Encouragement, Parenting

How to Discover Your Purpose Outside of the Home

How to Discover Your Purpose Outside the Home

As mamas, we are so busy taking care of our home and family. The constant demands of cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, errands, homework, and the rest of our to do list often requires all of our energy. We pour our hearts and souls into raising our children and creating a loving home, and sometimes we forget there’s more to life than being a mom. I’m sure like me, you have dreams and goals you want to accomplish. If we aren’t careful, our long lists of things to get done overshadows our desires to be and do more, and we struggle to find balance between the two.

I ask myself often “What is my purpose?” and “Am I working toward my goals?” For a long time, I didn’t have an answer. After quitting my job and becoming a full-time mom, I found it difficult to define my purpose outside of motherhood. I didn’t have a clear direction for what was next, so I had no goals to work toward.  I felt stuck in an endless cycle of cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other chores, while meeting my children’s needs.   Don’t get me wrong, I loved being home with my children full-time, but I also wanted more for my life.

How I Discovered My Purpose

The first thing I had to do, was change my perspective. The greatest purpose a mother has is raising her children. I had to remind myself that even if this was it for me, my children were my greatest purpose and number one priority. Next, I wrote down my dreams and the actions required to achieve them. Then I started completing those actions one by one, and my blog For Every Mama was born.  If you want to know how to discover your purpose beyond the home, keep reading! I’ll share with you some specific questions you can ask yourself to determine your purpose, and how to work toward making your dreams a reality!

If You Could Spend Your Time Doing Anything, What Would You Do?

Think about the things you enjoy doing most, and write them down. I’ve always enjoyed reading books, writing, teaching, and traveling. But if I could do anything, it would be to write a book.

What Are You Passionate About?

Write down the things you are passionate about. Some of my passions are writing, education, being a wife/mom, having fun with my family, raising respectful, well-rounded children, spending quality time with my children, making the most of my time, and helping and encouraging others.

What Activities Can Make You Lose Track of Time and Everything Else Around You?

I can easily lose track of time reading a good book, and writing. How about you? What activities do you get lost in? Write them down!

What Issues Are Important to You?

Being a former teacher, education is an important issue for me, and I believe we can all agree that raising children is a big issue for us mamas. What other issues are important to you?

What Natural Skills/Abilities do You Have?

We all have specific talents and abilities. My skills include a degree in education, as well as teaching experience. I also have an English minor with a strong background in writing. I am a very organized person and am task oriented. What are your special skills/abilities?

Next Steps

By answering the previous questions, my purpose became clear. After determining my purpose, my goal became to start a blog where I could use my abilities and passions for being a mom, writing and education to help others. If you are struggling with finding your purpose beyond motherhood, I challenge you to sit down and really consider your answers to these questions. Once you know your purpose, write down your goals and your steps to achieve them. If I can make my dreams a reality, then so can you!

If you found this post helpful, or you have other suggestions for finding your purpose, I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below. And if you would like a free printable of the questions above, just subscribe to my blog!

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20 thoughts on “How to Discover Your Purpose Outside of the Home

  1. I love this post. I really need to find my purpose, I’ve completely lost sight of it and feel like I don’t even have a dream anymore. I’m going to do these exercises for sure!

  2. Great food for thought. I think about this every so often. It’s important to check in with yourself to make sure you still feel like you passions and purpose are aligned.

  3. this is super helpful! i think i have the opposite where i have “too many” purposes and end up diluting my time and energy across so many different projects and obligations.
    zeroing in will be incredibly helpful!

  4. Great article!!!
    It is so easy to become and remain “Mom”. It is easy to lose sight of who you are outside of being a Mom. My kids are 15, 17, 19 and 23 and I just recently decided I want to finish my Psych degree, publish my book and blog 🙂 I feel a freedom and happiness I haven’t felt in a long time!

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