on passion discovery.

Uh oh...it looks like a bunch of you need some help in finding your passions since Laura was the only one who commented on yesterday's passion list post ;) To be helpful, here are some of my thoughts for you on finding your passions, just in case you're having trouble coming up with your list!

1. Stop being lazy.

Turn off the tv. Right now. Get up. And go outside. Even if all you do is sit on your front porch for 15 minutes, give it a shot. You might be surprised by what you see.

2. Take your ego out of it.

Chances are, if you haven't found your passion yet, you won't be very good at the thing you're passionate about. YET. Let go of not being good. Let go of that ego piece and just go with it. Honestly, if you are truly passionate and this thing makes you sparkle, you won't really care if you aren't good at it. I promise.

3. Pay attention to what moves you.

When do you cry? I have a habit of tearing up a little at the end of broadway shows (yes, I am a complete sap!) even the non-sad ones. Why? Maybe it's that I don't want it to be over or maybe it's that I'm just so darned moved by the performance I witnessed. By paying attention to what moves you, you'll be able to really tap into your emotions and see what you should be doing with yourself.

4. Take some photos

Carry your camera with you at all times for a week and take a picture of anything that seems interesting to you. At the end of the week, look through all your photos and see if any themes emerge. Are there specific colors you're drawn to? Foods? Flowers? Landscapes? These photos could be a great clue to you in finding what you love. 

5. Keep a passions notebook

You carry a small notebook with you at all times for writing down little inspirations, right? (If not, you totally should! Mine has so many amazing ideas in it!) Let this notebook double as a passions journal. Use it to make a note whenever you feel really good about yourself. Be sure to note what you're doing, who you're with, and how you feel. 

6. Be open to experimentation

Can I note that I never made a single painting until February of this year? And now I am selling original paintings in my etsy shop. The single influencing factor is this was taking a painting workshop in February. And I took it even though I had never painted before. So refer back to #2 up there about ego and jump in and try something new. Something really new. Listen to your own instinct and see what you're drawn to. And then make a leap of faith! 

What do you guys think? Is this passion discovery tough? Personally, I get so excited about all of the things out in this world that I don't yet know about, all the things I have yet to try, to learn. What do you get so excited about?