This week I’ve been thinking about all the things I enjoy doing and how these days I actually enjoy many passions – you could say I am a multi-passionate mom?!! While I spend a lot of my time looking after my daughter and this is a blessing I also wanted to share other interests that I have as it’s my belief that having a passion(s) is so beneficial in our lives and I want to share how it’s impacted mine.
When I was younger I had a limited belief that I should only focus all my energies on school especially if I wanted to be successful and earn good money. I thought as I got older and sometime in the future, I’d get some time to focus on the things that were important to me… thinking having a passion/interest was more of a luxury, not something that I had time for.
Then, after university, I concentrated on climbing the career ladder and put all my energies into this. It wasn’t until after I had Issey and was quite ill for a period of time that I actually found many passions that I am now pursuing.
On the days where I felt so ill, I started to ask myself if I had my full energy back what would be the things I’d really like to do… I had never asked myself this question before now (probably as I was too focused on my career) however, I knew I really enjoyed cooking but didn’t spend a lot of time doing that always reaching for convenience instead. However, now that I was on maternity leave, feeling quite ill I started researching and realised that focusing on my nutrition could really help me. I started experimenting with nutritious cooking, which I loved and then moved onto experimenting with juicing and smoothies.
My family will remember this time well, both Rok and I arriving with juicers and laden down with organic shopping, new finds, and new recipes ;0
Next, I became fascinated with non-fiction books especially topics regarding how to reduce stress and how our mind influences our thoughts, beliefs, and our body. And, from that exploring the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
This extended into practicing daily meditation and after introducing this new daily practice (which was at the time was quite radical to me as nobody I knew did this) did things really start to change for me.
So what happened:
After a period of cooking/eating nutritious food, practicing daily meditation learning everything about health, my energy started to increase and the body pain that I had for so long after the birth of Issey started to go away Hallelujah! As you can imagine I was overjoyed and wanted to share this information with everyone. ;0, What’s more, I loved learning and doing all these things… which ironically became my passions 🙂
Then 2 years ago I went for a Reiki treatment and found immense peace and relaxation after just one session so then I was off to learn Reiki and last year became a certified Reiki practitioner. Reiki has really helped me with so much with my confidence, in the last year alone I’ve set up my Reiki business, have attended conferences, completed lots of online courses and also started this blog and a private FaceBook group for Moms. So now Reiki has been added to my passion list :0 I’m grateful to have so many!
So I hear you say why does it matter to have a passion and why should I think about this at all…
I believe if we have a passion or as it’s turned out in my case many passions.. the joy this brings us radiates out to all friends and family. This will have a tremendous positive impact on all our relationships.
When we engage in our passions we feel like we are connected/doing something bigger than ourselves… That’s how I feel when I practice Reiki on a client and discuss the benefits of meditation and mindfulness with them. It actually gives me energy!
Having a passion also creates new inspiration and creativity and so since starting with experimenting with recipes, I’ve moved onto lots of other things and have many other ideas that I want to pursue. And, will hopefully get to do these things over the next few years… life seems full of possibilities, not just routine.
So moms, do you spend time following your joy/passions? What does this look like for you (note it’s different for everyone)
This could be your job/career, it could be your part-time or full-time business, it could be writing, or cooking, or a special place you enjoy escaping/traveling to. It could be spending quality time with your family and friends, or volunteering somewhere…
Or maybe you haven’t found it yet.. and maybe you could set aside an hour to think about this and write down all the things you enjoy doing and seeing if you can integrate more of these into your daily life?
Knowing what your passion is and ensuring you experience it as often as you can, will bring more joy and energy into your life, well that’s what I’ve experienced for myself. Who doesn’t want more of that…!
As always, I’d love to hear from you so please feel free to share your passions and how you discovered them or whether you’re still figuring this out…
Lots of love and best wishes to you,