Monthly Archives: October 2015

How to Reveal Your Passions and Discover Your Life Purpose in 4 Easy Steps Part Four

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Last week we asked ourselves some challenging questions in order to discover what our true life purpose was, this week we learn how to face our fears, one of the biggest obstacles to pursuing our life purpose.

 

Step Four – Face Your Fears

 

I realised early on that by pursuing my passion of writing, I would have to face my fear of failure. As with any creative endeavour, writing is highly competitive. I started to think how hard it was to succeed as a writer and how many other experienced and talented writers there were out there. My fear of failure had made me question my ability. This experience taught me that our fears are directly proportionate to our passions. The more passionate we are, the more fear we will have to face.

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How to Reveal Your Passions and Discover Your Life Purpose in 4 Easy Steps Part Three

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Last week we discovered the difference between our passions and our purpose and learnt how we can start taking action to discover which passions may reveal our purpose, this week the challenging questions we need to ask ourselves in order to find our purpose are revealed.

 

Step Three – Asking Challenging Questions

 

The quality of our questions determines the quality of our answers. Here are some soul searching questions, designed to help you uncover your calling in life. Don’t forget the last question, which is arguably the most important of all in revealing your purpose.

 

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Why they call it love at first sight and other musings

 

 

Hi All,

 

My sincere apologies, you may have noticed in recent weeks that I haven’t been posting as frequently as usual. Several weeks ago on a Friday afternoon my father decided to have complicated double cataract surgery – the following Monday and Wednesday no less! My mother and I were in a complete frenzy trying to help my father prepare for the surgery and book his disabled hotel room for his recovery whilst also trying to mentally prepare ourselves for my fathers immanent operations.

 

My mother, at 66 years old (even though she only looks 52) has had to administer eye drops for my father up to four times a day, with nail bitingly high precision (if just one additional drop hits the eye the entire eye needs to be washed out). To help my mother, who also works, manage, I offered to look after Rusty, our adorable Yorkshire Terrier who is fifteen years old and has reduced kidney function meaning he needs to be fed and hydrated every two to three hours. The good news is both Rusty and my father are doing well, with my dad making a speedy recovery.

 

Rusty

 

Due to the speed at which my father booked in the surgery, and the haste with which we all needed to adapt to our new regimes, I have been unable to maintain my usual four times weekly posts, though I have made sure to continue the Monday series posts. In the coming weeks I shall be building back up to my regular four times weekly posts, in the meantime I hope you enjoy and take value from the current series on how to reveal your passions and discover your life purpose.

 

In the midst of all the chaos caused by acclimatizing to all of the changes it made me think, why were mom and I so petrified of these operations when we were comparatively calm when my dad underwent prostate cancer surgery?  I think in part we had longer to come to terms with that operation but with this it felt so sudden. But it was more than that – it was my dads sight. Eyes are inextricably linked to the essence of someone, it is the looking glass into their mind and spirit and the portal by which they see and interpret the world. That is why they call it love at first sight! It made me realize and value the importance of my own sight in some strange way, it made me aware of how priceless my eyesight was to my existence and reminded me not to take it for granted.

 

Very seldom have I ever had an insight into the deep rooted and painful regret we experience once we realize that what we once took for granted is now gone – perhaps permanently – and we discover the enormous worth it had all along. One of the few times I remember having this realization was when I had my breakdown, how much I missed having good mental health and how, at my lowest moments, I felt I may have lost it for good. I remember wishing I could go back in time and relive times when I was happy, only this time recognizing, appreciating, adoring my mental health. The wonderful thing is however, that it did return.

 

For those of you out there suffering with the loss of something you once took for granted but now realize was priceless my message is simple. There is hope. If you are suffering from a physical illness don’t give up, you can beat this. For those suffering with emotional scars that appear like they may never heal, trust me, they can and – if you seek help – they most likely will. For those of you that have not lost anything, cherish all that you have and take a minute to imagine what your life would be like if you weren’t blessed with good eyesight, hearing, physical or mental health. If you take just a minute to ponder this you will experience the absolute joy at knowing just how blessed you are to have all this and more.

 

What do you consider priceless to your life? Have you taken time to appreciate it lately? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

 

x X x Jenny x X x

How to Reveal Your Passions and Discover Your Life Purpose in 4 Easy Steps Part Two

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Last week we looked at how what we enjoyed as children can lead us to our passions, a critical step in discovering our life purpose. This week we examine the difference between our passions and purpose and how we can start taking action towards discovering our life purpose.

 

Step One – Passion vs. Purpose

 

Although passion and purpose are often used interchangeably, there are in fact two very different things.

 

Passions can be enjoyed for their own sake, and you certainly don’t have to be skilled at them to find them rewarding. My passions were singing, scrapbooking and writing.

 

My purpose, on the other hand, was how I used one of my passions for a cause greater than myself. For example, my passion was writing, but my purpose was to help others through my writing.

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How to Reveal Your Passions and Discover Your Life Purpose in 4 Easy Steps Part One

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As a little girl I used to fantasize about being a famous actress. I would envisage walking down the red carpet arm in arm with a handsome actor who adored me. I remember how excited I was when I went to my first drama group. This, I thought, was how my rise to fame and fortune would start.

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