Bishop T.D. Jakes once said,
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
When I was in my teenage years, as well as my early twenties, I often dabbled in various hobbies, but I had a difficult time honing in on what I was passionate about versus what was a hobby for me. The older I became, the more I was able to recognize what fueled my inner spark and what made me feel that I had a sense of purpose to not only have for myself, but to share with others. There are three main passions that I have in life…passions that I can’t go a day without being involved in. Inside, I’ll share my passions, what ignites them, and encourage you to share yours with me!
PASSION #1: Makeup, hair, and beauty. This should come as no surprise, since I run a blog on this, but it goes deeper than some people think. I remember being in my mother’s bathroom as a child, and grabbing lipsticks out of a little box she had on display. I would apply as many colors as I could, wiping each one off before starting over again. It was fun for me to experiment this way from an early age. In high school, I remember being that dreaded girl who “wore too much makeup” compared to the other girls. For me, makeup was and is an art, and a form of expression. While I probably did wear too much back then, it was my way of expressing myself and learning. Sure, I had plenty of bad makeup moments, but that is what ignited my passion to keep practicing. For me, it is seeing women light up that makes makeup, hair, and beauty so special to me. It’s not always as superficial as a lipstick or a haircut. When I give an eyeshadow to someone and they use it until it’s completely gone because they love it so much, I realize that it’s helping them feel more confident and beautiful on a daily basis. It helps them fuel their passions because they feel they can take on the world. In a lot of ways, my passion for makeup, hair, and beauty helps other women ignite their own passions because they are ready to take on the world when they’re feeling great about themselves, inside and out.
PASSION #2: Canine rescue & my dogs. When I was a kid, I begged my parents for a puppy. We never ended up getting a puppy or a dog, and I knew when I went out on my own that one of the first things I would do is get a dog. I’ve always been a huge dog lover and loved visiting my Uncle Jimmy who always had six or seven dogs! When I moved into an apartment, my first puppy became a part of my family within two months. Gizmo is my youngest dog, and he is a little fluffy bichon frise. Fast forward to current day, and I’ve raised three puppies total, including Gizmo. I’ve volunteered and worked with a rescue organization here, doing photography for them. I love meeting new dogs, and there is hardly a weekend that goes by that we don’t stop into the pet store to see what dogs need to be adopted. If it were up to me, I’d have a house full of dogs! For me, three is enough, and my pack is complete. Not a single day goes by that my three furbabies don’t get tons of TLC. They comfort me when I need it, and we snuggle every night together (sometimes with me hanging off the bed!). Rescuing dogs that need homes and fighting for proper canine care is a huge passion for me.
PASSION #3: Photography. In my family, I’ve always been the picture taker. When my dad brought home our first digital camera, complete with a floppy disk drive (I’m dating myself here), I easily filled up floppy disk after floppy disk with photographs. I was always the one who organized the family photographs from vacations, and I still have a huge shoebox filled with our old developed pictures in it. See, I believe photography is the ultimate memento. Long after people have gone and memories have faded, photographs will still be there, capturing a moment in time. I’m glad that photography has since moved digital, so that I can organize all my events, seasons, and memories by folder on my computer, but there is something special about having a shoebox full of developed film. Photography to me is capturing the essence of a moment. The feeling. The emotion. The senses. Sometimes I need to take a step back and enjoy life with my eye not in back of a camera lens, but capturing landscapes, smiles, and portraits is a part of my soul.
I encourage all of you to find your passions. Anything that ignites your inner fire, that you can participate in or talk about for hours is something worth pursuing. Often times, our life’s purpose comes from our passions.
What fuels your passions?
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