The LC Team is so excitedÂ to introduce our nextÂ PowerSheets Community Blog Contributor – Christine Dore! Over the next several months, ChristineÂ will share openlyÂ about herÂ PowerSheets journey. We hope that you’ll be encouraged by her progress over perfection, and can take away some of herÂ tips for making the PowerSheets work best for her. We are excited for this community to get a glimpseÂ into these PowerSheets users’ lives and how they’re making what matters happen. Get to know a little bit about ChristineÂ below and stay tuned for her first contributor post in the coming weeks!Â
What’s your story in a few sentences?
Like all of us, I am many things and wear many fabulous hats.Â I am aÂ Texas native, Florida-raised, Philadelphia-educated, Boston resident,Â daughter, sister, fiancÃ©e, friend, writer, editor, creative, knitter, baker, andÂ many more!
What’s your favorite color?
All of them! I am a Florida girl to the core; in the depths of Boston winters, IÂ wear a hot pink coat and knit bright scarves.
What firesÂ youÂ up about spring?
Spring is especially sweet to me now that I live in the North East. I amÂ invigorated by colorful tulips popping out of the frosty ground and treesÂ sprouting new green leaves. After months of grey, bland days and frigidÂ temperatures, you can’t help but walk around in the sun with a smile onÂ your face!
I love having friends over for a cookout together. I adore exploring vintageÂ and antique fairs with my fiancÃ© and picking up items with stories toÂ decorate our home. Simple things, like sitting outside on the longerÂ evenings reading a book, bring me joy.
How long have you used the PowerSheets and how have they helpedÂ you in the past?
I started using PowerSheets in December of 2015. I was in a completelyÂ chaotic chapter of my lifeâ€”working full time with a long commute, weddingÂ planning, freelancing, and trying to forge a new path in my career. I was soÂ consumed with the options before me, that I couldn’t take a step in anyÂ direction. I decided to give PowerSheets a whirl to start to make the bigÂ goals in my head something more than just a little glimmer of hope. IÂ consider that whirl one of the distinct “God momentsâ€ in my lifeâ€”one ofÂ those seemingly spontaneous actions that changes everything. LookingÂ back, I know that whirl was absolutely God saying to my heart, “Here,Â sweetheart, you can do this. You just need some direction.â€ Diving in, IÂ finally felt like I had the tools to build my own compass.
More than six months later, the trappings of my life are still the same fromÂ the outside looking inâ€”I’m still working a full-time, corporate job with aÂ long commute, I’m up to my eyeballs in wedding planning, and I don’t haveÂ any concrete plans for the futureâ€”but my entire outlook has changed and IÂ am far from paralyzed. I know where I’m going, and exactly what steps I’mÂ going to take to get there. The path may curve or dip but I’ve got myÂ compass now.
What is your favorite part of the PowerSheets?
I love the goal breakdown pages. I am a list queen, and I’ve been known toÂ make a list of the lists I need to write (hello, wedding planning!). TheseÂ pages speak to my list-loving heart. They help me break down big, scaryÂ goals into “I can totally do thisâ€ action plans. They remind me why I madeÂ the goal in the first place, and why achieving it matters to more than justÂ me. That’s a lot of empowerment in one little page.
Tell us about one of your goals for the year.Â
One of my goals for this year is to create new content every week. AndÂ look: I’m doing it right now! I am thrilled to become a part of theÂ PowerSheets team, and doubly so because it helps me achieve one of theÂ goals I set for myself this year.
What is your favorite PowerSheets sticker?Â
The brightly colored arrow stickers are my favorite. They have so manyÂ uses! Whether you slap one on a page next to a challenging word to pumpÂ yourself, tuck one in a spot that reminds you to love yourself, or fold overÂ the end to use it as a tabâ€”these little guys are my PowerSheets all-stars.
As a contributor, whatÂ encouragement canÂ youÂ give to ourÂ PowerSheets community?
I am right there with you. I have big goals and even bigger dreams. I wasÂ completely paralyzed by self-doubt and the overwhelming task of changingÂ my life. I won’t sugar coat it, and I won’t tell you just what you want to hear,Â and I definitely won’t pretend I’m crossing every item off my tending listÂ each month. I will share my story with youâ€”all of it. The beauty of thisÂ community is in accepting progress over perfection; I know I feelÂ empowered and encouraged by people who are real and open and honest.Â I hope my story makes you feel like we’re in this together, because we are!
What’s your word for 2016?
Change! I’m getting married in June, growing my freelance business,Â applying for graduate school, and working toward some big goals. I amÂ very much in a season of change in my life and am so excited for each andÂ every one.
Anything else our community should know aboutÂ you?Â
I want to hear from you! Please feel free to shoot me a note in theÂ comments, via email, or on social mediaâ€”I would love to hear about whatÂ y’all are working on.
Thank you for sharing, Christine! We’re looking forward to hearing about your PowerSheets journey this year!
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