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What are you passionate about? My Top 10.

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Do you live with passion? What drives you to be a better you, to conquer your fears and realise your dreams? The things that you are passionate about will make themselves clear if you listen closely and live with intent as well as authenticity. It has been through my life experience that I have discovered my (many) passions, and it is through staying true to these things and letting them light my way that I choose to live.

These are some of the things that I am most passionate about:

♡ Choosing words carefully! As a parent, a Manager, a colleague, a blogger, a friend, a partner, a daughter and even a stranger..in all of the relationships and roles that fill my life, choosing words is a careful process. Of course I am also only human and at times my words are less carefully chosen and more ‘spewed forth’! Most of the time however I think about their impact before sharing them. They can have such a huge impact on their recipient/s and I think that with more life experience come more awareness of this.

♡ Saying no! It has taken me many years to build up the ‘no’ muscle, and it is one of the most important ways in which I set boundaries, and stay committed to my self care practice. It is important to deliver this response with careful thought and also a lot of respect and grace, practice makes perfect!

♡ Charity! If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, clothes on your back, an education and you feel safe going about your daily life then you are in a better place than many millions of others. There really is no excuse to ignore charity for those of us who live with the luxuries of technology, fashion, blogging, eating out and our other lifestyle choices. Every dollar, every action and every little bit of time volunteered makes a difference. Please if you do not already, support a cause that you care about.

♡ Manners! It is so important to me that my children are polite and respectful, and leading by example is the best way to teach. Treat every single person you encounter with the same high standard of manners, it is actually quite simple yet hugely impactful.

♡ Raising children who are a little extra-ordinary! I am not going to be forcing them into any beauty pageants or tennis camps, that is not what this one is about! It is about providing information beyond the standard school curriculum, and encouraging them to experience things that are a little out of the ordinary, so that they have a wider view of the world around them. I believe that we have an important role as parents to look beyond the basics, of course we want our children to be ‘happy and safe’ but the world needs more leaders, more compassionate thinkers and more young people ready to make a difference.

♡ Sharing as much as possible! It is not about glory, self gratification or simply over sharing for the sake of it. This is something at the very core of my being, if you are able to reflect on your own life lessons and share the nuggets of wisdom with others then this will change lives and possibly support so many others!

♡Authenticity! Keeping it real, no games and no lies. Simple, yet difficult for some. The online world is a bit of a micro version of the real world and sadly there is a lot of yucky stuff that seems to be magnified in this space. It is those who live with absolute truth, clear values, positive and kind attitudes and real authenticity who stand the test of time and who truly flourish.

♡ Celebrating! Cliches abound in this one, they are hard to avoid though, simply because they are filled with truth! We really do only have one shot at this crazy beautiful life, if you are healthy and able to rise each morning with freedom then there is plenty to celebrate! I am passionate about birthdays, holidays and the opportunities we are given to celebrate the people in our lives as well as our blessings. Grab every opportunity you can to share laughter, meals, champagne, sunsets, milestones and all of the magical moments in between.

♡ Quality over quantity! Friendships really do change over our lifetimes, some stay the same and others come and go, and this is OK. Be picky with your friends, the energy and the types of people who you allow into your life have a huge impact, our time is precious. As we experience more and more in life it becomes more obvious that less is more, in so many areas!

♡ LOVE! Are you passionate about love? Let it guide you always, in everything you do, choose love over fear and you will never look back!

What are you passionate about?

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5 Comments

  • Reply Shanice October 16, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I really appreciate this post, especially your point about “choosing your words carefully”. Sometimes I think we’ve lost our ability to be empathetic and kind, particularly online. It could be because of technology (and as a result the limited in-person interaction), but its easy to forget that there is a REAL PERSON behind the blog or social media account.

    Like you said, we are all human and may not choose our words wisely all the time. But posts like this are a good reminder that our words can be powerful (in a negative or positive way). Other points that I appreciate on your list are “quality over quantity”, manners, charity, authenticity, and love.

    I’d also add family, design, general well-being to my “What I’m Passionate About” list. Love this post!

    • Reply admin October 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Shanice xx thank you so much for the lovely comment, I am so glad that you appreciated this post!
      I love those things that you are passionate about too xx

  • Reply Chelsea October 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Lisa this is such a gorgeous post! I especially value authenticity and quality over quantity when it comes to my friendship circle. There are SO many things I’m passionate about–
    *Choosing love over fear
    *Supporting + building up other women in biz and in life.
    *Pursuing dreams
    *Setting boundaries
    * Pretty flowers!
    *Sunshine + Salt Water
    * Holistic Health

    And the list goes on;)

    xx

    • Reply admin October 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Chelsea xx
      Thank you for the beautiful thoughts on my post, and for sharing your amazing list 🙂

  • Reply Anastasia October 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    So true! All of them! As a new mother I keep thinking how to bring up my son in this world, so he has the values that guide him in the right direction. So your point about raising the extra-ordinary kids is a great guiding light for the new parents. And I totally agree with choosing your words carefully – there is so much unnecessary hurt caused by harsh words – we all should pay more attention to what we are saying. What a beautiful post Lisa.

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