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January 2015

Passions & Purpose

She followed her passions. And because she followed them, she didn’t have to worry about taking the wrong path or the right path. All she had to focus on was taking the path that led her to her passions.

Her passions then led her to her purpose. So she never had to worry about finding her purpose or her calling or worry about missing it. It was always right in front of her. The more she followed her passions, the more she fulfilled her purpose.

And by fulfilling her purpose, she changed the world.

God gives us all specific passions. Inside these passions lies our purpose. I use to think I had to find my purpose but in all reality, I never had to find anything. It was never about finding something. God never said we would have to search high and low to find our purpose. It has always been right there. Right there in your heart. Right there in my heart.

You want to find your purpose? Follow your passions.

You find by following your passions.

Like I always say, you can’t force passion. Passion forces you.

Your purpose is in your passion.

Go follow it.

Love & Blessings,

Tara

“Good writing succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” ~Malcolm Gladwell

The Mismatches

My four year old niece NEVER wears matching socks. She picks out her own clothes and she likes her socks to mismatch. She also likes to wear the same leggings for days at a time. I always find it interesting what my nieces will pick out to wear when they pick out their own clothes. They come walking in the house, throw off their jackets, and, “Surprise!”, it looks like they just came from a closet that had no lights on and lots of colorful clothes. It just amazes me. Girls love bright colors.

As I was watching my niece rock back and forth in her rocking chair with her mismatched colorful socks on, I just got to thinking…., why do I wear matching socks? Why don’t I mismatch them….on purpose….like her?

I thought about the socks I do have. I have mostly black and white socks. Some have holes in them. I have gym socks. Now those have some colors in them. That made me think even more, why do I have colorful gym socks versus plain everyday socks? Does this mean I enjoy life more when I am in the gym or working out? Who even said I have to wear matching socks to begin with? Is there a rule?

My mind was spinning. So many of us in life do things because this is the way we have been taught to do them or this is the way everyone else does them. Sometimes we look at those things we are doing and wonder, why am I doing it this way? I have a better way. Yet, even when we have found a better way, we continue to do it the other way because that’s the way everyone else does it.

I say, “Stop it!” If you want to wear mismatching socks, wear mismatching socks. If you have found a better way to do something, do it the better way. Even if no one else agrees with that way or likes that way or makes fun of you for doing it that way. The most interesting people to me are the people who are different. I love learning about others. Especially those who are doing things differently than the rest of the world. I am attracted to those people. I admire people like that. Don’t be afraid to be who you are. When you be who you truly are, trust me, you inspire others to be who they truly are. You create a ripple effect.

Children inspire me to be exactly who I am at just the right moments. So do other people. The rare birds. I say be a rare bird……on purpose. Be exactly who you want to be. Be exactly who you are…..on purpose.

Love & Blessings,

Tara

“Good writing succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” ~Malcolm Gladwell

A Fight That Inspires

I love hanging out with little kids because they always ground me. They are living examples of truly living in the present. They are living examples of what it is to be excited about everything with no hold back. They just amaze me. One of my nieces recently gave me an envelope with a note inside that said, “I love you Tara.” And another recently gave my husband and I a drawing for Christmas. The drawing was of a Treasure Map with an “X” on it. Another one of my friend’s little one was looking at a book and pointed to one of the pictures and said, “Look Mom. It’s Tara.” The picture was of a boy soldier with curly hair. Those things just melt my heart every single time. I know I am in their thoughts. It is truly such a blessing.

Kids just live. They get messy. And they have fun getting messy. They get wet. And they have fun getting wet. They take risks. And they have fun taking those risks. They ask questions. And they have fun asking those questions. They are naturally curious about life and others and they have so much joy in learning about life and others. The other thing they do that can really get under our skin is they fight. They fight for what they want. As a parent you can yell at them and tell them they have to share but when you turn your back, they may still fight for what they want. I admire that to a point. I appreciate that reminder. A reminder to fight for what you want in life.

So many of us give up easily on going after the life we desire. Why? Since when? Because of who? One person comes rushing in crushing our dreams and we throw up our hands. Not cool. Fighting for what we want in life is a sure way to get what we want in life. We may get annoyed at kids for fighting over their toys all the time but every time they fight, we should ask ourselves if we are still fighting for the life we desire. Are we still fighting for our marriage? Are we still fighting for that job? Are we still fighting for a friendship? Are we still fighting to finish school? Pay off debt? Be great people? Go on that trip? Get that promotion? Lose weight? Run a marathon? Whatever it is!

Don’t stop fighting for your dreams. And the next time your kids or nieces/nephews/grandkids or friend’s kids fight, be reminded of your dreams and the battle you are fighting to achieve them. Let their little fight inspire your big fight.

Love & Blessings,

Tara

“Good writing succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” ~Malcolm Gladwell

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