Christianity, Family, General

About Vision

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I’ve been working on  a few different projects over the past several months,  and as I research more about these projects – and about entrepreneurship in general – one of the common threads I am finding is that I am often being asked to define the vision that I have for my life and my business pursuits. The reason for this is pretty simple. If you don’t know where you want to go, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever get there.

One of my favorite Bible verses comes from Proverbs 29, in which we are told, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18.

From a Biblical standpoint, I think that “vision” probably refers more to the big picture of putting God and others first in our lives. But it’s also true that not having vision causes us to wander along in life – sometimes ending up in great circumstances and sometimes not.

So I thought I’d spend a few minutes typing out my vision.

Firstly, I want whatever I do with my life to be God-glorifying. Since childhood, it’s been on my heart to please God and although I don’t always make the right decisions or do the right things – the intention is always there. I’ve always been a person with various ideas, ambitions, and interests, but I think I am starting to understand which of my ambitions and interests God wants me to use to serve others.

Secondly, I am a huge family person. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a stay/work at home mom. It took us a long time to get pregnant and finally make my dream of becoming a mom come true, and now I am working on the “stay at home” part. In fact, I’d love it if both my husband and I could work from home and be with our son and any other children we have, full time. As someone with a background in education, I know I would enjoy homeschooling and have been looking into starting a homeschool co-op. I’m sure that many people have the desire to work from home – it’s a very appealing thought!

If I were able to work from home and be on my own time, I’d love to get involved in various volunteer activities. I’d like to work with CASA, an organization that helps to advocate for foster children. I’d like to become a foster parent and have the time to spend with the children I am fostering. I’d love to spend time in hospitals with babies who need simply to be held and cuddled. If you can’t tell, I love children!

The final part of my vision is all about location. For years, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of living on a beach. I’m not sure yet about which beach – I’d love to explore the West Coast and certain islands – but I am always watching HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Island Life, Caribbean Life, and Mexico Life, because I love envisioning what it could be like to live near the water. The ocean is my happy place and I don’t think I could survive without it!

As I’ve thought through the things I’d really like in life, I’ve found that I am not as interested in wealth as I am in time freedom. Sure, it’s necessary to have money, but I only want to have as much as is needed to gain the freedom of my time. If I love what I do and where I live, I don’t even mind not retiring.

There’ve been a lot of things that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and when 2017 started I told myself that this would be the year that I’d lay the foundation for those things. I’m really proud of myself for keeping my word, it is so easy for me to get sidetracked and the execution of my ideas is something I have always struggled with. I am hoping that the work I am putting in now will help me to be able to live into my vision in the future.

What’s your vision?

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General, Hobbies

Ch-ch-changes!

Whenever I have a little downtime, I have been reading and note-taking as much as possible about how to get started down a path toward entrepreneurship. Honestly, I’m kind of a late bloomer. So many of my family and friends have already started accomplishing their business goals, and although I have long had business goals I never considered myself “business-minded” enough to be able to actually make something work. Better late than never, though, and I promised myself that 2017 would be the year to make stuff happen. So I am going to make stuff happen. 

That’s going to mean some changes for this blog, though! And I’m not entirely sure what that will look like, just yet. So, until I figure it all out – I will be taking a short break from blogging. 

I love Thisblindmouse and have had it for 5 years! But it’s mostly been a hobby blog – meaning that I’ve kept up with it as a hobby and not as anything that helps me to accomplish professional goals. I am unsure of whether to simply transition it, or to start completely fresh with a new blog all together. We’ll see. 

I don’t expect this to be a long break, maybe just 2 or 3 months  (which – lately – seems like the amount of time I’ve been taking between posts, anyway!) But I have been doing a lot of brainstorming and am ready to start taking steps in the direction that I want to go. 

Many Thanks to anyone who has ever kept up with me, here. And hopefully we’ll remain cyber buddies regardless of what’s next for Thisblindmouse! 

Ta-ta for now! 

General

Leaving my job!

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I can’t believe I actually did it.

There were so many times in the past where I thought about what I’d like to do if I ever left my job, but I didn’t ever seriously consider leaving. I pretty much figured that I’d stay until I finished school or moved away.

I loved my job, for the most part. I was a preschool teacher and really enjoyed working with my kids. I liked creating lesson plans, doing assessments, coming up with fun games and science projects to do, and in general keeping a smile on their faces. I also really liked my coworkers. They were all good-hearted people who really loved the children and families that we were serving.

And while I am going to miss everyone, I have to also be honest about the fact that I have so many goals and ambitions for my life. I’m still working my way through school, I’ve always wanted to do freelance work and open up my own business. I enjoy having the time to pursue my learning adventures (I teach myself languages, music, and religion). I love writing and aspire to become an author. And I’d love to find some place to volunteer. I have often felt overwhelmed by the conflict between my interests and my need to make a decent and steady income. I’ve always felt it unfair that we spend so much of our lives running the rat race, that we never get to really live life and invest in our talents and passions.

I am hoping that this bit of time off will be my chance to do something new. A chance to really design a plan for the type of life I want to live – and then implement it.

This pause comes at a time where I could not possibly be more motivated. As I turn 30 in just 2 months, I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I can plan wisely now for the type of future I want to have.

What do I want to have accomplished by 45 years of age? 50 years of age? And what can I do now to make those accomplishments happen? I’ve always been a forward thinker, but for the first time in my life I feel like I am finally sharpening my powers of execution. I’m not just going to plan, but implement.
At least then, if things don’t go quite the way I wanted, I won’t have to live with the regret of not having tried.

I’ll miss my job and all the kids and families I have worked with, but I am glad to be stepping into a new season of having more time to focus on achieving goals that have weighed heavily on me for quite some time.