I'm a woman of few words, but I'm rarely speechless. Up early, staring at piles of laundry, paperwork, books to be read, and articles to write, I sat down to sort through my thoughts with a blog post. Sometimes a definition will inspire me, so I headed over to dictionary.com to look up "sabbatical", which I put myself on to figure out my next steps. The page loaded, and as I got ready to type the word into the search box, I saw that the Word of the Day is - no, it can't be - "sabbatical". Random? God? I'm not sure, but the feeling in my stomach seems to say creepy. Now in the spirit of full disclosure, I didn't wake up with that magical word in the hopes of orchestrating my day. I had read a post on Michael Hyatt's blog a few days ago on Should you dare to think about a sabbatical? (Thanks, Michael. I have needed to think about that and I did!)
With the creepy word-of-the-day instance behind me, what was I going to write about again? Oh, yes, my sabbatical. I can't say it's been much of a sabbatical yet (which, by the way, is "any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc." - in case you're not up on the word-of-the-day. LOL) I'm still the full-time wife and WAHM I've always been, promoting my book and bettering myself through faith and self-improvement books. It's fair to say my sabbatical is mental, at best. Approaching our family vacation, the International Christian Retail Show, and a new school year, I wanted to sort through my goals, dreams, and priorities again. I have several "Praying Through" guides I'd like to write along with improving this blog. I'd like to optimize my schedule so I don't feel so scattered among my home, work, online, and real-life happenings. But how do I sort through this all and come out with a clear, proper direction? Will reading through Tim Ferris' 4-Hour Workweek or Jillian Michaels' Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life (both in 'the pile') really accomplish anything?
I'm a visual person. Maybe I need a vision board.
I'm a planner. Maybe I need a list.
I'm a Christian. Maybe some Bible and prayer time is the cure-all.
I'm indecisive. How can I hone in on my life's purpose and next steps when I can't even pick a method to get there?!?
So here I am on sabbatical day 6. I've isolated the questions...
- What are my goals, dreams, and priorities?
- What is my purpose and mission statement?
- What would excite me daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.?
- To what audiences and by which methods do I feel most called to contribute?
- Which projects excite me and which am I willing to sacrifice (even for a little while?)
- What mentors and materials are available to model after?
- What role should income potential play in determining my goals, dreams, and priorities?
The hard part now becomes answering these questions. Stay tuned...
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