October 1st is days away!

You may be tempted to wake up that morning and think:
How is it October already?!
The holidays are here.
Merry Christmas!

Whoa, Nelly.

There are still over 90 days left in this year. A lot can happen in 90 days. No matter how your year has gone so far, that’s a whole lot of life to live—and plenty of time to finish the year well. In the next 90 days, with small but mighty steps forward, you can cultivate what matters.

I’ll be right there with you doing the same, little by little, day by day—no perfect progress required.

Dahlias in the mountains!

September was a turning point for me and our family. I knew it was going to be a month of craziness between our house flooding repairs (still not done!), unexpectedly not having childcare for the month and having to somehow keep our business running, too, staging and selling a house in the middle of this, and my plans generally not going as planned. Guys. God moved in such big ways! What I thought was going to be a month of overwhelm (I had my moments!) was an unexpected blessing. I loved my time with the kiddos, the business didn’t fall apart, our marriage stayed strong in prayer, the house sold quickly, we signed on the dotted line for our new office that’s under construction as I type this, and we’re all still camped out sleeping in one room and grateful for it. More on my September PowerSheets goals and what I learned below.

September Monthly Goals:
— Ask God to prioritize my days. / I took every day this month hour-by-hour. I relied on Him more. Generous friends came to the rescue on many occasions. God always provides the next best steps.
— Do what’s most important in the big picture. / Same as above—yes!
— Finish the BOOK / Yes! I submitted the first draft of the manuscript, written in the parking lot while I waited on Grace during jump rope practice. Praise the Lord. So excited for this!
— Delight in the Lord. / There was a lot of crying out to Him and delighting in His power in my weakness.
— Enjoy the best month in the garden. / I picked the flowers we do have an put them in little vases all over the house. It has been sweet to savor these few blooms.

September Weekly Goals:
— Cultivated homeschool begins / PRAISE THE LORD for a truly wonderful start! Download the Cultivated Homeschool Planner here for free.
— Pray over the 2020 PowerSheets / Yes! Thanks to my mother-in-law coming to be with the kiddos for a few days (bless her!), I was able to go to our team summit in the mountains where we prayed over all the 2020 PowerSheets together.

September Daily Goals: / Progress on all of them below!
— Bible reading each morning
— Run!
— Re-creation

Don’t miss these from September:
—Come work with me every day in Chapel Hill! I’m hiring a full-time Admin and Ministry Assistant.
— You are so excited about the 2020 PowerSheets Cover Reveal and we are excited for you!
— Get on the waitlist for Cultivate Your Year Live (SOLD OUT)
—Did you see the list of interviews I think you’d love?

On to October! You know the phrase, “Don’t fix what ain’t broke?” September was such a great month of perspective in hard things and I’m keeping most of my goals going for October.

October is going to be a fun month! The 2020 PowerSheets Collection launches on October 16th and the podcast is finally back next week (I can’t wait to chat with you again—text CULTIVATE to 81787 to get all the podcast updates!).

Ready for October with my PowerSheets Tending List.

October Monthly Goals:
—Ask God to prioritize my days
—Do what’s most important in the big picture
—Delight in the Lord
—Hire a full-time Admin and Ministry Assistant
—Put our home back together anew (next week all of the floors downstairs are being torn out and replaced from the flooding, so I’m using this as an opportunity to get rid of things and make our spaces more meaningful with less)

October Weekly Goals:
—Be there (I’ve loved doing drop off and pick up and carpool and taking Grace to jump rope practice this month. Keeping that going for the long haul so I can be there more for them in those seemingly small moments.)

October Daily Goals:
—Bible reading each morning
—Re-creation with the kids (lots of fall fun ahead in October!)
—Pray over our children

My sweet buddy helped me take these fun photos : )

Your turn! Do you have goals for October? 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! 

P.S.  Mark your planner for the 2020 PowerSheets Collection Launch on October 16 at 10 am. I can’t wait to get these new products in your hands!

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I love making the Cultivate Your Life podcast for you (the podcast break has been so refreshing. I can’t wait to get back SOON with the new content we have planned for you!)—and I love having meaningful conversations elsewhere, too!

Here are some features and interviews I’ve been grateful to do that may encourage you!

Why Goal-Setting Should Just Happen on New Years with Fast Company
Cover Story on Chapel Hill Magazine
The Journey of Launching a Physical Product with Amy Porterfield
How to Set Goals as a Christian on Bible.com
Finding Your Purpose on the Business Boutique with Christie Wright
All About Goal Setting on the Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher
Dreams, Goals, and Slowing Down on the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
Girl Boss Chat with Chrystal Evans Hurst
In A Season Of Waiting on Don’t Mom Alone
Devotionals with Proverbs 31 one + two
God Didn’t Design Us for Busy on Christianity Today Magazine
How to Set and Keep Goals That May Change on Girls Night
Working With a Team of Women with Sally Clarkson
How to Flourish as a Parent on At Home with Friends
Embrace the Season You’re In on The Living Room
How to Cultivate What Matters in Issue 14 of Belong Magazine
Balancing Business and Family with Ali Worthington
The journey of Southern Weddings on The EveryGirl
Living With Kids on Design Mom
Marriage and Taking Risks on The Lively Show
The Secret to Staying Motivated on Your Goals on HuffPost
Dear Nannies of the World on HuffPost

Choosing Purpose Over Perfect with Your Virtual Upline
How to Do All Those Things You’ve Always Wanted to Do on Don’t Keep Your Day Job
Maintaining Friendships, Boundaries on Social Media and Cultivating What Matters on The Balanced Life
How to Set Goals that Motivate You to Take Action on She Did it Her Way
Cultivate What Matters with Denise Pass
Cultivating Your Team Culture on Little Black Desk Society
Planning An Intentional Life with Adam Mason
How To Kill Comparison And Enjoy Who You Are on Startup Camp with Dale Partridge

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