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~see you around the path

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Mission: “The task, together with the purpose, that clearly indicates the action to be taken, and the reason therefore,” as defined by the dictionary.

In other words, a personal mission statement encompasses passion and purpose. It defines your core principles and ideals for life. A personal mission statement takes time to develop–weeks, months, sometimes years.

Mission to some, is the same as purpose; however, there are differences. The mission is created with the end in mind–the big picture.  Whereas purpose is our reason for being on the mission. Purpose can change throughout the journey of life. Yet, with both together, they are like peas in a pod–producing healthy fare for life sustenance.

A personal mission statement can be crafted in many ways. For example, your mission statement may contain a couple of paragraphs, a few lines or be a list. Check out  this template that can help you get started writing yours.

I’m still working on mine. How about you?

If you have a personal mission statement, blog or insight on the subject, please comment and link, so together we can share in your experience.

Until later, see you around the path!

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Last week I submitted a post, Freelance writing: canned or creative,  about this really neat content site, Ad Astra Traffic that I actually stumbled upon by accident. As noted, I applied to do some freelance writing for them and was accepted. Well, they had a contest (the fun started right from the beginning), where the winner would receive a T-shirt. Sadly, I must admit, I rarely enter contests, and what’s even more rare, is to win one.

But, I WON!!! I WON! I won the contest! Take a gander at my new t-shirt:

Ad Astra Traffic T-shirt

Yep - It's mine!

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that since the (short-term) beginning of my association with Ad Astra, it has been great. I have gotten to know some of the people and their personalities through FaceBook, Twitter and other online forums, and I am glad to be associated with these professionals.

To my writer friends–you really should check it out. Who couldn’t use a few extra bucks. The last project I completed was really neat. I loved the subject and I learned so much about it. Because of the parameters set out for the assignment,  at times I actually felt I was a character in the project. Anyway…I will not keep droning on about it. You can see for yourself.

To my other business associates–you should really check it out. The content and services they provide are top notch.

All in all, I want to say that being a winner is much more than winning a T-shirt, even though that was pretty nifty. A winner, technically defined, is someone who is “successful or has achieved something notable; a victor”. We each have the potential of being a winner.

Being a winner is a mindset–really. We are all successful at something and achieve notable feats every day.

I encourage you to take on the mindset of the winner you are today. Achieve your dreams, or at the very least, set out on the path and walk toward your goal.

Another person who inspires me is Alex Fayle, founder of Someday Syndrome. A mentor for the ultimate procrastinator, Alex offers solid advice and sound techniques about getting beyond the “roundtuit” attitude. However, that’s another blog for another time.

Until later, see you around the path!

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Having the opportunity to do freelance writing is cool. Writing, as I have expressed before, is my passion. The passion drives my purpose–opportunity of expression while making a difference in others lives. However, in the world of freelance writing, as is in other types of work,  it is not always ideal. There are times–a lot of times–when we become “content machines” simply pumping out technical, or otherwise, generic information to make ends meet.

With that being said, it is refreshing to happen upon a client where the opportunity to create–really create–quality content is available. This happened to me lately. It was by happenstance I stumbled upon Ad Astra Traffic.

Carson Brackney, founder of Ad Astra had commented on a blog post at one of my favorite sites, The Freelance Writing Jobs Network and I like what he had to say, so I checked out his blog. It was there I found out about Ad Astra and its up-and-coming debut, October 13, 2009. There was an invitation for writers to apply, so I did.

I was very excited to be accepted on the Ad Astra team and found site access for writers very user friendly. Everything you need is there. Available assignments, delivery guide instructions, and invoicing.

My first assignment with Ad Astra was way cool. I enjoyed the topic and the various approaches I was able to take with the articles assigned. Payment was prompt–the next day after deliverables and invoice sent.

As I got into it, I began to realize what an opportunity it is to work with Carson Brackney and Diana Penna, co-founder of Ad Astra.  This Web site content writing site may be new, but the founders are not new to the business.

I just wanted to take time to let my world know about Ad Astra Traffic–seriously–if you need your Web site updated, started, or other promotional content vamped check out the site.

Until later, see you around the path!

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Early morning in AlabamaAbandoning my writings about small town living for a while to pursue my purpose–living my dream–I knew it was time to get back to the small town talk. Small town talk is a part of my passion–dream.

Having moved to a larger city now, the daily experiences of small town America are somewhat removed. Yet, I meander down the path of my memories.

Working as a temp in small town Texas was way cool. A long-term assignment brought me across the path of, let’s call him, Jack.

No matter the circumstance, weather, time or day, Jack always entered the office with a resounding MORNIN’ (say that with a southern boys accent) through a smile as big as Dallas cracking his face.

A self-proclaimed energy drink addict, Jack exuded optimism and of course, energy. Co-workers would be half laid across their desks, moaning about their headaches, woes and general distress about work or life. But when Jack came in most everyone would perk up and shake off the funk over their heads.

I found the whole thing amusing–Jack, my co-workers and the overall dynamic. No matter, I liked to see Jack come in, too.

My point? Jack made the best of things, at least at work. Jack viewed every day as another day in paradise. Whether consciously or not, he wanted to make an impact on the lives of others, and impact he did.

Jack chose to make his choices on purpose.

Long gone from the area and job, I will never forget Jack’s daily greeting, and his impact on my life and others in that small town.

Mornin’

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river in gosse tete laWhat do you want to be when you grow up?

Remember asking yourself that question. When school was finished, you went on to pursue your “dream”. You may have become an architect, attorney, nurse or a professional clown. Yet, something is missing.

You can’t put your finger on it. Your life has all the trappings of success and happiness, but, you get up, go to work, plod through the day, go home, yada yada. You feel drained, or perhaps even cheated. Worse yet, you feel guilty for feeling unfulfilled. Unfounded guilt–life was designed with each individual and their happiness in mind.

Most people are stuck in life doing what they think they have too, because the alternative–true happiness–is seemingly impossible. After all, doing what we love means taking risks. Do you feel like stepping outside the norm is just too hard, or would cause too many waves?

There’s the money, the insurance and other peoples ideology for our life; all of which are controlled by others. Accountability is imperative in life; however, we should be making our choices in life on purpose.

My eye-opener came on a snowy morning at work when I learned a friend of mine died suddenly–alone–in his apartment from heart disease. He was only 52. A life of the party kind of guy, he loved life, or so it seemed. We talked about his work at a Fortune 500 company on occasion and he expressed: “it pays the bills”. I never got to talk to him, or see him alive again. Determined I would not end up going through the motions of life anymore, I set about to find my purpose.

A pastors wife and former business administrator, I asked myself some questions: Why am I here, and what am I supposed to be doing. The answers did not fall into my head and heart right away. It took some serious soul searching. Looking inward, and not outward to other sources (apart from Jesus). Happily married and serving alongside my husband in the ministry was great, but something was missing.

I first had to discover my passion–what really makes me tick. Once I found my passion, I could pursue my purpose through my passion.

My life was and continues to be centered around ministering–it is part of my passion. My spiritual life keeps me grounded and centered.

To find true passion, purpose and fulfillment, we must deal with our body, mind and spirit. By creating a balance, happiness is attainable.

Granted, it is not always easy. The road is up and down, but, staying the course to fulfill your purpose will lead you to the place of achieving your dream.

Share some of your challenges, dreams and journeys as it relates to discovering your purpose in the comments section. Let’s meander along life’s path together.

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