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.

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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.

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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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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!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

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:
—Sabbath
—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
—Run!
—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
FaithGateway
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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I’d be delighted to chat with you! Simply fill out this form and Marissa will get right back to you!

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Feeling SO READY for the new month ahead?

I’m right there with you—my plans didn’t go as planned in August!

You’re ready for a new month of fresh routines.
A month of getting the best things done.
A month of crisp air and being re-energized.
A month of intentional decisions.
A month of soul rest.
A month of savoring.

“Savor” means to enjoy something completely. Fully. All-in. This month, let’s do that. Let’s savor the little things that add up to our lives!

We hiked in Tennessee and NC with the kids in August and it was awesome! More in my Instagram highlights!

A quick progress update on my August PowerSheets goals and what I learned is below. I hope this encourages you to celebrate even the tiny victories!

My August PowerSheets progress!

August Monthly Goals:
— Do the Fresh Faith Challenge. / Our house sort of fell apart in August (exploding water heater flooded the kids’ room and our living room so the kids are all sleeping with us right now) and I count these 6 days of Writing the Word as a big win! I did it under the covers with soft light so I wouldn’t wake everyone at night. 🙂
Number my days and gain a heart of wisdom. / Yes, the Lord did this for me. Through Eva and several family members having major health issues, I have been constantly reminded that this life is a GIFT and I want to live it with all of me for the glory of the Lord!
— Prepare for fall homeschool. / YES! I LOVE MY HOMESCHOOL PLANNER! Get it for free here.
— Finish the first draft of the book. / Yes! The first draft has been submitted for feedback to my editor! Yippee!
— Take a month of rest from the podcast. Hear that story here. / Yes, and taking most of September off, too. The next episode will be live for you on September 25th!
— Teach the “How to Cultivate Your Calendar” class with Shunta. / This was so much fun. You can catch the replay here.

August Weekly Goals:
— Prepare for Q4 / Yes! 2020 PowerSheets are coming October 16th!
— Enjoy the garden right where I am (listen in here for more!)
— Delight in our home. / Yes – from music to an abundance of library trips that have filled the house with books, there has been lots of delight in our house.

We visited my parents last week—special time to remember to number our days.

August Daily Goals: / Progress on all of them below!
— Cultivate my days
— Bible reading
— Run! Praise!
— Write the Word

Don’t miss these from August:
—There are only 25 tickets left for Cultivate Your Year Live!
—Enter the End of Summer Giveaway–it’s so good!
—Get back to what matters this coming season with us—this bundle is going fast.
Learn 3 ways to cultivate your calendar with my dear friend Shunta Grant.
Have you ever made plans—and they didn’t go as planned? Listen in to my story here and get 3 steps to move past frustration and disappointment. A must-listen (and my last podcast episode for a few weeks—you’ll get that story in this episode, too!).

On to September! Long story, but I unexpectedly have no childcare for most of September. I’m excited for this time with them and also excited to be the most efficient with work I’ve ever been. I’m not sure how it’s all going to work yet, but little by little, the best things will get done!

My goals in September are simple and purposeful—and more big-picture so I can be flexible in how I tackle them with the time I’m given.

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES for Mommy! : )

September Monthly Goals:
— (In light of what I shared above…) Ask God to prioritize my days
— Do what’s most important in the big picture
— Finish the BOOK
— Delight in the Lord
— Enjoy the best month in the garden

September Weekly Goals:
— Cultivated homeschool begins!
— Pray over the 2020 PowerSheets. I’ll be praying over every set as they get nestled in our warehouse for launch day—that they would be filled with good things and help women to walk in the light of life!

September Daily Goals:
— Bible reading each morning
— Run!
— Re-creation

Your turn! Do you have goals for September? 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 cover reveal on September 24th at 1:30 pm ET on Facebook. I can’t wait to show you what’s new. A clue? EVERYTHING!

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