August Progress | September Goals 2018

August Progress | September Goals 2018

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The pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks, so that must mean fall is upon us. Although it’s still in the 90s here in NC, so gimme all the margs. Summer aint done yall! I can be eager to hurry up and get to the next season, but I’m trying to slow myself down because I’ll miss it when it’s gone.

As per usual, August was a full month. Lots of progress was made, but some things didn’t get done. That’s okay! We’re about progress, not perfection around here. In the day to day it may feel like I’m not doing much, so I love taking the time to reflect and celebrate what was accomplished with my PowerSheets!

August Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Budget communication: We are still doing great with this. Since we’ve been doing it a while, we have a system that works for us so the communication doesn’t take a lot of time. We keep each other in the loop and keep our spreadsheet updated. We set a new savings goal, so we have something we’re working towards!
  • Set up our wills with LegalZoom: Another month this didn’t get done. We’re thinking it may be best to actually meet with an attorney to help get this set up since our situation is a little more complex. We’re overwhelmed and not sure where to start. I think this goal would be best accomplished as broken down steps, but for now this will be set aside.
  • Friend date (x3): Loving this goal! I’m a homebody at heart, but I get lonely sometimes with Eric working so much. I’m fully supportive and understand his career, but it still gets too quiet here at times. Plus I think it’s so important to cultivate friendships. These friend dates looked like shopping, just catching up at home, and a get together — all were so good and much needed for the soul!
  • Read book #8: I’ve been reading a lot lately since I’ve been using my library card! I finished The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. I also read The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines and The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. I enjoyed both of those reads. They were autobiographical and it was cool to get a real look into their lives.
  • Simplify a space: I feel like I’m always in a state of decluttering. I want our home to be a peaceful, meaningful space; clutter has to go! I made a list of the different spaces that need attention so we can work through those. In August we tackled the kitchen cabinets and drawers, Eric’s “junk” drawer, pantry, my bedroom side table, and our bathroom drawers. I try to do this pretty regularly, but it’s crazy how much clutter can still accumulate.
  • Whole30 — complete with Eric: We did it!!! I’m not going into too much detail here because I’m going to do a dedicated post soon, but it was so good!
  • Transition well into promoted position: My first month as a New Home Consultant is under my belt and I’m feeling great about the position! I’m trying to learn and grow each day. There’s definitely more responsibility, but I have been preparing for it. I’m excited to experience what’s to come!
  • Plan blog content — August & September: I have some great content planned that I hope you’ll love! In September I’m trying out 2 blog posts a week, so that’ll be a challenge for me and more good stuff for you! Definitely let me know if there’s anything specific you’d love to see here.
  • Nurture plants — keep alive & well: I’m an aspiring plant mom. So far, so good. It’s hard to keep plants alive outside with this heat, but I’m okay. I do have a succulent and peace lily that are struggling a bit inside, so hopefully they perk up with some extra attention. Any tips are welcome!

Weekly Goals

  • Serve Eric well — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Encourage someone — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Blog post published — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Cultivate life-giving routines — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Mindful spending — Achieved 5/5 weeks

I’m most proud of how the mindful spending went in August. I’m good at spending money. I can justify most purchases pretty easily with myself, so it takes will power for me to not spend and actually save. I keep a list on my phone of “wishes” – things I would like to purchase. I started doing this so that I could get the things out of my head and reconsider later if I still want them. This helps me be more mindful about what I’m purchasing and it’s been great for our budget! I’m moving towards contentment and realize it’s not the things that’ll make me happy.

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan — Achieved 31/31 days
  • WTW (Write the Word) Journal — Achieved 29/31 days
  • Move body — Achieved 31/31 days
  • Pray with Eric — Achieved 27/31 days
  • Dental Care — Achieved 31/31 days

I should have done this a long time ago, but I decided after my last dentist appointment that I really needed to make dental care a priority. That means taking the time to brush well and actually floss. I’m sure you understand the struggle… Since it’s a written intention, I made great progress here! I’m getting into good habits with my teeth, so I’m expecting some praise at my next dentist appointment 😉

September Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Budget communication
  • Read book
  • Friend date
  • Simplify a space
  • Growth + progress at work
  • Nurture plants
  • Begin new small group season well
  • Create healthy phone boundaries

Weekly Goals

  • Be curious — ask good questions
  • Speak up for myself
  • Rest — do nothing
  • Blog post published x2
  • Mindful spending
  • Life giving routine

Daily Goals

It’s easy to get swept up in doing the seemingly urgent/important things that aren’t actually urgent/important to you. When my goals and intentions are written down, it’s much clearer to identify what’s what. My PowerSheets help me keep what matters at the forefront and then I can make the necessary decision about anything extra.

