Hi, friends! Welcome to Part 1 of the 2020 Goal Setting Series! If you’re new, I’m especially glad you’re here.

Want to listen to this post instead of reading it? Listen to the brand new special episode of the Cultivate Your Life Podcast (includes bonus content and coaching for the series)!

You came here for a reason. What brought you here?

Maybe you’re feeling frustrated as you look back at 2019.

You didn’t make as much progress as you hoped on some of your goals—or you forgot about them completely.

Perhaps goal setting has failed you before and you feel defeated already thinking about the new year. You’re considering going “goal-less!”

Perhaps you stumbled on this post and it intrigued you because you want change in your life, but you’re afraid of how long it will take. You want change yesterday—you want a quick fix.

Or maybe this year has been great—you made progress on the right goals and you want to keep it going for 2020.

Whatever brought you here, you are in the right place!

Welcome to the ✨Ninth-Annual Intentional Goal Setting Series!✨ We’re 9 years strong, friends! (What are we going to do for our 10-year anniversary next year!? Let’s plan something extra fun together!) Many of you have been doing this series alongside me since year one and your goal updates each year blow me away!

Who is this 2020 Goal Setting Series for? The short answer: YOU! 😊

If you’ve tried goal setting before and burned yourself out—or didn’t follow through—you’re in the right place.

If you aren’t convinced yet that setting goals could work for you this year (and be fun!), you’re in the right place, too.

If you feel like your life is flying by, and you want to finally live your life like it’s the only one you’ve got, high fives!

If you’re new to this series, a big welcome from all of us—you’re in for a treat this year!

Whether you’re a mom, a student, a business owner, an empty nester, in a season of transition, or a season of starting fresh—in any place where you are in life, we’re going to let go of guilt-filled, fleeting resolutions, and embrace a whole new way of doing this goal-setting thing.

Are you SO ready for this?! Me, too.

First, let me back up a bit and introduce myself, because we’re going to get to know each other quickly as we go through this 4-part series.

Hi! I’m Lara. I’m a mom to three, a grateful wife, CEO of a growing company, and I love getting my hands dirty in my garden here in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I’ve written two books about goal setting and intentional living (with a special book on the way next summer!). I’ve led a conference called Making Things Happen for 10 years, and I was once a personal trainer, a wedding planner, and the Editor-in-Chief of a national wedding magazine.

I am the creator of the best-selling PowerSheets® Goal Planner.

And… I don’t love goal setting. 
No, that’s not a typo.

I don’t like it at all… at least in the way it’s traditionally done.

Traditional goal setting (maybe you’ve done it before?) starts with “big dreams” that are often born of comparison, chasing perfection, fear, and a desire to keep up with others. Traditional goal setting tells us to conquer the world and that we can’t mess up along the way or we won’t achieve our big dreams. Traditional goal setting tells us that our worth is hinged on our performance and progress—or lack thereof.

I write about this because I’ve done it. I’ve fallen into those traps before. You, too? It’s doesn’t feel good, does it? Chasing the world’s idea of success always leads us to defeat.

Traditional goal setting.
No, thank you.
Have you had it with traditional goals, too? We’re going to be fast friends. You’ve found your people! ☺️

Nine years ago, I set out to uncover a process that works for the rest of us—those of us who don’t want to be ruled by overflowing to-do lists, who want to spend our time on things that really matter.

I flipped the traditional process on its head, and rather than starting with “big dreams” and adding more to my plate, I strategically examined what mattered in the big picture using some key questions. This changed everything. It changed what goals I chose to focus on and it gave me motivation to make them happen—no matter how many times I messed up along the way. I started seeing results without the pressure. I discovered that I didn’t need to make perfect progress to see results, and it was (and is) SO FREEING.

This is goal setting for people who hate goal setting. Welcome!

Feeling relief from the pressure already? Great!

Here’s the paradigm shift in how we do goals:
Goals will not change your life.
Knowing what matters will.
Goals are just how you get there.

You are going to uncover intentional, less-is-more goals—goals that lead to lasting change. Goals that add up to something in the big picture. I call these “cultivated goals.”

And cultivated goal setting starts with uncovering what matters.

Over the last nine years that I’ve been writing this series and watching you all live out your goals with your PowerSheets, I’ve studied what makes us feel unmotivated and what causes us to follow-through.

What causes people to change starts with one pivotal moment. It’s the moment when you decide that the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change. It’s the moment you decide you are tired of doing the same things you’ve always done and getting the same results you’ve always gotten.

This might just be that moment for you.

Now, you could just stop here and quit before even trying. You could do that and I won’t judge you! 🙂 I’ve given up on a whole lot of things in my life right at the starting line. But, here’s where that might leave you (like it did for me): going through the motions, not feeling confident that you’re on the right path, getting distracted, lacking motivation, not taking care of what you’ve been given, and generally wasting your time.

Or you could end 2020 knowing you lived your best year, with direction and motivation (but no perfection required). Cultivated goals—the kind we are going to uncover together—will do that for you.

This 4-part series is a taste of the PowerSheets Prep Work. Your PowerSheets have many more goal-uncovering insights and guided worksheets than I’ll include here. Even more importantly, your PowerSheets help you take the good goals you uncover and LIVE THEM OUT in 2020—month by month and little by little. It’s not enough just to set good goals—you need to do something about them, too! : ) This series is a starting point to help you think differently. If you are ready to quit traditional goal setting, you are going to LOVE the PowerSheets!

NOW is the perfect time to get your 2020 PowerSheets if you haven’t already—the order deadline for domestic New Year’s delivery is Wednesday, December 18th. Use the code BESTYEAR2020 for 15% off your order today. (Two covers—Teal Linen and Pink Linen—have already sold out, but we still have two inspiring covers to choose from!) Our fulfillment team in Kentucky ships fast!

3 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS SERIES (and your PowerSheets!):

1. Instead of just thinking your answers, write them down. This is so simple and impactful! Write your answers in your PowerSheets or a journal. If you want accountability, leave them here in the comments. I want to cheer you on! And…

2. Cheer her on! You know how it feels when someone encourages you? Yes—amazing! Let’s do that for each other throughout this series. You never know how your words might change someone’s life forever.

3. Make a mess. If you tend to buy journals or planners and then leave them on a shelf (been there!), let’s turn that habit around starting now. Practice what I call “making a mess.” You aren’t going let the need for perfect handwriting or perfect answers or perfect timing keep you from uncovering your best goals, are you? Didn’t think so!

Ready to get started? Yesssss! I’m so pumped for you!

