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This year is all about living intentionally for me. I want to be able to look back at 2012 and know that I was living life to the fullest, not holding back, and being fully engaged with my family. I decided to start this journey by working through the book Organized Simplicity. Will you join me?
I have been re-reading Organized Simplicity. It is the second time I have read it. The first time was when it came out back in November 2010. Around that time I had an infant and toddler, stuffed 2500sf of stuff into our 950sf first floor so we could rent the rest of the house to a family of 5 (including another infant), and had my husband attempting to work from home. Let’s just say life was slightly overwhelming!
We found out our tenants were moving a few months later. I planned a huge purge. Now, almost a year later, I am ready to do it again. It is interesting to me the amount of stuff we accumulate. We still have boxes that we stored in my mom’s shed when the tenants were here. Who knows what is in those boxes… Organization wasn’t the idea when I packed them. They needed to get out of the house! But clearly, it isn’t something I really need (unless it is my white wine glasses which I discovered were missing when we were hosting Thanksgiving…).
Part one of this book is all about living simply in the real world. What a concept, right? Instead of thinking about how much you can get rid of, think about what you surround yourself with. What does simplicity mean to you? If that collection of china is important to you, by all means, keep it, if not, why are you holding onto it?
Family Mission Statement
This is where the family mission statement comes in. How can we define our purpose as a family? How do we know what is really important to us? Do you consider everyone else before you consider yourself? That is something I struggle with. I have seen that continuing on that path is not good for me, emotionally or with regards to my nuclear family. Unfortunately, I am still concerned with being perceived as selfish, such is life though. And I know now that I need to take my own life seriously 🙂
I think that a family mission statement will help in decision making. It will help with deciding which goals are actually important, and which goals are really not going to help us in the long run. Showing us what should be included in our life, and what should be far far away. It will help us build relationships with others. In short, it will allow our family to pursue our dreams, no matter how outlandish they may sound to everyone around us.
Tsh has an entire chapter on writing a family mission statement. My hope this week is to be able to find a couple hours to sit down with my husband and flesh out what our family mission statement is. I’m sure that once the kids are a little older we will need to re-evaluate and include them, but for now it will just be Matt and I. I hope to have one to share next week…wish me luck!
Do you have a family mission statement? Or an individual mission statement? I would love to read them if you don’t mind sharing, or if you have written about mission statements on your own blog, please leave a link!