Simple at home teeth whitening

Simple at home teeth whitening

I haven’t always been confident in my smile.

I used to have a large gap between my front two teeth which led to braces and a minor procedure on my gums. I’m sure a lot more work went into my smile, but I was so young that I don’t remember much about that time. All I knew was that I craved a smile I could be proud of.

You are beautiful. If your smile needs a boost like mine did, be sure to read until the very end. Trust me ❤

Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.

Connie Stevens

I’m not new to teeth whitening, but I’ve had a hard time finding something that actually works and that I’ll stick with.

Of course, I’ve tried whitening strips. Quick and convenient, yes, but they felt uncomfortable and just didn’t seem to do the job.

I’ve tried personalized teeth whitening trays that I got from my dentist at the time. I had the molds made while I was in her office and then had to pick them up later. This was much better that the strips, but the process wasn’t convenient and I stopped using it once the gel ran out because I didn’t want to bother with ordering (or paying…) for more.

Most recently I tried generic trays from my current dentist. Maybe dramatic, but I literally gagged when I took the tray out. There was so much gel left on my teeth and I was grossed out. The trays felt like a mouth guard and they weren’t personalized for my teeth. Plus I had no control over the amount of gel used. Needless to say, that was the first and last time I tried that route.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

Mother Teresa

Smile Brilliant stepped in and solved my teeth whitening woes. Affordable. Personalized trays with a quick and convenient process. Noticeable results even after my first session. No gagging. Insert praise hands here.

To be honest, I was overwhelmed at the thought of the process, but Smile Brilliant made it so simple. Everything you need is in the box, so all you have to do is open it up and get started towards a whiter, brighter smile.

This is the T3 Sensitive System kit for light stains. It includes 3 whitening syringes, 3 desensitizing syringes, and everything you need to make the molds that Smile Brilliant uses to create your custom teeth whitening trays. It also includes instructions for every step of the process, so don’t stress!

The molds are created in the comfort of your own home by mixing one base paste and one catalyst paste, then spreading evenly on the mold tray. Press the tray gently up to your upper teeth and let it harden for two and a half minutes. Remove and then repeat for your lower teeth.

I’m so glad Smile Brilliant gives you an extra pair of pastes because I had a harder time with my bottom teeth. Second time was a charm.

After both molds are created, you let them sit for thirty minutes, rinse and dry completely, and then pack em up to ship back. In about two weeks you’ll have your custom teeth whitening trays. You’ll get email updates along the way once they’ve been received and again when they’ve shipped. I really appreciated this aspect of their customer service so I wasn’t left wondering. Communication is key!

Now for the part we’ve all been waiting for: whitening! Unlike the strips you’re used to, custom trays allow for your entire smile to be whitened.

To get started, brush your teeth with water only. Apply a thin layer of the whitening gel to the front portion of your trays and then gently press the tray to your appropriate teeth. Be careful not to use too much gel. You certainly don’t want to waste it, but you also don’t want it oozing out of the trays. I’ve been getting at least three full whitening sessions with each syringe, so they go far.

Smile Brilliant recommends whitening for 45 minutes to three hours. I started with the minimum and worked my way up to make sure my teeth and gums weren’t sensitive. I did not experience much sensitivity at all, even when doing sessions on back-to-back days.

Something I haven’t seen before with teeth whitening is a desensitizing gel. This is used immediately after your whitening session and applied in the same method as the whitening gel for 15-20 minutes. It helps to reduce sensitivity and prevent future staining. Yes and yes!

It’s best to whiten before bed so that you’re not consuming other food or drinks that could restain your teeth. I’m a rule follower and I wanted the very best results, so that’s what I did. This helped prevent snacking after dinner, which was an unintentional (yet positive) side effect.

My usual whitening routine would look like applying my trays as per the instructions and then moving on with my evening. Sometimes that looked like writing a blog post, watching a show, taking a bath, reading. The trays didn’t interfere at all, so it was easy to add to my routine.

7 whitening sessions — less yellowing + staining

I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Smile Brilliant. Not only is the kit affordable and convenient to use, but the process actually works!

