Pursue your passion

“What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

Something I’ve been lucky to have all my life is supportive parents who give great advice. And as I’ve grown older, I have been careful to surround myself with people who are just as supportive, who also provide excellent guidance, but also challenge me to be my best self.
It’s not all been about those around me though, pursuing my passion is, in the end, an ‘inside job’. I’ve taken my natural talents and skills and paired them with my energy, motivation and passion ― as well as my strong work ethic ― to pursue the career of my dreams.

Naturally, there have been times where limiting beliefs have left me feeling like ” I can’t do it” or “I’m not good enough”, but my passion and drive have usually overridden these feelings!

Let’s rewind for a moment to where things started for me.

After finishing school, which wasn’t my thing, I played it pretty safe. I did what I was good at and what came naturally. But I also had a big picture vision in my head; it was just a bit blurry at the time!

I entered university to study a business degree, but it turned out that I learnt more ‘on the job’ than in the lecture theatre. I was bored with going to university and wanted to quit. So I started to make my opportunities.

“Opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized”.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

I applied to study at San Diego State in the US, where I was eventually accepted. However, when I arrived in the US, the universe had different plans for me. Instead of making it to class, I joined Road Trip Nation, a TV show travelling the States. The mantra of the show was ‘Follow your passion and do what you love’, and I took it seriously! What my time in the US taught me was that as long as you do the work and have TRUST, the universe will support you.

“Law of attraction equals taking action.”

Let’s fast forward a few years. I leapt at an opportunity at the tender of 22 to open a yoga and Pilates studio. I said YES. Nevermind that I had to sell my car (which was owned by the bank!) to buy in, I knew it was the right move.

My mantra became ‘fake it until you become it’ and it served me well those first few years in business. Eventually, this original studio became Essence of Living, and 14 years later here we are.

My advice for pursuing and living your passion?

  • Stay humble
  • Keep learning
  • Always be open to growth and evolution

“My recipe for success is equal parts passion, focus and adaptability”
– Michelle Cassidy