My Word of the Year – Sachel Samone

We're excited to chat with photographer and PowerSheets user, Sachel Samone, today and hear about her Word of the Year for 2016! We love what she has to say about being fearless and how's she implementing that into her days. Let's dive right in!

Tell us who you are and what fires you up:
Hi! My name is Sachel and I'm a Womens Beauty Portrait Photographer for genuine, confident and fearless women!
I get fired up about:

  • My marriage!
  • Helping a woman truly see herself
  • Encouraging others to discover their passions and chase them like crazy
  • Being loved on and encouraged by my husband
  • Getting closer to Jesus
  • Enriching marriages
  • Photographing women and telling their stories!

What do you value the most?
God’s grace over me, my husband, my family and friends and wisdom from other women.

If you could envision your most fulfilling year yet, what would it look like?
Obviously as a business owner, I would say my most fulfilling year would include being successful financially, but to be honest, my most fulfilling year would look like me nurturing my marriage and being the best wife I can be and give my husband all he needs.

I would also spend my days enriching the lives of other wives by pouring into them and encouraging them as they begin this challenging lifelong journey and also meeting women of all ages, inspiring and photographing them and telling their stories in a way where they can finally see just how beautiful God made them. Overall, just being used by God to impact lives, enrich marriages and bring women and wives together!!

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What is your word for this year? 
FEARLESS. Fear has paralyzed me long enough. For too long, I was too scared to move and it caused me to miss out on so much! I was stuck on the sidelines watching everyone else playing and succeeding in the game! I reached my glass ceiling and now I’m ready to play! I know I can’t experience all the blessings God has in store for me if I stay fearful. Why? Because fear and faith can’t occupy the same space. I'm either going to have Faith in God or I’m not. It's that simple. So now, it’s time for me to get out of my own way and step into the destiny God created me to fulfill with no hesitation and no reservation!!

How have you implemented FEARLESS into your life so far this year?
By praying more and worrying less, committing to trying at least two new things a month and introducing myself to a new business once a month!

What are you saying yes to this year?
This year, I'm saying yes to more prayer, devotion time and being courageous in business and my marriage. I’m choosing to say yes to making memories, surrounding myself with positive and purpose driven people, doing the things that make me happy and even doing some things that scare me a little bit. ;-)

And, what are you saying no to? 
I'm saying no to frivolous spending on material things that I don’t need, comparing myself to others, portrait sessions and other events that don’t line up with who I am as a professional photographer and woman, negative thinking and negative people.

Where do you want to be when you're 80?
When I'm 80, I want to be able to travel like crazy and still touch the lives of many people. I want to be able to share the wisdom I have learned from others and through life's experiences with the generations coming behind me and inspire them to live out God’s purpose for their lives.

Thank you, Sachel! We're looking forward to watching you be FEARLESS this year!  •  @sachelsamone

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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.  •  @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.

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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?

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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