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*The following is a (slightly tweaked) previously published post.
A few years ago, I didn’t think of myself as a passionate person. Sure there were things I was interested in, but I didn’t really feel that burning desire I’d heard others talk about.
Then, I picked up Dan Miller’s book, 48 Days to the Work You Love because I knew I wanted to do something, but wasn’t sure what it was. It didn’t really do much for me – I didn’t want a job (I really can’t stand them).
Then I read his book, No More Dreaded Mondays, which is geared more toward starting your own business. Wow. Loved it.
So I became involved in his community and was referred to others with similar passions as Dan – Justin at Coach Radio and Kevin at Free Agent Academy. If you have any inkling of wanting to be your own boss, check them out. They have weekly podcasts that are great to listen to while you fold laundry.
A common theme that all of these guys talk about is doing what you’re passionate about, what you were uniquely created to do. But don’t do it alone.
It was only after asking myself the annoying question, “What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money?” ten times that I realized there isn’t just one thing I would do. There are several.
I’m passionate about babies, birth, herbalism, nutrition, midwifery, “green living”, marriage, business, simplifying. It’s a lot, I know. My soap box rarely gets put away. Hence, this blog.
Whether you’re like me and have been blessed with a passion for several different things or you’re just not sure what you’re really called to do in life, I encourage you to explore it more with the support of an encouraging community.
Connect with Your Tribe
If you know what you’re called to and are doing it – great! Make sure you’re in community with others who share a common passion. Whether that’s Free Agent Academy, the Village Green Network, or The Organic Sisterhood, the value you get from surrounding yourself with like-minded people is priceless.
Really, You Need to Connect with Your Tribe
If you know your passion and are far from living it, see above. Surrounding yourself with people who are pursuing meaning in their lives can provide inspiration for you to do the same and will help uplift you when you feel discouraged.
Find a Tribe!
If you have no idea what you were created to do, guess what? You need a tribe. There are communities everywhere, local and online. When I wasn’t sure what I wanted, I joined the 48 Days community and spent time in the Mothering and Gentle Christian Mothers forums. Then I joined Free Agent Academy for a time. Now, I’m a part of The Organic Sisterhood, which connects me with lots of other like-minded mamas.
Building relationships with others is hugely important in every aspect of life and this is no exception.
Discovering your passion and sharing that enthusiasm with people who will encourage you and hold you accountable is absolutely essential in finding success in anything.
Join a community of people today that you can connect with and gain inspiration, accountability and encouragement from. Go ahead, take the first step.