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Happy January, friends! Today, I’m sharing some of my 2017 PowerSheets goals and my word of the year.

Not familiar with PowerSheets? It’s a powerful workbook that helps you create intentional goals for the year. I’m Marketing Director and proud team member of Cultivate What Matters and this is our flagship product (that continuously sells out! Don’t worry we have more on the way coming in May!).

However, long before I joined the team last January, I’ve been a PowerSheets user.

Even before that, I loved selecting a word of the year to help guide me and set intentions. My past words have included:

intentional | focus | grow | light

Shine like the whole universe is yours quote Shine like the whole universe is yours quote

This year’s word is SHINE. I shared more about selecting it as my word of the year in a recent post.2016 was an incredible year.

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(backside of our holiday card this year)

It had highs and lows like any year, but for me, it was mostly a year of getting my feet steady again on a solid foundation.

Most of the year was spent learning how to adjust, and thriving in my new role as Marketing Director at Southern Weddings/Cultivate What Matters. This included working from home 5 days a week vs. the 2-3 days in my previous position, which for a person who LOVES work, it can be hard to unglue yourself from the chair in the office and force myself to take a break. The very hard work that the team did this year was amazingly fruitful in many different ways. It was a joy to love my work again, but also hard to personally step away from it (and get outside!). I pushed my own self hard through most of the year and was just plain tired come January 1.

Our two children are growing up like crazy and managing school schedules, morning drop-off, afterschool care pickups — not to mention we added a new puppy (hello post-puppy depression that I have thankfully now recovered from!) — and my husband’s own frequent work travel left me with the mindset of “I’m just going to do the best that I can here until we figure out a routine…someday.”

So, I did the best I could. It wasn’t perfect by any means, including a few poorly timed melt-downs of my own as I sat restless wanting to DO IT ALL, but knowing I couldn’t. I had to wait.

So, I’ve been waiting for this year. This year to shine.

There is never going to be any perfect timing to do what you’ve always wanted to do. So give yourself permission to finally say, “it’s time.”

These last few weeks, I have been feeling a renewed energy I haven’t experienced in awhile. Could it be that I’ve been eating “clean” on my own Whole 30/paleo-ish meal plan for almost nineteen days now? Maybe.

In any case, I’m ready. I’m ready for 2017 and the gifts that God has in store for this year. So, let’s do this!

How I’m Using PowerSheets This Year

I’m using the One-Year PowerSheets workbook for my overall life goals – this includes personal goals and some business goals at a very high level. New this year, I’m also using a Six-Month Undated PowerSheets workbook specifically for my business goals. (As a member of the Cultivate/Southern Weddings team, we also use the One-Year PowerSheets for our goals as a team).

2017 PowerSheets Goal Planner Workbook 2017 PowerSheets Goal Planner Workbook

This may sound like a lot of work/goals to some, but I’m working harder to silo my brain (sounds impossible, right?) so I can work with information easier and not feel so scattered and distracted.

After hearing my friend Tonya Dalton speak at Inspired Retreat about this, I’ve found it really does help me to separate out the different parts of my life (i.e. all my personal emails now are funneled to a personal “family” email account and I keep my business email strictly for business correspondence, work email only for work, and so forth). This way, I can keep me focused on one category of my life at a time. For a gal who was diagnosed with ADHD almost two years ago (story for another day), this has been hugely helpful to me in feeling less all over the place.

Alright, back to the goals!

First, you should know, PowerSheets are much more than a planner. The prep work to create your goals for the year is some of the best work you’ll do. There are lots of questions and exercises to get to the root of what things are holding you back from moving forward, and also the “why” behind what we really want to make happen in our life. I love this work. I love going back to it throughout the year to see how my thoughts and feelings have changed or improved.

My Why page in my PowerSheets:

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The over-arching themes I found in my prep work that helped me prepare my goals for 2017:

I need to love myself well.
This goes beyond the idea of “self-care” that I’ve struggled with for years. (Example: I finally used a spa gift certificate in December that was gifted to me when my daughter was born three years ago). This is more than “losing weight” that I again, have struggled with for years. This is about loving my body that God has given me. This is about changing the way I talk to myself. This is about feeding it well and getting it moving so I can be strong, active, happy.

I need to make time for my business and take action on some long-held ideas and dreams for it.
Quite frankly, 2016 was a confidence builder in what I did pour into my work as a member of a team, as host of Inspired Retreat, and in consulting here and there for other creative businesses. I didn’t realize I was needing some sort of self-confirmation that proved I really did know a lot about marketing strategy, but I did. I received it ten-fold and now I feel that it’s time to use the gifts in bigger ways and help impact more people with my business!

