Finding Your Passion Isn’t As Hard As You Think

by on March 1, 2011

Finding your passion is a huge deal these days, have you noticed?
(Not that kind of passion, dahlings, although needless to say, after 30 years of marriage, this goddess has more than a few words to say on that subject too!)

However, today we’re going to stick to discussing the finding of your passion in Life.

Although, why it should be so difficult is beyond me.

When I began The Great Quitting in January 2010, it was precisely because I was fed up to the gills with living a mundane, passionless and distressingly Ordinary existence.

I’d become swamped in the ‘Shoulds’ of life.

The labels that had become masks.

The To Do lists that left no room for anything more thrilling than a trip to the grocery store.

“Life is a grand adventure, or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

And an adventurous life is predicated upon Finding Your Passion.

So, my gorgeous goddesses, let’s begin!

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” ~ T. Alan Armstrong

If you think this little piece of wisdom would help someone you know, please be a doll and share it!
And if it’s helped you, I’d love to hear about it.

Comments and conversations about Finding Your Passion are always riveting and spirited and well worth sharing.

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Marilyn Fisher March 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Oh my Goddess, If you never want to get a word in edgewise just get me talking about God and the Bible, or even tell me that Disabled Persons can’t work!!! Then you will hear my mouth engage big time!!!

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Lidia March 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I love it how simplistic your lesson is! Isn’t that true 🙂
If you won’t shot up about something you’re onto something bigger….how profound is that.

I always thought there is one passion I need to concentrate on and master, yet through my life I realized that I was passionate about so many things that I became a jack of all trades. And so isn’t it wonderful that you can choose your passion and decide to change it at any time in the future? How wonderful 🙂
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Martha Giffen March 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if we would all get passionate about LIFE? I too am passionate about so many different things but always thought people had to have one area of expertise. Silly, now that I think about it! Nice post and nice blog!

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Lani Kee - SMMT March 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Aloha Jacqueline, great topic on passion, I think not many can say they have reached their passion or even emphasize it. I know at times, I do spend hours encouraging others and even if they may come back for more on the same subject, weird but true. I am patiently working encouragement back into others. I guess God blessed me with enduring and encouraging. I do have to say I like researching and blogging, as well. Especially on helpful tips and inspiring topics to make others know all things are possible. Here I go again. Glad I came by and thanks for sharing. Mahalo, Lanikee.com 🙂
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Satoko March 2, 2011 at 12:05 am

Hi Jacqui,
I’m not stalking you even though I just sent you a message on FB and now I’m here commenting…!

What a simple way to describe “finding a passion”!
This is so helpful for me because I tend to turn things all complicated when it shouldn’t be complicated at all!

Thank you for sharing this wisdom 🙂
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Jacqueline Gates March 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

Oooh I just love having stalkers when they’re as nice as you! LOL
Sweetie, we were just obviously meant to connect.

Too many times we do tend to make these things complicated.
If we just do what Joseph Campbell advises when he said “Follow your Bliss”, life would be so much simpler.
And more Passionate. And Bliss-filled.

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Melanie Kissell@SoloMompreneur March 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

Bravissimo!

Lovely video, Jacqueline, and I’m absolutely embracing Helen Keller’s quote. I want to offer up a round of applause on both!

I’m delighted to have crossed paths with you — let’s just call it serendipity. 🙂

And here’s a little something to ponder …

I didn’t find my passion. It found me!
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Jacqueline Gates March 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

And I too am delighted to have ‘found’ you, Melanie.

I loved your comment that your passion found you.
What I find is that so often people don’t stay open to the stirrings of something new and wondrous, or they poo poo it as frivolous and
– the usual one – “You can’t make money with that!”

I think, more often than not, the passion is trying really hard to find them, but they’re just looking the other way!
What do you think?

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Marty March 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I have a few passions now that have grown stronger in recent times.
1. Supporting people. Helping people in distress and encouraging them.
2. Coaching. I’ve been seeking this out in recent months and have strong ambitions to make this a business. Passion is key to making this a success. The material is important, but unless it is delivered with passion, it has little or no effect.
3. Playing with and promoting the band I play with. I believe we have something different. This is confirmed by almost everyone that I have spoken to that has heard us.

Good blog!
Take care….
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Holly March 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

My passion…. well I certainly know what engages my conversation! Interestingly enough I have done it for forever and not really realized that it is what I am passionate about. Just get me in front of my classes and see me get fired up!! Or try and stop me! Awesome post Jacquie!! Working on narrowing in, how to make it mine on line!
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Shelly Allen March 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Short, sweet and to the point!

Bravo!!!

