Hey everyone, I’m Ruthiey and I blog at colormylifewithlove.blogspot.com.
I love to write about what God is teaching me and how I see him in my
life. That includes posts about my family and friends, and sometimes
fashion, poetry and photography. When Madeline asked if I wanted to
guest post, I was excited to do it. Thanks for letting me,
|I love the
color combinations of deep pink and lavender in this fushia.
part of a school assignment which shows that God really does meet you
everywhere. In a Leadership class I’m taking, I was assigned to
write a personal vision statement. It was a harder than I thought, but
it gave me some much needed clarity. Before this, I had been
discontent and impatient with many areas of my life, including my
family and work.
A vision statement is essentially narrowing down what your values are.
As my textbook*
says, “Values guide and direct behavior.” I wanted to write about it,
so you could do it too!
|one of my
First, it’s important to first define your roles. Some of the roles in
my life are sister, friend, daughter, nursing assistant, writer and
student. That gives a me framework within which to fit my vision
|picture of my
friends looking at a picture ^_^
Second, figure out your values. There are different ways to go about
that. I have a really great resource of how I came up with mine, if
anyone is interested. Essentially, I found out that my top terminal
values are salvation, wisdom, true friendship, family
security, a sense of accomplishment and a world of beauty.
My top instrumental values were to
be courageous, obedient, loving, imaginative, responsible
My vision statement: To love and encourage others
with my courageous faith, creation of beauty and celebration of
I looked at my life and realized that I actually was where I wanted to
be in so many ways. I had opportunities to follow every aspect of my
- I can practice courageous faith by taking God at His word and
acting on what he calls me to do.
- I can create beauty by adding special details to decorate a room,
make a beautiful meal at work for my residents or cookies for my
family. I can create beauty by pursuing my dream of finishing my novel
and taking beautiful pictures.
- I can celebrate truth being willing to speak it even when the
circumstances are hard and I’m struggling against fear and
discouragement. I can celebrate truth by always having an answer for
the hope that lies within me*.
|I decorated my
room with Christmas lights. <3
To fulfill the first part of my vision of reach others, I
shortened my statement to a slogan.
be a living testimony. By being courageous and faithful, I can speak
words of love and encouragement to those around me.
Because my personal vision statement contains what I value most, it’s
not just another list of goals. It’s something my heart aches and
longs to do. It also teaches me gratitude and what I can do to
make the most of where I am.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope it blessed you.