DO A LIFE AUDIT

Do you know the reason you burned out and gave up on some of your goals (or all of them) somewhere around mid-January or February? Perhaps you added to your already-full plate without subtracting a few things first. That’s like planting new seeds in a garden that’s already packed full.

To grow new goals, first look at what’s already there. Then, you can either keep growing those things if they matter to you, or clear them out and make room for new ones. Let’s do that together, taking a look at how we are doing right now so we can avoid burnout—and finally follow through on the things that matter to us.

Won’t that feel so good? Consider this spring cleaning for your goals!

Old you: growing allthethings at once, most mediocrely. The result: nothing grows well.

Cultivated you: growing the right things, one step at a time. Doing a few things well and loving it!

Answer this question: How are you? Really. How are you? Look at the life audit categories below and write a few thoughts about how you are doing in each one:

— Health
— Friends
— Family (including your significant other, if applicable)
— Finances
— Spiritual + Personal Growth
— Work
— Recreation

In the PowerSheets, we call this a Cultivated Life Evaluation (and we return to it every quarter, which is so helpful to check-in and reevaluate as our lives change!). Give each area of your life a rating between 1 and 10, along with a few thoughts on why you chose that number. 1 means you are not satisfied in the area and want to see radical change. 10 means you are happy as a bee on honeysuckle!

“How are you?” seems like a simple question, but getting your true thoughts out of your head will lead you to find solutions and set you on a new path.

Knowing where you are now, mess and all, helps you to leap to where you’re going! The soil you’re standing on right now is your growing ground.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Oh, Lara, every category is terrible for me! Guess what? You might think I’ve lost my marbles, but I think that’s GREAT! It means you have more opportunities for good change ahead. That’s exciting! So, call each category what it is—I’m cheering you on as you get honest to write it out—and let’s count those challenges as the opportunities they are.

An example from my life: In 2018, I was challenged by contentment and emotional spending. I felt especially frustrated by out-of-the-blue things that knocked us off course when I was working hard to keep our finances in order! But! I decided to use my frustration (and low rating in that box) as fuel. Earlier this year, after going through the PowerSheets process and uncovering what matters and what was holding me back, I set a goal to have a No Spend Year in 2019. (More on that shortly and how my frustration turned into big change—no perfection required!)

Allow yourself to write the things that may feel undone, imperfect, or hard, and write in some positive thoughts, too—even if the positive feels tiny!

Now, a bonus challenge: let the dirt be dirt. Once you’ve written everything out, notice your feelings for a moment—whatever they may be—without trying to change them or push them away immediately. Let the challenges and places you’d like to grow sink in a little.

If you’re like me, I often want to fix my circumstances right away instead of letting myself feel anything at all. My instinct is to reach for a distraction when faced with something that feels hard. (Anyone tempted to go scroll Instagram right now?)

But, distractions never bring me peace or clarity. So, let’s not do that. Maybe the soil of your life needs some fresh nutrients, or maybe there are some big rocks in the way of you planting new things. The only way you’ll know, though, is to see what’s there first.

Besides…

All those rocks and weeds?

They are opportunities—places in your life that are ready to be transformed!

LEARN FROM THE PAST

In traditional goal setting, you focus on the future, and on achieving your goals as fast as humanly possible. That is a recipe for b.u.r.n.o.u.t. I’ve done it many times before, and it’s a dead end. But! Uncovering cultivated goals means learning from the past in order to grow new things ahead. The past has a lot to teach us! Let’s take a look back at the last year.

What good things happened in 2019? What grew well? What are you grateful for from the last twelve months?

I know this can be a challenging step. We often don’t like counting our blessings, because it may feel self-indulgent or like it won’t get us anywhere fast—or perhaps you are thinking that there were no good things that happened in 2019! It’s easy to look back at an entire year and see only the hard parts, like when something happens to you at the end of the day and you automatically call it a bad day, regardless of what happened the other twenty-three hours.

Let’s do a little digging! A few tips to unearth the good stuff:

 Talk to someone who knows you well about your year and ask him or her to reflect some of the highlights back to you. He or she may remember some that you have forgotten! This is also a great way to celebrate the good things of the past year with others. Make it your dinner conversation tonight. (A tip: try looking at the good things from each season this yearit might help to jog some memories!)

Take a look back at your calendar, blog posts, social media updates, or photos. Those might give you a clue into some of the good things you’ve forgotten.

— Read through your 2019 PowerSheets—a simple way to see just how much you’ve grown this year!

—  Review your finances from the year. This is like reading a journal of places you went, and what some of your priorities were.

My Good Things: My word for 2019 was HEART. What that looked like this year: letting my heart be changed by getting to know God’s heart more.

This was the year…

— I learned how to nap—our Year of Sabbath has been a gift.
— Psalm 90:12 changed my life—and a whole lot of your lives, too.
— I started a podcast : )
Our plans didn’t go as planned. Our house flooded, our garden stopped growing, and things generally went awry this summer. Why is that a good thing? God had a plan!
— I wrote a children’s book (coming summer 2020!)
— We did an 8-mile hike as a family!
— My “No Spend Year” goal was a success. If I was doing traditional goal setting, though, I would be telling you it was an epic failure (see: house flood and unexpected expenses!). Here is where cultivated goal setting helps you win: you don’t have to be perfect to live out what matters, and you don’t need a perfect track record to make progress! I knew from the start that what mattered was my HEART changing about money and, by His grace, it did. (We loved this book as one of our first action steps this year!) Our little by little progress added up to heart change and more peace in the unexpected.
— I’ve made new friends this year and strengthened old ones. At almost 40, that is a gift.
— Team Cultivate settled into a new office, sold that office house a few months later, and then we signed a lease on a commercial retail space that we are so excited about!
— We grew our faith together as a team and went into the linen business 😉 We had fun!
— We took five hiking trips to the NC mountains with the kids.
— Ari and I celebrated 13 years of marriage. Read Make it Happen or listen to episode 001 of my podcast for our story.
— Grace joined the Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team and is loving it!
— I am on track to finish the Old Testament by December 31—my number 1 goal for this year alongside some close friends who have been reading with me.
— We are in a wonderful homeschool rhythm using the cultivated homeschool planner.
— My neck is almost completely healed, praise the Lord. I share more of that story on The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey.
— Ari continued his rap career.

I set four goals for the year and, little by little, they happened! Did I mess up along the way? Yes! Did I have some challenges? Definitely. But, imperfect progress is still progress, and when you embrace that fact, you are far less likely to completely jump ship on your goals! My imperfect progress added up big time, and yours will, too!

