Some time ago, I began reading a blog called Makeunder My Life (MML). It’s about designing and living a life with intention. Learning to minimize the “clutter” in your life, whether that be material possessions, unfocused dreams and goals, negative attitudes, and sometimes even people. Anything that keeps you from being the best possible version of yourself.
The following is a quote from Jess Constable of MML that explains what led her to seek a life of intentional living:
My purpose (currently in the form of this site) became clear when I was a college junior in 2006. At that time I was extremely dissatisfied with myself. I sought out happiness and perfection through each bag, shirt, candy bar, and guy in my life. As you can imagine, none of these ill-conceived and largely unconscious methods worked.
Then one day I heard a quote about Michelangelo regarding the David statue. He was asked how he designed such a phenomenal statue out of a piece of stone. Michelangelo said it was easy to carve the statue because he saw the potential within the stone and he simply needed to remove the layers hiding the beauty. Hearing that, my life clicked instantly.
The best Jess I was searching for wasn’t found pretending to be someone else or by buying something new, it was underneath all the layers of “stuff” in my life. I now define “stuff” to be clutter, unloved/unused/unneeded possessions, bad relationships, negative thoughts, you name it – whatever isn’t serving a positive purpose in our lives is hiding our best selves.
Last week Jess wrote about having a life intention statement, or a mission statement. She included a link to the Franklin Covey Mission Statement Builder, which is a tool that in twelve short questions can help you to hone in on what your ultimate goals (mission/intentions) are.
The following statements were created from my responses to the twelve questions. I will eventually take these concepts and turn them into a more concise and focused mission statement.
1. I am at my best when I have made a plan, and everything has it’s time and place.
2. I will try to prevent times when I am disorganized.
3. I enjoy my work when I can use my creativity and skills to help my clients feel beautiful, and encourage them to see their inner beauty.
4. I will find enjoyment in my personal life through being creative.
5. I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as arts & crafts, music, organization.
6. I can do anything I set my mind to. I would like to begin sewing and crafting again and eventually begin selling my crafty wares on Etsy.
7. My life’s journey is to bring glory to God in everything I do, and to show His love to those around me.
8. I want to be a person who my husband, my (future) children, my extended family, and my friends will remember as a loyal friend, a loving wife and mother, and a contagiously joyful person.
9. My most important future contribution to others will be sharing my faith in Jesus Christ with those around me.
10. I will stop procrastinating and start working on:
Minimizing my personal possessions, so I will have less distractions, and more time to enjoy the things that are truly meaningful to me.
More clearly differentiating between personal time, family time, and work time so that I can more effectively focus on what I need to and be present in the moment.
Begin cooking at home more often in order to save money and become more healthy.
11. I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:
Growing as a Godly wife
Increasing my Biblical knowledge
Becoming more creatively inspired and putting it into action
12. I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:
Physical: Continue working out regularly, and gradually increase my workout. Get back on track with weight loss!
Spiritual: Start going through a daily devotional book with my husband again, spend more time in my personal bible study.
Mental: Begin making lists, setting reminders, doing whatever it takes to clear my head and have less things to just remember.
Social: Be more aggressive in my friendships, do not always wait for invitations. Do not settle for being alone, even when it is preferred. Remember that the true friendship is worth the effort.