What Would You Do?

“What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?”

That’s the question given to us in Kelly Rae’s Flying Lessons. For me, the specific question I struggled with for years was “What would I do if money was not a concern?” I’ve always been creative. I’ve always been entrepreneurial. But only when I stopped obsessing about money and started focusing on what I really wanted did I get an honest, unclouded answer.

But before I could answer the what, I had to understand the whyWhy would I do what I want to do? What do I believe in? What tugs at the deepest core of my heart? What drives me to action?

And the answer I got from the depths of my soul is this – I believe that the only way to live life is with passion. Passion for oneself. Passion for family. Passion for work. Passion for the Earth.

This is at the core of everything I do now. I know and encountered so many people devoid of passion – simply existing to pay the bills or to conform. I’ve been there – trapped in what others expected of me. Once I found the courage to break away from expectations and pursue what I really wanted to do (which was in itself a journey of self-discovery), I felt freer, more alive.

So what do I want to do? I want to make art. More importantly, I want to inspire. Inspire others to find their passion and pursue it. Inspire others to practice self-expression and self-exploration through creative endeavors – help them let go of the mental bonds that bind them.

“No matter where you are in life right now, no matter who you are, no matter how old you are – it is never too late to be who you are meant to be.” – Esther & Jerry Hicks

How will I do this? First and foremost by example. Then reflected through my blog, by publishing a book, through intimate creative workshops, and through my photography and artwork. These are my goals. (I’m keeping the specifics to myself for now.)

Of course there are fears and apprehensions and anxieties. The mere act of posting about this is scary for me. There’s the “Who does she think she is?” or the “I’m not good enough.” And it paralyzes me at times. But I have to keep faith and believe in myself because if I don’t, no one is going to believe in me. I have to start with myself.

So onward I go. Always moving forward, one step at a time.

“Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at – just please yourself.”- Ralph Steiner

Wait. What about money? I still have to eat, right? And pay the bills. And support the family – although Troy is doing a pretty good job at this. And travel. And buy more art supplies – lol! Well, again, I keep faith. I know it will come. As long as I keep doing what I love doing. It also helps to have a very supportive husband. {Thanks.}

And now I ask you, “What would you do if money was no concern or if you knew you wouldn’t fail?”

Con mucho amor,

15 replies on “What Would You Do?”

i love your post, only a minute ago i was thinking i am such passionate person toward all that you listed!!!..BUT with passion sometimes there comes stresses way beyond our control, disasters, famine and the like…things with which being passionate can effect you deeply….BUT…we also experience great joy as well, and the share of someone elses joy whether it be someone we know or someone whom we don’t….life as a passionate person can be very emotional, and art/creativity is a great way to helpp with our emotions….have i rambled too much…sorry!!!lol…take care!!!xxx

What a pretty blog you have and thanks for sharing. I came over here from your post on Kelly Rae. Isn’t it great to be joining together on this creative journey. Like you, my passion is art and inspiring others. In my ‘day job’ I get to do a bit of the latter, my role concerns employee engagement so it’s about getting people bought in and passionate about what the company is trying to achieve. Of course, a role like that only works in a company you love and I’m pleased to have recently found just that place. My art though is my real passion. Nice to meet you and look forward to reading more and seeing how we get on.

Hi Johwey. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I wouldn’t know you are Pinay until you dropped by!

I can totally relate to your post. I’ve used the word “passion” oftentimes whenever people ask me on what I do. And yes, we are truly blessed to have partners that supports our endeavors. :) So go ahead and pursue your passion. Kaya mo ‘yan, girl! ;)

I still have to catch up with Kelly’s class. Will add you up on my blog reads. :) Regards!

This is such an inspiring post and your little girl is sooo pretty! Her photos made me smile and your words warm my heart! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Your post inspires me. And I’m humbled that you thank me in it :)

I’ve been trying to lead you to this light for several years, and it means so much to me that you’re seeing the light and following your heart.

You are the most talented and creative person I’ve ever met. With the passion and vision you’re building – you will be unstoppable!

Keep up the great work.

thanks so much for stopping by at my blog! How are you finding Kelly’s class? It is pretty amazing, isn’t it? i see so many of us growing and transforming and…FLYING!! and its’ only week 1!! I really enjoyed reading your post-you articulated what so many of us feel and it helps to name our fears and move through them! xxx

I love your post! You’ve been able to put into words, much of what I feel. Being creative brings me such joy and fills me with such passion. Money is a big issue for me, but I am realizing that I can’t keep waiting to live a more creative life after the bills have been paid. I need to live this creative life right now. So now I have at least started working towards adding art and creativity into each and every day. I’m unclear of what it will bring me in the future in terms of livelihood. But right now, as I create, as I participate in “flying lessons”, as I join a like-minded community, I feel alive and full of passion.

Johwey-yes! I created a journal just for this class (and now, with all this info and inspiration, I am so glad I did!!). There is so much good energy from kelly and our classmates…I am so loving it! I totally know what you mean about missing good-creative-woman-energy:)-Soraya

I’d paint and paint and paint! Well I guess that’s what I am doing now (when Motherhood gives me small glimpses of time off!). I am also lucky to have a supportive man in my life cheering for me and supporting our family. With this and passion, talent and determination on our sides I am sure we will both flourish and succeed. Thanks you for sharing, I know putting this vulnerable stuff out there is scary and hard.

Hi Johwey – I popped over from the FL discussion board. I love that we are really taking the courage to dig deep and ask these questions. I have been going through the same kinds of discussions with myself and, interestingly, coming up with many of the same answers! I wish I would have done it at a younger age – but, hey, it’s never too late, right? Keep on doing what you’re doing – LOVE the pics!!

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