Daily Life, Women with Purpose

Introducing: The Women with Purpose Series

November 27, 2014

I have an exciting new project on the blog coming in 2015 that I want to share with you all!

It is a series called “Women with Purpose” and is something I have been thinking deeply about for a while but I have not done anything about it, until today.

This is what purpose means if you are not sure.


  1. 1.
    the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
    “the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee”
  2. 2.
    a person’s sense of resolve or determination.
    “there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off”
  1. have as one’s intention or objective.
    “God has allowed suffering, even purposed it”

I am still finding my purpose. I am often stuck with a feeling in my stomach that I am not doing what I am meant to be doing, but I don’t know what it is that I am meant to be doing instead, but I know it is not what I am doing now. Confused yet? I am!

There are lots of women out there who do amazing, wonderful and scary things while finding their purpose – ranging from self publishing a book, to living on a tropical island to starting their own businesses or changing careers.

I am keen to explore  what sets them apart from others, what was SCARY about taking the plunge to reach their purpose and what was the biggest learning from their experiences.

We all have ideas, but we don’t often do ANYTHING about them.


I currently have about 58 things that I would love to ‘plunge’ into.

The top ten include.

1. Walking into work tomorrow and screaming that I am leaving (and actually doing it without feeling guilty).

2. Moving to Thailand for a year.

3. Ringing up a health care agency and going to work for in the outback doing whatever (because I think what we have done so far for Aboriginal health sucks balls).

4. Blogging every day for a year and see what happens.

5. Writing a book.

6. Finishing an ironman.

7. Starting a cat cafe.

8. Volunteering overseas.

9. Getting FIVE new cats (without telling the Ginger Hunk).

10. Travelling with the Ginger Hunk in the USA for a year in a van.

As I sit on the edge of changing my life SLIGHTLY to make more time for writing, dreaming, travelling and creating…I wonder what is holding me back?

The safety of my job?

My income?

The FEAR that I will fail?

Judgement from others that I am living outside of the box?

(Who in HELL is going to buy my book about my cat who goes on a cultural escapade anyway?)

In my “Women with Purpose” series… we are going to talk about ‘the plunge’… why we take it, and why we don’t, what was scary and what was awesome.

I shall be taking to extraordinary women, who are doing amazing things, outside of the normal nine to five.

I anticipate to feature these posts fortnightly or monthly in 2015.

If you are a women with a purpose, who has taken a risk, changed their life, or is living outside of the norm, I would love to hear from you! 

What kind of women inspire you?

Email me at : ashleigh@mymeow.com.au



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  • An absolutely do-able list! Just go for it. Step by step you will be surprised how you achieved a lot. PS: You should be quick with the cat cafe one as almost every state in Australia will have one 🙂 PPS: As you said, it is a hard job, not just petting the kitties 🙂 But for a passionate heart… you guess the rest 🙂 xox

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  • You should totally start a cat café! We went to a cat cafe recently when we were in Japan and OMG it was so cool! xx

    • Blog about the CAT CAFE Hope! I have never been to one! Desperate to go!

      • Ashleigh, there is one in Melbourne (if you go, pat the one-eyed kitties for me please, we sponsor one of them xox), another one is in Adelaide (where you can come to adopt cats), one more opens in 2015 in Hobart, and one more is planned for ACT next year. Heaps of options 🙂 xox

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  • Liz Mills

    Looking at your list I reckon you can do almost all of these things at the same time…….1, 2, 4, 5, 8 & 9 can all be done in Thailand, maybe even the cat cafe with the five cats you aren’t allowed to have. The outback can be the year after and the US after that. There you go, wasn’t that easy to organise?
    I won’t say “all” but most women are “women with purpose”, they jungle home, career, family (their own and sometimes extended) and often without the help of husbands especially the old fashioned type like mine who believe it’s all women’s work and don’t lift a finger. This was not a problem for me because it had always been like that and was what I expected, so no surprises or broken promises.
    Then when all of the above was done we packed up and moved to a foreign country for part of every year which all our friends thought was way out of the box for us and couldn’t believe we liked it so much and have kept doing it for 10 years so far…..
    None of the things we have done have been long time goals or planned very far ahead (except children for me) but they seemed the right thing to do at the time and we are and always have had a great time.
    The only advice I can give is if you can, then have a go, life is too short to sit back when you’re 80 and say “I wish I’d done….”

    • True Liz, women are great multi taskers. I think it is money that holds me back from most things! Don’t say anything about the cats!