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What Is Your Passion?

Morning friends,

I have always believed that you need to wake up each morning, and be passionate about something. I always thought you should love your job, and look forward to getting to work. If it feels like a chore, or you dread it, how will you continue it for years? “There are few things more powerful than a life lived with passionate clarity.” Erwin McManus

What makes you excited to get up in the morning? What can’t you wait to do, learn? What do you feel strongly about?

I have many things I feel passionate about. I have always loved dogs. The kind eyes, the unconditional love and good nature of dogs has always drawn me to them. I have heard many stories about abuse of animals, carelessness, and the continued existence of puppy mills. I will always have dogs, and my 2 little fur bears at home are my loves. The are great companions, helped me with my illness by bringing me joy and friendship. Recently, I received an invite to attend a conference near DC for Animal Rights. I have signed many a petition via Change.org, but look for other ways to stop animal cruelty. Although I won’t be able to attend this conference, I will be looking up others or the next one to attend, in order to network and find ways to improve/ pass laws dealing with the abuse/cruelty of animals. I feel very passionate about this, as dogs can’t speak for themselves and their treatment. As an example, I had heard a story about a dog living in a crate ( Puppy mill) for 11 years devoid nearly of light, living in deplorable conditions. This greatly saddens me. I hope to at some point make some kind of difference.

I feel passionate about expressing my creativity. Besides diversion from my illness, this blog was created to express my love for fashion and being creative when styling looks.  My desire to help other woman learn how to style and find ways to express themselves through fashion is something I love to do. I’ve always loved being creative, and wanted to find a career that I would consider useful in this endeavour and accomplishing this goal. Through my use of color and style, I love expressing my mood through fashion.

Music is another passion of mine. Through reading this blog, you have learned that I began studying the guitar at the age of 10, and had a love for music fostered by my mom who played piano when I was young. I have played in a band, taught music in the schools and privately, and love the emotion and self-expression music provides. I love many styles of music, and have a particular passion towards blues music, as the musical structure is not complicated, but the raw emotion that goes with the blue style is very captivating to me. I was passionate about spreading my love for music to my students, as well. As I had to write the music curriculum for grades 1-5, at a new private school, I began to think about what I wanted students to learn. My passion for inventiveness, improvisation, and creativity lead me to teach 5th grade how to improvise on the recorder, and write their own blues tunes. I love guitar. I am planning on getting back to playing, even if just for my own enjoyment. I hadn’t been able to play due to my EDS, but now that it is better managed, I can slowly get back into it.

If it is a passion, it is hard to let go!

If you could do anything in the world, and didn’t have to worry about financial stability, what would it be? What “hobbies” do you enjoy and how could you make it a career? What activity  would you love to wake up to, springing with joy from your bed, instead of hitting the snooze button, just one more time?…

Id love to hear what you are passionate about? Did you make it into a career? 

Leave a comment in the comment section, as I love to hear from you.

If you enjoyed this topic -Read this post- Do You Fears Hold You Back?

Thank you!

Have a great weekend!
Jess xx

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  • Niha Joly
    Posted at 08:50h, 16 July Reply


    Thanks for the great article. I have been reading your blog for some time and I absolutely love what you have been doing! Your content inspires me on a daily basis and I love seeing someone who provides real insights and transparency within the personal growth niche.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:28h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you Niha! I am so glad you enjoy my writing. The blog has evolved a bit over the years from fashion to fashion and life topics etc. I write mainly on fridays about topics that interest me or I wish to help/hear from other ladies. I appreciate your feedback! xx

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 11:09h, 10 July Reply

    I haven’t been following you for too too long, hadn’t noticed any posts before about music, but I was impressed when I saw the picture on the main blog of you playing a guitar. Music was a passion of mine for a long time – I played Tuba and Trombone all throughout school, and still play in a local Christmas concert every year. I wish there was a community band closer to me, I’d love to get back into playing more regularly.

    I suppose my music was replaced with my crocheting. I pretty much crochet nonstop… and even when I’m not doing it, I am thinking about what to make next, or what I need to finish working on. I love that I can turn a ball of string into anything and everything! Endless possibilities, and I am proud of the things I do put together.

    While I have had my blog up for a several years now, and been actively working and pushing for about the last two years for it to replace my day job, it is a really big challenge. Just when I get to the point where I can almost touch it with my finger tips, something happens and it gets pushed far away…::sighs::… Rome wasn’t built in a day though, I continue to push on with the hope of making it my career.

    Best Wishes! Alexandra

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:27h, 16 July Reply

      Hello Alexandra, that is great that you enjoy knitting. I think if one can balance their passions – blog, music, knitting, then it is very rewarding. It does take time with blogging, as i am almost at the 5 year mark and still wish to do much more. Wonderful to hear about your music background, perhaps you can play for yourself for enjoyment /xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 11:51h, 30 June Reply

    I often struggle to define what my passion is but I honestly think it is loving and caring for people. That passion was probably best fed when I worked in oncology and then again at school. Now that I am working virtually I don’t get that person to person contact so I’m looking at ways to volunteer. I am also passionate about helping others pick out clothes. I enjoy dressing others way more than myself! Ha! Still trying to figure that out but I can’t help myself – when I’m in public and see someone I’d dress differently I wish I could go up to them and say “hey, would you mind trying this?” I hold myself back so I don’t get arrested!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:55h, 30 June Reply

      Well, that is a wonderful passion. I didn’t know you worked in oncology! I understand what you are looking for when volunterring. My sis and I were talking and she is going to be voluntering at Lavine Children’s Hospital. I want to volunteer with animals. I know what you mean. my sister wants me to shop for her, and be her personal shopper! She thinks about me too when she picks up something in black, knowing my love for color. ! Happy weekend! xx

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 18:04h, 29 June Reply

    Jess, having passion is an important part of life. If I could do anything, it would be write. I am a lover of all things fiction and would like to publish all sorts of books from sci-fi and fantasy to historical romances to children’s books…I have a million ideas. When I am writing, I feel like I am creating a world and characters who really matter! Now if I could just get something finished and find someone to publish it! Ha, ha. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, lovely! Have a great weekend. – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:21h, 30 June Reply

      Hi Amy! That sounds wonderful! I also enjoy writing. I had someone ask me if I was going to write a book about my experience with EDS, moving on.. etc.This is one of the reason I enjoy the blog, writing topics that are important to me. i used to write stories as a kid, it was a favorite pastime of mine. It sounds like you have a great imagination. I say go for it! xx

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 12:54h, 29 June Reply

    I love this post, and always try to blog and do what I am passionate about. When you’re passionate working is easier and putting the time and effort seems more fulfilling. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:22h, 30 June Reply

      Thank you Laura! That is so true. Enjoy your weekend as well. xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:41h, 29 June Reply

    I can totally resonate with this post, Jess!! Because I do love style and clothes and putting together outfits!! I think I’m a fix it girl at heart, so even when I was practicing dentistry I was in my element!!
    Enjoy your weekend!!

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