Raise Your Hand for Roll Call

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I do my best to connect with everyone who subscribes to this blog. I typically send a quick welcome email, say thanks for being a part of this and invite a response. Sometimes people don’t write back, but I often do get responses and they’re so fun! You, brave readers, are some of the most interesting, personable, kind, and lovely people in the world! I’ve had the chance to get to connect people all over the world through this. Some just a few miles away, while others are on the absolute other side of the planet. It’s amazing! And I’m so grateful for it.

Yet, as I’m emailing with you and feeling so excited at this diverse group that has gathered around The Meaning Movement, I’m realizing that you don’t get the chance to experience that. You may have no idea who’s reading alongside you.

So it’s time for a roll call.

I want you to comment on this post and tell us a little bit about yourself. I’d like to hear your name (whatever name you enter is what will be displayed), where you live, and a sentence or two about yourself. You can tell us what you’re looking for, what you love to do, or anything else.

Feel free to link to your twitter, blog, or website if you’d like.

This is a bit of an experiment. If none of you comment, this won’t work.

It’s time to come out and play. Be courageous. We want to see you.

See you in the comments.

(Photo by Siebuhr, CC)

Dan Cumberland is on a mission to push you into the places meaning, life, & work intersect. He is the author of The Meaning Manifesto. Read more about him here, and connect with him on facebook and twitter.

There Are 144 Comments On This Post.

  1. My name is Bill Swan and I live in Gainesville, GA. I had the privilege of living with Dan and Stacia for 2 years and it changed my life! I now work with the World Race where my goal is to help people develop healthy and authentic connections with God, themselves, each other, and the world. I love seeing people come alive and be who they were created to be. And I love Dan.

  2. Hi! My name is Lauree Fletcher. I live in Lynden, WA, but I’m originally from Atlanta, GA. I will be graduating from The Seattle School in less than a month – Oh, my! I long to bring healing in this world – one heart at a time – one community at a time – in conversation about what might change if we were more mindful about living with our hearts set on excellence, and our path guided by Wisdom.

    The website is only a splash page at the moment. I am journeying toward pursuing my passion full time once I graduate – simply by taking the steps that gets revealed one at a time.

    I love this idea, Dan. I hope you get lots of responses!!!

    • Thanks Lauree! I’m so excited for your next season! Thanks for being a part of this!

  3. Jason

    I work at the grad school Dan graduated from in 2012. I mostly “listen” to this blog through soundgecko. I appreciate the thoughts on finding meaning and passion. I love learning, but I am finding I need to love doing just as much as learning. Thanks for sharing your passion and process with us.

  4. I’m Stacia and I live in Seattle. Actually, I’m married to Dan. And I agree with Bill… I love Dan. Seriously though. Dan believes in the things he is saying. He believes this world will be a better place when each of us is living fully into who we were designed to be.

  5. From southern Colorado, near the border of New Mexico, a hand is raised and a heart sigh whispered for the amazing wonder of Life in all its mystery. At 60, a nature walker, one who enjoys the simple wonders of life, I am learning that every thing is my teacher. Every thing and everyone are my gurus. Hello to all and blessings of joy!

  6. Brian

    My name is Brian and I live in Seattle, WA. I believe in every individual having strenghts and faults, and the ability to improve no matter the age. Dan’s project helps provide people with the tools to uncover their individual paths, and for that, I am grateful.

  7. My name is Beasley. I live in lower queen anne, seattle, Washington.
    I am exploring and discovering the uniqueness I offer the world and sharing my journey through songwriting.

    • I’m excited for your journey, Beasley! I’m glad you’re a part of this.

  8. Jeff

    Hey!
    I’m Jeff and I am a barista in Seattle! I have been privileged to be able to call a Dan a friend of mine for about for years. Keep your good words coming, buddy!

  9. Hello All!

    My name is Chris and I am a social entrepreneur from Michigan. In the midst of running a start-up and recently becoming a new father, I find that this blog continues to pull me into the present moment with relevant and insightful messages and challenges. Really great content, Dan! I firmly believe that what we do truly matters and platforms like this blog, and its community, continue to spur me on.

    CP

  10. Nancy M

    I’m here because it’s a transition period for me which has lasted longer than I’d like. I wonder if fear plays a role. I live outside Denver in the mountains. I love to hike with my dog and be present to my surroundings up here. I am lacking deeper connection with others and a sense of calling at the moment.

    • From a southern CO hiker with my dog as companion and transition, a gentle wave hello Nancy!

  11. My name is Kelsey. I’m currently living in Phoenix, but will hopefully be moving to Seattle in August to begin grad school at The Seattle School. I found Dan’s blog through Divine happenstance and am on the precipice of a great adventure!

  12. Daniel

    I am currently living in Seattle and am in my first “real” job post graduation. I am beginning to realize what I went to school for and the career I have, don’t scratch the itch I have for life and relationship. Dan’s words have been life giving, thought provoking, and challenging. Thanks for your hard work and intentionality.

