How are you nurturing your passions outside of your defined roles? Join author Rachel Smith as she shares “Fifty Shades of Women’s Passion.“
Written by Rachel Smith
Most of us are wildly aware that, as women, we are not one trick ponies. We are leaders as much as listeners. Nurturers and bosses. Often times we are pulled in a tension between our career and families, or in a job that doesn’t align to our values.
How are you nurturing your passions outside of your defined roles? For inspiration, I decided to seek out women who are living out their passions, and many have turned that into helping other women.
In short, Fifty Shades of Women’s Passions celebrates women doing authentically passionate careers. Fifty shades of women who are living their dreams. Fifty shades of women talking to each other instead of about each other. Fifty shades of being on each others sides as women. Fifty shades of self expression through work. Fifty shades of real passion that doesn’t involve anything remotely Grey.
I’m getting inspired just sitting here typing these in no particular order (and there aren’t actually 50, its just the title). The best part is, this list is a tiny representation of women living their passion authentically. And I’d like to see more. Add someone you know, or yourself, in the comments section!
- Kelly Keenan Trumobour // See Jane Invest. Links women to the information and support they need to turn part-time projects into promising businesses. www.seejaneinvest.com
- Sue Ann Gleason // Chocolate for Breakfast … where pleasure meets permission www.chocolateforbreakfast.com
- Tahlee Rouillon // The Attitude Revolution. Shooting down body hate with my love lasers (pew pew pew!) so you can do a 180 towards loving who you are and the body you’re in. www.attituderevolution.net
- Amy Kessel // Transformative Life Coaching: Ready to Unfurl? http://www.amykessel.com
- Melissa Dinwiddie // Living a Creative Life Empowering people to follow their creative callings. http://melissadinwiddie.com/
- Gail Weiss Gaspar // iDecide Coach. Fueling Your Career and Life Design Beyond Expectations. http://www.iDecideCoach.com/
- Gwendolyn Grace // Worthy of Wellness. Self care, Self Worth and Feminine Leadership,The Worthy of Wellness blog, Women’s Circle of Grace and Self Care Groups. www.gwengrace.com.
- Doretta Gadsden // Women Will Bloom ~ Enriching the Souls of Women to Rise, Shine and Blossom. https://www.facebook.com/womenwillbloom?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
- Kelly Hevel // Playing Around Workshops Creative retreat vacations to engage your mind and recharge your spirit, set in inspiring locations around the world (and online, too!) http://playingaroundworkshops.com
- Lisa Wood // Sprout New Media. Lisa Wood takes the fear out of marketing online, helping you grow your business on the web. http://sproutnewmedia.com/
- Mandy Blake // Embright. Harness your full intelligence – including the wisdom of your body. www.embright.org
- Jen Louden // Savor & Serve. Author, Coach, retreats, workshops. http://jenniferlouden.com
- Sacha Sterling // Life can be beautiful, joyful and inspired when we know and love who we are! www.sachasterling.com
- Ceca Saveri // Francesca Saveri Art The inner workings of the studio, my mind and heart. www.francescasaveriportfolio.com
- Debbie Lamb Turner // Sisters On Purpose. Our purpose is to support, empower and ignite women into living a life of passion, joy and purpose. https://www.facebook.com/SistersOnPurpose
- Deb Nicholson // Deb Nicholson Consulting. Women’s Safety Matters. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deb-Nicholson-Consulting/291750354212596
- Vanessa Callison-Burch // What Matters Now. When facing serious illness, we all need love and support. What Matters Now websites help families and friends come together for comfort and inspiration. www.WhatMattersNow.org.
