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Now Is Your Time (and a SURPRISE SALE!)

Want to know one of my top life tips?

Ask questions and be open to unexpected answers.

Think about it. How did you learn about the things you love most? You asked questions. You sought answers. When we stop asking questions, we stop growing. I love the questions you all have been asking me lately.

The top three questions I get asked:

1. How do you begin to figure out what your goals/passions are?
2. How do you overcome fear of failing in your goals?
3. How do you stay motivated?

My answers to all three questions? My PowerSheets goal planner. I created them because I kept asking those questions too. PowerSheets are how I uncover goals that motivate me, how I prioritize, and how I take action. And that fear of failing? It doesn't magically go away. Even better: your good goals become more important than your fear.

This might be crazy, but in an attempt to help a whole lot of people finally do the things they have always wanted to do–whether in motherhood, business, marriage, a career, or in cultivating what you have right where you are–I have a surprise for you:

The six-month undated PowerSheets are on SALE for $25.

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It's time.
Time to do the things that have been burning on your heart.
Time to dig in, right where you are with what you have
July 1 could be your January 1, my friend.

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June Goals Round Up

Friends, do I have a treat for you today! Today's blog post is written by our newest member of the Cultivate team. We aren't introducing her just yet since we're still finalizing job roles and titles, but I can assure you that you will be seeing her lovely face in the coming weeks! I thought reading some of YOUR PowerSheets goals would be the best way for her to start to "meet" each of you, and I'm loving her takeaways from your progress! -Jess

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We love how colorful Catherine's desk is with her PowerSheets and Write the Word journals!

If you need help figuring out a rhythm of using your PowerSheets with your planner, take a look at Amanda’s post! I love how she breaks it up into easy steps, one of which is to add stickers to help her focus more on what’s important that week.

Mary celebrated a full month in May, and I love how she moved her “in progress” goals from May to June!

Karyn’s honesty in evaluating where she is right now when she developed her June goals is so refreshing. After taking on too much in May, her focus for June was to be selective and spend her time doing what is truly important to her.

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Isn't Natalie's What Fires Me Up page so fun?

If you've had your PowerSheets hidden away, or if you've felt like you haven't been in your groove, Kady's post is for you! I can definitely relate... I haven't gotten around to setting up my June tending list! These encouraging words were just what I needed to get going!

Courtney's June daily goals are all about simplifying. I love how she is focusing on how she can make habits that will allow for more time to achieve her weekly and monthly goals.

Rachel chose to keep some of her goals the same! Sometimes, it can take a little longer than a month to make daily goals and habits stick, so this is a great way to keep making progress!

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too–no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek into what this month holds and cheer you on!

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PowerSheets Party – June 2017

Happy June, friends!

On the final Friday of each month, the team hops on Instagram stories to share our personal PowerSheets prep with each of you! Join us in sharing your prep work each month using the hashtag #PowerSheets on social media so our team can cheer you on and encourage you as you cultivate what matters. I didn't download the Instagram stories before they expired last week, but I still wanted to provide practical tips as you work through your June PowerSheets. I asked for some of your questions, and I'm happy to provide simple frequently asked questions for the nuts and bolts of PowerSheets prep below!

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Do I need two separate PowerSheets for my work and personal goals? The answer is a resounding no! Last year, I used the same set of PowerSheets for both my work and personal goals. If you've been following us on social media, you've seen that this year I decided to separate my work and personal goals. I realized having a different set of PowerSheets gave more flexibility when planning within our fluid work calendar. Additionally, I knew I was working on some big goals this year (namely moving to a new city and transitioning to working remotely full-time) that wasn't quite ready to be made public, so I wanted a place to still track my progress without having to hide it when taking photos for social media :)

How do you start again when you haven't been making progress? Surprisingly, this is one of my favorite questions to answer because I've been there! My best advice is to start fresh, and that usually means giving yourself a pep talk. Remove any shame you might feel for empty pages, and tell yourself that you are going to use the rest of the year to make progress on what matters to you. That might mean ripping out empty pages so your stomach doesn't fill with guilt when you see them. It might mean using post-it notes over your original Prep Work so you can start from the beginning. Whatever it is, just start. We're not looking at your Monthly Tending Lists and keeping score. We're focused on cheering you on as you make little by little progress!

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How do I stay motivated and check in each day? Keep your PowerSheets where you can see them! Whether it's open on your desk or folded into your daily planner, make it a priority to check in at the end of the day! It takes only a few minutes to mark off your progress, and it's so encouraging to see what you accomplished and where you need to focus your priorities!

Why can't I skip pages? Coming from a fellow page-skipper (usually the Cultivate Gratitude page), I completely understand why it's tempting to skip pages, and I still do it sometimes. However, I'm trying to be better about skipping pages with intentionality and not just for the sake of getting my PowerSheets finished faster each month. There might be times you skip your Goal Refresh and do it a month later or times where you are keeping your goals short and sweet so you don't need to brain stream a long list of things. But I can assure you that the pages are there for a reason, and the few minutes it takes to fill them out are worth it when I'm able to look back on my memories over the previous months.

