We’re so excited to introduce the PowerSheets Community to Rachel Coffey of Rachel Coffey Photography. Read Rachel’sÂ “My Word of the Year” interview below and be inspired by how she’s implementing CULTIVATE into her life this year!
Tell us who you are and what fires you up:
Hello from the Southern side (sung to you in my very bestÂ Southern-Adele accent). I’m Rachel Coffey, owner and leadÂ photographer of Rachel Coffey Photography, based in sweetÂ home Alabama. A few of the many things that fire me up are:
- Jesus time
- Spontaneous day dates with my Mister
- A good book
- Worship music
- A clean space
- Witnessing a dream become a reality
- Game night with the family
- Dance breaks
- Coffee in the morning
- Cooking my mom’s recipes
- Good conversations with friends
- Giving gifts
- Encouraging others
- A good walk
- Cozy slippers
What do you value the most?
My covenant with Jesus, time well spent with my hubs (Lucas),Â my family, my church family, meaningful relationships, myÂ community.
If you could envision your most fulfilling year yet, what would it lookÂ like?
In my most fulfilling year I am trusting in the LordÂ completelyâ€¦with everything. My marriage is full of selflessnessÂ and grace. Lucas and I are generous without measure. OurÂ children feel so much love from their parents and the peopleÂ around them. Rachel Coffey Photography is legacy driven andÂ understands the end result. I have a team that helps me makeÂ things happen and they value the vision and own it, as well.
Every day I’m living in gratefulness knowing that this allÂ belongs to Him. My time is intentional so I have plenty of it toÂ spend on what matters. I spend many afternoons hanging outÂ with my mom, and tending to our family garden. I have time toÂ focus on The Orchard ladies (a local creativity communityÂ group). I’m teaching our children about life through experiencesÂ and allowing them to be as creative as their little heart desires.Â I’m a good wife, mom, daughter and friend.
What is your word for this year?Â
Cultivate: Building on the current foundation I have.
How have you implemented CULTIVATEÂ into your life so far this year?
Cultivate Worship -Â Starting my days off with worship and thanking Him beforeÂ asking Him.
Cultivate our Marriage -Â We’ve done really well at monthly planning for our family budgetÂ and our family calendar for a while now, but in October of lastÂ year we decided to take our planning to another level and reallyÂ focus on our marriage; the vision we have for our future, as aÂ team. We took a few days off to disconnect and have a visionÂ retreat for us!
We went with the promise that we could talk through anythingÂ knowing that some of these thoughts might stir up “all theÂ feelingsâ€ but also knowing we wouldn’t leave until we had clear,Â maintainable expectations from each other for the next 12Â months. We talked through everything from how we can serveÂ each other better through communication, intimacy, and day-to-day needs, to how we can pray for each other well, see ourÂ parents more often, and what kind of values we want to teachÂ our future children!
It was enlightening! It was so helpful to put meaning andÂ clarification to some of the thoughts or ideas we each have forÂ our life together. Now we’re moving forward with clearÂ expectations for what our marriage looks like this year andÂ clarity in how we can communicate better, as a couple.
Cultivate Meaningful Friendships -Â This means we do life together, with friends! We make it aÂ priority to have supper club, vacations, and coffee dates withÂ our core people on the reg, because it’s important to us. WeÂ used our PowerSheets to make New York City at ThanksgivingÂ happen last year, by setting goals to meet first, monthly, thanÂ weekly, so we could plan some exciting things to do on the trip.Â This was the most extensive planning I’d ever done for a tripÂ and I’m so glad we did! We have some really great memoriesÂ from it and all agree it was one, if not the best, trip we’ve everÂ been on!
Cultivate My Business -Â Last year was all about re-branding Rachel Coffey Photography.Â This year I’ve been cultivating my brand by focusing on the whyÂ I do what I do – which I think is just important as the how. I’mÂ re-focused and excited to start branching out with some things. For instance, earlier this year, Â I decided to participate in a localÂ bridal show. My PowerSheets had a huge role in helping me complete all theÂ little details that make up a vendor booth. Last year I startedÂ with monthly goals such as ordering prints, building the booth,Â collecting props, etc. By doing this,95% of the booth and details were done by November, which allowed me to take December offÂ for the holiday. I only had a few weekly goals to finish up whenÂ it came time for the show in January. This was hard work, but itÂ was easy and stress-free because we planned so well.
What are you saying yes to this year?
I’m saying yes to the idea of starting a family, I’m saying yes toÂ developing and encouraging the new relationships in my life,Â yes to being content where He has me, yes to continuing toÂ cultivate The Orchard, yes toÂ breaking busy, yes to writing more, and yes to being bold!
And, what are you saying no to this year?
I’m saying no to to more stuff, to being busy, to not speakingÂ up, to not being bold, to not being a risk-taker!
Where do you want to be when you’re 80?
I’m celebrating my 80th birthday at our family lake house withÂ my husband byÂ my side and my best friend cutting the cakeÂ (she’s younger than me so she can handle it). There are lovelyÂ photos in cute little gold frames documenting all the beautifulÂ moments we’ve shared leading up to this day. Little rows ofÂ flowers that my daughter and I picked together from our familyÂ garden are placed on each table. I’m wearing some superÂ stylish black pants, my most comfy shoes, a cute blue-jeanÂ button down, and a white bun on top of my headâ€¦ I must be aÂ hip great-grandma to say the least. I’m surrounded by myÂ family, my nieces and nephews, my cousins, my children, myÂ great-grandchildren, and friends. So much laughter is aroundÂ me I can’t help but soak it all in and giggle myself! As my familyÂ and friends sing happy birthday to me I feel so incredibleÂ grateful to be here, experiencing this moment with them. I’mÂ content. My life feels so full. For me this is heaven on Earth.
Thank you so much, Rachel! We’re cheering you on as you chase CULTIVATE this year!
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