UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in this role! We are so grateful to the Lord—this role has been filled!

We’re currently hiring for several roles in our company, and this one is the most special to me personally!

We’ve been so blessed by the last two years with Mackenzie in our family. She has become one of my very best friends and the person I trust the most besides Ari! What a gift these years have been to me and the three sweet kiddos! Our faith has grown together over many naptime conversations and adventures we’ve taken together. It has been a gift to pour into her and she has certainly done the same for me in spades.

Mackenzie brought their favorite fruit and treats for Valentine’s Day!

I’m so happy for what’s ahead of Mackenzie in a new season of taking the next steps in her career in education (what a blessing she will be to more kiddos!) and I’m especially grateful she’s not moving to another city just yet. : ) Mackenzie has blessed our children, us, the ladies in this office, our neighbors, our friends—I could go on. What happens in this house is pretty unique, and Mackenzie has been a ray of light for all of us!

Summertime fun!

As you can see in these photographs, she’s pretty amazing. She works hard and loves God passionately. We trust that God will bring us another great fit for our family!

We are looking for someone special, and perhaps that person is you! We are seeking a full-time caregiver and House/Office Manager, starting July 15th. Please apply if you meet ALL of the following requirements.

We’ve had so many fun adventures together!

Who you’ll care for:

3.5-year-old boy (Joshua)
3-year-old girl (Sarah)
Soon-to-be-second-grader girl (Grace)
A handful of fishies and a bevy of houseplants : )

One of our kiddos has special needs. A patient and resilient spirit is a blessing to this sweet soul who needs a little extra love and care. 

We’re looking for:

Joyful Caregiver
Hard Worker and Self Starter
Health-Oriented (non-smoker, etc.) because this job takes a ton of energy! One of our kiddos has special needs. A patient and resilient spirit is a blessing to this sweet soul who needs a little extra love and care.

At the Southern Weddings launch party together.

We need someone who can commit to two years with us. Must be able to start training July 15th. If you are applying from out-of-state (the majority of our previous caregivers did this and moved here from out-of-state for the role), you must be able to relocate to the Chapel Hill, NC, area by July 15th. The ladies in my office and I will gladly help you settle in and we have housing available as well. We love this area!

Picking local blueberries!

Must be extremely organized, energetic (three kids will keep you on your toes!), joyful (we love to be silly), and experienced in childcare. A background in early childhood education is a plus. College graduates preferred, but we are open. Must have own transportation (although you’ll use our minivan to cart the kiddos around!), and a clean driving record. In addition to caring for our three children while I work, you will also be responsible for managing this unique building we call my home and office. There are not only three kiddos who look forward to meeting you, but lots of ladies too!

Another reason I love Mackenzie: she loves being silly with Grace! Cow Appreciation Day goodness above.

I run my business from home for the most part so I am here most days as well. I also homeschool Grace a couple of days a week. We will spend a lot of time together, loving on these children alongside each other during the day.

And now I’m getting teary-eyed. We love you, Mackenzie!

Our faith is a cornerstone in our home. We are seeking a caregiver who can teach and reinforce Christian principles and lead by example. We are looking for someone who has a strong faith, is calm under pressure, confident in their faith, and is willing to develop a passion for shaping our children’s hearts alongside us. More than that though, Ari and I hope to pour into the heart of whomever steps into this role.

Please pray about this position and only reply if you meet ALL of these requirements. We’ve had many wonderful caregivers over the last 7+ years, and know the qualifications fit our family well. We will be doing several interviews with potential candidates.

Please APPLY HERE by April 24th. This is a full-time salaried position – Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm and some nights and weekends (a small handful) throughout the year. We will begin video interviews ASAP. Please read through this post and the application thoroughly. Your attention to detail is part of the interview. : ) We are praying for you as you apply!

P.S. If you know someone else who this would be a great fit for, please pass this post along. Thank you!

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

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

In this episode:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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There’s a lot that tries to get your attention in life.

Your to-do list.
The people surrounding you.
The online world.
Advertisements that beg you to look here, buy this!

So many things promising to solve a problem for you—or wanting you to solve a problem for them.

But, what’s essential, and what’s a distraction?

In this new month, let’s name those things that have been holding us back from growing what matters and clear out our growing ground for what lasts. March is the month to make room and say COMPLETELY YES to what’s essential (more about that in my video below)—and no to all the rest!

Clear the life clutter with these top posts and resources:

And now… a recap of my progress on my February PowerSheets® goals and what I learned!

That was fun! In the video I share how I made progress on my goals and lots of practical tips, including how to color-code your goals to help you follow-through. This has been a game-changer for me! Links I mentioned in the video:

Goal Setting Sticker book with our color coding system
How to Number Your Days PODCAST episode
Write the Word
— My workout playlist
— I forgot to mention this in the video, but one thing we did in February was open an Acorns account, which I love! Get $5 to invest when you use my link here.

