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June 1, 2018

Powersheets Progress: May Recap & My June Goals

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Eek—Powersheets review time again! June is my ABSOLUTE hands-down favorite month of the year (December is close second, as Christmas has my heart).

My June memories dance between swimming lessons growing up and running through the sprinkler with neighbors, Vacation Bible School crafts and wandering through farmer’s goods at the curb market before ballet class. My mom’s a retired teacher, so growing up, I got her for the month of June, and that rocked. I can’t count the number of pool parties I’ve had in my 29 years—growing up in the deep south with a June birthday made it an easy go-to.

June nostalgia hits me hard: it’s my mid-year reset as I look out on the next calendar year of my life.

Each fresh start of the month, I’ll be telling you an update on my goals, and including what went on last month—there’s a whole playlist of these on the YouTube channel … click here to subscribe!

Let’s go!

Powersheets review from Ashlyn Writes

As a quick backgrounder, each month I post my Powersheets review goals—save a few details and things I keep private—for two reasons: to give ideas and encourage other women, since back in 2015, I needed someone to show ME how to set normal-people goals while I was in recovery for mental illness issues, and to hold me accountable to the person I claim to be online.


Past posts in the series:


Powersheets Progress: May Recap

Here we go! This year, my Powersheets review goals updates have a new home on the YouTube channel! You can subscribe to the full playlist over here. >

WHEW, May. At the end of the month, I ask myself the following questions:

  1. How did I see the month going?
  2. What were my dreams and plans?
  3. What were my disappointments?
  4. What do I want to be acknowledged for (aka my wins)?
  5. What’s the win I’m MOST proud of?
  6. What were 2-3 themes of the month?
    What was my life lesson learned?

(If you use Powersheets, I scribble these out on one of the wildcard pages!)

Speaking at Creative Live Ashlyn Carter creative copywriter

Speaking at Creative Live was a HUGE goal … equal parts honor and nerve-wrecking!

There’s a secret project we have in the works to announce, likely later this month 😉 and while my BIGGEST learnings were tied to that, this was a close second. 👇

“Would I be excited if this were on my calendar to do tomorrow?”

I had author Laura Vanderkam on my Facebook Live the other week. Laura’s been integral as I’ve learned how to manage my time and steward it well—her books are pretty easy to read, but really insightful. Plus, she’s *not* OCD … like, she won’t tell you to wake up at 4 a.m. to get more done. She admits her desk is kinda messy. I don’t know about you, but that’s someone relatable I want to learn about time management from!

I was asking her how we decide what deserves room on our calendar and what doesn’t, and she posed that question above.

THAT’s how you keep yourself from putting things a month out and thinking “I’ll just get excited later about it.” No! Your time is precious, and if you can’t see the value in doing it now, then you likely won’t see the value in doing it later. Her new book Off the Clock talks a lot about our past, present, and future selves (think: “I’ll go to that art show Friday” and then in the present on Friday, you pass out exhausted from work and decide to binge-watch 13 Reasons Why instead).

I’ll be reading the book in June, and can’t wait! You can get a copy here if you want to join me!

 

Monthly Goals

  • Do 4 weeks of my Jen Wilkin 1st Peter Bible study
  • Plant a cut flower garden + get patio furniture :: Floret Flower’s Cut Flower Garden book is FABULOUS! I think I’ve been bitten by the gardening bug. Now to wait for my lilies to bloom …
  • Plan to have friends over next month
  • Serve our 4 clients and brides well
  • Set up an editorial calendar system and #FinanceFridays system :: These 2 systems in my business have gotten out of whack. I want to update them, and hopefully share with y’all if we get back on a good plan!
  • Build 1 new product to serve people at a $97 price point :: Nope—didn’t do this! It’s moving to a June to-do!
  • Read The Culture CodeLilac Girls, Hillbilly Elegy, and Herding Tigers :: Michael Hyatt’s LeaderBox subscription service, and needed a little more fiction/fun in my life, too! You can look at all my book recommendations here >>
  • Hire a maid for 2x a month + someone to look at my closet and help me :: This has been a BIG marriage discussion, but after about a year and a half of arguing, I’m taking the plunge. We budgeted in having someone help with housework 2x a month, AH! I’m so nervous. I also want to have a stylist come in and help me put outfits together. I’m not a big clothes buyer, mostly because I get insecure about clothes and what’s “in.” I want to have someone show me new ideas with things I already have, and also tell me what I need to give away!

