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How to Create a Cultivated Day [FREE DOWNLOAD]

There's a good chance if you're on social media, you've seen this post floating around Instagram. It's been reposted numerous times, and there are more than 600 comments on the original post. Halloween decorations are filling the shelves at my local grocery store, and the hobby stores in my area are already putting up holiday decorations. There is a sense of overwhelm beginning to creep into the air, and we're here to say it can be different. You have the potential to spend your days doing what matters most to you.

It is possible to be present and prepared at the same time. That's what cultivating what matters is all about. It's possible to live a cultivated life–a path with a clear purpose. It doesn't happen overnight, but it can happen little by little, through a series of small choices you make. And you can start today.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” You've likely heard the popular quote by Annie Dillard, and we couldn't agree with it more. It's why we created the PowerSheets Goal Planner–to help you uncover what matters most, make a plan for your big picture goals, and take action on them. Part of taking action on your goals is ensuring you have margin in your days to do the things you've always wanted to do.

Today, we're sharing four tips for creating "cultivated" days and a fun sale in the Cultivate Shop to set you up for success!

Decide what does (and doesn't) matter to you. When we say yes and no, we are making decisions. Each time you say no to one thing gives you the opportunity to say yes to something better, but it's important to make sure your yeses and no's are clearly defined. Download and print our FREE Intentional Life List. Write your list of what you are saying YES to and what you are saying NO to in your cultivated day, and then hang it somewhere you'll see it each day! Remember, there are no wrong answers, and it's okay if your list looks different than someone else's list. This list will serve as a summary of what to include in your cultivated days.

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Create meaningful routines. No matter how hard we try, our days will always only have 24 hours in them, and an important step in creating a cultivated day is to examine the "bookends" of your days. Establishing productive morning and evening routines will not only create consistency and help you cultivate important habits, but it will also ensure you are prepared to tackle the things that come up during your day! What are you already doing in your mornings and evenings that work for you? How can you do them better? You can even take it a step further and write out your ideal cultivated morning and evening routines to help you stick to them!

Stay true to yourself. In the same way your YES + NO list might look different than someone else's, it's important to remember that your cultivated day might look different, too! Resist the urge to create a cultivated day just because it "should" look that way. If you prefer to get moving first thing in the mornings, it probably won't make sense for you to schedule an hour of snuggling up with coffee and a blanket to reflect and meditate. Do what works best for you!

Equip yourself with the right tools. You wouldn't try to cook a spaghetti dinner without the noodles, and the same is true for creating your cultivated day! Get rid of what doesn't work, and replace it with something that does work! Be willing to try a new routine, and invest in the right tools to help you create cultivated days. With the right tools, you can

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Maybe you want to cultivate your faith, get your finances in orderprioritize what matters, or create new routines for your family–we've got you covered!

Everything in the Cultivate Shop is 25% off now through Monday, August 13th. All orders over $50 will receive free domestic shipping, too. (It's the next-best-thing to hand delivering your orders!). No code needed; offer applies to new orders only.

Are you ready to start fresh? Not sure where to start with some of your goals? Leave a comment, and let us know! We'll happily do some goal coaching in the comments and share what Cultivate Shop products will work best in your season of life!

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Cultivate Your Calendar with Lara Casey

Feeling overwhelmed? Like you don't have time for the good stuff in your life because your days are full of the to-dos on your list? Are you exchanging celebrating the people you love and adventures with the things that don't fill you up?

If that's you, you're not alone! And we want to encourage you to do something about it!

Join Lara Casey for a FREE live workshop on Thursday, August 9th at 12pm ET where she's going to share her top ten tips for cultivating your calendar.

If you are not able join us live at 12pm ET, there's no need to fret! A replay will be available for all those who register, so be sure to sign up to have access to the broadcast afterwards! If you have questions you'd like Lara to answer, use the "ask a question" feature once you sign up!

Leave us a comment to let us know you're coming! We can't wait to spend the afternoon with you!

P.S. Our 2019 #PowerSheetsAreComing on October 24th! Sign up to stay updated over the next few weeks and to be the first to see the new collection before it goes live!

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What is Customer Delighting? Three Ways To Go Above and Beyond for your Community

From new shop products we create to weekly newsletter content to each social post we write, we ask ourselves this question: is this going to be encouraging and practical for our community? If the answer is no, we quickly (and happily) move on to something else!

Why? The heartbeat behind everything we do at Cultivate What Matters is simple—it's driven by a deep-rooted desire in our team to help you think big picture and live a purposeful life, cultivating what matters right where you are.

It's why Ashlea will stop everything she's working on when the office phone rings to help a customer.

It's why Casey creates fun and engaging graphics for social media.

It's why Emily spends hours planning our photo shoots, ensuring that all ages and backgrounds of our customers are represented in the images.

It's why Jess writes blog content to help you make little by little progress on your goals.

It's why Jordan responds to every single comment on social media.

It's why Kaylee keeps a close eye on the backend of our shop, making sure everything runs smoothly.

It's why Kristin will spend as much time on the phone with women helping them decide if MTH Conference is a good fit for them.

It's why Lara intentionally asks questions in her Instagram posts (and reads each of your answers!).

It's why Marissa seeks our partnerships with companies whose missions align with ours.

It's why our new Marketing Director looks at projections so we can order the right amount of PowerSheets to end up in your hands.

