Taking time to think about who I was and what I wanted is not something I did as a kid. When I was asked what I was doing after high school I knew the answer was college. That was all I knew.
My parents went through a divorce when I was in high school. There was a lot going on. I didn’t have much guidance about my future. I got kind of lost in the mix.
I did go to college but I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had a lot to discover about life and about myself.
I found my way to film production. And I enjoyed my career freelancing for many years. I have great stories and memorable experiences from my time working in it.
I am a seeker. I love new experiences. I use exploration to figure out my life.
When I started to figure out what I really wanted in my life, it led me to look at life and work differently.
I started a coffee shop. It was exhausting work for a very small monetary return. But the exhaustion was worth the fun of building community, sharing great food and being on the forefront of the revitalization of a small rural town.
Returning to film production after that was still fun but I missed the rewarding feeling of making a difference in my community and world. Once my survival was taken care of, my thoughts went back to helping others.
I had an intention. I knew making a difference in the world was important to me. I just needed to figure out how best to use my skills and make it happen. I started to research new ideas keeping in mind I wanted to help people.
To say I wanted to make a difference was very broad. I needed to spend time exploring and thinking about what that meant to me.
I had been a caretaker in my family. It was an easy role for me to fall into. I didn’t want that anymore. I didn’t want to just fall into something and I didn’t want to just take care of other people.
I narrowed my focus to helping people who want to change their lives. I wanted to share what is possible. I wanted them see they could do anything in their lives once they knew themselves.
Then I looked deeper and figured out my current values.
I started with basics. What was important to me? I looked at where I wanted to live, how I wanted to live, what my ideal day would be and much more.
Many of us never take time to do this.
Purpose and intention are important to everything we do in work, play and relationships. A great place to start finding your intention is to know who you are and how you want to live your life.
I think the most important thing we do is to live with intention.
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