Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about labels. We can all say that we wish people didn’t use them, or misuse them, but the truth is that when someone asks you what you do or who you are — it’s easier to give an elevator pitch rather than a lot of details.
But that means that a lot of times, we answer with superficial and sometimes stereotypical words.
Wife. Daughter. Employee. Athlete. Vegetarian. Insert your label here.
So maybe it’s time to take those labels and put them into a mission statement — sharing not just who you are but how and why you got there. What journey you’re on and who has helped shape it. What challenges you face and how you’re overcoming them. It can be about life (as mine below is), or a specific part of your persona — your career, your family, your blogging motivation, etc.
So here’s mine:
I am a wife, a daughter, an employee, an athlete and a vegetarian. I have a big heart that I try and use for good — I believe in giving back, in kindness and in trying to see the positives in everybody.
I make mistakes every day, big and small, and sometimes I am harder on myself than I deserve.
I’m curious, love to learn and am constantly trying to become better educated about the world around me. That also means that sometimes I’m quick to jump on a trend or follow what others are doing.
I don’t like being wrong, but when I am, I admit it — and I try and learn from the experience. I love to cook, eat and experiment with healthy foods.
I have big slobbery dogs, a family that means everything to me and a job that excites and fulfills me.
I struggle with body image and want to conquer it before I have kids and pass it on. I have a quick temper and sometimes gossip more than I should.
I sing in the shower (and the car, and during workouts) and clean when I’m stressed.
And when I put my energy behind a project, I make sure it gets done, and done well.
I’m me. And I’m awesome.
Now it’s your turn — who are you? What are your labels? What’s your mission statement? What should I know about you?
There’s a gift for you if you want it — I will make you an animated .gif like the one above, for you to put into a post or a blog widget. If you’re interested, just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with five words that describe you. I’ll send you the file and you’ll be good to go!