“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work, than follow your passion in a way that serves the world and you. ” ~ Sir Richard Branson

I know how if feels to lose your passion.  A few years ago I lost mine.

I was confused. Stunned. I felt like a fish out of water.

Imagine a fish on dry land. It can’t breathe. It gasps for air. It flaps about. It doesn’t know which way to turn. But it knows it must find water to survive.

Losing your passion is a bit like that. You have no direction. You feel lost. And lack motivation.

Do you know how I lost my passion?

I got married.

You’re probably wondering what that has to do with losing my passion.

Well…

A month after I got married my boss made me redundant. It was a horrible place to be in. I didn’t know what to do. But I had to do something. I had two choices. Indulge in self-pity. Or focus my attention on getting another job.

I did get another job. But I didn’t enjoy it. My passion hit rock bottom.

Time for action. I did some deep thinking. And changed direction.

The local college had vacancies on the Art & Design course. I enrolled. My energy came back. I was going after my dream. My long-lost childhood passion for being creative bounced back to life.

 

 “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” ~ Wanda Skyes

 

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How do you find your passion?

  • Write down your dreams

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

Make a list of the things you’ve always wanted to do. What do you think about that gives you that happy gut feeling? Can you turn any of those ideas into a career?

Here are some examples.

If you like helping people sort out their problems, you probably wouldn’t be happy stuck in an office all day. Maybe a job as a nurse, life coach, teacher or a social worker will give you satisfaction. These are some of the do-good rewarding jobs to kindle your passion.

Are you neat and tidy? Do you naturally organise things and people? Maybe you could consider a job as an events organiser, accountant or personal assistant (PA).

This exercise is  to help you think about  jobs you’re passionate about. Jobs to get your passion juices flowing.

  • Renew your mind

When your passion for life goes, your energy leaves with it. You want to crawl into a hole, hide away from the world, feel sorry for yourself and sleep away your troubles. 

When you’re feeling down you’re not motivated to do anything. Negativity will stop you from moving forward.

Guess what?

Negative thinking will kill your passion.

You’ll see the glass as half empty instead of half full.

After I lost my job I could have easily sunk into a depression. Instead, I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started all over again.

“Winners don’t quit. And quitters don’t win.” This is one of my favourite quotes.

One of the best ways to change your mindset is by surrounding yourself with positive people. If that’s not possible, read positive quotes or books. ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive’ has 101 inspirational stories about changing your life through positive thinking.

  • Go back to your childhood days

Do you remember when you were a child? Imagine being that child again. It will give you a different perspective on life. Children are normally passionate about lots of different things. They’re full of energy and optimism.

When you were young what did you like to do most? What couldn’t you get enough of?

Did you enjoy singing, dancing or dressing up? Maybe you got a kick out of trying out different hairstyles on your dolly or on yourself.

You could brush up on that skill and turn it into a hobby. If you want to take it further, enrol on a hairdressing course. Follow your heart. Supposing that’s where your passion lies. Make a career out of it. Apart from that, you’ll be able to do family and friend’s hair.

Perhaps you didn’t know what you wanted to do (for a living) when you were younger. But as an adult, you can still find a job you love. Your passion will shine through. And you’ll get job satisfaction.

Sometimes finding your passion means taking risks. I took a big one by quitting a teaching job to follow my passion for writing. Now I’m a freelance copywriter and blogger.

Marie Forleo shares her thoughts on how she found her passion in this amazing video.

Consider this…

Sometimes you have to dip your toes in the water to check the temperature. If it’s too hot, put some cold water in. If it’s too cold, put some hot water in until the temperature is right. But if you don’t dip your toes in, you’ll never know if the temperature is right or not. 

What I’m trying to say is, if you don’t go for what you want, you’ll never know if it would work or not.

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Passion isn’t a dream. It’s a lifestyle.

Live it. See it. Hear it. Smell it. Taste it. Feel it. Whatever you do, be passionate about it.

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Has life ever knocked your passion off track? How did you find it again? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below.

 


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Last week my lovely friend Marie from Marie Abanga’s Blog  and author of ‘My Unconventional Loves’ tagged me in a blog hop post ‘Writing: My Therapy and Message!’

So, this week I’m sharing my writing journey with you.

I adore writing. It’s a gift from God and I’m blessed that he gave me something so precious. And dear to my heart.

When I was a little girl my dream was to write novels.

But…

Through the twists and turns of life, I ended up on a rugged road. It was paved with pain.

But somehow, it led me to a place of peace.

That place was where I released my sadness, anger and heartaches. It was where I discovered my comfort.

My comfort was writing poems to release all the bottled-up pain. That’s when my writing  journey started and my passion came alive.

And I’m still on that wonderful writing  journey.

 

What am I working on/writing?

Well, if you could see me at home, you’d be amazed at how many projects I’m working on. They’re not all on paper or typed in Microsoft Word. I store most of them in my head.

I’ve got eBooks, reports, blog posts, magazine and newspaper articles, an eCourse and many novels planned.

I’ve actually started writing  my first novel. It’s fiction, full of action and juicy.