  13. Steven

    I live in Southern California where I write music, create art, go running outside, and connect with people. I know Dan going back to when we and our brothers were wanna-be unruly teens. A lot of what Dan writes resonates with me, touching on things I think about or feel.

  14. I live in Seattle and am privileged to call Dan a good friend. He’s a wonderful person to know.

    He’s also helped me begin to wrestle with what my unique place in the world is. Sometimes that wrestling manifests itself in a few words that I post here from time to time.

    • Glad to have you here, Kyle! And it’s fun to see some new content on your blog!

  15. Hi! I’m Lacy and I’ve recently moved back to Seattle. I write about spirituality and intention in travels and daily life at http://asacredjourney.net and Dan’s work has helped me hone in on both my vocation and my voice. I’d probably be running away from my meaningful work without him (in fact, there have been many days that I’ve tried), and that’s why am glad to have The Meaning Movement to encourage me in this oh-so-difficult and oh-so-necessary journey of making meaning in the world.

    • Dan

      Thanks Lacy. Your words mean a lot to me and I love how you describe the process the “oh-so-difficult and oh-so-necessary journey of making meaning in the world.” Glad we’re in this together!

  16. Phillip Johnson

    My name is Phillip Johnson and I am a husband and father of five near the CA/OR border. I work construction full-time and work to share the gospel in my rural area and connect christians with needs in our communities and living out God’s kingdom. I love Jesus and his church, my bride and kids, and building/making creative things.

    • Phillip Johnson

      I know Dan through a camp we worked at one summer and have really been encouraged to search out my God-given voice and not get stuck in just production-mode, both in work and spiritual life.

      • Dan

        Thanks Phillip! So glad you’re here.

  17. Kim

    Good morning. My name is Kim and I live in Central Florida. I stumbled upon the meaning movement about 4 months ago and enjoy reading Dan’s messages. I Love the outdoors, art and cooking.

    • Dan

      Hi Kim! Thanks for raising your hand. It’s so good to have you with us!

  18. /raises hand.

    HERE!

    I am an Believer, and Hoper, a Father and Husband, a Writer and Reader, and a Doer and Layabout. You can check out my scribblings at http://justbarelymadeit.com but I enjoy Dan’s thoughts and have since I met him in school a few years back. I love to build and create things, and I also love to consume things, probably too much. I make wooden objects and fermented drink.

    Thanks Dan for this blog, it is a good thing.

    • Dan

      Hi Lonnie! It’s great having you with us! Thanks for commenting

  19. Kari

    I’m Kari, a So Cal native who’s about to make a long-considered move to Woodinville, WA this week! It’s a little nerve-wracking to be moving away from everyone and everything I’ve ever known down here, but at the same time I’m loving the adventure and excited to see what’s down the road. So my life is completely in transition right now; I’ve got the next 3 months figured out work-wise, but beyond that I’m not completely sure what’s ahead. Or even what roads to pursue exactly. The past 7 years I’ve had the joy of teaching environmental education field trips/classes in OC, and now am trying to figure out how I can take all I’ve learned and apply it to some of my passions–youth, the outdoors, discovery, God. Ever since I stumbled onto the blog a few months back, Dan’s thoughts on work and calling have really been resonating with me as I’ve done lots of thinking and praying about it all. Excited to read more in the days ahead!

    Seems like there’s a LOT of Seattle people on here! If there’s ever a Meeting Movement Meetup (say that five times fast, ha!), I’m in! πŸ™‚

    • Dan

      Thanks so much Kari! It sounds like there is a lot of risk, adventure, and unknown in your near future. Way to go for it! Also, as a born and raised OC kid who now lives in Seattle, I’m excited to have some more company up here!

      Though not exactly a Meaning Movement Meetup, I have an event in Seattle that I’m announcing on the blog today! Can’t wait to meet you in person πŸ˜‰

  20. lindy

    I’m here! I’m Lindy who resides in Seattle. Dan, I am a grateful receiver of your voice through blogs and when I’m lucky in real life face-to-face. I left the sports/entertainment business in Denver about 4 years ago to redirect my path towards working in bereavement/loss/grief work and somehow combine that with working with animals via pursing my masters in counseling… and have been trudging along ever since with some hopeful days and some major roadblocks. But day by day, I’m doing it. That’s what I appreciate about your continued blog posts, Dan. They aren’t a one time epiphany (though those may occur), but I receive them as a continued whisper to keep on believing, one day, one moment at a time. Grateful for your work, I know it’s not always easy… but I am one who can testify that I see and receive your vocation as a beautiful and you inspire me to be intentional about mine. As I’ve told you, your words make me mad at times, but that is how I know I can trust them. You are a brilliant combination of a storyteller and a truth teller. Thank-you!

    • Hi Lindy! Somehow you snuck in here and I didn’t respond! Better late than never. SO glad you’re here. So glad you’re doing the work you’re doing. Thanks for being a part of this adventure!

