Are you ready for this, folks?
A few FAQ's:
(okay so maybe I should just say a few Q's because I there have been no Frequently Asked Questions about this journal so far, but I digress...)
#1: What does "a guided journal" mean?
Here is an excerpt from the journal's introduction page to explain more about it.
"Sometimes it's difficult to get your though process rolling, especially when you are overwhelmed with challenges. This is where your It All Begins with One journal will come in handy...
#2: What is the difference between Volume 1 and Volume 2?
Each volume includes enough blank journal pages to write for approx. 6 months (if you write one page per day). The difference in the volumes are the quotes and doodle pages that are found in each. The journal prompts and introduction pages are the same in each volume.
#3: What art medium can I use to color the doodle pages?
I would recommend coloring with colored pencils.
#4: How can I purchase a journal?
These journals will be available on Amazon and on this website. Approximate publication date will be October 1, 2017.
Any other questions?
If you have any other questions about this journal, please feel free to comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
As of this moment, my plan is to complete a Bachelor of University Studies degree with a minor in Family Studies. Because I am not going to school to secure a job, I felt that this would be a good, well-rounded education for me.
By the time I finish this degree (hopefully in 4 years, but maybe more), I will have 2 children out of high school, one in high school, and one in junior high. This means that I definitely am not opposed to working, as long as I could find something that would allow me to work while the kids are in school. As I have prayed about this, I have one field of work that keeps sticking in my brain. What does that tell me? It's probably something that I should check into...
I feel that if I were to pursue a career, it should be as an LDS Seminary or Institute teacher. It brings a smile to my face whenever I think about it. How cool would it be to teach people about the Savior every day?
More Info about the Pathway Program
Before I close this post, I have to share the website for Pathway, and leave you with this...
If you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, active or inactive, and have ever thought about going back to school, you must check into this program. It is inspired. It is incredible. It is life-changing. I cannot say enough wonderful things about it and I will be forever grateful to a loving Father in Heaven for making a program like this available.
It all started with this...
A definition of a basic word. It spoke to me and my brain started running a marathon (and I don't like running, remember?)
As I pondered and prayed and pondered some more, I remembered this fantastic talk that I studied in the first semester of my Pathway adventure. I went back to it. I studied it more, and this quote pierced my soul.
Drenched in Gratitude. Isn't that a lovely thought? Gratitude IS powerful. Gratitude CHANGES lives. Gratitude is how we become more Christ-like in our every action. Gratitude IS the enemy of entitlement and pride, and who doesn't want to get rid of those soul-sucking leeches?
Are you interested in joining me? Here's what you can do.
Choose the social media platform you like best, then start running! (Although with the lengthy hashtags included in this challenge, I realize that Twitter may be a difficult platform to choose. But you'll figure it out.)
The beauty about this challenge is that there is no time limit or requirement. Post as little or as often as you like. Whenever the mood strikes you. Do it for 5 days or 100 days or more! This is YOUR challenge. This is YOUR opportunity to see a change in YOUR own life.
Share this with your family and friends. If they are not into social media, encourage them to start writing things down in a notebook or journal. It doesn't matter how it is shared. What matters is that you are striving to drench yourself in gratitude. That is where the magic happens. Good luck with your journey. I am anxious to see where this can take us!
Welcome to a special Mother's Day Edition of Songs for the Sabbath.
I hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, I hope you have a very happy Mother's Day.
Whether you are a mother or not, you still have the divine nature to be a mother and have opportunities all around you to be a "mother" in someone's life. I hope that you can follow the guidance of a loving Heavenly Father as He helps you to recognize those opportunities in your life.
I love being a mom.
It is my favorite thing...ever.
Can you blame me when I have kids that are as amazing as these hooligans are?
But seriously, I just love being a mom. I love everything about it, even on the days when I dislike everything about it. I wouldn't trade it for any other job in the world (although sometimes my kids probably wonder, especially when I spend too much time on the computer instead of being with them.) But each day I try to be a little better, a little more attentive, and a lot more kind. I hope that my kids know that I am trying. But more importantly, I hope they know how much I love them.
As I was gathering my thoughts for this post, I thought I would look back over my posts from previous Mother's Days and see what I could find. I was not disappointed. I came across this post that I wrote in 2015. It brought tears to my eyes and I felt like I needed to share it again because the feelings that I felt while writing this post have only magnified over the last two years.
I cannot leave this post without sharing one of my all-time favorite songs about motherhood. Every time I hear it, I feel my heart swell with gratitude because of my opportunity to be a mother.
Walk You Through the Night- Mercy River
Happy Mother's Day to every, single, amazing woman out there.
Remember that you are divine and you inherited divine qualities not only from a Heavenly Father, but a Heavenly Mother as well.
On this Mother's Day, I express my gratitude for my Heavenly Parents and my earthly parents, especially my own mother.
She is a wonderful example to me of true motherly love. From changing my diapers, to being my chauffeur, chef, and cheerleader, to practically moving in with me when each of my children were born and when I was going through cancer treatments, she is simply the best and I love her with all my heart.
Guess who started school this week?
I am now officially a college student. Wow. Thirty-eight years old and jumping into the college world. Isn't it exciting? I am starting with the Pathway program through BYU-Idaho. It is super awesome and such a blessing for me. So...here's to writing papers, doing math problems, group projects, and tests. Gulp...what have I done? :)
I love Sundays. I love being with my family. I love attending my church meetings and visiting with my friends there. But most importantly, I love partaking of the Sacrament. It is a time for me to reflect on the past week and think about things that I did well and things that I can try to improve upon. It is a time to remember my Savior and the sacrifices He made on my behalf.
We have been trying really hard around our house to make sure that Sundays look a little bit different than the other days in the week. We want to send our Savior and our Heavenly Father a sign that we love them and that we care about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. Are we perfect at this? ABSOLUTELY NOT! And I have proof . Please enjoy a little video I put together of how we spent our Sabbath Day last week. (Don't let the first part of the video shock you. I didn't have my hair did yet. Just keepin' it real. :)
So there you have it. A little glimpse of what the Sabbath Day is like for the Ogden family. We have a lot of areas where we can improve, which is good. It is good to have goals. As I mentioned in the video, we are working as individuals and as a family to make the Sabbath Day more about our Savior and doing the things that He would have us do on the day of rest that He has provided for us.
I will close this post with a song that hopefully will help to put you in the mood to focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ on this fine Sabbath Day.
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee- Mormon Tabernacle Choir
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and that you are able to feel how much our Savior loves you
today and everyday.
In any hard time, it is extremely important to celebrate the victories. Celebrations can lift spirits, bring light to darkness, and empower your soul with joy which can give you the strength to go on.
I like to call these moments S.M.I.L.E.S.-
Social media definitely has a place in our lives. There are many positive things that have happened as a result of having social media tools. I am not willing to give up on social media entirely because I love using it as a tool to stay in touch with far away family and friends, to support fundraisers, and to share my testimony of the Savior.
But I will continue with my great experiment and whatever that means for me in the publishing world, or whatever details I miss from not reading about everyone's lives, I'm okay with that. The peace that has come into my life as a result from this experience is just the tip of the iceberg for me.
I can't wait to see where this experiment will take me.
I am loving my second chance at life.
Every day is an opportunity to do good and to be a little better than the day before.
I love being a mommy.
It's my favorite thing in this world and my most important job.
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