Use the 15% off code BESTYEAR2020 to do this all year long with the PowerSheets Goal Planner!

A peek at the little-by-little progress I made each month: January / February / MarchApril / May / June / July / AugustSeptemberOctober / November 

Now, let’s name a few of the challenges from 2019. What didn’t help you cultivate what matters this year?

This may be the most valuable step you take—this will help you know where you’re NOT going in 2020! Write the facts and know that each thing you write down is an area of your life that could be made completely new.

A few of my 2019 challenges:

— The times I worried, feared, or gave in to stress when our plans didn’t go as planned, were because I forgot that God is God and He has done countless miraculous things in my life.
— My neck pain (from gardening, of all things!) was painful, distracting, and made movement difficult at times.
— 40 is knocking on my door and I’m feeling it.
— We intentionally chose to forgo our monthly date nights to help our budget and cover expenses elsewhere, but I think we could have had an at-home “date” once a month. (See? Your Prep Work can help you see what needs to be a focus in 2020!)
— Times pride got in the way of obedience or trust.
— Sitting too much at my desk!
— When I made decisions before asking the Lord.

There were many more challenges and, in all of them, I grew. For that, I’m grateful!

Where do you go from here with your challenges? Well… do you know how cow manure is one of the best fertilizers for gardens? It’s the same with our challenges! 🙂 Our challenges can be the best fertilizer for new growth ahead when you name the lessons you’ve learned from them.

GET AFTER GRATEFUL

One of my big lessons each year? I don’t do this life alone—even in the times I catch myself feeling “alone.” I’m not, and you aren’t either! 🙂

Looking back at your list of good things and challenges and all you’ve written in your PowerSheets so far, who helped you to live on purpose this year? Who encouraged you or helped you? Download a free printable worksheet here and write the names of those you are grateful for and why. And then, do something about it! Thank them for the specific things they helped you with or inspired in you RIGHT NOW. You may think they don’t need encouragement, but words have power. As my friend Rach says, “Get after grateful!” It changes things!

Download the FREE Gratitude List printable!

You can keep this simple and still make a huge impact: a text or an email can go a long way to change someone’s day—and change their life. I spent the morning sending emails to friends and colleagues who have meant a lot to me this year, and I’ve felt the glow of sending those happy messages all day! A few highlights from my PowerSheets:

Who are you grateful for this year? Leave your answers in the comments, but most of all, send some love to the people on your list!

Your turn! Here are your goal-uncovering steps for the week:

First, buy your PowerSheets if you haven’t already! Use code BESTYEAR2020 for 15% off while supplies last.

Do a life audit. How are you doing in each area of your life and which areas do you most want to improve?

Evaluate the past. Write your list of good things. Name the challenges. Learn from them.

Get after grateful. Name who you’re grateful for and do something about it!

Then, share your answers here in the comments to encourage others. I can’t wait to cheer you on. And remember this: we’re tossing comparison out the window and doing the most radical thing we can do: walking our own unique paths (and cheering other women on as they do the same)!

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it!? I’ll be back next Wednesday with more goal-uncovering goodness.

You’re doing things differently this year and I’m so excited for you!
Goodbye, traditional goal setting—and all the pressure that comes with it!

A page from my 2016 PowerSheets:

lara casey goal setting comparisson

You’re letting your 2020 goals bake like a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls. They wouldn’t be flaky and yummy zapped in the microwave, would they? I know you’re anxious to set your goals and have that pretty goals list in-hand already, but we’re going to do this right and slow cook them together, little-by-little, with some bold leaps of faith along the way.

Need some extra motivation? The Ultimate New Year’s Giveaway is ON! How great are these amazing prizes this year!? If you need a little extra encouragement to share your answers as we go through this series, this is it! I can’t wait to read your thoughts and hear your aha! moments. One person who comments with answers to every step in this series will win a bonus prize: one of everything from the Cultivate What Matters® Shop! Yes!!!

There are 36 prizes, so that means 36 of you are going to win one of these prizes—it could be YOU. (Including international friends for digital prizes!)

Here’s what you could win…

— 10 sets of 2020 PowerSheets to help 10 of you cultivate your BEST year yet!
— A Goal Guide Bundle to help you dig deeper on your specific goals.
— Five signed copies of Cultivate.
— Five signed copies of Make It Happen.
— One Write the Word All Seasons Collection to help you cultivate fresh faith all year long.
— A gift card (YES!) for a massage to kick off your year refreshed!
A pair of Apple Airpods to listen to your favorite podcasts, music, or audiobooks.
— A Swoozie’s gift card for all of your gifting needs!
—A Revelation Wellness membership with a ‘Wellness Kickoff Package” to cultivate your health in the New Year.
— Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course—a life-changing experience to help you pursue financial freedom.
— One Val Marie Paper Yearly Prayer Journal. I’ll be using one this year, too!
An Audible subscription to check all those books off your reading list!
— One Art Bar canvas (up to $150 value) to brighten up your walls.
— A Fitbit to help you celebrate your literal steps forward.
— An Echo Dot to keep you dancing.
— Two Italian Gift Frames from Framebridge to frame the memories that matter most!

Why am I doing this? I want you—yes, YOU—to know what I know now on the other side of burned out and overwhelmed: there’s a different way to do this—a way that works. Step by step, you are going to feel ready, renewed, and clear about your year ahead. I’m so excited for you!

Finally, a request: share this series with your people! Don’t keep all this goodness to yourself! I’d be so grateful if you spread the word about this free series. Email this kick-off post to your friends, tweet it, ‘gram it (here are lots of sharable graphics for you to make it easy!), text it—sing it to the rooftops! Let’s get all our friends in on this so they can feel as refreshed and clear about 2020 as we will. Here’s to our best year yet togetherstarting now!

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P.S. A year from now, you’ll be so grateful you started today! Buy your PowerSheets NOW and use code BESTYEAR2020 for 15% off—while supplies last!

Photos by Traci Huffman, family photo by Gina Zeidler

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  1. Rachel

    This is the best time of year because I can follow along with Lara’s Goal Setting Series! It really helps me dig right down to the issues on my heart and to prepare for the new year. Thank you Lara for continuing the series! May God bless you and yours this holiday season.

    • Lara

      You are so encouraging, Rachel! I’m so glad you’re back again this year and can’t wait to do this alongside you!