  21. Libby

    I live in Seattle and have had the pleasure of getting to know Dan and Stacia over the past 3 years. I am continually inspired by this blog — it brings me into the present, helps me create space to consider my dreams, hopes and struggles. I am also inspired by the way you (Dan) and Stacia live your lives. You live creatively, bring people together, and aren’t afraid to step outside of the box. The Meaning Manifesto has inspired me to consider my work differently as a nurse practitioner. I love my vocation and yet I don’t often allow myself to rest in that place of enjoyment or invite others in to that part of my story. Thanks for sharing with us Dan!

    • Thanks so much for sharing Libby! I’m so glad to have you as a part of this!

  22. Jcanram

    I love encouraging the voice and possibility of women who may be seen as disadvantaged- by geography, economics, abuse, class, etc. Whatever it may be, I yearn for healing and reconciliation of their story, and I want them to be open to the various ways that can happen.
    I want freedom of voice, desire, hope, and faith.

  23. Dean

    Hi, my name is Dean and I play with fire. I was born with a fireball in my chest and I’ve been dealing with it ever since…sometimes I can mold my fire into lovely things and sometimes really ugly….
    There have been points in my life when the fire threatened to go out and leave me cold and bored. Still other times it’s burned out of control and threatened to burn down the forest.
    Being a part of The Meaning Movement is one of the tools I’m honored to use in harnessing my fire. Dan, you give me fuel to keep my flame burning and the space to keep it focused and in my control.
    I love what you’ve done, do, and will do with this created community and so appreciate you.

    • Thanks so much Dean. May you use your fire to make great things and burn down others that need to be burnt πŸ˜‰

  24. Paige

    Here! My name is Paige and I live in the great city of Seattle. I had the pleasure of meeting Dan through some very dear friends and instantly knew he was one of “those ones” that was really doing it – following his heart and living authentically. I’ve been encouraged by this blog as I struggle through my own search of stepping into myself, my story, and the wild path I’m being taken on. Dan, thanks for using your voice and talents to open up the eyes of others. You are a gift!

    • Hi Paige! Thanks so much for commenting. It’s so good to have you here. I’m grateful to have myself, this blog, and this community as a part of your process. I’m excited to see where this wild path takes you πŸ™‚

  25. Hi,
    In response to Dan’s email:
    I am Ruth Walther. I live in Seattle. My work is about helping teams work together effectively on large projects.
    But … as far as the Meaning Movement is concerned… the way I am creating meaning over the next six months is by reaching out to new people. I am inviting over the new neighbors, mentoring a young woman who is just starting her business, going out of my way to be kind to another (smart, thoughtful) stranger that opened her heart to me. I’d love to create a greater community- I’d be thrilled to invite this group together for cooking and eating in my kitchen. That feels like it has meaning. Not just sticking with the people I know- but extending myself a little.
    I see that the Meaning Movement is about making your work have meaning. I am fortunate there. I love my work and enjoy helping teams be productive and empowered. I really believe that the quality of my life is all about the people and relationships in it.
    Ruth

    • Thanks for the lovely response, Ruth! I’m grateful to have you here. It sounds like you have a good handful of meaningful places you’re exploring!

  26. Hi, Dan, My name is Geri and at 63 yrs. old I have lived long enough to know that life can through you some curveballs along the way. Everyone seems to talk about having a purpose in life and that is what you need. But what if your life suddenly changes drastically and you are bedridden most of the time due to illness? How do you come up with a purpose then? I had to do just that. I really struggled with this. I found comfort in the Psalms and inspiration in a little book I have given to many friends going through rough times. It is called Footprints: Scripture with Reflections Inspired by the Best-Loved Poem by Margaret Fishback Powers. I could not read or watch tv but I could pray so I determined that my purpose at this particular time was to pray–not for myself, but for others in need of prayers. It made me feel like I was helping others and that made me feel like I had a purpose and some meaning in my life. I did get better, but I still have flares of extreme fatigue in which I can barely get out of bed for days. I don’t watch tv or read as that is too much effort, but it is never too much effort to pray and that is what I do. Thank you for your movement. I enjoy your posts.

  27. Carol N

    My name is Carol from Nairobi, Kenya. I knew of your blog when your article “Permission To Thrive In Your 20s” was featured in All Groan Up.
    I am a Tour/Travel Consultant, going to graduate in August God willing and later get in to a baking school, French school and hopefully get my masters.
    My interest in the Meaning Movement is to learn all I can on how to improve on my current situation because I feel stuck in my career and social life. I am really looking forward to making bold moves in my life by learning all I can from your blogs.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Carol! Thanks so much for introducing yourself. It’s great to have you here! We’re going to do our best to help you make those bold moves!

  28. Bethany

    I’m Bethany – I’m a wanderer, and have called 5 states and 3 countries “home” in my life. I’m currently in Seattle, WA and am working on a graduate degree, learning about what I’m good at vs. what makes my heart sing, and trying my best to find a way to marry the two. Mostly – I hope this one day looks like baking pies, raising goats, and growing my own food: creating a home for myself and others. Safe places, loud community, and mess is where I thrive. I stumbled upon Dan’s work through my own work with alumni at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He works with a number of my friends and colleagues, and I am so thankful there are voices like his in my world right now.

