Cultivating Hospitality & Hygge- November PowerSheets Goals

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on November 5, 2017

Hi, friends!  Can you believe it is already November? As I’ve been brainstorming my PowerSheets Tending List Goals over this past week, I’ve decided to cultivate hospitality and hygge this month.  As we say goodbye to all things Halloween, and begin to embrace Thanksgiving & Christmas, I want to focus on a life-giving, organized home as well as simplicity and purposeful rest.

There is nothing quite like this season.  I love the transition of fall into the twinkling magic of Christmas-time.

How are you planning to make the most of the rest of 2017?  What do you hope to focus on in the month of November? Here is a peek at my PowerSheets Tending List for this month for some ideas and inspiration….

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It’s been a rainy, stormy weekend here in Michigan.  It’s been the perfect relaxing Sunday around our home, as we begin preparing for the main event in November….Thanksgiving, of course. We’ve been hosting Thanksgiving for the last several years, and I’m pretty sure it’s my husband’s favorite holiday at this point.

I share our preparation plan to Turkey Day in this post, and share some funny videos and recipes as well.

My little ceramic turkey, affectionately named Gretchen, is delicately placed on the kitchen table, and I’ve packed away the trick ‘r treating bowl and pumpkin carving kits.  This month of November, is all about savoring the last few changing leaves; sipping one last pumpkin spice latte; & savoring the smells and tastes that autumn brings.

Every month, I sit down with my PowerSheets Goal Planner, and brainstorm about the month ahead.  I jot down activities, traditions, get-togethers, and other exciting happenings coming up in the days ahead.  I also write down the things that are crowding my mind and giving me stress and anxiety.

I have space to reflect on what I’m most looking forward to in the upcoming month, how I am feeling about the coming days, and what I would most like to focus on.

These lists and honest reflections eventually come together to form my Tending List for the month.  To learn more about the PowerSheets Goal Planner and how to use it, check out this video by my sister-from-another-mister Lara…

For November, I’ve chosen my word or saying to be, “Be Still”.  My hope to slow down, not stress, and focus on what really matters.

Here are my monthly, weekly, and daily goals for the month of November…

Monthly Goals:

1. Finish 1 Organizational Project

Ok, so I cannot be alone in this.  Please, tell me I’m not.  This month’s organizational project I would like to focus on would be the GIANT clothes pile that slowly but surely grows to an obnoxious proportion on top of the washing machine, over the chair in our bedroom, etc.

Have ya’ll heard of the Kon Mari organization style?  Have you tried it?  That is my goal this month….to organize the clothes pile, sort said clothing into our plethora of drawers, and donate what we are not wearing anymore.  Boom.  I said it.  Now, I gotta do it. Ha!

2. Plan a Trip/Vacation/Adventure

We love to travel.  It’s in our blood.  Problem is, traveling and adventures cost money.  So, this month, I’m going to brainstorm all of the adventures I’d like to take this upcoming year, and then budget out these trips/adventures.

I wish we had the money to travel all the time, but that’s just not reality.  But, I know for our marriage, traveling brings us closer together.  It bonds us in a way that nothing else quite can, and gives us lots memories (good, bad, and hilarious stories).

So, for us, traveling and adventuring needs to be part of our “plan”.  And, boy have I got some lofty, fancy dream trips stored in my noggin.

3. Send Happy Mail to Friends

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to focus on building good friendships and being a friend.  I don’t know about you, but having good friendships in adulthood is hard.  But, friends can be such a blessing and encouragement.

So, this month, to show gratitude for my special friends, I’m going to send them happy mail…as in good old-fashioned snail mail.  In my fall subscription box from Erin Condren, I received several beautiful little cards.  And, instead of them collecting dust in my nightstand drawer, I’m going to actually write out special notes to my favorite gal pals and send them a sweet little surprise in the mail.

Do you have some lovely little cards lying around that you could send to someone special?  This month is all about showing gratitude, right?  Why not cultivating good friendships by sending little notes of encouragement?

4. Finish Writing, Editing, & Designing “The Baby Book”

My Newsletter subscribers have already heard this news, but if you do not get my weekly emails you may not have heard this exciting news.  I’m writing an ebook, that I hope to turn into an e-course.  More on this exciting project to come, but first I need to finish it!  Whew!  It’s a lot of work…exciting “work”.

Hours upon hours of my blood, sweat, and tears (not literally) have been poured into this ebook.  And, I’m bathing it in prayer and hopes that it helps so many new mommies and daddies.  I can’t wait to share it with all of you.  It’s going to take a lot to finish this monthly goal.  But, I think I’m up for the challenge.

5. Discover Something New & Exciting

I love making each month extra special.  And, thankfully this upcoming month has many new exciting things already planned.  New traditions, new outing, girls nights, and holiday happenings are already on the docket.

To find more inspiration about making each month count, check out The Monthful Challenge.

6. Plan A Special Date Night

Something else I’ve been trying to focus on these last few months, is taking the time to cherish my hubby.  To me this means, putting my phone down and actually listening to him.  It means, spending quality time, planning special surprises, and going on regular date days/nights.

