If you have been following my blog you know that I have been doing a monthly Happiness Project recap series. At the beginning of this calendar year I set out to read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Along with reading the book, I started a series for the blog where I would talk about my findings, or how I applied certain principles to my own life. The month of September was all about Pursuing Your Passion. As an artistic person I have a few outlets that I would say I am passionate about.
While reading the book, it caused me to think, “What do all of these things have in common?” Dance, art, and blogging all allow me the create content. When I choreograph a dance I am creating movement. Art – beautiful images from a blank canvas. Blogging – new articles for people to consume. Family, at first, felt like the odd one out. Then the obvious hit me- not only have Michael and I created one life (our sweet girl Charlotte) but by the grace of God we have created two other lives. The next one being Spark, whom we lost shortly into the pregnancy. You can read all about Spark here. And now sweet Bow. Bow is our “rainbow” baby. I am currently 28 weeks pregnant and it has been a rollercoaster. You can read more about my pregnancy scare here and pregnancy after miscarriage here.
I realize that could be considered T.M.I. (Too Much Information) but let’s be real, creating life is a HUGE deal!
Back to the book – pursuing my passion. Having the ability to create is exciting. It is something that I crave. It brings joy to my life to listen to a song and have the knowledge to create a dance to share with others. I have been creating art and dance for a long time now. Those two passions will always be a part of my life. Family and blogging are fairly new and it got me thinking about how to apply Gretchen’s principles to my own life.
Dive Into A Project
I have been blogging for a few years now. Recently I have kicked things up a notch. I got serious how the amount of postings per week, scheduling content, and joining blogging groups. The thought of one of my passions not growing or improving drove me crazy. Settling for mediocrity is not an option and never has been for me. Due to lighting a fire under my bum, if you will, I have seen tremendous growth. My audience has increased. My content has diversified. One of the most exciting things is I have connected with other bloggers. I was petrified to attempt this and kept putting it off. Finally I said enough and really put myself out there. I have been encouraged by the response and it has renewed my passion for blogging.
When you pursue your passion you have to dive in. Give it everything you have. Commit with your entire being!
Pursuing my passion has been time consuming. And that is ok! When I am passionate about something I want to spend as much time as I can doing it. Due to my everyday “mom” responsibilities my time is limited. However, there are moments during that day that I can sit down and be intentional about my other commitments. I recently decided to wake up an hour earlier than usual to have more alone time to accomplish blog related things. The return has been amazing.
You have to make time. If it is truly a passion, making time will be easy.
Forget About Results
This is extremely difficult for me. I am perfectionist and results matter. I care about results. Needless to say, this will be a life long struggle. Recently though my husband and I received devastating results about our second pregnancy. Spark was never meant to spend a life here on earth. Receiving that information from my doctor was the hardest thing I have ever had to hear. It did not make any sense to me. I could not understand why this baby would never come home from the hospital with me. As I mourned, and still mourn, it has become increasingly clear that results are out of my control. I can do everything right and still the outcome could be less than desired. I could right the perfect article and still it could be receive poorly by others. Letting go of the results allowed me to be free. It allowed me to take joy in the process. Obtaining great results became so important to me that I lost all happiness in the journey.
The results do not matter. It is the joy and happiness you experience that truly counts.
Master A New Technology
In conjunction with putting more effort into blogging I recently installed Google Analytics and SEO Yoast for my blog. For you non-bloggers out there these are just tools to help me track data and other blog related things. The main point of installing these tools was to help me better understand the world of blogging. My desire to continue to improve and grow can only happen if I am incorporating tools to do so.
Mastering a new technology can be scary and frustrating but the benefits can exhilarating.
I hope this has inspired you to pursue your passion. Let me know in the comments below about your passion!
Below is a link to The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Such a great book! Feel free to check it out!