    • Hey Bethany! It’s so great having you here. Thanks for the introduction!

  29. Kelly

    I’m Kelly from Seattle, WA. As a (very) recent graduate of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, I am currently in the process of contemplating two questions: (1) who am I, and (2) who do I want to be? I used to think that one day I would magically stumble upon the one answer that would bring together and make sense of every intricate passion I hold, but in revisiting these same questions (and their wildly different answers) each day, I think I am coming closer and closer to the realization that the answer is mostly in the question itself. Dan, so glad you have brought together this community of fellow questioners and answerers – looking forward to exploring and dreaming with you!

    • Thanks Kelly! It’s wonderful to have you here with us. You’re asking good questions. I’m excited to be asking them with you πŸ˜‰

  30. Ruth Dotterer

    I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona. I am 63 years old, married 43 years but separated now. I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. I have worked on and off at jobs I really didn’t like in the health field and in business. I have taken classes Dan Allander has taught, in Texas, Phoenix and in Seattle. I have a long time friend who is a Seattle School of Theology and Psychology alumni. When I read about this blog I wanted to be a part of it. I was relieved to find others of my crazy generation are here too. Thanks!

    • Hi Ruth! So glad to have you here, and I love that we are a community of many different ages. Thanks for being a part of this!

  31. Bill

    Hello I’m Bill from Austin TX. I’m a passionate entrepreneur (most of the time), lover of positive thinkers, Fenders Stratocasters and live music. Father of three, married 25 years, looking to make a difference in people’s lives. I stumbled upon Dan’s blog by Googling “why do I have such an easy time starting things and such a hard time finishing them.” I’m finding myself a bit unfulfilled these days as I come to grips with losing my business of 20 years, having my oldest daughter going off to college and being burned out in a business that I’m still involved with after 23 years. Like Bono once brilliantly stated ‘I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

  32. Ali

    I’m Ali, a recent Ph.D. facing a scary 6 months ahead. My day-to-day has felt meaningful since pursuing graduate work 5 years ago, but I see how easily that can slip out of my grasp. The academic job market is highly competitive; it chews people up and spits them back out. Many of my peers have developed a defense mechanism, talking about not wanting to go into academia even as they simultaneously look for an academic appointment. But I’ve thought for so long that this is what I want to do with my life. I was on the market last year, and nothing worked out. I’m making one more attempt this year, hoping that the stars will align, but I’m also very realistic. I know what a small chance there is and I refuse to get my hopes up too high. So what will happen to the meaning in my career, in my day-to-day life, if this endeavor proves infeasible? That’s my biggest fear. I look forward to following your blog and your work as I move through the uncertainty of the next several months and, if necessary, transition to a new way of thinking about the future and what is meaningful to me.

    • Hi Ali! So glad you’re here with us! We know a lot about uncertainty and big questions, so you’re in good company! Thanks for the introduction. I’m excited to have you onboard.

  33. Hi Dan, Mark here from Bedford, UK.

    I try to pursue the things that make me feel inspired, motivated and empowered, and really enjoy being to help people which ever way I can. By day I work in an amazing software application environment and by night I am a WordPress evangelist and love working and helping people get online with the help of the infamous platform.

    Your Manifesto has inspired me even more to pursue my long time passion for motorcycles and will hopefully lead to me one day setting up a small garage to customise all manner of 2 wheeled machines.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Mark! It’s great to have you here. Way to dream about digging deeper into your passion!

  34. Jordan

    Hi all! Terribly sorry to chime in so late. I’m Jordan. I live in Seattle where I recently finished a year of teaching High School literacy. I’ve currently been challenged with a job of helping lead a summer program for a group of spontaneous and lively youth. Hoping to move more and more into work that resonates with my abilities and passions. Lately I’ve been enlivened by the thought of working on a farm. I’ll see where that thought takes me. Best wishes to you all!

  35. In continuation to my response to Dan’s email:

    Hi everyone. My name is Sarvesh, and I live in New Delhi, India. I’m 34 years old, married, and a father to a 2-year old. Soon after I finished my graduation in engineering, I figured I wasn’t cut out for the 9-5-Monday-Friday job culture that everybody I knew aspired for, including my parents. I enjoyed reading and writing, so I decided to switch careers and got an opportunity to work in publishing. I’ve been in this industry for the last ten years, but I realize that I haven’t quite done work that has been meaningful to me as yet. In this time, I’ve published a collection of poetry and I write a blog (sarvesh-mehrotra@blogspot.in). I would love to work towards connecting people back to their inner selves and reduce our current obsession with the physical world and the sensory experience. I’m here because I happened to come across this website, and felt this was a place for like-minded people, and I could get some ideas on how to take my life in the direction of work that is meaningful to me.

  36. Aimee

    Hi everyone! My name is Aimee Ravelo, 22, and I’m from the Philippines. I’m so glad I found the meaning movement! Thank you, Mr. Cumberland, for creating this website, I also want to tell you that “you are so brave” (I’ve read that post and was greatly encouraged!). I discovered the meaning movement through your article at Relevant “7 Ways To Find You Calling”.

