

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This spring has been a challenging season for me for no other reason than for the fact that I piled way too much on my plate (I’m still working on boundaries and being able to say no) and of course, it all hit at the same time. Most of this was grad school related; three classes spring semester + being a full-time mama + budding entrepreneur was nothing short of hectic.

I look back on April and May in my PowerSheets workbook and can clearly see how hectic of a time it truly was for me. Not every page is filled out. Not even close. And the ones that are? They’re filled with the words "stressed," "frazzled," and "tired." My goals were simple: finish my spring semester strong by completing all of my assignments on-time, enjoy time with my kids, and show gratitude toward my husband.

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I so badly wanted to be working toward other goals, namely my work with hand lettering, encouraging, and creating letters with heart. They’re the goals that include some of my biggest dreams and are ones that are about the work that fuels my soul. And yet during this spring season, I was faced with the reality that I simply did not have the bandwidth. Try as I might, I couldn’t do it all at one time. Looking back on it now, it was honestly a great lesson for me to be faced with: that it’s okay to prioritize, that patience is important and that it takes time to grow big dreams.

I worked hard at doing the Spring Goal Refresh, simply to track my progress from the first quarter of the year and to also give myself permission (with a HUGE side of grace) to let grad school be my focus through May. Though this is my third year using PowerSheets, it’s my first year of giving myself grace and permission not to fill out every single line or page, to allow my goals for each month to be as simple as I may need them to be considering everything else on my plate, to just allow myself to be an imperfect wife, mama, friend, sister, woman, human, and to know, in my true heart of hearts, that that is enough.

One of my favorite part of using my workbook this year has been the prep I’ve done for each month, to recap how I felt the month before and to look ahead at where I’m going in the month to come. For me, this has been such a freeing process and has felt like a huge breath of fresh air. I give myself permission to be messy and real and honest. I have found that the more honest I am with myself about how I’ve felt and what’s on my heart, the clearer I become in setting goals for the month ahead that are realistic, attainable, and purpose-driven.

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With a challenging spring season behind me, here’s a quick look of what I’m looking forward to in June:

  • Enjoying lots of family time with my cousins visiting from Australia
  • Celebrating my 30th birthday!
  • Making Jules + Henry happen (getting clear on my mission and vision, digitizing my letters, sending to print and prepping for my re-launch on August 1st !)
  • Send handwritten happy mail to friends and family
  • Monthly date night out with John
  • Intentional time with my kids each day
  • Daily Write the Word journal quiet time
  • Finish reading Boundaries and Wild and Free

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PowerSheets tip: Write yourself notes for each month/season! I do this each quarter and make sure I note exciting celebrations (like turning 30 in June and celebrating seven years of marriage with my husband, John, in September). For other months, I simply write words of encouragement. I don’t always remember what I write, so it’s been fun to read them when they pop up in my workbook. It’s a quirky, yet meaningful way to instill some positive self-talk and love into your months!

Cheers to a fun, love-filled, exciting month ahead, friends!

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My Word of the Year – Kinsey Roberts

We're excited to introduce the next edition of "My Word of the Year" featuring Kinsey Roberts! Read below about how Kinsey is implementing FOCUS into her life this year and how she's making what matters happen.

Tell us what fires you up:

My husband Derek and two boys, Liam and Landon fire me up like nothing else in this life. I'm also fired up by spending time with my brothers and our family because we spend 98% of the time belly laughing which is so good for my heart. These things give me the courage to pursue the other things that fire me up like Vista View Events which is my new wedding venue on our family ranch, taking pictures for my stock shop, writing a book, history and marketing! (Yes, history and marketing fire me up. #NerdAlert)

What do you value the most?

I value my sweet family (seriously, I can't believe they're mine), love, tradition, honesty, integrity and a sense of humor.

If you could envision your most fulfilling year yet, what would it look like?

I hope this is ok to say, but, my most fulfilling year yet looks like not confining myself to one version of fulfillment. My "Purposeful Year" statement in my PowerSheets is more like a living document in the sense that I update it, cross things off and add new ideas/hopes/dreams throughout the year. I spent a lot of my early 20s seeking one version of 'fulfillment' in what I thought should make me feel great about myself and my life. What I've learned is that A LOT of things make me feel fulfilled and that's OK. My life doesn't look the same as anyone else's and while I have goals, a schedule and desires like most people, I no longer wrap my sense of self-worth or joy around what I 'accomplished' in that year. All that is to say, my most fulfilling year looks like me loving on my people, taking chances, exploring everything I'm interested in and pivoting when I need to.

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What is your word for this year?

FOCUS

How have you implemented FOCUS into your life so far this year?

