DISCLAIMER: Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new routines, programs, or nutrition plans to ensure you receive the best medical advice and strategy for your specific individual needs.

Finding meaning in life is arguably the grandest goal you can set for yourself. It’s a question that has occupied the minds of countless philosophers and ordinary people throughout time. It’s a heavy burden that everyone carries and one question that is sometimes not that easy to answer. 


In this guide,  we will help you through the first steps you should take when feeling stuck and lacking purpose. We’ll gently point you to a few areas of life you can begin reevaluating and setting new goals.


Ultimately, finding purpose and sustained fulfillment is not a one-time event, but a repetitive process. It requires ongoing effort and attention to ensure that your actions align with your values and goals. 


Nonetheless, we hope these steps will help you kick off your journey toward a happier life. 


Ready to begin? 


Why You Might Feel Stuck & Why It’s Important to Take Action

There are times when finding purpose and sustaining that meaning in your life feels like an elusive dream. As time passes by, many of us find ourselves stuck in the daily grind and monotony of life. We rush to work, home, children, pets, and life in general. 


We are the support systems for our friends, family, and oftentimes coworkers. There hardly seems to be any time for reflection, contemplation and realigning.  Our lives are full of tasks and daily routines. And although having a solid routine with strong habits is great, it can oftentimes leave us asking:  “Is this all there is to life? What is my life’s purpose?”


Finding life’s purpose and passion can be a big and challenging task. It requires a lot of work and effort to discover the activities that bring out the spring in your step. 


To find and most importantly keep the feeling of fulfillment in your life you need to take action. This is a task that requires you to periodically examine your current situation, your career, and your personal life, and identify the things in your life you want to improve. 


Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help you identify what drives you and what you’re meant to do that brings you true life purpose joy.


  • Evaluate Your Life

Perhaps a daunting task, accounting for your current life is the first essential step you should take when aiming to re-ignite your happiness and find life’s purpose. 



We admit, getting stuck in a rut is very easy. We all have countless responsibilities to take care of and these take a lot of our time. So, it requires an extra effort to break through the tediousness and dedicate time to consider which parts of your life need changing. But this is where you gain clarity and direction on how to stir your life in a better direction, and it’s worth it! 



Here is how you can break down this important step into smaller more manageable tasks. 



Begin by asking yourself some key questions: 

  • What do you love doing? 
  • What are your strengths? 
  • What are your values?
  • What motivates you? 
  • What are the things in your life that bring you the most joy? 


Be honest with yourself and take the time to reflect on your answers. There is no hurry. 



Ask these questions for the different areas of your life–your personal life, your career, your relationships, your hobbies, and everything else that comes to mind. Are you happy with your job? Do your relationships bring you joy and fulfillment? Are you taking care of your physical and mental health?



The answers to these questions might not come easy to you, so here are a few more sub-steps you can take to nudge yourself in the right direction. 


  • Reflect on Your Life Experiences

Think about the experiences that have had the most significant impact on your life. What have you learned from these experiences? How have they shaped who you are today? Reflecting on your past can help you identify patterns and themes that can guide you toward your purpose.


  • Identify Your Values

Think about the principles and beliefs that are most important to you. What kind of impact do you want to make in the world? What causes do you feel passionate about? Identifying your values can help guide you toward a purpose that aligns with your beliefs.


  • Consider Your Strengths

What are your unique talents and skills? What are you good at, and what comes naturally to you? Consider how you can use these strengths to make a difference in the world.


  • Explore Your Interests

Take some time to reflect on what you enjoy doing, what you’re naturally good at, and what activities give you a sense of fulfillment. Consider exploring new hobbies, taking classes, or volunteering in areas that interest you. 


Do you enjoy being creative? You can explore photography, cooking, cinematography, fashion, and more. Do you enjoy physical activities – how about running, hiking, swimming, dancing, and strength training? Do you enjoy mindfulness? Try yoga, meditation, and mentoring younger people.


  • Try New Things

Be open to new experiences and challenges. Trying new things can help you discover interests and passions you didn’t even know you had.


  • Give Back

Volunteering or helping others can give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Consider how you can use your skills and passions to make a positive impact on the life of others, you’ll be surprised by the positive effect that will have on your own life and purpose. 


  • Seek Out Mentors or Coaches

Finding someone who has experience in your areas of interest can be helpful. They can guide you on how to approach your passions and offer insight into the steps you may need to take.


Remember, finding your passion and purpose is a journey, and it may take time to identify what it is you truly want to do. Don’t be afraid to explore, experiment, and learn from your experiences along the way.


The information you gather in this step will hint you toward what is good in your life and where you might feel unfulfilled or lacking direction. It’s a strong starting point for the next step in finding your life’s purpose–setting goals. 



  • Set Goals

Once you’ve explored the different areas of your life and decided which are the things that make you happy, the things you want to change, and the new things you’d love to learn, try, and find fulfillment with, it’s time to set goals. 


Ask yourself which things in your life you keep coming back to when you think of what needs to change. What do you think is missing from your life to give it purpose? 


The SMART Framework

One effective method to set and follow your goals more closely is the SMART framework. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. 


Adapting this framework to your needs will help you create goals that are clear, achievable, and meaningful. 

How to Start? 


Be specific and write down the major areas of change you want to delve into. But remember that big ideas can often feel overwhelming and dispiriting, so while you plan your major goals, be sure to divide them into smaller, measurable goals that are realistic and achievable. Anything from: “Sign up for a virtual meditation class”,  to “Help at a dog shelter, next Sunday” is a good place to start. 


