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Living a life of passion and purpose

When we talk about what we’re passionate about - really passionate about - it’s like we’ve unlocked something deep inside of us. There’s a spark there - an inner enthusiasm we’ve tapped into.

Finding your spark

Passion is an important element in identifying your ikigai - the Japanese concept of purposeful living.

Passion is a sense of excitement and enthusiasm about something you feel very strongly about. It’s energising, and can be a powerful force for kickstarting your ideas and ambitions.

So… what makes your eyes light up? What subject could you talk about for hours? What do you get animated about when you’re explaining it to other people? Whatever it is, it’s likely to be something you’re truly passionate about.

Passion is personal

We’re all different: each of us is an individual, with a unique blend of interests that engages our mind, heart and soul. Your passions are a combination of what interests you and what excites you.

Genuine passion shines brightly and can be an incredible force for positivity and change. People gravitate to passion, which makes it a powerful leadership trait. If you’re passionate about something you feel strongly about, your enthusiasm will likely be contagious!

Pinpoint your passion

What you're passionate about will determine where you invest your time and your energy. If you understand what matters to you, that can help you in making clearer decisions about relationships, career and personal goals.

Your passion may be something that’s part of your traditional job - it may even be the reason you chose that particular area or field in the first place. Or it may be something completely unrelated to the work that you do. Whatever it is, whenever you're following your passion, you will feel a strong sense of personal fulfilment.

The source of your passion

Through the years, the things you're interested in may change. Lots of children may be passionate about dinosaurs - that doesn’t mean that every one of these children will choose to become a paleontologist when they grow up! However, this fascination with dinosaurs may stem from an underlying passion for science, or learning, or wonder about the world we live in - which is likely to be a passion that will continue for the rest of their life, and as they grow and develop they will find new ways to explore and express this.

Living life in alignment

Reflection

Life can get busy, and sometimes it may feel like we're so caught up in “busy-ness” that we have no time to pursue the things we truly love. Reflect on what you’re most passionate about - and then take a look at where you’re spending your time.

Are you getting enough time to do the things that you love and that nurture your soul?

If not, look for ways you can make small changes to re-introduce this into your daily routine. If you love reading, but feel like you never have time to pick up a book anymore, think about how you might be able to incorporate your passion for books back into your life - maybe it’s an audiobook that you listen to whenever you’re in the car, or a podcast that you listen to while you’re out for a walk.

Challenge

Whatever it is, think laterally about how you can fill your life with whatever inspires and energises you. Focus your time and energy on what you're truly passionate about - you'll feel a stronger sense of personal fulfilment because your passions align with your purpose.
 
 
 
Treat yourself the healthy way for Mothers Day banner
Treat yourself the healthy way for Mothers Day banner

Treat yourself the healthy way for Mothers Day

On Mother’s Day, mums across Australia will be feeling the love in the shape of cards, flowers and special treats. That’s great, but how much love are we mums showing ourselves?

What about you?

In the rush to get the kids out of the door, who among us can truly say she's never skipped breakfast, grabbed a coffee to stay alert, eaten a snatched lunch or just ignored her body’s hungry signals? Then the lolly jar gets raided mid-afternoon, and we overeat in the evening to compensate.

How a busy mum can eat well throughout the day

Mornings

A great way to avoid this scenario is to eat smaller, evenly spaced meals throughout the day. This will give your body enough slow-release fuel to keep you going, and help keep those hunger pains at bay.

It doesn’t mean rearranging your meal routine. You could start the day with some wholemeal toast spread with avocado instead of butter, or a bowl of wholegrain cereal. If you’re tempted mid-morning by mouth-watering muffins, pick an alternative like wholegrain rice cakes with reduced-fat cheese or hummus, or a mix of natural popcorn, nuts and dried fruit. Or a piece of fresh fruit - it's one of the most convenient snacks you can have!

Afternoons

At lunchtime, go for a combination of carbohydrate and protein rich foods, like this cheese and pecan wrap, to help thwart that mid-afternoon energy slump. Carbohydrates give you glucose for energy, and protein helps keep your mind alert. So shun the post-lunch lollies and try pairing an apple with nut butter, low-fat yoghurt with a swirl of honey, or chopped grapes with a little dark chocolate. That way, you’re less likely to want a supersized evening meal.

So when your kids spoil you on Mother’s Day, it’ll be an even happier and healthier mum they’re showering with love!