How are goals and progress going in your life? Do you set goals or just go with the flow? It may look complicated, but it’s actually easy to set goals. It’s the progress that takes the work! But it’s worth it. What goal would you like to accomplish in September? You don’t need a fancy goal setting planner to make it happen (although it’s certainly a useful tool). Set your intention, write it down, and go after it!

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July Progress | August Goals 2018

July Progress | August Goals 2018

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July is a sweet and busy month! We have had a lot to celebrate (Fourth of July, wedding anniversary, Grand Opening for Vida Dulce), events, appointments, and all the regular life stuff. I’m sure you can relate. With such a busy season, I can’t imagine what my days would look like without my Powersheets.

This planner encourages me to be intentional, to be gentle on myself when I have a ton on my plate, and to work towards what matters most. They are sold out, but will be on sale October 24th for 2019 — trust me, you don’t want to miss out! Lets get into some progress and goals!

July Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Celebrate 2nd wedding anniversary: This was a joy! As you may have already read, we spent a week in Cancun and it was absolutely incredible! If you’re interested in reading about our trip, you can check that out here. As you can imagine, I learned a lot in our 2nd year of marriage — you can read about my marriage lessons here.
  • Budget communcation: We are still going strong with this! We’ve gotten into a good rhythm, so a monthly budget meeting isn’t as important to us as just regularly staying in communication about our budget. We may not always have time for a sit down, but we make time for big decisions.
  • Set up wills with LegalZoom: Yet again, this is getting moved to the next month. Oh well, we’ve been busier than anticipated! It will happen 🙂
  • Friend date: I love that this is a goal! With such a busy month it can be easy to go weeks or even months without seeing friends. It’s not always easy to coordinate schedules, so we’ve been doing our best. It doesn’t have to be some grand plans. Even getting together in pockets of free time is well worth it and makes me feel so fulfilled. Friends are good for the soul.
  • Read book #7: Check! I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and started reading The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst as my vacation read. Both are books I’ve read before, but still good to read again! The Miracle Morning is practical and really encourages me to wake up earlier and make the most of my mornings to make the most of my life! It talks about the power of setting time aside in the morning to do the simple things that will make a huge impact on your days. For me, that’s time with the Lord, exercise, a good breakfast, meditation, learning, and a little time to decompress before I get my day started. It’s an awesome kick in the booty if you need it. Honestly, we probably all need it.
  • Positive report at dentist: My dentist appointment was originally scheduled for June, but we ended up having a mandatory breakfast meeting at work, so I had to move it. It’s all done now though! I do have to go in for 3 fillings (ugh, I swear I take care of my teeth). These were fillings that were supposed to be done since my last appointment, but I totally forgot. But no new concerns, so that’s a win. You’ll see I have a new goal for August related to this.
  • Refresh blog branding: This isn’t complete, but it is underway! I’m working with one of my best friends on this who is a talented designer and actually did my current logo. I’m craving a refresh of logo and branding since I’ve grown and this blog has pivoted a bit, so stay tuned! I’m excited about it!

Weekly Goals

  • Use time intentionally: I have gotten so much better in this area. I still have times where I just zone out and scroll through my newsfeeds, but I don’t feel like that’s the worst thing if I’m using the rest of my time well. Sometimes I just need a brain break, you know?
  • Blog post: This is going well! I’m considering increasing posts to two times a week instead of just one. There’s so much I want to say and I feel like maybe one post a week isn’t enough space to do it! We shall see. Bottom line, I’m enjoying writing and connecting with you! ❤
  • Encourage a friend: I love this goal. It encourages me to think about others and how I use my words to brighten their day and lift them up. I’m a Words of Affirmation person, so there’s nothing better! Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Cultivate routines: For so long I wanted to cultivate a good routine, but I didn’t know how to do it. I knew it would mean I’d have to wake up earlier and that would be impossible. Well actually it’s not and I’m doing it. It’s taken a while to get into the flow and to figure out how exactly I wanted to use my time. After some practice, I’ve found the routine that works well in this season.
  • Declutter a space: This was a bit too vague for me. I think I would have had more success if I made it a bigger goal and just focused on one area so I could really dig into it. So that’s what I’m doing for August. The decluttering never stops. I did make progress in my closet and pulled out pieces that just don’t fit anymore or I won’t wear. Phew, that feels good!
  • Mindful spending: You may or may not know this about me, but I’m a recovering spend-aholic. I used to shop like crazy (hence all the things I’m now decluttering). I’ve come a long way, but I still give into the impulses and the apparent “need to have this” feeling. Eric and I each have “fun money” in our budget. This is a set amount of money we can each spend without having to discuss it. I pretty much always go over or spend into next month’s, so I’m working on improving that. I am making progress here because it’s on my mind. Progress > perfection yall.

