After I climbed out of the pit of despair I had been living in for so long, I began to repair the relationship I had with myself. It had been a long time since I saw good things in myself but I slowly started to recognize them. Eventually, I was able to discover my talents and gifts. They hadn’t been used in quite some time so I had to dust them off and give myself time to remember how to use them. Once I did, it was incredibly invigorating!
I started off with writing, sketching, and coloring. It felt so good to do something I’d forgotten I enjoyed so much! I didn’t realize it but even my family began to take notice. That year my step-dad bought me a special present for Christmas. It was a pencil set for artists. It had different kinds of pencils to sketch and color with as well as oils to paint with. That thoughtful gift meant a lot to me and motivated me to continue to pursue things I enjoyed.
Once I had taken the time to recover from my climb out of the pit and regained my strength, I started to explore. I wanted to discover what I had been missing out on. I went to the library and devoured books. I went to the craft store and stocked up on supplies. I went to art classes, attended events, and followed YouTube crafting tutorials. I explored every avenue that brought excitement, passion, purpose, and fulfillment into my life.
By indulging in things that set my soul on fire, I had a renewed sense of life. By chasing these passions that were merely hobbies at the time, I was able to nurture my gifts. Those things that I enjoy that come naturally to me. From there, I was able to create a business around it. I identified the things that I was really good at that could provide value in the lives of others through service. I’ve never felt more fulfilled in my life! My business is just getting off of the ground. I’ve spent the past year developing and cultivating it but it’s starting to grow and bear fruit more often.
I’m so incredibly grateful to have connected with myself so that I’m able to utilize my gifts in a way that provide a service. I was so drained when I worked outside of the home and tried to get my fix of fulfillment in after a full day of work and family life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in the early stages of my business so the days are still long but they aren’t as draining. It’s so different to put energy into something I love than to force myself to get through the day and hope to do something I enjoy. As a way of showing my gratitude, I’ve incorporated giving into my life and business model. My goal is to give back a quarter of my time, money, and service to others. Giving is a beautiful thing because it inspires the receiver to continue the goodness as well as those that have observed it.
Today I’d like to encourage you to cultivate your gifts. What talents and gifts do you have that you’ve forgotten about or not been able to utilize as much? If you do use them regularly, are you able to provide them in service to others? What are your thoughts on this post? Feel free to share in the comments!
This is my entry for the A-Z Challenge I’m participating in. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a challenge where blogger’s post their way through the alphabet a letter each day through the month of April. For more details, visit the A-Z Challenge website or their WordPress site.