Monday, January 23, 2012

Simplify Your Life Week Three #syl12


The last time I wrote a mission statement was back in 2006 when I was studying my diploma. I hated it then as much as I do now, however important I know it is. For the Simplify Your Life challenge this week the mister and I sat down and discussed what our mission statement/s for our family would be. Sort of. He watched a movie with lufflump while I rattled off a series of questions. Most of the time I only got a reaction after I started answering them myself. Still, I got some good answers out of him, enough for a mission statement or a few.
Daily Dinosaur Attack
We identified our family values quite easily and with input from both of us. Our family values family, happiness, laughter, acceptance, loyalty and supporting each other.

Again, identifying what we want from and in relationships with each other, family, friends, neighbours and our communities was quite easy as we both have similar values and desires. We would like caring, open-minded, happy, fair and honest relationships throughout our lives for our family.

The mister and I believe that we (try to) treat each other and other people as we ant or expect to be treated. We also have fun and speak, react and treat others with a sense of humour. The mister and I are always joking around, mock fighting and laughing together. We have fun.
Sydney 2010
I'm sure the mister and I had had a rough night sleeping based on the next few answers. We'd like to change the sleeping arrangements we currently have. Ideally we'd like lufflump sleeping in his own bed and us in ours. Also, I'll add that I'd like to not have my/our sleep interrupted by weird dreams or the constant need to pee. As a family we all work better when we sleep well and worst when we don't. Sleep deprivation usually means the cranky pants are put on at least for part of the day, tempers are short and we're all easily irritating and irritated.

That's as far as we got question wise but a general picture is formed. With what we came up with as a family, I sat down and wrote the following mission statements.



I'm happy with our mission statements (no surprise really as I wrote them). They really do represent our family. I plan on sitting down with the mister soon and going through it all again. After revising them I plan on printing them out to put on our fridge. 

This challenge has been easy and hard at the same time in different areas. I think if the mister and I had sat down and put more effort into it it would have been easier. It has resonated the fact that the mister and I have similar values, goals and desires for ourselves and our family. 
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20 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! Wonderful mission statement! very real!

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  2. I love what you have written and shared - it is practical (about sleep) and warm and covers your family values including humour and love!

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    1. Thanks Deb. I think it's a pretty good reflection. Sleep deprivation doesn't bode well in this household.

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  3. I loved reading your family mission statement. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  4. Great mission statement.

    We acknowledged {hub & I} that we are best when we are away from technology/computers/tv/phone and at our worst when we haven`t had enough sleep. I think those with young families can DEFINITELY relate to this.

    Your values are obvious within your mission statement and I think that is the way it supposed to be.

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    1. Thanks Lulu!

      I agree, it's relatable and important to acknowledge and remember.

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  5. That's a great mission statement. Love, laughter, support, encouragement, it should all be common sense among families but we quickly and easily get frustrated, short-tempered, and other not so great things and need a reminder of what family is about. Laughed out loud at how you got the answers out of the Mister. Men aren't that complicated when you know how to work them! ;-)

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    1. I fully agree, it should be common sense. It's so easy to forget though and let negative emotions take hold. Haha exactly right about men too :)

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  6. You have a great mission statement. I relate to the sleep! We identified we were at our worst when tired- but we always seemto be tired lately.

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    1. We do too Bec. Tiredness sucks. I hope you get some good quality sleep soon!

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  7. Oh yes, definitely agree with the importance of sleep! Good luck! And I love that humour is so important to your family.

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  8. This is excellent! i loved the dinosaur attack pic too btw, made me giggle :)

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  9. Oh, I am so with you on the sleep deprivation, Ames. It's so easy to deviate from the ideal family life when you're cranky.

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    1. It is! If only we could take sleep days just to catch up!

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  10. We have the sleep problem too! Maybe I should add: Have Strict Bedtime, to our statement!

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    1. I'd love to have the energy for a strict bedtime! Need a nanny ;)

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