Don’t Sacrifice Passion in Lieu of Paying the Bills

Have you ever felt so bogged down by your various responsibilities that you find yourself wondering what the point of the daily grind really is? Have you ever found yourself craving more purpose in your life? Do you think that you can’t follow your passions and pay the bills at the same time? You’re not alone!

Too often, we get lost in the daily minutia of our lives and lose sight of the value of having an outlet for our passions, hobbies, and personal interests. I’ve read about and spoken to far too many people who believe they are “stuck” in a job they hate/dead-end position/an industry they have little interest in merely because they have to pay the bills.

While I’m not advocating you just up & quit your day job, I am officially challenging each and every one of you to make room in your life for something you’re over-the-moon passionate about. Here’s a few ways you can do so:

Look past your job.

Nobody ever said that your job must be aligned with your passions. Of course, this is perhaps the Holy Grail of employment opportunities, but it’s also something that might not be in the cards for you right now. So look beyond the job. Are you a budding rock star? Moonlight as a guitar player/singer at a few local mic nights. Do you love to garden? Create one in your own yard or on your porch. Love the arts? Take a class at your local center for adult education.

Remember that service breeds passion and satisfaction.

Helping others is helping yourself–it’s documented fact that people who volunteer consistently have increased self-confidence, are less susceptible to depression, and stay physically healthier than those who don’t give back. Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect your life with your goals and interests. Hello, passionate, fulfilling lifestyle!

Revel in gratitude.

Still convinced that your job needs to provide money and fulfill your passions? What about having no job at all?!  What about not being able to give back or take on extra endeavors because you’re not able to work at all? Shift your perspective and you’ll be amazed at the myriad of benefits you’ll enjoy from doing so.

Be flexible, patient, and focused.

Perhaps you’re not where you want to be at this moment in life, but don’t let that stop you from working your tail off to get where you want to be. Flexibility and patience are sorely undervalued traits in our go-go-go, fast-paced world. Don’t fall victim to this negative groupthink. Chart your own course at your own pace and revel in the fact that you’re on your way to doing great things!


How do you fit in time for your passions while still balancing your bottom line?

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