When we worked together to clarify her life purpose, what emerged was that Angie had a lifelong interest in the healing arts and had always felt that healing was her true purpose in life. However, as a single mom of two young children, she did not see how she could possibly manifest that in her current situation.
But when Angie did some research, she found that her local community college offered a massage therapy program. It had very flexible hours and would allow her to take classes around her children’s schedule and her job. So she enrolled, and she absolutely loved every minute of it.
As she had limited time to attend classes, it took her twenty-four months to complete school and obtain her state massage license. But during that time she was happy because she was moving in the direction of her life purpose. Even her boss at work noticed her renewed energy, productivity, and enthusiasm. Living with clarity and focus energized her, even though she had a busy schedule. It all seemed to be “falling into place” for her.
Once she was licensed in massage, she approached her boss about reducing her schedule to four days a week, and on Fridays she did massage in a local day spa.
Now here is the interesting thing… Once she engaged her purpose, Angie began to enjoy her regular job more. Soon, people came to her for advice on natural healing. She even started regular brown bag lunch talks at work on health and wellness topics.
Angie now works three days a week at her financial job and is in private practice doing massage two days a week. Once her daughters are older she plans to go back to school to become a naturopathic doctor. Angie is definitely living with Full Wattage.
So, how about you? What are some steps you could take to incorporate more of your sense of purpose into your life?
Excerpted from Liz Fletcher Brown’s book FULL WATTAGE! A Practical Guide to Living an Engaging and Purposeful Life Worth Celebrating. Get your free chapters of FULL WATTAGE! and other goodies.