PURPOSEFUL LIVING

by Anna Walker


SUBSTANCE

In last week's post I identified four mile markers on my road to success. I am still on the road- gathering successes along the way, always sensing that the distance is still great and the journey long, but intentional about the lessons learned.

This week, the first mile marker we will delve in to is PURPOSE. Over the last 18 years, this has become more and more important to me-not only to find my purpose, but to live it.

I read an article in the Huffington Post by Shannon Kaiser on "Three Unexpected Ways to Find Your Life Purpose'' posted April 2014.  There were so many points that resonated with me that I decided to use excerpts from these three steps in this week's post.

 How to Find Your Purpose and Passion
1. Get More Action
You can't think your way into finding your life purpose; you have to do your way into it.... The more we act, the more we get clear on things. So instead of overthinking it -- Will this work out? Should I try that? What if I don't like it? What if I don't make money at it? Start taking steps toward your goals and start trying new things. This will help you get out of your own way.
2. Drop From Your Head to Your Heart
Your heart is your best tool to access your true purpose and passion. Ask yourself what you love? Start taking steps to do what you love...When you lead from your heart, you are naturally more joyful and motivated to explore. By doing what you love, you will be inspired and gain insights into what brings you the most joy.
3. Break Up with The "ONE"
... trying to find only one thing is the reason why we feel like something is missing. The notion that we have only one thing we are meant for limits us from fulfilling our greatness. 
Let go of thinking there is only one purpose for you and embrace the idea that our purpose in life is to love life fully by putting ourselves into our life!  To lead a purposeful life, follow your passions. When we live a passion-filled life we are living on purpose, and that is the purpose of life.
Passion + Daily Action = Purposeful Life

MY TAKEAWAYS:

1. Start exploring and doing something you love with consistent action. Your biggest passion is what you love. The results come when we act. Take steps towards what you want, and remove those things in your life that you don't want.  

2. Stop over thinking.

3. Don't limit yourself to one passion.  I am a coach, a writer, an image consultant, a travel buff, and dilettante. Having a passion for all these things make up the totality of who I am and my purpose in life.

In summary, doing what you love consistently builds momentum and others will begin to see your passions. Life responds to your gifts and your purpose is revealed. Take the limits off your thinking and yourself. This, dear jewel, is purposeful living.

STYLE

BEAUTY

HYDRATE YOUR SKIN

Saturate your skin with extra moisture this season.  One of my tried and true tips is to moisturize at night before bed.  As skin renews, it drinks in moisture.  My personal fav is Nivea and I also use a wonderful lotion from www.sunaroma.com. It is their Oatmeal & Vitamin E Lotion which conditions and moisturizes with extracts of apricot, sage and aloe and revitalizes with the antioxidant properties of oatmeal and vitamin E.

 

TRAVEL

TRAVEL MUST HAVES

Traveling abroad can be stressful, but when you are prepared, it makes all the difference.  These are some of my travel must-haves:

1. Earplugs and earphones

2. Healthy Snacks

3. Personal blanket, cozy socks and pillow

4. Entertainment (Mags, tablet, etc.)

5. Everything I need in a carry-on. I have packed 10 days of travel to Europe in one carry-on!  (how to tips later)

6. Copies of passport, major credit card and I.D. 

7. Cross-body document/cash/card holder concealed under clothing.

 

HEALTH

REST FOR YOUR SOUL

There are so many diet and weight loss tips these days that we really don't know what the best alternative is for our bodies.  One universal tip that I've found to be crucial is REST. Rest does not only mean sleep, but rest from overthinking and overdoing.  Take time to RELAX your body and mind. Purpose to listen to good music and meditate on good thoughts. Many are night owls or demanding positions, scheduling in rest is an important task to total well being. Believe it or not, I love to rest my mind by watching the classics and westerns- nothing like Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Chapparal, and The Virginian. Of course, anything Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, and Sidney Poitier! I also love classical music. One of my favs is Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus- delightful. https://youtu.be/qvFUw9HvRf8 Enjoy!