Finding Purpose and Meaning in 2020

Amanda Worthington
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· Posted on
October 24, 2022

I’ve been feeling STUCK. 2020 really threw me for a loop, and while I know I’m not alone in that, it feels pretty lonely in quarantine with Netflix and my dog.

Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to attend Tallia Deljou’s workshop at General Assembly entitled, Finding Your Purpose. That’s quite a promise in an hour long session.

One of my favorite things about Tallia is that she asks powerful questions. From her background in positive psychology, she shifts your perspective from “Oh Shit” to “I got this!”

Here’s one of the questions that I’ve been journaling about the last day that has started to change my mindset.

What does the world need from me? -> What do I need from the world? What do I need from myself?

After journaling about this for awhile, I realized why it was so difficult for me to get myself out of this stuck-ness. As a UX Designer, we’re always thinking about the user. As a business owner, I’m always thinking about my clients. As an employee, I’m always thinking about the business, design team, and my boss.

Thinking about myself was a complete blind spot for me!

As I wrote about what I needed from the world, I was happy and excited to discover these things out there! Then, I got to what do I need from myself and realized that I need to give myself — and the world — those things.

The things I need from myself include permission to make mistakes and get messy, fun, joy, laughter, dancing, permission to be loud and bold. Permission to create, teach, speak, be honest.

So tell me, what do you need from the world and how are you going to give yourself those things?


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