Hey! This is the first real week of the new year and I am overly excited about my journey this year to publishing my first children’s book and creating the life that I deserve. I have listened in on a lot of motivational conference calls and come across free goal strategy sessions and resources. There is a wealth of information out there and all of it is accessible and most of it is affordable. Of course, my idea of affordable at this moment is free.
Anyway, the best idea I came across obviously came from trolling Pinterest. If you have been following me you already know how much I love Pinterest. A couple of weeks back I found a lot of free templates for creating personal mission statements, budgeting and getting your finances together, goal setting sheets, health and spirituality templates. Then the mother of all ideas of which I had never thought about before was creating a “Vision Binder” or “Life Binder”. I even created one for my friend.
I am all about living purposefully and achieving my dreams so I want to be intentional in my strategy and how I use my time each day to work towards my goals and vision for my life. What I learned is that when you right it down and constantly come back and review and make it a priority in your day, you will most likely achieve your goals. I have this poster in my classroom that reads “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. That quote is accurate. How many times have we made goals or resolutions and never stuck to them because we did not create a detailed plan and constantly go back and review it throughout the year?
Check out my Pinterest board Boss Behavior and download some of the free templates, read some of the articles, and comment on whether or not it was helpful. I would love to hear from you. Also, I created a vision board for 2016 and I posted above my new desk in my room (I had my teenage daughter create one also and this is a great bonding activity. Have them present their vision board and explain).
I am so proud of this board because I have a gut feeling that 2016 is going to be My Year! Let’s make it the best year so far together!
Happy New Year!
In time for the holiday season and soon the beginning of a new year, I thought it may be a great idea for me to review my family mantra. I created it at the beginning of 2012 and tried to purposefully stay on course with what I deem important for me and my family. It is a great idea for you to create one for your family and start 2014 year off all on the same path. As a single parent sometimes we don’t even think along these lines but raising our kids and living our daily lives, in our daily routines, should be purposeful. We should never go through days, weeks, months and even years just living day by day and letting “things” happen to us. We should be strategic in our mission to create a family that we can be proud of and that will give back to society in a positive way. There are things that happen to us that are beyond our control but one thing that we can control is how we allow for our kids to interact with us and the world (to some degree) and how we interact with them.
I can’t remember where I got the idea for a family mantra, but I am sure that it came from some blog, book, or sermon that read or heard. The important thing it is that I found it useful and enlightening. It forced me to think about the footprint I want to leave on this earth and the way I that I can do this is through my children, my family. You can even involve your children in the process and once it is created, have a dialogue explaining the reasons why you have certain things on the list. This dialogue opens up a discussion that can prove to be most meaningful. When children have a purpose, they feel a little more in control and focused on a clear destination. This creates a sense of security and builds confidence. You can think of this as taking your vision boards (mentioned in an earlier post) to the next level.
Below I have included my own family mantra and the great thing is as your family grows and outlooks change, you can change your mantra and continue to dialogue with your family as to why things have been added or taken away.
My Family Mantra:
- To participate in educational activities together as a family whether that be discussions, museum trips, educational games, or creating things together.
- Nurture each others creativity and individual talents.
- Resurrect God in the household.
- Live healthier than the year before.
- Foster financial stability.
- Build and maintain self-esteem, morals, and ethics.
You can type one up, add images, print it out, get it embroidered on cloth but whatever you do make it visible to those in your household and those who enter your household so there is never a question about what you deem important. I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Be safe and be thankful.
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