What are you passionate about?
Passion is defined as: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.
Passion is an emotion which requires action. Emotions as well as feelings are tough for me since MS. I have some feelings but emotions tend to be missing which is a struggle. BUT I won’t let it kill my passion!
As I reflect over the years, my passion for things changes based on what is happening in my life. I have to admit I don’t think I was really passionate about anything until I started volunteering with the South Jersey AIDS Alliance. That’s when I began to understand what the word passion was all about. My passion for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS continued for many years (about 13+) and everyone I talked with knew it. As I left the field of HIV/AIDS and began working for Bethel (a non-profit), my passion became a larger group of underserved populations (the homeless, the underemployed, etc.). To this day, I still do what I can to be an advocate for those who struggle. These communities will always have a piece of my heart.
When Thirty One entered my life almost 10 years go, another passion found its way into my life. In the beginning, it was a hobby with just a mere thought it could be more. When I made the decision to leave Bethel after 7 years due to the long commute (4 hours round-trip daily) and health issues, there was a growing glow of passion for my Thirty One business. I began to see it as a way to continue to make a difference in the lives of others
Every time I do a party or talk to someone about the company or the products – my passion glows. The sparks are flamed by my hostesses, my customers and my team. I LOVE seeing them grow and their passion get fueled by the possibilities this business has for them. I LOVE solving organizational challenges and the smile it brings.
So, why do I let Satan steal my passion some days?
We have all struggled over the last year as life as we know it has changed to a “new” normal. I will admit, I saw my passion waiver. I saw my JOY turn to a numbness which made me question everything. Maybe you know what I mean. I was letting fear take hold of my life and question my faith. Nothing was going right in the world. There were no parties on my calendar. I was afraid to ask people to order or even join my team. I spent a lot of time in prayer, reflecting on whether or not I wanted to live my life in fear, even continue in my business or if I wanted to enjoy life. Once I made the decision to enjoy life and embrace the changes, I started to find my passion again.
Is my passion always “pink clouds and rainbows”? NO! Let’s be honest, we all have days when the pink cloud brings rain, right? No matter what your business, there are days when we forget about the passion that got us to where we are. Will you let it defeat you or will you BREATH and give yourself a break? Why not take a moment and remember all of the reasons you were passionate about your business? Focus on the positive, letting go of the negative doubts and fears.
So, I ask you again – what are YOU passionate about? Share your passion with us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!