There’s a lot that tries to get your attention in life.

Your to-do list.
The people surrounding you.
The online world.
Advertisements that beg you to look here, buy this!

So many things promising to solve a problem for you—or wanting you to solve a problem for them.

But, what’s essential, and what’s a distraction?

In this new month, let’s name those things that have been holding us back from growing what matters and clear out our growing ground for what lasts. March is the month to make room and say COMPLETELY YES to what’s essential (more about that in my video below)—and no to all the rest!

Clear the life clutter with these top posts and resources:

And now… a recap of my progress on my February PowerSheets® goals and what I learned!

That was fun! In the video I share how I made progress on my goals and lots of practical tips, including how to color-code your goals to help you follow-through. This has been a game-changer for me! Links I mentioned in the video:

Goal Setting Sticker book with our color coding system
How to Number Your Days PODCAST episode
Write the Word
— My workout playlist
— I forgot to mention this in the video, but one thing we did in February was open an Acorns account, which I love! Get $5 to invest when you use my link here.

On to March!
March Monthly Goals:
— Train leaders + pass on leadership. This post from my friend Jennie struck a chord – or rather, a whole symphony – in me!
— Celebrate our anniversary at the Carolina Inn.
— Listen to the Lord. We’ve been studying what it means to be “entrusted” this year—entrusted with faith, with the relationships we’ve been given, etc. I want to listen to Him more above everything else so I can steward well what I’ve been entrusted with.
— Plan a low-maintenance garden.  My neck injury is necessitating this, but I think it will be great all around—for the kiddos, too. This month I’m working slowly on a plan that won’t have me literally bending over backward all summer maintaining the garden.
— Bring Making Things Happen to life! I’m excited to experience this 56th conference alongside my team and the women who are joining us!
— Live numbered days (Psalm 90:12). Listen to the special episode of the podcast all about this here.
— Continue the Contentment Challenge.

March Weekly Goals:
— Weekly family Sabbath
— Sabbath study—studying what the Word says about Sabbath and starting this book.
— Read Letters to the Church with Ari
— Make margin happen
— Train for the Tar Heel 10K with Ari

March Daily Goals:
— Eat more raw vegetables
— 10K steps daily
— Old Testament Bible Reading (Need a great 5-day Bible reading plan? :))
Write the Word at night before bed
— Scripture over Scroll. As I learn about the Lord’s heart, this is where I want mine—focused on Him over the world. Soaking Him in instead of catching up with other people’s lives—even friends!

Your turn! Do you have goals for March? What are you cultivating in this new month? I’ll pick one of you to send a special surprise box of goodies to from the Cultivate What Matters shop. I love sending real mail, and I love hearing your thoughts! Congrats to February’s winner, Carleen Roberts!

P.S. Just getting started on your PowerSheets® and want me to coach you through how to get started? You got it! WATCH HERE.

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  1. Alli

    Love the video, but I really miss having these to read! Maybe some time stamps in the video would help? Setting up March today, and working on cultivating my relationship with my big girl, and preparing peacefully even though I have several work trips in March and April.

  2. Kinsey

    Monthly goals:
    -complete the Pure Madness Challenge at my local Pure Barre
    -take lots of pictures
    -write a letter (and send those pictures!) to my Compassion child
    -plan a game night with friends
    -prepare the house to host book club the first weekend of April
    -read 3 specific books

    Weekly goals:
    -read for work
    -write and send a note of encouragement
    -cook 2+ nights/week
    -2 Samuel homework for church
    -read The Meaning of Marriage for Home Group
    -record memories in Happy Planner and list journal

    Daily goals:
    -prayer
    -floss & mouthwash at night
    -water first & last
    -Write the Word journal
    -read!
    -gratitude list

  3. Katja

    Thank you for sharing your progress! This is my first year with PowerSheets and I was quick to beat myself up for learning about them late (like, December) and feeling behind, and then OH NO not getting the prep work “done” until late January, until I realized that this was the first time I thought about my goals in this way, so of course it’s a process. And your mention of the seed sharing reminded me I have some seeds a friend shared with me last year that I really should sprout! Thanks! And congrats on your progress on your new 2020 PS. Looking forward!

    • Lara

      Thanks, Katja! Go for it—plant those seeds and watch the magic unfold little by little. Cheering you on this year, and so grateful you’re here!

  4. Monica

    It was on my list to do a card catalog and stock it well but I had planned to do that in a few months from now. However, I was in a store today and saw some really great cards that inspired me to move that goal up to March. Now, I have 10 cards going out to people I love telling them exactly why I am so grateful to have them in my life. Cards for every occasion are waiting to go out as the year goes on. It feels amazing to love my people well!

    • Lara

      Yes! I love this—a little intentional forethought goes such a long way. What a happy mail day for those friends : )