Find What You Are Meant To Do — And Do It!

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 6, 2015

my Howard's Maker's Guide

I’m back from a wonderful, inspiring trip to Memphis to meet this lovely lady, Amy Howard, her husband Gene, and the Amy Howard at Home team.

She has created an empire from nothing — she sources, restores and builds luxury home furnishings, and  she also provides makers with artisan-quality paint products and training.

Amy Howard at Home workshop

She invited an amazing group of 14 DIY bloggers to tour her new home and to learn everything you can do with her paint products in an all-day workshop.

Amy Howard Home

I’ll write posts about her stunning home and the workshop in a few days, but with this post I have one goal: to inspire you to find your purpose in life, and TO PURSUE IT!

Find What You Are Meant To Do — And Do It!

Do you know what your passion is — the one thing that makes you giddy when you think about it, the one thing you’d never get tired of doing?

When were were all going around and introducing ourselves, including Amy, one thing became absolutely clear: we have all found our purpose. We figured out what we were meant to do in life, and now that’s all we want to do.

All of us screamed out: “This is it!” when we discovered blogging and DIY home decorating. We are passionate about it, and talking about it brings us to tears, literally.

We just love what we do that much.

Do you feel like that about your job? I know many people in my life, family members and friends, who haven’t even figured out what their passion is.

Maybe they have never allowed themselves to really look inside themselves to find it, or can’t focus on one thing, or don’t think they deserve to dream, or think they wouldn’t be able to make a living with their dream job.

If you can’t figure out what your purpose is, then you can’t pursue it — and that is the biggest tragedy.

So many people are stuck in jobs they hate and go through life being miserable — don’t let that be you!


If you know what you are meant to do, I want to encourage you to pursue it. Finding it is half the battle.

I feel so blessed to know what my purpose it: I hope to encourage you and show you that you can create a beautiful home and live a healthy lifestyle, even on a budget.

Why be stuck in a job you don’t like — you might as well go after what you love! Life is short, and you owe this to yourself.

You deserve to dream. Don’t worry about what other people might think or say. That doesn’t matter — you matter. They’ll get over it, trust me.

Several of the other bloggers told us that they were forced into a career they didn’t love because it offered the money that thought they wanted, and three of the bloggers started blogging in their 50s. They are all much happier now.

If I would have let other people or doubts hold me back when I packed two suitcases to move to America 23 years, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I knew it was the right move for me.

Follow your intuition; it’s usually right. Don’t live someone else’s life — live yours to the fullest!

You are unique, and your dreams and dream job will be unique. Find how you can make the biggest mark while you are here.

Ask yourself:

  • What can I do better than anyone else?
  • What is the one thing that sets me apart?
  • What do I want to be my legacy?

Don’t let concerns about money stop you. You will become an expert in your field because you love it so much that you want to know everything about it, and the money will follow because you are so good at what you do.

Plus, people can sense that you love what you do. They’ll want to be around that kind of positive and inspiring energy, and will want to hire you or buy what you have to offer.

It’s not a coincidence that there are so many talented artists selling what they make on Etsy and bloggers with a huge following — they are doing what they love, and it shines through.

I’d much rather make less money from a job I love and stay at home raising our son than take on a $100,000-a-year job that drains me every day.

People want to be around happy, fulfilled people who are great at what they do.

Amy’s book, A Maker’s Guide, that I was given at the Haven conference touches on all of this.

my Howard's Maker's Guide

It has become my favorite book. It’s a business book for creative people, a “Letter and Roadmap to Creative Entrepreneurs,” and I’ve been taking it everywhere since I got it.

By now it’s full of notes about my goals for Dagmar’s Home and Dagmar’s Home Decor, and you might have noticed me posting pictures of Amy’s inspiring quotes on Instagram, etc.

The book guides you through the steps you’ll need to create a thriving business. Creative people are often not very good business people — because we’d rather create than be distracted with administrative stuff. I can relate.

Amy’s book helps you to “edit” and “focus.” She stresses how much you need to work on both: the creative and the business side, with many suggestions and tips. I will be giving away a few of these books as gifts for Christmas for sure.

I’m very inspired by Amy — she followed her heart and makes a living with what she loves — so you can imagine how honored I was to be invited to be one of the Amy Howard at Home Bloggers.

Everyone was so lovely, and we all really bonded during those two days.

I can’t wait to show you how you can totally transform a furniture piece, fabric, glass, and even metal with her paint products!

{A big thank you again to Amy, Gene, the team, and all off the bloggers. It was an experience of a lifetime to spend those two days with you that I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to collaborate and create with you all!}

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate November 12, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Love this! I felt the exact same way about blogging as soon as I hit publish for the first time! This book is definitely going on my Christmas list!


Dagmar Bleasdale November 12, 2015 at 9:25 PM

You are going to absolutely love it, Kate.


linda November 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Know you had a good time and learned lots!! I do love her book. I have read it and referred to it numerous times since I got it at Haven this year. Look forward to hearing more in the weeks to come. Linda


Wendi @ H2OBungalow November 9, 2015 at 8:34 PM

You nailed it! Super post. What a beautiful experience it was spending two days with Amy and her team and meeting all of you as well!


Janelle (JEM) November 9, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Thank you so much! I have been struggling with this lately. I am excited to create my legacy! I will just keep moving with what I am already doing!

I found you via mostly blogger’s linky party!


Artadorned November 8, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Awww! I’m glad you had a great time with Amy. This truly is a great post! It’s very encouraging and inspiring. I too hope everyone follows their dreams and are happy with what they choice. Life is way too short to spend it doing something you unhappy!


Jennifer Dawn November 7, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Love this post! What an exciting opportunity! I’m dying to read the book now.


Dagmar Bleasdale November 7, 2015 at 10:43 PM

Thank you, Jennifer! The book is amazing! Available on Amazon – need to find out if Amy has an affiliate program.


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