    After several months of trying to make things go my way, to pursue my dreams the way I wanted to (I want to be an actress in S. Korea), I’m letting go and letting God have His way. So right now, I’m waiting on God’s plan for my life to unfold. I’ve come to the point where I’m holding on to nothing and no one but God and His promises. As Charles Swindoll put it, “Sometimes God brings us to our absolute end then proves Himself faithful”.

  37. Hi, my name is Ella and I recently moved to Seoul, Korea from Seattle πŸ™‚ I graduated from the same grad school as Dan and am currently working as a psychotherapist/educator. I’m also working with some colleagues here to start an Alternative School that will use a Balance Psychology educational approach that will not just focus on acquiring knowledge but also help children tap into their own creativity via becoming attuned to their body, emotions and desires, understand how to communicate with others, etc. I’m also interested in Organizational Psyc and hope to find opportunities to do this as well.

    If anyone here is in Seoul, feel free to message me. Would love to connect with a fellow
    Meaning Movement subscriber! I love The Meaning Movement and really appreciate this
    blog. I am inspired by Dan’s creativity in his work here! It keeps me grounded as I’m
    pursuing my dreams in Korea and discovering more of who I am and the things I deeply
    long for. So bummed I couldn’t be there for the Pitch Night… I hope there’s a way to watch a recording of it πŸ™‚ If I were in Seattle, I would have loved to participate in the upcoming
    6 month cohort too~ Keep rocking it, Dan! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ella! Thanks so much for commenting. It’s so fun to have you reading along and to hear an update on all the good things that you’re up to. Way to go! It sounds like you’re taking big and courageous steps!

      Thanks for your kind words. It means a lot to know that the Meaning Movement has been helpful and encouraging.

      We did video Pitch Night, so you can expect a chance to see some of it. It just may be a little while before we get to it πŸ™‚

  38. Ruth

    I’m Ruth from Makati, Philippines. I graduated from college for a year now and I’m currently in the journey to finding God’s will for me in my career. πŸ˜€ Thank you for creating this movement. I look forward to learning from all the articles here.

  39. Samrat

    Hi Dan! This is Samrat (31) from India.. currently living in New Delhi. By proffesion I’m a civil engineer working in one of the world’s best companies. But somehow, I’m unable to connect my work to the areas of my passion. I know what I want in life.. what makes me feel happy.. but can’t gather enough courage and motivation to go for it all out..
    I found your e-book on meaning manifesto quite prompt to answer many of my doubts/question.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Samrat! It’s great to meet you and I’m so glad you’re here with us. Here’s to finding the courage to step out and chase your passions. We’re here to support you in your journey!

  40. Daniel Brown

    Dan is like a social pyromaniac: he’s obsessed with sparking into flame the creativity and desire within people. More than just igniting passion to begin taking seriously my daydreams, Dan has demonstrated practical steps I can take to put my dreams into action. Most significantly, he’s modeled for me how to take ownership of my ideas and to go public with them. His influence has been instrumental in my recent and very scary decision to open a private practice offering psychotherapy for children and adolescents. His influence is very subversive and very counter-cultural; so glad to be a part of this movement with you all!

    • Hey Dan! This makes me smile. I like being a “social pyromaniac”. Well said! So glad to have you here with us!

  41. Sarah

    Hi! I’m Sarah, I recently started a group called Minute Movies and I’m trying to turn it into a job that pays the bills. This looks like an amazing community to find support in inspiration to find the next steps in pursuing my dream.

  42. Sheree

    I’m Sheree. I now live in Nebraska though my friendship with Dan and Stacia began in Chicago and continues as we share amazing friends as our lives have overlapped.

    I am driven by the complexity of relationships, constantly challenging how we live and interact with the world around us. In the middle of community development work, I create meals and other food experiences that bring people together because ultimately the best conversations and meaningful interactions usually happen when food (or beverage) is present.

    I’m always looking to surround myself with people who want to create with purpose.

    • Hi Sheree! It’s so great to have you here. I love your heart for bringing people together. The world needs the spaces that you love to create.

  43. Laura

    Hi Dan and everyone,
    I’m one of those ‘other side of the worlders’. I’m live in a country town in Victoria, Australia. I have several loves in my life: God, my amazing husband, my family, the great outdoors, horses and photography. I work as a teacher although looking at a career change. Trying to work out my ‘fit’ in this life and how I can show God’s love to others.
    God bless πŸ™‚

  44. I stumbled across this blog on my brother’s facebook wall and enjoyed the writing. I am with Legacy Mustang Preservation in Louisa, Va.

    Legacy brings in wild horses from out west, transitions them into the domestic world, then trains and adopts out horses that are mentally and physically ready.

    Mustangs that have been through to much in their life are accepted into our wild horse sanctuary and become a part of educating people about America’s wild horses. These horses also participate in outreach programs that foucus on emotional and mental healing for both human and horse from all walks of life.

    • Hi Christina! What fascinating work you do! Thanks for the introduction. It’s great to have you here.

