For the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute (SSLLI), our homework for the next session is to create a personal vision statement, and mission statement.

While I am still working on refining my professional statements, I also took the opportunity to take the long view of myself in my personal life. What I want to be able to say about myself forty years from now, or what others will say about me.

This is very much a work in progress, and I’m sure it will continue to be so over time (one’s goals and aspirations change as one moves through life, after all), but in the spirit of the new year, I have decided to share the first draft of my personal vision – of who, and how I want to be.

  • to be proactive, not reactive
  • to cherish experiences and relationships over objects and things
  • to always find joy in creating
  • to never stop learning and improving
  • to let things go, but keep the fond memories
    • not be shackled by ideas of the past, or of my past self, but see it as a stepping stone on the path to my present and future
  • to not allow things I will regret into my life
  • to value others, to not see myself as superior to others, only different


I know that these are things I will have to strive to achieve every day, one step at a time, but hopefully writing them down in a place I can go back to and refer to them, and reevaluate them every once in a while, will help me to become the person that, through this process, I’ve discovered I want to be.


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January 2015