Helllllloooooooooooooooo my friends! I am so ecstatic that you’ve stopped by for my relaunch! Before I get into today’s post, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for visiting my blog and I hope you get some enjoyment out of it 🙂
Also, in honor of the relaunch, there will be giveaways occurring all month, starting today! Check out the RaffleCopter below for more details.
With this being the first post out of the gate, I wanted to cover a topic that I have been struggling and working to find for awhile. I am finally feeling like I am reaching the end of the tunnel with finding my passion, so I wanted to pass along what I’ve learned along the way with you.
As a millennial, I feel as though we get asked this question more regularly than any generation before us. With the economy being in the toilet for much of our adult lives so far, we are constantly encouraged to “follow our passion!” And while this advice is well meaning, it can be difficult to figure out what exactly our “passion” is. Or, if you’re like me, you have multiple passions and could see yourself doing multiple things – so how do you know which one to pick? Hopefully, the steps and ideas below will help you figure out what it is that you want to do so that you can go be the epic #boss you were meant to be!
(1) What do others see as my three strengths?
Try this right now – go to your Facebook and ask your friends and family to describe your top three strengths.
Once you’ve gathered this information, look and see if there is a trend or pattern in the strengths people see in you. Once you weed out the ones that people put jokingly, does a majority say you are compassionate? Talkative? Organized? Finding out how others see you and what they see as your strong points can help show you what path to follow.
(2) What do I enjoy doing for other people?
After you’ve looked outward for information, now it’s time to look inward. What is it that you willingly like to do for others? Is it plan parties? Is it organize their office for them? Is it cooking them a meal when they are sick? Figuring out what it is you like to do for others is a reflection of what you truly enjoy doing. You can find your passion by looking there.
(3) What am I drawn to?
What magazines do you subscribe to? What non-fiction books draw you in? What blogs do you enjoy reading? (Other than mine of course :P) Is there an overall theme to these? Do you realize you are subscribing and reading blogs about interior design? Or maybe it’s about traveling the world?
(4) What makes me feel the most alive?
Is there something you enjoy doing on the weekends? Something that makes you wake up with a smile when you realize you get to do it? Is there something that gets your blood pumping and makes your eyes light up? Even if it’s something like video games, that’s legit. It just has to make YOU feel alive.
(5) What do I know I do NOT want to do?
As much as you are trying to figure out what you DO love to do, you also have to realize what it is you know you DON’T. I personally hate math, I am not too fond of science, I know I have a black thumb, I don’t particularly like being outside for long periods of time, I don’t like camping and hiking and climbing, etc. etc. Make a list of things you know you don’t ever want to do to ensure you know what direction you definitely should avoid.
(6) If you were 80 and on your death bed, what is it you would want to be remembered for?
I know this one is kind of morbid, but it is important to think about. If you could fast-forward to that point – what is it that you want people to say? What is it that you want people to remember that you did? If your passion doesn’t feel like it’s applicable to this one, that’s fine. But this exercise will help you realize what your core values are. And that is something that you should know and learn from, no matter what field you are in.
(7) When you were 10, what did you dream of being?
You may have to ask relatives or childhood friends for this one if you can’t remember. This method isn’t the definite on what you might want to be now – but it can be indicative of where your interests lay.
(8) If money were no consideration, what would you want to do?
This one is kind of tongue in cheek, since we ALL know that money is a consideration. (If it’s not for you – then I am jealous!). We all have bills to pay, and likely a hefty student loan debt.
I’m including several different versions of the worksheets to answer these questions. They all ask the same questions, I was just on a creative streak and couldn’t create just one! Feel free to download and use whichever one fits you best!
Each of these questions should end with an answer that, once you have filled out the worksheet, gives you an idea of what your heart is trying to tell you about what you should become. You do not have to define yourself by where you are now, or by what you know now. You can look at these ideas and goals you have listed and see where you should be headed. From there, you can do a job search with keywords of those topics. Or, you can do as I am doing now, and reading “What Color Is Your Parachute” and try to learn even more about how to market the unique set of skills you bring to the table.
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No matter what though, if what you are doing now is making you count the milliseconds until Friday, then you need to find something else. You only get one life and, as cheesy and silly as it sounds, you need to make the most of it. Yes, it’s important to make ends meet, but you also have to make your heart and soul happy as well. Find that, and you’ll find everything 🙂
As part of today’s giveaway, I am giving away this amazing notebook from May Designs and some color coded pencils so that you can write down your dreams. PLUS I am including the What Color is Your Parachute book and accompanying workbook, so that you can find your dream job!
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Until Wednesday, my loves!