Monday, August 15, 2016

Pursuing Your Purpose

By:  Kimberly Swanson "Purpoz", MS-PSY, CNA

In order to having clarity and meaning in your life, it is good to know your passion and how to pursue it.  For years it took me a long time to realize what I really wanted to do.   But once I realized what I wanted to do, I decide to walk out on faith and make it happen.  I have put my purpose on hold for a very long time in order to tend my responsibilities of being a single mom.  I never dreamed that I would be going back to school to pursue my PhD in psychology and associates degree in health information technology, but I am actually  doing it. 

There were many steps I had to take in order to get to the point of knowing my purpose and how to actually pursue it.  The following are some of the things I have done in order to get on the right path with my life journey.

·                                    Identify my purpose
·                                   Develop an action plan
·                                   Focus on my purpose
·                                  And pursue my purpose

The first tip is to identify your purpose.     You must know what you want to do with your life and believe that it is the right route for you to go.  This step can be difficult especially when you don’t believe in yourself and don’t envision your fullest potential.  Sometimes life circumstances can make you cast doubts on your decisions.  But don’t let obstacles stand  in your way of  believing in your passion.

Once you identify your purpose, then you should develop an action plan.  Your action plans are steps that you envision yourself taking in order to reach your goals.  Your  action plan should be realistic and is not beyond your reach,  you should start off with smaller goals,  and then work your way  up to bigger ones.

Another tip is to focus on your purpose.  Staying focused on your passion can be a big task, especially when you have people who are not supportive of you pursuing your dreams.  I had to let go of negative people in my life when I went back to school, especially those who  are constantly trying to keep me from reaching my goals.

The last tip is to pursue your purpose.    You may have trials and tribulations along the way.  But don’t give up and continue to know that you are in the right path.

Pursuing your purpose is a constant process which gradually changes and evolves, as you can grow as an individual.  The key is to staying on the right track is to not give up.  Believe in yourself and stay true to your passion.  Perseverance and willpower will make your future much brighter.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Meaning of “Purpoz”

Hi peeps!:) On this blog I talk about following your life purpose. I also share the spiritual meaning of my nick name and pen name “Purpoz”. In this video I also mention my future projects with my new business “Purpoz Counseling & Wellness Center, LLC”. So don’t drop your bone and continue to hold on and pursue your dreams. Till next time Peace!! Don’t forget to Like, Comment, and to Subscribe!!xx.  Check out my video @
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Handle Stress

By:  Kimberly Swanson “Purpoz”, M.S. - PSY, CNA

I have been going through one of most stressful periods in life. It has been very tough making decisions of which directions to go in the care of my son while he is in the hospital.   Most of the doctors don’t believe he is going to make it, but I see some signs to think otherwise.  I believe that my son is trying to get better. 

Having an economic strain and juggling bills is also adding to my stress level.  For some people your stress can stem from your job or your dealing with a health issue.  Whatever your problem may be you have to bring find a way to bring balance into your life.  The following are some of things I do to relieve my stress levels.

  • ·         Find some “me” time.
  • ·         Exercise
  • ·         Staying Healthy
  • ·         Doing fun activities
  • ·         Surround myself around positive people

The first tip is to find some “me” time.   Taking some time out for yourself can be difficult for people with busy schedules and lots of responsibilities.  Having some “me” time can help you to relax and clear your mind from worries.  Some of the things that you can do can range from getting a massage to simply taking a nice soothing bath to relax.

Another tip is to exercise.  Exercising is an excellent stress reliever. Instead of holding in all of your ill feelings and emotions, you can release your negative energy through physical activities.  These activities can include aerobics, yoga, tennis, jogging, and etc.

The next tip is to stay healthy.  Take charge of your health by implementing healthy habits into your daily regiment, this can help your reduce stress.   Many people handle stress in different ways.  When managing your stress levels it is important to choose the best habits.  Some habits are negative while others are positive.  Some examples of negative habits ways that people cope with their stress are to over eat or drink too much alcohol.   And some examples of positive ways of coping with stress is eating healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Having a fun outlet or activities can help clear your mind.  When I am stressed, sometimes I look into my hobbies as an outlet.  I enjoy painting and using watercolor as my medium.  Any type of creative activity such as art can help you reduce stress.  It is very therapeutic in relieving stress.  Gardening is another outlet that has allowed me to ground myself and become more calm. 

And the last tip is to surround yourself around positive people.    When you surround yourself around negative people it can make your life more difficult and create an even more stressful environment.  Be careful who you allow into your inner circle. Make sure the people you associate with are not root of your problems.

