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Facebook Groups for PowerSheets Users

One of our very best PowerSheets tips is to find a PowerSheets buddy to keep you accountable in making the little by little progress on your goals. Why? Accountability is a game-changer, and it's so helpful to have your tribe to go to when you need advice or encouragement or when you want to celebrate accomplishing a goal!

However, we know that sometimes distance, life circumstances, or work schedules can make it harder to have face-to-face interaction on a regular basis, and that's why we're thrilled to offer five Facebook groups for the Cultivate family. These Facebook groups offer hundreds and thousands of women who are using PowerSheets to cultivate what matters in their own lives, and after spending time there myself, I'd bet money that they're some of the most encouraging groups on all of Facebook!

  • PowerSheets Group: This is our main Facebook group, and it's the hub of all things PowerSheets-related! Our team spends a few hours each week browsing all your goals and cheering you on as you make progress. I also get a lot of ideas for blog content in this group, too!
  • Moms Cultivating What Matters with PowerSheets: Anything from book recommendations for moms-to-be to creating a morning routine to finding baby socks that don't fall off is shared here! I'm not a momma myself, yet, but these ladies seem pretty wise and you can bet I'll be using this resource in the years to come.
  • Students Cultivating What Matters with PowerSheets: Are you a student? This group is a great place for students to encourage and inspire each other in this unique season of life! Our Customer Delight and Shop Manager Kaylee is a recent graduate herself, and she's one of the group's biggest cheerleaders!
  • Business Owners Cultivating What Matters With PowerSheets: One of my favorite parts of this group is watching women take dreams of businesses and begin to plant the seeds to build them. Whether you're dreaming up a business idea and writing out a business plan or a seasoned business owner yourself, you're sure to find extra encouragement here!
  • Cultivating Faith with PowerSheets: We know many of your goals is to cultivate your faith (and not just with our Write the Word journals). These ladies are quick to offer encouragement and practical resources to implement your faith in your life.

Click the links above to join one (or a few) of the ones that are applicable to your season of life, and request access. A member of our team will approve your request in a jiffy, and then you're free to introduce yourself and share your PowerSheets goals and progress. I've learned so much from these amazing ladies, and I can't wait for you to be equally encouraged!

We can't wait to say hi to some new faces in these groups!

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Saying No Is Okay

How do they do it all?

If you're anything like me, you've probably asked yourself this question about your friend, that inspiring lady you follow on Instagram or the perfectly-put-together girl you see next to you at your barre class. I know it can be easy to make assumptions about people we follow, particularly on social media, but we've learned that every yes is attached to a no. In order to say yes to what matters in our lives, it means saying no to some surprising things. We're sharing a few surprising things we say no to, and we hope it encourages you to prioritize what matters most to you, and say no (or not right now) to the rest!

Say-no

I say no to painting my nails, washing my hair every day, and switching up my accessories. Wearing the same necklace, earrings, and rings every day means that's one less decision I have to make in the mornings! -Emily

I say no to more than one hang out with a friend each week. This may be my introvert speaking, but limiting my free time available to hang out with friends means quite a few things to me: I have a small (but closer) group of friends who I am comfortable with all of the time, I have to do less manipulating to our meal-plans and dog-walking schedules with my boyfriend, I save money that would go toward food or drinks or gas, and I feel totally refreshed and ready to hang out with them and then tend to myself by limiting my time out. -Nicole

I say no to planning elaborate and meat-filled meals during the week. Not only is it time-consuming, it's expensive to cook a variety of food for a single person. Instead, I have a pretty consistent rotation of small and inexpensive meals that I eat regularly, most of which are vegetarian. I use get-togethers or date nights in to flex my cooking skills and eat some meat. -Jess

I say no to traditional dinners and meal prep (for now). Our family is in a season where my husband is traveling often and most weeks I'm single parenting. I've grown weary trying to fit the grocery shopping, kid pickups at two different locations, making sit-down family dinners, bath and bedtime in the two and a half hour time window that I have between pick-up and bedtime (our kids' school time starts super early, so they have 5:30am wake-up times). I'm leaning on services like Shipt to have groceries delivered. It adds a few dollars to our monthly budget, but it has been such a huge stress relief and time savings that it is worth it for me. I'm giving myself grace that this is just a season for our dinners (I love to cook and have family gathered 'round the table). -Amber

I have been saying no to using my car and choosing to walk instead! For example, it is a 15-minute walk to the grocery store, and I am able to carry two bags of groceries on the way back. Because I'm only buying for myself, I have found it easy to get some extra steps in, save a few dollars on gas, and still be able to manage to carry my groceries on the way home. It also keeps me from sneaking a pint of ice cream into the cart because it might melt on the way home! -Kaylee

I say no to social media on the weekends! I've been taking social-media-free weekends for over six years, and it has been one of the biggest blessings for my heart, my marriage, and now my family. On Friday, I delete the apps from my phone so I'm not tempted to choose them over connecting with the people I love. -Lara

Tell us below: What surprising thing do you say no to? We'd love to hear from you in the comments, and your words could be encouraging for someone else!

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Our Best Tips for Working From Home

A few weeks ago I asked for Cultivate blog content ideas from many of you on Instagram, and you didn't disappoint! I've added a few of them to the queue for the coming months, and I wanted to start with one I've been asked a lot more recently:

I just found out I will be transitioning to working from home, and I'm very excited! Could you write a blog or share on Instagram stories about tips on working from home--space organization, desk, calendar, etc, how you stay on task and accountable to duties, and how you stay plugged in with the team? Thanks! -Cortney T.

