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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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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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10 Things You Might Not Know About MTH

When we look back on our company PowerSheets each year, one of the highlights is always the Making Things Happen Conference. Twice a year, women from all over the world gather together for a two-day intensive to make what matters happen. Attendees spend time hearing from our Encouragers and digging deep to uncover intentional goals. We like to describe the MTH Conference as doing PowerSheets in person, and there's nothing quite like watching a room full of women uncover their purpose and make a plan to do something about it!

Chances are, you've likely heard us talk about Making Things Happen, but we wanted to share 10 things about the conference that surprise you!

1. You don't have to own a business or be a "creative". 

Making Things Happen is for everyone. The beauty of MTH is that it's about so much more than your career; it's about you as a person.

The love-at-home mom, corporate CEO, student, professor, creative, non-creative, and everyone in-between is welcome at MTH. Whether you already know what you want to make happen and need an action plan or you need help uncovering intentional goals, MTH is the perfect place for you.

2. You don't have to know anyone. 

The majority of our attendees take a leap of faith and walk into the Carolina Inn alone, but it doesn't stay that way for long! We have a Facebook group that allows you to meet friends ahead of time, arrange hotel accommodations, and chat about all things Making Things Happen. After the conference, we'll add you to our online network of more than 1,000 Making Things Happen alum who are ready to meet you!

3. You don't have to come alone. 

While you don't have to know anyone to enjoy Making Things Happen, we know that some attendees may want to come with a business partner or like-minded friend. We have special Partner Rate tickets available just for you!

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4. You don't have to pay full price. 

We are firm believers in stewarding your money well and investing in things that last longer than you. When you register for Making Things Happen before July 31st, you can take advantage of our early-bird registration rate and save more than $1,000 off the price of your ticket!

5. You don't have to know all of the Encouragers.

Each year we carefully choose a group of Encouragement Speakers with a wide background to share the Making Things Happen experience with you. Each of our Encouragers are deeply passionate about helping you uncover what matters, and they are eager to cheer you on do the work alongside you!

6. You don't have to be a certain age. 

Over the past nine years, we've had women of all ages join us at Making Things Happen, and we love the diversity it provides. At Making Things Happen, college freshmen embarking on a new journey and women in their 60's who are ready for a new chapter all come together in the same room to make what matters happen. The unifying factor is a desire to live intentionally and make the most your life.

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7. You don't have to be an extrovert.

At Making Things Happen, we'll encourage you to break out of your identity box and meet new people, but we also know it's important to give you other opportunities to connect on a more one-to-one basis. Each attendees is assigned a breakout group based on their interests and season of life, and we host fireside chats both nights for you to unpack all you're learning! These moments are great opportunities for you to dig deep in a smaller setting and get to know your fellow attendees!

8. You don't have to pay for Making Things Happen all at once.

We know that Making Things Happen is a worthwhile investment, and we want you to have the opportunity to join us! Payment plans are available for Making Things Happen, and we can help you break down your ticket cost into three payments. Email Ashlea@CultivateWhatMatters.com for more information!

9. You don't have to worry about the little things. 

When it comes to Making Things Happen, our team's goal is to serve you so you can focus on yourself, providing encouragement and support at every turn! Our Encouragement Crew, made up of previous Making Things Happen alum, works hard behind the scenes to greet you with a bright smile, warm hug, and make sure you are well-fed!

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10. You don't have to have it all figured out.

There's no need to come to Making Things Happen with all of your goals uncovered, the perfect action plan, or the perfect outfit.. As our Making Things Happen Encourager Gina Zeidler says, "Come as you are, even if you feel like you don't quite get what you are coming for or are nervous!" Even if you are a little unsure, take the leap!

It's time for you to take the leap and join us at Making Things Happen in Chapel Hill, NC on September 24-25th! Register before July 31st to save nearly 50% off your ticket with the early-bird rate! Tickets are going fast; register now!

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Low-Information Diet: 11 Ways to Eliminate Digital Overwhelm

We can't say we're surprised the introductory post for our Low-Information Diet series struck a chord with you! In the summer season where days get a little bit longer and everyone tends to linger a little bit longer, we're very excited to have a conversation about spending more time cultivating the most important things in your life (which rarely include screens!).

Here's a list of 11 practical ways to begin to eliminate digital overwhelm in your life. The best part? You don't have to do all of these things at once! Instead, you can embrace little by little progress, slowly adding these items can be added to your PowerSheets Tending List each month.

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Uncover the root of the problem and eliminate it. Where do you spend most of your time staring at a screen? If it's laying in bed at night before you close your eyes, purchase an alarm clock, charge your phone in the kitchen, and put a new book on your bedside table. Is it when you arrive somewhere 15 minutes early? Keep a book or Write the Word Journal in your car to use that time on purpose. Find the root of the problem, and come up with an alternative thing to do to stop staring at your screen!

