My Life, My Purpose

From a voiceless child to a woman sharing the voices of the community, Dwana Bradly shares her life of purpose in this guest blog post.

Looking back on my childhood, I would never have imagined being where I am today. I remember while growing up...

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The Best Thing We Can Do for Each Other

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Proteus Executive Director, fearlessly lives out his purpose as a strong leader and voice in our community. Daniel shared this  blog post he wrote about a friendly, well-known children’s TV host who first inspired his quest...

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The Power of Thought

In this guest blog, Tony Wilson, motivational speaker and author, shares the inherent process we go through to create our reality and encourages readers to be more intentional about the thoughts we have in every moment.  

Everyone wants to feel...

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8 Powerful Questions to Help You Find Purpose

According to our guest blogger Tessa Mills, fertility awareness educator and founder of EmpowHERed Coaching, the first step in living a purposeful life is to define what that would look like for you. Let's get started with these 8 questions. 

Have...

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13 Going On 30

How a Pantone color-of-the-year inspired Coral Thede, a cultivator of arts & experiences in Des Moines, Iowa, to live a life of purpose and passion.

I remember the first time I truly felt different was when I was 13 years old. I’d always been out...

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What do you value most?

In December of 2019, I helped host a women’s retreat in Des Moines. Since the retreat took place right before the new year, it was a good time to help participants take time to think about their priorities and values. Identifying individual values...
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Five tips for hosting purpose-driven conversations with your teams

How often are you working in a group with team members you vaguely know? How well do you know the people and leaders in your department? How well do you know the leaders of your organization?

Fostering authentic relationships at work can help you...

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Five Steps for Setting Big Dreams and Bold Goals

When was the last time you felt fired up, purposeful, and energized about your goals? How can you dream big and make a difference while honoring your values, passions, and current realities?

United Way of Central Iowa recently invited Christi...

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Welcome to Your Powered by Purpose Blog

Welcome—we’re excited to have you here! The Powered by Purpose blog is meant to provide information, thoughts, ideas and inspiration for exploring, discovering and living your life with purpose.

While United Way of Central Iowa is behind the ...

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The Role of Purpose in Well-Being

The United Way of Central Iowa (UWCI) team has started talking a lot about—and exploring the importance of— “purpose” in the health of our communities. While the idea of committing time to figuring out your purpose may seem daunting or even a...

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