That word alone is enough to make me drop to my knees. It sends a rush of energy through my body and makes me damn excited to live the best life imaginable. But it wasn’t always this way. Before I really knew how to interpret the word “passion,” I was afraid of it.
Growing up, I had a lot of passions: singing, playing piano, helping others, softball, basketball, spirituality, and writing. I always loved what I was passionate about but my ego always got in the way. It told me that I was not “the best” at any of those things and, therefore, they had no place in my future. Silly ego! If I wasn’t going to become a professional singer-songwriter, then I mine as well give up music altogether. If I wasn’t going to become a journalist, then I should throw my poetry and random lyrics in the trash. I ignored the voice. I kept performing and I kept writing – and it always felt damn good. It expanded me and made me more compassionate towards others.
Somewhere along the way, that girl got lost. All throughout college, I felt so disconnected from my inner guide (my truth). I loved nutrition but I didn’t like the nutrition major. The science-based approach didn’t resonate with me and I wanted to learn more about behavioral patterns and the food itself. I sought passion in outside sources (school, my relationship with Matty, exercise, food, nutrition, writing, singing, playing piano) but nothing worked. I didn’t find passion. And that’s why I didn’t find it – because I was looking for it.
On September 28 2011, I decided to start this blog. I decided to breathe my passion for plant-based living and connecting spiritually with others into the internet. Now, over a year later, passion oozes through my fingers every day as I type on these keys. What I learned is this: Passion is not something you look for “out there.” Passion is something that is already inside of you. The key to finding your passion is to bring passion to everything you do. Yes, everything. I make my bed with passion. I make my coffee with passion. I clean my toilet with passion (okay, maybe I’m still working on that one). In all seriousness, though, once you start doing everything with passion, your true passions shine through. And you are a shining star baby!
A few weeks ago, I was watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday episode with The Next Generation of Spiritual Thinkers. My girl Marie Forleo said it: “The secret to finding our passion is to bring passion to everything we do.” Amen, my stunning soul sister. It’s so true. It’s not about what you can get out of a situation – it’s about what you can give. The second we start bringing passion to everything we do, that’s when the cool stuff happens. For example, in July, I told the Universe I was ready for a new challenge. Next thing I know, Kasey is emailing me for advice on going plant-based and we spiral into starting our gorgeous #plantPOWER challenge.
Make a committment to yourself to live passionately. You can have many passions and they can come in different forms. Be open to that and own the fact that you are an infinite possibility. You are passion.