Living With Purpose

   Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “Am I living the life I always wanted?”  You may have grown up in a supportive home, went to college, entered a career that you thought was “the one” for you, only to find down the road that maybe it wasn’t. Or maybe you like what you do yet feel like something is missing. You may have grown up in less than desirable circumstances, going from job to job just to make ends meet, knowing that there must be more- but what and how to get there?

   Our lives are constantly bombarded with distractions and obligations. Before we know it, we are 10, 20, or even 30 years down the road looking back and wondering “where did the time go!?” We all enter a place in our lives where we get introspective and question our progress, what differences we have made, is this really where we want to be in life- are we truly happy and fulfilled?

   It’s never too late to make adjustments- however small, however big- to align ourselves with the lives we have always wanted (the oldest person to graduate from college was 99 years old!). Taking even small steps can get you started on your journey!

  • Think about and write down some goals you’d like to achieve- start with 2-3 things. They can be as simple as getting up 15 minutes earlier to do yoga to taking a course at a local or online college. Set a reasonable timeframe to complete these goals (i.e. in 3 months I will be consistently getting up earlier to do yoga four days a week). Who do you have in your life as a support system? List any hinderances or blocks that may get in the way of you accomplishing your goal- then research and think of ways to overcome those obstacles. Once you’ve achieved your first list, start another.
  • Find ways to give back to your community. Volunteer to pick up trash at your local park, help in a soup kitchen, donate time at your local Boys and Girls Club. Your positive influence will not only lift the spirits and inspire the lives of those around you, it will also encourage you as well!
  • Explore your spirituality. What teachings are you drawn to? Explore different trains of thought, find what resonates in your heart. A solid spiritual foundation will help create a more purposeful life and add meaning to your journey.
  • Take time for self-care- this cannot be stressed enough! Taking time for yourself, even for 10 minutes a day, can make a big difference. Do something you enjoy whether it be reading, taking a bath, meditation, or indulging in your favorite hobby. Taking that time keeps you in touch with who you are, replenishes your energy, and keeps you motivated to keep moving forward.

      You may find yourself encountering obstacles along the way, don’t get discouraged! Find some positive affirmations and keep them where you will see them regularly. Create a vision board to help encourage you and get you through the harder days. Before you know it, you’ll be living YOUR best life!

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