I need to get crack-a-lackin’ on this goal.  What should I plan?  Hmmm??  I’m not sure yet.  Do you have any good date night ideas??  I need some help in this department.

7. Clear Brain Space

There are several things on my plate that are causing stress and anxiety.  And, this month, I’m saying “that’s enough of that nonsense” and handling these things.

These “things” are often situations that are uncomfortable for me, or something that I’ve never had to do before.  Usually they are very adult things like handling pesky bills, talking to banks about refinancing our house, and interviewing contractors, and scheduling home projects.

Do you get overwhelmed about these types of to-do lists too?  Let’s put them to bed, so to say, and tackle them month.  That way we can go into the Thanksgiving/Christmas season with a clear heart and mind.

8. Host Thanksgiving

We host Thanksgiving every year, and meticulously plan every detail and preparation.  This year my goal is to try some new recipes, prepare my home early, and savor the season.

Do you need help planning your Thanksgiving?  Check out my Prep Guide.

9. Make Gramma’s Heritage Book

My sweet, adorable grandmother is turning 95 next month!  She’s absolutely precious, and loved by many.  For years now, I’ve wanted to sit down with her and go through her “old” pictures and make a lovely heritage photo book.  She can look at a photo of herself in her 20’s that is black and white to the rest of us, and tell a beautiful story about how the dress she was wearing was yellow and cost 25 cents at Hudson’s.  She remembers the unique story behind each picture.  She has so many beautiful stories and memories to tell, and I’d love to prepare a book before we celebrate her 95th birthday in December.  Plus, I think we’ll make irreplaceable memories while making the book, too.

Weekly Goals:

1. Meal Plan & Grocery Shop

I am absolutely terrible at making a meal plan and sticking to a grocery budget.  But, it is something in our household that needs to change.  We love to eat out at restaurants, but the cost is astronomical compared to cooking at home.  This weekly goal has been on my list every single month, and I barely ever make any progress.

But, we strive for progress not perfection here, right?  So, this month in the meal plan department, I’m going to work on 3 days at a time.  This suggestion actually came from my sweet hubby, who often times does the grocery shopping for us….because quite literally, I hate it that much.

I’m going to focus on 3 days a time; go grocery shopping more often rather than having such a huge haul I get overwhelmed; try three new recipes; and allow myself to splurge a couple of times a week.

I love eating, and am a self-proclaimed foodie.  So, a meal plan/diet that restricts me doesn’t usually work. But, I know I need to eat healthier so that I feel better and reach my other goals.  So, this will be the month I make progress here.  I’m claiming it now!

Got any good, clean recipes?  Send them my way!  Please, and thank you!

2. Home Blessing/Zone Cleaning

My poor house has been put on the back burner since this project, called a blog, has come along.  I used to follow FlyLady’s cleaning plan, and split my house into zones.  Each week I’d focus on deep cleaning, de-cluttering, and organizing a different zone.  And, I’d finish the week, with a week Home Blessing.

I don’t know about you, but I thrive in a clean, organized environment.  So, this month, I am pledging to move forward in this area.  I would love to see progress at the end of the month, and know that I gave it my all.

And, this is the perfect month to focus on our home, since I am wanting to cultivate hospitality and hygge in preparation for Thanksgiving.

To read more about FlyLady, the zones, and my weekly cleaning routine, click here!

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3. Budget Meetings

My husband is like an extreme budgeter.  He could probably squeeze money out of a turnip if he had to.  I don’t know how he does it.

I, on the other hand, hate budgeting and restricted spending. It gives me hives.  Although, debt and bills make me sick to my stomach, so I’m thankful one of us is devoted to the budget.

So, in an effort to “get on board”, we’ve been having weekly budget meetings to discuss our spending and saving.  Money is often the biggest source of our arguments.  Can you relate?

We have been slowly working our way through Dave Ramsey’s Budget Baby Steps.  Adam listens to Dave’s radio show every day, and is constantly crunching numbers in his head.  It’s just not my cup of tea.

So, this month, I would like to reorganize our budget binder, pretty it up a little bit, and effectively communicate with my hubster about our mulah. It’s not an easy task.  This does not come easily to me like it does to him.  This area of our home needs tending in order to see the growth we’d both like to see in our finances.  So, it’s a work in progress.

Do you have a household budget?  How do you divi up our funds?  I could use some good ideas.

Daily Goals:

1. Yoga/PiYo

A year ago or so, I was religiously exercising again.  I felt so good, and much more confident in my own skin.  And, then summer hit.  Our house was as hot as the face of the sun, since our air conditioner was broken.  It was like I had my very own hot yoga studio in my bedroom.  It was disgusting.

But, now months have gone by, I’m beyond “out-of-shape”, and gotten out of the habit of pushing play on my DVR every day.  This is an area of my life that needs some serious cultivating.  Lord, help me!!

I have no more excuses, and it’s time to take action.  So, hopefully, this month I’ll be working off all that pumpkin pie by downward dogging the weight off.

