We’re almost to the half-way point of 2019 and you’re feeling it.

Life keeps happening.
Daily pressures keep pressing.
You want to make progress on the things you’ve always wanted to do. But, you’re starting to think it’s not possible to achieve your goals this year—it feels like it’s too late.

It’s no surprise you feel this way! The world tries to convince you that that, in order to have a meaningful life, you have to do it all and be it all. You have to have made perfect progress on your goals from January 1 to now. You have to have it all together. You have to take big shiny steps forward. You have to do “big things” to have value.

Ugh!

I’ve been there, too. Feeling like I have to do it all and be it all. Escaping to social media, to distractions, to comparison, to whatever we can find to avoid that voice that keeps telling us we’re not good enough.

There’s a better way forward! A simple way. Like my garden, it’s the way of growing slow and well.

My little buddy exploring the community garden down the street from us!

Starting next Monday, I’m going to guide you through 3 steps to finally make progress on your goals—no matter how your year started. Ready for a life reset without the pressure, guilt, or that feeling of never catching up?

Welcome to your LIFE RESET.

Whether you’ve made progress this year, completely forgot about your goals, or never set them in the first place, Mid-Year Goals Prep Week is for you—and it’s going to be FUN!

3 steps to get ready for your Mid-Year RESET:
1. Grab your PowerSheets—no matter where you are in your goals, I’ll help you get refreshed!
2. Follow Cultivate What Matters on Instagram for Mid-Year Goals coaching and fun all week.
3. Sign up for my free live class next Monday at 1 pm ET. Let’s make it a date! I’ll guide you through the 3 steps to make the rest of 2019 count—no matter how it started (and of course I’ll send you the replay if you can’t join live!). Save your spot now.

And now, a quick progress update from my May PowerSheets goals! May was a big month! Grace finished 1st grade, all the kiddos started the transition-to-summer, and Mommy eased lots of big emotions for sweet little hearts who don’t love transition! : ) We had a refreshing trip to the beach, planted the garden, and ate breakfast outside. It was a good month!

May Monthly Goals:
— Love the Word (above all else!) – One of our work benefits is an allowance for books, so I got a new ESV study Bible and have been loving it alongside my Write the Word Prayer journal, which I’m almost done with!
— Make our family summer plans – Done! We’re headed to the mountains in June and August and have simple summer fun plans thanks to many of your suggestions and the Summer Wildcard Page pack.
— Train team members (2 Corinthians 3:2 is my verse for this!) – So much progress here that I am very grateful for! I work with amazing women.
— Make our summer homeschool plan – Done! We ordered all of our 2nd-grade books, too! (By the way, the new version of the Cultivated Homeschool Planner is coming soon! Stay tuned!)
— Plant the garden + Josh’s farm – FINALLY!!! Listen in here for the story of how this almost didn’t happen.

May Weekly Goals:
— Weekly family Sabbath. – Many naps with Josh transpired! And we had an especially sweet Shabbat with some friends at the beach, complete with a seder meal and singing!
— Do something for the joy of it—HIS joy! – Goodness, I loved this goal. It was a reminder to live with joy! From being silly with the kids to telling funny stories to making fun things for breakfast, this was a delight.
— Be in the Word with Ari – This was pretty simple – a reminder to have spiritual conversation with him!

May Daily Goals:
— Old Testament Bible Reading – Yes, and continuing to LOVE this reading time with friends each morning!
— 10k steps every day – Progress not perfection here. I’m so glad I set this goal—it motivated me to move!
— Read aloud to our kids – We already finished some of our second-grade books and made some good library trips. Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea has us rolling in laughter every time!
— Write the Word – Yes, little by little steps forward here, too!
— Exercise it out! – Progress! I’ve been walking and running in our driveway while the kiddos play in the garden.

Here’s a little marriage advice we shared this month that resonated with many of you!

Don’t miss these from May!
One of your favorite podcast episodes launched in May! In How to Let Go of A Dream, I share the story of letting go of Southern Weddings and the surprising thing that happened next.
—Learn how to take back your summer before it starts!
—Feel like it’s too late to start a goal since it’s not January 1? Here are 3 reasons to start your goals today.
See big change in 5 different goal areas. Check out our NEW Downloadable Goal Guides in friendship, finance, relationships, parenting, or wellness!

On to June! It’s a new month and I’m ready for that mid-year reset! I’m excited to dig into these June PowerSheets goals (Goal Setting Sticker Book in hand, of course!)!

New goals for June!

June Monthly Goals:
— Seek His wisdom
— Ask His wisdom
— Pass on His wisdom (There’s clearly a theme in June! ☺️ )
— Enjoy the garden
— Train leaders—pass on wisdom
— Dig into summer homeschool
— Do all of the new goal guides! Ari and I are halfway through the Couples Goal Guide and it has been AMAZING.
— Learn to number my days (life is short—play in the sprinklers!)

