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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Passion

Since Valentine's Day was just yesterday, you probably think this post is all about something hot and steamy.

Nope, sorry...I'm talking about a different kind of passion today. 

The passion that you have for an activity, philosophy, belief, or practice.  We all have one in us somewhere.  Maybe it's writing, maybe it's cooking, maybe it's gardening.  Perhaps it's being a mom or dad, doing yoga, or travelling around the world.  Your passion could be knitting, painting, taking in abadoned animals or fighting for the rights of a marginalized group of people.  And you are not limited to just one.  Many of us have multiple passions that drive us every day, give our lives meaning and provide us with spiritual and emotional fulfillment. Really, the possibilities are endless! 

I have always been told that if you follow your passions, you will be successful.  So far, this seems to be coming true for me!

If I had to name my passions, they would be (in no particular order):

*Inspiring health and well-being
*Teaching fitness classes
*Physical activity
*Cooking and baking
*Counselling/working to decrease stigma around infertility and support people going through it

Of course, it's this last one on the list I have dedicated my life to these past few years. 

My expectation has been to begin my own private counselling practice, because jobs in the field are few and far between.  The problem is, launching a practice takes a lot of patience and ability to tolerate risk and uncertainty...I lack both!

So I am crazy thrilled that I seem to have landed a job at a fertility clinic here in Toronto!  I can't give any more details at this point, because there is still a lot that has to be worked out, but it is really a dream come true for me.  It means I will get to do more of what I am passionate about (counselling, helping others, bringing awareness to the world about the emotional toll of infertility) and worry less about the other stuff (marketing, advertising, hustling to get clients, making an income, etc.).

It was a big risk I took a few years ago, quitting the corporate world, going back to school, and pursuing a new career in an entirely different direction, and it hasn't been easy.  I have agonized over the loss of income and being forced to start at the bottom again at this stage in my life.  I've been extremely uncomfortable being completely financially dependant on Adam and often questionned whether I did the right thing, and whether I would ever reach my goal.

Yet here I am, and I am so grateful that I will be able to now build a career on one of my passions.  Not everyone has the opportunity to do so, so I consider myself very lucky.

That being said, you don't have to make a career out of your passions in order for them to give you pleasure.  You just need to nurture them in whatever way you can.  Are you nurturing your passions?

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