How to follow your passion in this New Year?
I don’t know about you, but I always get very emotional when the year comes to a close and a new one begins.
I start reminiscing about what happened in the previous year… new things I did, places I went to, people I met, accomplishments I made.
It feels like a part of me grows up… and I have to remind myself that no matter how busy life gets, to stay grounded at the moment and remember that there’s still a lot of time to do everything I want to do in my life, just have fun and enjoy it all, don’t to let it go too fast.
Unless that year was 2020, then it’s like yay, good riddance!
A New Year At Last
And now that the new year has shown itself, we’re all excited thinking about the new things we want to experience and the goals we want to accomplish!
Hopefully this year, we can look forward to welcoming even bigger and better things.
Before we do, let’s go ahead and take a moment to pat ourselves on the back for getting through last year and appreciate everything we have done in our lives so far.
Or, how about just appreciating that we got through the year 2020. It wasn’t a friendly one…
What Did We Learn from 2020?
At first, we were all super excited for the cool “20 – 20” to take off.
We had so much to look forward to! Things we did in the previous year, we could correct and grow from… Opportunities we’d been longing for were finally here to accept.
Then, just like that… it was all taken away.
We would show up at the store and there would be no more toilet paper… We were in for a rude awakening.
Okay… so, 2020 was pretty much a dumpster fire. But, there’s still a lot that we can take away from it so we can have a better new year.
2020 Confirmed My Path
What did 2020 do for you? Did it make you more resilient? Were you able to form stronger bonds with people in your life? Did you have more time to do the things you wanted?
For me, 2020 was a year of tremendous personal growth.
A lot that happened made me realize that the little, stupid things that I usually stress about are not worth a thought…
I even used to spend time worrying about whether or not I was reaching my full potential.
I would ask myself if I’m getting close to fulfilling my purpose or if I should just switch paths altogether.
2020 has confirmed that I’m on the right path and one step closer every day to reaching my goals.
You can reach yours too! Starting with something as simple as…New Years Resolutions.
What Do New Year’s Resolutions Mean to You?
New Year’s Resolutions for me mean… change, growth, progress, victories.
So why do they often get such a bad rap??
Could it be because 80% of New Years Resolutions are abandoned by February?
It’s true! I bet if you were to ask your friends or loved ones what theirs were last year, they wouldn’t remember.
Kinda makes you wonder whether they’re simply not doable or it’s just us?!
Maybe it’s time to redefine what “New Years Resolutions ” mean to us so we can actually follow through with them this year! We can do anything we set our minds to!
Sometimes going after big dreams are scary though… especially when we’re faced with the daunting task of planning them out. It’s almost as if a sneaky devil pops in and toys with our brains a little. We begin to wonder whether we’re capable of such a tremendous life change. It’s a leap of faith after all.
But we are capable of far more than we give ourselves credit for.
Perhaps we’d do ourselves a favor by celebrating a quick win first.
Umm.. hello.. look! We made it through one of if not the biggest crises of our lives. Let’s acknowledge the impact last year’s events had on us so we can appreciate how freaking amazing and resilient we are and let the obstacles we’ve overcome fuel us, leading us into the next great phase of our lives!
Perhaps, we can view this period like a post-game wrap-up…
So last year wasn’t great… okay, fine. How can we do this year better?
Anything we didn’t get to do last year or things we did do but want to change this year? (obviously, I’m talking about things within our control).
Let’s bounce back from 2020 and set ourselves up for the most success in 2021!
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… literally!
New Year, New You!
The coming of the new year has always been such a great time to think about what we really want from life and either keep at it or pursue a new path.
Ask yourself if your life could be better spent doing something more meaningful to you!
It’s not too late to make your dreams come true. You’ve got this! New year, new you! Let’s go!
“A-a-ay, I’m on vacation
Every single day ’cause I love my occupation
A-a-ay, I’m on vacation
If you don’t like your life, then you should go and change it….”“Vacation“, Dirty Heads
Follow Your Passion
More Free Time to Pursue Our Passions Professionally
Guess what!? You actually can do that thing you love AND make a living doing it.
Maybe not right away, it’ll take time… but what better place to start than here!?
If there’s ever a time to start thinking about turning our passions into a living one day, it’s now.
While 2020 threw us all a curveball and took away a lot of the freedoms that we enjoy, we can still take advantage of the free time and flexibility it’s given us.
