It's great to come back to Europe after 3 years and I feel at home right away. After years of discovering foreign places, it is relaxing and enjoyable to stay in an familiar environment. A lot has changed, but it still feels all the same. It makes us happy to be together with our friends and families.
And it feels like I am in front of a blank canvas. A new beginning. I can choose how I want to spend my days, what to do, what to eat, who to meet.....total freedom.
The answers are not always obvious. But I found a way to connect to my inner self and to get an answer to these questions. It has to do with your own manifesto. If you have never written a manifesto (like me) you might wonder what a manifesto really is: According to Merriam-Webster dictionary a manifesto is a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of a person or group. In business it is also referred to as a 'Mission Statement'. It says what you stand for, the rules you want to follow and what you believe in. Artists and creatives use it like a manual for staying focused and authentic. Here is an example that I like from Kelly Rae Roberts:
Sounds good, right?
But how do you get your own manifesto? How do you know where your 'home' is - for yourself but also for your work or business? Having a manifesto sounds great, but it doesn't just appear like this.... so I was questioning if I would really need it and I didn't know how to start.
Then, after reading an interesting blog from Rhapsody design about writing my own statement, I was inspired and ready to give it a first try.
Nothing is permanently - don't wait for perfect timing.
This helped me during the process:
- who am I ? (I found The Enneagram of Personality an interesting resource for self-awareness)
- why do I care so much about the things I do? (The cool community of Live your legend say "nothing big happens without the right reasons" and support intentional work/life)
- what are my core values? (you can check websites helping to name the specific value you are looking for)
So now it's time to do the next step: May I proudly present my first manifesto!
I believe in falling in love with our lives. We are responsible for our own happiness.
I believe in doing what we love and doing it as often as possible. Following our passion is not optional, it is what makes us complete.
I believe in doing what we are afraid of, accepting the fear and doing it anyway.
I believe that life gives us challenges, over and over again, until we grow. We learn best by making mistakes. So let's be imperfect.
I believe that art can remind us of the wonders of the world. Let's cherish them.
I believe that we can surround ourselves with goodness in order to deal peacefully with problems. Love is the answer.
I believe it's best to focus on what is possible and on what is already good.
I believe that we are born to celebrate life, nature, beauty and love.
I hope I can motivate you to start thinking about your own statement. And to write it down! I liked it a lot and I will do my best to let it be my manual for staying focused.
Leave a comment, I'm curious what you think about my statement, if you have any tips, if you have ever tried to write your own manifesto and your experience with it.