Second, I'm guest posting today at My Black Tongue today - writing all about my fantabulous familia. Head on over and check out Elisha's blog as well as some of the pictures from the Hubs and my wedding day!
|Preference Night during Recruitment 2007|
Anyway, onto Holly specifically. She has a super cute blog full of DIY, newlywed life and all kinds of other funsies. I won't ramble on any longer, she can take it away from here :)
When Dani asked me to do a guest post on my passion, I spent a lot of time trying to narrow mine down. Actually, one of my biggest problems in my professional life has been having too many passions! When it comes to interests, I love the performing arts, design, fashion, decorating, music, and nutrition (see why it’s taken me a while to pick a career?). But there’s more to life than just a career-based passion, so I started thinking about big picture passions of mine, like family and faith, but how do you possibly write about such a topic in one blog post? So then I started to get to the real nitty-gritty of what makes me tick, what inspires me, and I finally pinned down one thing.
You know that saying, “To thine own self be true”? That is what I’m passionate about: people being exactly who they are and taking control of their own lives. Let me elaborate.
Like most people, I have been faced with a lot of important decisions in my life. In fact, every day we are all faced with decisions in our relationships, at work, and at home, and there are many outside factors that affect those decisions. But to me there is nothing sadder than someone going through with something just to please other people. The problem is that it happens all the time. I know people who have chosen and dedicated their lives to working in a career that they don’t really care about. There are people who stay in relationships for years with someone they don’t really love. I’m sure Kim Kardashian is wishing she had gotten out of her engagement when she realized it was wrong, rather than worrying about letting down all the E Network viewers.
In the past, I too have been guilty of going through with things that feel comfortable and familiar, but that I’m not really passionate about, just to make someone else happy. Being from a small town, I worried a lot about what everyone thought of every decision I made. So I often chose the path of least resistance, the easiest choice. It is easy to go through life like this, but much more difficult to get out of those decisions as time goes by. Now that I am older, I realize that I am the one who has to look in the mirror at the end of the day and be happy with my life. If I have regrets down the road, it is my fault, not the fault of the people whose opinions I feared.
So that is my passion, and what I hope to inspire others with as well. Do you want to be a graphic designer, but your family has three generations of doctors? Maybe you are dating a dreamboat lawyer who buys you diamonds and has a house ready for you in the suburbs, but you always dreamed of a more free-spirited life in the city. Don’t sacrifice who you are and what you want just to do the “normal” thing or the “easier” choice. Following your heart will not only make you happier, but also more successful.
I’ll leave with an example from Rachel. :)
Thanks for Sharing Holly!
Thanks for Sharing Holly!