You know that quote that talks about how what you are drawn to is not an accident but your passion? As inspiring as that sounds, one of the little voices in my head usually responds, “so what?” A lot of energy is put into finding your passion, but what do you do with it once you find it? Here are some tips to make sure you are using your passion in the best way possible.
Shift your perspective to see opportunities everywhere. Even though it is important to be clear about what you want, we tend to miss chances to get what we want by limiting our vision. Your dream may not manifest exactly as you imagined. I will admit that I am guilty of viewing most things with suspicion. Like a detective with a never-ending mystery to solve, I question everything and rarely accept something good will definitely happen. I am getting better at being open to good chances. Do not sabotage yourself by sticking to the script you wrote when you have the only copy. Miracles come in so many shapes and sizes. Learn to say yes more often…after carefully filtering out the chance that is worth your time…of course.
Understand you should always be learning. Your passion should never be stagnant. Be comfortable in allowing your passion to evolve and follow whatever direction it leads you to. Education is not only in books or webinars. It is also in people and places. Pick up random projects and connect with people who enhance your work. I believe excellence is not a trophy we aspire to polish on a shelf. Rather, it is a glow we wear that shines brighter with every new level we achieve.
Embrace the reality check. Using your passion does not mean avoiding work. It will require patience, hustle, and resilience. People will question your judgment. Time will mock your sanity. That is all part of the experience. I think this is where schools and coaches get it wrong sometimes. Doing what you love is not about creating a Care Bear society within your bubble of existence. You need to survive in the real world. You need skills to contribute to the real market. Your passion and reality can coexist.
I had so much fun working with Kirsten from Hollys Bouquet on these photos. Make sure you check her out for all of your local floral needs. Big thank you to Mimi from Meyelabel for having the perfect pieces for our theme. Check her out for all of you vintage needs.
Disclaimer: These photos were done for a collaboration. I will be wearing a cape at my wedding.