I chose the word FOCUS this year to remind myself to be fully present in whatever task I'm doing in the moment. I'm interested in so many things right now and I'm so over being fearful of what people will think of me if I try something new. For me, my word of the year does not just apply to business or to my personal life. It is for both. I want to focus 100% on my family when we're together and I want to focus 100% on building Vista View Events or my other businesses when I'm in business mode. I also want to focus on my hobbies when I'm in that mode. I've implemented this word so far this year by creating work hours and off hours. I'm not at point yet where hiring childcare makes sense for me so in order for me to have fully focused work time, I have to work when my kids are sleeping (in the early morning hours and the evening). The hours may sound crummy but to be honest, it has been AMAZING! I feel zero guilt about not doing anything during the day because I'm FOCUSING on my kids and my life as a wife and mom. Last year I would tell myself, "Oh, I'm not an evening person so I can't work at that time or I'll be too tired." Or, I'd say, "Getting up at 4am is crazy, I don't know why anyone would do that, I just can't." Well this year I've completely changed my attitude thanks to my Word of the Year. I CAN work in the evening, I CAN get up at 4AM and I CAN FOCUS on what is important to me in life and in business and achieve goals that I have defined as important to ME. I make time for myself, for my family and for my work and they all get 100% of my attention when I'm there. Does it look perfect? Absolutely not - and that's fine with me.

What are you saying yes to this year?

This year I'm saying YES to: Honestand respectful communication with my husband, Derek. A lot of time hugging and playing outside with my little boys. Absolutely killing it with Vista View Events (MY definition of 'killing it!') :) Cultivating new friendships on and offline and just LIVING. Oh, I'm also saying yes to coffee, which will probably never be on the 'no' list!

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And, what are you saying no to this year?

I'm saying no to: Fear, analysis paralysis, meaningless relationships and judgement.

Where do you want to be when you're 80?

When I'm 80, I want to be sitting on our porch, still on our family ranch, surrounded by our children and grandchildren. I want to be proud of the legacy that Derek and I have built and will pass on to our kids. I want to still be a fan of belly laughing, long walks on the ranch and reading. And to be perfectly honest, I still want to be rocking a full face of makeup when I'm 80 because that's how I roll.

Thank you so much for sharing, Kinsey! We're cheering you on as you chase FOCUS this year!

Follow Kinsey:

@vistaviewevents  •  @stockshopgirl
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Bailey’s PowerSheets: May’s Progress

Our goal for this community is to create a safe place for PowerSheets users to share their intentional goal-setting journeys. We're excited to share a May PowerSheets progress update from our contributor, Bailey Robert. If you haven't yet, be sure to read Bailey's introduction here and first contributor post here. Thank you, Bailey! - Laura

May was a big month in my world, and it flipped my schedule and rhythm topsy turvy. I graduated from graduate school with a MA in Theatre (insert praise hands emoji here!) and I moved back to Texas. Well, partially. I'm staying with my parents while I hunt for teaching jobs and save up for the summer, then once I know where I'm going we'll pack my apartment and truck it to the right place. I have to admit daydreaming about a new apartment has been all sorts of distracting, but there would be no new apartment if I didn't get things in gear with my goals. So back to the basics we go!

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I find that I thrive in routine, and it should come as no surprise that my PowerSheets help lead the way. But this month my routine has been thrown out the window with the move and the lack of a class schedule, and some things have not gone as planned. Even so, I returned to my Tending List and the Cultivate Gratitude pages for May, chanting progress not perfection over and over and over again.

The Cultivate Gratitude section keeps things in perspective, and I'm immensely grateful for that on its own! Filling in the little flowerbeds of thankfulness reminds me of small victories and memories made that may or may not have been included on my Tending List.

My favorites this month include:

  • Seeing a new play in Dallas with a friend from college.
  • Graduating from graduate school!
  • Celebrating my little sister's college graduation/engagement.
  • Completing 30 days of my 100 Illustrated Days challenge (so far).
  • Reading good books, new and old. (A Severe Mercy + The Selection)
  • Visiting friends in Austin.

A couple of these were on my goals list for the month, but many of them happened by surprise. These are also great reminders of what fires me up, and they give me ideas for what to add to my Tending List next month. I mentioned that my little sister got engaged, so you know Maid of Honor duties will have their share of the page. ;)

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Another thing I've learned in three years of using the PowerSheets is that it's important to include major milestones and upcoming events in the Monthly Goals section of my tending list. They are (almost always) guaranteed to be checked off, and they remind me what I'm looking forward to most!

Number one this month? Graduate from graduate school! That one received a big ol' check mark - and I don't know how many more times I can/will mention it in this post. ;) Number two? Move back to Texas. These were major game changers in my schedule and season, and thanks to them several of my goals had to be adjusted or set aside.

Some of my usual goals found their place in the Monthly or Weekly spaces, and some found success while others floundered:

  • Read 5+ books. I've read 10!
  • Continue The Contentment Challenge. Ehhhh... this month has been rough.
  • Write for Illustrated Faith + PowerSheets blog. You're reading the answer to this goal!
  • Complete my teaching certification. Progress? Yes! Completion? Not yet.