I can whiten with confidence because the kits are 100% vegan and cruelty free – the gels are vegetable-based instead of animal based. Fun fact: the company was recently Leaping Bunny Approved. It’s important that I use and support companies that are in alignment with my own values — doing business well and being kind others.

I’m so happy to have found at home whitening that fits so well into my life. It certainly beats anything I’ve used in the past and can’t wait to continue using it for whitening maintenance in the future!

Are you ready for a GIVEAWAY!? 

Huge thank you to Smile Brilliant for collaborating with me on this post! We are hosting a giveaway and one lucky winner will receive their very own T3 Sensitive kit!

All you have to do to enter is fill out the entry form here! But if you’re too excited and want your teeth whitening kit ASAP, you can always use the coupon code “flourishwithrach15” for 15% off any Smile Brilliant purchase.

Be sure to follow both Smile Brilliant (@smilebrilliant) and me (@racharrington) on Instagram and tag/share with your friends who would love a chance to win too! Giveaway ends Feb 6, 2019. Good luck, friends!

Do you whiten your teeth? Would you ever try Smile Brilliant? 
Let me know in the comments below!

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December 2018 Round Up

December 2018 Round Up

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Hi, friend!

We officially have 5 days left in 2018. Five. Holy guacamole!

It’s the time of the year where it’s like what day is it? What year is it? Where do I need to be? That black hole of life between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

3 things I’m excited about

  1. Rebranding of Flourish With Rach: I mentioned this in the November Round Up — the makeover is complete! I’m so dang excited! My previous branding was done by a dear, talented friend and I loved it. The blog has evolved since then and I knew a new look was needed. So here it is! What do you think?
  2. Turning 27: My birthday is January 1st. I feel sad that Christmas is over, but also so excited for NYE and New Year’s Day aka my birthday. Each year I think to myself “ok now that sounds old,” but there’s something much older sounding to “twenty-seven.” I think it’s that 7. I’m so grateful to be blessed with another year and I plan to make it the best yet!
  3. Refreshing my goals: As you probably know by now, I am a big fan of the PowerSheets. My 2019 goals are set and I’m looking forward to the progress that’ll be made. Some are a continuation of goals I’ve been working on this year and some are brand new.

Quote I’ve been meditating on

Worship fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all.

Advent Conspiracy

This felt right for the Christmas season. It helped me to remember what’s important. It’s not just about the gifts or the parties or the food and drinks. It’s about the love. It’s about the light. It’s about the baby that was born in a manger to save and set us free.

I learn more about the spirit of Christmas each year and it becomes even more magical and special. I don’t want to let it go just because Christmas Day is over. I think this is something I can definitely carry on no matter the season.

Who or what I’m adoring

I almost saying this because it’s going to sound way too adult and boring. But yall are my people and I think you’ll appreciate it.

I have been loving Clean Mama‘s cleaning routine. I discovered her on Instagram a while ago, but it wasn’t until recently that we put her routine into practice. It’s been making such a difference! Each day has a predetermined task and there are tasks to do daily. I’m probably making it sound complicated, but it really takes the mental work out.

Eric and I split up the weekly tasks and I’ll usually handle the daily tasks. It’s so much easier and more manageable for us to have just a few minor things to do daily rather than a huge cleaning day whenever we think about it.

Creating systems around our home and lives makes me feel on top of things and reduces my mental clutter. This one may not work for you, but don’t be afraid to tweak it or find something else that works better.

Favorite memory from December

Of course, I loved Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It was so fun and special to celebrate surrounded by loved ones. My family happens to be in Key West currently (we’ll join them next year), but we lots of family to spend the days with. I’m thrilled that my parents and siblings were able to get away, but they sure were missed.

Aside from Christmas, my favorite memory was the Christmas Party Eric and I attended. For some crazy reason we decided to go to the mall that day (the Saturday before Christmas), so by the time we headed home to get ready, I wasn’t in the party mood. I would have much rather stayed home and ordered Chinese food. But that’s also how I feel most nights.

I’m so glad that we decided to go. We had a blast catching up with friends and getting to know new ones. It helped put us in the Christmas spirit — the home was beautifully decorated, the drinks were flowing, and the food was delicious.

A good lesson I learned

The best things happen outside of my comfort zone.