  2. Teodora

    I need to try this system. I am in a love and hate relationship with goals. I love them and I hate them…

    • Lara

      Then you are in the right place! I am SO glad you are here Teodora! (And your name is so beautiful!)

  3. Norma

    So excited for Powersheets 2020 progress!

  4. ashley

    I’m so excited for this!!!! Can’t even wait !

  5. Bethany Jones

    Thank you for this encouragement! I am so excited for 2020!

    • Lara

      I’m so glad you’re encouraged, Bethany! So excited to see what 2020 has in store for you!

  6. Mikaela

    I’m excited to follow along in this series! My goal for years has been to get out of debt and in 2019, I made more mistakes than I care to admit, but I did pay off my car loan! I’m hopeful that 2020 will have many more successes no matter how small.

  7. Eryn Ritter

    This post was so motivating! I feel like I’m ok on most of the life audit areas, but looking forward to growing in friends and finances!

  8. Jenni

    This is wonderful! I can’t wait to start this and follow through! I am already thinking of having a girls night in my neighborhood to help some of my friends that have dreams and/or are going through a hard time! This is exciting!

    • Lara

      I love that you are cheering on the women in your circle each step of the way! So great, Jenni!!

  9. Emily DeArdo

    Life evaluation: The areas I want to work on are health (It’s a 5/6), home/contentment (5/6), and finances (a 3).
    Good things: I got a book contract! The book will be published in January!; I moved to a great new apartment; I started the Baby Steps plan to get out of debt; I traveled to a new state; my sister got married!
    Challenges: emotional spending, not focusing on my baby steps goals to get out of debt. Health was sort of chaotic towards the last part of the year!
    People I’m grateful for: Catherine, Stephanie, Jaymie, Jen, Rebecca, Kathryn, Elizabeth, Micaela, my family, writers’ group, Abby, Andrea, Sarah, Amy, my clinic nurses and doctors, Mary, and Tiffany.

    • Lara

      So very excited to be doing this with you again, Emily! I always love reading your thoughts!

  10. Joanna Shoemaker

    I’m confused…I thought the PS prep was supposed to begin NEXT WEEK on 12/9. Unless I’ve been a hibernating bear (which is a wish) & been asleep, today is only 12/4. Did I miss something? Are there TWO (2) SERIES set-ups?

    • Lara

      You are right! PowerSheets Prep Week and the Goal Setting Series work together to help you uncover your best goals and create an action plan for 2020! Prep Week is next week (December 9-13) and will help 2020 PowerSheets users complete their PowerSheets Prep Work, complete with free daily video coaching. My annual Goal Setting Series (a 4-part series!) will walk you through my own 2020 goals and help you set yours, too!

  11. Mandy S

    I look forward to this every year! *Deep breaths* Here we go! So excited. 🙂

  12. Rachel Seivard

    I am so excited to use Powersheets for the first time. I love that Cultivate takes you through the entire process and never just says go figure it out on your own!

    • Lara

      We love being here with you each step of the way! So happy you’re here, Rachel!

  13. Jaime B

    I’m so excited to go through this! I found through the prep work that I was ignoring the things that matter for the “shoulds”.

  14. Mei

    You are the encourager I need right now to start 2020 differently. I’m excited to start this goal setting journey with you!

  15. shirley

    This episode was so good!! Thank you!! Can’t wait to hear the rest.

    • Lara

      I am SO glad you loved it as much as I loved recording it for you, Shirley!

  16. Katie Grace

    I’m so excited for this! 2019 was the hardest year of my life, I can’t wait to be intentional about making this next chapter the best one yet.

  17. Eryn

    So excited and motivated now! Can’t wait to start!

  18. Lani

    This is so helpful! Reflecting on ALL of 2019 instead of just focusing on what didn’t happen is such a good way to step into 2020.

  19. KRISTINA C

    I received Powersheets as a gift from a teammate at work. I am very excited about the process. I have failed at goals so many times because of not focusing on what matters. That hit home for me. I’ve been working on some of the pages, slowly, and it’s been an eye opener for me. Thank you and your team for what you do!

    • Lara

      Yay, Kristina! Give your teammate at work a huge hug from us! So excited for you both!

  20. Christina Holman

    This will be my first full year of PowerSheets. I’m happy to say I met some of my goals this year, but I’m looking forward to even more growth next year!

    • Lara

      Love it!! I am so very excited to be doing this with you, Christina!

  21. Christina

    Been counting down the days for this week…so excited to start my 2nd year of PowerSheets!!

    • Lara

      Yippee!! So glad you’re here, Christina! Wising you your best year yet!

  22. Krystal Bequette

    I needed this little encouragement today! I can’t wait to do the PS prep on Monday at CYYL! Can’t wait for all the hugs, nudges to make what matters reality and yummy food at The Carolina Inn again!

  23. Esther

    Encouraged a friend about goal setting by listening and sharing my journey. Its always comforting and encouraging to know that we are in this together (youre not alone)

    • Lara

      Yes, Esther!! So excited to be doing this with you each step of the way!

  24. Patricia D.

    LOVED this post & podcast! First time PS user & I am so excited!
    Life Eval: Pretty much right in the middle of most categories so lots of room to dig in & grow!
    Good Things: I had one of my paintings exhibited in a gallery in NYC..,so exciting! My husband & daughter & I took 2 amazing vacations this summer. Starting to get a handle on my anxiety through prayer & meditation.
    Challenges: Caring for my aging parents this year. Also, plans to go back to teaching did not work out.
    People I am grateful for: Frank, Kiara, Frances, Paul, Rich & Kate.
    Grateful to you & your team, Lara, for this wonderful work you all do!

    • Lara

      I’m so grateful for your kind words, Patricia! And I’m so glad you’ve been encouraged. Also, that is so amazing about your painting – CONGRATS!

  25. Darla

    This is my first year to be involved with Powersheets. After reading several posts from veterans, I was overwhelmed. Reading this blog has helped so much!!

  26. Jenny

    Just ordered my copy for 2020! Turning 30 and getting things together, so excited!

  27. Maria

    So fun! I love doing my PowerSheets prep work in rounds — I feel like every time I look back around I find insights I missed the first time! The list of people I’m grateful for is definitely one of those that just keeps growing the more I come back to it. Looking forward to all the good goal uncovering 🙂

    • Lara

      Love it, Maria! Getting after gratefulness can help uncover what and WHO matters!!

  28. Katya

    Lara! I am sooooo excited for 2020 planning with you! I am sure 2020 will be the BEST YEAR yet!

  29. Jessica Duininck

    So exciting! Will come back with my answers soon.

