Making Things Happen in 2014 {Powersheets}

One thing I wanted to accomplish in January was to work through Lara Casey's Powersheets to create a vision and goals for 2014. I'm not sure where I first heard about Powersheets, but after about a month of trying to resist the temptation, I gave in and ordered them.

Now, you need to understand something about me first.

I am a list freak.

I love organizational tools. I love goals. My mom recently told me a story that makes me think it's just a congenital quirk. When I was four years old, my dad brought home Day Timers and planners he had received for free at work conferences. He thought they would make a perfect gift for his little girl, and he was right. I would fill out my day's schedule, asking my mom what time we were going to the library, what we were eating for dinner, etc. My mom just looked at me, completely baffled at what motivated a four-year-old to be that excited about a planner.

So yeah, Powersheets are right up my alley.

I understand that a lot of people are leery of goal planning, resolutions, etc. And I don't blame them. I've actually never made New Year's resolutions before. And when I showed one my friends the Powersheets, she promptly told me they made her nauseous - the idea of planning at that level made her feel sick, because it just wasn't her personality.

You don't necessarily need a special workbook to help you discover your vision for life, your core values, and what you'd like to accomplish this year. But for me, Powersheets were an awesome guide for the journey.

This daily planning sheet isn't from Powersheets {it's from The Intentional Blogger, which unfortunately doesn't seem to exist on the internet now}, but I had to show a photo of the new 3-ring binder my mom sent me. You can't buy those here. And I can't tell you how thrilled I was to get one {actually 2!} in a package this weekend!

This daily planning sheet isn't from Powersheets {it's from The Intentional Blogger, which unfortunately doesn't seem to exist on the internet now}, but I had to show a photo of the new 3-ring binder my mom sent me. You can't buy those here. And I can't tell you how thrilled I was to get one {actually 2!} in a package this weekend!

Lara Casey has put together a goal planning system that has helped me figure out what my priorities are in life and what I really want to happen this year. The workbook actually only covers six months, but that's perfect for us. I'm not sure what direction our lives will be headed in six months, so my goals may change a lot by then.

These are definitely not for the faint of heart.

I decided I didn't want to rush through the prep sheets {all 11 of them, before you even get to writing down your goals}, so I committed January to slowly praying about it, thinking through my vision and dreams for my life, and filling out the worksheets.

Some of my favorite sheets were focused on what has worked and NOT worked in the past year.

What hasn't worked for me?

Negativity, complaining, seeking validation from others instead of Jesus, and worry.

What has worked?

Consistent Bible study, pursuing relationships, and letting go.

Early on, I felt like my word for 2014 was TRUST. Instead of trusting God, I often run to making a plan, worrying, anxiety, or trying to control others. But I feel like God is calling me to trust him with my life and my family. It's definitely been challenging. Even the past few weeks, the unrest in Bangkok has been a test. Andrew and I both feel strongly we are supposed to go there to have our baby, and I've had to consciously choose to trust that God will take care of us in the midst of chaos. {if you say, baby? what baby? check out these posts!}

So, after working through the prep steps and lots of prayer and daydreaming, here are my goals for the next six months of 2014.

2014 GOALS

Marriage:

I want my relationship with Andrew to flourish. I will be more encouraging, find ways to express my love and respect for him, and support him with prayer and a listening ear in this season of change. I will not use critical or negative words, but will choose words of life and truth that will help him become who God wants him to be.

Motherhood:

I want to transition well into motherhood by finding a rhythm and schedule that works for our family. I will manage our home efficiently, continue in hospitality, and work to know my son and understand his needs.

Relationships:

I will intentionally pursue relationships with other women in life and online, with expats and Cambodians. I will choose to invest words of life and encouragement that will point others to Jesus. I will allow God to reveal my heart issues that cause me to use words of judgement, criticism, and gossip. I will also open my heart to others speaking into my life, too.

Calling:

I want to develop my knowledge and skills as a cross-cultural worker and nurse, especially as they relate to Cambodia and nursing in a developing nation and to pediatrics. I want to keep my skills sharp, so I can transition well back into nursing in America, when that time comes.

Journey Mercies:

I want to refine my voice and skills as a writer, connect and collaborate with other women, especially expats, and learn more about inspirational design, so that JM will grow its readership and its effectiveness in pointing to Jesus and encouraging others in their life journeys.

After writing out my goals, there are a few more sheets to be used in taking action to meet them: action plan worksheets for each goal that help me figure out how to make them happen and monthly action steps, along with motivational sections; and monthly tending sheets that include lists of monthly, weekly, and daily goals.

Yup, I even "decorated" my February tending sheet and color coded my goals...

Yup, I even "decorated" my February tending sheet and color coded my goals...

I'll be posting my goals for February tomorrow with a review of how I did with January's. But I feel an immense sense of relief, anticipation, and motivation for the coming months after going through this process. Part of it is probably the list freak in me that just loves making lists for lists' sake.

Yet I also feel excited to have a vision for 2014 that is more focused and intentional than I've ever had before.

Just one of the motivational "notes to self" to keep me reminded of truth! This one goes on my motherhood action plan sheet.

So that's it! If you've made goals for 2014 or have worked through the Powersheets yourself, I'd love to hear what you thought about the process.

What are some goals you made? How do you plan on accomplishing them?

I'm sure in a month or so, I may be thinking, Why the heck did I do this to myself?! and will be able to look back on your comments for encouragement in MY journey!

P.S. Just so you know, this is not sponsored, and Lara Casey has no idea who I am - I just wanted to write about this resource and share it with you!