Finding your passion in life can be difficult. As a society there is so much pressure about going to school and getting a job. In there somewhere we are to do what we love but sometimes we don’t know what that is and we throw ourselves into whatever is available to make a buck.

 


I am a huge advocate of doing what you love and pursuing your passions, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I truly discovered what mine was.

 


I went into sports medicine. This, I later realized, was only a portion of my passion. I really enjoy the medical field but I didn’t fully come alive when I was in it. For a while I was going through the motions because I had been so far in.

 


I think it is important to get out of your ordinary, take a retreat somewhere and revisit what your dreams are. What you are passionate about.

 


For me I had to go on an 11 month Christian mission trip to figure it out. I took myself out of the comforts of America and went to 11 third world countries. I lived with the minimum, slept in a tent for 5 months, slept in bunk beds, on the floor. Took many cold showers, ate rice and rice and more rice, couldn’t go anywhere by myself, took very crowded transportation whether it be a bus or tuk tuk, carried all my belongings in a backpack. And I wouldn’t trade those 11 months for anything!

Crowded bus in Guatemala on the World Race

Crowded bus in Guatemala on the World Race

 

During those months I was pushed beyond what I thought was my limit. Drawn out of my comfort zone, and I grew in ways I could never have imagined. In ways I would have never grown if I didn’t step out in faith and do the unthinkable. This is where I discovered my passion and saw myself really come alive when I was doing peer to peer mentorship, walking my peers through challenges and rejoicing with them during accomplishments.

 


I’m not saying you need to go on an 11 month trip to figure out your passion. (but I’m biased and would say YES DO IT if the opportunity came up!) I’m saying you need to take a day or two or even a few hours to sit and really ponder your life and dream outside of the box! Don’t put a lid on your dreams!

 


If you need help figuring out just what it is that gives you life, that brings you joy, that you have a strong desire and passion for, I am here for you. I have been on the journey and I want to help others on their journey

South Africa on top of Table Mountain during the World Race

South Africa on top of Table Mountain during the World Race