More than ever before, people from all different professions are working from home. That gives many of us the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue what we’re passionate about… professionally.
Let’s make the pandemic work for us for once!!
What does that mean for you? Maybe it’s time to turn your passion into a side hustle?
It’s great because you don’t have to commit to it 100% by quitting your day job… Do it on the side until you make enough money that you can do it full time.
Don’t worry if your year is getting off to a slow start. You have the rest of the year to see progress.
Follow your passion.
If You Can’t Live Without it, Then Do it!
I’ll tell you a bit about my dream job. Then, you can tell me if your dream job haunts you just as much…
First off you must know, a dream job has its ups and downs too… Doing the thing that we love can make us a little crazy sometimes. For me, the payoff is so worth it in the end.
My Dream Job – A Writer
Well, one day I started writing aaanddd…didn’t stop. Does this sound like a dream job or a nightmare job?
Just kidding… writing is my dream job. 😉
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Get Inspired, Then Go Do it
It is so important to find that thing that you love to do the most and just do it… Even if it initially starts with you seeing someone else doing it and then, being inspired to go for it yourself.
As a young girl, I maintained a collection of my favorite articles from magazines.. like obsessively so.. anyway I could get them.. doctors offices, libraries, you name it… Yes, I realize that technically means I was stealing them…
Then, in my free time, I would sit and flip through the pages… skipping all the BS ads and phony photoshoots. I just wanted to read every article.. one by one.
I’d rearrange the articles into a binder… basically creating my own magazine minus the “other stuff”…
Eventually, when I caught up with the times of my techie generation, I would get e mags through platforms like Zinio and eventually found a way to get them all free through my library.
It was pretty evident that I cared more about what the writers had to say than what the clothes, shoes, or accessories in the photoshoots did.
It always amazed me that the writer seemed to know exactly what they were talking about and seemed really passionate about their chosen subjects.
It inspired me to become a writer too.
If You Could Get Paid to Do Anything, What Would it Be?
Why does anyone do what they’re passionate about? Because you probably can’t live without it!
Writing is just a way of life for me.
I suppose I also write to keep my mind from constantly buzzing to be honest… I guess you could say it’s a necessity for me. I wouldn’t be able to get anything done throughout my day if I didn’t put it down on paper.
It’s amazing that I’m able to sleep at night.
Passion Makes You Crazy
What better reason to continue doing something!
If you’re still doing that thing even after it’s made you crazy, (passion = love + anger after all), then you know you love it and you should continue doing that thing.
What makes me crazy? Umm… writing makes me crazy.
Why? Well, have you ever had a great train of thought or you’ve written a lovely message to someone and you suddenly lose it all…?
If this were a Jane Austen novel, the letter would have been blown away by the wind as she set it down to have a cup of tea on the hill.
In today’s world, it’d be, “Oh %$#@!! My computer just crashed and I didn’t save my work”.. like that scene in Sex and the City when Carrie loses all her work and has to take her computer into a repair shop… It’s only the nightmare haunting every writer.
Until I can put it down, my mind is racing and I have an overwhelming sense of frustration. I’m not thinking about anything else, nothing else matters.
Why Do I Write?
Because life is often peculiar and constantly intriguing to me.
I encounter a lot of different things which inspire me to write.. from people I interact with and even people whose conversations I’ve just overheard… meals I’ve had… business concepts I’ve taken on… funny-sounding words…. insider jokes… And it usually doesn’t end there.
It will start off as something so basic like any of the things I’ve just mentioned and then somehow run off into the most random series of tangents.
I’m overstimulated by life and am inspired by everything. This can be a great thing because I am rarely ever bored because I’m always on to the next thing and find joy in pretty much everything.
No one who has ever met me has ever not commented on my childlike enthusiasm and facial expressions, some have even said that I have a big personality. I just love life. So it fuels my passion for writing.
What Do I Write About?
I write about everything. Things that bother me, things that inspire me, things that I’m excited about, deeply moved by, struggling with, and my words rarely (if ever) feel complete. It’s always a work in progress.
I constantly have sentences going through my mind some of them already formed into paragraphs by the time I’m ready to type it out.
Sometimes, it panics me that I won’t have a phone, laptop, or paper to put the thoughts down and I’ll lose them. I don’t know if other writers go through this, but I definitely do.
I don’t suffer from “writer’s block” more like, “not being able to type fast enough to get it all out-block”. Is there a term for that?
