How to Live on Purpose This Year

Every January, talk of New Year's resolutions flood social media, television news, and even face-to-face conversations. Rather than make a lame resolution this year, make this year the year you decide to live on purpose. Don't just make yourself a promise that you likely won't keep. Instead, decide to actually LIVE.

Here's how to live on purpose this year:

BE BRAVE. Do something you have always been afraid to do. Whether it's learn a skill that you think you're too old to do, travel to a place that you've always wanted to go, or walk away from something you know just isn't right for you. Be brave at least once a month.

BE A GIVER. Most of us have too much stuff in our house. Take the time to go through every room of your house and gather up absolutely everything you haven't used, worn, or even touched in the past year. Donate all of it. No garage sales, no online sales, just give it away to a charity. You will bless someone else and you will feel blessed yourself.

BE PRESENT. It's troubling how much time people spend looking at a screen. Whether it's the television, the computer, or a phone, it disconnects us from the people we love and all the amazing people we could have met if we hadn't been looking at a screen. Talk to people, really talk to people, not just a greeting, but a real conversation. Do it daily.

BE OUTSIDE. Breathe the air, walk through the neighborhood, wave at people, and smile at them. Sit in the sun, even in the winter-time. Stroll in the rain. Leave your phone and your camera at home. Enjoy the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of the earth, just for the pure enjoyment of it. Do it several times a week.

BE REAL. Instead of texting or messaging someone, actually call them to find out how things are going. Call your parents and even your grandparents. Call your siblings, your cousins, your best friends from school. Write a newsy letter with an ink pen and send it through the postal service. Have lunch with friends or family, at your home or theirs. Meet your neighbors. Connect on a personal level and build relationships that have true meaning.

JUST BE. Slow down. Enjoy your life. Stop over-scheduling yourself and your family. Take the time to just spend time together. Memories are made just snuggling together. Memories are made sitting on backyard swings and talking. Memories are even made doing chores together. Once a day is gone, it's gone, and only the memories are left.

Live on purpose this year. And the next. And the one after that.
You'll leave a legacy of love.


  1. Absolutely awesome blog for the New Year! Give God the Glory. Love you. Mom

  2. I absolutely love this post! Thanks for sharing. Living on purpose is essential rather than simply existing and allowing life to happen to us.

    1. Thank you so much Andriea! I'm glad it inspired you.

  3. Love this post! Such true words we should live by!


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