This is the final day of our challenge! I am so glad that we’ve had this opportunity, and grateful for the chance to have gotten to know you all! I’ve had requests in the group and in conversation to keep the self-care group going in some fashion, and so we will keep the group going, with just a daily check-in post for people to comment or post their #selfcareselfie each day. Hooray!
Today we’re going to talk about knowing our purpose. I know that seems pretty weighty, especially for our final day, but I don’t think that knowing our purpose has to be that challenging. I think it lies at the intersection of our gifts, our passion, and the needs of our community. That could mean that you find meaning in an activity or effort outside of your home/family (perhaps something that the members of your family do together), and it could mean that what you are investing yourself in right now is your family.
When I say gifts, I don’t necessarily mean something “flashy.” In every endeavor, there are many facets of the operation where gifted individuals are needed; in administration, operations, legwork, liaisons, etc. So if you are not a “people person” and aren’t gifted with public speaking, but you are gifted with administrative abilities, then your gift is still needed, whether you feel it is an admirable gift or not. And if your passion is for parenting and caring for a home, more power to you, as well. I am not about to tell anyone that finding their purpose in such a noble and necessary calling isn’t “enough.” That would be ridiculous. The question – questions, really – are: What are you passionate about? What are you good at? Who is your community? What do they need?
I know that we’ve just spent the last 29 days talking about prioritizing care for ourselves, so to end on the note of “invest yourself,” might seem strange. But all the self-care in the world is for nothing if we don’t have something to do with our carefully cultivated wellness. People that we care about, something that we love to do, the delicate balance of passion and responsibility; these are the things that add depth to our days when otherwise we would just be endlessly living out an empty routine.
Many of us already know our purpose, for the most part, and what we need is a reminder of our “why.” It’s not about finding something new to invest in, but about reigniting our spark. That is where 30 days of self-care can be particularly useful, because sometimes all we need to rekindle our passion is some respite. Burnout can easily get the best of us, draining us of that much needed vigor, when we don’t prioritize care for ourselves. But caring for ourselves does not mean withdrawing from the world, either. So we develop a routine: the daily activities, weekly activities, and regular breaks for more significant rest (once a month, once a quarter, or whatever interval works best for you). Creating a solid self-care routine so that we can give back to our communities without the burnout.
Share with us. What is it that you love to do. What gives you a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment?