Author: Lara

The leaves are changing. The air is turning crisp. And my focus has turned to preparing well for the new year while finishing 2019 with an exclamation point (turning 40 on December 27th)!

I love this season and I also know it takes a little extra strategy to be intentional. November is a month we get to choose one of two paths: the path of crazy or the path of peace. One of the best ways to do that?

Welcome to NO-vember!

When we say no to one thing, we are saying yes to something better.
This is your month to say yes to what matters in the big picture.
This is your month to say NO—even when it’s hard—to the non-essentials. We only get this one life; let’s live it on purpose.

Here’s a quick look back at my October PowerSheets goals and what I learned this month. I can’t wait to hear about your goals, too!

October Monthly Goals:
—Ask God to prioritize my days / Yes, I really needed this focus and reminder on my Tending List. This is one of the many examples of how visibility creates accountability—and spurs us on to action. In the overwhelming moments, I stopped and asked Him what I should do next. I keep my PowerSheets open on my desk during the week and out on the kitchen counter on the weekends so I remember what matters. This helps me say YES intentionally instead of in a reactionary way.
—Do what’s most important in the big picture / I made big progress here. This was a month of looking at the big picture—of what will be important at the end of our days—and trying to make changes now accordingly. I did this through conversations with friends, prayer, and talking about what’s important in the big picture with my kids. I love showing them how to begin thinking this way!
—Delight in the Lord / I studied the word “delight” in the Bible and really needed this, too. My focal verse has been Psalm 37:4. Just breeze through some of the verses on delight in the Bible. So good!
—Hire a full-time Admin and Ministry Assistant / Done, praise the Lord! We had SO many wonderful applicants and I wish I could have hired you all! This lovely young lady starts in a couple of weeks and I’m very grateful.
—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) / YES!! Double yes! I worked so hard on this! I think I got almost 20K steps the day we moved out of the office house that we sold and simultaneously moved back into our house after the floor renovations were finally done. I was so tired and so grateful! One huge benefit of all of this happening was having to take all of our furniture and basically everything out of our house. We donated a lot and put things back in much better places!

October Weekly Goals:
—Sabbath. / Yes, we got back to lighting the Shabbat candles on Friday and the Havdalah candle on Saturday and it has been so sweet for our whole family. I love this practice we’ve cultivated this year!
—Be there / Yes! I’ve taking Grace to jump rope practice and using intentional forethought to be sure I’m there for the things that matter to them—even in the seemingly small moments.

October Daily Goals: / Progress on all of them below!
—Bible reading each morning / Yes, I’m reading through the Old Testament with a few friends this year and we are in Jeremiah. Not the easiest reading, but just when I think I can’t read any more of God’s anger, His GRACE and MERCY flood right in. Woosh! I’ve felt all the emotions in this reading and it has been so good for my soul. I’m already excited to dig into a slow read of the New Testament in 2020!
—Run! / Yes! This has been something I’ve worked on all year off and on. My knees have, praise the Lord, held out so far. Grateful for this!
—Re-creation with the kids / Yes! From hiking to jumping in leaves and the State Fair, we’ve made memories.
—Pray over our children. / Yes, before bed, I pray over them out loud.

Don’t miss these from October:
The Podcast is back! I had such a fun time chatting about the history of PowerSheets and a little promise I made to myself that’s been shared millions of times on the internet.
— You are so excited about the 2020 PowerSheets Collection—it has blown us away! You had the very best ideas for new products and we made them happen for you!
— Did you see Ari’s rap? We had so much fun making this video for you to celebrate PowerSheets Launch week!
—Take a peek at my favorite new products from the 2020 Collection. It was hard to choose just 5 out of the 15—I’ll be using them all!

On to NO-vember! What are your goals for November? I’d love to hear below! I’m keeping it simple and focusing on saying NO to the things that don’t matter so I can say YES to the things that do.

November Monthly Goals:
—Cultivate my 2020 calendar (Here’s how you can do the same!)
—Pray over 2020 company and personal goals
—Make a meaningful gift list
—Celebrate Gracie turning 8!
—Write the 2020 Goal Setting Series

November Weekly Goals:
—Sabbath rest

November Daily Goals:
—Bible reading
—Run!

Your turn! Do you have goals for November? 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. You know those hurried days between Christmas and New Years when everyone scrambles to set goals? Instead of microwaving your goals, let’s slow cook them. Join me starting on December 9th for PowerSheets Prep Week! I’ll walk you step-by-step through the PowerSheets Prep Work and Goal Action Plan pages to help you prepare well for 2020. Get your PowerSheets ordered now so you get them in plenty of time, and mark your calendar. I can’t wait to dig in with you!

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Have you ever gone through the motions in life? Feeling frustrated, like you want to do things differently, you want your life to change, and yet you keep doing the same things over and over again? I’ve been there.

Today, we’re going behind the scenes of the creation of the PowerSheets® goal planner, and we’re going to get you unstuck along the way.

LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:
— I tell you about a lightbulb moment—the spark that brought PowerSheets into the world—and what inspired the original Tending List. (I scratched out the first version on a piece of scrap paper!)
— I tell you how I decide, of all the things on my plate, what is actually worth spending time on, and what isn’t.
— We talk about the first sets of PowerSheets—loose-leaf sheets printed at a local printer and sold on Big Cartel. (Does that even exist anymore?!)
— I tell you what I do when I feel overwhelmed and under-qualified, and why sitting in that tension can be a huge blessing.
— Let’s talk about the evolution of PowerSheets over the years! We talk binders, soft covers, hard covers, black and white, and COLOR, and why we made each of those changes! Our office motto is make it better, and we try to live it out every day.
— I love sharing the story of PowerSheets, but what I really love is sharing what you’ve done with them. I tell you the story of 2016—it was a really hard year—and how my PowerSheets helped me through. Help other women to not give up in the middle of the mess were the words I wrote in my PowerSheets after many months of turmoil.
— I tell you about friends just like you who’ve made things happen with their PowerSheets, and what they all have in common: they didn’t give up at the first sign of imperfection. They believed in little-by-little progress. They kept what matters in front of them (their Tending Lists!). They committed to the long-haul. And, they made it FUN! That kind of success lasts, and those are the results you get with your PowerSheets!
— I walk you through every step in the process of getting PowerSheets from an idea into your hands.
— Finally, I talk about why I do this work… plus, how I described my job to a bunch of three-year-olds 🙂

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

— Want to read the history of PowerSheets? Here’s a Cultivate blog post for you, complete with photos of different versions over the years!
— Listen to my interview with Amy Porterfield, focusing on production.
— Here’s the story about changing the name of our shop from Lara Casey Media to Cultivate What Matters.
— And here’s the story of that hard season, when I wanted to quit my business.
— Our last episode focused on the story of the “you know all those things” quote—listen here! Here’s another episode we mention often: No. 8, How to Number Your Days.
— Curious about how our goal-setting process is different? Start with our 7 best goal-setting hacks!
— If you haven’t yet, you must watch Ari’s latest rap (!): 2020, the year of clear vision 🙂
— And now for the good stuff—2020 PowerSheets are on sale NOW! See the four covers, explore the new features, and get your set today! Then, make plans to join us for Prep Week beginning December 9th!

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Ever get the feeling life is passing you by?

You think, Where has the time gone? And the next thought that comes to your mind: Am I using this gift of a life well?

I’ve had that thought, too. And then one night, I wrote down a little promise to myself—a promise that’s since been shared millions of time on the internet. Maybe you’ve seen it: it’s a quote that says, “You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.”

Today, we’re going to chat about the real story behind those words—and why they resonate so strongly with people, eight years later.

LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:
— I give you a little update on my plans that didn’t go as planned since our last podcast episode. It’s been an unexpected blessing, though, and has had me numbering my days more than ever.
— I tell you the story behind one of the most famous #laranotes of all time. Spoiler alert: I didn’t write it about skydiving or anything dramatic; I wrote it in my kitchen one night shortly after Grace was born.
— I give you one small step forward to take today to move forward on one of those things you’ve always wanted to do. There are still 90 days left in the year, and you can use them well!

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

— NEW 2020 PowerSheets launch soon! Choose your cover, see what’s inside, and get on the list to see the full product guide next week!
— Ready to make the most of the next 90 days? Start with these simple steps!
— Need a reminder of those things you’ve always wanted to do? Grab this gold foil art print.
— There’s a Goal Refresh in your PowerSheets every three months to harness the power of the 90-day window. Take a few minutes to fill yours out this week!
— Save the date: PowerSheets Prep Week is happening December 9th-13th! We’ll start our 2020 goals together in the next 90 days!

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Have you ever made good plans—and your plans didn’t go as planned?

I know how you feel! It’s so frustrating.

In this new episode of the Cultivate Your Life podcast, I’m sharing a story about something that didn’t go the way I thought it would this year (something that may surprise you!). I’m giving you the 3 simple steps to move past frustration and disappointment—in your everyday life and the big picture.

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In this episode:
— You’ll learn why I’m taking a break from the podcast for a few weeks!
— Hear how I moved through a different season in my life of loss and miscarriage
— You’ll learn the 3 steps to enjoy where you are—in daily life and the big picture—despite things not having gone the way you thought
— Get a surprising update on my 2019 goal: The Year of Sabbath
— Be encouraged to REST
— Learn how to keep your eyes and ears and heart open right where you are. You might notice magical things in unexpected places!

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

— Grab a copy of my book, Cultivate
— Download the free NEW Cultivated Homeschool Planner

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You’re more than halfway through 2019!

Have you set any goals you’re feeling “blah” about right now? Perhaps you’re wishing you’d been more consistent in your faith—maybe in Bible reading, prayer, or perhaps, like me, in trusting God over your worries.

Ready for a fresh start with your faith?

LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:

— I start with a few very special shout-outs from listeners. So glad to have y’all here!
— I tell you a little bit about my story of faith: how I felt so far away from people who talked about “reading the Bible in a year,” or even reading the Bible at all.
— I share some hope: that my turning point came from something very small and very doable, and thousands of other women have grown their faith because of it, too: writing the Word of God.
— I share some scripture that shows us that the Word is all we need: Psalm 119:105, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and John 1:1.
— We chat about the stats around handwriting and comprehension. Good news! What you write out yourself, you retain and understand better, which leads to action!
— I give you a scripture to try out writing the word: Psalm 119:11: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Grab a piece of paper and a pen right now!

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

New Write the Word journals launch TODAY! Choose one of our new special edition volumes—Fruit of the Spirit, Worship, or Garden—or one of our refreshed classics: Hope, Joy, Renewal, Contentment, and Faith.
— If you have kiddos, don’t miss our NEW companion Write the Word Kids volume: Fruit of the Spirit!
— Join me for 30 days of writing the Word this August with another round of our popular Fresh Faith Challenge. It’s so easy! Just grab your Write the Word journal of choice (I think I’m going to start Worship!) and join our newsletter list below for encouragement throughout the month. You can join the Cultivate Your Faith Facebook group, too, if you’d like!

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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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