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Why People Who Go “Looking” For Their Purpose Never Find It. (Also. Knitted Hats.)

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As a life coach, I so frequently hear the question “what am I supposed to do with my life?”

A close relative to that is “what is my PURPOSE?”

And so many times when we seek and search and LOOK for these answers, they’re nowhere to be found.

We take “find your passion!” courses, or we download worksheets. We read “Strength’s Finder” books. We ask our friends what they think. Some of us hire coaches like me.

But often times…after the money has been spent, and the worksheets have been filled out, the online quizzes have been taken, we’re still left with that empty feeling. That confusion. The question of “what the hell am I supposed to do with my life” still remains.

Why is that?

I have a theory on this (which I’ll get to in a sec), and my interview with Robyn Devine, of “She Makes Hats” speaks beautifully to this theory.

Robyn, in my mind, is the epitome of the “heart centered entrepreneur.”

Her mission of knitting 10,000 hats (she’s on hat # 653 right now) and giving them away FOR FREE goes against a lot of marketing and online messages that will tell you that you need to make your primary focus on making money in order to have a successful business.

She challenges the idea that you need PR people, marketing people, and a “team” in order to get the word out there about your mission and make a difference in the world (and get a book deal).

And she inspires us to know that small changes in someone’s day can make a huge difference in the world.

Take a listen to Robyn’s interview here. It is chock full of heart, advice, and inspiration. She takes us through really important questions like “how do you figure out what you’re supposed to do in the world,” and “how do you know when you’ve found your “thing.”

If you’re one of us who’s been wondering “what the hell am I supposed to do with my life” and you’re someone who knows deep inside you’re meant to make a difference in the world, you won’t want to miss this interview.

 Check out the interview here!

I hope you enjoy the recording. And I’d love to know…what was your favorite bit of learning? What was your biggest takeaway?

For me (and this is my theory on why people who go “looking” for their purpose will never find it)…it’s the idea that we don’t ever FIND our purpose by looking. (tweet this)

But rather our purpose lies within us, and as long as we continue to follow things that are in alignment with our values, what we’re supposed to do will find US. (tweet this)

As long as we continue to pursue those things that have always been there, that are natural, and exciting, that everything will fall into place.

That no matter how small you FEEL your mission is, that it is inevitably making a big difference in the world. And might even get you a book deal.

I would love to hear from you guys. What are your takeaways from this interview? How did you “find your purpose?” Or are you still looking? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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she-makes-hats-cover-282x340She Makes Hats is one woman’s story of finding meaning, purpose, and passion by way of an old-fashioned yet rediscovered craft. With a push from a friend, Robyn Devine, a thirty-something wife and mother, moved past her apprehension and began expressing herself through texture, color, and design, turning knitting into her hobby, her meditation, and a functional product that helps people all around the world.

Now, in an effort to knit 10,000 hats for people all around the world, Robyn contributes to a number of programs, aiding sick children, traveling artists, and newborns in other countries. Knitting remains a steadfast companion and leaves her blessed with worldwide friends, support, and the encouragement to continue her mission: to bring comfort, warmth, and the “sweet spot” fit of a knit hat to everyone. Find her at her website or Instagram and contact her if you know someone who needs a free knitted hat (no…really).

2 Responses to Why People Who Go “Looking” For Their Purpose Never Find It. (Also. Knitted Hats.)

  1. Tammra says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! You are a beautiful soul. I really needed to hear this today.

    I have been wrestling with two business ideas. The first one involves helping others which I love. My latest idea (September 13) is about giving and creating a ripple of giving/helping others. It’s about creating and giving and I have no idea how to make a living at it. I have not started because it involves one of my hobbies of creating and I have been so worried about how I am going to turn it into a business so I can quit my job. I need to just start creating and trust the universe will respond and guide me. That is when I am happiest…creating and giving.

    In the last few hours I have read….Marie Forleo’s newsletter today about starting before you are ready,(I’ve heard that from her soooo many times), Rebecca Tracey’s post today about just start creating instead of stressing (before it’s too late), and your beautiful post and interview.

    As I write this, I just now realized that I stopped creating through my “hobbies” long ago when I started searching for my life purpose and how to figure out a location independent business. I didn’t think my “hobbies” were a part of it but now I’m thinking that they just might be.

    My biggest takeaway is to just start creating and enjoying it again…with love and gratitude…from my wild and giving heart.

    I stopped having fun creating through my hobbies and only focused on learning and trying to start a business because I am desperate to start a business where I can leave my current job. I figured time spent on my hobbies was time I should be spending on figuring out a business, building a website etc. I was trying to figure out how to help others to create my business and really I needed to take care of myself first by continuing to create and express myself through my hobbies and maybe it would have come to me sooner. Great reminder about taking care of yourself so you can take care of others. (Like oxygen masks on an airplane – I just flew home early yesterday morning)

    I’ve kind of known I just need to start but have been a little lost and scared to put myself out there. That’s a BIG part of it for me.

    Ok Universe…not one, not two, but three, straight to my heart messages, in a row!! I hear you! Time to kick my Wildheart ass, hands and heart into creation mode!

    Thank you ever so much for sharing!

    P.S. My heart is racing and my hands are shaking as I prepare to click “post comment”. I’m one of those who doesn’t put myself out there by posting much. Hopefully my rambling makes some sense. I guess I’m going to have to make some changes. Here it goes…

  2. Thank you Sally for posting this and Robyn for sharing your story. Loved the reminder to just be you and do the things you love.

    I too went through that time in my 20s of hard core looking for my passion, purpose, etc. I got emotional listening to Robyn as I also go through that tug of war. Mine sounds like “tarot is my calling? That is just silly and weird!”

    Definitely have been coming to my own version of acceptance and love around it so thanks for the reminders.

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