If you've followed the Cultivate team for a while, you know we have a unique work environment. Half of our team works remotely, and the other half work out of Lara's home office. Having only recently transitioned to working remotely, I still have a lot to learn, so I called on the advice of my fellow remote-working ladies: Amber, Kristin, and Marissa! We've been incredibly blessed to continue to do the jobs we love remotely, and it's our goal to continue to work smarter and more efficiently! I've rounded up some of our best tips below:

Breathe fresh air. This is probably my favorite tip from Kristin because I've learned how easy it could be to go days without breathing the air outside your home. One of her most practical pieces of advice: make sure you spend some time outside each day, whether it's a morning walk, an evening errand outside of the house, or switching up scenery to a local coffee shop.

Eat lunch away from your desk. It can be tempting t o work through lunch, especially when there isn't a coworker there to grab lunch with you. One of my PowerSheets goals is to eat lunch away from my desk every day. Whether it's on my kitchen counter or outside, taking a few moments to step away from my computer prepares me to dig into the afternoon!

Dress appropriately. This doesn't mean you have to dress in business casual clothes every day, but if you know you are more productive when you are dressed and put together, add an additional 15 minutes to your morning routine to force yourself out of pajamas. Amber, our Marketing Director, even puts on shoes!

Use technology to your advantage. Our team uses a variety of different technology platforms to stay connected–Google Hangouts, Asana, Google Drive, Dropbox, and a team text message thread just to name a few! Regardless of what you're using, having times to check in with your team can help counter any feelings of isolation you might experience in the first few months of transitioning to remote work.

Honor office hours. Moving from working in a large corporate office, Marissa found herself overcompensating for the blessing of working from home by being accessible at all hours of the day. Now, she has fairly-strict office hours (noted in her email signature) because working from home can lead to over-working for her Type A personality. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules! Really busy days or mornings that might have a doctor's appointment usually warrant a later closing time. I've taken Marissa advice and scheduled exercise classes in the evening at 5:45 pm. That forces me to close my computer and step away from my desk!

Create a dedicated workspace. One of the great things about working in an office is the ability to leave your work at work (for the most part, depending on your profession.) However, when you're working out of your home, it's easy to turn every part of your home into your office (We're looking at you, living room couch) And this doesn't mean you need a whole separate office! I have a desk in my studio apartment, and it's my work area. Having a dedicated space to work makes it easier to wrap up and walk away when the workday is finished. Bonus tip: clean up your desk at the end of each day–remove empty cups, put pens away, file necessary papers. (This can easily be one of your PowerSheets daily goals). It makes a big difference when walking back into your office area the next morning.

We're by no means experts, but we hope these tips encouraged those of you, like Cortney, who might be making this transition soon!

Do you work remotely? We'd love to hear your best tips in the comments!

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PowerSheets Party–August

Happy August, friends! It's the start of the month, and the Cultivate team is excited to share our PowerSheets Prep with you! 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.

Don't have PowerSheets? That's okay! You can start setting intentional goals right now, right where you are. Check out this post for

Share your August goals in the comments below. We'd love to read about what you have planned for the month!

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Why You Don’t Need PowerSheets To Set Goals

Today can be your January 1st. I know what you're going to say because I've heard it a lot since we sold out of our 2017 PowerSheets a few weeks ago: "Jess, I need #PowerSheets and you're sold out! I can't start fresh without PowerSheets!"

What I'm about to say probably goes against every marketing tactic out there, but I'm going to say it anyway:

You don't actually need our PowerSheets to start cultivating an intentional life.

Are PowerSheets a tool that helps you organize your thoughts and dreams and break those down into action steps? I wholeheartedly believe so.

Is it helpful to have a beautiful spiral-bound workbook to keep everything together? Yes.

Are you more motivated to stay on track when you've spent money on and invested in a tool? Maybe.

But here's the thing: You can start right where you are. It's not the product that matters; it's the work you put into it. You don't have to have a PowerSheets Workbook to start setting intentional goals. In fact, if you wait until 2018 PowerSheets come out this fall, you are doing yourself a disservice by not taking advantage of the momentum and excitement you feel right now.

So what do you do while you wait? Here are some great places to start (some are even free!):

  • In her 2017 Goal-Setting Series, Lara walks through her personal PowerSheets prep and goals for the year. It's a great place to follow along, with a notebook and pen in hand. There are five parts, and here is a direct link to Part One.
  • The Cultivate blog is full of great tips and tricks that are applicable even if you don't have PowerSheets in hand! Equal parts encouragement, behind the scenes of what's happening in the office, and practical to-dos, it's a great place to find resources for some of your action steps.
  • Lara's first book, Make It Happen, incorporates some of the same prompts from the PowerSheets process. Work through this by yourself or with a buddy.
  • Our Couples and Parents Companion Guides are a great resource to help you set goals with your significant other or for your family. If youre looking to cultivate friendships, our Fruitful Friendships Workbook is for you! We created these guides to use in conjunction with your PowerSheets, but they're full of great conversation starters and resources!
  • The Making Things Happen Conference is coming back in March 2018! Tickets officially went on sale yesterday, and you can save your seat and secure the early bird price today! I know you'll have PowerSheets in hand by then, but trust me, this intensive was created to give you a solid foundation and action plan. It was created to help you simplify your life and gain clear direction.

For those of you reading this that don't have PowerSheets in hand, I'm going to challenge you to something today. Make a decision to spend the rest of the year intentionally cultivating what matters. Write it down, and start making little by little progress on it.

The Cultivate team is always ready to answer your questions, remind you to focus on your why, and be your biggest cheerleaders. We are on this journey with you!

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