There are going to be some stressful circumstances that may come in your life.  How you cope and handle your problems is what can make your or break you.  The key to coping is to figure out what positive things you can do help you to reduce your stress levels.  And once you figured it out what helps you cope with stress, you should find creative ways to incorporate it into your busy lifestyle. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Loving Your Inner Child

Hi peeps!:) In this video, I talk about loving and healing your inner child. I share my experience with having dyslexia as a child and how it affected my self-esteem. I also talk about parenting and how important it is for children to know and hear their parents tell them that they love them. This v-log shows how you too can love and heal your inner child, from wounds of your past.

Don't forget to like and subscribe to my Youtube Channel!:) Coming soon in my new e-book Purpose Lies Within:  A Motivational Book for the Heart & Soul!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Curriculum Design, Counseling Theories, & Educational Psychology

I really enjoyed my Curriculum Design class, Counseling Theories,  and  Educational Psychology Courses.  I finished the Curriculum Design Class last semester and now I will be finishing up the educational psychology class within the next few weeks.  I had a chance to apply what I learn into two class projects.  The first class that I have design  is called "Health Information Technology in a Nutshell" and the second class that I designed was a course called  "Developmental Psychopathology: A Transitional Phase from Adolescent to Adulthood".  

I also learned a wealth of information in my Counseling Theories Class .  In this course, I had a chance to learn more about many psychotherapy theories and techniques and how to apply them as a therapist.
I will be posting and creating another Youtube Channel in the near future  which will include some of  my lectures and some of the courses that I have designed under my name, Kimberly Swanson.  With all this acquired knowledge, who knows maybe I will become a professor in the near future! Lol:)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Learning to Forgive - By Kimberly Swanson, MS - Psychology, CNA

Sometimes people have hurt you in your life and it can leave an open wound.  It may not be a physical wound but a mental and spiritual wound.  Holding on to past hurt can cause the wound to continue to fester and linger.  Or even worse, the wound can spread and get bigger when you continue to allow the same type of abuse or by inflicting more harm to yourself than good.

Often time these mental wounds stems from past pain because we have not yet learned how to forgive and let go.  These hurts can come from  intimate relationships (e.g. husband, wife, boyfriend & girlfriend) or family (e.g.  mother, father, brother, sister, etc.), or friends and neighbors.  Holding on to grudges is not healthy.  Take the time to reflect, clear out, and meditate, and move forward. Forgiving is a process.  Knowing that these feelings are there and having the will power to change your thought patterns is the key to healing and moving forward.

Learning to Forgive v-log on the Kimberly Purpoz Channel.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Starting Your New Year With a Bang!

By:  Kimberly Swanson, MS - Psychology, CNA

Oftentimes, people start their year with a New Year’s resolution.  Starting a new year is a great time for reflecting and re-evaluating your life decisions.  This is a chance to see what decisions made a great impact in your life (success) and which ones were not  (failures). 

A person’s New Year’s resolution can include many aspects of their life.  A study was done  on New Year’s Resolution Statistics and published in the  Journal of Clinical Psychology.  In this article, they list the top ten New Year’s resolution for 2014.  The top two were weight lost and getting organized (Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2013).   A news year resolution is when you set new goals for yourself  and chart a new path towards achieving them.  These life changing goals can range from improving your health to furthering ones education.

There are five steps you can follow in pursuing your goals and they are:

  •  Reflect
  •  Evaluate
  •  Envision
  • Set goals
  • Take action
The first step is to reflect. With this step, you think about your past and look at what has been done.  You see if your last year’s goals have been met.  And you get a chance to see how much you have grown  or lost from where you have started.

Next, is to re-evaluate your life  and take a good look at all of your options.  You should put all  of your cards on the table and see what has work and what has not worked.  For example, let say you were laid off from work  because you were in a field that is no longer viable in the job market.  So you may have to go back to school to improve your skills  within your field or you may have to take a totally new career path.  This is your time to think about what you have done for the last year and see what you can do to make improvements.

Another step is to envision your future.  You begin to think about where you want to be.  This is the time you get a chance to brain storm and expand your horizon.  Where do you see yourself in the next few years?

The fourth step is to set goals.  Unfortunately,  for some people they do not follow through on New Year’s resolution and bring  their goals into action. Why does this occur?  The answer may be that sometimes people set their goals too high.  The goals may be too difficult to obtain in a short period of time and may take longer or need more steps.  It is so important to set  realistic and smaller goals that may ultimately lead to your bigger goals of higher pursuits.

And the last step is to take action.   Once you have figured out your goals and charted your path, then you are ready to start turning these goals into realities.  Having the willpower and being able to overcome life’s obstacles is the key to succeeding and making your dreams come true.

Journal of Clinical Psychology. (2013).  New Year’s Resolution Statistics.  Retrieved  from

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