Faith, Meaning, and Purpose

June 30th, 2016 Posted by Connection, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Faith, Meaning, and Purpose”

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For the past several years, I’ve been working on a book. It would have moved a lot faster if I didn’t keep getting pregnant and then having needy babies. But, turns out that my slow pace ended up being the exact right pace, given the topic of my book.

It turned out that there were just a few life lessons I needed to learn before I could fully embrace this book.

So, what is this book about? It’s an exploration into faith, meaning, and purpose through  a mix of personal narrative pieces and interviews I’ve done with religious leaders, ranging from a Catholic Priest to a Hindu Priest. I’m interested in how we can cultivate faith, meaning, and purpose in our everyday lives regardless of our religious or spiritual backgrounds.

Why? Why care about those things?

Because I believe those are the building blocks for our lives. A firm foundation in meaning, purpose, and faith sets the tone for happiness, love, compassion, and worth. It’s what makes us better parents, educators, leaders, and people. It’s what makes the world go round – and we have the ability to make it a better place.

So what did these religious leaders say about the meaning of life? Shockingly similar things. And, really, what they had to say had little – if anything – to do with a specific higher power.

I already have over 50,000 words written. But there’s still work to to do. Here are my next steps:

+I have two more interviews to do. And I also need to have the last two interviews transcribed. I think I will use a service for this because the process is painfully slow.

+After the interviews are completed, I need to do the hard work of weaving in my stories with the interviews. This is not a Q & A book. I’m working all these pieces together into a narrative.

+I am writing this book without a book deal or an agent. I wanted to write the entire book before shopping for an agent. Why? Because that’s how I wanted to do it. It’s not the right way. Or the wrong way. It’s just a way, and that’s the way I chose. My goal is to have an entire draft of the book done by December, and then I will shop it.

That’s where I’m at! I’ve felt such a shift lately in my life, and I know it’s through working on this book. In so many ways, writing this book has changed my life. And, to me, that’s worth everything.

Hi! I’m Sarah, I am passionate about creating community, building deep connections, and the power of creativity. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, our three kids, and our golden-lab mix.

I believe in leggings as pants, and I drink my coffee black. I love shopping at Costco, teaching group exercise classes, and, athleisure.

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