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How will you spend September?

On Purpose. With Purpose.
There is a difference.

Many of us do great things with purpose. We are amazing employees. We conquer difficult tasks. We study with purpose, work with purpose, live with purpose, but how much of what we do with purpose is on purpose? There is a difference.

On purpose means there was a conscious choice, a deliberate decision with mindful clarity to do something, to be something. On purpose actions are driven by choice. How many of the great things you do are by your choice?

I've lived life with purpose, I think my friends and colleagues would agree. My superpower is seeing what needs to be done and doing it, with passion and excitement and enthusiasm. I am a storyteller at heart, and the 4-H story is so important to tell.

My next developmental step (yes, at this age, I'm still learning and growing into the person I want to be) is to live life more on purpose.

Don't get me wrong, it takes both on purpose and with purpose to be successful. You can do things deliberately on purpose yet without purpose and fail miserably. To be successful and happy, it takes both.

In September, Illinois 4-H members will be doing good things on purpose in the national "30 Days of Doing" initiative. Starting September 1, 4-H members will purposefully choose actions and tasks that build up their families and communities.

I invite you to join us in 30 Days of Doing ... the choice is yours.


Judy Mae Bingman, University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager

Judy uses powerful words and photography to tell the Extension story. She is a skilled communication strategist and storyteller with demonstrated success in building teams and creating strong organizational brand identities that deepen Extension’s impact among key audiences, build brand loyalty, strengthen employee talent, and expand public engagement. She is a frequent conference presenter at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference and helps Extension staff across the nation tell compelling stories.