I think we all know this, but it’s much different when we actually live it out. I love to feel comfortable. Especially in the winter. It’s dark and cold, so I’m not feeling my best. I prefer to remain comfy.

Whether it’s choosing to go to a party or something bigger like stepping into a new career, awesome things happen outside of a comfort zone. Stepping out of a comfort zone takes faith and moves you towards what your heart desires. That’s good stuff. Just because it’s uncomfortable and maybe even a little scary doesn’t mean it’s the wrong thing. It may be that next right step. Go for it!

In January…

I’m saying no to: doing all the things.

I’m saying yes to: rest.

Since I’m feeling a bit out of sorts, I thought you might be feeling the same. You’re not alone. And even though the days are limited, there is still enough time to make some things happen and prepare for an incredible 2019.

Take some time over these next 5 days to reflect on this year and dream about what’s to come.

What do you want your life to look and feel like?
What’s the next right step you can take to move towards a life like that?

I’m excited for a fresh start and all the new content I’ll be sharing here. What do you want to see on Flourish With Rach in 2019?

November 2018 Round Up

November 2018 Round Up

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

We’re in the midst of the holiday season which makes me excited, but also a bit panicked. Our busy schedules get even more packed and our budget is put to the test. Can you relate?

November was one of those months that felt long and short at the same time. You know the kind. It was good. It was productive. It was somewhat restful. It went by in a blink. Here’s a glimpse into my month.

3 things I’m excited about

  1. Setting up my PowerSheets and Simplified Planner for 2019: If you have yours, then you understand. I’m trying to hold off digging into my 2019 goal planner and life planner until we get a bit closer to the end of the year, but I don’t know how much longer I can wait! Not to be dramatic, but honestly these tools have transformed my life since I started using them. Guess it never hurts to be extra organized and prepared 😉 
  2. Ending the year strong: This is my favorite time of the year. Excitement and joy are in the air and I soak it up! It’s also the time of the year where I tend to backslide on my healthy habits and wait until the new year to get back on track. Not this year! Rachel Hollis’ #Last90Days is helping me finish well. 
  3. Rebranding for Flourish With Rach: Soon this little corner of the internet will have a new look — yay! I love the logo I have now done by my sweet, talented friend, but I have been wanting to do an update for a while. I want my site name and logo to be consistent. I’m constantly growing and evolving, so our look here will do the same. 

Quote I’ve been meditating on

The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.

Mary Davis

I totally believe this. We find what we’re looking for. Since the beginning of October I have been doing a gratitude practice — each night I write down 10 things I’m grateful for. I try not to repeat things, so at first it was pretty easy. I did the obvious: health, my marriage, my family, my friends, etc. Now that I’ve been doing it a while, I have to think deeper and seek out things to be grateful for. I find them because I’m searching for them.

I find so much more joy in the little moments because I’m taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate them. Life is more beautiful when we’re grateful. 

Who or what I’m adoring

Ebates

Yall. If you aren’t using Ebates when you’re doing your online shopping, I’m sorry to say you’re seriously missing out! Ebates allows you to do your regular online shopping, but when you shop through Ebates, you can earn cash back that they pay out once a quarter to your Paypal. It’s so easy to use. Plus who doesn’t want to earn some extra money on the shopping they’re doing anyways!? 

For my friends that aren’t using Ebates, lets fix that. Sign up for free here + you’ll get $10 bonus after your first purchase. Tons of stores participate, so be sure to do your Christmas shopping here! You’re welcome in advance ❤ 

Favorite memory from November

Thanksgiving Day feels like an obvious choice, but it was extra sweet. We got to spend time with both families — my family and my in-laws. When I say it was a long day, I mean it was a loooonnnnng day. But absolutely worth it!

Last minute mimosas, laughter, catching up and sharing stories, delicious lunch spread at the Coopers. The older I get, the more I appreciate leftovers, especially ones coming from a Thanksgiving meal! My only regret: not taking more pie. 

More food, loving on the little ones, games (rematches coming at Christmas, I’m sure), karaoke, seeing friends and family at the Torreses. Usually my husband’s family is out of town for Thanksgiving, so it was fun to be with them. 

A good lesson I learned

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. 

