Keep Moving Forward – Summer Refresh ‘21

Wow. We are already in Q3 – that’s crazy! This refresh around, I decided to be as specific and detailed as possible in my goals for the summer. (Don’t know what Powersheets are? Start Here!)

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This past quarter did hold a lot of good, but also a lot of heavy situations. I didn’t accomplish many of the things I had hoped too, let’s not even discuss how off the timing was either.

All that said, the overarching goal that God has imprinted on my heart for this season ahead is:

to steward all He gives me thoughtfully, intentionally, and joyfully no matter how big or small the opportunities that He has given me – and entrusted me with – are.

Cultivated Life Evaluation (pg. 102)

I’ve said this before, but I want to say this again before we dive in:

The most important thing for you to remember as you start this page (and work through the rest of this refresh) is that if you aren’t completely honest with yourself – you are not going to be able to be honest in your goals.

If we can’t be honest with the goals we are setting, we are not only going to be less likely to complete them, but we will miss out on what God can do with us and probably set some unrealistic goals. So get vulnerable with yourself and be honest – no one has to see this page except you.

My numbers this month were not as high as the lasts, but that’s okay because now I know where my focus should be. I had more than three boxes low in numbers so I sat and prayed for a little while and then starred the four areas I wanted to focus on – work, marriage, spiritual growth, and recreation.

Now I try not to pick more than three areas to focus, but there were two that was tied so I decided to star them both for the time being.

After working through the next two pages, I came back and found that I knew which star to take off (recreation.)

The reason I encourage you to focus on only three areas is because you can’t do it all and do it well. We have to be ruthless in keeping ourselves in check, because again, if we spread ourselves too thin we won’t truly be able to give our best to our goals and then nothing will truly change other than our exhaustion.

Finding the Fun + Focusing on What Fires Us Up (pg. 103)

I really, really enjoyed this page! I didn’t really have anything new to add to the “how can you have more fun with your goals” prompt because that has been a huge focus of mine this year. Nevertheless, this is what I wrote (as it’s what I have been doing) about How I’ll Add More Fun To My Goals:

  • Throw Confetti 🎉
  • Record + Relax ✨
  • Watch Concerts While I Work 🤩 (I highly recommend Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour on Netflix)

My friend – if you are looking for ideas to add to your list the most recent episode (Season 2 Episode 15) with The PSP Gals on the Chronically Cultivating Podcast is meant for you! We talk about how to celebrate your progress along the way – and not just once you’ve completed a goal – and also discuss how to add more fun to your goals! Find it on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify!

In this next prompt, “What’s Firing Me Up Right Now,” I was going to list everything that fires me up, but that is what page 9 is for in your initial prep work. So after a great idea from Lauren, one of The PSP Gals, I decided to focus in on the “right now” part of the prompt.

What’s firing me up right now is:

• fighting to see the good and celebrating with confetti (even if I don’t feel like it) 🎉

• Believing that He made me with this in mind so I will not miss out on what He made me for 🙌🏼

• Worshiping + studying in the sunshine ☀️

• Watching the garden grow 🌱

• Cheering my people on ✨

Keep Moving Forward (pg. 104)

So the last time I did this, I made these questions very general to all my goals, but this time I got super specific. I only worked through the goal that I was most stuck on, and I am so, so glad that I did! (I will be digging deeper into this page in Saturday’s new episode, S2 Ep 17, of the Chronically Cultivating Podcast.)

Don’t be afraid to dive deep and remember: if you can’t be honest with yourself, you won’t be able to be honest in your expectations and plan to complete your goals.

Goal Action Plans (pgs. 106-109)

Now, than going to the next page (pg. 105), I like to go to the goal action plans (pgs. 106-109 and do those first.

It might also be helpful to know that I don’t do a different color for each goal, I have a different color for each area of my life that I keep the same. Most people do a different color flag for each goal. I use this method because, for me, I found that it helped me stay better connected with the why behind that goal.

More often than not, each mini goal of mine is one or two colors – according to the area in my life it fits – but this month there was one mini goal (goal 7) that has action steps that tap into multiple areas so I figured I would show you how I formatted it.

So this “umbrella” mini goal is to: Fight to Celebrate the Good.

The action steps are color coordinated to the areas in which they are apart of:

  • •Celebrate Every Tiny Victory
  • Laugh with The PSP Gals
  • Enjoy our Family
  • Wednesday Wins on IG
  • Delight in the Garden
  • Get Creative!

If you want to see a more in depth look at how I create action plans you can find that here!

My Refreshed Goals (pg. 105)

Goal 1: Build and Batch My Content

Goal 2: Structure my Focus Days and Live Them Out

Goal 3: Speak Truth and Share It Wisely

Goal 4: Do the Hard Work

Goal 5: Make His Voice the Loudest

Goal 6: Sabbath in Peace + Assurance

Goal 7: Fight to Celebrate the Good

Quarterly Wildcard

Last but not least, I always put my quarterly Celebrate Every Tiny Victory in there!

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Well there you have it – that’s my quarter three goal refresh! What are you striving for in these next 90 days? Comment below – I’d love to know and cheer you on!

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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 while goal setting, and is in ministry part time serving the online community through Grace + Goals and 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 in 2019 she launched her podcast, Chronically Cultivating, where Cassie encourages women to live authentic and intentional lives through their diagnosis’ not in spite of them. You can learn more about her at www.livingthechronicillnesslife.com

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