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Six Must-Do’s for Your Evenings

Preparing well. That’s what the evening routine is all about.

I know, I know! That sounds like more work. And you’re thinking “I just got done with all of the laundry/work/chores/everything by the evening. I don’t want to do more.

Preparing well can serve you well that evening and it sets you up to be able to cultivate what really matters the following day. When you are cultivating what matters, you positively impact everything about your life and everyone in it.

Before we jump in, let me say this: everyone’s night routine looks different depending on your life, but the key is to find what works for you and cultivate those habits each day. Consistency creates habits that ultimately determine the flow of your everyday life, and an evening routine is a great place to start. I'm excited to share six must-dos for my evenings, and I hope it helps you start to think through your own personal evening routine.

Something to straighten up. For me, it’s the kitchen. If the kitchen is straightened up—dishes in the dishwasher, clutter-free counter, things put away—it's much easier for me to relax. Take a quick few minutes to pass through your space, and put away random things that need to be put away. After you're finished, set out only what you will need for the morning. For me, it's a packed lunch to take to work, water bottle for an AM workout, or a sticky note of things to remember for the following day!

Something to help you plan ahead. Each evening, I spend five minutes running through the next day's calendar to see if there are any schedule changes, high-level to-dos, or something out of the ordinary that my husband and I need to remember. These are things like getting gas on my way to work, running an errand before heading to the office, or picking up something specific at the store for dinner. I write these things down on a sticky note, and I put it somewhere I see first thing in the morning so I can get off to a productive start. I also take a few moments to look over my PowerSheets Tending List to mark off my daily goals.

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Something productive. While I'm going through my schedule, I ask myself if there are any tasks that can easily be done that evening. Whether it's dropping mail in the mailbox, prepping the next day's dinner, signing a document, or folding the lingering laundry in the dryer, I find that finishing one productive task not only helps me feel accomplished, but it keeps it from building up on the weekends. My best advice? Don't try to tackle huge project. These should be small and achievable tasks that take no more than 15 minutes.

Something encouraging. This one is my personal favorite! I try to take a few minutes to do something that encourage myself or someone else. I might write a note for my husband's lunch or send a quick text to a friend or loved one just to say hello and that I miss them. Sometimes, I'll spend time in my Write the Word Journal, taking note of what I'm grateful for in the "On My Heart" section. Whatever it is, this activity should be uplifting and help you set a stress-free tone for the evening. 

Something restful. A great way to wind down before bed is to do something that helps your mind start to slow down. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it should be something that works for you. Maybe it’s reading or journaling. Maybe dimming the lights and putting on a bedtime playlist of soft tunes while you brush your teeth and prepare for bed. Whatever it is, the idea here is that it’s calming, relaxing, and creating an environment conducive to getting a great night's sleep!

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Something tech-free. We talk about this one often, but it's because we believe it's essential! Designating the last hour before bedtime screen-free helps you get better sleep. A few tricks: make the very first thing you do before all of the nighttime necessities—brushing your teething, washing your face—putting the phone away. In the closet. In the bedside drawer, or across the room. This not only frees you from distractions but is also a nice mental cap on the end of the day. Hint: If you use your phone as your alarm, try replacing it with an affordable alarm clock. You eliminate the distraction entirely, and you can charge your phone in a nearby room.

 I’d love to hear from you! Do you have an evening routine? What are the best aspects of your night routine? Leave a comment with your best tips and tricks!

Want to embrace mornings and make them productive, too? Check out eight tips for embracing mornings!

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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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It’s time to take care of yourself! Introducing our Wellness Goal Guide!

What does taking care of yourself look like? What does it feel like exactly?

Is it running five miles? Getting those eight hours of sleep at night? A big bowl full of fresh vegetables? A massage or pedicure at your local spa?

Those are all good things, but when they stand alone, they tend to be treating symptoms of a bigger problem. What's the bigger problem? What are we missing?

Cultivated wellness is about looking at the heart and the whole person. It's about embracing a series of small choices made every day to cultivate your fitness, nutrition, and self-care. Over time, those little by little steps bring your wellness goals to life. When our well is filled, we can nourish others well too.

How do we live this out little by little, embracing progress, not perfection?

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In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life's to dos, it can often seem impossible (dare I say, selfish) to take time for yourself. But, as we've seen in the lives of PowerSheets users across the world, even the smallest steps add up.
Take the time to care for your body well is like planting seeds–results won't happen overnight, but little by little you'll begin to feel like your best self. And when you're at your best, you have the energy and focus to cultivate what matters in your life. Taking action on wellness goals allows you to love on the people around you well, too!

Our NEW PowerSheets Wellness Companion Goal Guide will help you fill your cup and tend to what matters so you can be your best self for others too! This guide is the perfect way to identify and take action on your unique wellness goals.

 

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Knowing everyone's lives look different and your goals will look different, too, we wanted to give you the space to uncover wellness goals that fit your life. These pages are going to push you to break out of your identity box and stop believing the lies that we have to look or be like someone else in order to be whole. We're going to flip the script and encourage you to embrace your unique paths, bodies, and needs, knowing those change depending on your season of life.

Our Wellness Goal Guide is full of ideas on how to refresh and recharge, action plans for nutrition, fitness, and self-care, and resources for meal planning and living a balanced life. This guide is filled with encouragement and motivation to take care of you! Create the goals, plan the action steps, and then add them to your PowerSheets to tend to them little by little.