Ask for the things you want! I have been working on using my voice more. Speaking up for myself and making sure I get the things I need. I understand we live in a world where we can’t always get what we want. But I also understand that nobody is reading my mind, so if I want something, I have to let that be known. If I don’t speak up and then it doesn’t happen, that’s on me. Asking doesn’t guarantee getting, but it tends to work out.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In December…

I’m saying no to: overemphasis on gifts.

I’m saying yes to: celebration.

Routine + tips + products for your best skin

Routine + tips + products for your best skin

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Ironically, my skin is currently misbehaving. Maybe it’s the excess of sugar lately causing the breakouts. I really should be better about following my own advice. Whoops. Well, regardless, my skin has generally been better than ever!

I’ve had a long history of problem skin. Acne, sensitivity, redness. My skin and I weren’t very good friends. In its defense, I probably didn’t treat it as well as I should have. A lot of my friends had flawless skin and I was stuck with breakouts. People can be mean. I remember being picked on in middle school for it. It took a toll on my confidence and I desperately wished for clear, beautiful skin.

Your smile, your face. It’s one of the first things people notice when they look at you. But when your skin is struggling, you really don’t want people to notice you at all. So if you’re struggling now, I feel you.

This advice is based on many years of striving for improvement and figuring out what works best for me. My hope is that it’s helpful for you. You’re beautiful and you deserve to feel that way. 

My skin care routine

I used to be someone that washed my face ALL the time because I thought that would help, but I realized how irritating and stripping that can be for my skin.

My routine is always evolving as I learn more about good skin habits and what works best for me. I’m open to mixing things up if I think it’ll benefit me, but this is what’s been working for now!

AM 

After I brush my teeth, I splash my face with cool water. This helps wake me and my skin up! Next I’ll put toner on a cotton ball and wipe that all over, removing anything that’s settled on my skin over night. If I do a workout in the morning, I’ll usually wait until after for the toner to remove any sweat, dirt, etc.

PM 

As soon as possible, I wash my face at the end of the day. I use a cleanser with my favorite cleansing tool (see my fave products below), which helps remove any makeup and also acts as an exfoliator. Next, I do the toner/cotton ball all over to remove anything the cleanser missed. I follow that up with whatever my skin is needing at the moment (face mask, acne spot treatment, serum, moisturizer, etc)

My best tips

  • Let your skin breathe — I try to go makeup free as much as possible. Not only does it save time and money because you’re using less products, but it gives your skin a chance to breathe. If it’s a day where I choose to wear makeup, I remove it as soon as possible. This makes me feel clean and like I’m being good to my skin.
  • Keep it simple with your routine and products — You don’t need a complicated 19 step routine to have healthy skin. Most of the time, less is more. Doing too much can lead to irritation and further problems. A quality cleanser, toner, and moisturizer is a good place to begin.
  • Practice consistency and patience — Another reason to keep it simple: it’ll be easier to be consistent. The habit is cumulative. You won’t necessarily ruin your skin by skipping your routine one night, but a week of that? Not so good. It will take time for your skin to respond, so be patient, but also be willing to switch things up if something isn’t working.
  • Use “good for you” products — I’m going to talk about some of my favorites in a bit, but seek out products that are natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. All that good stuff. Luckily companies are hearing that we want access to non-harmful products, so finding them has gotten so much easier. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it matters. Plus, we vote with our dollar, so spending is a good way to demonstrate priority. Companies listen to money.
  • Hydrate — I’m sure we all know that drinking water has amazing benefits for your body and your health. Your skin is no different. Your skin is an organ and just like any other part of your body, it’s made up of cells. These cells are made up of water, so it’s needed for the organ to perform at its best. A hydrating moisturizer will be a great partner with the drinking water.
  • Nutrition — Did we see this one coming? Your skin is a good indicator of how things are going on the inside. If you’re fueling your body with whole, healthy foods, your skin will likely reflect that. If you’re consuming tons of sugar, carbs, greasy foods, your skin will likely reflect that too. I know those foods are tasty, but it’s all about moderation and what your nutrition looks like as a whole.
  • Take care of yourself — Sleep, exercise, relax. No part of our body is an island, they all affect each other. Have you noticed how your skin probably breaks out when you’re super stressed? The stress plays a part, but you’re also probably not sleeping well, you’re skipping your workouts, you’re eating more junk to feel a little better. It’s all intertwined. Be mindful and take steps to care for yourself. 
  • Stick to what works best for you — At the end of the day, you need to do what works best for you. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to health. There’s no perfect skin care routine or perfect product. You may need to try many different things before you settle on what works. Be patient, give yourself grace, and take the advice that meshes well with you.

