Improve Your Health by Finding Your Purpose

Distant fog on a Mississippi morning

Purpose = Peace

Life often takes us where we never thought we would go. If you were to say to me years ago on Maui that one day I’d be living in Louisiana and then the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, I would have grabbed my windsurfing equipment and guffawed.

But here I am in south Mississippi feeling incredibly grateful and happy. Oh there was a ridiculous amounts of complaining discussion and unhappiness soul-searching  along the way. Now when I look back it reminds me of a bumpy car ride to an unknown destination. When you finally arrive, you get out and take it all in, forgetting the horrible road conditions along the way.

A Sense of Purpose Led to My Happy Place

After moving from Maui, I emotionally and mentally floated around not knowing my why outside of the wife and mom part of my life. It didn’t help that I was really unhappy with my location. I felt boxed in and surrounded by too much concrete for my liking. But I’ve always been a believer in making the best of and being grateful where you’re at. But why did I always feel like I was passing through — never feeling a sense of home or belonging? I just felt I wasn’t where I was called to be.

Fast-forward many years.

As the Viking and I committed to move the family to a place we felt would be better for us, I started to sense we were traveling in the right direction. We found a place — not perfect — but perfect for us. It’s the first time in 15 years I’ve referred to some place other than Maui as home. Maui will always be my home and my heart, but now, when I’m away from Maui, I truly feel this other place is home too. It’s captured my heart and I’ve found a purpose. More about that purpose and the Horsemanship Therapy Center coming in the near future.


At the Horsemanship Therapy Center

So what does all this have to do with health and fitness? 

Here’s what I’ve experienced:

•We thrive where we feel alive

•Passion for something energizes us

•When we’re feeling purposeful we make more positive choices

•A healthy inside manifests on the outside 

•Purpose is contagious 

•Purpose gives a sense of peace

Finding purpose has nothing to do with perfection or that a purpose can’t evolve or change. To me, it just means you’re where you need to be at this moment.

Love to hear what you think? Do you feel in your life that you’ve found a purpose you have a passion for beyond family? Are you living that purpose now — or are you on your way to your destination?
















  1. I am on my way to my purpose. My current job is definitely not my passion but it’s getting me through my Masters in Nutrition. My passions is nutrition and running. I love baking and cooking and helping other’s find their happiness in healthy living. I know there are seasons in life where it’s hard to keep that passion alive in the midst of all that’s happening.

    thanks for this post!! I am reminded to be grateful for where I am today and what I have.

  2. I really loved this post- such an inspiration. I could relate when you spoke of just passing through – so true. I don’t know my purpose yet but sure has been an interesting trail!

    • Joyce Cherrier says:

      I do think the quest to find purpose is where all the growth is. Like hiking a steep hill. It was all about the climb –standing at the top is the reward. But if we were just magically placed on the peak, we wouldn’t become “us”.

  3. Love this post, because I can so relate to both feeling on track or off-course in terms of purpose. And how those feelings then color so much of what we experience each day. When I’m “on” hope is everywhere! When I’m not… peace of mind is more of a struggle.

    For me it’s been a bit slippery! I think I’ve found “purpose” then I realize I’m stalling or drifting or not quite aimed right. It’s a challenge for me to take a deep breath and be patient when things are confusing; to grab the wonderful moments each day and not postpone appreciating all the joys in life waiting for some magic answer.

    Wow, you really got me thinking… thanks for this!

    • Joyce Cherrier says:

      This right here Crabby –> When I’m “on” hope is everywhere! When I’m not… peace of mind is more of a struggle. <—- is sooooooo me! I totally get that. Seems it's never a straight line — and you always have to make those minor adjustments. Circumstances are always like LOL at everything we attempt. Thanks for stopping by and I've been a terrible commenter over on your fantastic blog! Ack! Sorry about that!

  4. Your story caught my eye… we just visited Hawaii (Oahu) for the first time and fell in love with everything about it. Not only was it the prettiest place we’d ever visited, the people were very friendly and we liked their laid-back attitude. We felt like we were at home for the first time – so we decided to move there. First in 5 years, then 3, and now 2. I think both me and my wife felt kind of lost – just working to pay the bills and buy things we don’t need. We’d lost that joie de vivre and were very aware of it, but didn’t know what to do or even where to start. Visiting Hawaii opened our eyes to what’s possible and although its terrifying to move from the East Coast and our families to a tiny island halfway across the world… we’re sticking to it. No sleep ’til Oahu!

  5. Wow, I was just thinking about this question as I was driving from one job to the other! I can identify with this post on so many levels. I love that you have a therapy center, one of my most meaningful experiences was volunteering at a therapeutic horse farm that offered therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. An unforgettable experience!

    I feel like my purpose ( I know this may sound a little out there) but its to live my life outside of the needs of myself. My life is to fill the needs of others and empower them to persevere through adverse circumstances. I have a secret # of lives of those that I’m meant to touch in a huge way. And this purpose is what wakes me up in the morning and helps me get through my day as I work multiple jobs trying to get the funds for medical school. Sometimes by believing in others, that empowers others to believe in themselves. What a phenomenal experience!

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