This is Day 17 of our 31 Days of Less and More series. To read all the posts in order, start with Day 1 and check out our overview page to see the topics for the entire month.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” ~Mark Twain
I am a woman of many passions. I love good books, crisp journals, cowboy boots, good food, coffee, DIY projects, chocolate, and babies. And that’s just the short list. I’m am truly a jill of all trades, master of hardly anything. It has taken me a long time to be okay with that—to truly accept who I am and how God made me, without wishing I had some other set of skills and talents and interests. I am finally living in my sweet spot—the intersection between my passions and my giftings. It only took me the better part of 40 years— but I have finally submitted to who I am and why I’m here.
I am an artist and so are you. What gift were you made to give the world? Who was your life and your art meant to serve?
Slowly realizing what I was made to do has changed my life. That doesn’t mean the journey here has been easy, because it hasn’t. And you’ll work way harder when you discover your passions, because finally work won’t seem like work. While you are immersed in that thing that makes you come alive—hours will pass and yet time will stand still. It’ll feel like you were in a dream, because you were. The challenge is not so much to find what you were made to do as to submit to it. Offer yourself and your gifts to those around you.
When you are not living in your sweet spot, you will always more tempted by distractions and coping mechanisms. Until I realized the meaningful work I was created for, I shopped a lot and often bought things I didn’t need to fill a void. I struggle way less with that now that I’m doing work I love. Your ways of coping may be different, but I can tell you this—until you answer the big questions in your life, you will struggle to find your way. When you finally discover what you were made to do, you will know it, because you’ll feel like you’ve come home.
So, why are you here? What is it that makes you come alive? What do you daydream about? Has your life spiraled out of control in some way? Have you gotten into bad habits because of boredom or stress? The truth is, you may be exchanging valuable days and hours for a life you don’t love. It’s time to rethink your priorities and begin to do the stuff of your daydreams. Start today. It won’t happen by accident.
Some resources that might help you find your way back to your passions are Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job and Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff.
Challenge Day 17: Do you find yourself sliding into bad habits of overindulgence? Think back to the last time it happened and why. Now, identify an activity or hobby you are passionate about, but that you may have given up because of time, circumstances, stress, or money. Is there a way to incorporate that passion back into your life somehow? Start today. Then inspire others by sharing your story in the comments below or on Facebook.
Be sure to read Ruth’s corresponding post, Less Mindless Spending.