Choose to only check email on your laptop or desktop. While I love the suggestion of only checking email two times a day, that isn't always a possibility depending on your career or circumstances. One thing I love to do is to only check my email on my laptop or desktop. Not only am I more efficient at responding with a keyboard, but I'm not tempted to spend more time on my phone than necessary.

Download the News Feed Eradicator. The News Feed Eradicator for Facebook is a great browser extension that completely eliminates the distracting parts of Facebook. Part of my job as our Content and Community Manager means spending time on social media, and this is a huge help! I can still access the site, but it eliminates the news feed so I don't get distracted by the various things my friends and family are posting. I can sign on, head straight to the Cultivate What Matters Facebook page or PowerSheets group, knowing I won't get distracted!

Prioritize face-to-face time! Where possible, prioritize face-to-face time with friends and loved ones. Technology and social media can make it easy to trick us into believing we've had quantity time when quality time is much more important in the long run! Invite a friend to join you for coffee one morning or meet up with you the next time you have to head to the mall for errands. It's okay if you use technology to invite them :)

Get back to the root of what matters. When I ask myself what's going to matter to me when I'm 80 years old, my answer never includes a screen or device. Working through the PowerSheets proven process and Make It Happen has helped me prioritize the things that matter most to me, and say no to everything else.

Unfollow. Cull. Be ruthless. We often do this with our closets and possessions, removing the items that we don't benefit from our closets and drawers. Now is the time to do it in the digital realm! The information you consume on social media takes up valuable brain space and has the potential to influence what you believe to be true. Take some time to unfollow the accounts on your social media feeds who bring up feelings of jealousy, comparison, or negative thoughts.

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Cut your television consumption in half. I realize this might be controversial, but hear me out first! I'm reading Laura Vanderkam's book 168 Hours, and I was shocked when she reported that Americans watch anywhere from 2.5 to 3 hours of television each day. While I won't tell you to eliminate television entirely, I will challenge you to an experiment: cut your television consumption in half for a month, and see where you spend your free time. My husband and I have made a conscious decision not to have a television in our home. Yes, it means sacrificing hosting Super Bowl or UNC basketball viewing parties, but we know it's more than worth it to eliminate the distraction entirely (bonus, we save money because we don't pay for cable!). Now we find ourselves spending our evenings going on neighborhood walks or reading together. And we always have our laptop handy if there's a new show we'd like to watch!

Unsubscribe from all mailing lists. Marketing emails aren't a bad thing, but when you fall into the rabbit hole of opening the most recent J. Crew 40% off email, spend 20 minutes adding items to your cart, and then close the tab entirely, you've taken up valuable brain space and time in your day! Many Cultivate friends love using Unroll.Me to unsubscribe from mass emails (be sure to pay attention to their privacy policy in case you're curious about your data), but I've found simply leaving the marketing emails in my inbox and dedicating five minutes at the end of each day to unsubscribe has been helpful, too! Not only will this help you eliminate the digital overwhelm, but your wallet will thank you too! It is, after all, one of the first things we recommend you do in our Finance Goal Guide.

Turn off push notifications. All the buzzing, dinging and vibrating not only makes everything feel urgent, but it's incredibly distracting, too! Depending on your job or circumstances, it might not be realistic to turn off every single one of your push notifications, but chances are you can eliminate most of them. There isn't a way to turn them off all at once, but it's worth it to go into your phone's settings and turn them off app by app.

Build in social media and tech-free time into your calendar. Social media and technology isn't a bad thing when it is used purposefully, and eliminating yourselves from technology entirely isn't always an option (hello email!). Use social media and your time online on purpose. Write out a mission statement for how and why you will use them well. Post that mission statement to your computer or desk where you will see it often. We shared more tips on how to have your own social media-free weekend (hint: it's okay to start with a few hours or day first!)

Practice gratitude the old-fashioned way. The next time you're tempted to send a thank you email or text, take a few extra moments to write out a note the old-fashioned way! Our Encouragement Postcards (pictured below!) are great to keep on hand for this, but any notecard will do! Taking a few extra moments to slow down will not only keep you away from your phone, but it's more meaningful for the recipient, too. If you're looking for a way to practice gratitude on a more personal level, try keeping a gratitude list in an empty notebook or one of our Write the Word Journals. Each Write the Word journal has a blank On My Heart section that is a great place to record an ongoing gratitude list for the day.

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Now it's your turn! What else would you add to this list? What tactics have you found helpful in eliminating digital overwhelm? Leave a comment below, and share with us what you've learned!

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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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