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan — Achieved 31/31 days
  • Write the Word — Achieved 31/31 days
  • Move body — Achieved 31/31 days
  • Love Eric well — Achieved 31/31 days

I’m so excited about the progress made on my daily goals in July. This didn’t just happen though. I’ve been working at cultivating these goals into habits and it’s clicking. I believe a big reason for this is my newly adopted morning routine. It doesn’t get done every single morning, but most mornings it does. And if it doesn’t, I fit in the important things as I can throughout the day. It’s working for me! I’m striving for health in important life areas: physical, spiritual, and marriage. It won’t always look perfect, but I’m celebrating when I do well and storing up the grace in my heart for when things slip.

August Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Budget communication
  • Set up our wills with LegalZoom
  • Friend date (x3)
  • Read book #8
  • Simplify a space
  • Whole30 — complete with Eric
  • Transition well into promoted position
  • Plan blog content — August & September
  • Nurture plants — keep alive & well

Weekly Goals

  • Serve Eric well
  • Encourage someone
  • Blog post published
  • Cultivate life-giving routines
  • Mindful spending

Daily Goals

We have a big month ahead with some new goals to reach for! You’ll notice a lot of my goals move from one month to the next. Sometimes this is because I need more time to complete it. For many of my goals, they are ongoing. Habits and rhythms I want to cultivate deeply, so they show up month after month.

There is not right or wrong way to set goals. If you keep many of the same goals, that’s okay. If you feel ready to mix it up, that’s okay. If you feel a need for a complete shift, that’s okay. You don’t have to hold up your goals to someone else’s to see if you’re doing it right enough. You do you, honey! If you keep your eyes fixed and focus on what matters most to you, you will be blown away by how your life looks a year from now. You got this! What goals are YOU working towards in August? Lets cheer each other on! ❤

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June Progress | July Goals 2018

June Progress | July Goals 2018

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We’re halfway through the year! Can you believe it!? Whether you’ve been working through goals since January or you’re still waiting to get started, July 1st can be your January 1st. Reflect, write down your goals, and get after em! My Powersheets have made the biggest difference in making what matters happen.

June Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Budget Meeting: These are still going strong! We did overspend in June, but most of that was due to paying for our anniversary trip (worth it!) and lawn care. Homeownership isn’t all fun and games… Although we overspent, we kept open communication and were on the same page, so that’s a win.
  • Set up our wills Research will: This goal kept getting moved month to month and I realized it needed to be broken down a step further to make it happen. My husband and I only have maybe 1 day together, so setting up our will was unrealistic. Instead we did some research and figured out where we want to get the will done and what type of plan is best for us. Now that’s settled and it’ll be quicker to move forward and (hopefully) accomplish in July!
  • Complete + submit financial plan: Done! We’ve been working with a financial advisor to make sure our savings and retirement are on track! We have a ways to go, but while we’re young, we wanted to make sure we’re doing it all right from the start. We still need to review the plan provided based on our information, but the hard part of gathering everything is complete.
  • Friend date: This was fun! I had a pool date with a friend and was able to get together with some of my real estate pre-licensing classmates. With a busy schedule it’s easy to go weeks or even months without seeing friends, but being intentional and scheduling dates is so worth it and good for the soul!
  • Read book #6: I read a lot of personal development type books, but this month I mixed it up and read a “fun” book — Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I know it’s an oldie, but it’s still a goodie and such a fun summer read! I love Elizabeth’s writing style and the book inspired me to have more adventure and self care in my life.
  • Anniversary plans: Plans are made! Our trip is all booked — leaving on our anniversary, July 9th! And his gifts have arrived. Year 2 is cotton which was tricky at first, but Etsy is wonderful and had tons of cute ideas. I’m excited to celebrate this milestone!
  • Positive report at dentist: I had a work meeting scheduled for about the same time, so my dentist appointment got moved to July as you’ll see in my goals below.
  • Support Eric with Vida Dulce: This has been so much fun and easy to do because I enjoy it! It takes a lot to run a business, especially at the beginning, so I’ve been trying to be as supportive as possible. I try to ask him every so often how I can support him better to make sure I’m not missing anything that would be helpful. It’s been an exciting journey so far and can’t wait to see how the shop continues to grow!

