I read a lot about the importance of finding your purpose. Articles, posts, books all dedicated to the importance of knowing what your life purpose is.
For the vast majority of us, trying to discover our life purpose can feel impossible! How are we to know what it is? How do we discover it? And if we are lucky enough to find it, what if it’s the complete opposite of what we have been doing, what then?
Life at times can be so incredibly hectic, even the thought of trying to work out what you really want to do in life can be easily laughed off as something ridiculous.
But the idea of finding it completely intrigues me.
I have always loved finding people who love what they do every day. When their career meets their passion, a passion that resonates deep and is fuelled by desire. It’s a very impressive thing to witness. I was always completely and utterly envious of people who had this profound knowledge about their life. This is more than likely why I find myself reading articles, posts, and books about finding one’s purpose!
I often meet people who are craving to find their purpose and I meet others who let people dictate what they think it should be.
When I’m talking to someone who would like to find their purpose, but they can’t quite pinpoint it, I like to ask them a few questions to see if it triggers a spark that might help them find what they are looking for.
What makes you smile?
What lights you up?
What do you do that doesn’t feel like pressure and adds to your soul?
What makes you unique?
If you had two years off work with no financial worry, how would you spend your time?
I like to ask them about having a couple of years off because if I ask how you would spend 6-12 months, most people will enthusiastically say TRAVEL! Stopping to think about how you would spend a couple of years creates more thought.
These questions usually trigger a smile, lots of cheeky answers, a few pauses, some more thought and by the end, you end up close to what makes them happy.
If you are fortunate enough to discover your passion, what do you do then? Life doesn’t always allow us to make drastic changes, there are bills to pay, kids to feed, I could go on but I know you get it.
This doesn’t mean you have to give up on it. If there’s a will, there’s a way! It just takes a little planning. Take a moment to really analyse what you desire, once it’s clear it’s time to make a plan. Give yourself a time frame, allocate what costs you think are needed, make a list of how actioning your plan will impact your life and discuss it with the people in your life that mean the most. This is the least you can do for yourself.
Finding a purpose can help with the daily grind, it can lift your spirit, make you happy and fulfilled. It can also be very scary, it can change everything you have already created and following that purpose is jumping into the unknown.
I found my purpose a couple of years ago, I was at a health retreat in Queensland, this retreat, of course, had no phones, no alcohol, no coffee, early mornings, communal dining and I was not overly thrilled to be there, I thought there would at least be coffee! I was the loudest, most overdressed person there. Apparently, diamond earrings, lipstick, and mascara didn’t need to be worn to breakfast! Who would have thought?? But it was there that I realised what makes me smile, of course, my family makes me smile, but this retreat forced me to stop and think about what makes me happy, unique, what fills my soul and what I wanted to do.
There at that coffee-less retreat, Glamor Hippie was born. I discovered that I really loved to live like a hippie, I already had a chemical free home, I was already obsessed with everything natural and organic, I just realised that I was doing with a touch of glamor. It was a profound moment when I had that thought, then I knew exactly what I wanted to do, share my world, my journey and my purpose with people who wanted to share it with me.
The opportunity of following your passion is there for all of us if you want it. But first, you must take the time to find it. You don’t need to go off to a health retreat to discover yours, if you do, find one that has coffee! Just taking some time to think about what lights you up and makes you smile can have a profound impact on how you spend the rest of your life.
Life’s too short not to.
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