Spiritual Prep: Book of Mormon Reading Goal

{File Update: If you downloaded this chart prior to May 24th, 2012 you are likely missing a space for Helaman chapter 14. This has been corrected and a new version is available for download. Sorry for any inconvenience!}

So, one of our family’s goals for this year is to read the Book of Mormon (one of the books of scripture in the LDS church). It was a challenge given to us by our Stake Presidency and we hope to fulfill it. It takes us a bit longer than most to get through the book though (since our girls’ attention span is quite low when it comes to sitting still for reading that doesn’t involve princesses :)), so I’ve created this chart to help track our progress. {My chart was actually inspired by THIS one, but seeing as I don’t have a bunch of extra cash to drop on that sort of thing, I just made my own. :)}

Anyway, I of course wanted to share it with all of you in hopes it can be of use to some of you with your goals as well (click on the file name below to download it… it’s in PDF form). You can use stickers to mark off each chapter completed, or let your little ones color in each circle… whatever floats your boat. And hopefully this will help keep our kiddos motivated to sit still a little longer. 🙂 Enjoy!

Download Here: Book of Mormon Reading Chart

Another New Year, More New Goals

Happy 2012 everybody!! I don’t know about you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing Christmas vacation with lots of family and loved ones. And now it’s back to life, back to reality. Bummer. 😀

As always, at the end of every year I find myself looking back to see what kinds of things I was able to accomplish in the past year, and areas in which I might have fallen short as well.  2011 held a lot of good progress for me in the food storage and preparedness arenas. I’m really excited about the progress in gardening that our family made this past year. I feel like we are finally starting to get a feel for what is working and what is not. Granted, we still have LOTS of learning to do, but I’m happy with the efforts we’ve made. I’m also happy with the organizational efforts that have been made in the food storage areas of our home. I’m feeling like we have a pretty good system going right now, and while it’s not perfect, it’s a system that I can manage for the time being. 🙂 I also checked back with the goals I had set at the beginning of this year and am happy to report that I came out pretty well on these. Yea for accomplishing goals! 🙂

An area I know I fell short in was my emergency preparedness… specifically first aid. I had wanted to get certified this past year (although it wasn’t one of my initial goals) and then never got around to it. *Drat.* I have looked up the information for local places that offer certification, so at least I’ve got that I guess. But that will have to stay on my list of things still do.

And now, with the new year, it’s time to look forward to see what good I can accomplish for the upcoming year. 2012 will be a great year, and there are so many things I want to do, but one of the most important aspects of making goals is to keep them realistic. (Remember to make S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.) One of the most exciting parts about my year will come in about three months when we welcome a new baby into our home. However, while that will be an enormous blessing, I also know from past experience that it is going to mean focusing A LOT of my time this year on just being a mom and making it through the initial newborn phase of our baby’s life. 🙂 So my goals this year are going to have to be kept fairly simple and limited in number.

So aside from my personal goals here’s what I’ve got planned in the preparedness realm for 2012:

  • For food storage, I want to try canning at least one new thing this year… something I’ve never tried canning before; and…
  • For gardening, I want to try planting something new for the garden… perhaps planting potatoes; and…
  • In emergency preparedness, I want to revise our family’s evacuations plans and get the details on those worked out a little better.

And that will probably do it. 🙂 I’m sure there are probably a lot of new things I’ll try this year and a lot of things I’ll continue to work on, of course, but as far as goals, those are some things I would like to accomplish.

What about you? What preparedness goals do you have lined up for 2012? Be sure to take some time to think of at least one or two and then write them down to help keep you accountable. Oh, and you can also check out THIS POST for a helpful goal tracker as well. 🙂
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Feature Friday: Measuring Goals

Hey ya’ll. As I was reading an article on preparedness, it was talking about how if you write down the areas in which you are lacking (as opposed to just thinking about it), suddenly ideas will start coming to your mind about how to overcome those weak areas. It then mentioned that you should have a way to be accountable to yourself/spouse/family in order to help accomplish the goals you set for those areas that are lacking. I thought that was something important that I needed to do, so I came up with this fun little thermometer to gauge my goal progress. I thought I’d share it with ya’ll as well. It’s divided into sections and you just color it in as you make progress toward your ultimate goal. There’s a spot to write down your goal along with how you plan to reward yourself once the goal is reached. You can also give yourself small rewards along the way as you reach the different milestone markers if you’d like.