Weekly Goals

  • Rest + care: The rest wasn’t 100% because I took a few 6am Pure Barre classes and I’m still trying to get into a good sleeping routine for waking up early. BUT I’m making progress. I was more intentional overall about sticking to an earlier bedtime so the rest will happen.
  • Spend time well: I feel like good progress was made here. I’m working on using downtime first for most important activities like meditation or my devotional and then doing mindless activities like scrolling or watching YouTube videos once those are done. I can do both, I just have to make sure I’m prioritizing the most important so they don’t get shoved off my plate by the other things.
  • Blog post: I did these weekly! I’m thinking about maybe adding a 2nd post for each week since I’m in a good flow — what do you think? Is there anything special you’d love to see on Flourish with Rach? I’d love to hear your feedback!
  • Celebrate others: This month I realized how special it is to be intentional about celebrating others! That could be big things like a wedding or new job or little things like getting through a tough day! As I talked about in my June Round Up, celebrating others is such a fun way to cultivate relationships.

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan — Achieved 30/30 days
  • Write the Word — Achieved 28/30 days
  • Pure Barre — Achieved 23/30 days
  • Serve Eric — Achieved 30/30 days

Wow, I’m proud of this progress! I’ve had these 4 goals as my daily goals for a few months now and I think that’s been really beneficial. Each day I know my intentions — faith, wellness, and marriage. If I get those things done, then it’s a good day and I’m not so worried if nothing else happens. Don’t be afraid to keep the same goals month after month. It can take time to cultivate good habits and it’s definitely worth the focus. Little by little, a little becomes a lot.

July Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Celebrate 2nd wedding anniversary
  • Budget communcation
  • Set up wills with LegalZoom
  • Friend date
  • Read book #7
  • Positive report at dentist
  • Refresh blog branding

Weekly Goals

  • Use time intentionally
  • Blog post
  • Encourage a friend
  • Cultivate routines
  • Declutter a space
  • Mindful spending

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan
  • Write the Word
  • Move body
  • Love Eric well

I’m thrilled about working towards these goals! We will be in Cancun, Mexico from July 9-16 to celebrate our anniversary, so I’m going to do my best! I’ve giving myself grace for however that turns out and I’m going to make sure I savor those moments and memories! ❤ What are you working towards in July!? Don’t forget to let me know what types of posts you want to see here — I do this for YOU! You will flourish today, darling! ❤

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May Progress | June Goals 2018

May Progress | June Goals 2018

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May felt like a blink and a year all at the same time. I’m so grateful for my Powersheets especially in months like that to keep me focused on what matters most. There was a lot of celebration and good goals grew.

May Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Vida Dulce Opening: Vida Dulce officially opened May 2nd and it was a success! Luckily it worked out with my schedule that I was off work, so I was able to help. It was amazing to see this dream and hard work come to life. Finally we were able to serve customers and impact their days for the better! I mean who doesn’t love a treat!? It’s been a blessing and success since opening day and I’m so excited to see what’s to come!
  • Celebrate Sarah Jane’s graduation: Still can’t believe my baby sister is graduated from undergrad! It was fun to visit Boone for the weekend and celebrate both graduation and Mother’s Day. A perfect time spent with family ❤
  • Budget meeting: Check! Our budget meetings have gotten much simpler since we’ve been doing it for a while, but it’s still good for us to check in. We can make sure we’re on the same page with upcoming spending and adjust our budget. Communication at its finest!
  • Set up our wills: Whoops, moving it again to the next month.
  • Complete Financial Plan: Progress was made here, but we didn’t complete it. Moving it forward to June.
  • Friend date: I’m so glad I made this a goal. Life is hectic and most days the only people I see are Eric, customers at work, and Stella (okay, she’s a dog, but still). It’s important to me that I still make time for friends and fun, especially when life is crazy. Things will probably always be a bit crazy, so I want to be sure I’m cultivating the important relationships.
  • Read book #5: I read Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love. It’s about the crazy love of God. I love Francis Chan’s teachings, so I enjoyed it. It was honest, convicting, and eye opening.