  45. I live in Georgia and work for an organization that challenges and empowers young adults to bring tangible change to the needs of this world. I love it. I have already gained such impactful insights through this blog. I actually taught a class this morning and shared about the “different types of no’s” in my presentation. Your words are impacting so many Dan and I am beyond grateful to be one of them. Thank you!

    • I love that you used that idea with your students, Katie! Thanks for sharing here and being along for this ride. It’s so great to have you.

  46. Amanda

    Hi All!
    I’m Amanda from Seattle via CT. I’m excited to be here with you and learn about your experiences and see what we can share and build. I love people and all their beautiful facets. I work in the health and wellness industry and feel lucky to witness folks on their journey to change. Very thankful to have found this blog. Thanks Dan!

    • Thanks so much for the introduction, Amanda! So glad you’re here with us!

  47. Hey, everyone! My name is Holly Bohnett. I recently graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas but I’m originally from Seattle. I graduated with a public relations degree but that has ended up looking like a number of things: web design, social media, graphic design, writing, videography, photography, etc. I’m interested in a lot of things and I love that I have the ability to switch between them and incorporate my different skills/interests into complete projects. I’m struggling with the typical post-grad confusion and lack of direction, but at least I know that I’m headed to Denver, Colorado this summer and am starting to look for jobs there. In the meantime, I am looking forward to finding encouragement in this website and through this community!

  48. Elli

    Hello. My name is Elli.
    I have a number of experiments going on right now in life- probably too many, but I gravitate towards challenge πŸ™‚
    I am a mother of two young girls, a wife of a Man braving school to pursue a career he really wants to do, an RMT who is passionate about my work, and “touch therapy” in general, a crafter- I sew, bake, write,draw, paint and sell these things, a retreat and solitude facilitator and enthusiast, a lover of Jesus in the sick, marginalized, and broken, and I just loooove hearing about people pursuing dreams.

    • Hi Elli! So glad you’re here with us. I’ll do my best to fuel your challenge fire!

    • Elli! I am totally there with you. That is awesome. I have thought about RMT as a means to help people and have yet to find any schools that I feel comfortable with. Do you know any RMT schools in the South Sound that you would recommend?

  49. Candace

    Hi my name is Candace. I recently graduated Ithaca College with a degree in sport management and health. Currently, I’m applying for jobs in the NYC area and hoping to find a really good post-grad job. I’m also struggling with what exactly to do after school and although the real world is scary, I’m ready to take it on!

    • Hi Candace!

      I’m so glad you’re here. Yes. The real world is scary, but you can handle it. We’re all just as scaredβ€” or at least go through seasons of fear. You got this!

  50. Kim

    Good Monday morning everyone! My name is Kim and I am new to blogs. I am from Seattle, and left pieces of ny heart in Brasil and California. I work as a nurse, and plan to attend the counseling program at the Seattle School in the fall. I heard Dan speak at the Preview and was inspired. It is so cool to be around other people who feel excited about life and believe in meaning and purpose and a calling. It feels like a lot of people in our culture don’t allow themselves to dream and they feel like real life is going to a job that they don’t like very much so they can buy things that they think they need. I refuse to settle for that, and my heart’s dedire is to help othets discover that their life matters. I know that life offers us so much more than we think, and I’m here to make my contribution. I look forward to hearing from more excited people!

    • Sara Wallace

      Hey Kim just want to say I couldn’t agree more with everything you’re saying. Life is about experiences and doing things outside yourself. Life really does offer us so much and it really isn’t living unless you are out there taking it’s offers!

  51. Hi there! I’m Aimee and I live in Atlanta. (Well, I technically live about an hour’s drive north of the city, but my big 2015 goal is to be able to write “Atlanta” beneath my street address and have a go at urban life.) I’ve have a wildly winding river for a life, with “indecision” and “fear” stamped over all thirty-one years of it. But I’m finding other words ingrained there, too, like “redemption” and “purpose” and “never too late.” So I’m looking back, but only to dig up clues I missed the first time around; mostly, I’m walking forward with a paintbrush in hand and all the courage I can find.

    You know that scene from Disney’s Pocahontas where she’s holding the compass and the needle stops its mad spinning to point due north? And Grandmother Willow is all like, “You know your path, child. Now, follow it!” That’s more or less life for me these days. I’m writing a story that brings together my passion for hospitality and community-building with my love for the arts and the people who create all things good and beautiful and true. And I’m calling it CANVAS: A Modern Urban Artists’ Colony.

    I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, but if what they taught us in History class is correct, I’m in good company. It’s completely terrifying and also super fun. Isn’t that how life should be, anyways? Like that moment when you’re mid-air, gravity pulling you back into your dad’s waiting arms? Or free-falling from the high-dive after thirty minutes of coaxing from the crowd below? I think it’s in that place where fear meets delight that we find Meaning. That’s where I’m aiming to live, and I’m glad to be counted among others who are doing the same.