I Don’t Choose When I Write, it Just Happens
I also don’t choose when ideas come to me… it just happens.
My friend asked me the other day what days I usually work and I replied, “It all depends when I have a thought in my head” He kinda just looked at me…
When do thoughts come to me? Randomly… Usually, after I’m inspired or have just had an experience that I have a lot to say about.
What Do You Get From Your Passion?
The best job in the whole world is the one that doesn’t feel like work. What doesn’t feel like a job to you and how does it fulfill you?
One thing I love about writing is that my words allow me to connect with people to who I wouldn’t have had something to relate to otherwise.
If I can share a story or an idea that inspires someone, helps them feel good, or motivates them to reach their goals, then my purpose is fulfilled.
I’ll immediately know if I feel good about an article I’ve just written if I don’t have to read it again. My heart is just pouring out with a feeling that I want to get through to someone on the other side of the screen.
I love that words are unlimited and you get to share them whenever, wherever, with whoever.
Are You Doing it For the Love of Money or the Love of the Job?
One important thing to ask yourself when you pursue a different path is whether you’re doing it for passion or money. It’s okay to want both but not such a great thing when you’re solely basing your decision on money unless you love the job.
I write because there’s nothing else I’d rather do. I’d do it even if I didn’t get paid.
There’s nothing more gratifying to me than when I receive a comment or message from someone that something I wrote was entertaining or helpful and allowed them to make a decision that benefited their lives.
Nothing in this world makes me happier. Not money, not cute clothes, perks from the job, nothing. I could do this for the rest of my life and be incredibly happy.
I spend a lot of my free time thinking about how to be a better writer, how to get across to more people, how to connect with them more deeply and genuinely.
Writing was always and still is… my dream job. It’s my most prized possession. If everything I owned was taken from me or burnt to the ground, I’d still have my words.
No one can take your passion away from you but you. So, follow your passion.
Get Curious, Ask Questions, Research
So you know what you want to do with your life. But, how do you approach the daunting task of planning out your new path?
When I first started reading magazine articles, I would often wonder how the writers got the job.. It’s not exactly like “freelancer” was in my 11-year-old vocabulary. Just kinda assumed that the writers had a cozy office at the magazine’s HQ. I was so cute back then.
Little did I know… that “cozy office” was in the writer’s own home or on the road. Bonus for me! I love to travel! And hate sitting at a desk job.
But, as intimidating as it was to “little me”, it was also really motivating. I realized going after a dream job like that was possible. After all, if the writers from my magazines could do it so then, could I.
Years later, I would learn a lot more about what goes into writing professionally by way of simple Google searches and reading “how-to” books.
Eventually, I would get my first piece published in Health Magazine under my pen name. It was then and only then, that I could officially call myself a writer.
I’ll never forget that first one. What an amazing feeling.
Write, Therefore, I’m a Writer
If being able to call myself a writer doesn’t solely depend on whether I’m getting published or paid, then technically, I was a writer long before that.
You don’t have to wait till you actually get paid to embrace doing something that you love.
Eventually, if you keep honing your craft and staying on top of opportunities to do what you do, I really believe you will eventually get paid to do it.
Don’t Wait to Do the Thing You Love
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is precious. Go for what you want from life and don’t think that it’s too far-fetched. You can always go further than how far you’ve already come.
There’s no time like the present to pursue the thing you’re most passionate about.
What’s that one thing that you can’t go a day without doing? For me, that has always been writing.
I think I always instinctively knew I wanted to be a writer but it was always overshadowed by something else… running my own business or chasing my acting dream as a teen.
While doing those things professionally, I was still writing. It never occurred to me that I could be a writer, it’s just something I did for fun.
I suppose that’s when you know what your dream job is… the thing you do every day while not getting paid or being forced to do it.
Is it Time to Get on That Side Hustle?
I’m not a life coach here and definitely not telling you to quit your job to go after your dream with no backup plan, how irresponsible would I be? All I’m saying is… you might want to start thinking about it.
So, ask yourself now what you should be doing with your life and get to it. Time is fleeting. And you only live once.
Do something that you’re passionate about. Life is too short to just settle for a mediocre existence. Follow your passion!
Instead of wondering what life could be like if we did what we loved every day, why don’t we spend that time thinking about what we want to do and how we could pursue it.
Now is the time to start thinking about what you want to do when you grow up because guess what…. you’re grown up!
What did 2020 mean to you? How are you going to follow your passion in this new year?
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