What’s My Purpose Here?

Why all the pressure when you are thirteen years old to figure out what you want to do with your life? I remember sitting in class and we were given an aptitude test to figure out what we were good at and what potential jobs we would be good at. Basically telling your what your purpose in life was. I remember looking at my list and thinking that those were the most awesome jobs I could ever imagine.

Circa 1996

From my potential list, I chose that I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Yes, at thirteen years old I had decided I wanted to go to college in Florida and study to work with dolphins. Growing up in Northeast Ohio, Florida sounded like an amazing adventure and working with dolphins just seemed incredibly life altering, considering I had only ever seen a dolphin at Sea World in Ohio.

Flash forward to my senior year in high school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life anymore. I had gone through a ton of personal crap, as most teenagers do, however my crap led to me dating a boy who had broken me mentally, emotionally, and physically. I hated school. I hated life. College was the last thing on my mind.

High School Senior Picture

My best friend, who I had grown up with, was one of the only ones that was still there for me through everything. I started going back to youth group with her and started asking myself “What’s my purpose here?” Learning and realizing I had God given talents and gifts, I tried to figure out what I was meant to do. Most of my classmates had already applied and had been accepted into college.

All I knew is that I loved animals and music. Being that applications deadlines for most colleges had passed, I decided to go to a local tech school and get some basics out of the way. I still hated school. I didn’t want to be there and ended up on academic probation my second semester. What was my purpose? Why was I having such a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do with my life? Most of my friends were well on their way to a career and I was just stuck.

My dad and I at my college graduation.

Flashing forward again to 2008. I had finally graduated college with a Bachelors Degree in Youth Ministry. I wanted to help people. I wanted to help kids like me live a life worth living. Again, I had fallen into a toxic relationship and eventually got so down on myself, I wasn’t living my purpose or passion. I had fallen into self destructive habits and lost a job that I had loved because of that relationship.

In all actuality, that was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. In 2009, it started the process of me finding myself. After my divorce was final, my journey of self discovery had begun. So for the last 8 years, I have been learning and growing and at the age of 35, I have finally found my purpose and my passion in life. I have an amazing husband who loves me for who I am and encourages me to follow my dreams. And we have an incredible life of full time traveling with our two dogs and living life to it’s fullest.

Eric & I living our best life in the Florida Keys in 2017

So why did I tell you the story about my life? Because I want you to know that no matter what you have been through, no matter how old you are, it is NEVER too late to live a life full of passion and purpose. I want to help you live your best and happiest life possible. I want to help guide you on your journey to self discovery.

I have created a FREE PDF specifically for you. If you stuck with me through my story and want to know how you can find your purpose, I have the start right here for you. Get the exclusive PDF straight to your email now!

 

 

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