December 30, 2011

Resolution

Celebrating a new year has become increasingly more sentimental to me as I have gotten older. I always make a list of resolutions for the new year. The list is really big this year. It went something like this:

Make the dean's list this semester
Remember birthdays
send handwritten letters
take more pictures
get healthy- there are several things that I'm not doing that I really SHOULD be. like drinking more fluids. and exercising.
Have immaculate hygiene (gross, I know. long story short, I am not so great with taking care of myself. I've never been taught how. I adjusted things according to what I was teased about.)
Hug people
say" I love you" more often
be positive
smile more
watch less netflix
keep up all my journals (one for me, one for Pax)
study my scriptures daily.
pray daily
attend the temple once a month
Breastfeed Pax for the rest of the year.
Magnify my calling
read the ensign

And so on.

Needless to say, I have quite a bit that I need to improve on. Some that are really important, and others, not so much. It's all quite overwhelming. Most of these things are repeats. They have been on my resolution list since I can remember, and I am certain that I have failed at every single one of them within the first 2 weeks of the new year. I have issues with consistency, as well as hygiene. Go me.

I promise, this was not intended to be a poor me post; although I'm really feeling it now.
I wanted to say that I am changing what a resolution means to me. Sure, all the things listed above are awesome goals to accomplish, but most of them are far fetched enough to be considered life goals. My list needs some consolidating. Then I need to think hard, and pick at least 4 attainable resolutions. One for my mind, one for my body, one for my spirit, and one for others. Let's re-visit the list, shall we?

 So I guess, the things that relate to each other or "go together" will be in the same color


Make the dean's list this semester- this would be cool, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it if It doesn't happen.
Remember birthdays- yeah.
send handwritten letters- I doubt this will happen for anyone but John.
take more pictures


get healthy- there are several things that I'm not doing that I really SHOULD be. like drinking more fluids. and exercising.
Have immaculate hygiene (gross, I know. long story short, I am not so great with taking care of myself. I've never been taught how. I adjusted things according to what I was teased about.) These can be categorized into "taking better care of myself"
Hug people
say" I love you" more often
be positive
smile more
watch less netflix- yeah, probably not. We love sesame street too much.
keep up all my journals (one for me, one for Pax)
study my scriptures daily.
pray daily 
attend the temple once a month
Breastfeed Pax for the rest of the year. - really goes without saying, so It's not really a resolution.
Magnify my calling (this fits into 2 categories)
read the ensign


Looks like I have 5 categories as the list is now.

Purple:  Become closer to my Heavenly Father
Blue: Keep a personal history 
Red: Be little miss F*&%$#! sunshine (for a lack of a better expression) This is going to be hard work. I need to remember all the things I do RIGHT.Not that I'm always doom and gloom, but I'm not very "huggy" and I have yet to like my own smile. I think I need invisalign.... 
Poop Green: Take better care of Meeself. Be a woman. Do my hair. No sugar. More water. 


One thing I have thought a lot about is making a big deal out of birthdays. Birthdays were rarely exciting in my home growing up. This would include making a handmade gift for members of my family (and some of my extended family) and calling them to wish them a happy birthday, Writing happy birthday messages on facebook, and making gifts for my mother in law on Joh'ns birthday, and gift for my mom on my birthday (as well as getting myself a little somethin' somethin' on paxton's birthday). There is no crappier feeling than feeling like your birthday is just another day. It's really not.


Check out my pinterest pinboard "resolution" as I try to keep my goals for this year.

What are some of you resolutions?

December 3, 2011

How to create your personal history

I currently serve as a family history consultant in my ward, and I have developed a love for personal histories. We forget, as members of the LDS church that doing genealogy work is not limited to pedigree charts and finding names to take to the temple. A personal history is congruent with the 3 fold mission of the church. Perfect the saints. Redeem the dead. Proclaim the gospel. A Journal is therapeutic tool. It can be a tool for perfecting ourselves, and also a wonderful way to share the gospel with our kindred. The Book of Mormon itself is a history of an ancient civilization. We can redeem the dead mainly through temple work. The spirits our our kindred dead remain on the earth with us, and they know the work that we do. When we write in our journals about them, or look at photos of them, it is a type of redemption.
Documenting your personal history can be achieved by different things.

The most popular is taking photographs. I encourage you to take a picture a day, and thoroughly document the simple joys and mundane pleasures of daily living, along with important milestones and lavish travel. Purchase a good quality camera. Here is a great article on how to purchase a camera for beginners http://photography.lovetoknow.com/Choose_a_Digital_Camera_for_a_Beginner


 Most people turn their nose up at the thought of sitting down with a journal and writing how the day dragged on. There are several electronic resources available that prevent us from the dreaded pen-and-paper. Many don't realize that blogging is keeping a journal. One of the most famous bloggers that I know of is Stephanie Nielson of the Nie Nie dialogues. She blogs as a history for her children. She also inspired me to start a journal for my son. I have recorded his milestones and anecdotes, his birth story, and little love notes for him. I plan to keep a journal like this for all of my children until they leave on their mission or get married, and include them in their dowry. (that is for another post. I love the idea of a dowry) So go get a blog domain from wordpress, or blogspot, or wherever you would like to blog. There is also an online journal that I like to use.
 
Now, I don't know about you, but the idea of scrapbooking to me is overwhelming. The products available are vast, and ideas are numerous. I have not yet gotten into scrapbooking, so my knowledge is limited. here are some links to digital scrapbooking : http://freedigitalscrapbooking.com/ ;http://www.smilebox.com/scrapbooks.html?partner=google&campaign=search_scrapbooks&gclid=CPfh3Kb25qwCFQZeTAodYiPhbA

and for those of you living in the mesa area, Mystic paper on main street is the most scrumptious little scrapbooking shop.
 I don't even scrapbook, but I found myself so incredibly inspired while walking through this quaint little shop.
 One thing I can say Is that I don't believe that pictures belong in a book. Pictures belong in our homes as reminders of the wonderful life we live. fill your scrapbook with report cards, locks of hair, drawings, pressed flowers. Anything goes.

That brings me to my next idea on personal history. When I was a teenager, I created what I called "my spiritual scrapbook" as a 10 hour project for Personal Progress. I filled it with my favorite talks, journal entries where I recorded my testimony, favorite scriptures, quotes, and collages of my favorite temples. This was probably the neatest thing That I have ever done for my personal history. My purpose it creating it was to have something I could read through and look back on every time I was struggling either with the gospel or with personal aspects of my life (cause I had a LOT of them growing up). This kept my faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ strong as I made my way through each trial , and I was able to see the hand of my Father in heaven involved in my life.
I strongly encourage you to make this a family activity.

The last thing I want to talk about is time capsules. I don't know why time capsules are not practiced more than they are. It is a really neat concept. It's like your own personal treasure chest. I made a time capsule when I was 12 (an unsuccessful time capsule, I might add) and It was filled with several things that I could not look at until I was 18. It was a simple cleaned out paint can with a strip of paper hot glued to the outside. I had my peers sign it, and then my capsule was sealed. In it was a pair of baby socks (which I lost, and I'm KICKING myself for it) a Hankie, and an envelope with a letter to myself, and a letter from a friend. The best thing about these is that they are so versatile! You can put whatever you want in them, and depending on what it's made out of, you can put it anywhere. I recommend this as a family activity, too.

I hope this post is helpful. I'd like to share that I think it is so important that we teach our children how to create their own personal history. As a parent, I encourage you to find sentiment in the little things, and find the best way for you to remember them without cluttering your home or stressing you out.