Weekly Goals

  • Rest + Care: I’m getting much better at this. I’m being more intentional about my sleep (although I definitely have room for improvement) and allowing myself the time and space to rest.
  • Be a light: I want to be the person that lifts others up. I’m focusing more on encouraging others, praying for them, speaking life into their days. Even with strangers, I’m smiling instead of looking away, holding the door, and helping when I can. It’s small actions, but we never know how those actions will impact someone.
  • Spend time wisely: I fell short here, but I’m getting better. There are many pockets in my day that I could spend more wisely. The big ones that come to mind are morning before work and evening right before bed. I’m working on creating an improved morning and evening routine, but it’s challenging to get out of some bad habits (read: scrolling too much on my phone).
  • Blog post: I missed one week, but that’s okay! Progress over perfection, right. Sometimes it’s best to let something go and for that week, it was a blog post. I enjoy writing, but I don’t ever want it to feel like a chore. Is there something you want to read about from me? Let me know in the comments!

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan — Achieved 31/31 days
  • Write the Word — Achieved 24/31 days
  • Serve Eric — Achieved 26/31 days
  • Pure Barre — Achieved 13/29 days

Good goals grew in May! I love these daily goals because they touch on the most important areas of my life: faith, marriage, wellness. There are many more things I do in the day, but if I can do my best on these, then I feel whole. During the month, I felt bad about how many Pure Barre classes I missed, but when I look at the big picture I see the progress I made. This can be true for any goal I set. When I’m too close to it, I can become discouraged when I’m now 100%. But when I back up, I can see the steps that are being taken.

June Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Budget Meeting
  • Set up our wills
  • Complete + submit financial plan
  • Friend date
  • Read book #6
  • Anniversary plans
  • Positive report at dentist
  • Support Eric with Vida Dulce

Weekly Goals

  • Rest + care
  • Spend time well
  • Blog post
  • Celebrate others

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan
  • Write the Word
  • Pure Barre
  • Serve Eric

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again because we always need the reminder: Little by little adds up! You aren’t expected to be perfect. You aren’t expected to always get it right. You are allowed to change your mind and pivot your path. Your heart and your gut are good guides. Trust yourself! What goals are you growing this month? 

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April Progress | May Goals 2018

April Progress | May Goals 2018

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I’m so excited about May! April was great, but May just has a different feeling to it.

As you’ll see in my Powersheets, there is a lot to celebrate this month! Plus everything is continuing to bloom and come back to life since it seems like the warm weather is actually here to stay! My Spring-loving heart is oh so happy!

One of the things I love most about my intentional goal planner is how it encourages me to reflect and dream. I can reflect on what worked well and what could use a change. This month I’m saying no to other people’s emergencies and saying yes to myself. It may seem selfish, but it’s a way to protect my time and energy. I love helping others and being a blessing, but I can’t do that if my time and energy is drained. Can you relate?

April Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Stillness + Rest: I’m getting a lot better at this! It’s not exactly one of those goals you can check off completely since it’s something to always revisit, but I feel like I made good progress here in April. I’m learning more about what being still and resting looks and feels like for me.
  • Support opening of Vida Dulce: Vida Dulce didn’t open in April as we had planned, but all preparation was underway! The shop is really Eric’s baby, so I helped however he asked me to and supported by keeping things in order at home. That’s an important task too! 😉
  • Plan April blog content: I love planning out my content for you all! It doesn’t always go according to plan — sometimes I’m inspired by something other than what I had intended, but it’s good for me to have an outline. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see here, please let me know!
  • Set up our wills: This is moving to May.
  • Decide on financial advisor: We decided on a financial advisor and I’m so excited! We found a great one through Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Providers. We’re beginning our investing young, so want to make sure we’re doing it in the smartest way possible. Having a trusted professional in our corner will help us do that!
  • Read book #4: I read Candace Cameron Bure’s newest book, Kind is the New Classy! I loved it!! I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about the book soon. I’ve enjoyed winding down my day before bed with some reading.
  • Declutter upstairs: I didn’t make as much progress here, but that’s okay. My focus shifted and this fell down the list of importance. Oh well, that happens.

Weekly Goals

  • Lift up others — be a light: I’m striving to live out 1 Thessalonians 5:11″Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Sometimes it was a kind word, a smile, a quick text, or time with a friend. I’m going to continue with this goal for May.
  • Social media free day: It wasn’t always a full day (so maybe I didn’t reach my goal?) but I was intentional about at least taking some unplugged time. Instead of making it a weekly goal, I’m going to do it as needed for the future.
  • Be early: I’ve gotten so much better with this since I made it an intention! It stresses me out to run late, but I often was. I started building more time into my getting ready process and commute time, so that’s helped a lot.
  • Blog post: Check! New blog post has been coming to you every Thursday! I’d like to work on batch writing these so I don’t feel so last minute putting them together.
  • Instagram with intention: This is one way to be a light. Posting with purpose on Instagram instead of posting “just to post” or worrying too much about what’s going to get more likes. I want my feed to be a place of real connection.

