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2014: personal mission statement

the end of the year can be a bit predictable. every december we bake and indulge and savor a season filled with rich flavor.

and on the heels of christmas we begin googling diet and exercise plans. ways we can change the trajectory of our lives in new and extraordinary ways. the joyful, carefree music of december comes to a screeching halt as we fill our january with expectations.

as i’m thinking of new years resolutions this year, i’m not even considering a diet or exercise plan. getting back to a normal way of life and eating, of course. but there are far greater, far more meaningful things on my mind this year.

ideas and desires that reach far deeper than the surface of a superficial life. the image you see when you look at me. the idea you have when you think of me. because truthfully, i will never please you. i may try, but i will inevitably fall short.

each of us live with our own set of ideas and expectations, experiences, jealousies and insecurities. if my desire is to please what others see or think on the outside of my life i will be constantly striving, never satisfying. missing the very point of this life, which is to grow.

to allow the experiences of this life to shape me, form me, carve in me a well of compassion and love, and a desperate need for God. to become the child of God i was created to be. not dependent on this world, and on the approval and affection of it’s people, but on the will of God and the desire and plan He has for my life.

we were never made to please the whole world. this world we live in is a surreal and superficial place. our ideas of every day are influenced by media, news feeds, chat rooms, and pinterest boards. expectations of normal far exceed any reasonable bounds of reality and we hold ourselves accountable for so much.

we can never keep up. we can never catch up. we can never measure up to the expectations of this world.

but we were made for more. this world, this superficialness, is actually less.

it’s the first i’m officially announcing this, but i’m in the final stages of finishing my very first book on these very ideas. i’ll be sharing more in the coming months but it will be available in ebook format this spring {insert crazy nervous excitement here!}!

as i finish this book, it’s challenging me to live out the ideals and desires of my heart in a brave new way. to boldly design an unhindered life. building anchors that keep me strong when i’m tempted to fall back on old ways of thinking and being.

as women we have so many conflicting roles and responsibilities. we have desires and dreams and deadlines and duties and daily drudgery that all has to be done. and we have distractions. people and things in our lives that tempt us, taunt us, and tear us away from the path we desire. the one that calls out to us in our dreams. the things of  our passion.

the things of our calling.

we were made for more than a superficial life. we were made to live our lives better because of one another and because of our brokenness. our hurts and our pain and our past can be the greatest part of us if we allow Him to change us through it.

this year, as i design my new years resolutions i’m continuing to build my personal mission statement. something that will grow and evolve but, at it’s core will remain intact. this has been mine for the last three years – with minor revisions:

i desire to live a wholehearted life. to love, encourage and connect with family and friends with my whole heart. to be genuine, kind, compassionate and grace filled, while at the same time living life as an adventure – taking risks and daring greatly. putting my confidence and my faith in God, not people, allowing every opportunity to help me grow closer to the beloved child of God i was created to be.

i encourage you to craft a personal mission statement this year to guide you not only through 2014 but through life. determine what you value, what is not only important but essential to you, and use it as a guide when things get crazy. i created a printable for you to write down your mission {here}.

2014 mission statement printable

feel free to use mine as a starting point if you wish, but make it a reflection of you and your heart. your desire. the desire planted in you by a Father who knows every thought, every dream, every wish and prayer asked for or whispered in the quiet stillness of your heart.

2014 is a year i will search for depth. striving to find meaning deep beneath the surface of my experiences, true friendships that chart the cavernous depths of the soul, and a life that reflects the deep abiding love of my Heavenly Father.

here is to the beginning of a brave new year. wishing you life, joy, peace, depth and so much love,


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  • Brittany Rae December 31, 2013, 1:43 pm

    I came across your blog-not sure from where but it happened- and I am so happy I did. Always find your posts so deep and meaningful.

    • Tammy December 31, 2013, 4:35 pm

      Thank you Brittany! I’m so happy you’re here.

  • Lauren December 31, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I love this! What a great way to emphasize God’s voice in the upcoming year 🙂

    • Tammy December 31, 2013, 4:36 pm

      Thanks Lauren! Many blessings to you in 2014!

  • ally December 31, 2013, 3:28 pm

    hope you don’t mind me sharing this on FB 🙂

    • Tammy December 31, 2013, 4:36 pm

      Yes, of course! Made to be shared!

  • Kurt Bubna December 31, 2013, 3:32 pm

    I believe in you…praying for amazing things in and through your life in 2014.
    You are loved,

    • Tammy December 31, 2013, 4:39 pm

      Thanks Kurt! So thankful for your friendship and encouragement. What a gift you were to me on an airplane that day!! Who knew it would become such a great friendship?! To many great things for you in 2014 too!

  • Julie January 2, 2014, 3:48 am

    Loving this post and your mission statement … thank YOU, Tammy!!
    So happy my wonderful sister (Michele Haynes) introduced me to your blog. 🙂

    • Tammy January 2, 2014, 4:02 am

      oh i’m so glad it resonated with you julie! you’ve got an amazing sister i am blessed to know! hope to meet you someday!

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