How PowerSheets Helped Me Simplify
I'm not sure I've ever had a period in life where I haven't had too much on my plate. That's pretty much been a state of constant for as long as I can remember- and I'm so used to it. It was one of the things that, funnily enough, Kyle and I instantly connected about when we met. We're both multi-passionate dreamers. We love taking on projects, getting inspired and thinking about what's next, and are constantly trying new things.
At some point, I realized that taking on too much is not only stressful, but takes focus away from the things in life that matter most to me. When I first stumbled upon Lara Casey's site, her words resonated with me. The messages that "little by little progress adds up" & the affirmation that "it's okay to grow slow" were just what my soul needed to hear.
I got my first set of PowerSheets in 2016, which was a huge pivotal year of change for me. A complete shift in blogging strategy, a wedding to plan, and huge life transitions happening. Looking back, I was overwhelmed - and rightfully so. Powersheets gave me somewhere to begin. At the start of your Powersheets (now a tradition I will continue for years to come), you choose a word of the year to focus on. From there, you establish the priorities in life that you want to pour your heart, energy, and time into.
It was easy to see that though I was used to being crazy busy, I was living life in fast forward. I wasn't able to put my full effort into every single thing in my life, and something had to give. I went through the practice of listing out what I'd say "no" to in order to focus and cultivate what mattered most. For me, it was clear that I needed to simplify. Everything from my closet, to my home, to my blog to my relationships.
Each month, I'd put pen to paper and pour my heart out; a catharsis for everything on my mind. Rather than making a list of lofty goals at the start of the year, each month presented achievable actions to help me accomplish the big things on my list- the things that make me feel my happiest. It held me accountable, made me realize where I was improving and the areas I needed to put a little extra focus on.
For example, I made "unplugging" from technology a priority. Gone were the date nights where I'd find myself scrolling through social media. I also realized that the blog that I'd been writing for the past 10 years just didn't feel authentic to me anymore. Too much had changed since I first started La Petite Fashionista in 2007 and my passions were evolving. I started caring more about living simply, interior design, DIY-ing, and relationships. Kyle and I launched La Petite Farmhouse nearly a year ago, and it's been an amazing experience writing, blogging, and documenting my adventure with Kyle.
Taking time to self-reflect and not just think about what's important to you, but take the steps to make them happen, is something we just don't do frequently enough. If you're a dreamer but find yourself overwhelmed with the do-ing, you will love PowerSheets.
In celebration of the release of the 2018 edition of PowerSheets, i've teamed up with twoinspiring friends, Tomissa and MIndy who are each sharing their personal stories about how they've used PowerSheets. Check out Tomissa's post to hear how PowerSheets have allowed her to make progress on large goals and keep me happy and healthy by making small changes every day. Don't miss Mindy's post sharing how PowerSheets have taught her that goals don’t have to be concrete or perfect to be effective.
Are you a PowerSheets user or read Lara's books? Tell us how they've impacted your life!