Have you ever struggled with what your purpose in life is? Or maybe you feel like you understand your calling, but you aren’t quite sure how to pursue that calling while you’re also working a full-time job, or establishing a foundation in a new marriage, or juggling the demands of being a wife and mom? I think today’s chat with Bailey Stone, author, speaker, and blogger at This Illustrious Life will resonate with you, and also encourage you as you wrestle with the challenges of living a life worthy of your calling.
Bailey Stone is a wife, author, speaker, and blogger at This Illustrious Life where she writes about pursuing a life worthy of your calling, and helps people in the pursuit of their God-given purpose.
A little over a year ago, Bailey was very newly married, working a day job as a college admissions processor, and knee deep in launching her second blog, This Illustrious Life, where she produces content that helps people pursue their God-given purpose.
THIS ILLUSTRIOUS LIFE
The word illustrious means to do something notable, memorable. It’s easy to credit people like presidents or martyrs with living an illustrious life, but Bailey wants to encourage everyone to leave a legacy by amplifying our God-given gifts and putting them into practice.
In her writing and speaking, Bailey focuses on five pillars to help people pursue their purpose, but in our conversation today we focused on the pillar of relationships and the role they play in helping us discover and live out our purpose.
Bailey says that relationships, especially our non-romantic relationships, play into our purpose, and the more intentional we are with our relationships the closer we get to our purpose, and the better we get at living our purpose out.
Bailey shares how in her first year of marriage, her priority was on the relationship she had with her husband, and for them to establish a relationship that wasn’t built on family expectations or peer pressure, but on knowing and understanding each other, and developing the foundation for their family.
After their first year, Bailey opened up more time in her schedule to pursue relationships with women who were in seasons ahead of her in marriage, blogging, writing, etc., and really allowed herself to learn and glean wisdom from them.
MAKING YOUR DREAMS A PRIORITY AND A REALITY
Bailey discusses how her priorities drive the work she does, and when she has her priorities in line, everything falls into place. She works diligently at everything she does, and maximizes the small pockets of time she has to write and create content.
Bailey talks about the fact that sometimes, pursuing our dreams, isn’t glamorous. It often involves days of sitting in our sweatpants in front of a laptop batching our blog posts or social media content. Or it may look like networking on your lunch break from your 9-5 job.
“I work out my ambitions when and where I can”
BAILEY’S ADVICE FOR PURSUING YOUR PURPOSE
It’s never too early and it’s never too late – pick one thing today and get after it. A lot of times people think they need these big lofty goals. They need to have the action plan, and everything lined up and ready to go. Identify one thing you can do today to move towards the pursuit of your purpose and then do the same thing everyday thereafter.
GETTING TO KNOW BAILEY
Q: What is your favorite cup of coffee?
A: If I go out to a coffee shop, I will get a white chocolate americano with just a little almond milk.
Q: After a year of marriage, what’s been your favorite date with your husband?
A: We try every year to go ice skating on Christmas and that’s my favorite thing we’ve done together.
Q: Money doesn’t matter, where would you travel next?
A: Either Germany or Australia. Very different places, but I would go to either!
CONNECT WITH BAILEY
Pinterest: This Illustrious Life
Facebook Page: This Illustrious Life
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