I’ll show you a sneak preview soon. Promise.

My freelance writing business is progressing nicely. I’ve got a fantastic role as the resident blogger for Ivy League Nursery. They’re a wonderful group of people to work with.

I love my job. I get to write informative, inspiring and educational posts for the parents.

I’ve had some wonderful feedback from the staff.

This is what the manager’s wife said about my latest post How to Settle Your Child into a Regular Routine. ‘All have read the article and are in agreement that the content is excellent. Austin (the manager) says, and I quote; “This is the best rendition to date… truly inspired writing… the parents will love this.” ‘

 

How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?

I don’t really know.  I’ve got my own unique style of writing. And to some extent, it reflects my personality.  I use a sprinkle of  humour to lighten up my posts sometimes. It depends what I’m writing about though.

 

Why do I write what I do?

Let me see… My writing journey (apart from my heartfelt poems) started here on Miraculous Ladies. I created this blog to inspire, motivate, educate and entertain you.

Sharing is caring. I like sharing useful information with you. Plus ones I can relate to. That’s why sometimes I tell you about my experiences (good or bad).

I’ve written about single life, relationships, blogging, inspiration, parenting and more. I also like sharing my poems with you.

In the beginning, excitement about blogging took over. I wrote lots of random topics hoping you’d enjoy reading them.

Now I write to please you. You told me what you wanted in my survey.

 

How does my writing process work?

I get the most amazing ideas when I’m washing the dishes. Or when I’m out and about. Other times my creativity flows when I’m in bed.

I use my iPhone to take notes. Thank God I rescued it from the toilet bowl. I even wrote a post about my nightmare. It’s the most popular post on my blog. It’s been read over 59,000 times. It seems there are lots of other iPhone users who’ve had water accidents with their phones as well.

Sometimes I use a writing pad to make notes. Then I brainstorm for headlines, research and write. I don’t usually do an outline before I write. I tried, but it doesn’t always work for me. So, I just type or write.

My daughter tells me I have a weird imagination. I tell her it’s because I’m a writer.

One day I was in the kitchen. And I picked up an orange.

Suddenly I got the idea for a blog post.

At that time I was a team member of  Writers in Charge. I had to contribute a blog post and the deadline was coming up. I didn’t have a clue what to write about.

Anyway, as I looked at the orange in my hand. An idea came to life in my mind.

While I was peeling the orange I saw something deeper.  Each layer represented an aspect of a freelance writer.

Intrigued? Read the article to find out what I said in 5 Ways A Freelance Writer Can be Likened to an Orange.

Writing is like eating to me. I love using words. It’s amazing seeing your idea come to life. It’s even better when others enjoy reading it. And benefit from your words.

Even if my post or article touches just one person. It’s worth it.

I’ve enjoyed telling you about my writing  journey. I’m inviting you to jump on this bandwagon and carry on with the blog hop. I’m extending an open invitation to you…

I would love to hear about your writing experiences.

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Marie Abanga kindly gave me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This is the comment she left on my blog:

Dear June, I know you are yet to do an acceptance speech of the previous award, but l couldn’t help but nominate you for yet another. Seriously, l am not giving up on you and you could read my own acceptance post to find out why: http://marieabanga.com/2014/06/10/gosh-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

I met Marie last November. One of her friends pointed her to my blog. We’ve developed a great friendship since. She even calls me from Brussels for chats. Marie also wrote two posts on her blog about me: Meeting June my Jamaican Heroine Series 1 and June my Jamaican Heroine series 11

Marie is an inspiration to me. I’m happy to accept this award from her. Thank you Marie for this kind gesture.

 

Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

 

The rules for accepting The Very Inspiring Blog award are:

 

  • Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you. 
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

 

Seven facts about me

1.  I was born in a beautiful town (St Catherine) in Jamaica. I grew up with my gran, two sisters and two cousins. We lived in a modest house surrounded by luscious open space. We were poor but rich with love and happiness. My gran told us lots of stories about life. She knew how to make us laugh. 

2.  As a little girl I was brave and daring. One day I followed my cousin by climbing a massive tree. When I reached the top I was greeted by a huge iguana lizard. It refused to move out of my way. The lizard trapped me at the top of the tree for hours. After that day, I wasn’t scared of lizards any more.

3.  I love eating ice cream and dark chocolate with nuts. The best ice cream I’ve tasted is the vanilla one made in Jamaica. It’s got a delicious creamy texture. Hmmm… I could eat it all day.

3.  I adore my mum. She’s a beautiful, bubbly lady. But we didn’t spend a lot of time together. She left me in Jamaica with my gran when I was 4. We met again when I was 13. And we parted again when I was 20. If I could turn back the clock, I would have chosen to grow up with her. I believe every girl needs to have her mum for support and guidance. The missing years left a big gap between us. Even though I see her more often, the gap is still wide. But I’m just happy she’s in my life now.

4.  I’ve been a single mother for many years. For the first few years it wasn’t my choice to bring up my girls alone. Fate shaped it that way. I went through 2 bad marriages. In the end I decided it was best (for my sanity and peace for my daughters) to go solo. It was a struggle. After a while I accepted the fact that being single was not a bad thing. I started loving the single life. And I still do.

