During June and July we are focussing on how to find meaning and purpose in our life and work. In light of this, I decided to interview a number of inspiring people from different walks of life to seek their views on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
Today I am through-the-roof excited to have award-winning journalist, presenter, and inspiring Engaging Women blogger Martine Harte on the blog to share her thoughts on meaning and purpose.
What does ‘living a meaningful and purposeful life’ mean to you?
For me, purpose comes from working towards something bigger than myself.
Engaging Women (my fourth baby) was an absolute heart project from the beginning. I knew that by chatting with accomplished people I could reveal their many layers and readers would discover that we are essentially all the same.
We all dream big, have insecurities, failures and beautiful moments.
In your opinion, do you need to feel like you have a meaningful and purposeful career in order to live a meaningful and purposeful life?
Yes, but we need to be very careful how we define a meaningful and purposeful career. No job in the world is worth compromising your family or health.
I was an on air television reporter for more than a decade, working in the dynamic news world and interviewing the likes of Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Prime Ministers, fashionistas and was even nominated for a Logie award.
I loved it, but you know what? It was not the be all and end all.
I believe a purposeful life allows time for making a contribution to the world we live in; beach walks, spotting a new bloom in the garden or making the time to meditate and really connect with your mind and body.
How do you personally inject meaning, passion and purpose into your life and work?
I don’t know that I necessarily do 24/7! Like everybody I have days when I’m less on purpose but there are some themes I live by:
Integrity: I get great satisfaction out of knowing I’m sharing tales of integrity on my blog. It makes me smile when I receive a heartfelt email from a reader saying that one sentence of one interview has quite possibly changed their outlook and their path.
Motherhood: The expectations of being a woman in the modern age are enormous but motherhood has taught me that I can only love my three little ones and try and be the best role model I can; but I am not perfect. In fact, it is my job to teach them that life isn’t perfect and people have many facets.
Accept challenges: I usually say “yes” when things scare me and then ask,”what have I done?” I’ve learnt that taking risks and stepping outside my comfort zone keeps presenting new exciting opportunities.
Be kind: Got my mum to thank for instilling this value. She is seriously one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and treats everyone with respect. Many of the successful people I meet – from singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte, to corporate leaders – know the value of treating others well.
What advice would you give someone who is on a quest for meaning and purpose?
1. It is only after you really begin to like and respect yourself that you are ready to welcome all the blessings that will inevitably start flooding your world.
2. Just start something.
If you are lost for direction try to pinpoint the ideas that are often swirling in your mind. For example, if you keep thinking you’d love to learn to code, just look up a course or tweet someone who is already doing it. Every time you reach out you are one step further to reaching your goal.
Martine Harte | Engaging Women
Martine Harte is an award-winning journalist, presenter and influential Australian blogger fronting the inspirational women’s project, engagingwomen.com.au.
A mum-of-three, she’s passionate about unlocking life tips from inspiring minds and sharing them with others.
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