Joanna Gaines Shares the Secret to Finding Purpose in Life

If you’ve ever felt like you’re just floating along, unsure of your purpose in life, you’re not alone. In the Spring 2020 issue of Magnolia Journal, Joanna Gaines reveals she felt this way before she learned the true key to finding purpose in life. Here’s the wise advice she shared with her readers.

Joanna Gaines thought her purpose was to be a news reporter

Joanna Gaines | Rob Kim/Getty Images
Joanna Gaines | Rob Kim/Getty Images

In the Spring 2020 Magnolia Journal issue, Gaines discusses her pursuit of a career in broadcast journalism when she was a college intern. She tells her readers she learned quickly this wasn’t the line of work she wanted. Gaines says she felt homesick, nervous, and unsure of her career path. She wasn’t convinced she wanted to be a news reporter after gaining exposure to the career during her internship in New York City. Gaines thought becoming a reporter was her purpose, but that summer experience revealed it wasn’t meant to be. She says the best part of her day was leaving the office and walking home:

It was my first time living away from home, so in addition to being a nervous wreck, I was realizing that the world of television news wasn’t meant for me. Most days, I’d leave my internship feeling uncertain or just plain homesick. The best part of each day became my walk home, when I’d step inside the cozy boutique shops that lined the city’s streets. Somehow, a really creative window display or the familiar scent of a lit candle could always restore a little life back to me.

Joanna Gaines says this is the key to finding your purpose

Joanna Gaines on the Today Show in 2018 | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
Joanna Gaines on the Today Show in 2018 | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

It can be a long and frustrating road to find your purpose in life. However, Gaines says it doesn’t have to be an arduous task. According her, the secret to finding purpose is to become aware of your purpose for today. Instead of trying to find what you’re meant to do in the future, take a moment to discover the purpose of what you’re doing right now:

I’d staked my life’s worth on finding my future’s purpose when I could have chosen to see the meaning of where I stood then. In that season. On that day… I believe each of us can choose to see the purpose in where we stand today. Whether the season you’re in feels like progress toward the future you envision, or most days feel like you’re stuck in neutral, without both I think we miss something important.

 Our life’s purpose is not a one-stop arrival. It is worked out along the way. The journey itself is the most essential part, because that’s where the endless choices exist that lead us to where we’re going and the story we’re going to tell with our lives.

Joanna Gaines, Spring 2020 Magnolia Journal

Joanna Gaines says she is grateful for her experience in her dad’s tire shop

Chip and Joanna Gaines |  Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic
Chip and Joanna Gaines | Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic

Gaines says her family moved to Waco, Texas when she was in high school so her father could open a tire shop. She worked for her father when she turned 16 years old. Although what she did back then doesn’t exactly match up with what she is doing now, Gaines says she learned a lot about how to run a business:

I may have spent 10 years learning everything you’d ever need to know about the tire industry, but in the process, I got to see firsthand what it takes to run a family business. I loved learning business from my dad’s perspective. And now, all these years later, I own a shop of my own, and my dad works with us at Magnolia. Now, instead of selling of tires, Dad’s selling candles with me.

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