Finding Passion

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The boundaries between work life, family life and blogging are blurring. Blogging has become all consuming. From being something that I just do when I feel compelled to write, to something that I can’t help but obsess about in every spare moment. I have ideas spilling out of my mind faster than I can blog, and I feel completely inspired and alive. I feel like a creative, and I think I finally understand what it means to be a creative.

I’ve always felt like my career, whilst successful is something that I have been very lucky to fall into and equally lucky to progress in. I am good at my job, but I have learnt to be good at my job. I have had great Managers, colleagues and access to good development opportunities. But whilst I have watched others around me carve out and follow a very clear career path, I’ve always felt deep down that at some point my path would diverge from theirs, like I was just biding my time somehow. Something always felt a little, off. I’ve never quite known what it was. But I’ve always known deep down that I hadn’t quite found what it was that I am good at. I hadn’t quite found my passion.

Until recently blogging has always been something I’ve dabbled in on and off. Life somehow has always found a way of taking over, and I’ve never really been able to completely and fully commit to it. I suppose at the back of my mind I could never quite understand how blogging could ever been more than a hobby or pastime. I could never get my head around doing it full-time. Around the concept of building a life around it, and so it has always been until now, what I’ve thought of as “living the dream”, reserved for the few lucky few that manage to turn into something more.

But something changed recently. Life has shifted the other way, and I find myself pouring more and more of myself into my blog. Because I realised that I may have finally found something that I might be good at, and more importantly something that I love. For too long I have listened to the cynic in me. Thinking that blogging may just be a bit of a fad. That it was just a phase and that once I finished maternity leave and returned to the real world that part of my life would disappear, and for a moment it did. I got sucked back into real life and the world of work, the world of the 9-5 and the never ending quest to find balance. An exhausting, demanding and unforgiving world that takes parents for prisoners every day.

But then stuff happened. Big stuff happened. Work stuff. Family stuff. Serious, real life stuff that put it all into perspective big time. Stuff that took me back to my blog and compelled me to talk, write and share. In adversity I looked for a place of sanctuary and that place was my blog. But I have continued to write and talk and share, and I have continued to find the time and energy for it. Because I have realised that it is not a hobby or a pastime, it is much more than that. It is a love and a passion.

So I find myself in a place where I am asking what next? Where do I go from here? Can I really take this love and passion and make it into something much more? All I know is that I never feel more alive and at my best (besides when I am with my family) than when I am working on my blog. So I owe it to myself to go on this journey, to follow my passion and see where it takes me..

 

Is blogging or vlogging your passion? Have you been on or taken a similar journey? How did you approach it and what advice would you share with me? I would love to hear from anyone else that feels that same and has had a similar experience!

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    • My Petit Canard
      October 27, 2015 / 11:35 am

      Thank you, that means so much to hear :-). I love writing and I hope it shows!

  1. October 27, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    You are really lucky that you have experienced a great career thus far. i hope that in folowing your dream that you have a blast and it works out for you. #TwinklyTuesday
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    • My Petit Canard
      October 27, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks Helena. I am very fortunate and I am very aware of not taking it for granted! I really hope that I am able to explore this new path further, and am equally lucky with it πŸ™‚

  2. October 27, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    I completely know what you are talking about. I could very easily see me sitting at a desk in the front room, writing, writing, writing. Wirk totally gets in the way. I too started this blog as a hobby and it to has turned into a passion. Sometimes I question whether I am really any good at it – there are so many out there who are way better. Sometimes I struggle to find things too write about. But when I do write, I just love it. I too don’t know how I can move it along and make it a success so if you find the magic secret – let me know! You do write beautifully! Thanks so much for linking up with #Twinklytuesday
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    • My Petit Canard
      October 27, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Aww thanks Lisa! Everything you say just rings so true to me also, especially your comment about work getting in the way. If only there was a way to make it so much more than it is today. Determined to give it a go, and if I do find the magic secret I’ll be sure to share it πŸ™‚ x

    • My Petit Canard
      November 1, 2015 / 10:43 pm

      I know that feeling, it’s really tricky balancing it all and finding time for everything. It’s an ongoing challenge, but I always hear it’s about making time (not sure a parent said that) so I try to keep that in mind πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting x

  3. becca farrelly
    November 1, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    This is very similar to me! I started my blog a little over a year ago but it only ‘took off’ a few months ago due to a brand getting in touch with me to do some work and me realising I could actually do this! I struggled, similarly to you, to see that I could actually be good at this and people may actually be interested in what I have to say. it seems in everyone’s blogging life, there is a turning point and a time when something allows them to see their blogging potential πŸ™‚

