Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up. Regardless if you're 20 or 80- what is your calling in life? Do you know?
Many many (many) years ago, I was a student in 9th grade, drawing inappropriate pictures for my friends to laugh at in French class. 6 years later, I was a young mom, trying my best to navigate adulthood, parenthood, and keeping it all together. It was a day by day adventure, lets say. Everything was new to me, and cultivating my art chops was the furthest from my mind. Fast forward 8 years, and I picked up a pencil again and haven't stopped. I did trade them in for paint brushes, but still visit with them every so often.
Being creative gave me a sense of release, meditation, and escape. Building my drawings, and watching them come alive gave me much so satisfaction, I became addicted to it. It took me 2 years to realize that this was my calling. How did I know? I LOOOVE IT. LOVE. It. Just. Feels. RIGHT. It keeps me up till 5 am on occasion, and I daydream about it when I'm away from it. This is how I know.
I worked many years in the optical industry. Although I enjoyed my stable income, usually wonderful co-workers and helping the masses with their eyewear purchases, I found that nothing compares to doing what you truly love.
It's about following the path of least resistance and eventually creating a life around it.
I'm told that I'm talented, which I appreciate, but there are thousands of hours of practice behind a talent. It's work. It's blood, sweat and tears and a lot of hours. I'm probably close to the 10,000 hour mark by now. I recommend reading Malcolm Gladwell's book "The Outliers" to understand how beneficial it is to practice what you love. You'll be a star in your chosen field with 10,000 hours of practice. Guaranteed.
Sidenote: I'm no star, as of yet, but I'm on my way, and I'm happy -which is the main goal, innit?
If you can do anything for 8 hours minimum per day, what would it be? What is it that brings you joy outside of work? What is it that your friends often tell you you're the best at? (besides beer pong) Your purpose in life could have nothing to do with a lucrative career, but it will be directly related to your inner peace and give your life meaning.
If you aren't sure what your passion in life is, you MUST believe it's possible, and be open to new opportunities. You wont learn how to fly without leaving the nest. Trying new things, meeting new people, putting yourself into new environments will bring you closer to finding and doing the things you love. It's not so much about being brave, but being committed to your happiness.
3 years ago, I started teaching paint events and discovered another passion- introducing people to creativity. Or perhaps helping to reignite that flame they had with their imagination they left in 3rd grade. It feels incredible to hear, "I love this!! I'm going to try this at home now!!"
I get so excited for them, as I get to share my little secret of how rewarding and FUN it is to be creative, not to mention the psychological benefits associated with art!
I took this new skill up a level and decided to bring it to women who may not have access to paint events. As it turns out, it brings me more joy and meaning than I thought possible. It grew into something much bigger and better, and I called it "The Butterfly Project". (more about it on previous blog posts)
A series of unfortunate events way back in 2017 helped me to make the decision to simplify my life and do more of what I love. I am proud to say I have been flying by the seat of my pants in the art world for a few months now, and haven't felt so ME in all my years. I made the decision, and the Universe delivered angels to me who have helped to make it possible. People wanting art prints, paint events, murals, commissions, live art shows, and speaking events.
Happiness is the goal, and it's in the journey, not the destination. Do more of what you enjoy doing, and it will affect every aspect of your life. You deserve to be more of YOU every day.
I'd love to hear about your passion, and how you discovered it! email me! firstname.lastname@example.org