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan — Achieved 29/30 days
  • Outserve Eric — Achieved 25/30 days
  • Soul care — Achieved 30/30 days
  • Pure Barre — Achieved 19/30 days
  • Write the Word — Achieved 21/30 days

Good things are being cultivated through these daily goals. One goal I’m particularly pleased with is the second one, Outserve Eric. This was inspired by a previous discussion in our small group. We’re studying Francis and Lisa Chan’s book, You and Me Forever, and there was a point where they were talking about not just serving your spouse, but outserving them. Making it a competition of sorts.

Eric and I don’t get to see each other too often, so I struggled with how I could even serve him. By having this as a focus, I got creative and it stayed at the front of my mind. I sought out ways I could serve and bless him. This has a positive impact on our relationship. Even though we still don’t have a lot of time together, I feel connected and loved because I’m serving him and being served by him! Marriage is the best and most challenging thing I’ve experienced so far and I’m always looking for ways to develop as a Godly wife.

May Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Vida Dulce Opening
  • Celebrate Sarah Jane’s graduation
  • Budget meeting
  • Set up our wills
  • Complete Financial Plan
  • Friend date
  • Read book #5

Weekly Goals

  • Rest + Care
  • Be a light
  • Spend time wisely
  • Blog post

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan
  • Write the Word
  • Serve Eric
  • Pure Barre

It’s amazing what will grow when you give it attention. They say the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it. I believe that’s so true! If we want goodness to grow, we must water it and that starts with setting the intention! You can think about watering it all day long, but until you actually set aside the time and take the action to get the water, nothing will happen.

What do you want to grow this month? Now, what is it going to take to make that happen? ❤

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March Progress | April Goals 2018

March Progress | April Goals 2018

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Hi friend! I always feel a bit thrown off when there’s a holiday or a big trip right at the beginning of the month. Thrown off in the best way possible, of course. It’s like there’s the anticipation and excitement over the event and then once it passes you realize the new month is well under way and you’re just like whaaaa??

Well that’s been me in the beginning of April as I’m still trying to get a grip that March is over and spring is finally here. I mean like it’s officially here because the pollen is out in full force in our great state of North Carolina. My least favorite part of the season, but hey, gotta go through it, right?

I hope you had a wonderful Easter! Our day was full of friends, family, and celebration. It was jam packed and beautiful! We worshipped our risen King with friends, spent time with family, and celebrated Stella’s fourth birthday (aka gave her a big treat cookie). Perfection ❤

Now lets dig in to my Powersheets progress and what’s ahead!

March Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Health Appointments: dermatologist and eye doctor: Both went so well and were much needed. It was my first dermatologist appointment and I haven’t been to the eye doc in years so yay for health! I did have to get one mole removed on my arm, but everything else looked fine. SPF and better skin habits for the win! My eyes aren’t 20/20 anymore (adulting…), but they’re pretty close and I got some cute new glasses
  • Pack + prepare for LA: Packing is always such a hassle, but it gets easier everytime I do it. I have a post all about packing, but maybe an updated one is needed?
  • LA Trip & celebrate Eric’s birthday: We had an absolute blast in Los Angeles and we’re ready for our next trip out west! You can read all about our trip here.
  • Try/cancel Blue Apron: Mission accomplished! I actually enjoyed Blue Apron better than Hello Fresh (better meals, no shipping delays, easy instructions). It’s a service I would be open to trying again in the future, but not a need for our budget right now.
  • Read book #3: I read “It Starts with Food” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig (the creators of Whole30). It was a super interesting read and taught me a lot in regards to Whole30 and how food affects our health. I would definitely recommend it if you’re thinking about doing Whole30 and/or want to learn more about the relationship between what we eat and how we feel.
  • Plan March blog content: Done! This has been so helpful in getting blog content up and out for you! Is there anything you’d love to read?? Let me know in the comments below.
  • Upgrade blog plan: Done! I went for years with the free blog plan, so having my own domain, more flexibility in the blog theme, and more opportunities in growing my little corner of the internet is so exciting!
  • Research financial advisors in area: We utilized Dave Ramsey’s SmartVestor Pro Program which helps connect you with financial advisors in your area that are endorsed by Dave. It is a paid endorsement, but the professionals are vetted. I’ve spoken with all 5 and will actually be meeting with one we feel will be a good fit. More to come on all this financial stuff soon!
  • Be still: Still very much a work in process. I suppose I won’t ever “arrive,” but I have more progress I want to make in this area.

