Last month I wrote a blog post about taking the plunge and purchasing a set of six month Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters. Back at the end of May, I was wanting to do a little bit of soul searching. I wanted to be intentional with how to pursue my life and my business with the second half of this year. While I was a little hesitant at first, I found the Powersheets to really be unlike any other planner obsession I had. Through the prep work and tending lists, they are designed to help you cultivate what truly matters most, little by little, with some big leaps along the way. The best part? No perfection is required from even the biggest perfectionist. (aka. ME!)
When I received my Powersheets in the mail, I decided to take the month of June to be intentional and vulnerable with filling it out. Like with any goal setting, I found myself hesitant at first to fill out the tending list. I found myself afraid of ‘messing’ up the perfect crisp pages. There’s also something intimidating about writing your goals down on paper.
“Where did July go?”
Y’all. I was prepping for this blog post asking this question over and over. Where did July go? Better yet, where did the first half of this year go? It feels like just yesterday I was making all these yearly goals for myself on a coffee shop napkin in between client consultations. (Mind you, I lost that coffee shop napkin an hour later when I was rushing to the airport!)
You may remember from July’s blog post that one of my biggest goals for the next six months was actually to start living a healthier lifestyle. While a lot of my action steps were food-related, it was really much more than that. I wanted to also grow in my faith, love my husband well, cultivate more joy, run a heartfelt business, and cultivate intentional friendships. All in all, I wanted to start living in a healthier and happier lifestyle. I wanted to be the best person I could be for myself, my family, and my clients. I even signed up to run a half marathon with my husband in December. (You could say that I officially jumped off the deep end.)
July in Review
When I filled out my tending list to prep for July, I took up each and every line of the monthly, weekly, and daily goals. You could say I was a little ambitious. (But, I had a lot of things I wanted to do!) Like everything I do in life, I went at my goals head first. Once I get a plan and an idea on my mind, I can’t seem to let go sometimes until it’s completed. Like my encouraging words box said, I was just a girl who decided to go for it! Needless to say, trying to tackle each and every line was a little overwhelming for my first month.
So how did my first month of Powersheets go? To say the least, it was definitely an eye opener. It wasn’t a total disaster. But, I also can’t sit here and say that I was 100% on all my goals this month. I think until you’re checking off your goal progress each day, you don’t realize how many days you ‘miss’. However, at the same time, it was a great tool to keep myself accountable – especially when I was scheduling out my days and weeks.
A little guilty,
To be honest, I was totally feeling guilty as I prepped for this blog post. I wanted to be able to write this blog post and tell y’all how amazing my month was with all these goals I met. Instead, I’m a tad disappointed in myself that I wasn’t making as much progress as I hoped in some areas while I was totally exceeding in others. For example, I slacked a little bit on eating well and exercising this month. (I think I’m feeling guilty because these were my main goals!) But, I found that I was really consistent in my quiet times, reading, and being intentional with my friendships. We even found a new church home. (Praise!)
but filled a lot of grace
In the end, I also decided some of the goals I was ambitious to complete just weren’t a good fit at this time in my business. However, at the same time though, I met a huge goal of mine before I was even able to put it on my tending list. (We’re officially building a home, y’all!!) While filling out the gratitude page, I found myself grateful for our soon-to-be new home, our new church, and my sweet husband’s support and love. I also decided to choose grace over guilt for some of the blank spaces on my tending list. That was my word for the year, after all!
If you’re finding yourself in the same situation as me, I think it’s important to remember that it’s okay to not be perfect. That’s not what the Powersheets are about. It’s about making progress over perfection. (Even if it’s just a little bit!) Sometimes you just have to embrace the mess. While I may have been a little disappointed in not making 100% of my goals this month, I’m proud of myself for making the baby steps to get started. It was still a great month. Now it’s about doing better next month!
Looking Forward to August
One of the lessons I learned in July was that I can’t do it all. And I especially can’t do it all at once. I found that some of my goals were just another item for my to-do list. As I prepped for August, it was time to sit down and prioritize and schedule. I feel like one of the reasons why I had a hard time completing all my goals was that I had too many at once. Instead, I wanted to simplify my tending list for August. Rather than filling up every single line like I had in July, I decided to take a step back and focus on the actions that were most important to making steps towards my larger goals. I wanted to use August as a month to focus on doing better than July with my encouraging words box reading, “Just do it. No excuses.”
Over the next month, I still plan to live out most of the same goals from July. This is because a lot of my goals like exercise, quiet times, and smaller steps to growing a business are on-going rather than one month goals. But also, I decided to take the month to pray about some upcoming decisions I originally wanted to make last month. The new goals on my Powersheets for August include date nights with Rob, losing some weight, an exciting upcoming styled shoot with Kesia Marie Photography, and being more intentional with my use of social media to engage with my following.
How was your month for your Powersheets goals?
Let’s grab a virtual cup of coffee. I’d love to hear about your progress in a comment below! After all, we’re all in this thing called life together.