Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finding Your Passions

Finding Your Passions - A Simpler Grace - Simple steps to help you find your creative passions.
What are your creative passions? This might seem like a simple question, but when you sit down and think about it, you might need to dig a little deeper to get to the answers. We all have things we consider hobbies or that we enjoy doing and then there are the things that fuel us and fire us up; the things that make us feel energized and inspired when we do them. These are our passions.


Oprah once said, "Passion can't be found in your head because it lives in your heart." This is so true and is often why we sometimes have a difficult time figuring out what our creative passions are. We want to think of the answers when we really need to look in our hearts and sometimes this involves a little soul-searching.

If you are unsure of what your creative passions are or need some guidance narrowing your scope down to define your passions, I have a few ideas to consider that may help you in the process.

THINK ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES AS A CHILD
What did you enjoy doing as a kid? Are there any things you still do now? When we are children, we usually live care-free lives and do things because we want to do rather than doing things out of necessity. Pondering on what you loved to do as a child will give you some clues about what your creative passions might be.

TRY NEW THINGS
Don't be afraid to branch out and try something new. Whether it's taking a painting class or trying a recipe from a cuisine you've never prepared before, giving yourself the opportunity to experience new things will open your mind up and let you embrace what's important to you.

LOOK AT THE OBJECTS YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH
What do you spend your money on? How you spend your money on non-necessities is a big indicator on what you really love. Maybe it's artwork or books or makeup or sports memorabilia - whatever it might be, if you're willing to put money into it, then it's likely one of your creative passions.

MAKE AN INSPIRATION BOARD
I find that Instagram is a great place to find your inspiration board and I bet you didn't even know it. Sign into your account right now and click on the settings tab. Scroll down to the "posts I've liked" option and look at the things you've hearted on over the past few days. Is it all food? Handlettering? Lifestyle photography? If you notice a theme in the things you've liked, consider these clues to what's in your heart.

If you aren't a big Instagrammer, you can create an inspiration board using Pinterest or the old fashioned way by cutting things that inspire you out of magazines and mounting them on a poster board. Whichever method you decide to use, it's a great way to stir those creative juices up and let the creative passions bubble to the top.


CONSIDER WHAT YOU ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT OR TEACHING OTHERS ABOUT
Another way to dig a little deeper into your creative heart is to think about what you enjoy researching or teaching others about. If there are things you feel you can't learn enough about or love to share with others, then it's clearly something you are passionate about.

DITCH THE THINGS YOU DON'T ENJOY
There are probably things you are doing in your life (outside of the must-dos like work and housework) that you don't enjoy. Maybe you even dread them. If you've taken up knitting but it stresses you out more than relaxes you, then stop doing it! Don't waste your time on creative endeavors that don't make you happy.

ON THAT NOTE, WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DEVOTE YOUR TIME TO?
We only have twenty-four hours in a day and in the grand scheme of things, that's not nearly enough time to do everything we need or want to do. Look at how you spend your free time. What are the things you devote your personal time to? We usually find a way to make time for the things that make us the happiest.

KEEP A JOURNAL
As you are exploring new creative interests, keep a journal and track how they make you feel. Do you leave a dance class feeling energetic or exhausted? You'll start to notice themes in the state of your emotions after these experiences. There are two directions this could lead you - feeling inspired or overwhelmed. If it's the former, you'll know it's one of your creative passions.

What are my creative passions, you ask?
Since my blog has a large focus on exploring and sharing creative passions, I've spent a lot of time digging into the things that make me happy. If you skim through the blog, most of these should not come as a big surprise to you, but here they are all the same.

  • photography
  • music
  • literature
  • dance
  • writing
  • making things with my hands: food, art, knitting, paper crafting and hand lettering

Now it's your turn. What are your creative passions?


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6 comments:

  1. Well, based on what I surround myself with, I'd say, reading, writing, and sewing. :) Because I have too many books, notebooks, and fabric.

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  2. Kaylee, those are awesome creative passions to have! I wish I was better at sewing, but stopped practicing when I was a kid. Maybe you'll find a few more after reading this post! :)

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  3. This is SO good! I love the what you did as a child! It is so true!

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  4. Thanks Elizabeth! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Wow, I never thought of it that way: what we still do now that we did as a child, I have quite a few of those! Writing, art, music, yoga and dance are all mine still to this day. Some of these I need to be focusing a bit more time on :)

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