  30. Desiree Sachdeva

    Super excited to use Powersheets for the first time and I’m currently not-so-patiently waiting for the planner to be delivered. Discovering Powersheets came at a perfect for this stay-at-home-mom as I’m aiming for a career change when my son starts kindergarten in a couple years. I’m going back to school in early Jan and the Powersheets will be a perfect companion on my journey through school and beyond!

  31. Ioanna

    That is amazing!!! My first time here and I can’t wait. Wanted to start the PowerSheets before the 9th of December but I guess I will wait! We have the mini series to keep us !! <3 I am grateful for all the new friends Jesus brought into my life that introduced me to Him and the amazing life I an have by His Grace. Amen.

    • Lara

      I am SO glad you’re here, Loanna! Such a joy to have friends who point you back to Him!

  32. Juliana

    I will be doing PowerSheets for the second year, and am so excited. I learned a lot about myself last year. Two big areas that I am continuing to cultivate are faith and finances. Throughout the year I also learned that I need to work on cultivating relationships. Powersheets we helping me to continue to learn and grow. Thank you, Cultivate Team!

  33. Ioanna

    Texted a friend for the inspiring Instagram Stories, full of truth!

  34. Regina Wiley (Maston)

    Lara, I’m so proud of you and how God uses your vulnerability to help SOOOOOO many people. Amy Perkins first introduced me to power sheets hmm maybe 4 or 5 years ago. Well my journey has been unconventional but fun. First few years I hardly entered anything into the PS books. Then did prep, then did Prep and goals. I attended a dream builder workshop which opened my eyes and heart to creating a vision and vision board so last year I did a great job with goals, prep, action steps, and even the 90 day refresh. several months I even completed a tending sheet. Don’t ask if I looked back at it after creating. This year I left myself renew constantly I had several ‘Jan 1st’ experiences. 2020, well can hardly stand the excitement of what will unfold as I progress even more in using my PS book. So again thank you!! Regina

    • Lara

      Love you so much, sister! Come hug me Sunday! I am so proud of you and excited for you!!!

  35. Amy Stout

    PowerSheets (Cultivating What Matters) have changed my life.

    • Lara

      Amy, I am so grateful for you! Cheering you on as you continue to uncover what matters.

  36. Amy Stout

    I sent an email to my prayer team today to share how the Lord has worked through PowerSheets to provide for our family *financially but in other ways too

  37. Alicia Briggs

    First, thank you for this! I am a first time power sheets user and can tell how much this is going to positively impact my life! 2019 was a rough year with a lot of Gold moments. I’m not gonna share my answers but they are in my powersheets!

    • Lara

      Grateful for you, Alicia! So pumped to do this alongside you this year!

  38. Jill

    Lara! This is fabulous! “The pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change”. …Since you’re sitting with you doing the power sheet process, would you like a cup of tea or coffee? 😉

  39. Alexandra Baerg

    This is my first year using power sheets! I am so excited to get started!

  40. Veronica Menard

    After 2019 has been filled with a whole lot of “hot messes”, I’m ready to let God take control, and work on HEALING and RENEWING my life! I’m so excited! I won’t lie though, I’m a bit nervous too!

    • Lara

      Love your words, Veronica! I am cheering you on each step of the way!

  41. Kathleen

    I’m so excited to dig into my power sheets and really hone in my goals for 2020.

  42. Katie

    so excited to dig in and prepare for 2020! thank you for all that you do, team cultivate!!

    • Lara

      We are so grateful for YOU, Katie! I am cheering you on as you dig and uncover what matters!

  43. Jenny E.

    Yay! I am so excited to meet my goals this year!!

  44. Lindsey B

    I’m horrible with setting and working toward goals.
    Looking forward to having a new perspective and making some great changes!

    • Lara

      I’m glad you’re here, Lindsey! So excited to see what goals you’ll cultivate in 2020!!

  45. Roz

    How am I? Whenever people ask me that lately, I always say just OK. In many ways I feel stuck financially and with health because I want everything to change now. I tend to get distracted and hop around in my goals because I don’t see progress. But I accumulated certain bad habits and patterns little by little, so I should practice making progress in all of these areas little by little. But there were some great things that happened in 2019: I got to travel and do nerdy things with my daughter, I’m in my 3rd year of homeschooling as a full time working single parent and it was still the best decision ever, and I learned to flex my creative muscle a little more with photography, painting, and charcoal drawings. This will be my first year using the PowerSheets and I’m excited to take this year a little more slowly and be grateful for each step 🙂

    • Lara

      Yes!! Little by little…thank you so much for sharing, Roz. I SO excited you’re here!

  46. Heather

    Just placed my first order! Can’t wait to cultivate my way into 2020 🙂

    • Lara

      YIPPEE!! I am so excited for you to dig into your new PowerSheets, Heather!

  47. Trina McDaniel

    So excited to make 2020 a breakthru year!

  48. Sara D.

    When you were talking about how one woman leading a cultivated life could change the world a quote from St. Catherine of Siena popped into my head – “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”. I’m a first time Powersheets user and I am excited to see where 2020 takes me!

  49. Meredith

    Had an amazing year of growth last year, using power sheets for the first time!! Can’t wait for this new year!

  50. Rochelle

    Last year was my first year using Power Sheets! I’m so excited for 2020!

  51. Julie

    So excited and intimidated to start 2020. I know it will be better than. Not having goals to work toward. I am encouraged by this post and community

  52. Jenn

    Loved the podcast today! Life audit ✔️ It feels good to get started on 2020! Loving the new powersheets, they’re beautiful! 😍🎉

    • Lara

      Yes! It feels SO good! I am delighted to know you love PowerSheets, Jenn!

  53. Heather

    What.a generous raffle!

  54. Anji

    Hi,

    These look really good. Where do I put the code in as I can’t see anywhere to add it? ☺️

    • Lara

      Hi, Anji! You can head over to cultivatewhatmatters.com and use the code BESTYEAR2020 for 15% off your order today. You will put the code in at checkout. I am so excited you’re here!!

  55. Vy Do

    This is my first year completing PowerSheets! I can not wait to see what is in store for 2020!! 😍

  56. Emmy

    It’s that time of the year! Goals that matter 🙂

    • Lara

      Yes, Emmy!! I am cheering you on as you cultivate what matters in 2020!!

  57. Cynthia Y

    Super stoked to get started and make use of my planning for 2020. Thank you for all the hard work in prepping us for this!!!

