Work to Live | Creek Waterfall

“Sometimes I think I’m in the wrong line of work.

Then someone reminds me that life isn’t about being happy, it’s about paying the bills.”

 

This is of course, just a joke.

Life isn’t about paying the bills.  Life is about making time for what you love, while doing what you need to keep yourself well cared for and fed.

Even successful artists may need to supplement their income, so don’t feel that your day job is a life sentence.  Although we may need to work full-time, it’s important to remember that there are options.

Let’s try to find a day job that feeds our interests and adds to our family.  If work leaves you feeling drained on a regular basis, try to find something else.

Even when we feel like we don’t have options, let’s remember that we don’t have to give our two-week’s notice just to look.

We never know what we’ll find.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of pink flowers. Une photo de la nature et des flleurs roses.

Fallow Your Path

Follow Your Happiness

It’s so important to make time to follow our happiness, passions, and values.

When we don’t, we’ll sooner or later find that we’ve fallen off our path and become lost.  We’re irritated, depressed, and feel trapped in a life we didn’t mean to create and don’t want to continue.

Happiness is a journey, and it’s all too easy and inevitable to lose our trail, but when we’re not sure where we are or where we’re headed, let’s remember what is truly important to us, and plow ahead in that direction.

The cycle of work, eat, sleep, day-in and day-out is easy to fall into, but it’s so important that we take the time, even a few minutes, to enjoy and feed our passions, and stick to our values.

Easier said than done, but we owe ourselves to do our best.

 

No matter how many shifts we pick up, how much family we have to care for, how tired we get, let’s remember to always make time for our joys and values.

We’ll feel renewed, and know we’re heading in the right direction.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Seeds

Nature photography of golden sunset light in a forest of aspen trees.

Move Toward Passion

Going through the motions is no way to live our lives.

Life and emotions are always in flux, but the pattern of ‘work, eat, sleep’ is a guaranteed way to lower our mood and ensure we feel stuck.

It’s so incredibly important that we live our values, enjoy a passion, and make progress with our goals on a daily basis.  Even a few stolen moments and a small step forward can help keep us from feeling stuck and improve our mood.

If we’re feeling trapped and suffocated, let’s not dig ourselves deeper by mindlessly watching tv, surfing the web, drinking alcohol, or the like.  Instead, let’s see this as a wake-up call and turn to a passion or a hobby, and ask ourselves what we can do right now to align ourselves closer to our values.

Yes, we have to work, eat, and sleep, but that doesn’t mean we have to just go through the motions.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

dirt earth macro photography

Spring Seeds

Paths to New Places | Changing Passions and Hobbies

Some of us haven’t been able to find that ‘one passion’.  Some of us have had many such passions, but they only last for a while.  Perhaps they last a few weeks, months, or years, or maybe it seems like a blink of an eye before we’re pouring our souls into something else.

There’s nothing wrong with having several, changing passions.  Though sometimes it can be difficult, especially when we’re surrounded by people telling us to ‘just stick with something’, that we’re going nowhere, or that we can’t commit to anything.  Other people aside, we may put some extra strain on ourselves.

Although still struggling along this path myself, here are some tips to navigate the changing and winding trail of changing passions:

  • Don’t put yourself down.  This doesn’t mean you should forgo reality, but don’t crush your dreams before you even set out to reach them.
  • Focus more on the doing than on a title.  You don’t have to be a mountaineer to scale a few peaks.  You don’t have to be a famous costume designer to put together some awesome pieces.  You don’t have to be on staff of a major studio to be an artist.  Focus on creating/doing now whatever it is that’s pulling your heart, instead of focusing on some title in the future.
  • Start small, but start.  When passions rapidly change, we may see a fair bit of money go with them.  Start with the fewest tools/supplies you can get away with, and start now!  You don’t need professional paints in every shade and color to get started; you don’t need a top of the line sewing machine, either.  Start with what you need to really get started, and get creating now!
  • On the subject of tools, hang on to them if your passions tend to come back around.  This is another reason to start small, as when your hobbies change, you can simply put your currently unused tools away until they’re needed again.  It’s harder to do if you’ve got an overwhelming amount of supplies!
  • Consider the words you use.  Are terms you’re using adding unnecessary pressure?  Consider saying that you’re ‘exploring’ a language, or ‘trying’ a new skill, and other words that don’t imply that you’re going for mastery or are committing to a new career skill.  It’s easier to let a passion go when you haven’t been (even sub-textually) telling yourself and others that this passion was ‘the one to last’.
  • Accept yourself as is.  Again, there’s nothing wrong with changing passions.  Trying to force yourself to pick the ‘one thing’ is only going to end in frustration, not to mention so much left unexplored!  Accept your curious soul and ranging talents, and openly welcome all the new passions that come your way.
  • Enjoy the journey!  We should be happy that so many things in this beautiful world tug at our hearts; give us new things to explore and skills to learn!

