Reconnecting With Your Passions

quotes-passion-v2-01-kurt-vonnegut-600x411Upon returning from my trip to Positano this past May I was inspired to reconnect with my passion for painting. After  having the opportunity to meet and speak with many of the local artists in Positano, I began to feel a dormant part of me begin to stir. The inner artist that once loved creating with paint began to call out from within. In that moment I told my boyfriend that I was determined to acknowledge this yearning and get back to painting once back in the state. Upon my return to NY I received an email from a local art store in my neighborhood advertising a 50% off sale on all paints, brushes and canvases. The sign was way too large for me to ignore. I quickly printed the coupon and headed to the store. That day I was able to invest in some art supplies. Two days later I stumbled across my old easel I had left at my mom’s home.  Everything came together in the span of three days. I was ready to get reacquainted with the long-lost artist within.

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Today, I can report that my inner artist is alive and kicking. While at first I was a little apprehensive to get back into painting, I managed to silence my inner critic by quieting my expectations of creating a masterpiece on the first go around. I was so excited just to paint that it didn’t really matter what the final product resulted in. The feel of the brushes at my fingertips and the peace that came with putting paint to canvas brought me more joy then the art I was actually creating. I was awakening something long forgotten within me and that felt great!IMAG0622IMAG0619

It’s been three weeks since my first “brush” at my return to painting. I feel such a sense of joy now that I am devoting time and energy toward a passion  I had forgotten existed within me. Included in this post you will see some of the paintings I have been working on. I can only hope that this blog post inspires some of you to take some time to listen to and acknowledge some of your own forgotten passions. The universe is constantly sending us messages and signals that help to bring us one step closer to our bliss. I encourage you all to keep an open mind and an open heart to these signals. It’s never too late to get reacquainted with a hidden talent or skill you’ve been ignoring. Dust off those creative parts of yourself that have just been dying to come out and play. What passion will you awaken this week?

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19 comments

  1. Oh I’m so glad you shared this. I’ve been like a disappointed mom towards myself lately because I have all these passions or things I said I’ll do but haven’t followed through fully on any of them. I can completely relate to your neglected passion burning inside of you. I too love to paint, but hate to spend money on things that I don’t think will laugh. I have started a project on our chalkboard in my apartment. Maybe this weekend I’ll find a thrift store to buy some painting supplies.

      1. Thanks Katie!
        The quotes come from a number of places. I love quotes so i often buy books filled with them. Other times I will find myself just using Google to search for quotes that fit with my blog posts. Thanks again for the lovely compliment. Glad you liked the paintings. The process has really been severing me as a form of meditation.

    1. Glad this post resonated with you Katie. Allowing a forgotten passion to emerge is like coming home again. There is such a joy that comes with reconnecting with your authenticity and inner yearning. I would absolutely like to challenge you to go to that thrift store this weekend and pick up some things that call out to you. You won’t regret it! Silence that loyal soldier this weekend. When we don’t think we have enough to do the things we want, we don’t. Believe there is abundance in your life and it will come to you. You have all you need to make this passion come alive again. Please let me know how your weekend turns out. Have a great day!

      1. Wow you are so good with your words! Thank you so much for all those kind words. I can see why life coach is your calling. I will definitely report back with my progress!

        Hope you have a great day as well. 🙂

  2. ..i wanted to return to your post and tell you how happy i am for you, having your brushes in your hands again, just the fact that you overcame what you did must feel phenomenal. good on you!

    my early training was as a painter, although my true passion was sketching and then life somehow got involved…so this account of yours resonated deeply, thank you so much for the reminder and for sharing your wonderful paintings:::::enjoy::::::

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I would love to discuss your training as a painter some time. While i used to paint when I was younger I never received any classical training. It would be great however to learn some tricks from someone like yourself. You never know maybe you can pick up where you left off with this passion. 🙂 Thanks again for commenting on this post. I am so glad it resonated with you.

  3. Several years ago, while going through a box of memories from a long ago love, I found my box of long dry sumi ink, grinder, and dishes. A bit of a flicker. A trip to an art supply store ignited and I began again my love of sumi….and took my katana out of its wrapping and lovingly began to sharpen and shine. Regardless of whoever and whatever, we should never let our passions be muted. I’m glad you allowed your passion to rise again. Great artwork. Joyous expression. Resurrected passion….

    1. I love reading comments like these. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Our passions are an extension of who we are. By silencing them we deny the world an opportunity to witness what is beautiful and unique about us. So glad you were able to rekindle your love of Sumi and once again unwrap your Katana sword. Please stop by again.

  4. So glad that you went back to painting! Your work looks very good too! I could totally relate to your post because recently I went back to drawing (something I hadn’t done since I was a kid) and it feels great! I even invested in some professional markers and tools, just like you renewed your painting kit 🙂 I’m not really good with painting and brushes, but I sure love my markers! 🙂 Keep painting and don’t ever give up on your passions!

    1. Hi Dudzi,

      Thank you for your feedback. I really love to hear stories like yours. It’s a beautiful thing when we can return to our passions and honor those parts of our selves that are just dying to be shared with the world. So happy you invested in some markers to slowly build up your painting kit. Good luck to you. :o)

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