My favorite products

  • Cleansing tool — This tool has made such a difference in my skin! It makes it feel so clean and has greatly improved its tone and texture. I love that I don’t have to buy replacement brushes since it’s made of antimicrobial touch points. It lasts forever on a charge and travels well. I can’t ever go back.
  • Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner (Rose Petal) from Thrive Market — Snag this toner and tons of other amazing products for 25% off with that link. Some of my other faves are the Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo, Purely Elizabeth Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola, and the Thrive Market brand staples. So handy to have great products sent right to your door! 
  • Primally Pure — I adore this brand! PP has incredible non-toxic skincare that actually works. I’m a huge fan of their natural deodorant, Everything Spray, and lip balm. They have a wonderful Starter Kit Bundle that’ll help you transition to natural products and allow you to try their best, which is how I started. Get 10% off your entire first purchase with code RACHELT.
  • Beauty Counter — I’m slowly, but surely, transitioning all my products to healthier, “good for you” products. Beauty Counter is a makeup and skincare brand that believes in transparency and safer skincare… Yes please! My good friend is a BC Consultant, so if you have any questions she or I can help!
  • Prescription products from my dermatologist — Never underestimate a good dermatologist. I know there’s countless products out there, but you don’t have to do this alone. Of course, it’s good to have your skin checked for any abnormalities, but they can also help with any of your annoyances. I was actually able to get a cleanser, moisturizer, and retinoid gel for free with my insurance. Win!

What’s your best skin care tip? Do you have a favorite product you can’t go without? I’m always open to mixing up my routine with something better, so I’d love to hear what works best for you!

October 2018 Round Up

October 2018 Round Up

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Happy Halloween, friend!

I know that Halloween comes at the very end of October. I know that Halloween has been coming for a while thanks to the constant showings of Hocus Pocus (my fave!). But it’s still kinda hard for me to wrap my mind around October being over. It came and went so quickly!

That’s the same story every month — I’m always surprised how quickly the days and weeks pass. A lot happened this month and there’s wonderful things to come, so lets recap it, shall we??

3 things I’m excited about

  1. The holidays: This doesn’t need much explanation, right? This is my favorite time of the year. So much joy, celebration, and time with loved ones. This year we’ll be doing a Friendsgiving dinner with our small group — already looking forward to the food and fellowship. It’s another opportunity to make memories with family and friends. I’m here for it.
  2. Flawless Facial Hair Remover: This one is bit weird, but I’m all about products that make my life easier. Thank you, Ulta, for this incredible tool. I know we don’t like to talk about it, but ladies, we all have that bit of peach fuzz along our chin and lip that keep our makeup from looking flawless. If you don’t, continue reading. Ok, now the ones that are being honest — you need this! It’s so easy to use and works amazingly! Ulta currently has a 20% off coupon on their website through Nov 3rd, so go grab it!
  3. Election Day: I’m not one for politics, but as I get older, I understand more and more the power and privilege of using my voice. I know we won’t all agree on candidates and policies, which is totally fine. But no matter what you think is “right,” exercise your right to vote! I’m also just really ready for the political commercials and mailers to take a break 🙂

Quote I’ve been meditating on

“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.”

This quote is gold and definitely something I’ve been trying to improve on. It can be easy to focus on the negative — the things that didn’t go your way, the things that annoy you, the things you want to change. And then it seems like that list can keep getting longer. The same is true of the positive. If you keep looking for good things, you’ll keep finding them. It’s all about perspective and contentment. ❤

Who or what I’m adoring

PowerSheets

The 2019 PowerSheets collection finally launched October 24th! They are absolutely stunning!!! 2019 will be my third year utilizing PowerSheets to help me be intentional in setting and achieving goals and it just keeps getting better.

