Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Passion - What lights your fire?!
A few weeks ago at a networking event I met Michelle. She is a life coach who administers the Passion Test with her clients. We chatted over coffee yesterday and as we talked about her work with women, especially moms who are coming out of that newborn/baby coma (you know what I'm talking about unless you're still in it) I felt a shift within myself. I felt like a tetris board whose pieces just turned and dropped right into place. For years I've been thinking about being a writer, for months I've been calling myself a writer, and I think yesterday I finally embraced, or became, a writer. I allowed my brain to accept the fact that writing is my calling. Writing a parenting blog and writing children's prose. Those two things. I could be a wine writer, but it doesn't get me going. I could write about pet care, but I don't care about that.
Wine is also a passion for me and working with my husband is a passion for me. What is wonderful, and what Michelle validated, is that one does not have to have a singular passion that one devotes themselves to entirely. I do not have to give up my writing to pursue the dream with my husband. I do not have to feel like a 'less-than' mother because I am not with, and frankly don't want to be with, my children 100% of the time. I can do all of these simultaneously and be successful at all of them and be a happy and fulfilled person because I'm getting back in joy the energy I give to my writing, my business and my family.
Michelle said, "Kids go away and someday you are left with you."
Think about that. We'll (you and me) talk more tomorrow. Or another day very soon!