August 7, 2014

Following Your Passions

Something that has been really fun for me and challenging at the same time is learning what I'm really passionate about. As I continue to blog and grow Jesus continues to teach and shape me. When Elah Tree began I started with fabric accessories. I started from the beginning; learning how to make different zip pouches and experimenting with different fabric combinations. 

This spring I was feeling uninspired and every time I went to make items for my shop I was feeling bogged down and zapped of energy. Creating should energize and inspire me so I began to evaluate the items I was making and I began to brainstorm different directions my shop could go.  I learned that I enjoyed sewing as a hobby and I much preferred the freedom to experiment. I knew continuing with handmade fabric accessories would not be a good fit for me.
Once I determined what wasn't working for me, I had to figure out what would work for me or at least what I wanted to give a try. I thought about lots of different items, I thought about what I liked doing, and I spent a lot of time talking with Jesus about it. After lots of deliberation I finally decided which direction the shop would go. I had found new inspiration in designing organizational worksheets.
DETERMINING YOUR PASSIONS

1.) Evaluate: Determine what is working and what is not working. Ask yourself if something is holding you back. Question whether or not something you are working on would be better suited as a hobby.

2.) Research: You may not know what your passionate about right away. Do research; look at blogs you like, why do you like them? Who are your favorite instagramers? What is it about what they are doing that you enjoy. Create a mood board. You will begin to see a pattern.

3.) Pray: I would not be where I am today except for the constant guidance of Jesus. I don't even believe I would be inspired and driven without him revealing the dreams he has given me. Spend time talking with Jesus about your passions, ask him about the dreams in your heart and allow him to continue to shape those dreams.

4.) Deliberate: You've evaluated your current situation, you've researched what you may love doing, you've given it to to Jesus. Now, determine what that will all look like. Does it mean you will open a shop? Will you start crafting something with your hands? Will you take your blog to the next level? Chart out a plan of action.

5.) Act: This is the fun part and the scariest part. You've taken the time to evaluate your passions and know you need to put them to action. This is all about taking one step at a time. It's not about having it all figured it. All you need to do is act and it can be small. Do you need to buy a domain name? Do you need to open an Etsy account. Start small and dream big.
Finding your vision and passion is incredibly exciting and encouraging.  Being able to pin point your vision and passion will propel you forward. It will give you direction and it will encourage you to continue to shape it into something more. Remember that things won't happen over night and remember not to put a limit on what you are passionate about. As you grow so will your passions. Be open to those new passions that arise. It took me a long to time to really  understand the things I was passionate about and it wasn't necessarily things that were tangible. I'm really passionate about encouraging others and finding was to inspire and help them in their journey. I had to figure out a way to turn that into something tangible and I trust Jesus to continue to reveal new passions to me.

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12 comments:

  1. I love your honesty in this. I'm glad you were able to figure out exactly what it is you are passionate about. Also, isn't it neat & strange how our passions are constantly changing and then we have to wonder what they are? God made us so complex and fun!

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    1. Thanks Beka! It was kind tough trying to really pin point what I was passionate about. And it was interesting that it was tangible. Tyler's really passionate about art and animation, but my passions are so different and I love how they continue to grow.

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  2. I love that you are so willing to make changes in your life when things aren't working, from quitting you job, to switching up your shop. I am so excited to see here this leads you next!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Sometimes it feels hard and confusing, but I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to really think about and explore things I'm passionate about. Thank you for your encouragement!

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  3. I think this is great! Change is a good thing- it can be a great thing! We are growing and changing constantly and lots of aspects of our lives should reflect that, especially all of our creative ventures!

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    1. Yes! Absolutely! I think my creative ventures are always changing and developing. Which is good, because something I try, I'm definitely not good at. :)

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  4. I just have to say, the pictures you take for these posts are amazing. They look so precessional! I'm kind of sad you aren't going to be selling fabric stuff anymore, but I'm glad you're following your passion :) excited to see where God takes you!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! It's one of those things I have been trying really hard at. I won't stop selling fabric stuff right away. : ) I wanted to get through all my supplies, which I still have a lot, so there is still a chance that some different fabric items will make their way there. It will just probably take me a while.

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  5. I am so proud of you and this place! It is so beautiful to see your heart as you pursue your passions!!!

    XOXOX

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    1. Thanks Beth! It's tough sometimes, because I don't always feel like I know what I'm doing, but it's so fun!

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