I need to have more fun and lighten up a bit with my family.
My husband said it best when he jokingly called me out on a recent day where I “velociraptor-ed” my way through the morning. I resonated so much with the book, Present Over Perfect. I can be often giving my best self to everyone else in the day, and leaving the tired leftovers for my family. I’m seeking out more adventures and joyful days not only with my family, but for myself, too. (Example, I’m headed out to California for Alt Summit at the end of this month, and I’m staying an extra day to drive to my childhood home and neighborhood in Orange County seeing old friends from decades ago, as well as staying one night in a beachfront AirBnB, all in the name of adventure!)

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(source: aliedwards.com)

This all leads me to my 10 Goals for 2017 along with a few ideas I have for monthly goals or tending list items to support them:

My Ten Goals for 2017

Love myself and my body well.

– Run a 5k
– Commit to goal of 12 bootcamps/gym classes per month
– Learn meditation/incorporate daily stillness
– Morning affirmations

Choose joy-filled activities and say YES to adventures, new opportunities to live “wide.”

– Create seasonal bucket lists
– Sign up for a new workshop or class (for fun!)
– Work remote monthly in new places around town
– Create (Illustrated Faith, scrapbooks, crafts with kids)
– Teach/Lead a creative workshop
– Explore locally with the family

Renewed focus and intentional time on Amber Housley – the business.

– Schedule my batch days (more like “batch nights” and “batch early mornings”)
– Automate/Systemize/Simplify
– Schedule overnight AH solo-retreat to work on large batch of content
– Create 2017 plans: goals (done!) / content plan (in progress!) / growth plan

Delight in my role and responsibility as a mother.

– Sign up Kayla for dance/gym class and enjoy the opportunity to do this! (done!)
– Listen to podcasts that speak to this area (God Centered Mom, etc)
– Monthly crafts with kids & cooking themes
– Attitude of gratitude
– Create family photo albums

Cultivate a thankful heart and home.

– Create family gratitude jar
– Send weekly happy mail to friends/family
– Order prayer and gratitude journal
– Find a service project we can do as a family

Flourish in faith.

– Join a new bible study with a friend
– Attend our church’s women’s retreat this Spring
– Learn more about prayer
– Write the Word/Illustrated Faith
– Be baptized

Intentionally help plan our family’s legacy.

– Complete Couples Companion Guide to PowerSheets
– Sign up for Financial Peace University (done! we’re joining our neighbor’s small group this week!)
– Create our budget
– Create our wills
– Set short term and longer term financial goals
– Refine our family’s mission statement and post it in our home
– Implement routine meetings

Invest in strengthening and deepening my relationship with my husband.

– Continue monthly date nights
– Reread Power of a Praying Wife (in progress!)
– Encouraging notes
– Listen regularly to marriage podcasts

Simplify our home and daily life.

– Weekly Meal Plan
– Cancel unnecessary apps/utilities/etc.
– Schedule all of our medical appointments, etc. for the year
– Clean-up computer’s Dropbox and uncover the mysteries of “the cloud”
– Monthly donations/purge
– Transfer 10+ years of digital photos out of Iphoto, etc., purge, create one new edited library

Read 12 books that contribute to the progress of these above goals.

– Start a book club in Inspired Creative Biz Facebook Community(more on this next week!)
– Go through my bookshelf and Kindle for all books in progress or unread to see how they fit above themes (done!)
– Read one a month!

One of my favorite activities to do is to pull together a vision board for the year. Last year, I created an 18×24 collage poster I had printed through PersnicketyPrints.com. (Perfect timing, they are having a sale this week where they are $10 off!).

Most of my images are from Pinterest and represent some of my goals visually. I also like to incorporate in some positive messages and images that represent how I want to feel in the year to come.

A peek at this year’s vision board. I should have the printed copy next week to hang on the wall next to my computer!

My Vision Board for 2017

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I’ll be sharing my goal planning for my business in an upcoming post, but in the meantime, I’d love to know what your word is for 2017!

Be sure and drop it below in the comments (if you have a link to your vision board or PowerSheets blog post, I’d love to see it, too!) and I’ll pick a random winner on January 27th to mail a little Cultivate goodie package to!

*Disclaimer: Some of the above links may contain affiliate links for which I may receive a small compensation for referring you. The opinions I share here are entirely my own, and in no way influence my recommendation. My goal here is to share with you what I love and what I use so that you may enjoy, too!

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  1. ashlyn.stallings@gmail.com says:

    Um, A. Cannot wait to hear about the book club. B. I love Power of a Praying Wife! Oh, Stormie. 🙂 She’s a trip (in the best of ways). C. Praying through Financial Peace this year, too. Only one of us (ahem) wants to do it, but I can’t wait to hear about it!
    Here are my goals! http://ashlynwrites.com/blog/2017-goals

    • songofdebra@charter.net says:

      I am getting ready to relaunch my blog with a kind of new identity and I made a similar board for my office backdrop using some of the pics my designer had chosen to make my mood board, some quotes that inspire me and as you from pinterest. The only difference is I printed them out and put them in a collage frame I purchased at a discount decorating store . I just love it!!! It makes me so happy to look at it, and I want to make more 🙂

    • Yay! I’m excited to share more about the book club this coming month. I agree, Stormie is a great writer. FPU wasn’t an easy thing to convince, but he eventually went along (lots of prayer involved!) 🙂 Cheering you on in your goals Ashlyn!

