For years, I felt my primary purpose was being a mom to my three kids. I loved reading them stories at bedtime, baking cookies with them, playing, crafts, volunteering at their schools, and even being the Girl Scout Leader. Being a nurturing Mom gave my life meaning and purpose, although I was to busy at the time to even think about it. Like many empty nesters and women at midlife, I have had to discover what gives my life meaning and purpose now. Inspiring others as a life coach to discover their meaning and purpose gives my life meaning and purpose.
Whether you are graduating from college and about to embark upon your first time job or if you are facing retirement and want to find a way to give back after a long career, your life can have meaning and purpose. What gives your life meaning and purpose may change throughout your life and that is okay. Some similarities exist. When I am living a life on purpose, I feel different. I become in charge of my life and don't just feel dragged alongat the effect of all those things happening outside of me. I have a sense of direction. I know where I am going and what I want to accomplish. I am being my best self. Being a nurturer is one quality that gives my life meaning and purpose, but with three grown children, how I use that nurturing quality has changed.
Not the life that other people have designed for you. When you are living from your authentic self, you are living a life with meaning and purpose and you will make a difference. It's time to stop pleasing others and start taking care of yourself. You are worth it!
Get started by asking yourself these questions:
- What do you feel called to do?
- How can you use your unique set of God given gifts and talents to make a difference in you life and the world?
- What are your unique gifts and talents?
- What is your mission, right now, this month, this year?
- Are you living from your essence, your authentic self?
- Take some time to consider what you most want to create in your life is well worth it. Creating what you most want, not what others want for you. What could you do using your life purpose to make this world a better place for others and yourself?
Whatever it is, just know you're worth the effort you spend on yourself and your new passions.
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