Searching for the illusive 'career I love and I'll never work a day in my life', has fast become the thing to do. And it's pretty damn awesome. Seeking out something you're passionate about so you can contribute to the world in your own unique way is far bigger than just enjoying your job. Filling the world with good energy comes from love, and when you love what you do, you are literally changing the world. But what if that career you search for isn't everything you need? What if you need more than that to be truly fulfilled...
Lets re-wind 10 years (am I really that old?!) to 17 year old Kate. Fresh out of high school, with my entrepreneurial mindset, and my 'I can achieve whatever I like' attitude, I made my way into the big wide world. I had a long history of dancing, and was equally health/fitness conscious and beauty-hair-makeup-fashion inclined. I studied Personal Training and also completed a certificate in group exercise. Yep I'm a qualified aerobics teacher. Bet you didn't know that! Anyway I poured myself into that, only to find that after a short amount of time, I no longer found my career fulfilling.
I went on to study Beauty Therapy. I poured myself into that, working in leading day spas and beauty salons, and also opened my own little beauty salon in Burleigh on the Gold Coast. Then the same thing happened. My heart just wasn't in it anymore. And so I started my hair and makeup business. This time things were a little bit different, I was working for myself so I had more flexibility. I was also able to work in a hair salon on the side, which I loved, and I bought an online party store.
All of which were amazing, and I was passionate about each and every one, but I was continually coming to the same point...
I enjoyed what I was doing, but I wasn't fulfilled.
What I discovered was, when I find something I love, I naturally pour everything into it. But I do it at the cost of other parts of myself. When I was a beauty therapist, I forgot about how much I loved makeup. And when I was a makeup artist, I forgot about how I loved fitness, and so on.
What if we are all multi passionate?
What if we each have a blueprint of passions that lead us to happiness?
It's not a new concept to say that we're all different and that we all like different things, but right now I want you to ask yourself...
- What are the things you love?
- What are the things you've loved in the past?
- Are they still a part of your life? If not, then why?
- Do you wish it was still a part of your life now?
To imagine that we can lock ourselves into a label or career, and be wholly and solely that idea, is crazy. Even the the people who are most passionate about their careers, enjoy other things too. You can be an animal loving, mechanic with a passion for shoes if that's who you are!
I'd love you to take a moment to do this exercise, first start with this affirmation ...
I am a unique multi passionate person, and it's my birth right to be everything I am.
Sit for a moment with your eyes closed and let that affirmation goodness permeate through your boy. Now grab your journal or a piece of paper, and a pen. Make a list of everything you love to do, everything you're passionate about. Everything you want to be a part of your life. Give yourself time. After the first outburst, comes the deeper stuff, so sit with it for a good 10 minutes.
Now read this often, this list will help guide you. Add to it, and change it whenever you feel called to. Find ways to incorporate these things into your life. This is your happiness blueprint.
Now I'd love you to share your thoughts on the happiness blueprint with me in the comments section below. How do you feel about the concept of being multi passionate? What's your experience with this? Don't be shy, you never know, your insight might be just what someone else needs!
On a little side note, after doing this task I realised that I have been neglecting a creative part of myself. I'm really excited to share with you that I'm starting a new job (today!) in a design showroom. I'll be able to exercise my passion for interior design, and styling. But this is just a part of my passions! I'm also blogging, doing yoga, doing craft (yep I LOVE craft) and a bunch of other goodness that makes me feel happy, fulfilled and like I'm contributing to the world in just the way I'm meant to.