The Cultivate What Matters team make adjustments every year to improve the incredible tool and I love what they’ve done! I talked all about my PowerSheets and gave a little sneak peek in my previous post here. If you’re anything like me and can benefit from guidance and encouragement when it comes to goal setting, the PowerSheets are for you!

Favorite memory from October

Aside from the usual, the major focus at work in October was the Parade of Homes. This is an annual event done over 3 weekends where builders in the Triangle area can showcase their homes and design — it’s the largest open house of the year! The public is invited to visit the homes in the Parade to learn about the latest updates in design and home building. It’s so fun to show off our beautiful homes! This year my company had six homes in the Parade and the model in my community was one of them.

The homes get judged and there is a Gala to present the awards. The Parade of Homes Gala was my favorite memory in October because it was an awesome chance for Eric and I to dress up and celebrate the fruits of our team’s hard work. It was even more special because the event was held at my alma mater, NC State University. I even wore the perfect color: red.

I love embracing the opportunities to enjoy my industry and get to know others within it. I try to say yes to the different events and this one was well worth it!

A good lesson I learned

Your words are powerful.

This has been the topic of sermons at church for the last several weeks and it’s working in me. I love words and I definitely believe in their power, but until recently I didn’t fully understand how powerful they are. Anything good or bad that has happened is most likely due to the chosen string of words.

Because of this teaching and realization, I have tried to be more careful with my words. I’m striving to use them to build others up through encouragement and truth. I’m also working on the way I speak to myself. It doesn’t have to be verbalized to make an impact. I challenge you to take a look at the words you use and see if you can improve them to speak more life in yourself and those around you.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
-Proberbs 18:21

In November…

I’m saying no to: comparison.

I’m saying yes to: gratitude.

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My #1 Goal Setting Tool

My #1 Goal Setting Tool

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Have you ever found something that you never knew you needed, but once you had it you couldn’t imagine life without it?

For me, that is the PowerSheets.

That may sound a bit dramatic to feel that way about a beautifully bound intentional goal setting planner, but if you own a set you totally understand.

When the happy mail arrives

If you’ve been around here for a little while, you’ve surely seen my monthly posts about my progress and goals using the incredible PowerSheets.

I have always been a fan of planners and writing things down. For as long as I can remember, I’ve believed in the power of goals and the importance of setting them. Before the PowerSheets came into my life, I would write down my goals, sure, but they didn’t always have a true sense of purpose. I felt a little lost in setting them, so they weren’t as meaningful as I would hope.

My well-loved PowerSheets through the years: 2017, 2018, 2019

Last year, 2017, was my first experience with PowerSheets. I could hardly wait to start the prep work and get my goals ready! Although it was challenging and it certainly took a good amount of time to thoughtfully work through and prepare my goals, I was hooked. I finally had a vision for my goals and goal setting in general.

My PowerSheets feels like a cheerleader I can carry around with me. She encourages me to reach farther and picks me up when a goal isn’t accomplished or a dream changes direction.

Because of my work in my PowerSheets, I think about my goals, my time, and my daily actions differently. I’m better (and improving) at letting things go that don’t serve me in this season. I’m understanding it’s okay to say no because that means I can say yes to what’s more important. I’m learning and experiencing each day that little by little progress adds up!

I am a Cultivator.

I strive to cultivate beautiful things in my life.

Faith.
Relationships.
Health and wellness.
Financial peace.
Success at work.
Contentment.
Peace.
Rest.
Joy.

You know what the best part is? We don’t have to do this alone. You can be a Cultivator too and you can start right now. Do you need some guidance? Start with your very own set of PowerSheets. You can do things in these final few months of 2018 that will set up 2019 to be your best year YET!

#1: Order your PowerSheets Oct 24th at 10am EST!

#2: Dig into the work and get messy.

I promise you won’t regret it ❤

What I love most about the PowerSheets is the prep work. These are pages before you even get to setting your goals where you consider what’s working/not working, how different areas of your life are currently, and how you want to grow in the coming year.

The question that always makes me ponder hard and smile at the same time: Where do I want to be when I’m 80? My answer to that question helps me cultivate a life that adds up to 80 year old Rachel’s reality.

It’s hard to say where I would be today without my trusty PowerSheets, but I’m glad I don’t have to know. I believe this amazing tool has allowed me to reach higher and go farther than I would’ve done all on my own. It has helped me to realize goals and go after things that are scary, but ultimately so good!

