I came across this question as I was researching how to skyrocket my blog views. At first, it seemed like an easy one to answer. And then, I thought, "Hmmmm." (Keep scrolling down to the bottom for a spontaneous dance moment when I do figure it out.)
I've had to dig deep these past few weeks to keep a promise I made to myself. By the end of my children's school year, I would have fully completed the first draft of my third novel, How Lucy Got Lucky. Since then, I have maintained my focus and nearly reached the halfway point. Yay!
Lately, I've considered putting a halt on my aspirations to be a bestselling novelist and return to teaching. I enjoyed it well enough and it paid some bills. It could be argued that I could substitute and write depending on the day. But I know better. The truth is my writing would slip off the wayside if I went back to teaching in the same way summer vacation with my children will put a pause on cranking out enough words a day to fill a novel.
So, how do I validate continuing with my original goal that seemed so sparkly wonderful in January? A goal that now, according to my doubts and many opportunities for distraction, is starting to seem somehow unworthy. And then I happened on a question posed on an on-line series by platform building guru, Michael Hyatt. (You can check it out here.)
What are you passionate about?
Terribly, my first response was I don't know. Then, I thought about my children and my husband and my extended family and my friends. I'm passionate about my relationships with everyone I love. Thinking about my loved ones lead my to my big dreams. If I could find success as an author, it would benefit everyone.
I'm passionate about being a source of sunshine and happiness in the world through my parenting, through my closest relationships and, yes, through my writing. (I do describe All Things Audry as a feel-good blog.)
So, maybe that's it! Yes, "Take your passion and make it happen." I'm feeling a spontaneous dance moment about to happen. Who wants to join in? "What a feeling!"
Readers, it's your turn. Share what you're passionate about!
Comment here or on my Facebook page.