*Giveway details at the end of the post*
A few months ago, I attended a "Treasure Map" workshop on a whim. All I knew is that the morning would be focused on thinking about my goals and plans, I would bring home a finished product and the kids were going to stay with Mr. Messy. As I felt an unexplainable urge to participate the night before the event, my heart told me I needed time to focus on myself any way I could get it.
The 4 hour long workshop consisted of sitting around a tight little table with a dozen women, most strangers, and the workshop leader, described by a friend as a "mystic". We quickly got down to business discussing goals and obstacles holding us back from those goals. I talked about how I wanted to write but was having internal conflict knowing I didn't have the energy and I didn't want to find the time to dedicate myself to writing the way I envisioned. Within the first hour I quickly realized it was okay to use blogging as my writing platform for now. My writing career can wait until the kids are older and I am able to carve out more chunks of time during the day.
That day I learned it is okay to wait for the future.
Several of the women had participated in Treasure Mapping in the past and all spoke of how their map helped to shape their immediate future. I'll admit, I didn't think that was me. My map was more about embracing the future and understanding the future doesn't have to start today. Yet, as of 2 days ago, I have begun my doula certification through Birth Arts International and I really and truly feel that without my Treasure Map morning, I wouldn't have a clear picture of my life goals to guide me.
So yeah. I am a believer.
My treasure map:
The lines between the picture segments are dashed because even though each segment is an individual concept, there is fluidity between my present and future goals.
I see the map as 3 columns: lefthand, my "now"; center, my "forever"; righthand, my "future".
Too important for words or pictures to describe.
My desire to leave Mississippi with the understanding I will always be a Mississippian.
The importance of female friends.
I will write and I hope to honor the long literary tradition of Mississippi with my writings.
Serving women and babies.
I honestly didn't think it would happen so soon but I am ready!
Just because life, present and future, is SO GOOD and I am embracing Mississippi for everything it means to me, I want you to embrace Mississippi too!
Three winners will win a rocking Mississippi themed mixed disk made by Mr. Messy.
To enter: Leave a short comment on this post telling me about your perception or thoughts on Mississippi, good or bad. Just one word or a phrase is fine!
Bonus entry: Share my Facebook status about this contest and leave a comment telling me you shared the status.
Contest ends on Monday, April 9, 2012.