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If You’re Looking For Your Life Purpose Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

Last Updated on 3 years by Iva Ursano

I sat down by the lake this morning, that’s Lake Atitlan in Guatemala for those of you who are just joining me and have no clue where in the world I am, and I looked around in immense awe. I absolutely positively still cannot believe I am here. I didn’t get here by magic either or luck.

Nope. I had to sit down and seriously ask myself 5 questions to find out what my purpose in life is.

So this whole being here in Guatemala is kinda unbelievable still to me, especially since 2 years ago it never even crossed my mind once to come here. It didn’t, at all, never, ever, no way, nope.

I was 100% certain this winter would have me back down in Costa Rica. I swore “I will return!”. I loved it so much I was sure I was to spend my winter down there. How that didn’t happen is a mystery really.  But here I am in Guatemala and how did THAT happen?

Was my life purpose to be fulfilled in a third world country?

So in one of my other blog posts I made reference to a tea leaf reader giving me guidance, and it’s true, she did. But I mean I had to give it some thought and do some research. Some. I checked out places with the best climates and the cheapest rent.

That’s how I landed in Panajachel.

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The Purpose Driven Life

If you’ve never heard of it, you may want to check out this book by Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life. I bought it years ago but wasn’t in the headspace to get through all of it. It’s a really powerful and eye opening book though. Click the image or link below to check it out and order it.

The Purpose Driven Life

Is this my purpose in life?

So Guatemala is crazy poor and dirty. So what am I doing here, why am I still here and why do I love it so much? Because I have a purpose. I am here to serve and it doesn’t matter how poor or dirty or gross.

My purpose doesn’t judge. My purpose doesn’t get picky and choosy. My life purpose speaks loud and clear.

I overlook the drunks sleeping on the side-walk in my neighbourhood, I carefully navigate around all the dog poop and the very sick and possibly dying dogs laying on the street. I nod, smile and say Hola to all the ladies sitting on the side of the streets selling their fruits and crafts.

I think I am used to the constant loud booming of nightly fireworks that go off for no apparent reason and the dogs barking ALL night long. I am now very well known as “Amiga amiga dulces dulces” to the kids in my alleyway. I make sure I have a never ending supply of candy in my pockets.

I make them hug me for candy ( I gotta get hugs somehow around here!! don’t judge). I am here because I am supposed to be here. I fit in, my heart loves it here, and I serve as I am meant to.

And it’s just so darn beautiful here. So beautiful.

Where to next?

Will I stay here? How long will I stay here for if I do decide to put a time limit on it? Where to next? So many questions and not one single answer. And right now, I won’t give them any thought. Right now is what is the most important to me. I am here.

With my two suitcases that contain my whole life, all 53 years of it and when I’m ready to leave, if I do, I’ll know. I’ll just know.  I honestly don’t think my whole time will be spent in Guatemala but who knows. I may even meet the man of my dreams here. (hmmm) I have my eyes on Honduras and Nicaragua.

I will go wherever I am needed the most. No questions asked. I will just go.

But here I am. And it’s so imperfectly perfect for me.

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How do you find your purpose in life?

The million dollar question:how do you find your purpose in life? Well, for starters, try asking yourself these 5 questions I have listed below. For me, I had to stop and ask myself this one burning question:

What on earth am I here for?

I sat and thought long and hard but the answer came to me. My purpose in life is to give, to love, to help, to inspire, to empower and to grow.

My life isn’t about me anymore. That was the first 50 years. The next 50 years is about changing the world, one smile at a time. When was the last time you stopped to ask yourself that exact same question.

5 Questions to ask yourself to help you find your life purpose

What on earth are you here for?

Do you ever wonder why you are here, really? What are you supposed to be doing here? Do you have a calling or a special gift that the world needs? (ok so there is more than 5 questions)

What sets your heart and soul on fire?

What things do you do, that when you do them, your heart comes alive and you are filled with extreme joy. Like it feels like your heart is going to explode. Those things.

What’s your passion?

Do you like to sing or paint? Maybe you like to play with animals or kids. Do you love spending time out in nature? Where is your passion? Find it. Embrace it. Do more of it

What drives you?

What is the one thing that when you know you get to do it, makes you ridiculously happy? What is that thing that fires you up when you think about it?

What on earth do you WANT to do with your time here?

What do you really want to do with your time? Are you wasting time or using your time wisely? Do you feel you wish you had more time to do the things you really want to do?

Discovering your purpose will require deep soul searching

It’s scary to do this. To sit deep in thought and try to figure out what on earth you are here for. It’s scary because many of us want to do things that we think are unattainable but they’re not.

The only one thing you will really need is deep faith and determination. Discovering your purpose requires honesty from you. You need to flick fear and keep an open mind and heart.

There are so many questions with no easy answers.

I didn’t start asking myself these things until I hit my 50’s. I imagine if I had done so sooner, well, wow I can’t even imagine how ridiculously crazy my life would have been sooner. But I didn’t and right now, my life is pretty fantastic. I found my why, my purpose, my passion.

Your turn.

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  1. This resonates so much with me. I love every word of it!

  2. Iva I been following you and the amazing me group and the lives. you have open doors of thought for me. I turn 53 tomorrow I am not quite down to 2 suitcases yet but everything I own fits in my horse trailer. I have decided too no longer play safe and normal but to embrace my gypsy life and see what adventures life has!!! Thank you for shining the light on new trails

    1. Oh YAY I love everything about this comment Stacey!! Good on you and keep me posted on your travels :)

      xo iva xo

  3. Hello IVA, I see you have found your, PURPOSE. & IT’S AN AMAZING ONE, from what I’ve read so. I’m 61, but, I DON’T FEEL 61. SO, maybe this will help me to find the center. Thank you 😊!

    1. Yay Bonnie I hope this will help you. It’s never too late!! xox

  4. Hello Iva,
    I read this and my Purpose comes alive all over again!! I was 16 years old when I found my purpose and have not stopped chasing it! I may have took the scenic route a couple times but I ALWAYS knew what I was called to do! I was 16, driving away from a very unhealthy home and knew I would be a counselor. Actually, my exact words at 16 were, “I will be someone with letters after my name that can help kids like me, not to feel like me.” I grew up in a home filled with addiction which brought a continued state of chaos and uncertainty, leaving me feeling as if I was not enough. I remind myself daily that I am already enough, already meaning at conception, as I was created as ENOUGH at that moment. My creator does not make “Junk!” I even had a necklace made that says “I Am Already Enough!” Since finding my purpose at 16, years and years in college, taking a break for 10 years between Bachelors and Masters Degrees to have and raise children, I am now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor in a group practice, Lifescape Counseling Services, LLC. I created my own LLC, Life Balance Counseling, LLC (LBC are the initials of my birth name, CLB, and the chosen business name of my Aunt Connie). I will continue to walk down the journey of my life purpose. I heard years ago at a church function I attended, use your pain for your purpose and it was reaffirmed for me that the pain I endured as a child and teen could be used to help the pain of others and it was to be used for my purpose. I can empathize with so many others who struggled as I have from the children to the parents and I embrace them all. I have a heart for those struggling with addiction and mental health, those that many want to turn a blind eye to or disregard. I have a brother who continues to walk the struggle of addiction daily so as I continue to help just one more, I am in hope that someone can help him, just one more addict who can’t find his way out of the bondage of addiction. So I continue to use my pain for my purpose.

    1. The world needs more people like you my friend xoxox

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