  58. Andria

    I’m so ready for this. I’ve found a renewed relationship with God through my first Write the Word journal and I’m ready for a renewed relationship with myself. <3

    • Lara

      Andria, that’s SO exciting! He is faithful!! I am cheering you on!

  59. Angelica

    I am so excited about this year! This will be my third year doing this, and I can honestly say, it has been life changing. It feels so much better starting the year with plans that fit with what I really feel is important, and not just something I think I “should” be doing!!! Bravo Cultivate team!

    • Lara

      We are so grateful for you, Angelica! So excited to be doing this with you again!

  60. Danielle Norstedt

    Thank you! I’m excited to see what happens next year!

  61. Janine Hayden

    I’m determined to not let another year flash by with me standing there wondering what just happened. Looking forward to this Laura, thank you!

    • Lara

      Yes, Janine!! So glad you’re here and excited to see you uncover what matters most!

  62. Jennifer

    So excited for this series!! I was very encouraged today by your podcast. Thank you so much for being obedient to what the Lord has called you to💗

  63. Jennifer

    I keep in contact with a small group of moms at my church. I text them often and see how they are doing. I encourage them, pray for them. Lead them to the truth whenever the Lord calls me to it. I will also send homemade cards to sisters too.

    • Lara

      Homemade cards are the best thing to receive! I am so glad you’re here, Jennifer!

  64. Hailey

    This series is just the extra motivation I need to keep going with my prep work! <3

  65. Jessica

    I used Powersheets last year, and kept talking about them to my boss. Over Thanksgiving my boss bought 3 copies for herself and her two sisters because she’s ready to do the things that matter!

    • Lara

      Love it, Jessica!! Give a huge hug to your boss for me! I’m so encouraged to see you cheering each other on.

  66. Katherine Williams

    I attempted to use PS a couple years ago… I skipped last year and even with the little effort I put into maintaining through the year I noticed I was a different person by reflecting back. This prep work is the heart and your podcast touched me today… it isn’t about goals…they won’t change my life! Knowing my heart will… thank you so much! I really loved your voice today too…haha! I hope you feel ok, but I liked the raspy!

    • Lara

      Katherine, you’re so kind! My voice is back from it’s little vacation (: I am SO excited to see you uncover what matters most! Cheering you on!

  67. Amy Corron

    This post and these steps got me going! In the Life Audit, I am definitely looking to attend to Finances and Work – the Contentment Challenge looks great and I’d like to do it in 2020! I am also looking to begin to launch my own business and find projects I am motivated about in my currently role. Some good things – focus on health, relationship with my partner, continuous connection with family and friends, my five year strong Quest for Rest (which I hope to keep going), and the bond I have with my sister. Printed the grateful list and looking forward to sharing with those who made 2019 so bright! Can’t wait to keep going on this series – thanks Lara!

  68. Abby Myette

    Through the reflection process I realized one of my goals that I set in 2018 and 2019 and never accomplished wasn’t right for me. It was a fitness goal based on how my boyfriend defines fitness, not how I define fitness. I hadn’t accomplished it because it wasn’t about me, wasn’t for me. He is always encouraging and inspiring me but my goals need to be about me, not him or anyone else.

    • Lara

      So excited to see you uncover what matters most, Abby! I am cheering YOU on!

  69. Susie

    I am excited to get started! I am just finishing my first 6 month power sheets and have my new 2020 planner in my hands. I love how it is organized by season and focus. I have already seen such big shifts in how I approach my plans and life, and I look forward to more in 2020!

    • Lara

      I am SO glad you’re here, Susie! Wishing you your best year yet in 2020!

  70. Julirae

    I am so excited to get started. I’ve been praying for a way to better help myself and my daughters with intentional goal setting and then I found power sheets!

    • Lara

      Yes, Lord!! So excited you’re here, Julirae! I am cheering you and your girls on!

  71. Sarah Gusky Kemer

    Do a life audit. How are you doing in each area of your life and which areas do you most want to improve?
    * I will do a full Cultivated Life evaluation in my Powersheets, but I am in a holding pattern with a lot. We moved over the summer to a new state and started new jobs, and all the new is wearing on me! I need closer friends and better connections at church, and I need more confidence in my job. If I focus too much on the lack it is crushing. But, I do feel my family (me, husband, twin 7.5yr olds) are stronger. We’re connecting deeply and enjoying each other, and my husband and I have really been intentional about putting family above all else, even the chaos!

    Evaluate the past. Write your list of good things. Name the challenges. Learn from them.
    * Good things: my kids, my husband, friends from my old area, Jesus and His influence in my life, my Heavenly Parents and Their guiding hand, our new state is gorgeous!
    * Challenges: meeting people and making it count, developing friendships, all the new, our own high standards!

    Get after grateful. Name who you’re grateful for and do something about it!
    * I’m eternally grateful for my husband! He is an inspiration to me most days.
    * I am grateful for my kids and how they’re able to turn rough situations into fun ones.
    * Nature. We are deeper in it now and the trees, even covered in a foot of snow!, really center me. God bless the trees.

  72. Rachael

    2019 was a year of so many changes for our family. So encouraging to reflect on the good and the hard and see Gods faithfulness in it all. Looking forward to setting goals in 2020 to help cultivate all the new we planted this year.

    • Lara

      Yes, Rachael! He is faithful through it ALL! So glad you’re here and excited for you to see all that you planted grow!!

  73. Martha

    Still trying to finish 2019 strong with two of my goals which was to cultivate friendships and intentionally love on my family. Excited to see where the prep work leads me for 2020.

  74. Heather Reed

    This is my first year with Power Sheets and I am so excited and feeling so ready to take on 2020!!

  75. Nikki Schmidt

    Sooo grateful for a best gal friend and of course my family! Can’t wait to do PowerSheets this year!

  76. Kristin

    I (tried to) use PowerSheets in 2019 for the first time and I did pretty well until summer rolled around. I tend to hit my lowest mental health around July/August – something about the heat combined with an overwhelming sense of the passage of time just doesn’t do good things to my brain in that season. This year was no different, and I got overrun by anxiety about the future and ended up putting my PowerSheets away to focus on getting my brain back together with the help of my lovely therapist.
    For 2020 I’m trying PowerSheets again (yay!) and see if all of the self-work I’ve been doing for the past year can translate into growing more areas of my life. I especially want to focus on my creative hobbies and on my relationships with my partner and friends

    • Lara

      I am SO grateful you’re here, Kristin. You are strong and capable! I am cheering you on as you uncover what matters most!

