One Change at a Time

I have a long list of resolutions this year. I have big plans for 2013 and know that there will be many life changes along the way. At first glance my list of resolutions might be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of positive changes I want to make in my life, but instead of tackling them all at once, I am going to focus on them one at a time. First and most importantly, I am going to work on finding joy in the here and now. I have a lot to be grateful for and while I … Continue reading

Setting Spiritual Goals for 2013

I’m not usually one to set New Year’s resolutions. I don’t ever do it. It’s not that I don’t have goals or aspirations, but I just don’t feel the need to do that at the beginning of each new year. However, this year, I have been thinking a lot about spiritual resolutions and goals. We all make them don’t we? We all say, “I’m going to pray more.” Or, “I am going to read my scriptures everyday”, etc. If you are anything like me, you feel like there is always something you can do better when it comes to your … Continue reading

Setting Weekly Goals

Setting weekly goals can be very helpful in developing a solid fitness routine. Although I would like to say that everyday I will walk two miles, I know that it’s currently an unattainable goal. So by breaking my walking routine down, I can take smaller steps that will eventually lead to my bigger goal. I am just the type of person that likes to be realistic. When I set weekly goals for myself, no matter what area of my life I am working on, it makes them more attainable. When goals are attainable they give you motivation and encouragement to … Continue reading

Remembering Your Kid is Just a Kid

As the parent of a special needs child, I can’t help but think of my child as special or unique. In late 2008, my daughter Lily was born with a detached esophagus that had to be surgically repaired three days after she was born. As a result, Lily never breastfed, never drank out of a bottle, and, until she was six months old, was only able to drink half an ounce of liquid by mouth each day. So without question, Lily is special. There are times, though, when I have to force myself to take a step back and recognize … Continue reading

How Did Your Family’s Goals Go?

How did your resolutions go for this year? The end of the first month is a great time to look at how far you have come, and areas that you may need to adjust. You may also want to adjust your goals slightly and change the stepping stones so that you can reach your goals. This is a great time to teach your children. Being open in your attempts, successes and failures teach your children the importance of continuing to work for your dreams. It can also demonstrate to them that we have the opportunity to start over and try … Continue reading

A Review of “Do What Is Right” by Douglas J. and Laurie H. Wilcox

“Do What Is Right” by Douglas J. and Laurie H. Wilcox is a guidebook to help your family to find motivation to live the gospel more fully. This is a handbook that gives 52 suggestions on activities that can help your children become motivated to participate in scripture story, service, being kind to others and chores. Each activity comes with instructions on situations that the activity can be applied to and then explains how to execute the activity in your family. Each section ends with a story explaining how the Wilcoxes applied the activity to their family. This section is … Continue reading

New Year’s Goals for the Family

The New Year is a great time to sit down and make goals as a family. You can do this as a family home evening lesson or in a family council meeting. It is an easy time to trade job assignments and to check in with your children. You may choose to allow their goals to be private as well. One excellent family goal is to spend more time together. You can make a goal that the family spend one Saturday a month together in some sort of activity. It is important to spend fun time with your children apart … Continue reading

Impossible Goals can Hurt You

Setting goals can be an important way to encourage yourself and build a business. Many of us need those goals to dangle like carrots and keep us moving forward and staying motivated. Setting goals that are too lofty, however, or ones that are overly-ambitious or impossible can actually hurt us—they can keep us from moving forward and growing our business operations. Setting reasonable goals—ones that require us to work and stretch in order to reach them, but not work endlessly without getting there—can be an important motivator. It is encouraging to be able to check things off our list and … Continue reading

When it is a Good Idea to Ask Yourself “What If?”

We have many of us heard that asking the “what if” question can be a trap; it CAN be a way of focusing too much on stuff that could happen and not enough on the present. Many experts will warn those of us who get stuck wondering what could happen to let go of those thoughts and try to get grounded in the present. I would like to argue, however, that asking the “What IF?” question can be a way of getting inspired and growth-focused for our home businesses. What if you expanded your business and started gathering customers in … Continue reading

Do You Prevent Your Own Success?

A friend of mine gave me a great book recently. In April, I was going to England for a week and I’m always desperate for good reading material on the plane. We’ve got an odd collection of books around here, but I love books that have buried wisdom in them. This book is called “How to Be Totally Miserable.” Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare Misery Loves Company Too often we sabotage our own success whether in life, in school or in our fitness choices. … Continue reading