Find Your Passion…

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you, and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.”


– T. Alan Armstrong


My lovely new friend Lesley has this quote in her email signature line.  I love it.  I am trying to live it at this very moment.  I say “trying”, because following your passion is scary sometimes.  No guarantees, very little idea of what the future holds, lots of unknowns and fears.  It’s not necessarily a secure feeling place.  Yet, I feel it is a necessity for me.  Like breathing.  And so, I AM making choices to follow my passion.  I AM executing the “steps” I believe are involved in this endeavor, however slowly it seems to me at times.  It’s just my mind (substitute ‘ego’) that gets in the way…and claims to be “trying” to follow a passion.  I am on the path….my mind is slow in catching up to the idea.  Kind of like dragging along the unwilling.

So for me, to read stories of others who bravely crash through their own minds’ limitations and follow their passions, is a soothing and inspiring balm for my skittish mind/ego.   Perhaps a bit like a hot Rusty Nail on a cold and stormy night.

Lesley has done just that…written a book about the creative women in the Cowichan Valley.  There was not one woman who’s fascinating story did not make me want to meet them if I had not already.  I feel so fortunate to live in a place that is teaming with creativity and independence and non-conformity and strength and sustainability and inspiration and, and, and…I’ve said it before, I feel like I’ve found my tribe.

If you are in need of some inspiration, check it out – Lesley’s wonderful book is here:

And, if you happen to live in the area, there will be a Book Launch and HeART Party held at Embellish in Duncan on Feb 14!

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4 Responses

  1. Caroline James

    When I was in my first year of art school one of my teachers suggested I should not get too hopeful about a career in the arts,…;)…..I could tell many people felt sorry for me. I was a pretty terrible, terribly passionate painter.

    When you know where your passion lies, you know who you are, and no one can push you off your path unless you let them. Put on the blinders, stick in your ear plugs, carry a big paint brush and move forward one step at a time…..:)….If you stay on the path you’re on eventually you’ll get where you’re going!

  2. CherylBM

    Oh, Caroline…that is just such good and encouraging advice. Thanks for your wise words. Reminds me of a phrase I’ve heard used by others: “Your opinion of me is none of my business.”
    And…look at you now. Still passionate and still painting….and doing very well I might add. Shows you that no matter how well intended, the words of others mean nothing in comparison to the still small voice within. I will remember this for not only my sake but for that of my boys who will receive much advice from many over the next several years.

  3. larissa mclean

    I was told in arts school that I would never me a practicing artist and an art teacher! Not only that but I am opening up an etching studio this summer in High River Alberta, am painting, and have helped to create a community garden her in my neighborhood. I teach at the High School level, art and horticulture the two things I love most in life…why did this happen, because I’m passionate and I made it happen. My favorite quote….”The highest goodness is like water. Water benefits all things and does not compete. It stays in the low places which others despise. Therefore it is near eternal.” Sometimes people only see what you have and don’t realize the trials and tribulations, great growth and effort to get there is all part of the process.

  4. Cheryl Bakke Martin

    Thank you Larissa for sharing your experience. And kudos to you for following your heart even when the voices of others would conspire to lead you astray. I am encouraged by your passion to carry on doing what you love and are obviously gifted to create in your community. We are all better for it.

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