As a creative, I have to confess there’s nothing that kills my motivation more than monotony! I know something about myself and that is while some people are great and content focusing all of their time and energy on one thing, that would drive me crazy (and it did for years). I’ve dedicated the majority of my adult life to trying to live a “normal” life. Having the respectable job with benefits and steady pay and playing by the societal rules. I gave it a try and it didn’t work for me for the 10+ years I did. That life isn’t for me.
I contemplated incorporating photography into my business. I thought about using a different name and having it completely separate. After all, who’s ever heard of a life coaching Reiki practicing photographer? Then I realized there are many people from all walks of life that do photography and other arts on the side, why not just incorporate it into my business? Ultimately that’s what I’ve decided to do. The beauty of having my own business is that I can make it look however I want. While it might seem haphazard, it’s a direct reflection of who I am as a person. I know that if a client doesn’t like what my business looks like, they aren’t my client so it doesn’t really matter. I’m ok with not being everyone’s cup of tea.
So while the vision for my business incorporates a few different areas (Life Coaching, Reiki, and photography) they aren’t as unrelated as they may seem. Aside from being things that I’m passionate about set my soul on fire, they’re also about connection. Connecting with people and making a difference in their lives. I could dedicate my business to one thing but I know my clients will get the best of me if I’m actively fueling the different parts of me that make me who I am and have a business that utilizes my gifts. This versatility is what feeds my creativity, passion, and motivation (something that didn’t have a place in my corporate life). Now that that’s behind me, I’m going to do what feels right!
This is to encourage you to pursue your passion. There’s no template you have to fill in for what your life has to look like. You don’t have to make choices because they’re safe. You don’t have to sacrifice your creativity. You don’t have to tone down who you are. Follow your heart because it rarely leads you astray. Whatever it is you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t, do it! Would you rather regret doing it or not having tried?
Are you following your heart? Is this the confirmation or encouragement you needed today? Feel free to share in the comments ❤