We got to watch my little brother-in-law graduate from U.S. Marine Corps bootcamp!

Weekly Goals:

  1. Have a date with Wes
  2. Love on one friend, love on one family member
  3. Take off the Sabbath and digital detox :: I definitely was only 3 outta the 4 on this due to travels, but realized how much I NEED it! Gonna work harder on this in June!
  4. Create 1 YouTube video, 1 Facebook Live, 2 blog posts, 1 email newsletter, and 6 pieces of Instagram content a week
  5. Continue planning the weekends on Wednesdays and my end of week recap
  6. Cook 3/4/5 meals at home
  7. Text back friends

Daily Goals:

    1. Pray with my Val Marie Paper journal
    2. Create space for my soul (I like Emily Freeman, Christy Nockels, and David Platt’s podcasts for this … also baths, time to draw or think, or a mug of tea!)
    3. Eat greens
    4. Move my body
    5. Hit Slack zero :: DEFINITELY didn’t do this. Not even close! I’m in a lot of Slack channels for masterminds, my own team, and more, so I want to work on getting better about this, now that I have my glorious assistant Kate in my inbox all the time!

 


 Powersheets Progress: June Goals

 

Monthly Goals

  • Recheck our budget & order kitchen table, patio things, and living room curtains
  • Do Summer to Thrive study & Jen Wilkin 1st Peter Bible study :: I mention this in the video, but I found Jess Connolly’s summer study, and I’m LOVING it! I also really recommend my friend Val’s prayer audit for your business—it’s a great blog post & freebie download. Here’s the link to grab that.
  • Handoff our new editorial calendar system to my assistant Kate
  • Create & beta test our new course
  • Enjoy my mastermind trip!
  • Wrap up our team’s 4 copywriting clients and 2 brides well
  • Read 4 books :: I don’t know everything I’m reading yet, but it will likely be Off the Clockmy two books from Michael Hyatt’s LeaderBox subscription service, and a fiction book.
  • Start to plan our sabbatical vacation :: Wes and I take a sabbatical each August (new tradition, but we’re hooked!), and take one anniversary big trip. I’m thinking this year we may do Ireland/Scotland/Copenhagen/Amsterdam, but if you have suggestions, I’ll take ’em! Here’s how I plan a sabbatical >>
  • Tour Atlanta art galleries on a rainy day
  • Update my Copywriting for Creatives™ program

 

Weekly Goals

  • Mega-batch: Create 4 YouTubes on one Monday, write 4 blogs another Monday, write 4 newsletters another Monday
  • Send a note to a friend
  • Have my digital detox day every week
  • Continue planning the weekends on Wednesdays and my end of week recap
  • Crank out 1 YouTube, 1 newsletter, 2 blogs a week & post 7 days on Instagram (but batch write them all on one day out of the week so it doesn’t stress me out!)
  • Take my Spencerian hand calligraphy classes

 

Daily Goals

 


Again, I always appreciate the chance to share my Powersheets goals with you—it really, REALLY helps me to blog my goals … and I’m SO excited to get to bring you this new video series each month when the new one goes live Friday!

Be sure to watch it, and hit subscribe to catch all the videos in the series!

Hey, y'all! I'm Ashlyn.

Freshly sharpened pencil bouquet ready, I'm here to make sure you stand out as a copywriter and calligraphy. I help women like you steward your story well, so you can work from a place of rest—not hustle.

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