  2. ahjoliet@yahoo.com says:

    Hi Amber – such a great inspirational post! This is my first time using PowerSheets and I am loving them and have been pretty successful at keeping up with my Tending List for the month of January. We’ll see how I am doing in June… I love the idea of creating an inspirational print/vision board that you actually have printed out! I am going to try and incorporate that idea. Thanks for sharing your positive message! 🙂

  3. apugh0425@gmail.com says:

    I connected with so many of your goals, Amber. I, too, am working on incorporating more fun into my life this year as well as working to love myself well. So, my word for this year is enjoy. I thought through a couple other words but kept coming back to enjoy. I’m letting go of pieces from a couple of recent hard years and focusing on enjoying the little things while striving to take care of myself in order to live my most fulfilled life. Thanks for sharing your goals for 2017! Cheering you on!

  4. danielle.r.hoke@gmail.com says:

    Thanks for sharing your goals! There are some you listed out that now have me thinking and go along with some of my main themes as well… so I may steal them! I especially love sending happy mail frequently!! My word for this year is Bold… a word that will help me step out of my comfort zone to try new things, leave fear (especially of failure) behind, and potentially open a business!

  5. amykim2292@gmail.com says:

    It’s amazing how things line up! To find someone else who doing the same thing you are. At the beginning of the year I came up my word for the year, Action! I have already created my goals but I think a vision board would be great! Thank you for an inspiring post!

  6. msridgeway@gmail.com says:

    My word for the year is Intentional. I spent far too much time in the last couple years not being intentional about my time and how I spent it. I’m making a conscious effort to weigh every decision and opportunity and make sure it aligns with my goals and life purposes right now.

  7. meghan@julesandhenry.com says:

    So many of your goals resonated with me, Amber! Loving myself well is also at the top of my list of goals this year; it sounds so easy, but has always been a challenge for me and I’m excited to really work hard at it this year.
    My word this year is content. For so long, I feel like I’ve been constantly searching for things and people outside of my home for direction and to validate my worth and value. Instead, I want to focus on my faith and my family for these messages and to know that I already have what I need to share my gifts and talents well.

  8. kristy.meinhardt@gmail.com says:

    So many of your goals resonate with me as well. My word for 2017 is LEGACY. <3 PS, can't wait to hear more about the book club!

  9. My word for 2017 is WORTHY!

  10. kristinescakes@hotmail.com says:

    Renewal —-this year is a year of so much starting over. I started a new careeer , my spirit itself has become renewed , in parenting I’m a parent of adults and adolescents (it’s a very different parenting) , my marriage has become renewed in different ways and of course my spiritual energy has found its way back to me……2017 is going to give me back “my time”

  11. Your post inspired me to make my own vision board!! I ended up staying up past midnight putting it together and ordering it 🙂
    After almost a full month of reflection on my goals and intentions for 2017, I’ve finally settled on my one little word: courage. I am going to make 2017 the year that I stop playing small and take more chances, putting myself out there to see what good can come from it. <3 Thanks as always for inspiring me, friend! Love you!!

  12. chandiceprobst@gmail.com says:

    I LOVED this post Amber! I value your goals and drive so much. I have told you before but you are an inspiration to those around you and I appreciate it. My word is KIND. I won those powersheets from Lara Casey and jumped right into writing. I found that it was hard to seperate business and the many personal goals I have. I love the idea of two books! 🙂

  13. chandiceprobst@gmail.com says:

    Oh and we have done financial peace university and LOVED it! Such a great course. 🙂

  14. lidamathews@gmail.com says:

    I love your goals – especially the personal ones. I’m trying to be really committed to not be a velociraptor to my family too, you aren’t alone! This year my word is HAPPY. Mainly because I want to continue to make progress on not being emotionally based but believing in God’s goodness even in the hard times! So continuously it’s not about “being happy” but more about choosing HAPPY in my life! Thank you for sharing your goals, it’s super encouraging!
    Also. I have a spa gift certificated that I’ve had for 6 years that I haven’t used YET. 😐 You’re not alone!

  15. amy.g.gabriel@gmail.com says:

    My word of the year is streamline. I want to streamline business systems and also things in my personal life (like dinners and laundry) so that I can make more time for what matters most.

  16. laura@celebrateindetail.com says:

    My word is Determined…. Determined to succeed and to push through even when things get hard and I have self doubt.

  17. misty.gage@hotmail.com says:

    Great goals Amber! Love the post too, very inspirational. Definitely think my words are going to be intentional and driven. Intentional because I’ve been feeling like there’s a lot of wasted time in my life and not enough planning. Driven because I’m still working my 9-5 job on top of my business and I’m ready to say goodbye for good.

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