Monday, October 12, 2009

The Perception of Passion

"Passion - There are qualities which one must possess to
win...definiteness of purpose, knowledge of what one wants, and a
burning desire to posses it.

I recently received a housewarming gift that had these words at the bottom. Without knowing it, the person who gave it to me struck a chord. The picture combined with the words proved to be quite overwhelming to me. It affirmed that the passion I have both spoken and unspoken is exuding out of me to the point that others are able to see it and believe in it. It's one thing to find your passion and pursue it, but to have those around you feel the passion and encourage it is saying something.

To me it says that you not only have to have passion, but you must believe in it to the point that when others see you, they see the aura of your passion as well. The sheer mention of your passion delights you to the point that people you encounter begin searching for what their passion is in order to reach that same feeling.

To have passion is to view the world as an adventure rather than a chore. You wake up with a renewed spirit ready to seize the day, not just the moment. Passion helps you recover quicker when you're sick in fear that you're missing out on doing something that you love. Passion makes sure that you're never alone. It is the invisible partner that will stand beside you to coach you, take your hand to help you move forward, and stand behind you to help you when you feel like standing

Once you let your passion have a voice, it will not let you stifle it without putting up a fight. Ignoring your passion is equivalent to losing a piece of what makes up who you are. Little by little, not having passion begins to eat away at your core and you find yourself at battle trying to figure out why you're not happy.

Passion may not at first pay you financially, but the emotional rewards you reap far exceed any monetary value you place on it. Passion in its truest form will not expect anything more than what it knows you need, want and are capable of doing. While doubt and fear may try to overcome your thoughts, staying true to your passion will help you see the fear and doubt, acknowledge it for what it is and move on.

Find your passion, change your thoughts and your perception of life will amaze you. The perception of passion, what a great and wonderful thing to view in all it's glory.


(Conquering the world, one stylish step at a time)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Imagine That

"We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly"

-Shakti Gawain

As far back as I can remember, one of the things that I use to think about most was growing up to become a fashion designer. I believed it to be true with every fiber of my being and expected to be successful. What I didn't imagine, was that life would somehow find a way to intervene and put obstacles in my way. What I believed to be obstacles at the time, I now view as things that happened to prepare me for the skills it would take to not only dream, but to be able to take action.

Not too long ago, I put together a vision board. I had been hearing the term for quite some time and thought it would be fun to try. It's amazing what you go through trying to figure out what truly matters to you most and what makes you happy. My vision board included both pictures and words to describe what makes me move, have passion and take pause. Completing the vision board allowed me to say out loud who I am now and where I want to be in the future. I have left some open space on the board since I know that I am always finding new things that excite me and would like to add them to the board.

One of the first things that came to fruition after completing the board, was the purchase of my first home. The home I have on the board was of my dream home, which while it may not look like the house I'm in now, it is the beginning of what is to come. I can look at the board every day and know that if I continue to work hard and stay focused, that someday, the house on the board, will be the house that I build. The board also gave me the freedom to say that no matter how hard people say it's going to be or how scared I get, that I have to follow my dream of becoming a fashion designer and to someday own my own boutique. I know that life will find a way to intervene, but I will find a way to overcome.

I've started attending fashion events and making connections that help to invigorate me and find my way back to the creativity I pushed aside. I now eagerly await the arrival of every fashion magazine that I've subscribed to so that I can flip through the pages and marvel at what fashion is truly all about. To me, fashion is about expressing yourself through the use of fabric formed together to create pieces that are a reflection of what art is to you. It's a way of letting your creative ideas wander around like like walking pieces of art.

My passion lies in designing dresses. While I can draw other things, my hand naturally wants to create a stunning masterpiece that wows the crowd. I've tried to fight it telling myself that dresses are too hard of a market, but I can't deny that it's where my natural talent lies. So intead of working against it, I will find a way to work with it. If there are no events that warrant someone to wear my dresses, then I will create an event. No longer will I tell myself no when I haven't fully exhausted all other options.

I feel like I did when I was younger. Letting my imagination run wild and not setting limits has opened up the floodgates of creativity for me and the sheer excitement alone is enough to have me floating on a cloud. The thought of being able to draw and sew has made the days more joyful than they already were. My sons love to watch as I take a blank piece of paper and add life to it. I love to see their eyes sparkle with admiration to see their Mother doing something that she loves. It's an indescribable feeling.

In order to attract what I want, I now think it, believe it, expect it and imagine it as often as I want and need to. Imagine that!


(Conquering the world, one stylish step at a time)