November Tending List

Happy November! This past month the 2021 Powersheets Collection launched and we had the MOST fun, but as excited as I am for 2021, I want to make the most out of the last two months of 2020. (Don’t know what Powersheets are? Start Here!) If you have been around here in this last quarter of 2020, you know that my focus for these last 90 days of the year is to grow presently. I want to savor the good in every day, whether that be a whole day, an hour, or even just a couple minutes – there is so much good was savored when we look for it!

Here are four highlights from this October that I savored:

#1 Making Apple Cookies: Jared and I have a fall tradition that we started our first year of dating; we make these incredible fresh apple and oat cookies. I was worried that we wouldn’t get to do it this year. Over the past couple years we get help baking as I can’t really do anything except supervise at this point. We normally make 5-7 batches and share them with friends and family, but because of COVID that’s not possible. So Jared and I settled on making two batches just for us to enjoy, and kept our 7 year streak going strong!

#2 Maura’s Wedding: My best friend got married this past month and although I couldn’t go to the reception, we safely attended the ceremony. It was such a special day!

#3Grace + Goals: I launched the Grace + Goals Resource Library and hosted my first master class- it was so fun!

#4 I reached out: I stepped out of my comfort zone and asked for help where I needed it. I have the best friends ever!

Now onto the November Tending List! This month my top priority is to listen. I am not the greatest listener, and I want to get better at it. This month I have some painful testing taking place to help us determine what surgery has the best shot at succeeding, so I am giving myself grace and not setting any daily goals. I have *never* done this, but I am making my powersheets work for me as I face great uncertainty.

My encouraging words are: just do the next right thing. There is so much that I cannot control but I can focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

Wildcard Pages:

I will be using the blank lined wildcard (one of my custom wildcards) to write down how I listened that day or how I need to improve my listening. I will also be testing out a new wildcard that I might add to the library next month!

Monthly Goals:

  • Launch Shop: after a couple months of hard work, Living the Chronic Illness Life is coming out with apparel! Shop here!
  • Powersheet Prep Night: gotta love the PSP Gals and our monthly prep party
  • 2021 Garden Plan: all my 2021 bulbs and seeds are in and now I need to research and determine my timeline for spring planting and blooms!
  • Stay Brave:  I want to stay brave during all of the medical uncertainty, pain, and anxiety

Weekly Goals:

  • Platform Check In: stay on top of my content
  • Love Jared Well: spend intentional time together without our phones.
  • Church: we have not been doing well keeping up with watching church, but I am THRILLED to report that we are finally getting back in the groove. I felt that because I wasn’t with it enough to take notes on the sermon that I just shouldn’t bother making the effort to watch church. I was very wrong. God wants my heart and attention not a checked box.
  • All the Things: med cart inventory, organizing pills, joint corrections, port access, self care, etc.

Daily Goals: I am not doing any daily goals, I am going to just focus on doing what I can and giving myself loads of grace to recover well.

In case you didn’t know, here on Living the Chronic Illness Life you now have access to the Grace + Goals Resource Library which helps you tailor your goal setting and powersheets to seasons of uncertainty. You can find all the info here!

Don’t have a set of Powersheets yet? Don’t worry you can get yours now; if you have some specific items you want get, I encourage you to order soon because most of the items (including the powersheets) in the shop, once sold out, will not be restocked.

Cassie Nolin is a married spoonie who lives the chronic illness life with EDS + Co. (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it’s comorbid conditions.) She challenges others to choose grace over guilt in goal setting, and is in ministry part time serving the online community through The Spoonie Study. She loves planting, hand lettering, and sharing the hope she has found in Jesus. Her blog, Living the Chronic Illness Life, is in the top 100 chronic illness blogs and her podcast, Chronically Cultivating, is produced by Speaking to the Heart Network. Cassie encourages women to live authentic and intentional lives through their diagnosis’ not in spite of them. You can learn more about her at

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