How To Pursue Your Passions

Instead Of Sitting On The Couch Dreaming About Your Passions, Go Follow Them Instead

"My dad always tells me that he has never waited for retirement to retire."


I think the saddest thing I've ever heard was when my professor asked a classmate what his hobbies were and he replied, "Netflix."

Fellow Aztecs: Netflix is not a hobby. Perhaps if you can justify it by explaining that you enjoy watching shows to learn about a certain topic that interests you, then maybe I'll be convinced that TV can be a hobby. But until then, I can't in good conscience consider bingeing television a legit hobby.

After my professor asked about our hobbies or whatever it is we fill our free time with, he asked us what we would rather be doing if we didn't have to go to school or earn an income. Those answers were much different than "Netflix" or "I don't know." People said they would be traveling the world or learning to cook.

Lots of people would agree that something gets in the way of them doing what they truly want to do or want to try. That 'something' may be time, money, other priorities like school or family. But most people seem to be wasting away their days doing things that they would rather not do. At first, most people would agree that they can't do whatever it is they want to do without money and that they can't earn money without their job. People suffer through having to do work that they don't want to do in hopes that one day they will maybe be able to finally do whatever it is they actually want to do.

This is a rather American view on life. Americans like to think they should work hard in school or their jobs so that later in life they may be able to do whatever they actually want to pursue. One country, in particular, Italy, views life very differently. They believe that it is silly to prioritize things that we do not enjoy doing in hopes that it will eventually help us to be able to do what we do enjoy. They believe in prioritizing both if not only the things that we enjoy doing. Employers in Italy believe in giving their employees weeks of paid time off throughout the year so that they may enjoy the activities that make them happy. They believe in prioritizing world travel or being with family because it makes us better people and therefore better employees.

In fact, it seemed like most of my classmates agreed that they prioritize schoolwork or their jobs over any other kind of activity that makes them happy or leaves them feeling fulfilled. Even at young ages, we are stuck in the mindset that we don't have the capacity to satisfy our souls. I believe that too many people are afraid of pursuing their true passions and use other things like school or money as excuses. If you truly want it, you'll find a way to make it a priority. If you tell me that you don't have time to practice the instrument that you love playing because you have a fulltime job, that's on you because I can guarantee you that if you prioritize it, you will find the time. If you tell me that you've always wanted to take art lessons but don't have the money because you have bills to pay, make it as much as a priority as paying for your bills.

This is certainly a more optimistic stance on life but definitely not unrealistic. My dad always tells me that he has never waited for retirement to retire. I've taken that idea to heart. I don't prioritize my schoolwork or my part-time jobs over my other activities like writing or exploring San Diego. In fact, schoolwork may be at the bottom of my list. I prioritize traveling as much of the world as I can with my circumstances, I prioritize writing for my blog, I prioritize learning to draw, etc. That isn't to say I don't care about my school or my job. I still give both 110%, I just don't use them as an excuse not to do other things as well. For example, my cover photo is from my most recent trip to San Francisco. I decided to take almost a week off from school and work to go to SF for my birthday in the middle of the semester. How do I do that you might ask? I finished all of that week's readings/homework/online assignments prior to leaving and requested time off from work. It's that simple. Don't let being a student stand in your way from pursuing your real passions. If you're so unhappy with school, do something about it.

I'm not saying drop everything to go chase your dreams necessarily. I just wish more people didn't fill their days with work that they don't actually want to do. That said if school is your true passion then kudos to you because you're already one step ahead of all of us. I encourage you to try giving priority to something else in your life that you've always wanted to enjoy. Try living like the Italians!

For more content, check out my up and coming lifestyle/travel blog: A Living Purpose :)

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
Cover Image Credit: Sara Donnelli Photography

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If Shonda Can Do A Year Of Yes, Then So Can I



A few years ago, Shonda Rimes decided to do a year of saying yes, after her sister told her she says "No" to everything. It ended up changing her life.

So, I've decided to embark on my own year of yes.

Sure, it may be easy to say yes to everything when you're a millionaire with a bunch of record-setting televisions shows, but the rest of us can do it too.

Say yes to treating yourself.

Say yes to taking care of yourself.

Say yes to saying no, don't stretch yourself too thin.

Say yes to new opportunities

The year of yes is about taking better care of yourself.

My year of yes starts right now.

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