You NAILED it again…;)
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Nicole Rushin March 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I am all about words. I can’t shut up when I start typing. My fingers go clickety click and my brain won’t stop. “I am writing as loud as I can – because I have been plagued with a voice – like wind whispering in the sand.” from my poem – Ghost Writer
I love words. There are infinite combinations. You can describe an ice cream cone in a trillion different ways, but I prefer the color the java and chocolate flavored ice cream makes as it rolls down the sugar cone on a hot summer day – the color of leaves and cinnamon twirls – all brown and toasty taking the sweltering heat away for maybe five or ten blissful minutes. Anyway…let me stop typing now.
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Alison Moore Smith@Affordable Web Design for Small Business March 3, 2011 at 2:44 am

Simple and spot on. And I commend you on 30 years of marriage! We are working toward 26. Happily ever after. 🙂
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Kellie Hosaka @network marketing home business training March 3, 2011 at 5:26 am

Aloha Goddess,

I am so happy to see you so passionate! Oh, and I remember seeing that video about quitting! Gosh, you were good then, and now you’re just “glowing” in the camera! I love it!

I love how you made it very simple to find one’s passion…something you can’t stop talking about! Very cool and very “right on”! So, I guess you know what I’m passionate about…LOL! And I used to be very shy and I still am if we are not talking about what I’m passionate about…heehee. You are so right about this!

You have really “blossomed” and you are “shinning your light”!

Much love,
Kellie 🙂
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Grant @Corporate headshots London March 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

The most important thing in life is to be passionate about your work and family. Nothing else really comes close. If you have both of those things you have it all. Grant
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Cathie Heath March 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Love the simple and direct lesson, Jacqui

I’m impelled to add (cause I’m passionate about sharing
what I’ve learned LOL) that when I found myself NOT
being swept away by a subject, topic or activity I had to
learn to LET IT GO…even if “everyone else” was involved
in it.

All part of being authentically me. 🙂
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Val Wilcox @ Empower Your Life March 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Jacqui,
Life certainly is an adventure! Discovering what lifts you up and drives you through your day makes a world of difference! It doesn’t have to be a huge life-changing idea, just as simple as what you can do to enrich the lives of others, which in turn enriches your own life. Something you can’t stop talking about – that’s a great sign! You always take an idea and break it down in such simple terms. I appreciate your direct and honest way of sharing. 🙂
Val 😉
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Jason@Make Beats March 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I agree with your point Jacqueline that your passion is whatever people can’t shut you up about when you start talking. I never thought about it like that but I understand where you’re coming from.

Thinking about it, I think my passion is food because I’m always talking about how to cook it, prepare it, and eat it. So maybe I should be a chef. Thanks for sharing Jacqueline, your video definitely gave me some things to think about.
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Jacqueline Gates March 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

Jason dear, I do love how you visit so regularly and you never fail to surprise me with another ‘layer’ of interest.

A chef? What a delicious surprise!
Actually, given how well you write, maybe a blog for guys who want to learn how to cook – even the basics – could be a slam dunk for you.

And with your audience of musicians already built up with your Make Beats blog, maybe you could niche it down even further to the kind of food
musicians can make quickly when they get home from a gig at 4am!!

I’m such a foodie, too ~ totally share your passion!

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Melissa McCloud March 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

first of all, i love your spunky little pony tail
jacqui!

wow when you started up here with passion i
was thinking, “here we go…”

i hear “find your passion!” stuff so much that
it seems cliche, but you really did a beautiful
job of simplifying it.

being passionate about something is what has
made building a business and finding like-
minded people easy for me. because i can
attract people just like me! (and we get along
great!)

but the idea of having passions around different
things is nice and new, i love that becoming
a mom is going to bring a new passion into my
life, and i hadn’t even thought about that yet.

thank you jacqui!
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Chester Delameter March 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

Hello Jacqui,

I was think of this very thing this morning. I’m a clown, yup! that’s my passion. Being a clown and making people, smile including me!!! I’m in the mist of coming up with three new characters and was thinking of a way motivate others to follow thier passions. I’m going to use this post to do it.

Thank You

HAve a Great Day
Chester

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Jacqueline Gates March 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

What a fabulous passion, Chester ~ to make people laugh is the greatest gift ever!
I’m so thrilled that you came to visit and the idea of using clowning to motivate people to follow their own passions is just too delicious for words.

I wish you the very best in your mission, sir.
The world needs a lot more laughter.

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Mark Testa@southern california list on MLS November 14, 2011 at 4:39 am

People who are not passionate about anything do seem to appear dull and lifeless. If we haven’t found our passion yet, we are going to have to be passionate about finding it. It’ll come sooner or later.

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Grant@Corporate Headshots March 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hi Jacqueline

Good to see the blog posting is creating lots of interest about finding your passion. Think you have a real passion for blogging.
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