What do the dots, checks and numbers in your PowerSheets mean? Great question! Shaded areas means it's a weekend for my work PowerSheets and not applicable. Numbers are the days I need to accomplish that goal. Checkmarks means I did it, and dots mean I didn't :)

Do you have other more specific questions about PowerSheets Prep each month? Let me know in the comments if you 'd like to see more posts like this! 

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Summer Goals: Why You’re Missing Out By Not Setting Them

Will you sit with me while I tell you a brutal truth? You accomplish 0% of the goals you never start! You can't make progress on something you don't even start.

That dream job you want? You can't be considered if you don't even apply.

That half marathon you want to run? You can't run 13 miles if you don't first run one.

The marriage you want to save? It needs your attention and time.

You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them. Plain and simple.

I know what you're thinking. "That's easier said than done, Jess!" or "Easy for you to say! You work for a company that teaches goal-setting!"

But here's the thing, friends. We (ME!) are not goal-setting experts. There are some months where it's sudden May 15th and our PowerSheets are blank (cough ME cough). Lara has said before that traditional goal-setting gives her the heebie jeebies, and we agree! Goals can be overwhelming when they aren't connected to what matters. They can make life busier. What we do is different; it's grace-filled goal-setting. Powerful goals–meaningful goals–simplify your life and help you take action. They help you live with intention and purpose instead of on accident. Good goals remind you that the little by little you put in each day add up to a flourishing life.

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Our Fruitful Summer bundle is available in our shop if you want accountability in your goals!

Doesn't that sound much better? Like something you can get behind? If so (and we sure hope so!), I have a two next steps for you. Remember, you accomplish 0% of the goals you never start!

Download our Summer Goals Printable, and start brainstorming the things you want to accomplish this summer.

Join us for Lara's free live Summer Goals class today at noon EST. Bring that printout or your PowerSheets with you! She's giving you her top ten tips for uncovering good goals, and doing something about them. If you can't watch live, that's okay too! Be sure to sign up, and you'll get access to a replay in your inbox!

That's it! Two steps that will take two hours max.

Oh, and because I'd be a bad friend for not mentioning this, our Fruitful Summer giveaway is live on Lara's blog! We had a blast brainstorming these products to help you have an intentional summer, and I cannot wait to package up these goodies for the lucky winner! Head to her blog to enter to win today!

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Your PowerSheets Are Here. Now What?

Now that PowerSheets preorders have shipped (and a month ahead of schedule to boot!), we know many of you are transitioning from excitement (pictured above) to nervousness, wondering "what do I do now?"

One of our goals is to provide practical and encouraging tips on how to cultivate what matters in your own lives, so we've rounded up some of our favorite first steps to PowerSheets Prep Work! These might seem simple on the surface, but we've found that simple is often helpful!

Write your name in your Powersheets. Yes, this is important if you ever leave your PowerSheets somewhere, but there's actually a different reason we tell you do this right away. One of the most important steps in the PowerSheets process is to let go of perfection and get comfortable with making a mess. That means you have to start writing in your PowerSheets, and there's no better place to start than writing your name and date you started! Find that page, and start scribbling. No perfection required!

Find the stickers. One of the things that consistently makes me smile is learning how many of our PowerSheets friends didn't realize there were stickers in the back of each workbook. While I'm happy they had a fun surprise a few months into goal-setting, I want you to be using the stickers throughout the Prep Work and Monthly Goal Pages. So go on a little scavenger hunt, find those sticker pages, and put your favorite next to where you just wrote your name!

Join PowerSheets Facebook Group. Accountability is everything when it comes the PowerSheets process. Yes, PowerSheets are intentionally designed, but they are only as effective as you are in doing the work. If you're a Facebook user, find our PowerSheets Facebook group. Thousands of women are here offering encouragement and inspiration throughout their journey to cultivate what matters!

Learn from others. If I could sit down with each of you (over chips and guac, of course!) and walk you through the PowerSheets Prep Work, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Why? Because I know how overwhelming it can be to get started, and I LOVE seeing the moment everything starts to click in your eyes. Since that isn't feasible, I want to invite you into our PowerSheets process! We're by no means experts, but we love sharing what we're learning and how we make PowerSheets work for us. Lara's Goal-Setting Series on her blog walks you through her personal PowerSheets Prep, and the Cultivate team shares our PowerSheets Prep Party each month on the blog.

Be realistic, and set mile markers for yourself. Finishing all 40 pages of your PowerSheets Prep Work in one sitting is certainly possible, but it isn't necessary (and sometimes it isn't even feasible). Instead of waiting for the "perfect time" to dig in, make right now the perfect time. One of my favorite pieces of advice is to break the Prep Work into smaller pieces to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed. Start with completing three pages in one sitting. If you have time to do more, that's great. If not, that's great too. Just make a plan to come back to it, even if it's only a 30-minute break. I can promise you the little by little will add up!

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Thanks for sharing, Maria!

Veteran PowerSheets users, it's your turn–hop in the comments and share what you wish you knew when you started your PowerSheets journey. We have so much to learn from one another!

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