For the ten years of my life that I worked in the corporate world, I had the unyielding feeling that my gifts and talents were not being utilized to their fullest. This longing began my journey to find my purpose in life.
During those ten years, I had little direction in my life and opted for any available role. I would get up, go to work, come home, and go to bed. Eventually, I developed migraine headaches, lacked energy because I had no purpose and was totally unfulfilled inside.
I finally realized that I needed to search for my purpose, my reason for being. So I went to college and after graduation, however, I was still unclear about why I was here on this earth. Again, I started feeling overwhelmed and trapped until I assessed what it was that I enjoyed. I considered everything from hairdressing to owning an antique shop.
I was feeling hopeless and lost in this process. My head was swimming with ideas and I was paralyzed with making a commitment and sticking to it. I decided I needed help and with Oprah just starting her, "Live Your Best Life" series, the industry of life coaching was starting to be highlighted and emerging. Of course before there was Facebook there were these things called message boards. Oprah had such a message board and there was a coach on the message board who said if you are lost as to what your purpose is, she could help. Okay she said it more eloquently than that but however she said it, it was speaking to me. I hired her and thus began the first phase of my journey.
For the season of life I was in, I wanted a career that would allow me to be home because I was young and considering starting a family and I was done with the corporate world and wanted more control over my schedule. During an in-depth soul search, my personal coach introduced me to the emerging new profession of Virtual Assistance. As a Virtual Assistant, I could not only use my existing administrative skills but I could also expand my talents and touch many more lives. Best of all, I could be my own boss and perform these tasks in my own home office. I never expected to become a business owner.
Regardless, something inside of me awakened. I just knew I was beginning to fulfill my purpose on this earth, a purpose that would also allow me to help others fulfill their purpose. I enrolled in the 20-week Virtual Training Program through Assist U and eventually graduated. I continued working in my full-time job while building my part-time virtual practice. But this put me back into the same rut from which I was trying to flee.
After much consideration and frustration of trying to achieve my calling, I approached my husband and explained how I was struggling to fulfill my purpose while working full-time.
My husband had sensed my stress and agreed that I should continue on the path of finding my purpose. He supported my decision, and we agreed that I would build my virtual assistant business. We reviewed our finances, prayed, and set a date that I would give notice and leave the corporate world behind. I was excited to finally be on the right path.
The week prior to handing in my resignation, my husband suddenly lost his job. I feared that I had made a mistake in finding my purpose. I was devastated.
My husband and I discussed our options. Much to my surprise, he said he wanted me to continue finding my purpose. After much prayer, we both agreed to continue moving towards what we believed was the correct paths for our lives.
I turned in my two-week notice on faith that it would all come together and make sense. I was afraid we were going to lose the home we had just bought. I was afraid we would struggle without money and it would hurt our marriage. And I was afraid of failing at my calling.
Rather than looking for another job, my husband decided to fulfill his purpose of working for himself. Then I really got nervous. First, I would be without a job, and now my husband had decided to become self-employed. To my surprise, my husband received a tremendous amount of work and he was able to support both of us until I had built a solid practice. I did leave my full-time job as planned, and am now able to support my business.
As I recount my story to others, I am still amazed at how wonderful a journey it has been to accept my life calling and to be more than what I expect of myself and more of what God expects. In the book, The Purpose Driven Life, author Rick Warren states, "The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the wrong starting point--ourselves." He continues by stating, "The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even you wildest dreams and ambitions."
There is so much more to life than working to make a living. Maybe you need help completing your purpose. Contact me today and let me help you fulfill your destiny in life. Or, maybe you need help finding your own purpose.