Monday, February 18, 2008

What's Your Passion

What’s your passion? What drives you to get out of bed each morning? Think beyond your job and the need to make money. If you’re a woman think beyond your children. I say that lovingly we all love and should be passionate about our children but we are more than mothers. What truly makes you happy and tingle from head to toe?

Over the past year I’ve found several things beyond my family that get my ass off the procrastination couch. Some I’ve done my entire life or for as long as I could remember and others I should have been doing all along and others I am learning.

I’ve always been a reader even when I was a struggling young student failing reading in school. I loved the places books took me and I taught myself how to read when teachers couldn’t. I am dyslexic and it wasn’t a widely known learning problem when I was young. Today I am still a voracious reader. I read at least one book a week and this year it is my goal to read at least 52 books. I’ve always been a writer, but it wasn’t until seventh or eight grade that I knew I wanted to be one for a living. I was an athlete, I’m not now but I am getting myself back in shape and healthy again. I’m eating healthier than I ever have and I’m making a conscious effort to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I should have done this all along.

I’m learning to be passionate about honesty with myself. Over the last year I’ve come to terms with the truth that I AM FAT. I have only myself to blame because I was the one who ate all the crappy food and put off the exercise for another day. Scarlett O’Hara I am not. Yes, I do have a thyroid problem, but I’m on medication now and it’s getting better. It’s no excuse for being fat. Admitting that I am fat has been the most freeing and gratifying event in my adult life since getting married and having my kids. The past year has been difficult but it’s also been one of my happiest. If I hadn’t gotten sick and had to deal with the possibility of lung cancer I probably wouldn’t have stood up to me and started on the road to being the best me possible.

I looked in the mirror and said, “You are fat, unhealthy and throwing your life away.” I cried for an hour. Then I wiped away the tears and looked in the same mirror and said, “I am going to change. I am going to love me the way I am. Fat or thin I am still me.” I embraced my truth. Today I’m still fat but I’m not as fat as a year ago. I’m healthier. I’ve gotten my blood pressure under control and the cholesterol is almost where it should be and I’ve accomplished this through a proper diet, exercise and getting my thyroid under control.

I asked myself a year ago what I was passionate about and I said writing, photography, art and my dogs. Today I ask myself the same question and I have a very different answer, I write ME. I am passionate about my writing, photography and many other things because they are what make me, me.

On a lighter note another quiz-

What Is Your Hidden Talent

This one cracked me up! It's not such a hidden talent :)

Your hidden talent is writing

Your hidden talent is writing.  You have a unique way of viewing the world and are able to express your thoughts eloquently on the page.  Some people might think that you are weird, but you are just the next Pulitzer prize winner.

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Until next time good reading and writing!


  1. you're very strong. i hope you say that in the mirror, too.
    oh, and you're a wonderful mum to furries and skinnies. i'm trusting my instinct on this one.

  2. Thank you :)I try my damnedest to be the best mom I can be. Getting healthy and happy is also for my family.