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Changemakers: Finding your purpose and maintaining human connections during lockdown

Posted at 6:10 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:13:18-04

NEW YORK — Genevieve Piturro had a successful career in corporate America, but her like took a major turn when she says a voice inside asked her this question.

“If this is the next 30 years of your life, is this enough?” said Piturro.

So, she made the switch from corporate life to a life of helping others. Piturro started working with kids and founded the Pajama Program, a non-profit that supplies pajamas for kids in need. But for Piturro, “pajamas” has a bigger meaning, it symbolizes finding your purpose in life.

Pitturo recently started a free weekly online masterclass where she shares her tips for how people can find their “pajamas.”

“Really use this time to stay focused on us in the future,” said Piturro.

She shared some of the steps people can take to help find their purpose in life. Piturro said the first step is to list out your passions.

"Write down five to 10 things that call to you, that your heart calls to you not your head, things you love to do,” explained Piturro, “look at that list and pick two that really feel right to you.”

The next step is to visualize those passions by creating a “vision board” using pictures from the internet or magazines.

"Just cut out all the pictures, not just of a career if you're making a career change,” said Piturro, “of a home, of a lifestyle, of things you want, anything."

The third step is out and connect with people who are involved in the worlds of your top passions.

“People love when you ask their advice, ask them what the pros and cons of this are, what do I need to do if I am considering a life in your world,” explained Piturro, “I’ve connected with more people in during these last four weeks, because people are missing that human connection.”

Pitturo said the most important thing focus on through all these steps, is what you heart is calling you to.

When it comes to harnessing your confidence, Pitturo said it’s okay to be afraid.

"If you're going to change your career or include something in it or disrupt your life at all, it`s okay if it`s scary,” she explained, “it`s scary, it`s new... so don`t scare yourself right out of it.”

The free virtual masterclass is every Tuesday at noon.

To sign up and learn more about the pajama program or how to find your purpose, you can visit Genevieve’s Piturro’s website by clicking here.