Last week I was listening to a podcast and the episode happened to be discussing an aspiring author’s passion project (of writing novels) while she was working full-time. Of course there were struggles in balancing the two, but listening to the author discuss her passion project’s success really inspired me to bring some attention to the importance of them.
First of all, what is a “passion project?” Essentially it’s something you work on separate from your daily hustle/full-time job (some people do turn their passion projects into FT jobs though) that really makes you happy. Your real-life “escape” if you will, that you really throw yourself into and feel fulfilled doing.
For me, my passion project is my blog. When people find out I have one they’re always shocked, wondering how I have the time with a full-time job and so many other things going on. My response? I just really love it. And it’s incredibly important to make time for the things you love!
It’s so easy to fall into the motions of the day – wake up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Of course there can be other activities sprinkled in there, but honestly, I think putting yourself into a “robot routine” is one of the biggest ways people get into a rut and become unhappy.
Everyone should have a passion project. It doesn’t have to be something you do every single day, but it should absolutely be something you integrate into your life.
Why? Because it’ll boost your mood, reduce your stress levels, help you build your talents and enable you to keep growing and learning.
Is there something you have an interest in? Maybe improving your photography, working on cars, starting your own blog, learning how to crochet, or volunteering for a charity? Pick something you’re curious about or interested in, and give it a try. I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Do you have a passion project? What things are you passionate about?