Finding Your Purpose in Life/Finding my Purpose

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My name is Jessica.  I am a 25 year old recent college grad from Arkansas.  Since my graduation, I have been working as a secretary for a local church.  This isn't exactly what I had in mind for my first "real" job, but, with the tough economy, it was literally the only thing I could find.   

Despite having a job, a nice family and group of friends who support me, and a generally "good" life, I feel like something is missing.  Inside, I have always felt I was meant to do something, but I have been unable to discern what it is I am supposed to do with my life.  This intense feeling of not being complete (for lack of a better word) is very bothersome and makes me feel trapped.  I then get in a cycle of feeling guilty for wanting more, when my life is already so blessed.  I often begin to worry that this feeling of wanting more is just myself being narcissistic.  

How do I find what's missing?  How can I find my true purpose?  

I would greatly appreciate your feedback on the matter.  Thanks so much!

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Courage to be You
Courage to be You  
First of all I hope you are okay despite the big storms in Arkansas. I suggest you look at the current situation as just a JOB -- just a bridge to the future -- and begin to create the other parts of your life -- continue to enhance your relationships with friends-- appreciate family and be grateful for all that you do have-- by practicing what I call GRABS -- you'll begin to feel more at ease and realize that like all people it's natural to want more-- to contribute more to the world -- that this "angst" is good not something to ignore-- otherwise you could stagnate --create a Vision Board for 2013 -- see my book THE VISION BOARD and a free chapter at http://tinyurl.com/seeinsidebook or buy the book at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Vision-Board-Joyce-Schwarz/dp/0061956384/ref=sr_1_1?s=book

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How to change careers, how to apply the law of attraction to your career, creating multiple streams of income, successful recareering, creating your life path, changing careers, when just another job is not enough, creating abundance, attitude of gratitude, volunteering, mentoring, how to use a vision board, dream board, wisdom or life collage to manifest your destiny

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Joyce Schwarz is an author and internationally known career strategist. She created AOL's WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE forum and her book "SUCCESSFUL RECAREERING" When Just Another Job Is Not Enough is a best seller. She has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, NBC News, PBS TV, NPR radio, and more than 75 magazines and newspapers and hundreds of other radio stations. She is the author of the upcoming book "The Vision Board" Unlock the Secret to An Extraordinary Life, Harper Collins Publishing, Collins Design, fall, 2008, www.ihaveavision.org

Organizations
Interactive Television Alliance, Women in Film, Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce Board member, ABWA Boss of the Year,

Publications
LA TIMES, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, PREVENTION MAGAZINE, WOMEN'S OWN, AMERICAN GIRL, STARS & STRIPES

Education/Credentials
BSJ -- undergraduate degree in Journalism, Ohio University, Masters Degree, USC School of Cinema and TV, MBA studies, University of San Francisco, APR (certified PRSA), MPW degree, CBC (certified business counselor)

Awards and Honors
ABWA Boss of the Year, AAAA awards and citations, ACPRA award, Time-Life Citation for direct response, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Entertainment, President's Council Business Woman of the Year, 2007, NEA Grant (co-recipient), California Arts Council grant (recipient) Colorado Women's Foundation (recipient).

Past/Present Clients
More than 10,000 workshop students in cities such as New York, SFO, San Diego and Los Angeles. Corporate clients range from Sheraton Hotels to AT&T and such major brands as Revlon and Philips Electronics. Seemore at www.joycecom.com

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