The first time I saw Lululemon’s manifesto, I fell in love. The idea of a set of guiding statements that reflect who you are was so inspirational to me. I read it over and over on the train ride home from a job that depleted me, but never considered writing my own.
Fast forward a few years and here I am as a mama. Not unlike most moms, my days started revolving completely around my girls and I work really hard to surround them with an environment and a home that nurtures and nourishes them. See, I can tell you without batting an eye that a curious little monkey named George is Brooke’s comfort. She loves working on little projects around the house and she is most herself when she’s outside and running free. I can also tell you that Jaclyn lights up around her big sis, loves being cuddled and she finds comfort in my arms. So, I work all day long to make sure my girls have those things in their lives. It’s important to me, and I love that.
But, hmm, at the end of the day I’m sometimes very depleted. It’s not that I don’t love curious monkeys myself, but sometimes I realize I haven’t done a single thing for myself all day. So one day, I re-discovered Lululemon’s manifesto and decided to write one for myself. I did it to reconnect to what makes me happy and to put it all together where I could see it. I think of it as a set of guiding principles and a personal vision statement. (If you want to read mine, just check out the right side bar, it’s right there).
It’s not that my days are filled with sunsets on the beach, playing, breathing and feeling alive. That would be ridiculous and totally unrealistic. As a matter of fact, very often my life feels completely the opposite of that. But that’s not the point of a manifesto anyway. The point is putting together a set of statements that inspires and energizes you and helps you create a mental picture of who you are and what matters to you.
When you get it down on paper, it’s so much easier to sneak a few of these things into your day (you know, in between the endless emails or the laundry). It’s a bit of self-care actually. When I have a moment, and am feeling depleted, I go through my list and pick one thing just for me – like a nice warm and cozy sweater, or a good glass of wine with my husband at the end of the day. If I have a little bit more time, and am feeling ambitious, I may just jump on the trapeze and go flying (seriously, it’s been done. I love it.).
So, a manifesto isn’t some grandiose idea. It can be a simple way of pulling together everything that makes you enjoy life just a little bit more, and it can help you create a life that makes you a little happier…just by connecting to you. Cool, right?
I wanted to make it really easy and fun for you to create your own, so I have a little gift for you. It’s an easy step-by-step guide that will walk you through creating a manifesto of your own. It’s right here- and it’s free. Check it out.
I’d love to see what you come up with! Throw me a line or two of yours in the comments.