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Be Deliberate – FREE printable!

BeDeliberate

Hi friends,
You guys, summer is here! I love the freedom that summer time brings. If you are like me, you are SO ready to relax!  This mama is TIRED and ready for a break! Maybe it’s the heat, or maybe it’s the lack of routine, but something about summertime just makes me want to do a whole lot of nothing.

Of course, doing a lot of relaxing can be a good thing, and is occasionally vital and necessary.  However, I often find myself in a bit of a rut during summer.  For me, the problem boils down to becoming too relaxed, in all areas of my life.  Like I said, I am TIRED and just plain burned out.  I feel like I deserve a break.   I’m not alone in this, right?

BeDeliberate-4x6The answer for me is knowing that I need to be more deliberate in my daily choices.  In his latest conference address, President Monson said, “It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives.”  There are many things that I need to be more deliberate about. To help motivate me, I have created this PRINTABLE to help remind me of what choices I need to make to be more deliberate in my life.  It includes an 8×10 sign, as well as a 4×6 card to write what you would like to be more deliberate about. Honestly, I have a laundry list a mile long to work on (who doesn’t right?), but I am just going to work on one goal  at a time.  What are some things you need to be deliberate about?

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Heart,
Melanie B.
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Do it! free printable

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It’s January and the popular look of this month is often represented with blank slates and the color white.  Current advertisements depict crisp, cotton sheets and beautiful stacks of soft, fluffy white towels.  Blogs feature shiny, clutter-free countertops and labeled canisters lined up on pantry shelves. I’m drawn to these images, because it’s what I want to see after the last piece of English toffee is consumed, the lingering scraps of wrapping paper are tossed, and the final Christmas bin is neatly stacked away in the garage; cleared surfaces and clean slates.  It feels so good to give my eyes a rest in my home and refocus.  In January, I am no longer distracted by clutter and holiday bustle, so I can finally dream about what I want to accomplish over the next twelve months. Many of us clean, organize, dejunk, and set goals as a ritual at the beginning of the new year.  Isaiah 1:18 reads, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”  What hope that scripture gives us to be diligent in trying to make changes!  All the mistakes we made last year that we want to fix and the goals we set but didn’t follow through, we get to try again.  It doesn’t feel so discouraging, because we have a clean slate.  President Gordon B. Hinckley encouraged us to “try a little harder to be a little better.”  Once you identify what will make you a little better,  think of what can remind you to stay motivated with your goals when life starts once again filling up with daily clutter and schedules?  Is it a song?  A slogan?  A quote?  A scripture? A daily alarm?

As for me, nothing inspires me more than words put in an art form.  The power of the written word.  I love President Spencer W. Kimball.  He is the prophet I grew up with from the time I was four until I was a junior in high school.  I am inspired by the personal slogan that he lived by, “Do it!”.  I have seen these two little words many times together over the last several decades.  They’ve been engraved on multiple desk plaques, printed on thousands of refrigerator magnets and wall posters, and most likely called out by mothers everywhere when chores are in need of getting done. “Do it!” is the simple phrase that calls us to our duty.  Whatever main goal you set this January, quit contemplating over it. Quit thinking about starting it, and just DO IT!

And if you’re one that needs a visual reminder to stay focused, click here to download my hand lettered print pictured in the above photograph.

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre.  She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy.  She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand lettering.  You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family.  Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

 

A simple free printable for tracking family goals

January is a giant do-over month. Like most families, we figure out where we dropped the ball last year and set simple goals improving in the moths ahead. All of the sudden things like finishing a personal progress goal, logging miles on the treadmill or just finding the toy room floor seem like they might be do-able.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over years and years of family goal-setting, it’s that if a goal is not planned (and shared) will not succeed. It’s not enough to just think about what we want to accomplish. We need to break it into smaller steps and put the plan on paper. And in our case, we need that paper to be in a spot where the whole family will see it everyday…in other words, the fridge. 🙂

My fridge is never this shiny. I shined it up just for you, blog readers. You're welcome. ;)

A simple printable tracker for family goals

Generally we fill this out during FHE. Everyone shouts out a few big yearly goals and then we help them break them down into 6 or 8 week chunks. We chat about the common reasons we fail and then brainstorm on ways we can fight those temptations before they pop up.

Here's a sample of some simple goals your family might set.

Here’s a sample of some simple goals your family might set.

Every week or two we bring the printable into FHE and check our progress. If you completed your goal before your deadline you get to cross it off and post it on the fridge for all the other family slackers to admire. This mini-victory also generally involves a trip to the gas station for a celebratory slushy. 🙂

Once most of the goals are crossed off, we print a new sheet and start all over. Some goals carry from one sheet to the next but most progress over the course of the year.

It’s not a fancy system, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s totally do-able. Whether you have little kids, teenagers or older kids starting their own families, this printable will help you move forward as a family. It naturally encourages you to support each other and celebrate success together. Best of all, it’s totally free.

You can find the free printable below or click here to download the high-res version or click here for the pdf. The trendy, water-color styled prints can be printed at home or sent to your favorite photo lab (like Costco or Sam’s Club). Enjoy!

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Maria Eckersley

This guest post was submitted by Maria Eckersley. Maria is a stay-at-home mom of six by day and a sleep-deprived graphic designer by night. You can find more of her ideas and printables on her new site MeckMom.com.