Are you living your life purpose?
I read an article today that stated, "You'll never have a job where you're excited to go to work everyday." I completely disagree. That is an awful outlook on something we do for forty (or more) hours per week. The majority of our lives are spent working. I know we can enjoy "work", because I know people who love what they do for a living. A job or career does not have to be "work". Even the name sets it up for us to think of it as a chore.
There are many people who switch careers one or more times over the course of their lives. I think part of the problem is that we have to choose what we want to do before we are even old enough to buy a beer. Even if we pick something we love, many of us are not shown what it is like to actually work in that field, unless we are guided to an internship or an equivalent.
Are you excited to go to work everyday or is it time to move on?
- Do I come home drained of energy?
- Am I constantly venting about work?
- Do I dread going to work every morning?
- Am I "going through the motions" instead of feeling excited?
- Do I watch the clock a lot?
- Is Sunday spent thinking about how I don't want to go back to work on Monday?
- Do I ignore the voice in my head that says I am not following my passions and doing something fulfilling?
That last question was one that made it clear to me that my own career wasn't what I was supposed to be doing any longer. I don't know where I originally heard this - maybe on Oprah - first, a message comes like a tap from a feather. If you don't hear it or if you ignore it, then you will be hit with a small pebble. If you still don't listen to the voice guiding you, then you get will struck with a larger stone. Finally, you will hit a brick wall. That is a perfect analogy to the way I have seen guidance from the Universe in action.
If you don't listen to your inner voice, there will be consequences. You may get sick or get a disease. It slowly eats away at you, always in the background. If you don't follow your heart, you are only hurting yourself.
So how do you find your purpose?
There are several things you can do:
1. Look at what you enjoy doing for hours and hours. It is that thing where time flies, and before you know it many hours have passed by and you haven't taken a break. You may find your self getting up early on a day off because you are so excited to do it. Or maybe you have insomnia and you find yourself drawn to do it. It's the thing you don't want to stop doing because you are enjoying yourself so much. "Time flies when you are having fun."
2. Look at what you did as a child. Look at how you used your imagination. What did you pretend to be? I used to pretend I was a teacher teaching all my stuffed animals. I would put them all on my bed facing me and I would teach them with a little chalkboard and huge piece of chalk. I eventually became a teacher. However, I also became a vegan sixteen years ago. My teaching career lasted only four years as a substitute and eight years as a teacher. The real message was about the animals. When I was little I used to want to be a veterinarian. I do not wish to be one any longer, but I make vegan recipes that I get to post here. I truly believe this is part of my life purpose.
When we come into this world we haven't been jaded by the beliefs of others. We still have our intuition as young people. That intuition is either nurtured, supported, and allowed to grow, or it is starved and neglected.
3. Sit down and write what you would do if money was not a factor. Leave your family and friends, location and everything else out of the equation. Think about what you are passionate about, and how you want to contribute to the world, while also growing as a person. This usually only takes a few minutes; the answers you write down first are most likely your answers. If you struggle with this, don't worry, if you keep asking what it is you are supposed to be doing, the answers will come.
Also, if you have thoughts of regret about not pursuing something that you have been passionate about, that you pushed aside to pursue other endeavors, those thoughts are a good indicator as well.
So now that I know what my purpose is, now what?
If money is an issue, start with baby steps. If you enjoy making crafts, such as beading jewelry, and would love to sell your wares, start by beading a few hours a week. (This is one of my passions, which I have been working on slowly.) Next, open an Etsy store, or see if there's a local shop that will put your jewelry on consignment.
If your passion is something where you do not have very much experience, start by working part time to learn new skills. You could also volunteer or work as an apprentice. You could trade services in exchange for a mentor teaching you. There is always a way. You just have to be open to the possibilities that are out there.
You also need to believe in yourself. If it scares you, you are on the right track. It is not about the fear per se, it is about feeling the fear and MOVING AHEAD ANYWAY.
I was able to leave my career to take a few years off. I knew I would need to figure out my next step. I asked for guidance from the Universe. Then I LISTENED. I watched for and found synchronicities. I knew I was on the right track when the same messages kept coming. If I would have ignored the guidance that I was receiving, that would be like telling the Universe, "I know I asked for your help, but now I don't want it. I'll look elsewhere. Thanks anyway." Even though this blog does not yet support me, I feel in my heart that I am on the right track. Why? Because I listened. I have guidance everyday from my guides. I hear them because I listen.
If you don't listen to your intuition (which you need to nurture before you are able to hear from your guides), it will come back to haunt you. The Universe is always there to support you. Always. Your job is to listen. It will open doors for you, you just need to walk through. When things flow, life becomes easier. Everything flows as it should.