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Searching For Your Purpose

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By Emily Quinton

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One of you lovely members of the Makelight family reached out to me this month asking for help in finding her purpose. I thought that it would be helpful for some of you too, so I am sharing my thoughts and resources here.
I have been on a huge purpose finding mission over the past couple of years, so this is a post is definitely from the heart and from experience.

Journalling - writing each day is a brilliant way to understand yourself better and to make sense of what is going on, even when you might be feeling very muddled or overwhelmed. Set yourself a target of journalling for 15 minutes each day for a month and at the end of the month read it back to yourself. What patterns emerge? Are there any words or themes that come up?

It really is worth doing and if you didn't watch the focus videos in April, begin here.

Mood Boarding - creating a mood board is a great activity to help you visually think about what you want to do and what you can do. You can create one with magazines, scissors and glue or a virtual one on Pinterest.

Listening - listen to the things that you say when you talk to people, listen to what people say to you and listen to others via Podcasts or videos. Sometimes we can dismiss things that other people say to us but I want you to really consciously begin to listen.

Taking Time - do not rush this process and panic. If you need to earn money doing something while you wait to go through this journey, then pick something you can do to pay the bills and know it is not forever. It is simply a stepping stone to your next thing and it will definitely help you not to rush into anything.

Personality Testing - Many people like to do a personality test to find out more about who they are and what they are suited do. The Enneagram is really popular. Gretchen Rubin has a 4 Tendencies Test and a book about it, which are both really interesting. I found Sparketypes really interesting and helpful.

Talking - make time to talk to people you trust and also see if you can network with people who you admire. That may be trickier than usual because we can't go and meet people for a coffee and chat right now or go to in-person networking events but we can still connect and ask questions.

More Journalling and Mood Boarding - Keep coming back to your journalling and mood boarding. This is a journey and takes time. As you listen, talk, read and think more things will come up. Journalling and mood boarding will help you to make sense of it all.

Do not be afraid if you have big, crazy ideas. Let them all out. Talk about them to people you trust, write them down. Think big and then see what might be possible. Do not judge yourself for having these thoughts and ideas. It is part of the process and if you don't think big, you might not get to where you should be.

And you might also want to take my Find Your Why focus from last year again....or for the first time if you didn't take it in 2019.

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I'm Emily Quinton, photographer, writer, teacher and mother of four. Along with my husband Stef I run Makelight – a membership community for creators, makers and doers.

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