On to March!
March Monthly Goals:
— Train leaders + pass on leadership. This post from my friend Jennie struck a chord – or rather, a whole symphony – in me!
— Celebrate our anniversary at the Carolina Inn.
— Listen to the Lord. We’ve been studying what it means to be “entrusted” this year—entrusted with faith, with the relationships we’ve been given, etc. I want to listen to Him more above everything else so I can steward well what I’ve been entrusted with.
— Plan a low-maintenance garden.  My neck injury is necessitating this, but I think it will be great all around—for the kiddos, too. This month I’m working slowly on a plan that won’t have me literally bending over backward all summer maintaining the garden.
— Bring Making Things Happen to life! I’m excited to experience this 56th conference alongside my team and the women who are joining us!
— Live numbered days (Psalm 90:12). Listen to the special episode of the podcast all about this here.
— Continue the Contentment Challenge.

March Weekly Goals:
— Weekly family Sabbath
— Sabbath study—studying what the Word says about Sabbath and starting this book.
— Read Letters to the Church with Ari
— Make margin happen
— Train for the Tar Heel 10K with Ari

March Daily Goals:
— Eat more raw vegetables
— 10K steps daily
— Old Testament Bible Reading (Need a great 5-day Bible reading plan? :))
Write the Word at night before bed
— Scripture over Scroll. As I learn about the Lord’s heart, this is where I want mine—focused on Him over the world. Soaking Him in instead of catching up with other people’s lives—even friends!

Your turn! Do you have goals for March? What are you cultivating in this new month? I’ll pick one of you to send a special surprise box of goodies to from the Cultivate What Matters shop. I love sending real mail, and I love hearing your thoughts! Congrats to February’s winner, Carleen Roberts!

P.S. Just getting started on your PowerSheets® and want me to coach you through how to get started? You got it! WATCH HERE.

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Do you ever feel like life is passing you by?

You blink and another year, day, hour has passed—where is time going?! Two little words keep slipping out of your mouth: time flies!

In this SPECIAL EPISODE of the Cultivate Your Life Podcast, you’ll learn the 6 secrets of slowing down time and spending it like this is the only life you’ve got.

Get ready to laugh, cry (get your tissues ready—you have been warned!), and our whole family might have a surprise for you at the end. Today, we’re going to have a conversation that will change your life! You’ll be so glad you listened.

LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:

— You’ll hear about a few “tipping points” in my life, experiences that made me confront a freeing truth: life is finite AND life is a gift.
— We’ll talk about what it means to number our days (hint: that phrase isn’t something I made up—it comes straight from the book of Psalms!), and how that changes the way we live out each one.
— You’ll meet one of my “number your days” role models : )
— This is all sounding big and a bit scary, doesn’t it? Stick with me! I’ll share 6 practical tips for gaining this new perspective and applying it to your life.
— I’ll guide you through a life audit—a simple tool to assess how you’re currently using your resources.
— I’ll encourage you to embrace the freshness of this perspective and to “strike while the iron is hot!” You’ll also pick up a practical tip for keeping this perspective day after day.
— I’ll wrap things up with 3 ways to keep yourself accountable to this new way of living. They’re simple, and they’re good. I’ll also leave you with one simple action step so you can get started today.

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

— Take these two free life expectancy tests from the Social Security Administration and LivingTo100.com. Tell me in the comments what your life expectancy is!
—Enjoy our family’s favorite (and not-so-fancy!) Simple Mills Spice Cake mix.
—Reread this life-changing chapter of the Bible: Psalm 90 (pay specific attention to verse 12)!
—Subscribe to my 5-day YouVersion Bible reading plan GOD + GOALS: How To Set Goals As A Christian.
—Grab your Write the Word Journal (I’m currently using Cultivate Prayer!) to grow your faith in 2019. I’m loving the fruit that comes from writing the Word every evening. Bonus for my mama friends: there’s a Write the Word journal for kids, too!
—Get your 2019 PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner!
—Tune into previous Cultivate Your Life Podcast episodes: 1, 3, 4, and 6!

I’m celebrating YOU with a fun giveaway over on Instagram.

READY FOR A GIVEAWAY? I can’t forget this! To celebrate YOU cultivating your lives and downloading the podcast over 100K times, I’m giving away: Apple AirPods, signed copies of my books Make It Happen and Cultivate, and a $50 Cultivate What Matters gift card. Read this post on Instagram for details on how to enter (it’s really easy)!

LOVE THE PODCAST? SHARE IT! Text, email, carrier pigeon—share this episode with friends however you like! This episode is really special, so I hope you’ll share it with someone you love! Feel free to grab one of these graphics to post about it, too!

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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!

SUBSCRIBE NOW to the Cultivate Your Life podcast on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode. If you love the podcast, please leave a quick review on iTunes—it helps other women find this free encouragement! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. I’ll be featuring some of your reviews in a future episode!

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