A Reason for Being

… more and more people are falling victim to ennui. This dreadful feeling of bitter disillusionment stems from the loss of meaning in their lives… Perhaps rather than happiness, which is generally momentary and fleeting, we should seek a purposeful life. – Philip Perry, Searching for meaning in your life? This Japanese concept can help you find it.

“What do you love? What are you good at? What does the world need from you? What can you get paid for?” To read Philip Perry’s article, please click here.

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The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Define Passion & Purpose For Me

Really, when you think about it, the words passion and purpose are fairly ambiguous, imprecise, possibly even shadowy terms. As organizers, you’re probably wondering what Stacey and I were even thinking when we coined our tag line:

PURSUE YOUR PASSION | DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE | LIVE YOUR DREAM

We began with the assumption, based upon our own experiences, and the stories and insights of our friends and family members that most of a person’s big decisions are made within the framework of societal norms, and family expectations. Laura Koch, Suburban Mom to Rockstar, summed it up so eloquently here: “graduate high school, go to university, get a job, climb the ladder, find a spouse, buy a house, have kids, and get a dog.”

That is not to say, of course, that our journeys don’t become personalized by our lived experiences, our likes and dislikes, and our talents and skills; but when life happens it’s also very easy to lose sight of, and eventually give up on the crazy dreams we secretly nurture.

STOP. RIGHT. THERE.

Why are they crazy? Who said your dreams were crazy? Who told you your dream was too impossibly big? Or too different, and nobody would buy it, or visit it, or read it? Who said there was no money in it, or that we don’t do that in this family? Challenging someone’s dream doesn’t even have to happen in words. It can happen through indifference, or through subtle sabotage that undermines a person’s confidence, their self-esteem, their belief in themselves.

Think about this:

  • Mocha Ochoa-Nana grew up in Edmonton, AB. She currently lives in Washington, DC, and is the Founder and CEO of The Oracle Group International, a literary PR firm. Her clients are world-famous authors. Do you think she believed her dream was too impossibly big?
  • Eyoälha Baker is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer, and muralist with an international reputation. She’s currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in the Coachella Valley, CA. Nobody stopped her from believing in herself, and the possibility of making a living from her art.

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Pursuing your passion is, quite simply, doing something you love. It’s an interest, or an activity that fills your heart with joy, and it’s the dream most closely connected to your heart. We believe, and our Speakers will tell you through their stories, that when you immerse yourself in your passion, by learning, exploring, and participating, you will find your purpose. It will manifest itself in the way you choose to share your passion with other people.

And, the examples:

  • Angie Quaale has worked her entire life in the food and hospitality industry, and she loves it! Now co-owner of Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store, Angie volunteers extensively with local business organizations, serves on the Langley Township Council, and will see her first book, Eating Local in the Fraser Valley, in bookstores in May.
  • Bryan Gidinski has been an educator for more than 20 years, and is also a writer, which has led to the creation of rich writing experiences for his students. He has a graduate degree in Literacy Instruction, and is the Founder of Lost Boys Consulting, through which he shares his innovative strategies for instruction with other educators.
  • Makenzie Chilton was employed as a counselor in the prison system for 4 years, and loved it. Laid off three times, followed by a deeply unfulfilling stint in administration, she decided it was time to take the best of what she loved about her job, supplement it with specific training, and become a business owner/career coach at Love Your Mondays. Now, through Makenzie’s perfect job, she helps others find their perfect job!

If you’ve discovered that your path is not heading towards happiness and fulfillment – and you don’t know how to change that – then the Speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference may be exactly the people to meet.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo via @secrets2success 


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Engagement vs Workaholism

Being highly engaged in your work because it’s pleasurable, and fulfilling is not the same as being driven by a psychological need to work long hours, which describes a workaholic.

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Another misconception is that if you love your job, you must be a workaholic. In fact, people who have high work engagement–a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind–are probably not workaholics. Engaged workers are driven to work because they find it intrinsically pleasurable–they truly enjoy it–while workaholics are driven to work because they feel an inner compulsion to do so. – Malissa Clark

Photo credit: mconners via morguefile.com.


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

What Does the World Need?

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

If you had a chance to read Sunday’s post, Discovering Your Purpose, you’ll have noticed that each of the three linked articles outlines a different process to help you identify your purpose. Whichever approach you choose to follow, Constantino’s, Harary’s, Held’s, or another one entirely, the common thread between all of them is action. At some point in your journey, the first step has to be taken. What might it be?

Hypothetically, let’s say your passion is books (like mine), but beyond knowing that, you’re not sure how that could ever evolve into a purpose. So, you have to look closer. What, exactly, about books makes you so passionate?

  • Is it reading? Are you passionate about literacy, about the value of public libraries and community spaces? Do you like the idea of volunteering in schools as a paired reader, as a fundraiser for books and literacy programs? Do you want to work in a library, with school groups, in programming, with ESL learners, with seniors?
  • Is it the written word? Do you believe in the beauty, and the power of language. Do you value well-written communications? Are you a writer? Do you want to be? Do you want to share your skills with individuals who may have missed out, or use them in aid of a particular cause?
  • Is it the book itself? Do you love the art and craft that went into creating the finished product: the selection of paper, the type face, the illustrations, the dust jacket? Maybe, it’s the package in its entirety, it’s historical value? Do archives, museums, historical sites, and special collections libraries interest you? Or how about bookbinding, printing, or book arts?

Volunteers

One of the best ways to figure out the details, for whatever your passion, is to volunteer. It will cost you nothing, except your time. You’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, to learn more about your particular interest, and how you can help it flourish. Almost all organizations, associations, community groups, not-for-profits, and charities, etc. consider volunteers to be one of their most valuable assets.

In Constantino’s article, he said there are three questions to ask: What do I love? What am I good at? What does the world need? Right now, the world needs just about everything.

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Discovering Your Purpose

The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out who you are, seek to determine who you want to be. – Neal Donald Walsch

Increasingly, individuals are feeling a restlessness, a boredom, perhaps even a dissatisfaction with their jobs, and/or the direction their lives have taken. Their days may look exactly like what they’d hoped for in high school, or they may be carving out a totally different path because ‘life happened.’ In any case, something is missing, or it’s not what they thought, or their goals have changed.

Each of the articles below defines purpose differently, discusses alternate ways to identify it, and each of them are worth reading. 

  1. Want to Find Your Purpose? Stop Looking for It. Start Living with It: “Your purpose relates to your talents, but you can’t think your way to living with purpose. You find it in action.”
  2. How to Read the 3 Signs Telling You Your Purpose in Life: “The key is finding where your abilities and personal drive intersect the needs of others… by answering the following three questions: What do I love? What am I good at? What does the world need?”
  3. 7 Steps to Find Meaning in Your Work: “Establish the core values… that are non-negotiable. These are the traits you want to be known and remembered for… the adjectives you want your friends and colleagues to use when describing you.”

At The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference, audience members will hear the stories of six individuals who used their talents and skills, who seized available opportunities, and who then incorporated purposeful work into their own lives.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo credit: Julia Caesar on Lifehack.org


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!