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I hope you’ve had a great week…

I’m heading into a busy season of travel and speaking for the next 4-6 weeks, and remind myself it’s a privilege when explaining to the girls why Mommy has to leave again for a few days.

They fuss, question, and then get through it fine. Between my assistant/nanny and my all-star husband, the household goes on so I can get up and go where doors have opened.

Having clarity on our calling is so important isn’t it? Knowing WHY we do what we do, and having a sense of our divine assignment, helps us plow through the challenges, obstacles, and scheduling.

When I was single in my 20’s and 30’s, working long hours for little pay, wondering how I’d get from the day job to the life-calling job, it often felt like a mix of random experimenting and paying the bills.

I look back now, with many more years in the bag and realize…it all feels the same.

Yes there are moments of reward, job promotions, the big transfer to NYC and landing my first book deal. But most of the time, from sun up to sun down, it all feels the same.

What is this “same?”

It’s the daily routines, the getting up, going to bed and everything in between. It’s lingering questions like…

Am I doing enough to make a mark? To be memorable? To get ahead?

We wonder why fulfillment is often elusive, sporadic, or just not as fulfilling as we thought it would be.

Which is why PURPOSE matters. Purpose answers the question, “Why?” Why am I doing any of this anyway? Why did God put me here at this job, with these people, doing these things?

If we ponder, pray, and keep moving, we CAN find our purpose, then let it be the GPS telling us where to turn and how to arrive at destinations worth the drive.

After years of doing “Discover Your Purpose” workshops, I’ll soon be launching an online course I’m so excited about bringing to you, with modules, tools, and inspiration to help you know, with conviction, why you’re here.

One way to get ready for these discoveries is by asking God to reveal His heart and intentions for your life. Then watch for signs and signals about what you love most, where your impact occurs for others, and the dreams in your heart intended to accompany your purpose journey.

It does feel long and boring at times, but over time, we realize these days are the best days, and enjoying the “now” prepares us for what comes next.

Let’s keep in touch as your journey of purpose continues.

I’m cheering you on as you head into this weekend…

 


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Isn’t this how we feel so often?  I sure did yesterday.  The Sears repairman, cable guy, and fridge repairman, were all scheduled to arrive before noon. I had carefully planned them all in the morning so by noon, I’d be free as a bird to go out and conquer the city.

I waited, kept busy, looked at the clock, called at least five times, “Uh excuse me, he’s still not here.” Mr. Sears, where are you?!!”

It felt just like this for years in my career.  Promotions promised. Raises on the budget plan. Promises broken, bosses who left, new ones who came and didn’t have a clue about earlier promises. I felt trapped time and again.

So what do you do in those seasons or places when all you want is out?

You maximize the time. Like I was “forced” to do yesterday. I spent every hour cleaning, organizing, throwing out and moving in (to the new apt. in NYC which, thanks to Mr. Sears, is finally perfect!)

The busier we stay the faster time goes. When we stop to think that we’re still where we are and never expected to be, it can be exasperating. BUT, if we focus on progress being made in spite of the roadblocks, we gain new perspective.

Being trapped is all about a mind set anyway. Am I really being held back? Or is it my time to embrace with new reach, the unexpected gifts that come when we’re forced to stay?

I stayed at jobs that were not my call at all. Put up with mistreatment far more times that my natural propensity would ever tolerate. And these times, the frustrating ones, the moments I’d dream of escaping yet found myself staying, ended up being the most memorable and usually the most fruitful.

When Mr. Sears arrived at 5:30, the minute I opened the door I laughed and said, “I’ve been waiting for you!” profusely thanking him for not canceling, yet grateful he delayed. Because he forced me to do what I needed to do but would not have done otherwise.

So now I’m heading out for a run in the Park with that extra lilt that comes from having things in order, having done what was needed more than what was wanted, and counting the gains far more than the loss.

Whatever you feel is trapping you today, look closer, just for a minute, and recognize as you improvise, the surprise unplanned gifts that are yours. You’re not being cheated, you’re being gifted. Your supposed trap is really your treasure, and you get the prize.