Write with purpose

I know beyond a doubt that I’m a better writer (and blogger) when I write with purpose.

It’s not just about pulling together a week’s worth of topics on a central theme (PINK anyone?) or creating a 31 day series on a single topic. Those have their place and purpose and I obviously have a soft spot for those kind of things. I’m talking more about the big picture or vision kind of thing.

For what it’s worth, I think I do everything better when it’s accompanied with purpose and intent. I suspect I’m not alone.

write with purpose

Write with purpose.

No matter how scattered and schizophrenic my topic choices for posts seems to be, they really have gone through a filter. I promise I don’t just publish the first 300 words I manage to write each day (even if it DOES sometimes seem that way.)

It’s the same filter I use in the rest of my life.

Does this pass the P(EAC)E test?

Life with purpose.

A few years back, I attended a workshop at our church that was designed to help each of us figure out our purpose and calling from God. It was cool and fun and hard. I wish every one of you could go to something like it.

We spent hours looking at our past experience, our natural talents, our passions, and our spiritual gifts. The theory was (and still is) that you should be able to find a sweet spot where all those things intersect. That’s the starting spot for creating a vision for your life.

Mine is simple.

P(EAC)E.

I’m called to be Positive and Passionate.
I’m created to Encourage and Exhort the women that I touch.
I’m at my best when I’m Authentic.
I’m driven by Character and Compassion.
I need to do it with Excellence (not perfection).

I left the workshop with the one word written on a card. It was accompanied by a short paragraph:

 I am passionate about encouraging and exhorting the women around me. I am call to do so in a way that is authentic and character focused. I am called to a life of excellence.

Look familiar?  Take a quick glance at my bio pic in the upper right hand corner (on a laptop) or at the very bottom (on a phone).

the vision

Since then, I’ve been applying it to everything I could. It’s helped me weed out relationships that were hurtful. It’s guided me through parenting crises. It’s stopped me from posting on social media. I use it when life gets crazy and I need to end the busy-ness.
The only things I’ve ever regretted publishing happened when I forgot my vision of P(EAC)E.

I write for the love of writing. I publish in the pursuit of P(EAC)E.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. You are SO right! Sometimes, even though I have an idea, I go off on rabbit trails. When that happens, I write a sentence at the top of the post stating what I’m trying to accomplish. That gets me back on track.

    This focus thing is true of speaking, too. We sat under a pastor for several years who tended to ramble on and on and on. I really felt that he was a bad speaker. But then I heard him on the radio and it was like a different person. I figured out it was the very thing you’re talking about. On the radio, he had a focus and a time limit. He couldn’t go off on rabbit trails but had to stay on topic. I wish he did that on Sunday mornings, too! :)

    • I’ve had one of those rambling pastors before. I think we spent three Sundays on the first three verses in the book of John. Staying on topic is HARD. The rabbit trails tend to be more fun than the original topic sometimes. I tend to keep a “table it” spot. I jot the rabbit trail down on a post it and then stick it in the “table it” spot until later.

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