Weekly Goals

  • Unplugged date: We did well with this, especially since we had a few Thursdays off together. Day dates are my fave since it’s such a treat! I do feel we need to get back to being more intentional here. The unplugged part of this is still key so that we use our time together well.
  • Check in with E: This has become part of the flow in our days and weeks. Since we’ve gotten into such a good rhythm I’m removing it from my Powersheets for April. We will continue to check in as needed, definitely at the beginning of every month and I’ll add it back if we start to slip.
  • Intentional Instagram: Through my quarterly refresh prep work, I determined my social media mission statement is: I intentionally use my platform to spread light and positivity. I connect purposefully and focus on what’s most important. I shared things that were real and meaningful to me instead of just posting to post.
  • Blog post: I strive to be intentional in my blog by sharing what’s important to me. I posted weekly — I’m enjoying the writing and sharing process.
  • Be early: I did well here, but still have work to do. I get lazy sometimes and choose to snooze instead of using my time well. Time to refocus and pull this back together.

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan — Achieved 28/31 days
  • Meditate — Achieved 28/31 days
  • Pure Barre — Achieved 22/31 days
  • Soul care at night — Achieved 26/31 days

I’m very happy with the progress I made in March. These daily goals are all positive habits I want to cultivate and I think they’re going well! All are easily measurable (I completed it, yes or no) except for the last. I realized it was hard for me to judge if I had actually completed this goal for each day because “soul care” is a loose term. When I was setting goals for April I better defined this phrase. It’s an important goal to me because when I haven’t given the necessary care and attention to myself and what’s going to fill me up, I feel burnout and overwhelm. Those aren’t good places to live from, so I’m being intentional to do something different.

April Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Stillness + Rest
  • Support opening of Vida Dulce
  • Plan April blog content
  • Set up our wills
  • Decide on financial advisor
  • Read book #4
  • Declutter upstairs

Weekly Goals

  • Lift up others — be a light
  • Social media free day
  • Be early
  • Blog post
  • Instagram with intention

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan
  • Outserve Eric
  • Soul care
  • Pure Barre
  • Write the Word

You don’t have to wait for a new month or a new week to go after what you want. So many of us wait for “next Monday” to begin a new exercise program or “next month” to start working towards that goal we’ve been wanting to accomplish. No matter when you’re reading this, the time is now! His mercies are new every morning and each day is a brand new fresh start. Lets use the gift we’ve been graciously given!

What have you been wanting to accomplish? What’s one step you will take today to start moving towards it? I believe in you!

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Feb Progress | March Goals 2018

Feb Progress | March Goals 2018

February. The month of love. The short month. That awkward time where we’re eagerly waiting for spring to arrive, but still dealing with winter. Or if you’re in North Carolina, you’re pretty much in early summer mode some days with gloomy winter snapping you right back to reality.

I’m ready for warm weather and sunshine to stay. Despite the weather tease, it was a good month. I am proud of the progress I made on my goals and excited for the month ahead!

February Progress

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Monthly Goals

  • Whole30 — I completed my very first Whole30 yesterday! It was challenging, but I’m so happy I did it and stuck with it for the full 30 days. It wasn’t a perfect Whole30 by any means, but I did my absolute best and learned a lot, so that’s a win! I wrote about my meals and experience week by week if you’re interested in reading more! You can check them out here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4. My results will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
  • Complete Emergency Fund (baby step #3) — We did it! We actually completed our fully funded emergency fund on Valentine’s Day. What a wonderful gift! Our original goal was $10,000, but we bumped it up to $11,000 to be sure we were totally good for 3 months. It took sacrifice and teamwork, but let me tell ya, it feels a lot more peaceful to be prepared financially.
  • Read book #2 — Check! I finished “You are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. It was alright. I don’t agree with some of the principles she discussed, but it was a good book if you need help with your mindset around money.
  • Plan month’s blog content — I actually completed this before the month began. I like to plan out my blog content in my planner. It doesn’t always go according to plan, but it helps me to have a game plan so I can be thinking about content and take relevant pictures!
  • Prepare + file taxes — We like to get this done early. We filed our taxes and then realized I was missing one 1099 from a company I used to partner with. Whoops. So I guess this technically isn’t completely done, but we’ll take care of that piece early in March. The majority of the work is done and we already got our refund (which actually got us to our Emergency Fund goal!)
  • Update 401k (baby step #4) — This was quick and easy. If you follow Dave Ramsey’s baby steps, you’ll know step 4 is to put 15% of your income into retirement. This was simple for me to do through ADP’s website, so it’s all set. We’re doing this a little differently with Eric’s income since we also want to invest in businesses (Mi Cancun and the brand new ice cream shop coming soon, Vida Dulce).
  • Health appointments — Both went well. I need to do followup blood work for my endocrinologist because my thyroid levels came back a bit wonky, but my doctor isn’t too worried. May just need a dosage adjustment, but otherwise all good! Even though we’re busy and it can be a pain to schedule, it’s so important to stay up to date with health appointments. Take care of yourself!
  • Be still + quiet — I’m definitely still working on this which is why I didn’t completely fill in the progress bar. This is also a goal that isn’t really ever “done.” I also have something taking my attention: social media, Netflix, YouTube videos, etc. I’m working on being intentionally still and quiet so that I can settle my mind and talk with the Lord. I can’t hear Him when I’m constantly listening to other things.

