February Tending List

Before we move onto February, I want to share a few highlights from the month and some progress updates from January’s Tending List:

#1: We got to go away for a week and spend time with Jared’s family and it was such a sweet trip celebrating the holidays together! I wrote a blog about 5 must have items that I won’t roadtrip with my chronic illness without.

#2: Y’all loved the seven mistakes to avoid when making a tending list post!

#3: Then I had a procedure and really struggled with the recovery, but I am so grateful for each one of you who cheered me on and prayed for me and my husband in this season. Shoutout to our families and inner circle who physically came and helped us through this (especially the two puppers.) We also so appreciated those who helped us out through our amazon wishlist, thank you thank you thank you.

#4: I thought I had planned enough margin in my January Tending List, but I didn’t anticipate just how long this recovery would be. So I am choosing grace over goal guilt and moving some of those things over to February, and that’s okay! We don’t have to finish all our 2022 goals in January, we have all year.

Before we get into my tending list Before we get into my tending list (don’t know what Powersheets are? Start Here!), I want to quickly share some truth to your inner perfectionist:

Remember there is no wrong way to use your powersheets, but I do encourage you to be YOU on these pages. Whether you use all the stickers or go with a simplified blank and white look – all that matters is that your Tending List inspires YOU to make progress on your goals ✨

There is no room for comparison here.

My Tending List

Now onto February’s Tending List! This month my top priority is to focus on remembering that “done is better than perfect.” My encouraging words are: Wherever gratitude grows love follows. This was a word the Lord spoke to me as I have been working to cultivate more gratitude in my life and especially my marriage to keep it healthy so for February (although we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.)

Yes, I know there is a water droplet that tragically fell onto my powersheets

Monthly Goals:

  • Launch the Grace + Goals Accountability Collective: You are not going to want to miss this announcement so make sure you are on the email list!
  • February TL – Okay only now am I realizing I brain fogged my tending list *facepalm* It was supposed to say, February Content Calendar: I am learning that when I prepare my content in advance I have more time to connect with y’all; so I want to steward my time better to make more room for that.
  • Cultivate the Blog: I’m ready to continue to share life with you here on this blog.
  • @thepspgals: I love being apart of The PSP Gals and want to continue to stay on top of all that
  • Finalize Action Plans: I barely made progress in this area due to my extended recovery so I want to get those done!
  • Finish January Items: Have a few goals I’d like to finish on there still that I didn’t want to transfer over to here
  • Prepare March TL: As always, we PSP Gals get together at the end of the month to close out the current month and make our tending lists for the upcoming month! Easily the best part of my month!
  • Create Home Planner: I am making a scheduling/home base planner for Jared and I, and I am so, so excited about it!
  • Date Night: Want to make sure I am taking the time to date my husband because life flies by if we don’t plan a time for it.
  • Budget: One of my 2022 goals is to cultivate security and I have always believed that “I’m not a numbers girl” so I haven’t pursued understanding our finances. My prep work revealed that was a lie I was believing, my first action step is mapping out our budget.

Weekly Goals:

  • Cultivate Community: I love getting to know you in real life and delight in having you apart of this community and hope to get to know y’all better! I want to be present here and continue to build actual relationships with you!
  • Weekend Rhythm: I tend to spend my weekends dedicated to housework and preparing for the week ahead. I keep my rhythm for the month in one of the boxes on the prepare well page. 
  • Throw Confetti: One of the acts of worship I actively practice each week is throwing confetti and celebrating His goodness today! So not only do I track my daily victories with my “celebrate every tiny victory” wildcard, but I also throw confetti at least once a week! We do this on my instagram every Wednesday so we can all celebrate together! 
  • Weekly Check In:  I want to be more intentional about checking in with Jared before the week begins to go over our plans/schedules by time blocking so we stay on top of everything. 
  • Love J Well: We aim to spend intentional time together without our phones at least once a week.
  • Church: Jared and I want to be better on top of watching church, and so we decided me adding it to my tending list was a great way to keep us accountable. (In our weekly planning session, we also time block where Church is going to be held.)

Daily Goals: I use my daily goals more as a habit tracker than a strict goal and it gives me more freedom in seasons of uncertainty.

  • Stay Connected: I want to stay faithful to do what God has called me too, and I want to be consistently present here in this community.
  • Cultivate G+G: I am tracking that I am daily making progress on cultivating Grace + Goals along with the G+G community!
  • Wildcards:  I religiously use the “Quarterly Celebrate Every Tiny Victory” Wildcard to log one victory a day! I am also using the Grace + Goals Wildcard of the Month: “I felt loved today when…”
  • Prayer:  want to get back into making prayer a priority in my morning routine because the only one who can truly change most situations completely is Jesus and so I need to start my day by fighting the battles in this life “on my knees.”
  • Daily Bread: I want to make sure that before I do ANY work that I have been in His Word because that is the most important way I can use my time; I want to actively remember that there is no work or ministry that comes before Him.
  • Little by Little: Rather than using a monthly wildcard page to highlight how God is moving in my life, I am using the Little by Little Journal to write down one way that I saw God move that day. I’ve been doing this since the start of 2021 and love it!
  • Evening QT: I am working on reading through the Bible in a year at night on the Bible app. I tend to not dig into the Word when I can’t take the “right notes” so I am trying to focus more on why I am in the Word rather than how I am.

My Wildcards

I want to pursue gratitude because I know that wherever gratitude grows love follows so I am proposing that we make a goal to acknowledge the people in our life who make us feel loved and cultivate gratitude for them! What do you think? 

If you want to join this challenge with me, you can download the Grace + Goals Wildcard of the Month “I felt loved today when” to help you savor this February!

As always I use the quarterly Celebrate Every Tiny Victory wildcard. This wildcard changed my life because even when life isn’t going the way I planned or hoped, I can see that every day still holds at least one victory no matter how small.

Want to download this wildcard? Head to the Wildcard Library in the button below!

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!

The 2022 Powersheets are sold out, but there is so much of the collection still available! I am #teamblooms this year and in this 2022 Collection my top three must haves are: the Goal Setting Sticker Book, the Snap In Wildcard Holder, and the SeaGlass Cultivate Tote Bag!

P.S. if you didn’t snag a set of 2022 Powersheets, keep your eyes out over the next couple months because typically you will see 6 month undated Powersheets Planner get added to the shop!

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, confetti, 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. She is on a mission to help other women learn how to trade guilt for God’s grace and control for confetti! You can learn more about her at www.livingthechronicillnesslife.com

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