Most importantly, remember this


keithshutIMG_0142IMG_0201Two years of general undergrad studies: didn’t get me very far but the soccer scholarships and varsity parties were pretty fun.  Four years of kinesiology: tried it, didn’t necessarily love it, continued looking for something else.  Four years of nursing school: tried it, liked it, sparked an interest, wanted more.  Six months of emergency nursing training:   Trying it.  Loving it. Found it.  Finally.  10 years later, I’ve finally found it. I’ve found something that allows me to make a living doing something I enjoy.  That makes me feel good.  That highlights my greatest skills and enables me to help people in the process.  A new chapter of my life which I intend to make as creative and adventurous as possible.IMG_0215

IMG_0157For me, it took 10 years to figure myself out.  To discover what I am most passionate about and how I can best contribute to this world whilst keeping a genuine smile on my face.  10 years.  TEN years!  If you’re still en route to finding something that makes you feel good, keep going.  Don’t rush.  Preservere.  Be bold.  Be courageous. Take the risk.  Don’t give up.  Keep trying different routes until you find your unique niche.  Something that brings a smile across your face and a smile to your heart. That makes you feel good. That makes you feel alive. That makes you say, “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else”.  Don’t ever settle for anything less.  Ever.

IMG_0163IMG_0180IMG_0159Most importantly, remember this:
Our jobs do not define us.  Rather, our jobs make up just one more piece of the brilliant and creative mosaic we call our life.  So the next time you go to ask someone, “what do you do for a living?”  Perhaps rethink your question.  Perhaps ask this instead, “tell me more about yourself. What is it that you love to do?”  Notice the smiles that instantly start to form and the passion that begins to flow.  The open and honest conversation that begins to form.  THIS is passion. THIS is life.

We are our passion.  It’s what we do best.  Share it in any way you can.  There’s endless possibilities of what you can do with it.  Absolutely endless.

Here’s to a new chapter in my life, sharing as much of the heart felt stories and lessons learned along the way.

Smile with your heartIMG_0175(Pictures are from Keith’s Hut, Pemberton, BC)

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16 comments

  1. Love this
    So nice to read your words again
    Thank you!!

  2. Needed this today. Struggling with what to do with my life and figure out what I am most passionate about!
    Thank you for all of your posts, I always learn and grow from your words! Motivating and thought provoking! You’re truly amazing and inspirational!
    Peace, love and God bless !! Xo

  3. Hey Jen I think that’s awesome that you found what you love! :) I would like to know more about the Emergency nurse training.. Do you have a good website I could check out and learn more about it?

    Thanks :) Krista

    Sent from Krista’s iPhone

  4. Your passion for writing – and life – shows! Great post :)

  5. I totally relate to this ! And for me it took 12 years, and I was so close to giving in on my own belief system that I could find that passion/job combo. I am so glad I didn’t, although at times it was incredibly bleak. I don’t know if I have told you but I did a Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture @ UBC farm last year and I am going to be starting my own ( small ) organic farm ! I have never been so enthralled and constantly inspired by something this much ever! Anyways cheers to discovering, pursuing and living out our dreams !

  6. Holy Buckets! This was my first time reading your blog….and I want to just say “thank you!” Not only were your words brilliant, they were EXACTLY what I needed to hear right now.

  7. Where is this hike?

  8. I have just discovered your blog, and I have to say that this was exactly what I needed to read today. I am up early full of stress and worry because I am changing career paths (again), and accepting a new position out of my comfort zone. Four years of sociology, half an hr degree later, I am going back to what I love – working in special ed. After I had kids, I followed business because it is what I thought I “should” do. I could blather on, but please just know that you have had a tremendous impact on someone today. Thank you, thank you!

  9. Hey Jen – I was wondering if you could give me some tips or suggestions to figuring out how to find my evolving path. I feel like I can really relate to your story, and while I have lived my life by my own standards, my own rules and sought out to figure out what it is I want in life – it`s like, sometimes when I don`t know what the next step is, I find myself getting even more `stuck` because it feels like I have failed in some way because I haven`t figured it out yet. I`m 24 and trying to figure out if I should go back to school and if it should be to finish my degree or to go in a totally new direction which I initially thought I wanted but haven`t felt passionately about in a while (but maybe through immersion it would reignite my love..) Totally screws with my head, this b-s belief, but it`s something I`m trying to shake off as I figure out WHAT IS NEXT. Thoughts…?

    • Hi Ptysia, hmmmmmm. My advice would be to just keep trying things until you find something you’re really passionate about and that you NEED in your life. That makes you curious, what to know more, and that makes you FEEL GOOD. Just keep trying things. If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t find my career until I was 30. And things are still always changing. It’s funny, whenever we think we finally got somewhere, things change. So try not to focus so much on the end point, rather the journey, and what makes you come alive. Do that.

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