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 PowerSheets progress update from our contributor, Bailey Robert. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read Bailey’s introduction here. Thank you, Bailey! – Jess
One of the things I have looked forward to the most in working through this year’s PowerSheets are the quarterly refresh pages. Setting goals in January is set up for success by the regular reassessing of those goals and refining of them to suit each season’s needs.
However, when the summer set rolled around, I froze.
A season change was approaching and I wasn’t ready.
Grad school came to a close in May, and I moved back in with family for the summer. I had been applying and interviewing for teaching jobs since February, and by the end of June I was weary and honestly losing hope that something would fall into place before the fall. I’m typically a stickler for following the sheets in order, but I skipped over the Summer Refresh Sheets straight into July. I simply couldn’t find the vision to prep for the next season when I wasn’t satisfied with what it was going to look like.
But the PowerSheets are about making progress, not about being perfect.
Since I hadn’t worked through my goals at the end of June for the summer season, I decided to wait until my 25th birthday which would come mid-July, and use them to give vision for the coming year in that way. I love how Lara says there’s nothing magical about January 1st, and my birthday seemed like a great restart date in the middle of the year.
Coincidentally two days after my twenty-fifth birthday, I received the phone call I had been waiting for. I GOT A JOB! I finally found out where I would be moving and that I would be teaching high school theatre this fall. Needless to say life changed in a snap, and that transition is still a bit of a whirlwind.
Back to the PowerSheets. With a new job in mind and a new year of life ahead of me, it was time to refresh those goals. The prep pages for the three-month refresh are full of GREAT questions to get you reflecting on what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to changed. In this waiting and worrying process, particularly about the job, I learned:
Worry gets you nowhere.
Choosing joy is always worth it.
Trust the Lord’s timing.
Fueling your soul is important.
It had been easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of finishing grad school and hunting for a job, taking care of my heart falling to the wayside beneath stress and striving. Boy, did I feel it. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My shoulders were tense, my back in pain. I was short with family and friends, complaining too much. My Bible lay untouched and prayer discarded because I wasn’t getting the answers I expected. This only amplified the struggle of that season.
Taking time to do what fired me up, fueling my soul with creative things, became a simple fix. Days before turning twenty-five, I set my PowerSheets aside and headed off to NYC for a week with a few of my best friends. We saw plays and musicals, shopped some sales, and took masterclasses at a teachers workshop. Being around other creatives (and getting a phone call in Times Square with the job offer!) made me SO excited to come home and dive into those refresh pages.
So when refreshing my goals, I chose very carefully what I would say yes to: intentionality, simplicity, risk, a new community, and more of what fires me up. Being intentional helps me say yes and no to the best things for my season. Simplicity reminds me that I don’t have to do it all or have it all. Risk infuses me with the umph I need to dive into a new city and job with gusto. Making community a priority will surround me with encouragers and family in a foreign place. Doing more of what fires me up will refuel me creatively so I can tackle my responsibilities with a full heart.
From there I chose my word(s) for the next season: JUST GO.
I’m an introvert, y’all. I’m also a theatre girl and I’m going to be a teacher. It’s important to find alone time to recharge, but sometimes I use that as an excuse to stay home. In a new place, it’s important to JUST GO. Just go to the new Bible study, even if I don’t know anyone. Just go to church on Sunday, even if the show went late Saturday night. Just go and introduce yourself to the other teachers, even if they are already friends. Just go for it. I want to walk out confidently in this new season, and having clear goals will certainly help.
Some of the goals I set for my 25th year include:
-Get in the Word daily and intentionally.
-Get physical/active. Make it fun
-Move to my new city!
-Budget & balance.
-Fill with creative fuel.
-Pour into my spheres with joy and Jesus.
-Continue 52 books in 52 weeks.
I also made use of the spectacular deal the Lara Casey Shop wasÂ running right in July and picked up a set of six month PowerSheets and a gold foil Make it Happen Binder to set goals specifically for my new job. I’ll share more about those nextÂ time.
The important takeaway here is to make the PowerSheets work for you. If you’re not ready for or don’t need a refresh when it falls in the sheets, skip it, adjust it, or come back to it later. Use it on your birthday or when that new job comes. These are to help YOU create YOUR most meaningful life.
Don’t forget to have fun along the way. It’s worth it, trust me.