Wednesday Wisdom and Wonderings: Going on a Mission (Statement)

Lately, in the midst of pondering and mulling over how women best encourage each other, I have been thinking about mission statements. More importantly, creating a personal mission statement that would also translate to my business’s mission statement. Because, in actuality, my personal statement and my business statement would run almost parallel.

So…you know, I really should be able to figure one out for myself…but there is a lot of stuff to encapsulate into a few short sentences for a mission statement. Now, since we live in the modern age, what do you think I did? Yep…GOGGLE!

Google landed HERE on Franklin Covey’s page to build and mission statement. Below is what the statement generator spit out after I filled in answers to some generic questions:

You now have the beginning of a mission statement built on a foundation of your values. You have more clarity into you want to be and to do in your life. You can also start to detect the values and principles upon which your life is based.

  • I am at my best when those around me are happy and fulfilled..
  • I will try to prevent times when there is no order in my everyday - to do lists do not get completed, things are cluttered..
  • I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can create items for others.
  • I will find enjoyment in my personal life through take care of my family and friends.
  • I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as being a friend, sewing, planning.
  • I can do anything I set my mind to. I will take as many education classes as I could to improve my sewing, photography and blogging skills and produce items and posts with joy.
  • My life's journey is to find ways along the journey to make others happy and show them that God loves them more than they will ever know.
  • I will be a person who always put God and others first. A person who made you feel better when you left than when you arrived.
  • My most important future contribution to others will be to leave them with the knowledge that they are loved and cherished by God.

I will stop procrastinating and start working on:

  • get more education in my fields of passion

I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:

  • Unconditional Love
  • Perseverence
  • Patience

I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:

  • exercise more and eat better
  • spend more time in prayer and in god's word.
  • get more education in the fields of my passion
  • grow and pour into my marriage, my family and my friends.

Meh….doesn’t really float my boat, but at least there is stuff in front of my eyeballs now to put into an order that better suits and fits me. After all…my spiritual life is much more of a priority than this seems to make it. Given that I am a spiritual person that aspect will obviously have an important role in my business as well. I guess that leaves me with much more thinking and work to do before I have a final mission statement of 3 to 5 sentences!

So, do you have a personal mission statement? How about the person, or people, you admire or strive to emulate?

Sunday Seven - Seven Ways to Grow

On Friday I posted that my One Little Word (OLW) for the coming year was going to be GROW.

As I had mentioned, I have been mulling this over and being pulled in that direction for several months. The one thought that kept coming to me was, ‘ok…but what are some obvious and tangible ways that I can facilitate growth in my life?’ Let me be clear, I understand quite ell that God will make sure I grow…I have no doubt that by my own actions and those of others I will grow from the good things as well as the not so good. However, I want to make certain I end the year knowing that I have been an active participant in the growth of my knowledge, at the very least!

That being said, I figured I should make a list of ‘target goals’ that will bring about growth in my adventure with Snigglefritz & Me…and thus this week’s Sunday Seven was formulated. Below are some of the areas and ways I would like to grow and improve. Of course, there are so many more than just seven of these…I just thought I would put a few out there so that I am accountable to at least try these things!

  1. Learn Photoshop better- taking classes, workshops, watching YouTube videos, etc.

  2. Learn to find the light in my photography – which means getting out and shooting at least once a week.

  3. Take at least one sewing class and one cooking class.

  4. Learn more about food & product photography – the lighting, the set-up, the structure, the editing.

  5. Understand the world of blogging better by taking a workshop or class and reading more.

  6. Attend another photography conference - preferably Click Away 2015

  7. Become more involved in the local photography groups I am in, and with the local photographers that I here. Learn from them!

So, those are just a few of the ways I plan to implement ‘growth’ in part of my life in 2015. I am excited to see where this year takes me. I want to be a better person with a bigger heart!

Here’s to GROWING!!!!

One Little Word 2015 - And the Winner Is...

In this past Sunday Seven I wrote a post about One Little Word and how I use that in my life each year.

I have been praying about what the coming year would be full of and how will I be used. Well, God impressed upon me back in October that 2015 would be a year to grow and learn. I could have picked learn as my word...but Grow just kept standing out. After all, you do grown from learning. Right?

So...that is my OLW for 2015...Grow. Stay tuned for more OLW posts as this plays out in the coming year!