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Kimberly Key
Austin, Texas
Counseling Psychotherapist and Health Practitioner
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Purpose is multidimensional throughout our lives. Sometimes our purpose involves being there to care for a loved one as they pass. Other times, it is about showing up to cheer children (yours and others) in their sports and school performances. Still other times, it might be looking up and smiling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Patience is powerful. Not just patience to steadily work at the tasks that lead to fruition to your goals; it is also essential to have patience with the present moment. You may not like your current circumstances, or you may discover that tending to the moment—as it is—brings forth feelings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Courage needs fuel. No one can accomplish anything in complete isolation. The fuel can come from an internal and ethereal Source that feeds conviction and reassures the person of their path. Or it can come from the support of loved ones and mentors around you. Ideally, you have a little... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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What is the burning desire within you? Was there something that you’ve always wanted to do ever since you were young? Does it nag at you? Haunt you? Is it difficult to tame? Do you run from it because it seems unrealistic? Some desires are born out of insecurity and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Timing is everything. Pay attention to the need to move through stagnation. Stagnation can look like depression, sorrow, fear, and anxiety. When faced with these debilitating feelings, just do one small thing to accomplish your goal. Small things lead to big things and it is action that creates the momentum... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Everything we do has a purpose. Whether it’s something as simple as brushing one’s teeth for dental hygiene to fulfilling a higher mission like saving lives, teaching others, helping the environment and/or achieving a dream. Some purposes appear somewhat benign while others have the power to enhance one’s sense of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Something special and unique exists in each and every living being. No two people have identical fingerprints. Similarly, the mark they leave in the world is just as personal—and can resonate with others in an almost mystical way. Try walking through a museum and notice what art you are most... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Getting out of ourselves and reaching out to help someone else in need can have paradoxical magical cures to our own pains. Moreover, the foundation of one’s purpose is often filled with the resilience and grit from surviving struggles and pain. One of the cornerstones of resilience and grit is... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Purpose frequently gets blocked by fear and ego-centered pride. People can stumble when they fear making a mistake or getting negatively judged and rejected. Sometimes people allow their ego-centered pride to become so inflated that they narcissistically seek endless attention, adulation, respect, and admiration from others. These relational energies can... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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A room of darkness can be transformed by lighting one candle. Living your purpose is much like a lit candle in a dark room. When you shine your light, it imbues light onto the surroundings and others around you. Shining your light also models it for others. It can inspire... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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So far, there has been a lot of focus on finding and listening to one’s internal voice while embracing healthy self-care as necessary ingredients for cultivating purpose. As always there is an art in finding balance along a continuum, so let’s look at the benefits of caring for others as... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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While it is healthy and positive to find gratitude in the moment, heeding the Soul’s call of deeper discontent may also be a lifesaving wake-up call to spur you into action. As an example, one study examined the effects of prescription drugs on the survival responses in a group of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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One of the greatest obstacles to finding purpose is the belief that it doesn’t exist in this very moment. It does! As the axiom goes, you ARE right where you are supposed to be. Every decision, every step along the way is part of your individual journey. Each step is... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Finding meaning and fulfilling one’s purpose can be accomplished through many activities. Having a proverbial “day job” may provide income for paying for home, food, and basic necessities while painting, writing, or restoring an old car can serve to sate other essential soul needs. The combination can work together to... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Finding our purpose is often a balance between responding to life’s responsibilities and taking care of our internal needs. Living a life that sacrifices oneself to take care of everyone else can backfire. What may not be recognized by the conscious mind is that the sacrifices are often veiled attempts... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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While our job may not necessarily equate with our purpose, it can be a complement to it and provide the fuel and energy that motivates and sustains us in the totality of our lives. The energy of our purpose is like the attitude we bring to work—all the work we... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Kimberly Key
If you have been following the 30 Days of Love and 30 Days of Purpose readings, all posts can be accessed through the Book Excerpts link to the right. This frees up access to older articles in the other categories. To read my Psychology Today articles, visit https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/counseling-keys. My company... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Our sense of purpose can change over a lifetime, so it’s important to be flexible with the natural changes that emerge over the course of life. A child may have dreams of becoming a clown who tours with a circus but change as they get older (and compounded by the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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We can be inspired, motivated and even coerced by others to make a change in our lives, yet the burden lies with us to take action. Thinking we need outside help to get us moving can be a self-deceptive lie that keeps us from engaging with life the way our... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Purpose means being part of something larger that is connected to others. While one cannot be fully authentic if they escape their inner truth, they must also be wary of becoming too self-absorbed. Self-absorption, or naval-gazing, means one is so caught up with their own feelings and experiences that they... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Living authentically is the key to fulfilling one’s purpose. The challenge arises when we don’t have a sense of who we are. One couple spent years singularly focused on the husband’s medical career and building their wealth. They were so consumed by building a grand home and sending their kids... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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What happens after you try to pursue a dream and fail? First, what are the conditions that you deem your pursuit a failure? Is it other people’s opinions and/or rejections? Is it monetary circumstances? Competing family obligations? Ill health or physical limitations? The first definition of failure was from 1643... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Are you measuring your worth by the money you make, the importance of what you do or the applause from other people? We all depend on a certain level of income to provide housing and basic needs. Having a sense of contribution can enhance our self-respect. Having positive feedback from... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Bravery. Daring. Courage. These are the hallmarks of a Soul’s escape from bondage—bondage of self-ridicule; bondage of other people’s opinions; bondage of the ego’s temptations to sate greed, pride, envy, lust, gluttony, and power. When you find yourself in the very human trap of succumbing to these ego foes and... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Kimberly Key
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Comparing yourself to others is akin to death. It disconnects from self and the essential inner-guidance system that leads to purpose, meaning and living one’s truth. Comparing provides a distorted view of reality and reinforces an externally-driven life. When external motivations become the dominant driver of live, the essential inner-guidance... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at Kimberly Key