Find your passion…everyday

Man, I love Dove chocolates!

Not only are those 44 calories of creamy delicious chocolate worth every bite, but those little inspirations printed on the foil wrappers? Somehow they always speak to me at just the right moment.

From Sunday night’s Dove treat:

“Find your passion.”

To which I’d add in urgency – find your passion…everyday.

This feels similar in a way to the “to enjoy” movement that Lindsay started and Heather is continuing – much to my joy, of course.

Sure – we all want to find and follow our passion. And some of us are lucky enough to work and play in a space that represents our passion. And others (like me) make the most of following their passion in their personal life, as much as possible, while letting their professional life do the bill-paying, if you will. 😉

But the point I’m trying to make is this – seek out your passions every single day. It doesn’t have to be the same passion every time, but try to make that one of your goals for the day or week. Add it to your “to enjoy” list if you want.

There are so many “must do” things in our everyday that we often forget that we are fueled by our passions and shouldn’t let them fall by the wayside.

For example – my husband and I LOVE to cook together. While we do our best during the week to cook yummy meals, it’s the weekends where we can really dig in to new recipes and fancier-than-average meals. So that’s when we fuel our passion for food and it works for us.

Another example – and this should come as no surprise. I choose to fuel my passion for working out as often as I can. Even if that means a longer commute in the morning – I’d gladly face the wall of traffic during rush-hour if it meant I got my early-morning run in with Scott. I guess that means I ought to complain a little bit less on mega-traffic days, huh? Noted.

I see so many friends, family, colleagues who routinely push aside their passions to tackle their must-do lists and obligations in lieu of doing just one thing that they love and are passionate about every day (or at least every week). In my view? We all work so very hard, we deserve and have outright earned the privilege to find and fuel our passions. Even if that means a compromise here or there, as I pointed out in my two examples. And trust me – I’m a realist, and now that this might not be possible every day or every single week, but it’s worth working towards in my opinion.

So today I urge you and remind you – find your passion. Fuel it. You are worth it. Go out and find it, embrace it, own it. Throw it on your “to enjoy list.”

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16 thoughts on “Find your passion…everyday

  1. Um. Totally had that same little inspiration on my Dove (dark!) chocolate a couple of days ago!!!!! 🙂

    I love this post. It’s so true that we put work and to-do lists and bills and boring “life” crap ahead of the things that make us happy and driven. Then we get worn out and sad…and forget who we are. I know that all too well. I always feel like I need to meet a standard as a mom and wife. I’m trying to balance it all…and figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Haha.

    • Isn’t it so sad – I think we’ve ALL experienced this in some shape or form. It can be very hard to pull yourself out of it too. But once you’re out and see how important it is to follow your passions, even in the littlest way, works wonders for our overall mental health and spirit.

  2. SO true sis (and now I want a dove chocolate!! Wah!). It’s easy to plow through the day waiting to get to the good parts, but every hour of every day should be something good to enjoy. For me, this moment? I REALLY dug the homemade oatmeal I just whipped up with strawberries and a dash of chocolate protein powder. Downside? Sad it’s gone 😉 Little joys!

    • I could totally go for a dove now too. Hungry horrors back in full force!!

      Love your moment for today – must try that combo when I work from home later this week, sounds SO GOOD!

  3. Love this of course (and thanks so much for the mention). I think it’s so easy to get bogged down in the daily to-dos that we forget about those things that make us smile, those small moments (or big moments even). Just the daily joys. They are there even on hard days. It’s just a matter of finding them. Now if only my passions could pay the bills 😉

    • seriously – if my passion could pay the bills, I’d be all over it. for now, blogging and such makes such a difference. Though – I’d still love to teach a class again…maybe someday soon 🙂

  4. Love this post, Jess!
    On a sidenote, these Dove chocolates are my favorite and I keep a bag in my freezer at all times. And, unlike you, I am immature and add “in bed” to the end of all the phrases (like a fortune cookie!). Jay and I still get a kick out of it…… 🙂

  5. Yes! Love this. I’m all about following my passions. That’s why I blog! It allows me to take time for my passion everyday. And on days I don’t blog, I’m usually out there in the world really experiencing my passions with bike rides, trips to the Farmer’s Market, taking photos, spending time with Billy and my family.

    • Totally with you on this one – just taking the time to pick and choose what makes you happy and spending time doing that daily is huge. Such a mental hug to self, huh?

  6. Great post, for me finding my passion each day would be exercising, meeting up with friends or talking on phone and reading fitness magazines and trashy books. Of course, love the tasty treats too.

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