    • Dan

      Hi Aimee!
      Such a lovely introduction. Thank you! It’s so great to have you with us. You are most definitely in good company. The realm of risk and desire is a realm of having no idea what you’re doing. We’re here with you!

  52. Becka

    Hi, I’m Becka. Two years out of college and living in Walla Walla, Washington. Took International Communication and Business in college, but ended up staying with my radio broadcasting job after being there as an intern while in school for 5 years. So I guess I basically have 7 years of real work experience under my belt, which is great. But working 8 hours a day in an office with no windows isn’t exactly the most ideal job in the world, as cool as being on the radio might seem.

    My passions and curiosities I think are really to be found in the back country. I drool over the idea of backpacking into the woods on an unfamiliar trail, and I love taking my giant dog with me on these adventures. I guess maybe I’m looking for a way to be outside, active, and help other embrace this great planet earth…while still making money to pay off my massive student loans.

    I’m not goalless! But I am sort of stuck in a job I don’t love and that’s doesn’t love me back and I’m honestly a little scared and intimidated to look for something else! But I have hope and I’m glad this blog exists to help keep me dreaming and thinking and planning. I think that’s awesome.

    • Dan

      Hi Becka!

      Thanks for writing! Keep dreaming, thinking, and planning. Pay attention to those places that make you feel alive. They’re telling you something.

      So glad to have you with us and to be with you!

  53. hi my name is MattI currently live in the san Francisco bay area. I love all things having to do with restoration. I am looking to be involved and participate in restorative justice for I think this is what will connect my meaning and purpose. I am here because I want to be able to be encouraged while connecting my meaning and purpose with action.

  54. Kiana Shea Hieda

    Hello Everyone,

    I’m Kiana, and I’m… very, very excited!

    I’m an Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington, wrapping up my fifth year. My concentration is in Food Studies, and I’m a big believer in the power of community agriculture. I aspire to reach out to people of all ages, all communities, and all cultures through food and environmental education–I’m thinking elementary schools, senior citizen homes, and prisons. But I am only beginning to make my dreams a reality, and I can’t wait to see where they take me.

    • Hi again Kiana! So glad to have you here! Thanks for this fantastic introduction. I love the places you are exploring!

  55. Marianna

    Hello. I am a married mother of two , ages 13 and 15, feeling very much on the brink of major change and attempting to define the next season of my life. I’m a native Texan, living in the northern suburbs of Dallas.

  56. Hey.

    My name is Nazreen Osman. I’m a badass writer trying to find the courage to live a life I love. I’m a wild card, leather wearing boheme with a sprinkling of punk flavour. One of the places, I love to go for inspiration on writing and branding is themiddlefingerproject.org. The MF Project is a no bullshit site for YOU. If you want to love your life and OWN your work- check it out.

    Love and gratitude.

    • Dan

      Hi Nazreen! So glad you’re here. So glad you’re writing. Keep it up! (also, I’m a fan of the Middle Finger Project too. Good stuff!)

  57. Hello! My name is Emily and I live just south of Seattle. I work for mobilization and discipleship with a non-profit known as TEAM and I love it. I love helping people discover their passions and interests and encouraging them to go and pursue those dreams. I also LOVE coffee, art, and education and am interested in directing coffee shop art collaborative spaces where people can come together from the community, learn about art, enhance skills, and display/perform their works for others. I also would like to provide free educational resources in these places for all age levels to give support to communities who typically cannot afford help with their learning needs. This is all a dream right now and I look forward to seeing all that happens in the years to come!

    In addition to all this I love to be outdoors (if you live in the PNW you are likely in the same boat as me!). Kayaking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, paddleboarding, climbing, camping… if it’s active and outside I will be there.

    • Dan

      Hi Emily! Thanks so much for the introduction! I’m in Seattle too πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad you’re here with us!

  58. Sara Wallace

    Hey everyone,
    My name is Sara Wallace I am 19, I am currently a new resident of North Carolina with my boyfriend Nolan whom I really enjoy being with and in 4 months we will be expecting a beautiful healthy Baby. After reading all of these comment I was impressed, I feel like I’ve finally, for the first time, found some people who just want some passion and meaning to their lives. All of my life I have felt that inside I was different and somehow saw the world differently. I want to live for a purpose and become someone that people want to listen to. Thanks for listening.

    • Hi Sara!
      This is SO LONG overdue, but welcome here. I’m so glad to have you with us!

  59. Hi! My name is Lucy and I work as a personal financial planner in Northern Virginia. I wanted to help my friends and my friends’ friends (people in their 20s and 30s) with their finances, but in a way they could easily understand and benefit from. That’s why I just launched my free, financial education site: http://www.letlucfinance.com Oh, and I also being outside and going on adventures.

    • Hi Lucy! I love having you in the community. Thanks for your involvement!

  60. I’m Dale Stubbart, sometimes known as Yellow Bear. I here, because I think Dan and I are doing similar work, though our methods may be different. And I like how he says things. I live in Olympia, so am his “near” neighbor. My company is Yellow Bear Journeys. We help people follow the WIND and embrace who they are meant to be. The WIND would be that which calls us to our true meaning. You may well find me on the beach.

