“Take a break! Don’t worry about following your passion for a while. Just follow your curiosity instead.”
This morning, an article on Oprah.com by one of my favorite authors, best-selling Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat. Pray. Love) popped on my Facebook feed. A few years ago I went on a cycling and lunch tour and I briefly met Elizabeth at her lovely restaurant and storefront in Frenchtown. Her spirit is indeed the same and which resonates in her writing–positive, wise, and well-lived. Elizabeth shares advice (including that fabulous quote above) that led her back to the thing she was supposed to do and how she got her passion back.
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Few people know this but I did the same thing (sans the best-selling book of course). Two years ago feigning burnout and losing that “loving feeling” for my business. That “zsa zsa zsu” feeling I had when I had my first office as a business owner on Nassau Street in Princeton was more like a zsa zsa ZOINK.
I tried some different things but I decided to concentrate on things I cared A LOT about. So I reduced my client load and I spent more time with my family–time moves too quickly and before I know it my not-babies anymore will be shaving. I blogged more and I found out I was truly passionate about creating a community and wanted to make it bigger, better, and faster. I worked on other projects including volunteering and redecorating and remodeling our home. I cooked more, ran my first official timed race, was invited to the White House, and even modeled. I kept busy! In essence I did me and followed my curiosity while still being able to help provide for my family.
Within this past year, the miracle that Elizabeth spoke of happened. My passion is back. Full client load, profitable blog, and a life that I don’t need to take vacations from anymore. Instead the travel is an added-bonus for my already crazy, beautiful life…
When you lose your passion and your curiosity, you are merely going through the motions. I had been going through the motions for appearances sake to prove to others that I was successful and happy when I wasn’t. I had to back off for a while, re-focus, and before I knew it I was home again.