  77. Lindsay

    I am so ready to dig into the prep for 2020. After a recent health diagnosis, my 2019 goals started to fall off. Using the rest of this year to give myself grace and to rest my body. But excited to put pen to paper as I make an intentional plan for 2020 to focus on health and finances. Thank you for sharing your heart with us yet again!

  78. Morgan

    2019 has been such a trying year. I can not wait to start 2020 on a new foot. Laying it all out there & really digging into what I want for the next year and for my life.

    • Lara

      I am so grateful you’re here, Morgan! I am cheering you on as you uncover what matters most!

  79. Rachel

    Hi Lara, this is my first year using the Powersheets. I’ve had them sitting on my desk since I bought them in October, unsure how to dive into the prep work. However,this podcast has really motivated to take some ‘me time’ to get it done and set my 2020 goals.
    I’ve had a tricky couple of years but I can feel that 2020 is going to be a great year for me and my family!

    • Lara

      Yes, Rachel! You’re in the right place! I am so glad you’re here and I’m cheering you on as you uncover what matters!

  80. Sherry Root

    I listened to your podcast episode yesterday and it was so refreshing and inspiring and I can’t wait to do Prep Week together next week! I have had my 2020 Powersheets since launch and I have been looking forward to this. I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads us all as we review and commit our years to Him! To God be the Glory Great Things He Hath Done and Will Continue to Do!

    2020 – Abundant Life “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b

    *Lighting the Way to Wellness, Purpose, and Abundance…bringing Glory to God in All Things.*

    • Lara

      Sherry, I am so grateful for your words! I am cheering you on! To God be the glory!

  81. Caroline Shelton

    I just discovered PowerSheets and I am SO EXCITED! I just ordered mine this morning and can’t wait for them to get here!

  82. Hannah BEEBER

    Lara, I LOVED your “holiday voice”. It made me feel like I was listening to an AM radio podcast.

  83. Sara Suastez

    I am so excited to go through this process again! Such a gift to go through and see what’s working, what’s not and how much I have grown and changed over the year.

  84. Victoria Gelberg

    I finally get it after all these years. I find the things within what I have to cultivate and tend. That will be bigger and wonderful.

    • Lara

      I love it, Victoria! Here’s to uncovering what matters most and tending it!

  85. Melinda

    I tried to set goals last January, and while progress has been made in a few, most saw no improvement, again. Lord willing, Power Sheets will be an answer for me in 2020. This podcast made me see goal setting in a new light!

    • Lara

      So excited you’re here, Melinda! I’m cheering you on as you uncover what matters!

  86. Melinda

    I am forever making out lists of goals, and while some of my goals see a little progress, most do not. This podcast helped me to see goal making in a new light. I love my Power Sheets planner and although I am a perfectionist and hate to put marks on pretty paper and actually “use” beautiful stickers, I have sets of markers that I bought along with your stickers and feel I can do this. Thanks for all your encouragement! First time user to be.

  87. Elaine S

    This will be my third you doing this.

  88. Elaine S

    This will be my third year doing this. It definitely has made a positive impact on my life.

  89. Jaquelyn

    After debating for a few months if I wanted to spend the money on PowerSheets… i finally decided that $60 really wasn’t much of an investment compared to a whole year of growing good things – I want 2020 to be better than the past few years! 💜

    • Lara

      I’m so glad you’re here, Jacquelyn! I’m cheering you on as you uncover that matters!

  90. Lyndsey Chavous

    So excited about growing in 2020! Is there somewhere I can read more about Lara’s no spend 2019? Thanks!

    • Lara

      Yippee, Lyndsey! I am so excited for you to uncover what matters most! We loved this book as one of our first action steps for our No Spend 2019 goal! –God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School by Gregory Baumer and John Cortines

  91. Leigh

    How am I doing?
    Health 9, Friends 7, Spouse 6, Family 6, Finances 9, Spiritual/personal growth 9, Work 3, Recreation 4. The top 3 that I want to focus on in 2020 are family, work, and recreation. This is the third time that I’ve used PS, and each year they are more meaningful to me!! Thank you, Lara!

    • Lara

      Yes, Leigh! I’m so excited to be doing this alongside you again! Cheering you on!

  92. Rhona Riley

    I look forward to this journey that should lead to a very cultivated 2020.

  93. Petra

    I am SO excited and SOOOOO ready to kickstart 2020!!! Thank you for this series Lara, it has become a treasured and highly anticipated tradition for my Decembers!!!

  94. Connie Jean Mills

    I’m looking forward to this upcoming year. Both 2018 and 2019 were very difficult years. Forced to move, moving in with my Inlaws, being my MIL’s caregiver… being there when she passed away… dealing with tons and I mean TONS of anger between my FIL, husband, and BIL. It has been a ROUGH two years. Leaving my 3200 sq ft home to live in a 700 sq ft basement with my hubby, two teens, and three dogs has been a lesson in humility and I’m still trying to find contentment. I want 2020 to be different and I’m determined to do whatever is necessary to make that happen!

    • Lara

      I appreciate you sharing, Connie. I’m cheering you on as you walk into the new year. Getting after grateful little by little!!

  95. Whitney Lanham

    I’m at the Carolina Inn and cannot wait to dig into my 2020 Powersheets with Team Cultivate at CYYL!

    • Lara

      Yippee, Whitney!! So excited you’re here!! Can’t wait to hug you!

  96. Heidi

    I have a hard time keeping goals. I think what you are doing is great and your goal sheets look very helpful. This is a great giveaway for someone like me who needs a lot of help to goal keeping. Thank you!

  97. shelby

    This podcast episode was so helpful!

  98. Jessica

    I am so excited for this series!

  99. Lisa

    This is so great and I can’t wait! I certainly hope to be more organized next year!

  100. Valerie

    Oh gracious, so much of this post resonated with me!! It is so easy to look back and see only the hard things. I was just thumbing through my 2019 Month In Review pages this morning looking for blessings to count and people to be grateful for! It’s all about perspective, so I love that phrase “get after gratitude!” Because whether we think it was a hard year or a year teeming with more blessings than we can count, either way we’re right. This was full of so many great reminders to get my mindset right as I start my 2020 prepwork. Thank you, Lara!!

    • Lara

      Hooray, Valerie! So excited for you as you get after gratitude! Cheering you on as you uncover what matters this year!

