Self-Love Reflections: Passion

Posted: July 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

On Sundays, I love to open discussion on topics relating to building love for ourselves and recognizing our worth. Over the past few months I have done this by re-posting one of the posts from the 30 Days of Self-Love series. I will have reposted all of these topics after next week and am now looking for another way to fill Sunday afternoons with positivity. To do so – I have decided to feature a different blogger or reader each week. I’m looking for contributors that will share a post on a “victory” or “strength” or “self-love moment”. This idea stemmed from the Strengths Out Loud series, so I’m looking for brief posts & stories similar to that. Email me if interested and I will start a list. Let’s share more of the awesome worth we all have to give and continue to motivate and inspire one another! Now, for today’s topic – PASSION!

Over the years, as I grew to love myself more, I gained more insight into all life has to offer. I finally had the chance to experience life when I cared less about how much I weighed, how many calories I ate, or how I looked in the mirror. Moving my attention and focus from such trivial matters opened new doors for me. I had more mental (and physical) energy to pursue more fulfilling areas of my life. Those ignited strong passions within me and now my life would feel empty without them. I have three great passions that provide me with so much – strength, purpose, love, confidence, opportunity for growth, and more. These passions continually make me a better person and allow me the opportunity to love my life and myself.

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Living My Life for God
For me, this is truly what life is all about. I feel I cannot do wrong if I have God at the center. Living my life for Him feels like opening a most special present every single day. I know great things await me because I can trust in Him. It helps me be more compassionate to all I come across and sharing kindness fills me up with joy. He gives me the example and capacity to love others and love myself. He opens my eyes to the many blessings in my life, so I can appreciate them. Knowing that He values me helps me value myself. He ignites me to live, which is something I didn’t want to bother with before knowing Him.

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My Family
Peter, Makenzie, and Braedon mean the world to me. I want to do all I can to support them and love them. Each day I work hard to care for them and ensure they know exactly how much better they make my world. I hope to support my husband every way he needs and encourage him as he encourages me. I strive for Makenzie (and soon Braedon) to grow in an uplifting environment and to truly know their worth.

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This Blog
This blog serves as a place to share all my passions, including the big two I mentioned above. I adore all that goes into healthy living and cannot get enough of it – workouts, nutrition, self-love ;) . Finding a community that enables me to share all I love and supports me in the process is, simply put, empowering. It has helped me grow and continues to push me to discover new interests. I never knew how much I adored writing. I never anticipated this blog would become such an ingrained part of my whole. I wish to never stop because I sincerely love it that much. That may sound cheesy, but I would be lying if I didn’t include it in my top three. Thank you for helping me to continue something I love so much.

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Having these passions in my life gives me meaning. These passions remind me of just how wonderful I am. I don’t mean that to sound conceited. God could do just fine without me. If Peter had never met me, I’m sure someone else could support him and love him just as much as I do. I certainly do not hold the belief that the blog world would lack something if I were not involved. I simply hope to express that finding passions gives me vitality and makes me appreciate myself more than imaginable.

If you do not know them already, I urge you to find your passions. Try out many new things until you come across them. Consider what excites you and chase after it. Find something that ignites you. Make life more than just going through the motions.Embrace life with excitement and let your passions guide you.

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What things are you most passionate about? How do they affect your life? If you aren’t sure on a passion, what makes you happiest right now?

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13 Comments to “Self-Love Reflections: Passion”
  1. Lisa says:

    You always inspire me Tina to be a better person! Your posts are always so insightful! Every post is an absolute joy to read! You truly have a talent! And I really appreciate every single thing you have to say, all your posts have enriched my life in some way!

  2. How inspirting! A great way to end the weekend. I’m passionate about my family, FOOD and fitness!!

  3. Tina you are always so inspiring! After what I just posted, this is something that I needed to read :). Thank you! Right now I am very passionate about my family and loved ones, and helping others with their health and the things they need to do- which is why I’m working toward a career in occupational therapy

  4. Rebecca says:

    This reminds me a little bit of part of this morning’s sermon at church. Our pastor was talking about going (missions) and toward the end of his message he brought up compassion. He asked us what we agonize over, or what really bothers us, or where we extend compassion. He said we should figure that out and immerse ourselves in it.
    It’s not *exactly* the same idea, but seems pretty close! 🙂

  5. Errign says:

    My passion IS happiness. I never want to spend long periods of time doing something that makes me miserable, because society says I should, or because everyone else is doing it. I’m passionate about reminding myself that waiting for the right moment is overrated and seizing happiness every opportunity I get!

  6. I definitely feel better about myself and about life when God is at the center 🙂 Unfortunately, sometimes I get a little off focus sometimes… and I get so wrapped up in my own petty things!

    But right now, I’m feeling good 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    I love what you plan to do with Sundays! You always are so inspiring and I for sure lurk your blog when I am feeling a little under the weather!

  8. Cara says:

    I loved this post! The things I am most passionate about would be God and my relationship with him, my health, and my relationships with others! Thank you for inspiring so many!

  9. The Chick says:

    I think my problem is I have too many passions lol! I get so fired up and excited and energized about so many things that it’s hard to choose just a few. I would say my passions would have to be 1) God, 2) my amazing hubby, 3) my awesome kids, 4) homeschooling, 5) my weight-loss blog, and it just goes on from there, Seriously I could list 10 more things that just really fuel me, give me energy and drive and motivation. I just love life!

  10. You said it sister.
    As soon as we take our focus off of numbers on the scale or how many calories we’re consuming, we start to realize what truly matters.

    God and family are two of the most important things in my life and I love that they mean a lot to you as well.

    Beautiful post, as usual 🙂

  11. I totaly agree with what you said about God being the centre. He is my rock and gives me the strength to be passionate about my life, job and relationship 🙂 great post Tina!!

  12. Stephanie says:

    What a beautiful, inspirational post. I’m new to your blog (saw you as a guest poster on another blog), and this is actually the first post of yours that I’ve read. I know already that this is a place where I will feel at home. Passion is so important…if we don’t invest ourselves fully in our lives, then we’re wasting them! I would love to do a guest post about self-love on your blog someday, if you’d like me to. 🙂

    • Tina says:

      Aw, thank you so much for the kind words!!! Send me an email about the guest post. I would love to have you! 🙂

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