Wednesday, July 20, 2011


As I've been reconsidering what I'm meant to do with myself I've been thinking about service. I think that we all have a specific purpose, set of skills, values and goals that drives our individual purposes in life. I've been thinking a lot about what matters most to me, what I'm passionate about and how I can best use my skills to put my best self and my best service out into the world. I saw a quote today that said "most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy." I think that can be an easy trap to fall into. It's so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and the constant to-do list that I lose track of my larger goals and the bigger picture.

So I started this blog as an outlet for some of my desires to write and have a voice. I'm trying to work on some other unique writing opportunities that might be available if I actively pursue them. I want to work more on giving voice to my goals and writing them down so that they become more tangible than just some random ideas floating around in my head--that are often easily replaced by work, family, chores, etc. For me it's becoming increasingly important to shape my future in a way that matches my dreams and goals, rather than just being along for the ride. If I give my goals weight and respect, through identification and acknowledgement, I think it will be more likely that I manifest them.

My goals are to have a career that I feel passion and excitement for. A career that is challenging, energizing--I want it to pay so that I can live and I want some flexibility. My husband sometimes thinks I'm crazy because he says I want it all and we live in a small town where options are limited. He might be right but if I don't try than it definitely won't be possible.

I want to use my life and my energy in a way that serves my community and the causes I believe in well. I want my life and my work to make a positive impact. I'll continue working and evolving to understand what this means for me. I think it's different for each of us and involves so many different things. For some it may be a paying job and for others it may be a weekend hobby. It seems to me that it's most important to find what you love in this life and do it.

A few photos from biking around home lately. I love summer.