How to Start Your Passion Project

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If starting my own blog has taught me anything, it has definitely been how to be resourceful. I learn something new each week whether it be about SEO, social media, new products, optimization, or working the backend of a website. Managing all of this while creating content and having my full time job can be quite a juggle sometimes. There are days where I go home exhausted but I make sure to get some writing in before I settle for the night. There is only one thing I can honestly say that motivates me to keep pushing forward, and that is that I love doing it.

I love writing. I love sharing, marketing, connecting with people, and learning about new projects and starting new hobbies. I love exploring San Francisco and meeting new people and the blog has done all this for me and more. It has brought so much FUN into my life. Granted, it can be hard work and you have to be consistent AND persistent to say the least, but it is so worth it. Every little and big success feels so wonderful because it’s all mine and watching it grow feels like a bit of a gift!

From this, I encourage everyone to have a passion project. It can be anything from baking, to helping with make-up, to coaching sports, to painting, to calligraphy, to being a fitness instructor. Think of what you are good at and what you love doing and find a way  to make it a part of your life. It doesn’t matter the level of effort in terms of trying to start a business or doing an activities once a week, but to keep it a part of your regular activity, helps restore balance into your life which I personally find to be a nice component to happiness.


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Ya girl, that sounds great! Problem:I don’t know what the H-E-double hockey sticks my passion is!

Alright yes, I hear you. Loud and clear. Though I can’t relate since I have a few I can tell you as nice as that sounds, it can also be annoying because often times when one has “too many interests” (as my Grandpa once lovingly said to me), you feel like the jack of all trades and the master of none. My point? There’s good and bad to both and it is never too late to find your calling and/or passion. You know that George Eliot quote, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been”? Well live by that! Create yourself a bit – it’s  great challenge!

Ok here is some advice:

  • Think back, when was the last time you felt reeeeally excited? Where your stomache did that fun, flippy thing and you instantly felt giggly? Or when was the last time you interacted with someone or did something that made your heart well up a bit?
  • What do you do that comes naturally to you? Is there anything you just have a knack for? Or something that gravitates towards you?
  • What have you heard from others? Has there every been any positive feedback you have received from a boss, a friend, or a family member regarding something you have done well?

Another tidbit: Give yourself time to figure it out. Try new thing, experiment! You don’t always have the answers right away but you’ll never know by sitting on the couch and watching tv, or hey! Maybe you will and realize that TV writing or editing might be your calling! See what I mean? Think outside the box!


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Ok I figured it out! Halleluiah! Now what?

Awesome! Ok once you have figured out your passion, now it’s time to really challenge yourself. Put it in action!

Here are your next steps:

  • What kind of commitment is needed to make this a part of your life? Consider how you will need to prioritize and sacrifice.
  • Brainstorm all resources and people that can help put this dream/hobby/passion into action. NEVER feel too stupid or embarrassed to ask. We all have to start somewhere and I promise when you start small and see something grow is it SO worth it!
  • Set a schedule and set goals. Start small and take your time. Don’t give up if things don’t work out over night.

IMPORTANT: Let go of caring about what other people think. If that is something that holds you back, eliminate it now. People often times doubt out of jealousy and those who express that doubt are likely not your friends. Surround yourself with supportive people and let the BS go.



Good luck!

Now get out there and try it out! Life is so short and there is no time to waste not at least trying to bring some extra joy and happiness into your life. You are your best friend in this and no one will bring it to you but yourself so get out there and conquer those fears. Whatever level of time and relevance that you plan to make this passion a part of your life, it doesn’t matter, whether you build a career or teach a yoga class once a week, it is equally important if it brings you balance and happiness.

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  • Saphia Louise

    I can appreciate this article. Very encouraging. I loved the quote, “the jack of all trades and the master of none.” Honestly, that’s how I’ve felt. I have so many interests, things I love or am passionate about or just skilled at, but I haven’t mastered yet. I allow fear to get the best of me.. Thanks for sharing this

    With Love,
    http://www.LifeWithSaph.com

    • Aw Saphia! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m with ya, there are so many things I love that it can get pretty overwhelming to focus on just one thing but the blog has been pretty all encompassing and though it’s work, it feels like a relief to do it to get all that creative energy out! And the best way to conquer fear is to recognize it so you can squash it! So you’re on the right track! Wish you all the best, have a great day and thanks for reading!

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