October Progress | November Goals 2018

October Progress | November Goals 2018

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Hi, friend. How are you doing?

How are you really doing? We’re officially in the final two months of 2018. The holidays, the gatherings, the meals, the presents, the hectic schedules, the joy, the stress. It’s all coming and I couldn’t be more excited!

It’s these seasons — crazy, busy, full speed ahead — that I’m especially grateful for my PowerSheets. They keep me focused on what really matters and encourage me to take the next right step. I’m not sure what my October would have looked like without them, but I made great progress with them…

October Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Last 90 Days Challenge: Eric and I have been doing Rachel and Dave Hollis’ #Last90Days challenge. This challenge focuses on five areas: wake up 1 hour early, workout for at least 30 mins, drink half your body weight in oz of water, give up one food category you know isn’t good, write down 10 things you’re grateful for. As you can imagine, each day hasn’t been perfect, but I’m being more mindful which makes a difference.
  • Add $2,000 to savings — budget communication: We went above and beyond this goal, yay! We still have a ways to go toward our big goal, but every bit adds up and it feels really good to make progress.
  • Contentment Challenge: Moving this to November.
  • Parade of Homes — represent well: Parade of Homes went so well! A lot of people visited our model and had great feedback about our floorplan and design. Although my particular model didn’t win an award, three of our company’s homes did. It was fun to be a part of.
  • Growth at work — 3 sales: Make that four sales for October! Four soon-to-be owners of beautiful homes. Yay!
  • Simplify a space: Eric decluttered and organized the garage. We both worked on the storage closet underneath our stairs. Simplifying these spaces has made such a difference in how I feel when I’m in them.
  • Celebrate + Share PowerSheets Launch: The launch was wonderful! So many friends getting their very own set of PowerSheets for 2019, which means so many lives will be impacted for the better! You’re not too late. Grab yours and join us in the intentional fun!
  • Create “Facts of Life” book: This is an idea I got from the podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. You take a binder and put all your important life documents in it (latest insurance policy, loan documents, birth certificate, life insurance policy, mortgage information, etc). It’s all in one place so it’s easy to locate and use.
  • Create “Personal Timeline”: Also moving this to November.
  • Dream about future: Eric and I have been dreaming together and it has been so much fun! Dreaming about our future home, future family, future career directions. It helps us to get on the same page and set goals together.

Weekly Goals

  • Speak life to/over Eric — Achieved 4/5 weeks
  • Be an encouragement — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Blog post published + shared intentionally — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Use my voice — boldly + mindfully — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Rest + care — Achieved 5/5 weeks
  • Cultivate healthy phone boundaries — Achieved 5/5 weeks

Cultivating healthy phone boundaries has been so impactful on my days and peace of mind. I’m giving myself time and space from my apps which I really needed. Before I was spending too much time scrolling my phone when I really should have been doing other things like sleeping or spending time with Eric. It honestly felt a bit out of control, but I didn’t know how to fix it. I talked all about cultivating these boundaries in a recent post, so if this is an area you struggle with too, be encouraged here.

Daily Goals

My faith has been a major focus in my day to day as you can see from these daily goals. By digging into God’s Word and being in communication with Him, I have felt more grounded and capable of handling the crazy. Journaling my thoughts and prayers has been therapeutic. I don’t always feel like doing it because it does take time and I have to focus, but I’m always so glad I did.

November Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Last 90 Days Challenge
  • Budget communication — Add $3,000 to savings
  • Contentment Challenge
  • Progress at work — 3 sales
  • Simplify a space
  • Create a “Personal Timeline”
  • Research/plan Rise Weekend
  • Hospitality with our Small Group
  • Successful realtor event
  • Plan a holiday get together

Weekly Goals

  • Dream about future
  • Speak life to/over Eric
  • Blog post published + shared
  • Use my voice well
  • Rest + care
  • Cultivate healthy phone boundaries

Daily Goals

It may seem like there’s not much time left to make things happen. But there is. You don’t have to wait for January 1st to start going after your goals. You can start right now! Get that positive momentum going so you can begin 2019 even further ahead.

What will you be making progress on in November?

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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 Progress | October Goals 2018

September Progress | October Goals 2018

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Happy October, friends. I love this season more and more as I get older. Summer is certainly fun, but fall has a special kind of magic. I’m a fan of changes: weather, seasons, focus. It feels fresh and I’m a fan.

