An Easy Way to Start Discovering Your Purpose

by Alexandra Weisser in Purpose / 28 Comments

Are you trying to discover your purpose? Click through to learn an easy way to start discovering your purpose- I can't believe how easy it is!

Discovering your purpose in this world can be a journey that takes an entire lifetime to achieve. But there is a way to start discovering what your purpose in life is, so that you can live a happy life now living a fulfilling life serving something that brings you great joy.

I thought I knew what I was meant to do. A few years into my professional career, I started to get an itch that I was meant to do something else. I had always loved kids: as a child myself I often babysat for the neighborhood kids, I taught dance to kids during high school, and I just couldn’t stop myself from saying “how cute are youuuu” to an adorable baby! So, I did what any rational young twenty-something does. I called my mom and dad, informed them that I was going to apply for a job outside of my Economics & Business background, and calmly waited as they told me I was crazy but if I wanted to apply, to go for it.

That’s how I found myself spending a morning interviewing at a local kids gym. I arrived promptly at 8:30am, and and spent the next 30 minutes getting briefed on the 2 year old class I would be helping with while I was observed as part of the interview. I interacted with the 2 year olds, helped them to the bathroom, colored, painted, drove toy trucks on the carpet. After what seemed like three lifetimes, the woman I was interviewing with said it was time for the gym part of the day. “Sorry,” I told her, “I’m only supposed to be here until 11am. That was the arrangement, right?”

“It’s 10am.” She replied. And in that very moment, I knew. I may love kids. I may be super obsessed with cute babies on the subway and dying to have little ones of my very own, but I knew that my purpose was NOT teaching children.

I finished out the gym portion of the interview, reading stories and helping little ones tumble and walk on the balance beam. And of course, the company loved me and offered me a full time position, which I immediately and politely declined. But you know what is the funniest part? I felt really great! I had gone after something that I thought was my purpose, the thing that would bring me greater joy every day. I was recharged and re-energized and determined to find my purpose in each and every day!

So this brings me to how I got started discovering my purpose. I started thinking about:

What brought me happiness and joy as a child?
When left to entertain myself, what activities did I gravitate towards?
What fond memories did I have of being a child myself?

Children have a real sense of themselves. They don’t often do things they don’t like to do. They aren’t afraid to tell you that grapes are “icky” and that they absolutely despise the color green. They will not wear sweaters that are itchy, or pants that are too tight just because they are “cute and fashionable.”

So maybe reverting to ourselves as a child is the key to unlocking our greater purpose. What things did you do as a child that you no longer have time to do as an adult?

For me, I loved reading and writing, arts and crafts, and creating elaborate imaginative storylines in my mind.

So after 29 years of living my life I finally realized what I needed to do to start fulfilling my purpose.

I started this blog. 

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Starting a blog has given me a much needed creative outlet. My day job also stems from my childhood interest of loving math, logic, problem solving, and working with all things numbers (I work in Finance, surprise surprise!). I am also fortunate to work in a creative company, so I am constantly surrounded by creativity and inspirational ideas. But starting a blog has definitely tapped in many of my childhood interests I don’t get to utilize each and every day at work.

 

So give it a try and answer the above questions! You’ll definitely get some insight in to what your inner child loves and desires and hopefully gather some direction towards what your purpose is. You should try to incorporate your purpose into some aspect of your life, whether it be your full-time career, volunteering, a hobby, or a part-time side hustle. Anyway you can start living your purpose will be immensely fulfilling!

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What are some things you loved to do as a child? Do you incorporate them into things you do as an adult?

xoxo

Alexandra

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28 responses to “An Easy Way to Start Discovering Your Purpose

  1. I’M searching for my purpose! My current rule: if it doesn’t bring you joy, don’t do it. Sometimes hard to edit things out but still a great goal while I find what I want my purpose to be.

  2. I love how you found your purpose. It took me a while to find mine and sometimes I wonder if it will change again. It will always be around writing and helping others but am not sure I will do this in the same job. If that makes sense!

  3. I found my purpose once I had my son. Not because of him or anything but more like the world showed me what I was meant to do. Help others. It seems silly but oh so true. I help others with parenting, projects, crafts, raising money, starting blogs you name it. Best part? I love doing it!
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  4. I like what you said! Being self aware is so important! Blogging has given me confidence & I’ve loved seeing what other’s write (like this post) because I’m so floored and impressed at the insights from others! Thank you for a great post!

  5. I just recently found my purpose and it’s very similar to what made me happy when I was a kid. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do; just in a different capacity. I’m so excited to be living my truth!

  6. Great post! I really love the design of your site as well – it’s very appealing and happy 😉 I’ve been struggling to find my purpose for years and I have an idea, but I also feel like the constant soul-searching for what this elusive purpose might be is exhausting. Once I let go of that, I became much happier. Maybe I’ll find it, maybe I won’t, but either way I’m enjoying my life and trying my best to help others along the way.

  7. I really loved this post. And it is so very true, to look back at your childhood and find what really made you happy. For me, it was art in general, mostly coloring and photography, and I became a photographer/graphic designer 🙂

  8. These are great questions to ask to find out that bigger why. I remember getting compliments on my writing from the time I was a little kid – I’d make terribly drawn Christmas cards, but rocked the poetry inside of them. And I love your suggestion to find some way to incorporate purpose into life, whether it be professionally or privately.
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  9. Thanks for sharing this! Being a mom is definitely my purpose in life, but coming into my thirties I have found my second purpose, blogging.

  10. This article made me laugh when I got to the questions part- as a kid I used to loove getting in my mom’s closet and trying on her high heels, dresses, smearing lipstick on my lips- at 26 I’m a style blogger and Youtuber! And it makes me crazy happy 🙂

  11. This is a great post! I think it’s important that people are self aware and keep working towards what makes them happy!

    In college I was SURE I was going to be a lifelong Chemist. I was good at it and enjoyed learning about it. But when I got to grad school, things changed. People were over-competitive and dramatic. It just wasn’t an environment I wanted to be a part of the rest of my life!

    When I got pregnant with my (now) toddler I made the decision to wrap up my work and leave. It was hard, but looking back I’m so happy I did it! I’ve rediscovered passions that I had long forgot because I was so consumed in the lab! I’m so glad that I gave myself permission to let my gut guide me 🙂

    • Alexandra Weisser

      I love that point- following your gut! I think that is sort of what this leads to by following your “inner child” you are really going with your gut! I’m glad you are able to spend time with your little one and know that it a challenging job as well.

  12. Hi Alexandra! I just found your blog and am thoroughly enjoying your content. I recently began my journey towards discovering my purpose (which I have defined, yay!) and am currently working towards living my life fulfilling that.

    During my process I didn’t dive deep into thinking back to my childhood, but your simple exercise allowed me to confirm my purpose in learning, sharing with others, and expressing my creativity. When I was a kid I loved crafts as well and browsing through magazines, catalogs, informational pamphlets (I even collected amusement park programs!) not knowing at the time that I was essentially gathering inspiration and knowledge. And I too am fulfilling my purpose through my blog 🙂 Keep up the great work!

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    • Alexandra Weisser

      Thank you so much! I’ll be sure to check out your work as well. I’m glad that this reconfirmed what you already knew- that creativity is your passion!

  13. Cw

    Yes, most of us could look back to our childhood and said, “Yep, that’s it right there.” and have our younger version retorted, “Took you long nuff.”

  14. Aw, this is inspiring! It’s true, kids really do have such a clear sense of who they are and what they want. When I was a little girl my favorite thing to do was daydream and play outside, which I totally do get to express now by blogging and sharing pics of nature! Woo!

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