Friend, if you’re feeling stuck in your goals, it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a community of Cultivators waiting to cheer you on! Grab your goal setting tool and lets dig in.

Will you be grabbing your set of PowerSheets!? Let me know below so we can crush our goals together! Do you have any questions about how to cultivate what matters?

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September 2018 Round Up

September 2018 Round Up

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We are officially moving into the final quarter of 2018 — can you believe it!? September felt a little wild, especially with a major hurricane thrown into the middle of it. I hope that your month was productive, restful, and fabulous! Lets do a little recap of September!

3 things I’m excited about

  1. Football is back! I know it’s been back for a bit, but we finally made it to a NCSU football game, so it feels real! I have so many fun memories involving games (partly thanks to the tailgating) and I love being able to make more. We weren’t able to make it to any last year, so hopefully we can do better this season. Go Wolfpack! Go Panthers!
  2. Parade of Homes: The Triangle Parade of Homes kicks off in October. Our model home is a part of the parade, so that’s going to mean lots of people visiting our community. Hoping our beautiful model in WoodCreek will bring home the gold!
  3. PowerSheets 2019 Launch: If you’ve been around here for more than 5 minutes, you have heard of PowerSheets. In case you’re new, it’s essentially a goal planner. It’s one of my favorite resources ever because it encourages me to really dig into what matters most to me. It has been a catalyst for great changes in my life and I cannot say enough good things. The 2019 PowerSheets will be launching October 24th! They sell out every year, so I highly recommend you grab yours ASAP!

Quote I’ve been meditating on

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” -1 Corinthians 16:13-14

The Word is full of truth and wisdom that I want to carry with me. This verse in particular stuck out to me during my quiet time and I thought it would be the perfect words to meditate on for this month. Or really any month.

Be on your guard.
Stand firm in the faith.
Be courageous.
Be strong.
Do everything in love. 

I want my life to be an example of this, especially the last part. If you do everything in love you can’t go wrong. ❤

Who or what I’m adoring

Mesh laundry bags

This is a very adult thing to be excited about, but hey, that’s where I’m at. And I’m all about little hacks that make life easier. Have you ever put something into the dryer that you didn’t mean to because you missed it when moving clothes over? It used to happen to me all the time, specifically with black clothes cause they just blend together. I would have to carefully move over one piece at a time to pull anything out that needed to be air dried, but of course I would miss something. Mesh laundry bags to the rescue! Simply put the air-dry clothes into the bags, wash as normal and then pull the bags out when it’s time to move the load over and hang up the clothes. How did I live so long without these??

Favorite memory from September

Hurricane Florence came through the Carolinas in mid-September. They were originally calling for the eye of the storm to go right over Raleigh (where we live), but the storm shifted and we got minimal damage, thank God. Many parts of our state were not as lucky, but it has been so amazing to see the community come together. People everywhere have seeking out ways to donate and serve to support the hurricane victims. My favorite memory from September was volunteering for Operation Airdrop with our small group.

We were scheduled to meet for small group as usual, but decided last minute our time would be better spent as a group at RDU collecting and preparing donations. I’m so glad we did! Volunteer pilots donated their time and planes to fly tons of food, water, and supplies to the areas that needed it most. So many communities weren’t accessible by road because of flooding and damage, so this was crucial. We were able to truly live out our church’s mission of loving people where they are. Ironically I also reconnected with a sorority sister who was a couple years ahead of me — what are the chances!? It feels good to serve others and do it alongside awesome people. We are still praying for our state and the rebuilding of communities and lives that are now taking place.

A good lesson I learned

Serve others however you can. It all adds up and makes a difference.

We all have gifts and resources that we can use to positively impact others. I can’t help everyone and fix every need, but when we come together, our efforts add up. You don’t have to wait for a tragedy or natural disaster — there are people all around that need you. Think small like a smile, conversation, or hug. Think big like a financial donation or providing a car to a family in need. No man is an island… we need each other. Serve and love — it’ll never be too small to make a difference.

In October…

I’m saying no to: isolation and loneliness.

I’m saying yes to: loving my people well.

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