Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How I use it. Part 1.

In my last post I introduced my new book.  In this post I am going tell you a little bit about how I use that book.

First of all, this goal book isn't supposed to make you feel overwhelmed or like a failure.  It is far too easy to feel that way.  I know that some people look at something like this and think, "oh great, another thing for me to fail at".  Or, it may just seem plain tedious.  That is not how I want you to feel when you look at this book. It is meant to give you a place to write down what you are aiming for.  It is a place to write it down, cross it off, change it, decide differently, whatever you want.   I made it as a way to inspire myself and hopefully others. 

Think about this.  If your life was written down in a book, what would you want it to look like? 

This can be that book.

 I know that this life is a journey.  

Journey is defined as a  "passage from one place to another" (Noah Webster 1820 dictionary). 

This life is  a time for us to discover where our journey is going to take us.  We must discover who we are and what we are meant for.  We all have a purpose.  I know from my own experiences that I have to make a plan to find that purpose.  I use my goal book to hash that out.  I have gone through years of making huge plans and accomplishing maybe only one or part of one of those huge plans.  But I made a plan and I didn't forget that I had something I was working towards.  I have had many days that I know I just have to get through the day.  But I wrote in my goal book to be patient and kind on that day.  So I get through the day and the thing that I remember the most is that I did it with patience and kindness (even if I had to fake that patience and kindness...).

The point is, you are  recognizing that you make a difference.  What you do makes a difference.  You are taking responsibility for those things.  You get to actually see your accomplishments and your failures, and learn from them.

How I use my goal book, Part 1:

Get a binder.
This is one that I already had.  I got it from target.  They have some really fun designs.

Put the title page and all of your dividers into page protectors.  I find that if I don't do this, they tear out because I am flipping through them so frequently.  

It also makes it easier to put tabs in my book.  I buy either already printed sticky tabs or sticky tabs that I put my own labels into.  Then I just stick them on the page protectors.

What are year goals?
Obviously it is going to be different for everyone.
Here is what they are to me.

There are certain things that I want to see happen in my life.  They are big things.  I call them my life goals.  I know that I cannot accomplish those things in a day or quite possibly, not even in this life time.  So I divide them into incrementally smaller goals.  My year goals are set to help me accomplish those big time life goals.

For example, I want to know Christ better.  Here is one of my all time favorite quotes:

"We must know Christ better than we know him; 
we must remember him more often than we remember him; 
we must serve him more valiantly than we serve him...
What manner of men and women ought we to be? Even as he is."

Ezra Taft Benson

That is a lifetime goal.

During the year, I pick books that I want to read that will help me get a little closer to that goal.
I decide the steps that I am going to take.
I write it down.

Another life time goal is to be the mother that my children need me to be.
Right now a big part of that is home schooling them.
My year goal is figuring out what works best for us.
I make steps
I write it down.

As you can see, I don't fill up those pages right away.
I like to really ponder on what it is I want to accomplish.
It takes time.

Now I can take those goals and break them down into what I will do during the month.

The arrow boxes may include a project I want to get done or a lesson I want to plan.

I like to have a box that I keep track of the books that I read during the month.
I also like to have a box that I write down things the kids say or do.  Or thoughts that I may have for them.

My calendar is just that, a calendar.

Each calendar has a motivational saying at the top.

Here are some examples.

I have one doodle circle on the calendar with a box in it.  I often have a goal that I must see done that month.  I want to see it as often as possible.  I write that goal in my circle and when I do it, I put a huge star in the box.

On to my weekly goals.

I have the same motivational thoughts on all of the weekly goal pages.

"Be joyful.  Be still.  Be pure.  Be thoughtful.  Be brilliant.  Be thankful.  Be graceful.  Be funny.  Be crazy.  Be diligent.  Be honest.  Be humble.  Be kind.  Be more." 

"There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them".

Once again, I break down my month goals and see what I can do during the week.
I have a place for daily or more than once a week goals.
These can be things like studying your scriptures, exercising, drinking water, reading a book, being patient (can you tell that is important to me...), waking up at a certain time, or even not doing something, like "don't have negative thoughts".  I like to put a star on each day that I do each goal.  Sometimes I have stars on all the days, sometimes just one day.  Either way, I feel like I have learned something and made a positive step.

There is an empty doodle circle that I write down something I want to memorize.
I want to have inspiring thoughts running through my head.  I try to find something short and sweet.  I may even keep the same thought for the whole month.

The empty rectangle is a character trait that I want to work on.  My mom gave us a family home evening years ago.  It was about something that Benjamin Franklin did in his life.  He was always working on a character trait.  I'll write more detail about that another time.  Ever since my mom taught us this lesson, I have tried to do the same.  It is amazing the difference it makes to have those traits on my mind.

On the right side of the weekly goals, I write down the steps I am taking that week to work towards my monthly goals (which you will remember are linked to my year goals and ultimately my life goals).   For example: What am I doing for school?  What am I doing to know the Savior better?  It also has things like, write thank you notes, or take a field trip.  If I find a quote that inspires me, I will write it down.  It can be a to do list (although I am making an insert specifically for that), or a space to make some journal entries.  I did not label any boxes on purpose.  Everyone creates their own life.  You decide what those boxes are for.

