I’ve had this post in my drafts for a long time now, at least two months, and I’ve always hesitated to share it. I’m not really sure why. Maybe because I’m nervous about putting myself out there, or I was worried you all wouldn’t find it interesting. But I’m rolling with it today because I’m in the mood for a bit of chit-chat. So grab a snack and get comfy!
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to find your passion in life and how each of us defines our “why”. It’s probably obvious that my passion is for decor, DIY and all things home, but it actually runs so much deeper than that and it’s what I want to talk about today. Finding my passion has definitely been a process. In fact, it wasn’t until about three years ago that I really started to fall in love with this idea of being the creator of my home. And with that came a full-blown obsession for decor and interiors. Now I know some people might say “what’s the big deal about how your mantel looks” or “who cares how your living room is styled?” But to me it’s not just about decorating–it’s so much more than that. I used to think of it as just my creative outlet. But as I get older and our family grows, I realize it’s about embracing my role as the maker of my home. It’s my responsibility to make this house a home for them. It’s not about following design rules or guidelines, I honestly don’t pay much attention to those, but it’s about creating a place we truly love. It’s up to me to do that. I have complete control over the way my home feels. And so you do. You don’t need to have little ones at home, or even a spouse to see the value in creating a sanctuary for yourself. There’s tremendous value in that.
I think there’s this misconception that finding your passion in life means you’re locked into it for the rest of time. I used to believe this myself actually. In fact, I went through what I like to refer to as my “quarter-life crisis” after I graduated from college. I didn’t really know what the heck I wanted to do with my life. I was completely lost and overwhelmed with the idea that I had to know my purpose and passion, or I would fail at everything. But as time goes on and experiences come and go, I realize more and more that our passions in life change just as the seasons in our lives change. This might not be the case for everyone, but it’s definitely been true for me. And probably true for a lot of you too.
Now I see things differently. I believe that defining your “why” and your passion should whole heartedly reflect the season of life you’re currently in. And we should be comfortable with the fact that it’s fluid–it’s going to change and evolve as we grow. For me, in the current season of life that I’m in, I’ve felt God put a tug on my heart to be home with my babies. But that wasn’t always the plan. As some of you may know, I have a master’s degree and I fully intended to use that to advance my career in big and fancy ways. But as my little family has grown, I couldn’t ignore the feeling in my heart to just be home. To turn my eyes towards these little people that rely on me for everything, and be ok with walking away from what I thought I’d be doing. And what’s amazing is in the process of changing plans and stepping into the unknown, I’ve discovered a new passion for home. I’ve fallen in love with this idea of creating a safe and cozy haven for my little ones. I know it may seem trivial and maybe even degrading to some women, but it’s where my heart is during this season of life, and it’s where I know I need to be right now.
So for me, it’s about so much more than home decor. It’s about the joy it brings me to be the homemaker and create a beautiful and cozy place for us. And on top of it all, God has truly blessed me with this blog. Not only is it the creative outlet I need, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to share my passion with all of you. Most days I really can’t believe I have this little corner of the internet to talk about what I love and to receive so much support and kindness from you guys. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry like a big ol’ baby. So THANK YOU.
Lastly I want to encourage you to follow your intuition and be ok with stepping into the unknown. Finding your passion in life and your “why” is only up to you, so be comfortable with the fact that these things will change as you grow and evolve. Don’t limit yourself to a single path. After all, we only have this one life. It’s up to us to go for it.