5.  I decided to fulfil a long-term goal in 2007. I quit my job as an Attendance Officer. I went to university to complete a Teacher Training course. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Teaching gave me a new perspective on life. It improved my confidence and made me feel alive. I met some fantastic people. A few students told me I changed their lives. It was worth it, just for that. 

6.  I’m living my dream of being a freelance writer. Writing has always played a big role in my life. It started in the 80′s when I was married. I went through lots of stress because of physical abuse and infidelity. As the tears flowed, my pen got busy. I wrote poems as a relief for the pain I felt inside. That was my healing therapy.

7.  I became a Christian after losing 3 generations of men in the year 2000. First, I lost my dad to prostate cancer. He died within 4 months of being diagnosed. Two months later, my ex husband committed suicide. And 7 months later, my first grandson died of cot death. He was only 2 weeks old. You can imagine the grief and heartache I felt. I turned to God for comfort and strength. That was the beginning of my Christian journey.

 

According to the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I’m supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers. But I’m going to bend the rules a little. I hope that doesn’t disqualify me. 

 

These are the bloggers I’m nominating:

1.  Clover Jean at cloverjean.com. Clover is my best friend. She’s a lady with a smooth, silky singing voice. She moved to Amsterdam many years ago to pursue a career in entertainment. She’s a singer and comedienne. One of Clover’s highlights was performing for Desmond Tutu. What a lady! She recently released a new album. If you’re ever in Amsterdam and need some entertainment, check her out.

2.  Harleena Singh at ahanow.com. She’s a lady with a passion for helping others. It’s clear from her blog. I met Harleena when I was a team member of Writers in Charge. I interviewed her for a post I was writing then. I visited her blog after the post went live and left comments. She came to my blog and left comments as well. She featured me in a post, 20 Inspiring Women Bloggers of Aha!Now. She sent me a long detailed email. Harleena has been supportive and encouraging. 

3.  Adrienne Smith at adriennesmith.net. She’s a warm and cheerful lady.  Her blog is full of useful and practical advice. I met Adrienne was last year when I was thinking about becoming a freelance copywriter. Harleena Singh introduced me to her. Adrienne gave me some great tips. Our relationship started from then. She’s always ready to help. Adrienne is a faithful supporter of this blog. 

4.  Jennifer Kennedy at teachgoodstuff.com. She’s full of  good energy. Her blog is packed with inspirational teaching ideas about running an eCourse. She writes with passion and fun. I met Jennifer through a comment she left on Adrienne’s blog. Since then we’ve commented on each other’s blogs. We also communicate by email and Skype. Last week, Jennifer had a competition to win an eCard for Starbucks. And guess what? I won it. Yaaay! She also encourages and supports me. 

I’m blessed to know so many wonderful people, including you. My blog would be a ghost town without you. I’m also sharing my award with you for being a faithful reader and supporter. Thank you for being there for me. 

 


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When life is hard and problems hit you from all angles, you might not want to go that extra mile.

I know. Because many times in my life I wanted to give up.

Maybe you’re going through some issues now and want to quit. But, you don’t have to. Hang in there. 

“As long as you have life, you have hope.”

If you’re facing any challenges, you need encouragement.

That’s why I’m sharing this inspirational post  from my friend with you today.

Her name is Marie Abanga. She suffered a life of pain, struggles, heartaches and more. She even attempted suicide. But she lived. You can discover more in her amazing book ‘My Unconventional Loves: My Hurts, My Adulteries, My Redemption’. 

Her post for today is about how she manages to go that extra mile. Read on to find out her secret…


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Stress happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have or how beautiful you are.

Control stress. Or it will control you.

You’re bound to face problems in life. Dealing with the death of a loved one, divorce, a new baby, health issues, losing your job, relationships or debt is stressful.

Sometimes it’s impossible to change the situation you find yourself in. But it’s possible to control the stress it brings. If you ignore the fireball inside, ready to explode, it will hit you hard. 

You need to know about the implications or how your health will suffer.

Read on to find out…


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Thanks for getting involved in my last post. I appreciate your support. The survey results are amazing. You’ve helped me shape the future of Miraculous Ladies.

You’re why I blog. If not for you I’d have given it up a long time ago.

Before I get into the survey results, I want to chat a little about life. 

 

Have you ever thought about the meaning of your life?

The reason why you exist.

What you give to others.

The difference you make. 

A 95-year-old friend said to me this morning, “I really don’t know the meaning of my life.”


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Blogging taught me that I’ve been kind of selfish.

But, I didn’t do it deliberately.

When I discovered blogs, I was like a child with a yummy lollipop. I sucked it till most of the juice was gone. And shared the left-overs with you.

 

When I started blogging I was blinded by ignorance

My vision was to inspire, educate, motivate and entertain you. But I didn’t write with only you in mind.

I wrote about topics I was interested in. I quickly rustled up posts on whatever I thought you would like to read.

  • It wasn’t about giving YOU what you wanted.

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