The more you break your goals down, the easier you will achieve them, and crucially– you’ll stay focused and motivated as you work towards your larger objectives. 


Having a diary, where you put your goals can also help you feel more fulfilled and happy with your life. Every time you tick a task off your list, you’ll feel accomplished, and motivated to keep going. 


It’s also important to celebrate your progress along the way and remain committed to the pursuit of your goals, even when faced with challenges. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be flexible. Life can be unpredictable, and circumstances might change, so instead of beating yourself down for not meeting your goals, try to adapt. Adjust where necessary and keep moving forward, the goal is not perfection but sustained fulfillment. 


Find the balance between leaving space for change and keeping yourself accountable for achieving your goals.  The goal in finding meaning and sustained fulfillment is to take steps forward, after all.


If at any point you feel overwhelmed, seek support from loved ones or a mentor. The people around you will be able to encourage and help you if needed, to track your progress regularly. Creating a support system is a crucial step in your journey toward a happy, purposeful life.

  • Build a Support System

When we surround ourselves with positive and supportive people, we are encouraged and motivated to achieve our goals. So surrounding ourselves with people who care and love us is vital.


 Here are a few tips you can use to build and maintain healthy relationships. 


  • Surround Yourself with Positive People

This sentence might sound corny, but that doesn’t make it less of a truth.  Seek out friends and family who encourage you, challenge you, and support your goals. Being around people who are negative or unsupportive can be draining and hinder your progress.

  • Communicate Openly and Honestly

This step isn’t always easy. We sometimes get in the habit of keeping quiet instead of facing friends and family with open and on occasion touchy subjects just to keep the peace. 


But what peace is to keep tension and consequently resentment within ourselves? Plus more often than not, these conversations end up being not at all as scary as we thought. So feel encouraged to speak honestly and openly with people. Be open and honest with your loved ones about your goals, struggles, and successes. This will help you build trust and deepen your relationships.

  • Be a Good Listener

It’s not just about talking. it’s also about listening. Listening to others is a way to show that you care, and it can help you gain valuable insights and perspectives.

  • Show Appreciation

Don’t take your loved ones for granted. Let them know how much you appreciate their support and encouragement. A simple “thank you” can go a long way.

  • Nurture Your Relationships

Much like plants, relationships need nurturing to grow and flourish. Spend quality time with your loved ones, celebrate friends’ milestones together, and be there for people close to you, when they need you. You can even share time engaging in physical activity you shared interest in. 

  •  Take Care of Your Physical Health


Physical well-being, as science is showing, is fundamental for a good quality of life. 

Here are a few steps to incorporating exercise, healthy eating, and self-care into your routine:

  • Exercise Regularly

Regular physical activity can boost mood, reduce stress, and improve overall health. It doesn’t have to be strenuous – even a daily walk can make a difference. Or why not that yoga class you’ve been eyeing for a while? 


Yoga is much more helpful, as it can offer the combined benefits of physical and mental practice. You can jumpstart your yoga journey with a relaxing yoga retreat, where you’ll be able to network with like-minded people on their journey towards life purpose and fulfillment. 


The key is to find an activity that you enjoy and try to make it a regular part of your routine.

  • Eat a Balanced Diet

A healthy diet is an important part of maintaining physical health. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your meals. Avoid processed and high-sugar foods, which can leave you feeling fatigued and demotivated.

  • Practice Self-care

Taking time to care for yourself has a significant impact on your overall well-being. An improvised “spa day” where you treat yourself to a massage, or a mani-pedi (even at home and done by yourself) can make all the difference. 


A few more ideas for your self-care include–getting enough sleep, taking a relaxing bath, or enjoying a good book.  And speaking of practicing self-care, your mental health is one area of your life that deserves a lot of your attention. 

  • Take Care of Your Mental Health

Mental health is not only important for overall well-being, but it is also critical in achieving your goals and dreams. Without good mental health, you will hardly ever make progress toward feeling purposeful and fulfilled. 


Incorporating mindfulness practices like meditation and deep breathing help reduce stress, and anxiety, and increase self-awareness. 


Other self-care practices, that you can dedicate some time to are journaling, going for a walk and spending time in nature, setting clear work-life boundaries, engaging in creative activities such as painting, music, and writing, as well as socializing, can also help you maintain mental well-being.


Therapy is another valuable tool for supporting your mental health. A therapist can provide you with guidance and tools to overcome obstacles and work towards your goals. They can also help you navigate difficult emotions and experiences, such as trauma or grief, that may be blocking you from feeling fulfilled.


Speaking of the importance of self-care practices, perimenopausal and menopausal women who are especially burdened with the many challenges of life, can surely benefit from the specially created mental health retreats that not only offer physical and mental guidance practices but facilitate the creation of a supportive environment of peers. 


By prioritizing our mental health, we can create a strong foundation for achieving our goals and living fulfilling lives. So, take time to care for your mind and body, and remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Our Loving Closing Note 

Looking for and finding purpose in life can be a challenging and ongoing process. It requires self-reflection, exploration, and a willingness to try new things. Sustained fulfillment comes from living a life aligned with your values, passions, and goals. 


To live a happy life, you should prioritize your relationships, take care of your physical and mental health, and find joy in your daily activities. Remember, everyone’s path to happiness and fulfillment is unique, so invest the time in your journey. 


Be kind to yourself and embrace your strengths and weaknesses, so you can move forward. We hope this guide will help you on the way. 

DISCLAIMER: Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new routines, programs, or nutrition plans to ensure you receive the best medical advice and strategy for your specific individual needs.