The date was 2 years ago April 11th that I chose to start living my life purpose. That year had a number of milestones for myself and my family. I had been working with the same organization for 7 years, married for 7 years, my step daughter turned 16 and my husband and I both had milestone birthdays. I had arranged to take a year leave from my job and April 11th was my 40th birthday. I had a life purpose statement, a desire to help other people, and a passion for journaling.
It was also the day I started to feel sick.
You might wonder why two weeks later I would catch a glimpse of my reflection in a store window and start laughing. I felt like a teenage girl that was caught with an unexpected pregnancy. When I saw myself with a bump I really couldn’t believe it was real. I was a 40 year old women asking myself, “How did I get pregnant?” Not that I didn’t know, but really how did it happen? I wasn’t a teenager but I was surprised to find myself pregnant two weeks after taking a year leave from my work. We weren’t surprised necessarily from our “older age”. We were more surprised because after two miscarriages and fertility medication our doctors suggested if we wanted children we should think of In vitro fertilization. It wasn’t something I wanted to do so I stopped all medication and my husband and I pursued other interest. My husband with his interest of music and my interest in journaling.
So here I was ready to launch my business, facing a high risk pregnancy and no guarantee of income as I had taken a year leave from my fulltime job. Uncertainty in my future had just compounded 10 fold. My husband supported me to continue with my plans to start my business instead of jumping back into the workforce for any benefits I might need. I had been spiraling down emotionally and taking a break from my position as a team leader and empowering myself to take action was a way for me to turn my despair into hope. My desire to help others was really about helping myself out of depression. My business was about helping people to change their lives through tapping into their creative energy and logical thought process. I knew if I could help other people then I would start to gain my own self confidence that had been dwindling over the years.
Part of my Life Purpose statement was to be a confidant entrepreneurial business women. I intertwined the news of my pregnancy into the word women in my statement and continued the journey of becoming confident and entrepreneurial.
I juggled many Doctors appointments with workshop engagements and was so happy to have Rebeka Hope born healthy and at term.
Two years later you will see me juggling not only Rebeka at 15 months but Abriel Faith who is now one month old healthy and born at term. No medication or IVF needed just amore.
The great thing about having a Life Purpose or Vision statement is that when blessings of children and challenges of business come my way my life purpose won’t change. It’s more about how I am living my life then what I am doing in my life. For me that spells out success.
Diana Doyle is mom to two little girls and owns Sketch-A-Journal – The Sketch a Journal System to help you achieve clarity, balance, healing and change. Discover tools and techniques to engage your creativity and logical thought to form a balanced approach to your daily living.