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2016 Goals

2016 Goal settingI know we are well past the time of New Year’s Resolutions, but I tend to be a goal-oriented girl anyway. My 2016 goals took me a couple of weeks to narrow down. I know 10 goals can be a lot as it is, but I try to keep them obtainable – that’s why I limit myself to 10. I could set realistic goals like eat chocolate every day, but I set goals that are realistic and also keep me motivated. Without any further ado, here’s my list.

  1. Complete my CPCU insurance designation. I have two test left and I’m on track to finish in May. Meeting this goal comes with its own special reward – the awards ceremony is in Hawaii!
  2. Attend a writing retreat. By meeting the goal above, I’ll be in Hawaii when I would normally be attending my favorite writer’s conference. So that makes attending a writing retreat a must, and I already have the time off from work.
  3. Add 6000 words to my latest book project. I anticipate most of the progress of this goal to be reached while I’m at the above mentioned writing retreat. Although, I did get a 126 word start on it in January.
  4. Blog two times per month.
  5. Read 20 books. That’s only one more than I read last year, so I think I can do it.
  6. Scrapbook 2015, I’m finally going digital. I used Snapfish to make a scrapbook for a gift that turned out great.
  7. Promote to a new position – or at least try real hard!
  8. Work out three times per week.
  9. Start working on my Bachelor’s degree.
  10. A Monthly Random Act of Kindness.

So there they are, my 2016 goals. I’m happy to say that as of a week into February, I’m still on track with all of them. As much as I like eating chocolate, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t add that as a goal, because I think I actually missed a couple of days already!

I’d love to see your goals! Maybe we could help motivate each other by sharing our journey. Here’s to an amazing 2016!

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Family Home Evening: Service

Happy Sunday! I’m glad you could us for this week’s Family Home Evening.

Opening Song: The Spirit of God

Opening PrayerFamily home evening service

Scripture: Matthew 14:31

Lesson: Service

First we listened to a recording of the song “Called to Serve” and then discussed what it means.

  • We need to work / have a job to do
  • Missionary service
  • We are all chosen to serve
  • We should serve cheerfully and willingly

Next, we answered the question “What is service?”

  • Doing something for someone else  or yourself (in a nurturing, not selfish way)
  • Doing something for Heavenly Father – In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethern, you have done it unto Me.

Finally, we talked about how to serve.

  • Bring food
  • Help others
  • Love
  • Visit others to uplift
  • Do yard work
  • Participate in the Helping Hands program
  • Temple work
  • Giving talks
  • Giving gifts
  • Including others

The most important thing to remember is that everyone can serve.

Activity: Family Mission Statement

We used some of the questions from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families to start putting together our own mission statement. The questions help us focus on what’s important to our family, so we can create an effective one for us. It’s important to divide this activity into small chunks to keep the native from getting to restless.

Closing Song: Called to Serve

Closing Prayer

Treat: Homemade milkshakes

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Family Home Evening: Scriptures

Welcome to this week’s Family Home Evening! I’m glad you could join us!Family Home Evening Scriptures

Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Opening Prayer

Scripture: Enos 1:27

Lesson: Scriptures

Our instructor (my daughter) held up her scriptures and introduced them, “These are the scriptures. Use them!” She went on to say that they help us to ponder and apply the gospel to us personally. We were asked to open our own scriptures to a random page that was an actual scripture (as opposed to the topical guide or dictionary) and turn to the nearest page that was divisible by four. We were to read the forth full verse on the second column and think about why that verse is important and how it applies to us personally. We took turns sharing our scripture with the rest of the  family. Here’s some of what we came up with.

Activity: We made cards for upcoming birthdays.

Closing Song: Once There Was a Snowman

Closing Prayer

Treat: Chocolate Cookies

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Family Home Evening: Teaching with Stories

Welcome to this week’s Family Home Evening. Mesa Temple

Opening Song: I Love to See the Temple


Scripture: In your morning prayer each new day, ask Heavenly Father to guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of His precious children. Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and love, looking for someone to help. Stay focused, just like the honeybees focus on the flowers from which to gather nectar and pollen. If you do this, your spiritual sensitivities will be enlarged and you will discover opportunities to serve that you never before realized were possible.

President Thomas S. Monson has taught that in many instances Heavenly Father answers another person’s prayers through us—through you and me—through our kind words and deeds, through our simple acts of service and love.

And President Spencer W. Kimball said: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other” {Be Anxiously Engaged, Elder M. Russell Ballard, October 2013 General Conference}

Lesson: Stories Help LessonsFamily home evening journal

It’s easier to listen to talks or lessons with stories. I think that’s how most people’s brains work. I personally remember church history so much better after I read the Work and the Glory series because I could relate to the family’s experiences as the church grew.

We all came up with a family or personal story and tied it to a gospel principle. Here’s a few examples of what we came up with.

  • Nerf war – Life is a battle and the gospel is a safe place to reload
  • A group of women from church eating lunch in the same hotel as a child beauty pageant was a lesson showing the contrast between the world and the gospel.
  • The gift of a milkshake to a homeless man was an example of thoughtful service

To help us have personal stories to use in our teaching, it’s helpful to record them in our journals. We were challenged to write a detailed personal story in our journals.

Activity: Studio C

Closing Song: Book of Mormon Stories


Treat: Hello Dolly Bars

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