3 Steps to Pursuing Your Passion

We were all made to live creatively and passionately. Everyone has something special about them. Something that they are passionate about. These things are not happenstance. I truly believe that your passion is your purpose. 

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You have passion. I know it's in there. That thing that intrigues you. That thing that you could spend hours talking about. That thing that you get lost day dreaming about. Maybe it’s writing or painting or cooking or music or acting. Maybe it’s teaching or design or fitness or style. Maybe it’s planning events or helping and serving others. Whatever it is. It’s there. And you need to use and share that passion and those talents. If you don’t you are wasting it. Plain and simple. 

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Now I’m not telling you to quit your job or move across the world to pursue a hobby you enjoy. I mean, if God and the universe are telling you to go live on a beach and start surfing every day, who am I to stop you? But in most cases your passion can live pretty comfortably within the life you already have. But you have to make a little room and let it in. Start a blog, join community theater, organize a writers group that meets once a month, record a podcast, host a dinner party for friends, start a garage band. Do something with it. Which brings us to step one.

1. Just do it!
Seriously. Get started. I guarantee there is something small you can do today. There is one thing you can add into the daily routine you already have that will help move you closer to living a passionate life. Even if you’re already on that path, there is always something new to learn and ways to grow. Make time for it! We all have the same number of hours in a day. If you care about it you will make time for it. I have a friend who gets up sometimes as early as 4:30 to work on her own business before she heads to her full time job. Because she is that passionate about it!

2. Don’t Worry About the Outcome 
“your art
is not about many people
like your work
your art
is about
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it’s about how honest
you are with yourself
and you
must never
trade honesty
for relatability”
-rupi kaur
For real though guys. Your only job is to create, do, pursue. Not to make people like you or get rich and famous. But if it’s your dream then it shouldn’t matter what people think or say anyway. It shouldn’t matter if you’re a complete success or you’re never recognized. That’s not why we do the things we’re passionate about! We do it because it makes us come alive. It sets our souls on fire. It is an extension of ourselves. 

3. Be Grateful/Be Generous
When you include other people in your journey with a grateful and generous heart it’s a hell of a lot more fun. Let those who are mentoring and inspiring you know what their influence means to you! Make sure you’re thanking God and the universe for instilling such unique interests and desires in you. And then you must be willing to share your knowledge and gifts, however small it may seem, with others. Be relentlessly generous. Help someone else out. Put it all out there. I am a firm believer that you get what you give!

And because free stuff is where it's at I've got a special little shareable/printable graphic. So grab it below, share it on instagram with the hashtag #wildishheart and tell me what you're passionate about! 

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And because free stuff is where it's at I've got a special little shareable/printable graphic. So grab it below, share it on instagram with the hashtag #wildishheart and tell me what you're passionate about! 

Picking Your Pack and Galentine's Day Goodies

Babes. We're talking about something real serious today. Picking your pack.

They say you're an average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. So go out there and find a pack that's impacting your life in a positive way! It's amazing what happens you start doing life with people who are heading the same direction you want to go. Put your time and effort into cultivating healthy friendships. I've had to make some changes the past year in who I'm spending my time with. And I can not stress enough how important it is! It's amazing what happens when you start cutting out the negativity in your life. I'm sharing the top 5 things I've started looking for in people I bring into my life.

Why yes. Yes my mom is one of my best friends. No shame in my game!

Why yes. Yes my mom is one of my best friends. No shame in my game!

1. Trust- You should be able to confide in one another. You should be able to tell your pack exactly what is going on in your life, your struggles, your pains without being worried that they might share that with someone else. 

2. Support- I can not stress enough how important it is to surround yourself with people who are supportive. People who believe in you and push you to chase your dreams and grow.
 
3. Common Interests- There should be things you bond over, whether it's music, or books, or running, or travel, or cooking, or shopping, or the fact that you binge watch the same shows on Netflix. You should be able to discuss things other than other people. You should be able to have real conversations about things that matter to you. And you should be able to do things together that bring you both joy.

4. Humor- Because if you're not taking hilarious boomerang videos of each other in the grocery store what's the point???

5. Honesty- You need people who will be straight up with you and give you sound counsel. Being a good friend doesn't mean you always agree with every decision the other person makes. Sometimes you need someone to say "check yourself before you wreck yourself!" 

This woman. I can't say enough good things. Anytime I need sound advice she's my go to! Or if I need to laugh until I cry when it's zero degrees outside.

This woman. I can't say enough good things. Anytime I need sound advice she's my go to! Or if I need to laugh until I cry when it's zero degrees outside.

My sister, my best friend, my favorite travel partner, the one who I tell all my dreams to and the only person who truly appreciates my dance moves.

My sister, my best friend, my favorite travel partner, the one who I tell all my dreams to and the only person who truly appreciates my dance moves.

If you're lucky enough to have good people in your life then you gotta celebrate those relationships! Make sure you're giving these things back to the people in your life. I am a firm believer that you get what you give. So if you start to be the type of friend you want, you're going to attract those kinds of people. 

In case you weren't aware the best day of the year is coming up! Galentine's Day! (duh!) If you're not a Parks and Rec nerd, it's a holiday all about ladies celebrating ladies (and breakfast food) and since that's totally my jam I'm hooking you up with some free printables to gift to your best gal pals on the 13th. Just sign up for ol' email list below and download these adorable little Leslie Knope inspired cards. Then print em off, share with your best lady friends, snap a picture and share it on instagram with #wildishheart so I can come say hey. 

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So, exciting things have been happening over here for me. I've been working hard (like ready for bed at 9pm hard). Because 2017 is my year. The year of self love. That means going after the things I want hard. It's time to go big or go home as they say. 

The past few months I've been searching and asking myself a lot of tough questions. I've been figuring out what I really want to do. What makes me crazy happy. What makes my chest swell and my throat tighten. I have lots of dreams and goals and things I want to accomplish. But they aren't just going to happen so I'm chasing them down. And I know there are people out there on the same journey. Wanting the same things. And I want to connect with those people.

I'll be totally honest when I say most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm learning and growing. A few weeks ago my good buddy Matt Greene was giving a message at church. It was all about doing life with other people. He said something that stuck with me. There is always going to be someone ahead of you on the mountain and there will always be someone behind you. So no. Maybe I'm not about to "reach the summit" of life or business or self love. But I've worked and I've struggled and I've dealt with failure and I've tasted success. And maybe I can connect with and inspire one person who's just starting to climb. Well then, I think I'd be pretty happy.

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