Such a wonderful experience presenting my first vision workshop in Albany this past Saturday!! The workshop was held at The Clay Spot and participants had the opportunity to paint an object for a discounted price. What I loved most about this workshop was the fact that it wasn’t about me, and wasn’t about anyone in particular actually. Everyone had room to share their stories-it was a discussion.
Here is how I played a part, prior to the workshop I made a list of points I felt was necessary when molding into your purpose (I’ll go more in depth about these points a bit later). Before I introduced the points I kicked off the workshop with an ice breaker dealing with Skittles. I asked everyone to pour as many as they would like into their hands. After everyone had their share they were shocked to discover that for each skittle they had to share something with the group. Each color represented either an embarrassing/memorable moment, achievement, goal, hobby or favorite. It was nice getting to know each other pass a name. We then moved on to the directions for the painting!!! Surprisingly, nobody in the group has ever been to The Clay Spot so I was happy to be apart of that memory :). As we began our crafty experience I explained the workshop. The points to molding into your purpose were written on an index card and placed on the center of the table. As we flipped them over someone would chime in and share how that particular point related to their life. This method kept everyone engaged, it allowed them to think about where they were in life and how it lines up to where they’re supposed be.
Here are the points:
1. Self Definition- Defining who you are eliminates any confusion of thinking you’re supposed to follow in someone else’s footsteps. In this day and age we get so caught up in social media that it’s easy for us to compare each other and other’s success. Doing this is a waste of our time. Why? Because we’re prolonging our gift from God trying to copy someone else’s gift. I know it’s hard not to do so but it’s important that we tackle it early before we get too deep into the process of trying to be like someone else.
2. Inspiration- Self-Definition and inspiration can correlate with each other but you must know the difference. If someone inspires you it is important to make sure that you don’t compare yourself to them. It is okay to be inspired by their drive and their success but use that inspiration to push you to be successful in your own dreams. Be careful not to be a copyright. Be you. On the other hand, one can be inspired by the growth of children and how important it is that we raise them properly. This could guide an educator to their purpose. Inspiration is powerful, when you find what inspires you then you know you’re on the right path.
3. Your future self- Everyone has a vision for themselves but not everyone acts on that vision. Ask yourself, what can you do in the future? What would you like to do? Are you taking steps to get there. You heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words”, and “talk is cheap”. Successful people take steps. You can’t get anywhere in the future if you didn’t take the proper steps in the past and present. It’s that simple.
4. Friends (are they a positive or negative influence on your purpose)- One participant made a really great point with this one; if they’re your “friends” than they are making a positive influence. She stated that we use the term so loosely now and days. We really need to check ourselves and be careful with the relationships that we keep around us. We don’t want to be taken away from the path God made for us because we slipped up being influenced by people that weren’t leading us to our destiny.
5. Their expectations vs. God’s- Really pay attention to this. Just because Grandma wants you to be a Lawyer doesn’t mean that’s the calling over your life. Your are not obligated to pursue the expectations others have for you. This is your life, you must live it by fulfilling your passion. That is how we give back to the world.
6. Distractions- This seems to be complicated being that it’s everywhere. In our phones, on our TV’s, everywhere! A habit could be a distraction. Someone who is constantly drinking and partying could be distracted from the lesson and season that God is trying to get them to pay attention too. You could be missing out on the opportunity to mold into your purpose and can’t even tell.
Just a few things that people should be aware of if they’re confused on why they were placed on this earth. Take a serious moment and think about these points-have a discussion with yourself and think about your experiences. You may find that you could be off track, feel free to leave a comment and share them with me :).
Painting while discussing these points was GREAAAT!! It felt so peaceful and just so calming. The ladies painted some really nice pieces. Check out some of the pictures!
As I plan my first vision workshop I feel nothing but excitement and nervousness at the same time. This is something that was placed on my heart after a very tough decision I had to make about my career. On top of the topic, I’ve always wanted to check out The Clay Spot in Albany and make it like a girls day out so I saw this as the perfect opportunity to do so.
I came across the topic Molding into your Purpose when I realized that not everyone knows what they’re called to do and more importantly not everyone connects what they’re passionate about to life experiences. I feel that God places people, situations, locations and experiences in our lives to help us grow into what He has planned for us. Not only that, He gives us our drive, He puts what we love in our hearts which is basically what we’re passionate about. I belief that it leads us to where we need to be but some people don’t see that. Some people get settled with where they are and content with the amount of money they’re making that they don’t understand that there is so much more waiting for us. I’m praying that this workshop helps lead others. Who am I to tell you your purpose and who am I to tell you how to get there? But I can help by getting a group of women together to share their experiences and if that’s what I feel will help then it is my job to make it successful. Stay tuned, I will provide an update on how it went!