When Matt travels out of town, I tend to spend more time on the computer at night than I normally do. Last night was no exception as I browsed through several saved articles that I have been meaning to read when I had a free moment. I dog-eared this one article by Steve Pavlina, “How to Discover Your Life Purpose in 20 Minutes” after I first found another one of his articles, “10 Reasons You Should Never Have a Job.” Now that’s my kind of topic. I was intrigued with the thought of actually figuring out my purpose in a mere 20 minutes and thought, What’s the worst that could happen? I could lose 20 minutes of my life…
Upon first attempting this exercise, I thought, “Well this should be rather easy. I am a self-aware kind of girl and I will totally get this in no time!” 30 minutes later, I was frustrated and tired. I hated this exercise suddenly, believing that is was stupid and a waste of time. Which by the way, Steve addresses the levels of emotion you can experience during this exercise. I hit the wall of frustration. But because I am useless past 8:00 PM and had the dumb idea to try this at 10:00 PM, I decided going to bed would be the best choice. I kept my list up on my computer though, only getting up to 45 lines, determined to get back to it the next day.
When I picked it back up, I only had to add 2 more items until I heard this voice loud and clear in my head:
I should already know this!
And that is when it hit me. The tears began to roll down my face…just as Steve said they would.
My life’s purpose is To create my own path in this life through the abolishment of the “shoulds” in my head, to write my own guidelines for living, and to learn how to trust myself every step of the way, all the while creating beauty that inspires others to also live fearlessly.
I’m curious to hear if any of you tried this exercise. I would love to hear YOUR life purpose!
Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe
This reminds me of one of my most favorite salad dressings ever that is filled with tons of mayo. Finally, a dressing I can enjoy!
Coats 2 salads (or 1, depending on how greedy you are with your dressing)
- 1/2 c. cashews
- juice of 1 lime
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 4 Tb water
- 2 medium handfuls of cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- 1-2 tsp jalapeno (1/4 of a whole jalapeno)
- In a high-speed blender, place the cashews, lime/lemon juice, and water inside and blend. Depending on what type of consistency you want in a dressing, add (or not) more water by the tablespoon.
- Throw in the rest of the ingredients into the blender until combined but not necessarily completely smooth. You want those small chunks in that dressing–it’s the best part!