  101. Nicole

    I was surprised to notice that my audit in the Friends category has gone up SIGNIFICANTLY since last year. Needing some work on Spiritual life and health.
    There were so many great things in 2019! Going full time with my own business, taking up writing and seeing again after a long time, paying down lots of debt, going on a vacation with just my husband, and prioritizing play.
    A few hard things in 2019: some difficult things happening with my brother, allowing myself to become exhausted by overworking and not allowing myself to prioritize rest, and making decisions without seeking God first.

    • Lara

      What an awesome thing to be grateful for!! Friendships are such a joy! Cheering you on as you uncover what matters!

  102. Kim

    While I can look back and name a few accomplishments from the past year, I want to do and achieve even more in 2020. I am looking forward to using #powersheets to focus my energy and help me be more intentional with my time. I am so excited for this series!

    • Lara

      I am SO glad you’re here, Kim! I’m cheering you on as you uncover what matters most!!

  103. Colleen

    This podcast was awesome!! THANK YOU!

    • Lara

      That’s so encouraging to hear, Colleen! It’s absolutely my pleasure! Rooting for you!

  104. Shannon Love

    Got through Day One 🙂 certainly gave me a real movement with the life evaluation.

    • Lara

      That’s so encouraging to hear, Shannon!! I’m cheering you on as you find what matters most and cultivate it!

  105. Shannon

    I spent a lot of time in the life evaluation page. My focus areas are definitely work, finance, and health right now. Learning where I wanted to go and grow was a good start though…this is my first PowerSheets, so I’m excited to have the series to help.

  106. Regina Renee

    This is my first year with Power Sheets. This community is intense. Goal setting has always been something I did alone or with a small group, so this is new for me.

    • Lara

      I’m SO glad you’re here, Regina! We are grateful to have you as part of the Cultivate community. Goal setting can be so much fun with buddies 🙂

  107. Victoria Osborn

    I’m so excited to begin prepping my powersheets and planning for a fresh new year. Thank you for both this series and the prep work series to work through over the next few weeks 🙂

    • Lara

      You’re so welcome, Victoria! I’m SO glad you’re here and excited to see what matters most to you!!

  108. Valerie Harris

    I’m so excited to be prepping my first power sheets!

    • Lara

      Hooray!! I’m so excited for you to uncover what matters most, Valerie!

  109. Valerie Harris

    I have a friend walking a hard medical diagnosis this year and I’m texting her often to let her know she’s seen and to remind her to keep her eyes on Christ

  110. April Emery

    Life Audit – where I feel strongest right now are my spiritual life and health. I am weakest in the areas of recreation and finances (more-so fatigue from the long, hard journey of paying off our debts. We’ll get here and we’ve made progress, but it’s slower than expected.

    As far as the good and the bad from this past year, WHAT I’M CELEBRATING is having a better handle on work/family priorities being where they should be, developing a fitness routine and sticking with it, getting adequate amounts of sleep each night, eliminating stressors in my life and learning to let petty things go. STRUGGLES from the past year include my business falling apart, not being able to pay off our 4th debt by the end of this year (and having some scary high credit card debt), and alllll the times (in my anxiety or impatience) I stepped ahead of the Lord and didn’t wait on Him.

    I’m most grateful for my friends Kristin, Michelle and Katie. They spur me on in the Lord and love me. Also thankful for my gracious, patience and supportive husband and kids.

    PS – I would flip out over winning some of these giveaways … I’ve had my eye on the Val Marie Journal and Cultivate/Write The Word journals, but our finances are so tight right now I have had to exercise restraint and resist.

    • Lara

      Little by little progress! I am cheering you on, April! SO glad you’re here!

  111. Hadera L

    I am so excited to try this way of goal planning. I love the beauty and the freedom to also dig in and make a mess.

    • Lara

      Yes, Hadera!! Progress over perfection–it’s okay to make a mess! I love it!

  112. Priya

    Life evaluation: The areas I want to work on are health, relationship and finances
    Good things: I moved to nice home in a new state
    Challenges: Health
    I’m grateful for my daughter

  113. Rebecca Johnson

    I dont have my powersheets yet as they are a christmas present from my husband. But i did pull out an old notebook and am going throught the prep work in that. I have had a hard 2019 battling depressio. Anxiety while my husband works out of state so a single parent mon-fri and my son is special needs and Im a full time college student for a BA in mathematics minor in computer science. I NEED GOALS lol. Lara your system has been a life saver for me and my family feels the difference too. We love you!

  114. Amy Weison

    I started using Powersheets in 2018 and have loved watching my life begin to transform into what I’ve always wanted it to be! I have learned to be intentional with my time and with my relationships and am looking forward to 2020 and making this the best year ever! I’m CELEBRATING the fact that I’ve made great progress in my goals to be a better friend and better mom, and to deepen my RELATIONSHIP with the Lord. All of these bring so much peace, joy, and contentment to my soul, and for the past 10 years, I’ve not had the ability to focus on these important aspects of my life. I am setting big goals for 2020 for my health and fitness, and for being a better steward of my finances. I’m looking to the Lord for guidance on my next BIG career goal and know He will direct my path. Thank you, Lara, for creating and sharing such a wonderful tool to encourage us all to live our best life with intention! May God continue to bless you and yours with all things good!

  115. Meghan LP

    When I started thinking about 2020, I felt so uninspired. 2019 has been a difficult year for me, and I was feeling stuck. Doing the exercise of evaluating the past was so necessary. It made me realize that yes, this year had challenges, but it also had bright and beautiful spots, too. By shifting my perspective on the year, I can be grateful for everything it held. Thanks for encouraging looking back before moving forward Lara Casey and team! 🙂

    • Lara

      I’m so glad you were encouraged, Meghan! Getting after grateful is such a change in perspective! I’m cheering you on!

  116. Mary

    This is my thank you note to you, Lara. This is my third year with PowerSheets. Although I am still improving at applying your approach, without it I would have had an unbelievable amount of trouble getting through 2019. In maintaining focus on the things that mattered, I can acknowledge that my relationship with my husband is stronger after caring for him at home for four months. I can acknowledge that I can be patient with my children, as they struggle with medications and with childhood trauma. And I can acknowledge, sitting here with a cast over my dominant hand, that it is OK to rest, to let someone else care for me…. and to ”make a mess” in my 2020 PowerSheets. I certainly would not have chosen our 2019 life events as steps toward my goals, but I can value the opportunities to cultivate areas that are important to me.

    Thank you, Lara, for emphasizing that it’s OK to be imperfect in our little-by-little progress.

    • Lara

      Mary, I am so grateful for YOU and to be doing this alongside you for THREE years!! Yippee!! Cheering you on each step of the way!