June Weekly Goals:
— Sabbath rest
— Spread joy around like manure—encouraging things to grow! Ha!
— Love people well
— Simplify + systemize my work
— Finish reading Letters to the Church, Rocket Fuel, and The Out of Sync Child

June Daily Goals:
Write the Word (P.S. Brand new Write the Word journals are coming in July and they are so good!)
— Bible reading
— Run!!
— Read aloud to the kids

Your turn! Do you have goals for June? Comment below and 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 May’s winner, Tiffany!

P.S.  Let’s have a coffee date on Monday! Join me for the free live class where I’ll guide you through the 3 steps to make the rest of 2019 count––no matter how it started (and of course I’ll send you the replay if you can’t join live)––save your seat now.

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There’s something you want to do, and it’s not done yet. It really matters to you, though, and you’re frustrated that you haven’t done it!

On top of that, summer is coming and you’re feeling it. You’re feeling the pressure to finally do that thing or… accept defeat.

I was right there a couple weeks ago. There was something I really wanted to do, and I was stuck. I thought it was too late and that I had missed my chance.

In this episode, learn how my garden almost didn’t get planted, how I took back my summer, and how you can, too!

LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:
—I begin by telling you why there’s been a little break between new episodes (spoiler alert: I can’t do it all and do it well, either!).
—You’ll hear allll the reasons I thought it was too late to plant my garden—and the one reason that helped me push past the excuses and get out there in the dirt.
—Want to know what we’re planting this year? I’m spilling the beans!
—Have you been frustrated lately? I share how our times of frustration can lead to our best breakthroughs and our most passionate work!
—I remind you that there are almost 100 days of summer, and summer hasn’t even started yet! You have time to grab hold of the memories right in front of you, and I give you three simple steps to do so (don’t forget to break it down!).
—Finally, I tell you why I think goal setting is FUN! Yes, really! 🙂

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

— We love planting seeds from Floret and Park Seed!
— Keep up with our garden progress via Gracie’s Garden account.
— Learn to plant your own garden! I give you my best tips in my Gardening 101 class.
— Our new collection is here to help you use your time with no regrets this summer! The NEW accessories are meant to be used alongside your PowerSheets for meaningful and fun steps forward on what matters most to you.

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Friends, what a fun few days it has been! Thank you so much for your encouragement in the launch of our new collection—every kind word, email, Instagram post, story share, live chat (we love chatting with you!), and more have been a gift to our team! After keeping new tools quiet for so long, it’s the biggest joy to share them with you all.

Ready for a peek behind the scenes of creating these products and preparing for launch?!

Here’s where we start with every new collection we launch: we start with YOU! We take time to think about where you’ll be in your year when these products arrive. What will be challenging for you in that given season? How might we come alongside you and make it EASIER for you to do the things that matter to you—those things you’ve always wanted to do?

Because that’s why you love your PowerSheets: they’re a practical tool with a proven process that actually allows to you do the things you’ve always wanted to do with ease and joy:

— To be a better friend
— To pay down debt or save more money
— To have more fun as a family
— To create a life-giving home

And much, much more. Each of those goals is accomplished with small steps forward in the right direction, one after another after another. Anything we can do to help you take those small steps—that’s why we’re here!

And that’s what this collection—and this summer—is all about! Simple tools that will help you take the next best steps toward the life you want in the season ahead.

Let’s make this summer different—refreshing, purposeful, and joy-filled! A little more about your favorites from the new collection…

POWERSHEETS | For eight years, the PowerSheets® Intentional Goal Planner has helped women just like you live their best summers—and beyond! They’re not magic, but they ARE a powerful tool. Using your PowerSheets and accessories, you’ll use our 3-step proven process to uncover a plan for your unique season ahead, break your plan down into simple steps, and live it out, little by little!

And friends, get ready!! Mid-Year Goals Week is coming (June 37), where we’ll refresh our goals (or set new ones!) to prepare for a great second half of 2019 together. Remember, there’s NOTHING magical about January 1st—today is the best day to start! I can’t wait!!

THREE NEW NOTEPADS | We often get asked about the difference between to do’s for your to do list and action steps for your goals. It’s a great question! Your Tending List is for monthly goals and weekly and daily action steps that move you toward your big picture goals.

You know we are big fans of breaking it down, and sometimes, we need to break even our action steps down into smaller chunksand that’s where a to do list comes in!

Keep your daily to dos on one of our new notepads – the generously-sized Garden Memo notepad, the unlined New Day notepad, and the lined To Do List notepad.

They key to taking advantage of summer’s sweet longer days? Being as efficient and organized as possible with my must do’s so that I can enjoy my want-to-do’s—the stuff where memories are made!