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Again, it's about progress not perfection here. It's also about being real with yourself about what your month will hold or has held as you assess your progress. I knew the move and the end of school would throw a monkey wrench into my routine, which means I knew early on that this month would get a lot of grace to cover the goals left unchecked.

No matter what your May held, and whether or not you have one box left unchecked or twenty, remember to give yourself grace and cultivate gratitude. Fill in your gratitude page and celebrate what DID happen this month and which people left their mark. This month I was all kind of grateful for blogging friends who encouraged me during the transition and surprised me with sweet notes in the mail to celebrate graduation.

As we look forward to the summer months, I repeat: PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION. Set goals and make what matters happen, but sometimes what matters is setting the to-do list aside and being with your people. Give yourself grace when that happens. The goals will still be there when you get back.

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My Word of the Year – Gina Fornito

We're excited to introduce the next edition of "My Word of the Year" featuring Gina Fornito! Read below about how Gina's implementing DEVOTION into her life this year and how she's making what matters happen.

Tell us who you are and what fires you up:
Hi y’all! I’m Gina and I’m the gal behind the brand, Gina Bean. I am a lover of God, coffee and paper goods. I have an incredible family and amazing friends and I love my job in the creative field. I also work part time for Best Friends For Frosting and it's an absolute dream!

What fires me up:

  • Loving on others
  • God’s grace
  • Coffee dates
  • Helping others
  • Creating
  • Photography
  • Reading
  • The Bible
  • Writing

What do you value the most?

  • God’s will and love for us
  • My family and friends
  • Loving on others

If you could envision your most fulfilling year yet, what would it look like?
My most fulfilling year yet would be full of praising God for his glory and sharing His works with others. I would be helping people be their best selves in whatever way made them happy. I would be living God’s word. I want to live on purpose, to have a life full of love and worship and people. I want to do what matters according to our God.

What is your word for this year? 
DEVOTION

How have you implemented DEVOTION into your life so far this year?
My word for this year is DEVOTION. This is because I need more time devoted to God and His word. I want to make what matters happen through devotion, even in my darkest hours. This season is for learning how to be myself and following through with my goals. This means being devoted to God, my work and my family as well as myself. I want to continue to be devoted for years to come. I often ask myself, “Is this something I am passionate about?” or “Do I want to be here/doing this when I am 80?” It helps me decide if what I am devoting myself to is important or not.

What are you saying yes to this year?

  • Living on purpose
  • Loving others
  • Time with God
  • Working hard
  • God’s word
  • Progress not perfection
  • Grace
  • God’s will
  • Writing what’s on my heart
  • Writing to others
  • Exercising

And, what are you saying no to this year?

  • Anxiety
  • Excuses
  • Depression
  • Negativity
  • Control
  • Self pity
  • Wasted time

Where do you want to be when you're 80?
When I’m eighty I want to look back and have lived out God’s word, loved on people immensely and worked hard to encourage others. I want to have laughed from my belly and built a life I was proud of. I hope to have spread God’s word in the best way possible and shed light on His graces.

Where can we find you online?
GinaBean.com  •  @ginabeandesign

Thank you for sharing, Gina! We're cheering you on as you chase devotion this year!

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Our Favorite Things – May

Hi, friends!

The LC Team is excited to share the May edition of "Our Favorite Things" where we share our favorite things that are helping us cultivate joy, make progress on our goals and create more purpose in our days. We'd love for you to share what "things" are helping you in your PowerSheets progress, too! Share your ideas in a comment below!

  1. Our PowerSheets, of course! Working through our PowerSheets at the start of each month allows us to celebrate the progress we've made in the month before, set clear goals, and focus on specific relationship tending.
  2. Publix Herb Garlic Salmon with Irish Cheese Potato Cakes Recipe. "We love Publix and their easy recipes that help me work toward my goal of cooking at home more!" - Marissa
  3. For the Love, by Jen Hatmaker. Helping Kristin with her goals of Education and Growth.
  4. Blessed is She email devotionals. "These devotionals help my prioritize my relationship with the Lord by spending time with Him in prayer and the Word daily." - Lisa
  5. Journaling Bible. "This covers two of my goals—the practice of creating and using my creative skills weekly and also more time to spend growing in my faith." - Amber
  6. G2 Retractable pens in extra fine point. "While it's taken me a while to get used to making a mess in my PowerSheets, one thing I'm pretty particular about is that the pen I use doesn't bleed through to the other page. I love the Extra Fine point G2 Retractable Gel Pens for PowerSheets Prep and updating my lists." - Jess
  7. Emily Ley's Simplified Planner. "Helps me tend to my goal of investing in marriage by easily allowing me to scheduling date nights with KPW!" - Kristin
  8. Noisli. "What I listen to when I do my PowerSheets each month. My favorite combo is fire + nighttime + rustling leaves." - Nicole
  9. Fiddle Leaf Fig. "I'm proud to say I've kept this fiddle leaf fig plant alive for a year! I keep it right near my workspace and the bit of nature and freshness makes me happy while I work." - Laura
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