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I'm excited to take you behind the scenes in the Cultivate office to share three ways our team seeks to serve the Cultivate community each day:

Listen to your community. In our weekly team meetings, we have a dedicated time in our agenda to talk about Customer Headlines. Each team member shares what we are hearing from our community in their respective areas. It could be from a comment on a recent Instagram post, a post in the PowerSheets Facebook group, an email sent directly to a team member, or a piece of feedback from our recent survey results.. Not only does it give us great ideas for future content and products, but more importantly, it allows our team to shift our message and marketing to better serve you when needed. If someone has asked us when 2019 PowerSheets are releasing after we've announced it, it means we need to update our messaging in certain areas to make sure we're answering questions before they are being asked!

Believe in the Power of One. Our core values are what make our hearts goes pitter-patter each and every day, and they are the guiding force in our organization. One of our core values is the Power of One, and we believe that our reply to a single person's email is just as important and impactful as a newsletter that goes out to our entire newsletter family. This core value is infused into our day-to-day. For example, we reply to each social comment and Instagram direct message we receive. Does it take time out of our workdays? Yes. Is it the best use of our time? Some would argue no, but we want to thank and celebrate each women in our community who chooses to share her words with us!

Celebrate your people. When it comes to setting goals, we believe every step forward is worthy of celebrating! Our team loves sending small happy happy's to customers, celebrating every starting step on our Cultivate Goal Getters Board, hiding goody boxes around the country on Cultivators Appreciation Day, and sending you an exclusive discount code to use on your birthday. We're also pretty sure our most-used emoji would be the confetti! 🎉

We don't share these things to brag or tell you we do it perfectly (we have so much to learn!). We share them to remind you that it takes margin and intentional forethought to celebrate others well. If your schedule is packed to the brim day in and day out, it's going to be hard for you to remember your grandmother's birthday. As a team we've had to build time and, more importantly, rhythms and routines into our days so we are intentionally focusing on delighting our community.

Guess what! You don't have to be a business owner or team member to delight others! Start thinking outside the box, and we're positive the wheels will start spinning with great ideas. We have a Team Information and Operations project where we keep each team members' address, favorite snacks, working anniversary, favorite color, go-to meal orders, and more so it's easy to delight one another. Create a note on your phone for your friends and loved ones, and add to it as you learn more about them.

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Does hearing about customer delighting fire you up as much as it does our team? We'd love to have you on our team as we prepare for our 2019 PowerSheets Collection launch on October 24th!

We are hiring a seasonal Customer Delight Associate! All the details and application are available at the link. Please note: this is a part-time, seasonal position based in Chapel Hill, NC. We are not considering remote candidates at this time.

Read through the individual job description thoroughly for specific qualifications and job responsibilities you'll have. Attention to detail is part of the application :) Applications for our seasonal Customer Delight Associate are due on August 3rd.

Know someone who might be a good fit? We'd love for you to share this post with them!

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Happy Cultivators Appreciation Day!

You are a cultivator.

You are passionate.

You are strong.

You are embracing little by little progress.

You are cultivating what matters, and you inspire us each and every day!

Happy Cultivator's Appreciation Day!

You are an important part of a community of women that lives out what matters and builds each other up—and we're celebrating you in THREE WAYS today!

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Use the code HIGHFIVE for 30% off your Cultivate Shop order today!Offer applies to new orders, and ends tonight at midnight ET.

Use the code however you like, and share it with friends and family, too! The Cultivate Shop is full of products to help you cultivate your faith, dig deeper into a specific goal area with one of our goal guides, or prioritize what matters with our color-coding sticker system.

Look for Cultivate goodies across the country! Thanks to some wonderful Cultivators across the country, boxes of Cultivate Shop goodies will be "sprouting" across the country. Here's a list of cities; tag any friends who live nearby! Follow us closely on Instagram stories today for hints and clues on where to find them!

Join Lara on Instagram Live at 4pm ET. Lara will be inviting friends who join live to join her on screen and personally encourage them in their goals. We wish our office were large enough to invite everyone over for treats, but we're grateful technology allows us to connect this way! P.S. If you get a phone call from an unknown number, you might want to pick it up! We'll be randomly calling some of our Cultivators today, and we can't wait to personally thank you for championing this mission alongside us!

On behalf of the entire Cultivate team, we can't say thank you enough for the ways each of you encourage us in our jobs each and every single day. Your little by little progress on your PowerSheets goals is a daily reminder that cultivating what matters really can change everything.

Since today is about expressing gratitude, we'd love to hear from you! What are you thankful for right now? Leave a comment below, and share!

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20 ‘How To’s’ to Help You Cultivate What Matters

We made it to the halfway point of the year! These past six months have been full of so much little by little progress, but we firmly believe the very is yet to come!

Our Four Favorites Summer Sale is happening in the shop now through Monday, July 9th! Four of our favorite products are on sale for up to 25% off–The Goal Setting Sticker BookTending TapeMake it Happen Book and Encouragement Postcards!

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The Cultivate team will be in and out of the office this week as well—traveling, spending time with our families, and taking some time to invest in our own PowerSheets goals: rest and recharge (perhaps even going social media-free for portions of our time away!)

Meanwhile, here's a list of 20 how-to's to help you cultivate what matters in the second half of the year:

How to use Powersheets and how they might change your life
How to use your tending tape
How to make a tending list
How to use Tending Tape in your PowerSheets (and other places, too!)

How to celebrate progress
How to make little by little progress
How to be present
How to get unstuck 

How to get things done
How to have a low information diet
How to stay off of social media 
How to act on your financial goals 

How to cultivate friendships
How to make what matters happen
How to cultivate what matters in finance and wellness
How to take your leap of faith

How to cultivate your faith
How to cultivate faith with kids
How to leave a legacy 
How to know what to read all the summer

We hope that these words inspire, encourage, and re-energize you to get going on your goals!

We’d love to hear from you! Have we posted a blog post that helped you cultivate what matters in your life? What other content would you like to see? Share in the comments below!

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