Finding your Passion and Knowing When it’s Meant to Be

There’s this saying that goes around, typically after a relationship ends: “If you love someone, set them free, if they return it was meant to be.”

Well, this post is not about a breakup, but more about finding your true passions.

Some are naturally more in tune with their passions while others need to do a little digging- and that’s okay! That’s actually great.

For me, the first time I took photography seriously was during an elementary school film photography project. I remember wanting to stand out from my peers and photographing the same elements but in a different angle- from down below, from up top. I just remember wanting to be different. I remember smiling and getting excited when I found that ‘sweet spot’ every photographer finds (although at the time, I didn’t know that’s what it was called.)

We finished the project by hosting a studio night at the school where our parents and members of the community could view our photography. I was so proud to show my work after carefully picking out the right frame matting (appropriately red, white, and blue) for my three favorite images. These prints are currently packed away in boxes for my upcoming move- but I do still have them.

After that, I went on and did normal kid/student stuff until I hit early high school. My dad would take us to races during the weekends where he worked on a friend of the family’s dragster. I desperately wanted an assignment, something to do- so my dad handed me a camera. “Your job is to document us working and to photograph the driver racing down the tracks. Your job as a photographer is important because you’re capturing memories.” So I fell back into my natural element- photography.

Fast forward to when I joined the military as a public affairs journalist and photo journalist. I would never take back the seven years I served in the military, or the thousands of photographs I took. Throughout this time, I remembered what my dad said.

“Your job as a photographer is important because you’re capturing memories.”

This brings me to where I am today. In my earlier years, photography and art in general was a passion that made an appearance every once in a while, but then made a solid presence in my life within the last five years. To me, the quote I mentioned above works for finding your passions. Although they may come and go throughout different times in your life, there’s always something that your mind wanders back to. There’s always something that fuels your fire. Whatever it is, it’s meant to be.

Finding your passion and knowing when it's meant to be

I’ve been doing a lot of planning behind the scenes the last few months both for myself, my blog and my future businesses. It was hard to balance all this planning during throughout personal life events and when my main priority at the time was #MonroeFamilyFlip, but now that that’s all settled, I’ve been able to put my passions first again.

I’m sure this comes to no surprise to some of the people that know me or have been following me way before I started my blog, but I’ll be officially launching my photography/creative consulting business and rebranding my blog at the end of 2015 (I’m coming for ya, 2016!) I have a few other tricks up my sleeve too, but that’s for another time.

In this photo, I included a thank you note for one of my latest photography clients because I wanted to thank you too, whoever you are reading this. Thank you for all of the continuous support you’ve given me- whether you’ve stuck with me when I first started posting photography on my personal Facebook and Flickr, or if you’re a newer follower because of my blog or my posts at The Everygirl.

Photography is my passion– whether I’m capturing the love between two people, to coming up with a theme and concept for stylized shoots featuring local vendors. Coaching is another passion- I love to share my knowledge and watch people grow. There’s a few other things in between, but I’ll save that for another post.

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  • Elizabeth

    Yes!! This is true passion girl! Keep going! Never settle for anything less than the best!

  • Great read! Since I’ve been following my passion, I’ve been on a crazy journey and adventure!