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Friday, February 24, 2012

New Beginnings Idea Part 1

I know that I have been promising this for a long time now but I have done some soul searching and after looking on line for some ideas and after attending my own ward's new beginnings I think I have a great idea that could be used (If only I could put it in action and get pictures!).

A good source of inspiration came from this blog and idea. I loved it and think it would be great of one of those themes that could run through the entire year from new beginnings to evening in excellence. 

I love this idea here:
Pinned Image
Instructions on how to make found HERE

I think it would be fun to make a few smaller ones like the one pictured above and have placed on either side of a bigger on in the middle. The middle one being that of the YW logo...which of course is the torch. I think it would be AWESOME to have the lights outline the logo and with lights dimmed it would amazing and really show the torch which is a reminder to arise and shine and bring others to Christ. 

Couldn't you just see the torch outlined in lights??

For decorations I think it would be fun to have tables that are draped in table clothes (white) with lights underneath them to shine through. This is what my ward did and then they had the battery operated tea lights wrapped up cutely in the cellophane of the different value colors.  However I think if you could find lights in the value colors stick them through the canvas or find a way to tint them so they were the right colors and have them surround the torch (four on each side?)

Perhaps when they walk in you can have Katy Perry's  "Firework" playing softly in the back ground. You can read the lyrics HERE. I mention this song because I really loved the idea (taken from same blog as from above)when I read it and being able to connect the lyrics to something uplifting- a positive message...which is something that music today I think lacks. Here is what Sisters in Zion made in connection with the song:

There's a spark in you (Moroni 7:16  - spirit of Christ given to all)
You just gotta ignite the light (testimony)
And let it shine  (Matthew 5:16 - let your light so shine before men)
Just own the night, like the Fourth of July
Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what you're worth  (individual worth)
Come on let your colors burst  (value colors)
(For a YWIE could put together a slide show of things they YW have done that has made them shine forth with this song playing in the background of the slide show??)

The Invite
 The above picture is a invite idea that I created for the event...I don't have a file to share but I can easily customize it for you if you shoot me an email (see right sidebar) and personalize it as well. Or if you want I can leave it blank except for the SHINE part. Let me know....also idea came from Sisters in Zions idea...what can I say...its AWESOME!

Program to be continued....

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Late PPW

So I thought I would let you all know (and yes in pure me fashion I am a day late) but last night was our ward's New Beginnings and I was invited to come because I was being awarded my YW Medallion that I had earned. I was really stoked to still be able to receive it even though I was released. I will update you on that in a bit (I got an essay to get out of the way for school first).

Hopefully you all are still working hard towards you personal progress goals. If I can do it I know that you can really do it. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Am Back!! not back in the sense that I have been recalled to the young women's organization but I am back and ready to get my ideas posted for all of you lovely leaders who are or have been missing my ideas. 

I am going to be completely honest with you on my absence from the blogging scene. Yes, it is true that I have been EXTREMELY busy with school work and my new Sunday School calling oh and my laptop was having some serious charging issues (but after 3 LONG FRUSTRATING hours...I finally got it fixed...even though I had to take it completely apart). These,even though they are valid excuses, were really just a front to what I had been feeling inside. 

You see I had loved being in the YW's...first as an assistant camp director and then two years as Camp Director and then a little over a years worth of being the 2nd Counselor in the presidency. I had felt that it wasn't my time to released (and still to this day I still question that choice) and I did hold some bitterness. I guess keeping this particular blog up to date was a little hard and a constant reminder of what I was doing. However, I have swallowed my get over it pill, pulled up my big girl undergarments and have just learned that being able to maintain this blog and help those of you who are in need of assistance or ideas. 

Thank you all for your patience and understanding...but I am back and I am going to do my best to stay up with you guys!
So for my first post back, I thought I would share this story with you that I got in my email this morning from LDS Living.

(Picture taken from article site listed below in the link-1965 Cover)

"For the Strength of Youth" Over the Years
It is an interesting short read on how this wonderful pamphlet/book came about and the different changes that it has over gone over the years. I thought that since they book has been updated and some minor changes have been made to it. This would make for some type of mutual activity or game to introduce the new book!
Click HERE to be taken to the article.