We’re officially within the last 90 days of 2018 — can you believe it!? My PowerSheets help me stay laser focused on what’s most important which becomes even more crucial as we glide into the holiday season. I feel good about the progress I made in September and I’m fired up about the goals I have set for October.

September Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Budget communicationWe’re in a good rhythm and still going strong. We’re working towards our savings goals and are making good progress already.
  • Read book: I actually read two books in September. Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig since I had just finished my second round of Whole30. I also read Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker. I enjoyed both for different reasons. Both encouraged me — the first more practically and the second through stories and good truth.
  • Friend date: Being intentional with my friends and cultivating relationships is important to me. I understand it’s not going to fall into my lap, so we have to make an effort to reach out and then follow through on the plans we make. Coffee and dinner dates are so sweet with girlfriends.
  • Simplify a space: It’s overwhelming to make a goal to “declutter the house.” Like when would that ever get done?? Writing out all the different spaces in our home where clutter accumulates (closets, drawers, cabinets, rooms, etc) and then choosing a space to focus on makes it possible. In September I tackled our hall closet upstairs and my office. Little by little progress adds up in every area.
  • Growth + progress at work: I’m learning and growing a little bit each day. There’s of course still so much I don’t know, but I’m learning.
  • Nurture plants: I was worried about how my outdoor plants would do during the hurricane, but luckily they all did pretty well. My gorgeous yellow/pink potted plant got wind blown since I put them back out too early, but I think they’ll be okay. Plant mom in progress!
  • Begin new small group season well: Our small group is back up and running since our summer break. It’s so sweet to have this weekly gathering in our lives again. It also encourages me to go deeper in weekly sermons since we’re doing a message based study. All around good stuff.
  • Create healthy phone boundaries: I’m going to do a whole post on this soon since I think it’s such a struggle spot for so many of us. Although I wasn’t good at actually implementing, I created some phone boundaries that I want to exist in my life. Now to work on cultivating them.

Weekly Goals

  • Be curious — ask good questions — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Speak up for myself — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Rest — do nothing — Achieved 3/4 weeks
  • Blog post published x2 — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Mindful spending — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Life giving routine — Achieved 4/4 weeks

Using my voice well has been a theme lately. Using my voice to ask good questions, to speak up for myself, and to share my thoughts and encouragement right here through written words. I’m learning about how our words have the power of life or death. I want mine to bring life. Doing this well doesn’t happen in a month. It’ll take more time to be mindful of it and practice. It’s worth the time it takes because I believe it’s so important to use the voice and platform we’ve been entrusted with well.

Daily Goals

  • Pray with E — Achieved 26/30 days
  • Love E well — Achieved 8/24 days
  • Bible plan — Achieved 30/30 days
  • WTW (Write the Word) Journal — Achieved 27/30 days
  • Dental care — Achieved 30/30 days

Loving Eric well was a challenge we did in September inspired by Rachel & Dave Hollis. I’m not going into detail here, but it definitely challenged us. Although we were far from perfect with it (33% accomplishment), it still brought us closer and improved our communication. That was eye-opening to me. Even when I’m not perfect, even when I “miss” way more than half, goodness can still come from it. It’s easy to look back and see how far off you were, but what if you looked back to see how far you have came? 

October Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Last 90 Days Challenge
  • Add $2,000 to savings — budget communication
  • Contentment Challenge
  • Parade of Homes — represent well
  • Growth at work — 3 sales
  • Simplify a space
  • Celebrate + Share PowerSheets Launch
  • Create “Facts of Life” book
  • Create “Personal Timeline”
  • Dream about future

Weekly Goals

  • Speak life to/over Eric
  • Be an encouragement
  • Blog post published + shared intentionally 
  • Use my voice — boldly + mindfully
  • Rest + care
  • Cultivate healthy phone boundaries

Daily Goals

Your steam may be running low, but don’t let all that motivation and intention drift away until New Year’s Day. There’s nothing special about January 1st (except that it’s my birthday, so that’s pretty special). Your life is happening right now. Each day is a new opportunity, lets use it.

What will you do with these last 90 days? We are pushing forward together! ❤

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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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