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Welcome to Mid-Year Goals Prep Week

Today kicks off an exciting week in the Cultivate office: Mid-Year Goals Prep Week! Whether you're a brand new PowerSheets user or want some extra encouragement to keep tending to those goals, there's something this week for you.

The most important thing this week?

Take one step forward. Just one!

We believe there's power in each and every intentional step you take. If you take more than one step forward, that's great, too!

What do you need to move forward on your goals and take that one step? Choose your adventure this week:

Need a kick in the pants? Join us for daily live coaching.
Need help getting started with your PowerSheets? Read on in this post!
Need some goal-getter friends to cheer you on?Cultivate Community Groups are here!
Need some real-life examples from others? Be sure to follow us on social for inspiring stories and daily pep talks.
Need some motivation to take that action step you’ve been putting off? This is where we’re gonna get a little crazy. We’re going to take those action steps LIVE together!

But first, I'm going to ask you a question: What can you do right now to love your December self well?

Is there something you can say no to, giving you room for something more important?

Can you make a decision now that will bear fruit by the time December rolls around?

What habit could cultivate now that will help you love your December self well?

If you're like me, I'll bet you have an answer for each of these questions! Where I want to be in December doesn't happen overnight. Others might believe in quick fixes, but around here, we cultivators embrace little by little progress.

And that's what this week is all about. By spending time working on our PowerSheets together, we’re going plant the seeds now for the good things we want to grow in the second half of the year!

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Brand new to PowerSheets? How exciting! Over the course of this week, we’ll break down our proven process and walk you through your workbook day-by-day and page-by-page. The PowerSheets Prep Work has instructions on each worksheet for you to get started (it’s like having a coach in your back pocket!), but the Cultivate team wants to take it one step further and cheer you on. Each day, a different CWM gal will walk you through a piece of the PowerSheets Prep Work on Facebook Live at 3 pm ET. Sign up to join us!

Have goals you want to make progress on? Consider us your biggest cheerleaders! We've created a Cultivate Goal-Getter's Board in the office to celebrate YOU! When you take just ONE step on any of your goals this week, tell us! Leave a comment on Instagram or tell us in a Facebook Live, and we'll add your name to our board. Just like the progress bars on your Tending List, there's something exciting about seeing visual proof of progress!

Need some extra encouragement from fellow PowerSheets friends? Join our PowerSheets Facebook Group to find like-minded ladies near you! Once you do, consider starting (or joining!) a monthly meet-up with local friends using our brand new Community Groups resources.

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Your turn! Leave a comment and let us know if you have your PowerSheets in hand and are planning to tune in this week! Introduce yourself. Tell us where you live! How are you feeling about your goals? I'd love to see how many friends we'll be spending time with this week!

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What Can PowerSheets Help You Do?

As a community, we've had the privilege of watching thousands of women around the world cultivate what matters using PowerSheets. Whether they are creating a life-giving home, achieving career goals, building strong relationships, fostering friendships, working on wellness goals or anything else they can dream up—these women are making change happen in their lives and in the lives of those they love.

This is about so much more than planners and checklists. This isn’t traditional goal-setting like you’ve seen in the past.

We create the PowerSheets Goal Planner to help you take a leap of faith and set intentional, meaningful goals to simplify your life. It’s about you living on purpose. PowerSheets are a proven process of uncovering what matters most to you, setting grace-filled goals, and creating an action plan to make those things happen little by little, no perfection required.

Our guarantee is simple: when you intentionally use the PowerSheets, change will happen. But don't just listen to us! We're excited to introduce a few women who are sharing their PowerSheets stories below!

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Ready to see change happen in your life? We're ready to be your biggest cheerleader!

Grab a set of Six-Month Undated PowerSheets from the Cultivate Shop, and get started!

There's nothing magical about January 1st when it comes to setting goals. Today can be the day that everything changes! Your December 2018 self will thank you for taking the leap of faith.

We want to hear from you! What have PowerSheets helped you accomplish? Tell us below in the comments!

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Less is Actually More: What is a Low-Information Diet, and Is it Right for You?

The end of 2017 rolled around, and I felt myself craving margin. Life was full–full of some really good things–but full nonetheless. As I sat down to do my PowerSheetsPrep Work, I started to see a theme.

I had too much stuff.
I felt unsteady, wavering back and forth based on circumstances instead of truth.
I was no longer doing something I loved: reading.
My eyes were heavy.

The root of all those things? Information overload.

I had too much stuff because I was on every single shop mailing list. I felt unsteady because I spent too much time on Instagram, silently comparing myself during the scrolling. I was reading less because my free time was full of work and wedding planning and traveling. I was tired because I spent a lot of time staring at a screen–both for work, and after-hours while wedding planning.

It was a stark wake-up call. I immediately knew one of my PowerSheets goals needed to be "Phone Down, Eyes Up." Short, simple, but packs a big punch (the best kinds of goals often do that!).

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What is a Low-Information Diet? 

A Low-Information Diet means you're limiting the consumption of media in your life. Tim Ferris coined the term "Low-Information Diet" in his book The 4-Hour Work Week, where he talks about the importance of cultivating selective ignorance. "Selective" is an important word here! He doesn't talk about complete ignorance in all things, but instead talks about the disservice consuming what doesn't concern you does to yourself and those around you.

“Just as modern man consumes both too many calories and calories of no nutritional vale, information workers eat data both in excess and from the wrong sources.” -Tim Ferris

What's going to matter to you when you're 80?
What are the things you will look back on and want more of?

