17 Insightful Questions and Profound Wisdom About Finding Your True Purpose

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A small acorn falls from the branches of a mighty oak.

At first, the acorn thought it might be a fruit tree.

“I will have the sweetest fruit of all,” it said.

The acorn tried and tried to grow fruit.  Yet nothing would grow.

Then, it decided it must be a eucalyptus tree.

“I will smell so wonderful, the scent of my leaves will fill all the air,” it said.

The acron tried and tried to grow leaves that gave off a refreshing scent, yet it could not.

Looking around, the seed spotted a pine tree.

“Yes! I am a pine tree. One day a family will decorate me and we can celebrate life together,” it said.

The acorn tried to grow wider at the bottom and pointy at the top, but it just wasn’t working.

The acorn felt out of place.  It didn’t know what it’s purpose was or who it was supposed to be.

So acorn made the best choices it could and surrendered to being the best ‘acorn’ it could be.

It grew and grew and one day the acorn realized it was taller and stronger than all the other trees around him.

“I am an oak tree!” It said.

Even as the acorn tried to become all those other trees, it could not escape it’s true destiny.

It tried to be many different things, but in truth, it was meant for one true purpose.

 

We all have a true purpose. 

You are an acorn and I am an acorn.  As we surrender to our destiny the truth about us and our existence here is revealed when the time is right.

 

In the meantime – here are 17 Insightful Questions for you to answer:

  1. What’s the vision for your life?
  2. Dreams?
  3. Aspirations?
  4. What excites you?
  5. How is the reality of your life different from that vision?
  6. What aspects of your life make you feel like you are “Losing Yourself?”
  7. Have you ever thought there was something more?
  8. What is your deepest desire?
  9. What do you want to accomplish?
  10. What do you want your life to look like in 5 years?
  11. What do you want your life to look like in 20 years?
  12. What are you good at?
  13. What are your strengths?
  14. What do you admire in others?
  15. What is your ideal lifestyle?
  16. What is your definition of success?
  17. What excites you most about life?

Take a trip to explore and discover the world and yourself.

Don’t lose yourself.

Get away from the chaos and listen to the small voice in your heart.

It’s always trying to get your attention.

Don’t live life on the couch.

You can inspire others to live their greatest life AND be fun to be around.

 

Our purpose finds us.

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2 Expert Interviews on Breaking Free in Tough Times

There comes a time in the life of all writers, artists and journey-ers where down-time is required.

It gives a moment before turning the corner.  To rest, recuperate and listen for direction.

Sometimes these moments come in the form of sickness, life transition, writer’s-block, major life transition or even depression.

The truth about these times, is they are moments of struggle in the life of a caterpillar, earning wings to see new landscapes, new wisdom and new inspiration unlike anything fathomable before.

 

 

This week two incredible women have stepped forward to share their viewpoint on honoring your path.

I look forward to your thoughts and would like to express my gratitude for the gift of insight they will be sharing with us this week.

 

Interview #1 – Jessica Kristie

Beautiful, accomplished, talented and generous, Jessica Kristie (www.JessicaKristie.com), radiates this world with a sense of purpose that knows no bounds.  She is changing the world, one story and one reader at a time, working towards a cause near and dear to the heart of every woman.

By definition, Jessica Kristie can be described by the image below.

However, the truth is that although Jessica Kristie is an award winning author, a writer, and a lover of poetry, her impact reaches far greater. She is an advocate for art, an activist against human trafficking, and a soulful contributor to the strengthening of our creative communities.

Her first novel, Barbed-Wire Butterflies, released January 2013, is a fiction account of a young girl faced with the atrocities of human trafficking and her struggle to find freedom. Jessica has committed 100% of all print royalties to Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit organization rescuing children out of sex trafficking.

More amazing than all of these items combined, is that Jessica was generous enough to lend her wisdom our way.  Thanks to her and it is my hope her words find their way into your heart.

5 accomplishments that define you:

“I don’t know if I would consider any accomplishments as defining me. Each moment has left beautiful growth and often beautiful scars that have made me who I am. There have been significant moments that have contributed to enormous change and therefore moving me in noticeably grander directions. Here are a few:

  • When I wrote my first poem at Ten (I was hooked).
  • The birth of each of my children.
  • My long career in the corporate world. Those times were not always wonderful but they had the most impact on my professional life. I learned a tremendous amount in business that has shaped me and allowed for successful ventures later on.
  • When I started my website and got on social media. This had a huge impact on my writing career. It literally jump-started everything.
  • When I got my first book contract with a publisher.”

How do you honor your path?

“Each day I honor my path by moving forward. Just like with anything in life, being stagnant or complacent stunts you. When the light came on for me, it created an overwhelming amount of opportunities that snowballed. The growth I’ve experienced in the last three years has been immeasurable. It was from the point I discovered my passion was a living and breathing entity, that I then came alive and made tangible change.”

How does someone get started honoring their path?

“Times can be rough so we all do what we have to do. Basic necessities such as housing and food have to be met, but that doesn’t mean we ignore the deep desires we each have.

Don’t let the world bind you to the point of breathlessness.

Give in to what makes you happy and make time for it often. Whether that be reading, writing, music, or any career path that ignites excitement. Do one thing every day that brings you great joy and always keep your passions in the forefront of your mind.”

