How to make it work

I realize that a lot of adults don’t have any idea what they want to do with their lives. We can never know when our THING is going to spring up and grab us. I shared a post on Facebook the other day that shows just how many successful people didn’t find that success until later in their lives.

While I think that’s awesome and I’m happy to know I still have time, it doesn’t alleviate the anxiety I feel about not having a THING. I want whatever I do that makes me money to be fulfilling and meaningful.

When I was a freshman or sophomore in college I considered the convent. Yes, you read that correctly, I wanted to be a nun. I’m not particularly religious (or even Christian for that matter), but the idea of living in service to other people to help make their lives better was HUGELY appealing to me.

And you know what? It still is.

All I want to do with my life is help people find their amazing.

Then reality smacks me in the face (again).

How the fuck is that a job? What does that look like in terms of making money? How do I make that a thing?

I still don’t really have any answers. I’ve considered so many different things. They include: Life coaching, personal training, direct sales of various products, ministry, and probably some other things I can’t remember right now.

But this is really what I want for my life. In many ways, my life has never been and won’t really be about me. I was meant for a life of service. I know that. I accept that. More than anything, I LOVE that.

As I’ve been writing this something did occur to me. My life has been more than a little chaotic with all my health issues. Between the physical and mental health, things have not been so great. I sincerely doubt I would have been much good to anyone during that time, since I wasn’t really any good for myself.

Perhaps this is a period for me to find my footing. A time for me to plant myself and get grounded so that I can help others do the same. Cue The Byrds

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

If you have any ideas about how I can manifest my purpose in my life, I would really love to hear them. Sometimes I get mired in my own shit and can’t see things as clearly as I would like.

As always, thanks for reading <3

Personal Mission Statement: In Progress

I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m doing with my life (I feel like I’ve even written that sentence before on this blog). I’m not sure that all this thinking is productive though. It doesn’t seem to have any kind of end result. Without that end result, it’s hard to take action. It would be nice to act and live purposefully.

Stephen Covey’s book “How to Develop Your Personal Mission Statement” was available on Kindle Unlimited. I think I read “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” but even if I didn’t finish it, the guy seems to know what he’s talking about.

The book is fairly short but gives plenty of guidance on what a personal mission statement should include and urges you to include the four important areas of life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – in the statement so the no area of life is left lacking.

When I bought the book I assumed that I would have a good idea of what my personal mission statement was. Covey says you should take weeks, if not months, to develop your statement. I laughed. Until I read more.  Turns out I was wrong. I started spelling it out in my head, but faltered. Quickly.

My initial thought was pretty shallow and I couldn’t see crafting what is supposed to be a timeless statement around what I had in my head. That life would have been unfulfilling. As I read more, I was able to add some things to it, but it’s still not quite right. It’s not a life-long statement.

I’m going to spend some time thinking about this, taking notes as I think of them. Hopefully over the next few weeks or months I’ll be able to develop something I can live by.

Do you ave a personal mission statement? Are you interested in creating one?