I definitely recommend the following resources if you find yourself wandering through different passions and hobbies:

 

Let’s keep moving forward, no matter how many detours we find on our winding paths.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail.

Graphite Drawing WIP

New Things | Fear

Jasper Aventurine Hamsa Necklace Close

Semiprecious stones, as well as stones in general, have become an increasing interest, especially when it comes to the idea of using them for handmade jewelry.

Despite enthusiasm and inspiration, the beads and stones collected over the past few months just lingered in piles around the house.  It’s so much easier and safer just to think about doing something than to actually try.  What if we fail?  What if we’re not as creative as we’d hoped?  What if it turns out we don’t like this new interest after all, and we’ve collected all these things for nothing?

It’s easy to fear the unknown and the untested, but we shouldn’t let our anxiety stall us from trying something new.  Or even trying something we’re experienced with.  Even for lifelong painters, the blank canvas can still be intimidating.

Let’s not let fear and anxiety keep us from diving into new interests.  We may find a new passion, a new hobby, or not.  But we won’t know until we push ourselves to try and experiment.  It may help keep anxieties to a minimum if we limit how many tools/supplies/etc we get in preparation for this new adventure.  Not only can it reduce financial loss if it doesn’t work out, but we’ll feel less pressure.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Amethyst Pendant Necklace Wire Wrapped River Rock

Passion | Don’t Cling

Semi-realistic, manga style drawing of an elf in graphite.

Passion in drawing, painting and the like has definitely seen a strong resurgence lately.  Although thoroughly enjoying the revived love and giving it new purpose through teaching, it’s very important to remember to keep one’s feet on the ground.

I’ve mentioned before how it hurts when a passion suddenly disappears, and how clinging and desperately trying to bring it back will only make matters worse.  Denial is never good, and neither is emptying your bank account in hopes of ‘buying back happiness’.

Passion comes and goes.  Should it return, that’s wonderful.  Let’s enjoy it while it still makes our hearts sing, but let’s not hold onto it too hard, or build expectations.  Life is always changing, so we can’t expect things to last forever.

Let’s revel in the joys our interests bring us, love while we can, and remain open to the change life is all about.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Graphite Drawing WIP Miniature Package and Letters

Old Passions, New Opportunities

Graphite Drawing WIP

Elf Drawing

The subject of passions has been mentioned quite a few times here on Roman Leaf.  How they come, go, and change.

Drawing is an old passion of mine, one that faded a few years ago before getting seriously into photography.  It resurfaces now and then, though has recently seen a new breath of life due to influences of other hobbies, and new opportunities.

I’m currently working to become certified to teach anime-style drawing classes at a local art shop.  In addition to extra income, I’m definitely excited about teaching and helping others interested in this drawing style.

The idea of putting what I’d spent years practicing into new use for others is definitely fueling inspiration.

It’s definitely something to think about, how old passions might be brought back to life when it’s given a different purpose.  Maybe we used to love jewelry making, painting, sculpting.  Does the idea of enjoying such hobbies again for charity, gift-giving, or teaching bring back any inspiration?

Passions come and go, which is something we should learn to accept, though there’s nothing wrong with seeing if we can find joy in putting our old skills to use in new ways.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail. Feelings