Weekly Goals

  • Check in meeting with Eric — These are still going well. It’s been very helpful for us to set aside just 10 minutes on Sunday to go over our budget and schedule for the upcoming week. It allows us to make sure we’re on track and update each other on any changes. Communication is key!
  • Unplugged date — We usually do this on Sunday since Eric doesn’t work (for now) and our nights are generally free. Sometimes this date is going out and sometimes it’s just a night at home playing card games. No matter what we’re doing, the unplugged part is crucial. We put our phones down and just enjoy being together.
  • Intentional Instagram — It was stressing me out to have a goal related to the number of followers I have. Yes, I want my account to grow. But more importantly, I want to share and connect intentionally. I want to use my platform to encourage, uplift, and educate. Plus the follow/unfollow games are just too much for me. Once I stopped focusing on the number and started focusing on sharing my heart, my followers grew. Funny how that works!
  • Blog post — Weekly blog posts went up! This is another area where I want to intentionally share. I love sharing my Whole30 journey and it seemed like you really enjoyed reading about it! Words are so powerful and I’m so grateful to have a place where I can share the words on my mind. I pray that this continues to be a place where you find value. Where you can be inspired and flourish ❤
  • Small Group — I’m absolutely loving our small group! It’s going even better than I could have imagined. God has brought together such a wonderful group of people. We’re building bonds, learning from each other, and lifting each other up. I’m blessed to be a part of it!
  • Get ready fully — It made me feel silly to even have this as a goal, but I gotta be real. As I’ve mentioned before, my getting ready was seeming slack. I want to put my best foot forward each day and I think that starts with the effort I put into my appearance. That may sound shallow, but don’t we always feel better when we’re put together? This doesn’t mean fancy, but putting in the effort. It’s made a difference!
  • Utilize essential oils — This babies are wonderful! I have 4 rollers made for different circumstances and I’m diffusing something pretty much every day (my fave right now is Stress Away + Lavender). I started using a natural skincare by Lola Jane and they use essential oils in their products. Our skin is our biggest organ, so everything we put on top of it gets absorbed into our bodies. I want what’s going on my skin to be natural and non-toxic. Essential oils to the rescue!

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan — Achieved 27/28 days
  • Meditate — Achieved 26/28 days
  • Active body — Achieved 27/28 days
  • No phone – bedroom — Achieved 27/28 days

Not to toot my own horn, but I crushed my daily goals this month! I wasn’t perfect in any of them, but that’s okay. I made major progress and these goals are becoming habits in my day. Focusing on the most important things has helped me to make sure I’m accomplishing what makes me feel my best and moves me forward. I’m my best self when my mind, body, and spirit are nurtured.

March Goals

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Monthly Goals

  • Health Appointments: dermatologist and eye doctor
  • Pack + prepare for LA
  • LA Trip & celebrate Eric’s birthday
  • Try/cancel Blue Apron
  • Read book #3
  • Plan March blog content
  • Upgrade blog plan
  • Research financial advisors in area
  • Be still.

Weekly Goals

  • Unplugged date
  • Check in with E
  • Intentional Instagram
  • Blog post
  • Be early

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan
  • Meditate
  • Pure Barre
  • Soul care at night

You don’t have to have a ton of goals to do great things. You just have to identify what’s most important and make it happen!

What is one thing you can strive to do each day that will have the biggest impact? Maybe you have a few things in mind, awesome! Write whatever it is down and put a check beside it each day you accomplish it. Your little by little progress adds up! Remember, good things grow over time. New habits can be hard to develop, but stick with it. You can do it! I’m cheering you on, friend.

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