This can be used for just about any goal. For our family, our goal is to pay off our house to be debt free. We have a certain amount left on our mortgage, so that amount is our ultimate goal (listed on the top line). Then I just divided that amount up into five equal parts and marked those amounts at the five milestones. Our ultimate reward is a weekend getaway for hubby and me. (Woohoo!) I can’t wait for that!
And I might do another chart for those pounds I want to lose. 😀 Or one for reading the Book of Mormon…  or any other goal I need to accomplish. The sky’s the limit.

Have fun with it and remember to set those goals!
(Just click on the image to enlarge it and then right click to save it to your computer. Then just print as many as you need!)

Food Storage: Setting Goals

Okay. As promised, we are going to break down our 3 big steps into smaller, simple steps so we can just walk right on through this whole process with ease and, more importantly, sanity.

So, Simple Step #1: Set Some Goals.

Specifically, we’re going to set an Ultimate Food Storage Goal (long-term goal) along with many short-term goals to help get us there. So let’s start with the long-term goal.

When setting your Ultimate Food Storage Goal, you can start with a generic/vague goal (especially if you’re just starting out on your food storage journey) and then fine tune it and get more specific as you progress and gain a greater understanding of your families needs. One main thing to consider when setting this goal is if you are planning this under the premise that you will or will not have electricity. Having electricity means you can use a freezer as an additional food storage source. This means you can store and use ingredients such as butter, cheese, frozen fruits and vegetables (particularly ones that don’t can well, such as broccoli) and a wide assortment of meats that either don’t come in a can or don’t can very well (like chicken breasts). It also means you can include frozen dinners  (like frozen lasagnas) as part of your food storage. Now that’s my kind of food storage! 🙂 Another thing that you may find helpful is to understand the different styles of food storage. “What?” I hear you say. “There are styles?!” Of course! We’re women (well, I’m assuming most of us are anyway :)). We have a style for everything! Click HERE to see what your style of food storage is.

So keeping that in mind, take a minute to set your initial long-term goal. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Seriously. 🙂

Okay, do you have it? Now go write it down. I’ll wait. 🙂  Seriously, though, it’s important to either get a folder to start collecting all your food storage/emergency preparedness information to keep it all in one place, or start a file on your computer. That’s where I have mine right now, but ultimately I will get it all printed out so I’ve got a hard copy in case I need the information during a power outage.

Alright, well now that you have your goal written down (or in case you’re still needing some inspiration), I’ll share my goal with you:

My Ultimate Food Storage Goal

  • I want a 1-year supply of everyday meals, supplemented with extra longer-term food storage items (i.e. extra wheat, white rice, oats, and beans).
  • I want at least 6 months worth of this to be completely shelf-stable meals and the rest can use electricity.
  • I want a 3-month supply of water

Done. Simple enough, right? Oh, and did you note the water goal? Don’t forget to include water in your food storage! Also note that this does not include anything about how pretty and organized I want my food storage to be (that’s in my food storage fantasy world :)). Cool gadgets and organizers are simply bonuses that are fun and helpful if they can be afforded and added along the way. But don’t let the lack of those types of things distract and deter you from your real goal.

Okay, now for the short-term goals. We’re not actually going to set these right now, but I just want to quickly explain the importance of them. Short-term goals are important because 1) they help to organize your process and keep you on track, and 2) they help you to experience the sense of accomplishment as each goal is completed so that you can stay motivated to work towards the Ultimate Goal. So our next step is going to be to develop a plan to accomplish our Ultimate Goal, and once we have “The Plan”, it will be up to you to set manageable short-term goals to help take you through each step. But don’t panic! I’ll be doing them with you as well. We can get it done together. 🙂