As a stay-at-home mom to a little one, I have struggled over the past 15 months since he’s been born to figure out how to have some purpose and direction in my life. It is so easy to just stay in my pajamas, scan the internet and drink coffee (in between feeding, playing with and bathing Jack) until five minutes before Spencer gets home and then go into a cleaning (myself and the house) frenzy.
Now that I think about it, it’s kind of like summer time as a kid after my parents got a divorce. My mom started working and so us kids would just sleep all day and make messes and eat and then right before she got home we would scramble to clean everything up and do our chores. It’s actually really similar to my current life.
Clearly, I need a mission. I need projects. And I’m sorry, but laundry and dishes just don’t get my motor running. Anyway, that’s pretty much what this whole 31 Days of Getting it Together is really about.
So, imagine my excitement when I ran across (purely by accident, I was not searching for any of this) a blog that offered an e-book called Mission Statements for Moms. It seems so cheesy, I know. But. At any job, the company has a mission statement. The employees have specific job duties. They know what their purpose at work is. This is what I need. I’ve never been good at free-styling it.
Once I had a creative writing class and the teacher (What up, Ms. Brewer?!) told us to just write something and she didn’t give us any guidelines. I whined that I didn’t know what to do. She told me to think outside the box. I told her I needed a box because it was way too overwhelming to try to organize and pick out of the tornado in my head. She told me too bad. I wrote something begrudgingly. I’m sure it was terrible. That’s kind of how life has been. I need some guidelines. I need some way to focus back in on what I’m doing instead of passing my days just waiting for Spencer to come home.
So, I have written a rough draft that I really like and I’m going to let it simmer for a few days and then maybe I’ll share it. No matter what you are doing in life right now, if you feel directionless or stagnant, think about a mission statement for your own life! You don’t even have to tell anyone about it (you chicken!). Even though the title is Mission Statements for Moms, I think it could be a helpful resource for anyone. It’s really not mom-specific. In fact, I’m sure there are countless resources out there on the internet to help you write a mission statement.
Give it a try! And, if you do, I’d love to hear how it works out for ya.