questions to uncover your passion and #Ownyourtomorrow

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? 


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!”

Wandering coyote tee #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.

Check out other inspiring stories of how people changed their lives for the better. WATCH INSPIRING STORIES — OWN YOUR TOMORROW 

xoxo, christine



  1. Michelle
    November 14, 2016 / 11:35 AM

    I’ve been asking myself many of those same questions. I just don’t have all of the answers yet. It’s frustrating.

  2. November 14, 2016 / 11:38 AM

    When our children were growing up we explained mom and dad had to go to work. We always did our best work to earn the salary we brought home. Our children went to work at school. They all graduated early, went onto college where they didn’t take out student loans and owed nothing when they graduated. We did not help them with college costs. They all have different jobs they all love and enjoy.

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      November 14, 2016 / 12:37 PM

      That’s awesome! They are very lucky to have fulfilling jobs they love.

  3. Janell Turner
    November 14, 2016 / 1:27 PM

    I’m so very proud of you ma’am! This was a great read, perfect timing for what I am going through! Thank you . I hope life is treating you kindly

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      November 14, 2016 / 8:55 PM

      Awe thank you! I’m glad it was something you needed to read. We always need these type of reminders and they aren’t always so apparent. Life is good. I can’t complain. 🙂 I hope you’re doing good too!

  4. November 14, 2016 / 2:28 PM

    Oh yes, darlin’! 😉 I can totally relate to this! Exactly why I quit my corporate marketing job and pursued a career in fitness. Now I’ve come full circle and lead the Sales and Marketing efforts of the gym I was training in :D. My blog is still my baby, though. Would love to eventually work full-time on it.

  5. November 14, 2016 / 3:49 PM

    Those questions you put at the bottom to help you hone in on things actually got me thinking of a few other ideas. I appreciate this topic a lot!

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      November 14, 2016 / 8:56 PM

      I’m glad it helped you. Sometimes you just need a different perspective. 🙂

  6. November 14, 2016 / 7:50 PM

    Really liked this post. I think a big problem with settling is most of the time we don’t realize we are doing it until we wake up extremely unhappy one day. Life is too short to be unhappy.

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      November 14, 2016 / 8:57 PM

      That’s so true! You just get fed up with being unhappy. I don’t want to waist any more time or energy into things I don’t love.

  7. November 15, 2016 / 7:39 AM

    Yes., yes and yes. The world would be a different place if they did what they were passionate about.

  8. November 15, 2016 / 12:03 PM

    I wish it were this simple man!
    It’s too bad our society is built in such a way that “settling” is considered normal and even revered.

  9. November 15, 2016 / 12:42 PM

    [Answers Questions like a dork]

    What are you ridiculously good at?” I have the most confidence in my drawing skills, and creating characters.

    *What are some things that you get complete joy from?” Seeing my character come to life. Or designing things like interfaces or the appearance of… things?

    *If you could do anything without failing what would it be?” Make video games or write/draw comic books.

    *If money wasn’t an issue, how would you use it to grow your passion?” I’d buy the necessary tools and maybe pay someone to give me more personal tutorials/advice. I’d also design my website(s) properly and buy them domains.

    *How can you start to work towards that and prepare for the future?” Just keep practicing? Maybe.

  10. November 16, 2016 / 2:19 PM

    I think everyone can totally relate to this post one way or another. My story is a little different then yours but I got lost as well and forgot who I was through life’s crazy loops. I am finally starting to settle down somewhere and put all the pieces back together and during this process I decided to start blogging. Even though I am in my first year and it’s always a work in progress there is still progress and I am excited to unlock my passions again!

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