2. Quiet Time/Prayer

Spending just a few minutes in the morning in prayer and quiet time does wonders for my day.  I’ve been loving the She Reads Truth app, and this month I would like to cultivate hospitality by working through the “Making Room: A Study of Biblical Hospitality” & “Psalms of Gratitude” Devotionals.

On the She Reads Truth app, they offer free Bible studies with discussion boards and even Instagram photos.  And, they also offer paid devotionals too.

I also like to use this time to write special memories or thoughts in the Gratitude Journal and spend some time praying.

Do you have quiet every day?  What devotionals do you like to use?  Is this an area of your life that needs cultivating?

Write the Word Bible Journals

3. Shine the Sink

There are several healthy habits I’d like to establish in my life and home.  And, as many of you know, to create a new routine or habit takes lots of practice and repetition.  So, in my PowerSheets over the next several months into 2018, I’m going to pick a healthy habit or routine to begin working on.

This month’s healthy habit is: shine the sink.  This is inspired by FlyLady again.  She encourages her “followers” to clean out the sink every night.  This means, don’t leave the pile of dirty dishes lying in there, and actually tidy up your kitchen space.

I feel so much better about my day, when I wake up to a clean kitchen.  On the contrary, I hate waking up to a filthy kitchen where the odor of dinner from last night still lingers.  And, sad to say, this happens more often than not.  How embarrassing.  Please tell me I’m not the only one.

4. Meaningful Time with Adam

It seems these days that I’m either dog-tired from working at the hospital all day, or have my nose in my computer screen working on the blog.  Both good things, but take up a lot of my time.  Other things have been put on the back burner, but one thing that I have to pay attention to is not putting my marriage on hold.

This is definitely a work in progress, before so often I feel like I haven’t got anything left to give.  Some days I just want to come home and not talk to anyone.   I would rather spend the evening in silence, looking at a Pottery Barn catalog and watching reality TV.

But, our relationship and our marriage is the foundation of our home and future family.  And, quite honestly, nothing else matters.  So, carving out time for us, is a necessity.

When I check off this daily box, this means that I have taken the time to listen to him, make him feel special and loved, and cultivated our relationship.  This could take just 10 minutes of quality time or involve a day of doing our favorite activities.  But, the simple check means that I have put forth an effort and shown love.

5. Put Down The Phone

I spend entirely way to much time staring at my phone.  Can you relate?  So, I’m going to try to get in the habit of putting my phone down at night, and spending the evening actually talking to Adam, spending time with him, and actually watching TV instead of multi-tasking on my phone.

6. Drink More H2O

I’m working myself up to drinking a gallon of water every day, as long as my bladder doesn’t explode.

7. Read 1 Book

I am a super slow reader.  I’ll read a chapter a week, if I’m lucky.  I’m still working on the Cultivate Book, although I think I only have a couple of chapters left.  I like to take my time, highlight and underline, and ponder every word.

This month I’d like to finish the Cultivate Book and read the Kon Mari organizational book.

What books are you reading right now?  Do you carve out time to read?

How I Organize My Goals:

I use my Erin Condren Life Planner to keep me accountable with my tending list and PowerSheets.  I use sticky notes and check lists to remind myself every week of what I need to be working on.  Here’s some picture examples of my weekly spreads in my planner, and how I use sticky notes to keep myself accountable for what really matters…

The 2018 Life Planner now has these note pages before each month.  I use this space to write down my PowerSheets Goals, hold keepsakes like tickets, and adhere invitations and cards.  It’s just another way to celebrating every month, and what I’ve cultivated.

Fall Refresh Goals:

Every season in the PowerSheets Goal Planner, Lara walks you through reassessing your goals. As we all know, life happens and priorities tend to change.  So, I look forward to this refresh time.  It allows me to embrace what really matters, say sayonara to what doesn’t, and give me permission to put some good intentions and goals on hold for now.

During my fall refresh, these were the goals that I determined were most important for the end of 2017. These big goals are the backbone of where all of the monthly, weekly, and daily goals come from.  These are the ultimate goals.  These are what I’m striving to do before the end of the year.

*Cultivate Faith

(relationship with God, find a church home, quiet time, etc)

*Cultivate a Healthier, Happier Me

(naturopathic M.D., massage, acupuncture, yoga, rest, Hygge, clean eating, etc.)

*Cultivate an Organized, Life-Giving Home

(FlyLady, host parties, house projects, organize, etc.)

*Cultivate a Happy Marriage

(date nights, meaningful time, plan a surprise, etc.)

*Cultivate Finances

(budget binder, save for retirement, side hustle, Baby Steps, etc.)

*Cultivate Adventure & Travel

*Cultivate a Profitable Blog & Business

*Cultivate Meaningful Friendships

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October Goal Progress:

So, as you can see, there is still room for some progress.

The PowerSheets Goal Planner has been life-changing tool.  I can’t wait to get started on November, and cultivate what really matters.  Are you interested in making purposeful progress in your own life?

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