- Jill Korchner Simpson // Bespoke Custom Gifts Find the perfect personalized gift at www.bespokecustomgifts.com
- Elana Castro // Meditation Playground. Play. Grow. Love being you. From your toes to your light. http://www.MeditationPlayground.com
- Ali Shapiro // Thought leader, author, coach. Using food and coaching to help clients call a Truce with Food (TM). http://www.alishapiro.com
- Heather Carey // Green Palette I am on a mission to teach women how to influence their health through the power of real food http://www.heathercarey.com
- Kim Manley Ort // Adventures in Seeing Sharing images, quotes, and resources on contemplative photography https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adventures-in-Seeing-with-Kim-Manley-Ort/211085408934748?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser
- Marcia Darlene // Finding Felicity. A personal chronical. http://www.findingfelicity.com
- Lisa Merlo-Booth // Straight Talk for Women. Tranform relationships by transforming yourself. http://lmerlobooth.typepad.com/straighttalk/
- Kim Vopni // The Fitness Doula. Core Support for Birthing Bodies. http://www.fitnessdoula.com
- Cynthia Jaggi // Gather Well. Actions to change your life, in less than 15 minutes a week. Every week, we post an action to increase your wellbeing. http://www.gatherwell.com
- Holli Thompson // Nutrition Style www.NutritionalStyle.com
- Rachel Smith // Betterment Wellness. Feel Good. Do Good. www.BettermentStudios.com
- Dana Mallon // Journey Within, Lift and Lead Want to be your own healer and light source? http://www.soulfitwomen.com/
- Brigitte Lyons // Unfettered Ink: Media Strategy for Microbusiness. Unfettered Ink helps creative visionaries liberate their message without compromising their ideals. http://www.brigittelyons.com
- Jennifer Duschene // The Polite Woman’s Guide to Radical Rediscovery. Dispensing Wisdom on The Art of Le Chic Living and teaching women Polite Power Rules. http://JenDuchene.com/
- Tara Sophia Mohr // Wise Living. Tools for finding more fulfillment, peace, and everyday joy. http://www.taramohr.com
- Susan Vernicek // Identity Magazine. Accept. Appreciate. Achieve. http://www.susanvernicek.com
- Nadine Woods // Maternal Goddess. Wisdom in your pregnancy. Strength in your recovery. http://maternalgoddess.org
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
I’ve accepted that I’m pretty sensitive inside and out. I have sensitive skin on the outside that matches a pretty sensitive interior as well. When I was pregnant I was so porous to everything I couldn’t hear about violence or eat red meat as it felt violent. I can’t watch really disturbing movies, or be in super chaotic environments for long without feeling frazzled and spent. I don’t even really like the hairdryer. I’ve learned that my anecdote is to snuggle under the covers with a good book in silence when I need it. I used to be more anxious when I didn’t know this about myself but over time I’ve learned that I can control it more than I’d originally thought. Recharging does me wonders!
What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
I appreciate that I am not what I seem on the outside and that’s perfectly fine. On the outside I seem very “mom,” “suburban,” “blond,” etc. There’s nothing wrong with those but they don’t really reflect my quirks and individuality, or what people assume I’m like when they see me. If they know me, they’d know I speak Chinese, I write dark poetry, I love electronic music, I practiced Kung Fu. If people don’t know me, they treat me like a doll or assume I drive a mini-van and watch Dr. Phil. But, I know I’m not like that. I also love meeting people who aren’t what they seem at first glance as well.
I also appreciate that I met a man who is very devoted to his family, even if it took me awhile to see that he was doing it in his own way, by achieving success in the early years of our marriage and at times being very, very absorbed in his work. He is truly a super-dad/husband. I think having a strong and capable partner to weather through life is extremely important.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
One of my most rewarding achievements in my life was giving birth twice and now, being a mom. It’s such a great responsibility and is at times chaotic but I can’t imagine my life without my daughters. They changed me for the better and I hope I earn their love as much as I freely give mine.
My goals include writing more. Articles, or possibly a young adult book centering on some formative experiences from my teenage years. Possibly a children’s book, or a cookbook as I love all things food. Or all the above. I want to travel more internationally when my girls get older. Garden some heirloom varieties for cooking. I want to produce some music or own a small restaurant/pub with my husband as a retirement gig.
What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
If you saw my kitchen or my linen closet, you’d see I’m not a neat freak. Now, I love it when everything’s in its place, but it just doesn’t take a high priority in my day to day. There are so many more important things in life! I’ll do towel stacking and sheet folding if I have to, but if I don’t, well, I don’t. Yes, I sleep on wrinkly sheets. Maybe that’s why I love hotels so much.
I’m also highly critical of myself. As much as I am a “slacker” in the folding sheets and towels department I am neurotic at times in the self improvement department. In Confession once a Priest told me to “relax” as my penance. Enough said.
How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my reflective side. It gives depth to my life, relationships and conversations. How many times have I heard from a friend, colleague, relative “I never thought of that…” I love that I can somehow enhance their life too, by reflecting on my own. I’m convinced if we all told our real stories more often we would all benefit.