Self-Care Sunday – What’s Your Passion?

The latest topic in my Self-Care Sunday series is all about discovering for yourself what your passions are! This is the sixth week in the series and you can check out the previous videos below.

What’s Your Passion?

Knowing what it is you want to do with yourself, with your time, and with your life, can be quite an overwhelming thought process.

The first step is to find out what you are passionate about and to begin exploring these ideas. You may find that several things come to mind, or that you have to spend some time contemplating what these things are. This is something that there is no need to rush through, and it’s fine to let this evolve naturally over time.

Once you have a clearer idea of the things that you enjoy, the things that you love, and the things you take pleasure in, then you can find ways to make these things a more integral part of your life.

The Power of Positivity

Creating and maintaining a positive mindset is a fantastic step in working towards finding, believing in and building your passions. An optimistic outlook will help you to stay focused on the goals that you set for yourself. This itself is a difficult concept for some people! 

There is no one quick fix when it comes to embracing positivity. It is something that has to be developed in a number of different ways and considered regularly. Ask yourself often if the decisions that you are making are going to serve to enhance your happiness and your positivity, and if not then it’s time to re-evaluate your choices.

Find, Believe, Build

In the following video I talk more on the topic of finding, believing in and building your passions! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel whilst you’re there so you can be automatically alerted about future videos in my Self-Care Sunday series!

If you have seen my new wellness for women membership site – Truly Julie – then you will know that I am on a mission to inspire and motivate women to become healthier and happier – and I would love it if you would join me on this journey as we move towards the end of 2017!

Following Your Path of Passion

In a blog post last week I spoke of how it is possible to discover your passion in life by exploring the things that you are curious about. My advice was aimed at those who are perhaps feeling frustrated by the fact they do not yet know what they want to do with their lives.

Today I would like to continue this trail of thought. However, I want to focus more on the things that are true of life passions that only someone who has experienced theirs can tell you.

First of all, as I touched on briefly last week, many people are not born knowing what their passion is. Instead they have to cultivate theirs through self-discovery and much soul-searching. This is a process that can’t be rushed and must be allowed to develop at its own pace. 

Secondly, although society tells us that we must have a calling in life and strive to fulfil it, there is nothing wrong with not currently having a passion. This is just another example of trying to live a life that is moulded by the expectations of someone else. If you are happy with the way that you are living your life, then there is no reason to change just because of the implied expectation that you will do something different.

Thirdly, passion is often a development of first caring about something. Of course all of us care about many things. However, there are often things that stick out as being more important than others. Not ignoring these feelings and allowing them to grow can help you to find out what path in life will truly make you happy.

Your path to finding and living your passion will most likely be an unpredictable one. Your route and your focus may change along the way as your understanding of your interests changes. That does not make the journey up until each point any less valid and should not be considered a waste of your time and energy.

Remember, it is not possible to force yourself to follow a passion that you do not truly feel passionate about. You may feel like you should be doing something specific in your life. This is more than likely because people have pressured you into believing this is true. Trying to please someone else instead of following your own path will inevitably end in a negative way. Instead of rushing down the wrong route, give yourself the time you need to grow and make an effort to nurture yourself along the way. The emotional rewards you will get for doing so will far exceed any short term happiness you experience from fulfilling someone else’s expectations of your life!

My online e-learning portal will soon have a new course dedicated to self-love, letting go and happiness which are all concepts that can help us to understand our passions! Head to the Flexi Foodie Academy soon to sign up and Like my Facebook page to be the first to know when it comes out!

How to Turn Curiosity into Passion

If you visit my blog regularly then you may have noticed that I am keen to help people follow their dreams and passions. Sometimes we can all use a little nudge towards the ambitions that we have, but what about those of us who do not know what our dreams are yet? If this sounds like you, and you haven’t yet figured out what you are passionate about, then being told to follow your passions can be frustrating.

It seems as though some people are born knowing what they want to do with their lives. They have job goals from a young age or talents that come naturally to them which guide their path. For those of us who this is not applicable to, all of the advice about following your passion can seem pointless. However, not yet knowing what you want out of life, or what it will take to make you happy, does not mean that you never will! The process of self discovery is an exciting journey that has no set pace.

So, if you do not yet know what your passion or passions are in life is, how can you set about figuring it all out?

First of all, try to contemplate all of the things that you are interested in or curious about. These do not have to be huge things and actually might seem quite insignificant to you. They may be things that you encounter every day or they may be things that you have only ever thought about. Once you are certain of these things, you can set about exploring them further.

Perhaps you have always been enchanted by some far away exotic destination and this could inspire a passion for travel. Perhaps your curiosities are more ingrained within you, such as a desire to create something.

Taking the time to learn more about the things that you have a curiosity for can quickly become a very fulfilling activity. Some people negate this act as they don’t see that it is immediately beneficial to their lives, or consider it a waste of time. But these small acts of curiosity can quickly lead to larger acts of adventure and self-discovery.

Allowing yourself the time to indulge in the things that fascinate and intrigue you is a great way to take a break from the parts of your life that feel like obligations. In time you may feel that certain things that you were curious about no longer interest you – and that’s okay! This simply means this thing wasn’t your passion in life and there was no harm in letting yourself explore it. If you continue to approach everything in this way, and never tell yourself no when you want to discover something new, then you will surely be on track to filling your life with passion and happiness.

My online e-learning portal will soon have a new course dedicated to self-love, letting go and happiness which are all concepts that can help us to understand our passions! Head to the Flexi Foodie Academy soon to sign up and Like my Facebook page to be the first to know when it comes out!

How to Follow Your Path of Passion

Living the life you want is much easier said than done and there are several things, both external and internal, which can prevent you from doing so. Fear of the unknown is one of the biggest things that can hold you back when you are trying to follow your passion to find happiness. Even though it can be difficult, there are certain things that you can work towards and certain concepts that you can embrace to make this process much easier.

First of all, always try to listen to the feelings in your heart instead of the concerns in your mind. From the day you are born you are constricted by rules of what you are allowed to do and expectations of what you should be. It is essential to remember that these are put upon you by other people and are not necessarily the things you want for yourself. These rules and expectations can be applied to literally every aspect of your life, from how you should behave to how you should look and the milestones that you should achieve in life. There is no one right way to live your life and living it the way you want will inevitably bring you endless happiness.

Secondly, knowing what you want is the first step towards getting what you want. If you are not sure what your passion is yet then don’t stress about discovering it and following it. Through self-reflection and with the natural progression of time your path will become clear and you can then begin your journey towards it. It is not important to have your passion or passions set in stone and it is completely normal for your feelings to change along the way. This is not indecisiveness, it is the natural occurrence of growth and self-discovery.

Finally, know that fear is a feeling that we all have inside of us and it can surface at any time. The important thing is not to let this fear take over you and to find ways to bring peace and positivity back into your life. At the very essence, our negative emotions actually exist to help us. We fear things that might harm us and we are anxious of situations that may breed deeper negativity. When you accept that these feelings manifest as part of the greater struggle to become a happy person full of passion, then you can use them to your advantage on your journey through life.

Adopting these basic principles into your consciousness will help you to see the life-affirming lesson in every single experience. Even situations which you may consider too damaging to recover from will eventually just become distant memories. These memories may never go away completely but the negative feelings associated with them will, and you will then be better equipped emotionally to deal with similar situations in the future!

Life lived without following your passion is not the true life that you were put on this earth to live. You are entitled to your happiness and you must take it upon yourself to discover it!