    #sundaystars
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 1, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      I think that is such a lovely perspective and way of putting it. I love that thought that we all have potential, i think that we do. I just never thought about it in quite that way. It’s so great to hear that you have had a great opportunity that has allowed you to realise that potential. It would be great to have a chat and hear more about where you went from there πŸ™‚

  4. November 2, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    really great post – I also feel really passionate about blogging, mainly because it’s such a fab creative outlet! I’m brand new but loving the community and totally get what you mean about finding a passion. Thanks for setting up #marvmondays!
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  5. November 2, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    really great post – I also feel really passionate about blogging, mainly because it’s such a fab creative outlet! I’m brand new but loving the community and totally get what you mean about finding a passion. Thanks for setting up #marvmondays!
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  6. November 2, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    This is an inspiring post and great to hear about your blogging journey. I’m new to the blogosphere but already I can see how all-encompassing it could become. My issue is trying to find some time as I’m a bit obsessed with not being stuck to a device when my babies are awake! #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 2, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you! It definitely can take over you if you aren’t careful so there is a definite balance to be had, especially with little ones around! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays πŸ™‚

  7. November 2, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    This post mirrors exactly how I feel about blogging. I have surprised myself how much I care about my blog – my third baby! Yet, as someone who has always thrown herself into everything she does, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. My career has been put on hold as I was made redundant, so maybe, just maybe this was some divine intervention. Either way, i’m in a happy place, and hope nothing bursts my little bubble. Keep going hun, dream big, it’s yours for the taking x mMT #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 2, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      That’s so lovely to hear. I can hear the passion in your voice, I think it’s great that you too have found your passion and your blogging voice, and things seem to be perfectly falling into place. I always say everything happens for a reason πŸ™‚

  8. November 2, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    What a great post, I’ve been blogging for just over a year but only recently have I decided to take it more seriously and post more. I sometimes get spells where I can’t think of what to post but lately I’ve got so many ideas just no time to actually right them. Thanks for hosting #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 2, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      I know exactly what you mean, it’s such a great place to be in when your mind is brimming with ideas and you feel creative and alive. I’ll make sure I pop by your blog and have a read :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays

  9. Lizzie Roles
    November 4, 2015 / 11:59 am

    this is a great post and really resonates with me at the moment. I absolutely love blogging and I’d love to make it what I do, but like you family and stuff just got in the way. i feel now my little boy has started school and my daughter is starting preschool in january that this just might be the time to take my blog and see where it can take me? lets do it together! Lizzie xo
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    • My Petit Canard
      November 5, 2015 / 8:22 am

      That sounds so exciting Lizzie, you should totally see where you can take it and what you can do. It’s a great opportunity, it would be great to have someone else to speak to that’s in a similar place and wants to achieve a similar thing πŸ™‚

  10. November 4, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Love that you have “ideas spilling out of your head” I hope you are capturing them on Evernote or some sort of way so you will always have ideas. For me my passion is health. I am on a mission to help women take charge of their health and not wait for a doctor to tell them what to do. So my writing on my blog is an offshoot of that passion. I could speak, write, and dream about how to make my mission happen 24/7. Love that you have a passion. I know you can make money doing it.

    • My Petit Canard
      November 5, 2015 / 8:24 am

      Hi Karen, I think that’s great. Our blogs reflect our passions and if health is yours then you should totally do that. I can hear the passion in your voice when you talk about it so i am sure that is reflected in your blog. I need to think more about my health and be more active in living a better and healthier lifestyle so I will have to take a look at your blog πŸ™‚

  11. November 7, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Oh Emily! I understand you pretty well!! It is really hard to finally have the decision to just go ahead and just deal with your blog and forget about your current job. I was a SAHM before I was pregnant with Sienna so I had some time to think about it. I started doing some vlogging and then somehow it took me to my blog and here I am just enjoying every single minute of it! The only problem that I have at the moment is the lack of time as I have to take care of sienna (almost 15 months) full time and then take care of Bella (5 yo) after school so I find very little time to do all the things that I want to do and my backlog is huge at the moment but apart from that I’m so happy to be able to do this. my next step is to be able to earn from my blog. that will be amazing!! πŸ˜‰ BTW, i tried to link up to your new linky but i had issues with your badge and then not sure what happened and I didn’t link up. Sorry about that but i will try my best to link up on monday (i’m so swamped atm). Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. As you know I love having you here and I love reading your posts. I hope you can join me tomorrow! πŸ™‚ xx
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  12. November 7, 2015 / 9:53 am

    FAntastic that you have found something that you’re so passionate about and your writing is wonderful. πŸ™‚ x #marvmondays
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  13. November 7, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    I feel like I can relate to so much of this you know. I started blogging just as a bit of a hobby and now it is so much more, and helps me so much as a place for me to write things down and gain support in hard times. I’ve made great friends too. So who knows where it will go from here! x #sundaystars
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