CULTIVATED LIFE POCKET TEE | You might think because I’m the Chief Goal Getter over here I’ve got this whole goals thing down pat. While I have found a system that works for me (PowerSheets!), I still need a daily reminder to choose the cultivated life! You have loved our apparel options in the past and so with this collection, we knew we wanted to create something sweet, colorful, and meaningful to wear this summer. Here it is (almost sold out!)!

GARDEN PEP POSTCARD SET | Like you, our team loves a good pun. We also share a desire to be known for spreading love and happiness—a legacy of light! It sounds like a lofty goal, but it’s lived out in tiny ways day by day, and that’s where these postcards come in. They’re the simplest way to make a friend’s day! Will be restocked in a few days!

SUMMER WILDCARD PAGE PACK | You’re obsessed with the wildcard downloads included with your PowerSheets, and so are we—I use them every month! These limited-edition summer pages will equip you for adventure, rest, and connection—everything you need for a refreshing summer! I’ve already filled out the bucket list and posted it on my fridge!

DOWNLOADABLE GOAL GUIDES | Last but certainly not least, our new digital Goal Guides will provide the perfect focus for the season ahead, no matter which topic you choose—your relationship, parenting, wellness, finance, or community. Use them alongside your PowerSheets and get ready to see a part of your life completely transformed by the time fall rolls around!

These have been some of our most popular products since they debuted, and the finance one in particular is a tool I’m just so glad we offer! Ari and I try to work through the Couples or Parenting Guides every three months, which is part of the reason why we transitioned these to a digital platform—now you can print them as many times as you’d like, for years to come!

Our team is so grateful to introduce this collection to you. Creating these products is a joy, and it’s all for YOU! We know the best is yet to come—when we get to start using these products alongside you!

Many of these items are limited edition so SHOP NOW before we run out!

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There’s something in your life you’re considering letting go of.

But something is holding you back from making a decision.
You want the perfect plan, outcome, or path before taking that leap.
You want assurance that you’re making the right decision—and that everything will work out well when you do.

I’m pulling back the curtain today on the story of letting go of Southern Weddings, about the day we were going to be at $0—and the surprising thing that happened next.

It’s okay to let go of a dream to make room for a new one! Listen in to learn how.

In this episode:

— I begin by telling you a story – the story of Southern Weddings Magazine. It’s a story that’s deeply entwined with the story of my life – my grandparents’ legacy in the South, my husband going to war, my marriage, and so much more.
— I tell you about the crossroads we came to in 2017 – with two growing, successful businesses, both doing good work that was changing people. I answer the question, “Why couldn’t you just do it all?”
— I walk you through the questions we asked to decide whether this was the right decision, the one God desired for us, and then, once the decision was made, how we prepared to tell our audience – and what the announcement day was like for our team.
— Then, I tell you about the season that followed – possibly the hardest one we’ve ever faced as a team. I tell you about the one bow I REALLY wanted to place on the top – and about the fruit we received instead.
— Are you walking through your own season of transition? I’m grateful to share with you seven simple steps that might help you move forward if you’re facing an important decision.
— I also pass along three tips that gave me the strength to keep going in our difficult season. I needed them all!
— By the end of the episode, I hope you’ll see that endings can be new beginnings, and that it’s okay to have more than one dream. You can do hard things, and you can write a new story!

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

Here’s the post I shared on the day we announced the new chapter for Southern Weddings.
— The Southern Weddings archives are still alive and well – visit them here!— I mention my books – Make It Happen and Cultivate (buy them both together!).
— I also mention PowerSheets – a crucial tool that helps me uncover my best decisions and then walk them out day by day.
— Here’s a peek at the “peach shoot” and the “strawberry shoot” – two of my favorites!
— The Sweet Tea Society manifesto.
— I share my love for Fearrington. Visit if you’re ever in North Carolina!
— Here’s where you can find more information about C12. Meeting with my group is a highlight every month!
— Many of you have asked about the beloved (and now sold-out) Southern Weddings Planner. I’m thrilled to say we are working on a solution to get it back in your hands. Sign up to be the first to hear more:

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You’ve done a lot so far this year.

You’ve faced a lot of challenges.
You’ve checked a lot of boxes.
You’ve gone to many places (even if just to the grocery store many times over!).
You’ve made a lot of decisions.
You’ve made progress on your goals!

But, there are a few things that don’t seem to be moving forward, no matter how hard you try. In fact, it feels like you’ve gone a few steps backwards.

And that’s frustrating—to want something so much but feel like you’re making reverse progress! Like there’s nothing to show for all of your effort.

Let’s step into my garden for a minute. When I plant a seed, I often come out the next day hoping to see that it’s sprouted. I can’t help it! I’m so excited to see that little hint of green in the soil, signifying new life. But, many times I run outside to check on my seeds, and do you know what I see?

NOTHING.
Dirt.
After all that work of cultivating the soil, and getting on my knees planting those tiny seeds, and watering them, there’s nothing to show for it.

