Finding Purpose

This blog post is the first installment of a collaborative 5-part series entitled The Mother Within. 

Image by Kaela Rodehorst Photography

“What is my purpose?”

I must ask myself this countless times a day. I know I must be good at something. Everyone has something they are good at, I’ve heard. I once listed out the things I felt I excelled out and came up with: Googling, reading, finding indie bands, dressing my kids, putting on makeup (on myself only), looking up various things on Google Earth and decorating my home.

That’s it.

SURELY there are real things that I have talent in. I just can’t for the life of me find what they are.

I have always felt that I was meant for great things. Even as a small girl I felt that I was meant for something wonderful. I was dead set on being Speaker of the House for a good five years of my life. I looked up to Newt Gingrich like the other little girls in my class looked up to teachers and nurses. Needless to say, my dream of being Speaker of the House fell by the wayside a long time ago. 

I ask myself what my purpose is not because I am unfulfilled at home. This isn’t a question of my family not being good enough. This is about me, not them. 

Simply put, I am not fulfilled in life. 

I firmly believe that in order to have something change, you need to be happy where you are. But what if you aren’t? What if you have tried for years and just … aren’t? I have put my best foot forward for years and so far, nothing. I have changed jobs more often that I am comfortable with in order to chase down the happiness that I crave. I crash and burn every time. 

Discouragement comes in waves. I feel less than, invalid and like a huge disappointment to myself in the most unhealthy of ways. Self-doubt and constant internal struggle is the norm for me and it shouldn’t be that way. I will never get through the day with a smile on my face feeling like that … which is why I am so desperate to find my niche. Pinning my hopes to whichever job I’m at isn’t going to get me anywhere. 

What I seek isn’t coming to me in the form of a job or a new house or stuff. It will come to me when I build up enough courage to REALLY seek it out. It’s not waiting for me in a CraigsList want ad or at the end of a self-growth seminar. 

Finding my purpose will require me to really look at myself. Make myself uncomfortable. Find out what I am all about. I need to know what I am made of. 

I AM capable of greatness. I just haven’t taken the ceiling off of my own limits yet. I have short-changed myself for far too long. From here on out, I can’t do that anymore. 

I still have no idea of what talents I possess, if any. I know I can make a pretty awesome wreath for our front door and I know I love writing, but the buck stops there. If I never find my talents, so be it. I will, however, find my own happiness. I will find that SOMETHING, whatever it is, that I am searching for. 

“New year, new me.” Isn’t that what the kids are saying these days?

Misty and her husband of 7 years live in Gonzales, LA with their 2 energetic and amazing children, Jax-7 and Elliot-4. She is native to Alexandria, LA and moved to the Baton Rouge area in 2005, where she now works for a large electrical contracting group. Her son Jax was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 8 days old and Misty has made it her mission to fund raise and educate as many people as she can about CF. Misty and her family love to find local (and non-local) adventures on the weekends and playing board games together. She is an avid reader, make-up buyer, and coffee-drinker. She can be found on the sofa binge watching The Office on Netflix and on Instagram at @MISTYROUSSA.


  1. Thank you for this beautifully write up. I believe to lead a life on purpose means that we make more of our talents and live up to our full potential. Whether our concept of success has to do with business, love, friendship, sports, a combination of these or something else, more fully developing our potential will help us to achieve our goals, and that is the purpose of life. There are four components which are important to consider in order to find our purpose:
    1- Discovering and living according to our highest values
    2-Finding our passion
    3- Identifying our strength
    4- Finding ourselves
    If we can be true to who we are, living our purpose and giving off our talents to the world around us, then we give back in service what we came here to share with others – our spirit – our essence.
    Thank you again


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