How To Live A Life On Purpose

Suzanne Kellner-Zinck
5 min readJan 16, 2023

Today I want to address the issue of how one can live a life on purpose because it is the only life worth living in my estimation. It is in fact what I spent decades working to figure out how to make happen in my own life, which is why I am able to work online and live wherever I choose to live in the world, though that was not the goal, to be honest. It just evolved that way.

Here is my story:

Long ago I was very unhappy with the amount of money I was making for the hard labor I was doing taking care of elders. This was during the time that I was in nursing school back in the late 1990s. I had a plan, but the plan did not work out because it turned out that though I loved learning how the body functioned and how to go about figuring out what was going wrong in the bodies of the ill, the actual work of nursing was not anything that I wanted to be doing with my life. I have to give my family some credit here because they all realized that I would hate being in a situation where I would be taking orders from others. Oh, so true…but, I learned much that I use in my practice today so it was worth learning the underlying subjects that one would need to know to be a nurse. It also helped me to understand the blatant lies being told by those in power over the course of the past 3 years.

The problem that I was working to solve at the time was to find a humanistic way to help my mentally ill patients because I was truly upset with the manner in which the programs in which I was working were treating them. There was an abundance of overmedication which was overly sedating to the clients. This was coupled with a demeaning attitude with the clients being treated as if they could not understand anything while taking their rights away. This left the patients with taking orders from the program directors and the majority of counselors who were in their twenties and knew nothing about life never mind how to help a person a decade or more older than them with serious mental illnesses to contend with. It was a ludicrous system and one I knew I did not want to be a part of.

It was only after exploring and finding out that nursing was not going to be the healing modality that I was going to use that the idea of learning and using hypnotism and a bit later neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) came into my world. This process of searching for the correct healing modality for me took from 1993 to 2002 to go through, so quite a few years.

But then a very interesting thing happened when I left Methuen, Massachusetts in 2013 and landed in San Pedro, California. I had a client call me who lived about 3 minutes from what used to be my home office in Arlington, MA a few years previously looking for services. He happened to be agoraphobic not wanting to leave his apartment for sessions so he was more than happy to do his sessions over Skype. That was the very first time I did online sessions just so I could help this one client. Now, I do all my sessions online because I live all over the world usually in places where English is not the first language so in-person sessions are unlikely.

However, there was another problem that was solved in that I always wanted to travel the world, and doing online sessions would allow me to achieve that goal as well.

So, the bottom line here is that if you find yourself having a problem, your job is to find a solution for it. Our minds are incredibly creative if we would only use them in this fashion to help us figure out how to live a life that works best for us. And, sometimes we are lucky and circumstances bring up other creative ways of getting our work done allowing for even more freedom as was the case in my case.

Living abroad for the past 3.5 years has brought me to incredible locals with even more incredible people and wonderful fresh food without the chemicals that we find in most of the food produced in the US even if it is labeled organic!

Trust me, these people are not worried about the problems of the Western World because they don’t live there. These people are focused on the work that they need to do to stay housed and keep the food coming into their lives. It is really that simple for the great majority of them. Though there have been a variety of professional statuses included in the people with whom I have stayed over the additional 1.5 years since I left Israel at the conclusion of my Master’s program.

So, if you are having a problem with how your professional life or your personal life is going, it is time to rise to the occasion and figure out how you can solve the problem(s).

There are many ways of figuring it out, though the best is through journaling to allow creative ideas to magically come from your subconscious mind as you write.

The other way is to continue to be curious about different possibilities for your consideration through reading magazines which was the way I happened onto the idea of becoming a hypnotist. Or you could fulfill your curiosity by going online and studying those who are doing interesting things with their lives and learning more about them to give you a vast amount of ideas from which to choose a better more purposeful life for yourself.

There is no reason to stay stuck in an unhappy situation, feeling miserable every day. We have access to so much free information and a ton of professionals doing things their way. By observing what they are doing and learning from those who share how they came to do what they do, anyone can carve out a magnificent purposeful life. It just may take you some time to figure out how to best apply these ideas to your situation. But that is alright because this is what allows one to realize the magical way that new ideas and indeed a whole other way of living can unfold which in itself is a beautiful thing to behold.



Suzanne Kellner-Zinck

Hypnotism is Suzanne’s profession, specializing in working with kids and those with eating disorders and sex addiction.