Summer break has passed and we, educators, are back in the swing of things. Day one of learning was filled with activities to help us understand and identify who we are and who we are aspiring to become. We did one particular activity that required us to write a personal mission statement and I was shocked by how much my values have changed over the years. We were posed with three questions and my responses made me realize how simple life can be when we stop letting worldly things get the best of us. When answering these questions (see below), I simply let my heart guide my thoughts and I am proud of who I am becoming.
- What brings a smile to your face? Response: God’s grace, my family, genuine relationships/friendships, and impacting the lives of students.
- What is important to you? Response: God’s love and forgiveness, family, seeing kids progress, helping others, peace of mind, self-care and being the version of me.
- If there was no concern about pay, what would you be doing? Response: ministry that includes serving and meeting the needs of others such as feeding the needy/homeless, stay at home mom, coaching, tutoring, supporting/assisting students with getting accepted into college.
By answering these questions I was able to develop a personal mission statement that read: I exist to become a faithful steward for God, the best wife, mother and supporter, while impacting the lives of students (young and old), I will do this without neglecting myself and my own well being.
This was a great start to the beginning of the school year. Although this was a personal mission statement, I know this is going to be very beneficial to my professional career.