We are taught at a young age to learn as much as we can, listen to what we’re told, and excel in school. These would be the actions that would determine our future adult lives. Then we reach adulthood. We graduate college, get a good paying job, and work that 9-5 job. We spend so much time and effort working up to this point but we rarely feel complete satisfaction. Often times we get wrapped up in mediocre living that we often forget about our passions. Sound familiar?
Why do we have to settle?
What are people that are living their passion doing differently?
Why not us?
We are raised with this picture in our head of how things should be. But is this an illusion that is just holding us back?
CHANGING MY MINDSET
I grew up being very creative. I loved to paint, draw, dance, and write creative stories. When I enlisted in the military I lost that aspect of my life. Working on the flight deck for 16+ hour days sucked the life out of me. I started to focus a lot of my off time to fitness and exercise. That was a way for me to destress and an interest grew out of that.
After I got out of the military I got my degree in Kinesiology, got certified as a personal trainer, and got my certificate in health coaching. I thought I had it all figured out. Struggling to find a job in my field led me to accept an administrative position and a steady paycheck.
One day I thought to myself “why am I settling?” That one question had me reevaluate my life. I had aspirations and dreams just like everyone else. But the difference between myself and others was the fear that was holding me back. What if I fail? I don’t know enough to be successful. What will people think of me? Blah. Blah. Blah. The doubting and fearful thoughts held me back for a long time until one day I said “Listen up brain! From now on you’re going to listen to and help out what my heart wants. No more negativity from you!”
QUESTIONS TO UNCOVER YOUR PASSION AND #Ownyourtomorrow
Once I had finally changed my mindset, it was time to take action and start asking questions.
*What are you ridiculously good at?
*What are some things that you get complete joy from?
*If you could do anything without failing what would it be?
*If money wasn’t an issue, how would you use it to grow your passion?
*How can you start to work towards that and prepare for the future?
Collectively Christine and Rebel Rose Co. were born through these questions. I wanted more for my life. I wanted to find my happy place. I didn’t want to be stuck living a mediocre life for the next 30+ years and I knew my actions today will be my future’s results. Having my blog has allowed me to tap into my creative side and my boutique (although small and a work in progress) is helping me become more confident, take risks, and embrace the culture I was raised in.
So what is holding you back? Ask yourself some of these questions. Be true and transparent with yourself. What do you really really want in life?
I hope my story has inspired you to take a leap of faith and #Ownyourtomorrow.