The last month has been a busy one—but then again, when is it not? I took a crazy trip to New York, completely messed up my skin (and repaired it), started working with Your Favourite Dresses and burned my taste buds away with a few too many flaming hot meals. Meanwhile, one thing kept coming to mind through all these adventures: prioritize your passions.
I’m someone who doesn’t dream small. Yet I can sometimes get caught up with the fears of actually reaching for those dreams. For example, my entire life I’ve wanted to work at a print magazine but I never had. When I was a kid, I used to sit in my room (pretending I was in New York, of course) and make my own magazines. I’d cut out photos of “cool” girls from catalogues and magazines and glue them into my own scrapbook-style mag.
Earlier this year, I’d finally had enough of letting life get ahead of me. I basically put together a little kit to send out to local magazines telling them why they should hire me—and guess what? One of them did. My name now appears in print twice a year (and online) and it never gets old.
However, prioritizing my passions didn’t—and won’t—stop there.
So, why is it important to prioritize your passions?
First of all, you don’t want to end up in a situation that you’re not happy with. Recently I found myself glued to a job “because of the money” and nothing whatsoever to do with feeling motivated, passionate or even remotely excited about it. I was honestly scared to let go. But at the end of the day you have to put yourself and your happiness first. Sure, that might seem a bit selfish at first—but I can assure you, it’s really not.
Life is short. Do you really want to be stuck in a job—or in a life—that you’re not passionate about? No. (If you answered yes, you might need some serious help.) Before you know it you could wake up and find yourself working towards other people’s passions and not your own. Now is the time to change that. Get out there, reach for your dreams and don’t take no for an answer.
Trust me, I know how scary it can be to leave a job and work towards something else. Or to cut toxic people out of your life to surround yourself with better ones. Strangely enough, fear is good. It motivates you to go farther than you thought you could. Use that to your advantage and go for it. Starting today.
What will you do to prioritize your passions?