Finding your vision of happiness
A year ago , PURSUIT concierge + lifestyle management was launched. Coming from the real estate and bridal industries, I saw that too many people struggled with finding enough time to plan for these “monumental” moments in time. Buying a home and getting married are two of the biggest events in the lives of many adults. They require lots of time and energy so people squeeze it into their busy schedules. I’m a believer that many of our most precious memories are sneakily stashed in the most random and unexpected of experiences. In fact, one of my favorite memories that comes to mind is from when I was about 6 years old. It was a drippy, cold weekend day. With no where to go, my dad and I decided to build a fort in our living room and just hang out. How lucky I was to have a parent available to fool around for an afternoon with me. Didn’t he have somewhere more important to be? Evidently not.
[Tweet “When you’re truly passionate about something, it’s a love you can’t suppress. #pursueyourhappy”]
My vision, when launching PURSUIT, was that once I was able to free up valuable time for the people of Seattle, they would use it for playtime. All their passions, dreams and desires would bubble to the surface and they’d spend any available minute pouring over their projects. Though I’m sure some of my clients are fulfilling my dreams by following their own, I know many are not.
I’ve started asking people, what is it that you love, that gets your heart racing, that wakes you up in the morning? It’s easy to tell who’s in touch with their passions, their answer comes quickly. When you’re truly passionate about something, there’s no suppressing it. It’s a love that forces its way into your day to day life. For so many of us, however, we started pushing our passions down the list of priorities as we started to conform to the pressures of responsibilities and “priorities.” My guess is that we start shushing our dreams around the 3rd grade, the time we start trying to be cool.
By the time we’re grown ups, we’ve lost touch with what we once loved. We started thinking of what makes us happy in the context of what can get us paid. We’re dealing with a limping economy, one that has encouraged us to sacrifice our overall happiness for the ability to stay up on our bills. I’m part of the millennial crowd, a group that has been fed a story of finding work we can love but can also pay off our school debt.
When talking with the youth, I hear a common story of an ever-dangling, overly optimistic carrot. We’re all hoping to be the one that works our asses off in our 20s to live a life of luxury and pleasure for the rest. Of course that would be lovely and I would gladly accept it. But I fear it will leave many in the place of their employers. Employers, who were once in their 20s with the same dream, who are now in their 40s or 50s continue to crank out 40+ hour work weeks in the hopes of reaching this dream. Only a few are so lucky to retire young, banking on this as an outcome is risky. Why must the years of adventure and happiness wait?
I believe it’s crucial, for the success of your professional and entrepreneurial endeavors, to be in touch with what makes you happy NOW. Start incorporating the activities that make your heart sing NOW. This may sound grim but I say it to inspire you, there’s no guarantee of a tomorrow. Making your way through your days with the ever-present goal of getting there, to that place, someday, will cause you to wake up one day and have no idea where your life went.
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But then we come back to this idea that so few of us actually know what it is we would like to be doing, what our passions actually are. They’ve been stuffed down to the bottom of the list for so long that we’ve lost touch with a core part of who we are. So, to stay on my primary mission of connecting people with their passions, I am starting a series of events that will do just that. We’re forming a community of driven individuals on a mission to live a life with a heart wide open.
We’ll start on Tuesday, March 31st at 6pm. I’ll be leading an abundance exercise that’s all about getting back in touch with what we really want to see in our lives and how we can begin to manifest this vision. I hope you’ll join me. If you don’t have time, let me know and we’ll find it for you.