Why Work So Hard For a Hobby?

Ever wake up with a fire in your soul and you just want to bottle it up and save it for all the time. That’s how I feel this morning. I was woke up by something early, and I just couldn’t go back to sleep because although yesterday was the first day of the year, today really feels like the fresh start.

Last night I asked my husband if he would sit down with me and write out our goals for the year. He laughed because it’s just so “me” but agreed and as I knew that we would, we had so much fun once we got going. We have dedicated 2017 to be the year that we don’t travel as much but rather stay where we are and adventure in our close surroundings. As much as we love to go new places, and we know that we will, we know that the area that we live in is FULL of adventures and mountains to peak so we want all of them to be focused on being outdoors as much as we can.

I know what it feels like to go through the motions of workouts and to not have the fire in my soul. I did a lot of that in grad school. I worked out and I even ran a half marathon but the motivation the entire time was mostly about body image. While my passion is endurance sports, this can be applied across the board for whatever your passion may be.

For some reason, having a passion for something can be looked at in a negative light, but the beautiful thing sister is that this journey is not for them, and it’s about you so don’t let anyone look down on your dreams and tell you that they are too big or not big enough. This is YOUR journey and we have the next 364 days to make it our own. Every single day, we have the opportunity to go on a new adventure. If you’re making money doing your passion, people are more okay with it. How silly is that right? We all have to make a living, sure, but sometimes distancing yourself from any sort of monetary compensation and just doing something that sets your soul alive is the best medicine you can give to yourself.

What is going to be the thing that gets you up in the morning before work? What is going to be the thing that makes you go on the runs on a Friday night when you just want to go to dinner and lay on your couch? Is it actually worth it all for just a few seconds of crossing a fine line?

I think that you know that I’ll tell you that it is.

It’s so much more than a finish line but about the character that you build while you’re on the journey. It’s so much more than the adventure of that day as it is the adventure of every single day. Even so much as this year, I have let some in my life tell me that I’m being a little “too intense”.  When I explained that ironman training was at least 2+ hours of training every single day and 5+ hours on the weekends, people thought I had literally lost it. Thankfully, I had the community on the internet to let me know that there are SO many out there that have this passion that I have. I say that to say, you AREN’T ALONE IN YOUR DREAMS!! Go after them, because there is NOTHING that can take it away from you.

Where does the motivation come from though? You’ll hear people talk about internal motivation and that it’s the most important piece of the puzzle to make sure that you get it all done, but I believe it’s a combination of external and internal that is going to make it happen. Sometimes with huge goals, you have to have a variety of reasons to make it all come together and I’m going to assure that a desire for a certain “body” is about the last on the list that’s going to help you get there in a positive way.

There is not one goal on anyone’s New Years resolution list that is not difficult and requires sacrifice, but I would venture to say that there is also not one person that put it on the list for it to sit there for the next year. We all joke about never doing our resolutions, and how everything fades into the background come February, but why? Why does your fire not keep burning? I think that it’s worth looking into to figure out what is motivating you for change and start there.

How about you resolve to not let your body be something that you change this year but your mindset? Why can’t it be an attitude of adventure vs an attack on your physique at the gym? Why can’t we be grateful for what we can do every day vs hating the skin that we are in? Why don’t we eat well because it’s good for our long term health and makes us feel good? Why don’t we try new recipes that are full of abundance in natural foods from the Earth because it’s fun?

I grew up as southern as it gets, and my diet consisted (I’m not kidding) on McDonalds, Chickfila, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Bojangles and hamburger helper. I’m not being a prude because LORD KNOWS I love my fast food, but my point is that at some point, we all have the decisions no matter how we are used to eating to change that. I genuinely wish that my cravings for fast food weren’t so big but it’s because it’s comfort to me and what I was raised on. We decide our days. ((Please don’t take this out of context as me telling you to restrict yourself-we all know fast food isn’t a superfood lol))

I’m huge on visualizing and writing out goals and getting it out of your head and onto the paper. What would we have done if J.K. Rowling hadn’t put it on the paper and just left it in her head?  Write it down or type it out even if you don’t hit every single goal.

The biggest thing is wanting it yourself when the doors are closed, and when no one cares what you’re doing. You aren’t posting on social media about your workouts, and you are just in your zone. That’s when it gets hard, but that’s when you’re finished that it’s all worth it because you know that the motivation that you pulled was from deep inside of you and not from some validation from others. However, like I said, mixing the two is not a bad thing. If it motivates you (which it does for everyone) to post about your workouts and for people to encourage you on your journey then by all means, post about it. You have no idea who you’ll help and change by being the little light that never burns out that they can look to for positive inspiration for their goals.

So why would you work so hard for your hobby? I think the real question is why wouldn’t you? If your life only revolves around what makes you money then you aren’t going to be as fulfilled as you could be, and I truly believe we ALL have this fire in our spirits for our specific passions and it’s just a matter of opening up your heart to be able to experience what true love and passion feels like.

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