I feel like doing this for my life each year has helped me to get to know myself and my potential a little bit better.  I have learned more about my weaknesses and my strengths.  I have learned a little bit more about what happens when I expect too much of myself or too little of myself.  I am still learning.  I know that I will be learning for the rest of my life. I am a work in progress.  Progress being the key word.

That is the point.

I want to be an active learner.
I want to be an active participant in my life.

This is how I do it.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Book of Aim Zing

I have put my heart and soul into this book.
It is pages and pages of sketching and doodling.

It is one of a kind.
It is bright.
It is inspiring.
It is ready!

For years and years I have put together a goal book for me and my mom.  Every year I think I have it just right.  Some how I always find a way to change it and evolve it into a "better" version.  This year I wanted to make a book that  included all of the changes that I have made through the years that have made it just a little bit closer to the "perfect" goal book.

I wanted there to be a lot of boxes.

Boxes for doodling.
Boxes for quotes.
Boxes for thoughts.
Boxes for things to do.
Boxes for things the kids say and do.

I wanted there to be a lot of color.
I wanted there to be order.
I wanted motivational words on the pages.

I wanted it to be something that others would want to use.
I want you to be inspired.
I want you to use this book to change your life.

Become a lover a life.


The Book of Aim Zing

Wait for it...

This book with give you a place to "Aim".  You can use as much or as little "Zing" as your heart desires.

Make your life amazing ("aimzing"...get it?  I totally rocked that title.)

I think one of my favorite parts is the Cover page.  I love how it came together.  I totally gave myself a lot of pats on the pack and air high fives.  I might have even given myself a fist bump.  Yep.  I'm a nerd.  Oh wait, I'm giving myself a thumbs up right now.  Yep.  I am truly a nerd.

The Quote at the beginning.  Because I love pretty word art.  

More pretty words.


Goals for the year.



This planner is set up so that you make all the decisions.
I didn't put any labels on any boxes.
You decide what you want those boxes to be.

I gave this planner a lot of  "aim".

It is up to you to put your own "zing" into it.

What do you want to do with your life this year?
Do you want to have purpose?
Do you want to have aim and a place to put that aim?

If so, then this is for you.

186 pages of awesome-ness.

You can get it at my teacherspayteachers store.

If you are not a member of TPT you should be!  It is such a fantastic resource.  It is free to sign up and you get to be a part of this great community where parents and teachers are seeking to better our children.  Parents and teachers work really hard to offer a variety of handouts and resources.  Anyone can be a part of it!  There are so many free things to choose from too.  If you make comments you get credits that can go towards any purchases you make.  Pretty cool!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Goal Book

Do you like to set goals?
I'm most definitely a goal person.
There is something about the new year.
A chance to be a little better.
A fresh start so to speak.

I know.

You can be a little better every day.
It doesn't have to be the new year.
It doesn't have to be a Monday.
It doesn't have to be the first of the month.

(I'm totally that person that says..."I'll start Monday...")

Every new year, my mom and I have a tradition.
I make a new goal book.
We print it out.
We bind it.
We go all out.

I always think that I'll reuse last years goal book.
Not so.
Every year, I redo the whole thing.

Last year, I thought I had it perfect.

True to form,
I changed it again.

I have been putting a lot of hours into yet another new goal book.

I'm really pumped up about it.

Here is a sneak peek.

I guess you could call it a doodle goal book.
I did a lot of hand drawing for this thing!
It is full of color and motivational quotes.
I want it to be something that makes me excited to open it each day.

I still have some finishing touches to add to it,
and then...

this year I am going to make it available to everyone!
I have wanted to do this for so many years.
I can't believe I'm actually doing it.

That's the day.

I know.
I'm really cutting it close to the new year.

I'm kind of nervous...

If all goes as planned,
see you on Monday!

Friday, December 13, 2013


One of the things that I get to do is work with 8 to 11 year old girls.
We get together twice a month and do activities.
This month I had the girls make joy magnets.

We talked about what brings us joy.
The gospel.
The Lord.
Serving others.
And don't forget cookies and candy...

We talked about how we are responsible for our own joy.

I made this for the girls.

Always put Jesus first, serve Others and You will have JOY!

I used my digital Jolly Christmas paper pack to make the quote and the magnets.

Here is a great tutorial showing how to make your own magnets.

Have you figured out what you are doing for your neighbors for Christmas?
This is my gift to you.
Make some JOY magnets.
I think they will make perfect neighbor gifts!
What do you think?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dancing Toys

We went to our neighbors house today to wish her a happy birthday.
She just turned 86.
She is amazing.

This is our Ms. Ernie.

Every Christmas the kids can't wait to go to Ms. Ernie's house to play.

And yes,
they all sing and dance!

Monday, December 9, 2013

O Christmas Tree

To the Christmas tree farm we go!

We picked up a lumber jack on our way there.
Oh wait.
That's the daddy.
Where did all that hair come from?

We found it!

We watched the Christmas Devotional last night.
My favorite part was when Pres. Monson Quoted "What Will I Give Him," by Christina G. Rosetti.
All of the kids gasped.
Their eyes lit up.
They started reciting it with him!
That is one of the poems we have memorized together.

I used one of my doodle frames to make it.
I hope you like it!