When I first started this blog, I said that I should always be true to myself and what I’m most interested in writing about and thankfully, I’ve listened to that. So, although this post does not entirely focus on travel; this is one that I have been most eager to write in the hope that it inspires more of you out there to act on your passions, do that one thing that scares you and do whatever makes you the happiest version of yourself you can be.
Firstly, I’d like to include one little mention to Fearne Cotton for her uber inspiring latest book, ‘Happy’. I’ve recently finished reading it and felt such immense happiness, passion and creativity that I just had to start writing. Have you ever had moments like that? What was your influence or driver of it?
Moments of Passion
So, tell me – what are you truly passionate about? For me, it’s travel (no surprise there really), but I am also equally passionate about writing. Never much one for drawing or painting, writing has always been my best creative outlet. I’m thankful I have found that in life and I love knowing my own little piece of creativity is never too far away, as it’s only at the end of a pen.
To tell you the truth, it took me a long time to realise just how passionate I was about travel and writing. When visiting a new place (even if it’s only 20 minutes down the road from my house), I am overcome with such an incredible feeling of happiness and completeness, and that I have found a kind of inner peace or a zen moment. However, I can’t say that I ever really thought about that feeling enough as I would be so consumed by my surroundings.
It wasn’t until I was without travel for a few months due to work stresses, that I noticed the feeling I got when I was finally exploring somewhere new after so much time off from travelling. Then, when thinking back over all the places I’ve been to and all the experiences I’ve had, I remembered that same feeling. It had been with me on every adventure, on every trip; consumed within every happy travel memory I’ve ever had. How did I not notice it before?
Equally, when writing, I get such a buzz! Throughout my childhood and teen years, I would opt to write novels and write creatively in my spare time. Along the way, I lost that confidence in my writing abilities and promptly forgot the buzz I got from putting pen to paper. Thankfully, since starting this blog; I have once again been reminded that I just love writing. I have an affinity with words that I just don’t have with anything else besides travel.
In her book, Fearne talks about how she feels when painting or drawing; and it’s a similar feeling to what I get from writing. And when this is also combined with travel, well it’s just a total match made in heaven for me.
Harnessing Your Passion
When you do find that something that makes you feel so incredibly happy, accomplished and passionate; you should harness that power, hone your skill and in turn increase your confidence.
Through writing this blog, the words swimming around in my mind have become unlocked, my memories have been given a new leash of life and my ramblings have been given a corner of the Internet to immortalise them forever… Or at least for as long as I’ll keep this domain name registered anyway. Ahem, a note to my future grandchildren: be prepared to be shown this blog and I expect for you to read every inch of it!
I am also prone to a little bit of a celebration at the moment as well. Seeing how passionate about writing I am and seeing what I am able to do, the company I have worked for the past 4.5 years has offered me a fresh start within their Marketing team, to help out with content creation. With this new line of work due to start in just a few short days, I am exhilarated and raring to go. I just love how my blog has not only opened my eyes to how deep my passions for travel and writing go, but has also opened doors within my career for me. Now, this is really exciting!
A Tropical Paradise
In aid of letting my writing and creativity soar just that little bit further; I want to share one last rambling or snippet of my thoughts with you. Fearne’s book ‘Happy’ has a section in there for unleashing your creative, happy mind. She asks for you to complete this short story:
“The night was dark and the stars were bright…” – that’s it, you are completely at your own liberty to let your mind wander and write down whatever comes to mind. Here’s where my mind went…
“The night was dark and the stars were bright in the piercing black sky. The moon glowed down on everything in its wake and made the rippling waves sparkle as they danced. As I cooled my feet in the ocean, I imagined falling asleep and waking up in a brightly coloured tropical paradise. Rainbows dance overhead and birds litter the azure sky. The beaming sun warms my skin and brings a mega-watt smile to my face. As the cool breeze drifts towards me, with it comes the fragrant smell of eucalyptus. And in that moment, I remember light can always be found in the darkest of places.”
Personally, I think my mind drifted somewhere towards Australia – a country I have always wanted to explore. Where would your mind drift to if left free to roam and wander?
Right, I think that’s quite enough of my ramblings for one day. I hope you don’t mind me venturing off book a little bit and going where my creativity wanted me to – sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and just go with it. Now, my remaining questions for you are:
- What are you most passionate about?
What gets your creative juices flowing freely?
How would you finish Fearne’s short story?
And where would your mind wander to?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, so just jot a few notes down in the comments section below…
PS I am not directly affiliated with Fearne Cotton or her book. It was simply a very inspiring read and a literary gem I just couldn’t keep to myself. There are, however, a couple of Amazon affiliate links in here. Just in case you want to buy the book for yourself and offer my blog a little bit of support at the same time for absolutely no extra charge to you. Grazie and ciao bella!
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Text Credit: Fearne Cotton – Happy (2017)