What Is Your Passion? Do You Know?

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If Someone was to ask you, What are you passionate about? Would you have an answer?

What is the one thing that you could be happy doing every day for the rest of your life?

That was a really tough question for me.  I was surprised when I couldn’t answer right away.  I mean, what the heck do I want, anyway?!  

It’s taken me months of meditating, journaling, and pondering before one day, the lightbulb came on! undefined

You know those moments when you’ve been thinking about something for a long time like the actor’s name in a movie you once saw, or the words of a particular song?  You know that you know it but you just can’t bring it into your consciousness until one night, when you’re just about to drop off to sleep…. Boom!  The answer hits you like a lightning bolt!

There are periods of time when I’m super interested in something; for example, currently I can’t get enough of self-development and spiritual awakening books.  But, when I think of making a study of it for “the rest of my life”.. well, I don’t think that it’s my life’s passion.  It’s a period of growth that I’m thoroughly enjoying and will continue to seek growth as long as I live but, my Passion?  Nahhhhh

Ever since I was about 10 years old, I’ve been fascinated with cameras and photography.  I loved the mechanical workings of the camera itself and how the precise timing of the shutter and geometric opening of the aperture worked in perfect harmony to capture a moment in time onto a piece of film. 

It’s magic.

This love and fascination has been such a part of my makeup that I didn’t think of it when considering the answer to the question; ‘what is the one thing you could be happy doing every day for the rest of your life?’

I was looking for something outside of myself. 

But as I drifted off to sleep that night, my subconscious gave me the answer that I had been seeking;  I want to make photographs that cause people to think and feel!  Of course!

As a teenager, I wanted to be a National Geographic Photographer.  While I don’t remember who, someone told me, with a flip of a hand, that “they don’t hire girls”.  I wasn’t feisty enough to prove them wrong.  Instead, I believed it without questioning and tucked that dream away. 

Now, I follow Paul Nicklin and Christina Mittermeier, two of the best (in my opinion) NatGeo Photographers, Storytellers, and Activists on Instagram and I am in awe of their work.

It’s always been a part of who I am, even though I failed to nurture and grow that spirit within me. 

But guess what? 

I feel so… awakened!undefined

I am incredibly grateful to be a part of a community of entrepreneurs and dream-seekers.  People who are following their dreams and encourage others to follow theirs. 

I encourage YOU to think about what you would be happy doing every day for the rest of YOUR life and dare to dream about turning that passion into a business.

I’m curious if anyone else has had a similar experience and buried a dream that begs to be uncovered? 

Leave me a comment about what it is that you'd like to wake up every day for the rest of your life doing?

Here's to your dreams!

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