Monday, January 26, 2015

Paddling Upstream

It seems like everyone wants to go in a different direction these days.  We are all trying to make changes to our lives.  Everyone wants a fresh start.  But, it seems to go beyond that.

We want to make huge shifts in our culture as a whole.

What that means is different for everyone.  We want to be better stewards of God’s creation, realizing that our resources are finite and we want to live simply so others can simply live.  We want to acquire less stuff so that we can have more space in our minds and our lives to do what is important to us, whether it be spending more time with our families or doing mission work or traveling.  We see the drain that technology can have on us, while it puts the entire world at our fingertips, it can also suck all of the life from that world.

How do we figure out what our version of paddling upstream is? An incredible amount of self-reflection and introspection is how.

I recently signed up for a new e-course by Tsh from The Art of Simple, Upstream, which deals with all of this.  I am four sessions into the course, and it has been incredibly informative so far.  Trying to figure out who you are as a person, knowing yourself, and figuring out your purpose – it is all pretty heavy stuff, but so enlightening as to why I am the way that I am.

My word of the year is intentional and I think this course is setting me on the right track. 

It seems like such a big thing, figuring out your life’s purpose, writing a purpose statement for you and your family, but it also is necessary.  How do you move in the right direction if you aren’t sure of the direction you should go?

Maybe I am the only one who struggles with priorities, making sure I am doing what is important to me and my family, so if that is the case, you can enjoy my personal journey!

One thing that I have been working on in this course is my personality type.  Have you taken a Myers-Briggs test before? 

Last year was the first time I had taken a personality test.  In fact I took a bunch of different versions.  I always thought of a personality test as something that wasn’t entirely accurate for me.  A lot of the questions I felt I could go either way.  Then I realized I wasn’t answering the questions honestly.  Sure, they could go either way, because there were ideals that I was thinking about while answering the questions. 

Once I stopped thinking about how I wanted to act in a situation, and instead answered how I truly do act, it was easier to pinpoint who I am.  

Hi, I’m Heather, and I am an INFJ.

What does that mean, exactly?  Well if you really want to know you can read about my personality type here

As I read through my personality type, I was able to nod my head at so much of the description, realizing why I enter into different situations the way that I do.

Once I was able to wrap my head around this incredibly accurate description of myself, I was able to project it outward towards my goals, what I want to do, the ways that I want to live, and what is important to me.

I want to have less “stuff.”  It takes up mental energy that I do not currently have (especially with three littles to take care of!).  I know that being a good steward of God’s creation, and what He has given to me and my family is important.  I want to give my family healthy food that hasn’t been tainted with GMO’s or large amounts of pesticides.  Realizing how lucky we are to have fresh, clean drinking water by just turning on the faucet has made me think about all of those who do not have that.  I want to conserve the water that we do have, not wanting to be wasteful of something that is so precious to so many.

I am still evaluating what my life’s purpose is, and it is a lot to think about, but it is encouraging to know that I am not alone in this desire.  There is an amazing group already formed on Facebook of others who are taking this e-course.  If you are interested in working through who you are and moving towards your goals this year, I would recommend checking out this e-course.

Have you thought about what your life’s purpose is?  Do you know your personality type?  I would love to hear it in the comments!

I'm not making any sort of commission off of this course, I just think it is that good! 

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  1. I to am so enjoying this course and finding out about my personality. It's been really helpful in giving myself some grace. I love that your word for 2015 is Intentional. Definitely a very good move taking the course to become more intentional. Cheers! Sarah (ENFP)

  2. It took me 40 years to discover my life purpose, but once I discovered it, it helps me stay focused. It helps me know what to say yes to and no to. It helps me listen more clearly to the Holy Spirit and let Him guide me forward. It is so freeing to know how He is going to use me in His Kingdom. I love the wisdom that has come from my age and from growing closer to the Lord. My personality type has changed as I have definitely become more introverted than I used to be. And my life purpose is to teach and encourage...period!
    Praying for your path. Praying that God makes your purpose clear and empowers you to be His servant in mighty ways!

  3. I think the course sounds fantastic and how interesting to learn so much about yourself though this process! I agree it will only help you get to know who you are and what you want to accomplish in life for yourself and your family

  4. I took it and have taken a few times in grad school. I'm sometimes introverted and sometimes extroverted. I'm INFP. An idealist. No shock there! This was fun. Thanks!


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