But, if we went below the surface of the soil together, you’d see something miraculous. Do you know what’s happening beneath the surface when you plant a seed? EVERYTHING! It’s letting go of its outer shell. It’s soaking up water and nutrients to be able to throw out its first roots. And it’s getting ready to press toward the LIGHT at just the right time.

Whatever it is for you that you wish would happen yesterday, imagine this: what if waiting is a time of ripening? Perhaps your trials are the very things that will bring you to a day where you can’t help but stand in awe and say, All of that time waiting—I was actually growing, even though I couldn’t see it above the surface! Thank you, God! Thank you!

In April we had a Spring product shoot, the Gardening 101 class, our team summit, welcoming 3 new team members, planting our office garden—the list goes on!

This month was a turning point for me. I didn’t manufacture it or plan it or expect it. I really wanted the turning point to happen months ago. But, no matter how hard I tried, it didn’t happen. Until last week. That seed you plant—that step of obedience to say no to something or close a chapter or start something new—may not grow above the surface right away. Give it time. It’s okay to grow slow.

I’m at the Carolina coast with our family right now, typing this to you during nap time, so in lieu of my monthly video update, I’ve noted my PowerSheets progress below!

April Monthly Goals:
— Pray over everything—ask God / There were larger decisions to be made in April, from hiring three new team members to products and projects—and many personal things, too. I may think I have the best answer, but He always does! Even in times when it seemed like I was constantly stopping meetings and interrupting decision-making, I had to stop to pray and ask Him first.
— Do my Making Things Happen action items. / You may only see a little progress marked on this one above, but rather than say, “I didn’t make much progress!” I’m claiming PROGRESS! Little by little adds up.
— Make our home come alive. / I played more great music for the kids, we read more books, we got outside more (when #Pollenmageddon wasn’t in full force here in North Carolina!), and generally enjoyed the warmer air and blessing of our home and each other.
— Teach the Gardening 101 live class! / Yes! Done!
— Plant our garden. / Not done. I decided to wait till we get back from the beach next week to get started.
— Train leaders. / Our Team Summit was Spirit-led and a turning point for all of us. Praising Him for this!

April Weekly Goals:
— Weekly family Sabbath.
— Read Letters to the Church with Ari / We hit pause on this book temporarily in favor of another book Ari wanted to dig into. I’m excited to get back to it!
— Sing for joy to the Lord. / From our church’s singing night last week to many hymns sung over the kiddos, I’ve so enjoyed this!
— Read lovely words to the kids. / Yes, we’ve read lots of great stories and I purposefully brought a giant stack of books on vacation with us, too! This will be my summer focus, as well.
— Sabbath: renew our hearts and minds. / Yes, I’m still loving “Shabbat naps with Josh,” and Passover was especially sweet this year.
— Pray for the Lord to use us to meet needs. / We opened our NCF fund! Progress!

April Daily Goals: / Little by little progress was made on all of these below. not perfect progress, but perfect isn’t the goal!
— Old Testament Bible Reading (Need a great 5-day Bible reading plan? :))
— Write the Word at night before bed
— Sleep
— Analog evenings
— Work it out!

April’s podcast episodes you don’t want miss:
How To Start A Garden
You have to Pull Out Old Plants From Last Year Before You Can Plant New Ones
You’ve Planted Seeds But Haven’t Seen Anything Above Ground

The Gardening 101 Class may have included an unexpected introduction to a chicken! Learn how to grow your own garden in my NEW class!

On to MAY!
—Need help prioritizing what to spend time doing (and not doing!) in May? Download this FREE Yes/No List.
—Looking for inspiration to kick start your goals? You’ll love these stories.
—Need some reassurance that your hard work will pay off? This episode is for you!

It’s a new month and I’m grateful! I forgot to bring my Goal Setting Sticker Book on vacation, though, so color-coding my PowerSheets goals will happen when I return! 🙂 I’m excited to dig into these May goals!

May Monthly Goals:
— Love the Word (above all else!)
— Make our family summer plans
— Train team members (2 Corinthians 3:2 is my verse for this!)
— Make our summer homeschool plan
— Plant the garden + Josh’s farm

May Weekly Goals:
— Weekly family Sabbath.
— Sabbath: renew our hearts and minds
— Do something for the joy of it—HIS joy!
— Be in the Word with Ari

May Daily Goals:
— Old Testament Bible Reading
— 10k steps every day
— Read aloud to our kids
— Write the Word 
— Exercise it out!

Your turn! Do you have goals for May? Comment below and 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 April’s winner, Victoria!

P.S. Get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50 today through May 6th (no code needed)! There’s nothing magical about January 1—get your PowerSheets and Write the Word journals today! Here are some of our favorite Mother’s Day picks to help you choose the best gifts, too.

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