It is a Saturday night, and my eyes are tired. My screen has a yellow tint because the app I use to protect my eyesight is trying to tell me that it’s time to go to bed. I’m writing this post instead.
I’ve spent most of the evening curled up on my couch, catching up on client work. My husband has overtaken our office with a project, and it’s cozier out here anyway. He’s out with friends. Our new neighbors our watching a show and laughing to themselves. It’s comforting to know that other people are doing normal Saturday night things.
After I wrap up my projects, my treat to myself is to spend time digging into my own brand. I’ve spent the better part of a year trying to figure out who I am and what I do and, more importantly, what I want to do. As a person with a day job, a side hustle, a blog, and a volunteer position, it’s hard for me to define myself. That means other people are certainly struggling to do the same.
So I did some Googling and some soul-searching. I refined my values and listed my passions. A phrase came to me in the midst of my listing. “You can’t have it all, but you can have what matters.” That phrase resonated down into my gut. I felt the excited tingling that only occurs when inspiration comes from a place outside of myself.
I am a Type 3 on the Enneagram. Left unchecked, I will do everything under the sun so that I look successful in the eyes of others. Overwork myself. Follow silly trends. Choose to be admired rather than truly known. That phrase felt like a soft check, and it begged the question, “What matters? What matters to you, Taylor?”
And again, words just flowed out of my fingers and onto the screen. “Meaningful relationships. Meaningful work. Meaningful change.” Same tingle. This was it. I want to live a life of meaning, and I want to empower other people to define and to live into what matters for them. It’s broad enough to encompass all that I do while providing enough of a filter for me to say yes or no to new opportunities.
Is this world-changing news? Yes and no. I’m not launching a new blog or company, but I am moving forward with purpose. And I truly believe that every time someone makes a conscious decision to live into their purpose, the world changes the tiniest bit for the better.