Not sure what those things are? That's okay! PowerSheets can help you uncover what matters most and make a plan to cultivate those things–the right things.

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Those are the things you can start to cultivate now. Nothing says you have to wait until January 1st to start making changes. As cultivators, we're big believers in little by little progress!

Trying to decide if embracing a Low-Information Diet is right for you? Here are my three checkpoints I'd encourage you to try:

Check the phone usage in your battery life. On my iPhone, I can go to my Settings > Battery and it will show me what apps have used the largest percentage of my battery life over the past 24 hours or 7 days. This is eye-opening!

Answer this question: What is the first thing you reach for when you wake up each morning? If it's your cell phone to open your email, social media, or blog reader, your television remote, or a newspaper, it could be a sign it's time to take a step back.

Download the Moment app. Moment automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day, and it allows you to set limits based on the information you see!

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There's no better time than the start of summer to kick a bad habit to the curb. This can be your summer to thrive! Fill those longer days with the things that fire you up. Make your own list of things to do instead of scrolling or watching television, and start checking those off one-by-one!

We'll be kicking off a series on cultivating a Low-Information Diet over the next few weeks, and we're excited to learn together! Up next, practical ways to set yourself up for success and how to use your PowerSheets to keep the momentum going!
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46 Productive Things to Do Instead of Scrolling Social Media

We're big fans of social media when it is used purposefully! It is, after all, how we connect with so many of you on a regular basis! Like so many things in our lives, when used purposefully, it can create a beautiful home for encouragement and support.

However, we know there are time when we are guilty of replacing real life with Instagram, and we spend precious time mindlessly scrolling through social media instead of accomplishing the things that matter most to us.

Our team is sharing 46 productive things you can do instead of scrolling on your phone today, and we hope it inspires you to start prioritizing what matters most to you!

  1. Unsubscribe from email promotional emails
  2. Plan a coffee date with a friend
  3. Delete photos from your camera roll
  4. Floss your teeth
  5. Go to bed early
  6. Take a walk
  7. Write a thank you note
  8. Read a magazine
  9. Check off a daily goal on your Tending List
  10. Organize your bedside table
  11. Volunteer your time
  12. Make a to-do list, and check one thing off your to-do list
  13. Write out a social media mission statement
  14. Wash the dishes
  15. Make your bed
  16. Choose ten pieces of clothing to donate
  17. Read a book
  18. Learn a new language
  19. Call your best friend
  20. Kiss your significant other
  21. Take out the trash
  22. Get your finances in order
  23. Make a sweet treat for your neighbor
  24. Go to the library, and check out a new book
  25. Write the Word
  26. Clean out your pantry
  27. Do a puzzle with your child
  28. Write down your goals
  29. Unload the dishwasher
  30. Choose one new recipe to try
  31. Print a few of your favorite photos to display
  32. Plan a gathering in your home
  33. Make a new friend
  34. Exercise
  35. Doodle
  36. Start a gratitude journal
  37. Reply to five emails in your inbox
  38. Organize your bathroom cabinet
  39. Apply for a passport
  40. Prep your meals for the week
  41. Reply to your text messages
  42. Start one load of laundry
  43. Clean out your junk drawer
  44. Watch a TED talk
  45. Organize your desk
  46. Make an inspiring playlist

We'd love to hear from you! Leave a a comment, and tell us what else would you add to this list! The possibilities are endless, and we can't wait to hear your creativity!

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Want to cultivate your faith? Introducing our two new Write the Word Journals!

Many, many months ago on Instagram stories, I asked you if you had a particular volume you'd like to see in our Write the Word collection. And boy did you deliver! After having the post up for only an hour, I had hundreds of messages to cull through, and I removed the post (to spare my thumbs from replying to hundreds of messages). We knew we could count on your ladies for good ideas!

Well, our team mulled on your suggestions and discussed them in countless product development meetings and conversations, and we kept coming back to these themes of our two newest volumes: Cultivate Prayer and Cultivate Forgiveness. Why these two? Well, they fit so closely together. Can we accept the grace given to us from our Father and offer it freely to others without prayer? Can we cultivate a healthy prayer life in complete freedom without forgiving those in our lives?

Not only were these themes you requested over and over again, but we as a team knew we'd learn and grow from them, too!

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Write the Word // Cultivate Forgiveness was created to help you experience God's transforming grace and power. Learn to forgive as we have been forgiven and experience the freedom that comes with grace as you let go and let God.

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Write the Word // Cultivate Prayer is filled with scriptures specifically selected to help you grow your daily connection with the source of life Himself. Flourish in your faith through the gift and practice of prayer with this journal!

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We know that "quiet time" isn't always quiet, and it isn't always long either, so we created the Write the Word journals to give you a simple and impactful way to connect with God, right where you are!

We've carefully selected key thematic verses to write out on each page and included an On My Heart section to write your thoughts, prayers, or anything else God places on your heart each day. Write the Word journals can be used by any woman in any season of life! These journals are all digging into God's life-giving truth. The best part? They all help you cultivate a different part of your faith life!

 

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Don't our two newest volumes look like they've been here all along? We love how happy and bright they are in our line-up of all the volumes. We can't wait to hear stories of how these journals continue to plant seeds of faith in your lives.

Shop our Write the Word volumes here!

We'd love to hear from you! Is there a particular theme you'd like to see in a future volume of Write the Word? We tuck all your ideas away for safe-keeping ;)

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