This might be a bold statement, but I firmly believe this product is going to change lives. Not just yours, but the people who experience the ripple effect of YOU taking cares of yourself. And that fires me up!

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Our friend and PowerSheets user Grace is running a half-marathon this month! We're excited to cheer her on!

My favorite takeaway from creating this goal guide? When I stopped looking at wellness as individual goals–getting in shape or eating healthy or creating margin to rest–and started to view it more holistically, everything changed. Instead of trying to piece everything together, I now see my WHY clearly. Taking care of myself–physically, emotionally, mentally–frees me to up to love others better and steward what I've been given well.

Shop the Wellness Goal Guide here!

We want to hear from you! Do you have any wellness goals in your PowerSheets this year? We'd love to hear about them below in the comments!

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Cultivating What Matters in Finances, Wellness, and Faith in Kids

If you've been in the Cultivate family for long, you know we don't create products for the sake of creating products. We create products we are excited to use, and our Summer Launch coming April 24th is no exception. Not only are we restocking Six-Month PowerSheets in White, we're releasing a new collection of products we dreamed up to help you continue to cultivate what matters!

Three of our favorites? Our brand new Finance Goal Guide, Wellness Goal Guide, and Write the Word Journal for Kids!

Whether you're cultivating your finances, wellness, or hoping to plant seeds of faith in your children, we've teamed up with experts in these arenas to offer practical advice and encouragement and answer all your questions!

FIVE WAYS TO CULTIVATE WHAT MATTERS IN YOUR FINANCES

Wednesday, April 11th at 2pm ET with Shay Cochrane

Our resident finance guru, Emily Thomas, will be teaming up with Shay Cochrane, commercial photographer, to share their top five ways to cultivate their finances. There's no need to be an expert, because no matter your financial situation, you have everything you need to change the course of your financial story! Register here.

HOW TO CULTIVATE FAITH WITH KIDS

Wednesday, April 18th at 2pm ET with Lara Casey

Our brand new Write the Word for Kids has our entire team excited about planting seeds of faith in young ones. Join Lara Casey, mother of three under six, for a live class on how to cultivate faith in the lives of children. Register here.

HOW TO CULTIVATE WELLNESS

Thursday, April 26th at 2pm ET with Amia Freeman

Taking care of yourself is far from selfish–it's necessary to cultivate all aspects of your life. Join Lara Casey and Amia Freeman of inneractive FITCLUB™ as they talk through how to live a healthy, full life. Register here.

Please note: Crowdcast works best on the Google Chrome browser, and we recommend downloading it ahead of the webinar. If you experience technical difficulties, please reach out directly to Crowdcast support.

If you aren't able to join us live for any of these events, there's no need to fret. A replay will be available for all those that have registered, so be sure to sign up to receive access to the broadcast afterward! Note: you will have to sign up for multiple events.

Leave us a comment, and let us know you're coming! We can't wait to see how your little by little progress will add up to help you cultivate what matters in your own life.

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Goal Action Ideas for Nutrition Goals

We recognize that sometimes you know where you want to end up, but it's still hard to come up with the specific steps that will help to get you there! We're always looking for ways to encourage you on your PowerSheets journeys, so we've identified some broad categories of goals that are popular in the PowerSheets community and brainstormed a list of potential monthly, weekly, and daily goals to help you get the creative juices flowing. Today, we're back with a continuation of our goal guide series!

This is the natural companion to our first fitness goal guide: nutrition goals! I find that planning and checking off work-outs is often a bit more accessible than finding effective ways to improve my diet. In fact, meal planning may take a bit more forethought. But with these ideas and some of your own, we know you can make little by little progress on your nutrition goals!

Monthly Goals

  • Read one book on nutrition
  • Plan a dinner with a friend at a healthy restaurant
  • Purchase a recipe binder or box
  • Buy a few new kitchen appliances or tools to help you make healthy recipes
  • Clean out the refrigerator (especially sauces and dressings that live in the door!)
  • Devise a nutrition plan for what and how you want to eat
  • Try a meal delivery service (like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron)
  • Ask a friend to start eating healthier with you and to hold you accountable
  • Watch a health documentary
  • Compile list of healthy recipes
  • Make a bank of your favorite healthy recipes as a go-to meal-planning library
  • Download Plant Nanny to track water consumption
  • Clean out pantry and purge unhealthy or expired snacks
  • Invite friends over for supper at your place to ensure a healthy meal will be served and to practice your cooking skills
  • Eliminate caffeine

Weekly Goals

  • Meal plan for the week. Here are our best meal-planning tips!
  • Go grocery shopping for the full week ahead
  • Meal prep for the week ahead
  • Cook one plant-based dinner
  • Create containers of easy-to-grab washed and cut produce to snack on throughout the week

Daily Goals

  • Drink and record eight glasses of water
  • Start the day with a healthy breakfast
  • Make or reheat a homemade lunch and dinner
  • Make coffee before leaving for work
  • Eat slowly, away from your desk
  • Pack a snack so you aren't tempted by fast food or Starbucks trips

These are just a few suggestions of tangible goals you can add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your nutrition goals for the year! If you're enjoying this series, be sure to visit our Fitness and Faith goal guides.

Get started on your wellness goals with our Wellness Goal Guide!

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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