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TYL #26: How to Be Real and Authentic Even When Life Changes Course with Carrie Fabris

Written by on 09 Aug 2016

Raise your hand if you've ever been daunted by the question:

"What is your purpose in life?"

Uhhhh... what?!

Are you telling me I just have to have one purpose in life?! And only one?! And I have to figure it out now?!

What if I don't get it right...

Is it possible for me to miss it completely?!

I get the shakes just thinking about that question.

It wasn't until several years of battling with that question, several failed attempts at labeling my career and profession, and several sleepless nights wondering if I would die purposeless... that I decided to abandon this question completely and opt for an entirely new one. I think the idea of defining your life's purpose in one way or one word or one calling is a bit ridiculous. Our life's purpose changes all the time based on our current circumstances. So, in honor of that dynamic-ness that is life on this Earth, I decided to go with the following question instead:

"What is my purpose in life... right now?"

Right now... your purpose could be being the best daughter possible. Right now... your purpose could be being the best employee possible. Right now... your purpose could be being the best un-employed person ever.

Right now... your purpose is given to you based on where you are in life!

If we embrace life this way, it frees us from the constraints of having to figure out our one purpose, and worry whether or not we are fulfilling it. If we embrace this question instead of the alternative, then we can be totally present and start serving our calling now instead of waiting around for some divine signal of what to do or where to go. If we embrace this idea instead of being enslaved by the idea of "one," then we can start living the dynamic, meaningful lives we were meant to live.

We can start having impact... right now.

That is how I'd like to introduce today's guest, Carrie Fabris.

Carrie is living and incredibly dynamic and meaningful life by prescribing to this exact idea-- that our purpose in life can change with the seasons of our lives. And it is precisely by embracing this idea that we remain fully engaged with our lives and the lives of those around us. In this way, we can live our purpose every day-- our unique purpose for that day-- if we decide to stay in tune with the ebb and flow of our own individual circumstances.

Carrie is an incredible story-teller, and I'm so excited to have her on the show as a mentor. This episode is perfect for you if you've ever worried about having to define yourself one time in life, wanted to change careers, felt bad for your conflicting or multiple desires in life, or just wondered about how to be true to yourself as your situation and circumstances in life unfold before you. Carrie is wonderful about sharing the successes and the struggles, and has truly helped me understand that sometimes in life, my purpose will change. But that, my friends, is the very, best part.

So without any further ado, I give you, Carrie Fabris!

Resources:

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life


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