Somewhere along the line, someone told you something about who you are or who you’re NOT and you believed that someone. You feel stifled, held back, stuck in an identity box someone else created. And when glimmers of your true self and life surface, you feel like you’re not the person for the job.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to break that identity box and be the woman you were created to be. LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:

— I tell you the story of my hair—yep, my hair. Everything, for almost my whole life, told me curly hair was something to hide. So I did. And along with hiding my hair, I hid part of who I was created to be.
— I tell you about the day I decided to stop fixing my hair, and what changed in my life.
— We chat about what I do now when I’m battling the desire to hide—how I lean into truth, not feelings.
— You get to meet two of my friends – Maghon and Ashlea! You will love their stories of breaking free from lies that were holding them back.
— I lead you through six simple prompts to help you identify and break out of your own identity box (I can’t wait to hear your lightbulb moments!).
—Finally, I suggest three tools to help you live out this new identity in a world that will want you to keep hiding.

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

— I wrote more about my hair story and feelings of rejection here.
— Do you have curly hair, too? I shared some of my practical hair tips here!
— Get to know Maghon on her site and Instagram (I want to take her new hand-lettering class!).
— Ashlea is your girl for healthy recipes and pep talks on Instagram!
— The PowerSheets® give you a practical way to live out your new identity day by day—one of the many reasons I love the monthly prep pages and Tending List.
— My book, Make It Happen, is the story of how I chose to make “it”—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too.

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You often feel unprepared. You throw meals and birthdays and most of life together, forgetting important milestones till the 11th hour (sometimes literally at 11pm). You know you’re not using each day to the fullest, and it makes you sad. You want change. And together, we’re about to find it.

In episode 008, we talked about numbering our days and striking while the iron was hot – about seizing the pivot points that are given to us instead of ignoring the facts, keeping our heads down, and grinding on. In this episode, I’m going to help you do just that. You’re hungry to use your numbered days well, and we’re going to take that fire in your belly and put it to good use! LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:
— I tell you about a season in my life when I had little margin. I’m guessing you’ve been there, too!
— I tell you about my turning point, and the solution I found to the challenge of feeling chronically unprepared, my life feeling one-note, and my plate always feeling full.
— I share three impactful steps you can take TODAY to cultivate your calendar for the year ahead.
— Finally, I let you in on three tools I use to follow through with ease (one involves frozen cookie dough!).
— I remind you that a little forethought goes a long way toward sowing seeds of love and closeness – toward building your legacy!

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

— You can connect with Sally Clarkson on her website and read her new book, Girls’ Club.
— The book I’ve been reading: Essentialism by Greg McKeown.
— I wrote more about that season-of-little-margin here.
— A flourishing life is possible – no perfection required! My book Cultivate was written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide.
— I uncover my priorities and follow through simply with my PowerSheets. This is the number one thing I do to simplify my time and, instead of doing it all, spend my time on the right things.
— I mentioned the Celebrations Binder, a simple, intentional planning system for all your celebrations. No more feeling unprepared to celebrated well!
— Psst – if you love to celebrate others, you will LOVE our greeting card set! The most beautiful cards, perfect for all your special days!
— The Cultivate sticker book will help you remember to take action.

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I’D LOVE TO MEET YOU! Come say hi on Instagram! I love sharing my life with you! And if you loved the outro, don’t miss the “Ari Raps” highlight on my Instagram!

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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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