    • So glad to have you here, Dale. And I love the work you’re doing. There’s so much alignment between our work. Keep it up and let me know how I can help!

  61. Hi! I’m Michelle Cornish and I live in beautiful BC, Canada! I’m an accountant trying to start a health and fitness coaching business focusing on busy moms. I own the accounting business so finding a way out has been more challenging than I thought. I want to make sure my clients will be well looked after but I’m so ready to start my new career – health and fitness has always been a passion of mine!! Nice to meet you all πŸ™‚

    • Hi Michelle! Thanks for the intro here πŸ™‚ So glad to have you with us!

  62. Priscilla

    Hi ! My name is Priscilla and I’m 23- I’m French and I’m finishing my 5th year of studies in a little city in the south of France. I play the drums and like dancing πŸ˜‰ I though I knew what I’ll do in the future but…I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. I’m currently reading the Meaning Movement articles and hope I’ll find out which way to go.
    Thanks for reading ! (hope my English is not too bad :P)

    • dan

      Hi Priscilla! Welcome! Thanks for the introduction. Your english is spot on! I’m so glad you’re here with us. Let me know is there’s ever anything I can do for you!

  63. Gratiana

    Hey, a lot of nice people here. I am Gratiana and I am from Germany. I love to read what you write, really helps me. I am an artist and writes a blog to encourage others to be creative and create, explore their talents.
    I wish everyone luck and I’m sorry for my English

    • Dan

      Hi Gratiana!
      Thanks so much for the introduction. Where can we find your blog? Also, your English is great!

  64. Dale Stubbart here. I run Yellow Bear Journeys which is doing a similar work. Following the meaning movement because it does great work and not all the movements out there which say they help you find meaning, do. My blog is at hugging the wind.yellow bear journeys.com

  65. Hello my name is Chris and I’m from Australia. I, with the assistance of my awesome team positively impact young families in small business by making their businesses REALLY work so that we all make an even bigger impact together. The rewards that brings allow our team (‘the fantastic four’) to make small but powerful contributions to impact our local community, our country and the lives of those less fortunate around the world”. We have found enormous meaning and satisfaction in our work through our lifetime membership in global giving initiative – Business for Good B1G1. I am also a founding member of Accountant’s Making Radical Impact (soon to be changing its name to “Accountants for Good” at the Sep 7th launch!)

    • dan

      Hey Chris!

      It looks like you do some very cool stuff. It’s great to have you with us!

  66. Sabrina

    My name is Sabrina, I’m from California and I work in public service in training and organizational development. I love the Meaning Movement and am so inspired by Dan’s perseverance. I’m the type of person who quits anything that I’m not immediately great at, so this blog has helped me “stick it out” when things get tough.

    • dan

      Hi Sabrina! Thanks so much for the introduction. I’m so glad to have you here with us!

  67. Michael Scanzello

    From Southern New Jersey. I currently work as a magician and owner of an entertainment agency. I have been inspired by speakers and writers so that is why I would like to become one to give that same inspiration to others!

  68. Hi. My name is Josh Monen and I’m from Battle Ground, WA. I used to have a $500/day cocaine addiction but now I’m clean and sober and happily married with 3 young kids (http://jmonen.com/mystory). I’m a full-time freelance copywriter and I blog daily at jmonen.com. I love the Meaning Movement because I’m obsessed with figuring out what my calling/purpose in life is and helping others do the same. I heard we only have one shot at this thing called life so I think it’s kind of important to figure out! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Josh! Thanks for the introduction. Your story is pretty incredible! I’m really glad you’re here and I hope to help with the calling/purpose piece πŸ™‚

  69. Kelly

    Hello Dan,

    We have had a brief email conversation about the fact that I know what I want to do, but I just dont know how to do it yet. However, after reading your “The Long Guide to Finding Your Life’s Work” I am pursuing “languaging your experience” and “putting my experience into words because it shapes the way I think of it”. This is going to be my January work into how to find the work I want to do for ocean conservation. So excited. Thank you!

    • dan

      Hi Kelly! I’m slow to respond here, but I’m so glad you’re here with us! I’m excited for what’s ahead for you πŸ™‚

  70. I am glad to write here and introduce myself.

    I am a semi-retired pharmacist who has worked retail and hospital pharmacy while also being a pharmacy manager. I also spent nearly half my career in sales that I thoroughly loved.

    Now I am launching a new career as a freelance writer. The commute is great; from the kitchen with a mug of hot coffee to my home office.

  71. Stela

    Hello Dan ,
    My name is Stela Dimitrova , Bulgarian who is living in the Netherlands for the past four years .Glad to write and connect with other people here . Currently in a period of transition ,where overthinking and fear is of a constant challenge .What helps me during this periods -dancing , meditating and music ,grounding to my center as much as possible . Considering to follow a Bachelor program but not decided is this the right path for me and which option has more calling /purpose . 29 years old

    • Hi Stela! Welcome. What a great introduction! I’m so glad you’re here with us πŸ™‚

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