5 Tips for others to honor their path:

  1. Keep your goals, hopes, and dreams prevalent and current. Write inspiring notes for yourself and keep them around the house. Write in a journal to not lose sight of where you want to be. All of these things will keep your dreams more in the present.
  2. Take time for prayer and meditation. A clear head makes for a clear vision of the future.
  3. Don’t settle for mediocre. It’s okay to not know what your passion is, but it is NOT okay to forfeit your search! Try new things, face your fears, and get out there. There is something exciting that is waiting for you to find it.
  4. Keep your path clean and clear of debris. My path is writing and advocacy. Writing is like a muscle that I have to work out often to keep it in shape. I’m always open to growth and learning. The same goes for my advocacy. There is much to learn and stay up to date on when it comes to human trafficking. I keep what I’m passionate about strong and it keeps me inspired.
  5. Don’t compromise. Beyond the basic needs we have as humans, let the rest go. There is a better hope for a future if you stay on the right path. Don’t take short cuts or make easy fixes. Life’s grand successes come from hard work and integrity. They are not fame and fortune; they are happiness and being able to walk away from this life proud.

Honor your legacy by honoring your path.

 

Interview #2 – Laura Campbell

There are the path followers and there are the lantern-holders, guiding our paths.

You never know who will stand the test of time and continue to provide that shining source of hope in your life.

Laura Campbell is one of these beauties and she was kind enough to share some of her wisdom with us.

In 2014, it will have been 20 years since I met this incredible woman.  She is heart-centered, enriching, wise and puts so much passion into her life – it’s contagious!

I’d like to thank Laura for honoring her path and teaching us to do the same.

5 accomplishments that define you:

I have many stereotypical accomplishments in life such as graduating from a great college, finding a successful career path, etc but for me my most important accomplishments in life are the relationships that I’ve forged.

I am an amazing friend, a loyal family member, a strong partner, a notable acquaintance, and even a perfect stranger.

If I can touch someone and make a positive contribution to their lives then I’ve accomplished something great.  To me, nothing is more important in life than those I love and I live to be the best person I can be to honor those relationships.”

How do you honor your path?

“I always take the time to ask why.

Why do people (including myself) act the way they do? When you take the time to try to understand others, it’s so much easier to connect to them, to love them, and to forgive them.”

How does someone get started honoring their path?

“Always be yourself and follow your heart and don’t let your fears or insecurities stop you from being successful.”

5 Tips for others to honor their path:

  1. Smile as much as possible.
  2. Always be genuine. If there are situations where you can’t be yourself or people that you can’t be genuine around, then you aren’t supposed to be there or be with them.
  3. Open your eyes to the beauty around you. Next time you are walking somewhere take the time to really look at your environment. Notice the birds singing, and nature blooming. Pay attention to the architecture, and look at the people around you and how they interact with their surroundings.
  4. Love wholeheartedly. Don’t let fear ruin the amazing journey that love takes you on.
  5. Find what you love to do and don’t give up until you achieve your goals. Success in life isn’t easy but it’s amazing how strong and fearless you feel when you accomplish a goal.

 

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Wild and Crazy Tidbits When Traveling to Costa Rica, India and Italy

Are you a fan of exotic lands, tropical places, good food and making memories that last a lifetime?  (Who isn’t, right?)  In honor of your traveler’s spirit and to inspire you to plan your next wild and crazy adventure, today’s post is for you.

We don’t travel to escape our life.  We travel so life doesn’t escape us.

Break down the barriers.  Plan that next trip.  There is an entire world waiting to be discovered, enjoyed and loved by you.

The single best place to get my travel-twinkle-toes wet was Costa Rica.  After watching this short (under 60 seconds)  video – you’ll see why.  Fair warning – it’s a jungle out there.

Thank you for being a Finding Yourself in a Suitcase  supporter.  There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.  Today, my reason is you.

Costa Rica

I learned a handful of things while making my way through Costa Rica before writing Finding Yourself in a Suitcase. Here are a few tidbits worth sharing:

  • There are more crocodiles than you can count in the Tarcoles River.
  • Baby sloths cuddle teddy bears at the Buttercup Sloth Rescue Center.
  • The spiders can jump 4 feet high.
  • Of the 112 volcanoes within Costa Rican borders, only 6 of them are active.

India

India is a place that remains a mystery to most.  This video is designed to give you a tad more insight into that mystical, amazing place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I learned a handful of things while making my way through India before writing Finding Yourself in a Suitcase.

Here are a few tidbits worth sharing:

  •  Though the Ganges is the dirtiest river there is, taking a dip in the river will wash away your sins (according to Indian belief).
  • The hands of 20,000+ workers were cut off after building the Taj Mahal.
  • India cranks out my Chai tea than anywhere else in the world.
  • Indian’s eat with the right hand and not the left due to the left being considered “unclean.”

Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I learned a handful of things while making my way through enchanted Italy, just before I wrote Finding Yourself in a Suitcase.

Here are a few tidbits worth sharing:

  •  If you don’t dress respectfully at the Vatican, you won’t be admitted (we tested this one…it’s true. Shorts and bare upper arms is unacceptable)
  • Opera is sung in Italian because it was born in Italy.
  • There are hundreds and hundreds of foot bridges for crossing in Venice.
  • If you aren’t married, it’s socially acceptable to live with your parents well into your 30’s.

Would you like to know more about these remarkable places?  Claim your copy of Finding Yourself in a Suitcase.

Even better yet – plan your own adventure!

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