Do you know what makes you come alive?
What sets your heart on fire?
What fuels you, recharges you, and makes you you?
Life is too short to not know what you’re passionate about, and too many people need you to love them well through your gifts and talents.
Grab a pen, sweet friend, and let’s begin!
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4 Ways to Find What You’re Passionate About
In her book, The Fringe Hours, Jessica Turner mentions four ways to identify your passions:
- Look back at your childhood
- Make a list
- Think about who inspires you
- Make an inspirational board
We are going to use her basic premise but dig into them in my own Kelsey-fied way.
As we go through these different exercises try not to limit yourself to just one “calling” or topic. Your passions could be could be talents you have, hobbies that make you come alive, causes, or longings.
And before we go digging around in our hearts and souls, let’s pray over what we are about to embark on and make sure our motives are pure and God-honoring.
Heavenly Father, we come before you as a group of women desiring to know we have a purpose, and You have a plan for our lives. We want to love the people You have placed in our lives well. Help us to discover how we can use the gifts You have granted us in a way that brings You glory. Rid us of pride. May this only be about serving You and not ourselves or the world. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Alright, let’s do this!
1) What are your favorite memories from childhood?
“Childhood is the time in our lives when we are most free to create and be uniquely us.” – Jessica N Turner (The Fringe Hours)
I love that she asks us to start back at the beginning. Take a moment to shut your eyes and remember what your imaginative play looked like as a child.
What did you like to do in your free time?
What happy memories stand out to you?
Even if they seem absolutely ridiculous now, write them down. You never know what God can do with that unplanted seed.
2) List, Lists, and more Lists
Make 3 separate lists.
- What do you already know you like to do?
- What have you always wanted to do but haven’t yet?
- What are you for sure you never want to do?
Give yourself 10-15 minutes and brainstorm everything you can think of that would fit into one of those categories. When you’re done, circle the ones that bring you the most joy—no matter how crazy they seem.
3) Whose passions inspire you? Why?
Do you have a friend or family member that just rocks at something? You love how she. . . Or that she prioritizes. . .
Or maybe it’s a fellow blogger or Instagrammer. Write down their names and then next to it write what about them is inspiring.
4) Search, create, and cultivate
Remember when you were in grade school, and you had to search through magazines and newspapers to find pictures or words that matched a theme to make a collage?
Well, you are going to do the same thing, but your theme is YOU, and you get to use Pinterest!
Make a secret board and pin everything that inspires you, everything that catches your eye. And then when you are done, take inventory of what it is that you like.
Are you drawn to certain colors? designs? inspirational stories? books? health? fitness?
Putting It All Together
Now you have these lists and a secret Pinterest board, what do you do with all of them? If you are like me the idea of picking something to do can be paralyzing.
So here’s my quick and simple to-do list for you, until the next post: pray. Prayer is an action step—a vital one at that.
And then when you are ready, check out 3 Lies Holding you Back From Pursuing You Passions.
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