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Lunula
03-27-2012, 01:46 PM
You know, whenever you fill in information about yourself it asks your hobbies... I always look at that question as "what are your passions in life?" - so what are yours?

One caveat - You cannot say family, friends or pets! We all love our families and friends, our kids, grandkids, our doggies & kitties, etc. - other than family, friends & pets - what do you LOVE? What are you passionate about? What are your favorite hobbies? It can be big or small - just think about the things in life you love to do!

I take walks everyday at lunch and yesterday I thought about this - I think, for me, I am passionate about travel. When I was so overweight, I also suffered from debilitating depression (I manage it much better now) and we never went anywhere. I didn't want to be fat and travel - the passion was dead in me. Last year, to celebrate a milestone birthday, we took a huge trip (I was down 50 lbs at that point) and that fire was reignited in me. I already have 1-2 big trips planned every year until about 2015 - hah!

Other passions for me include reading (my dream is to have a house where I have my own library, DH wants his own entertainment/media room, I want a peaceful oasis with only bookshelves, great lighting and great seating and lots to read), genealogy & history (I am obsessed) and recently, photography (we bought a great camera before our trip last year and now I've taken two classes and am driving everyone insane). I am also really passionate about all animals- and we do commit a lot of our time and resources to various non-profits that revolve around the environment, wildlife and animal rescue.

On a less serious note, I'm also obsessed with all UNC sports' teams (my alma mater), the Green Bay Packers (Wisconsin native) and the Carolina Panthers (my "now" hometown). :D

What about you guys?! I'd love to hear some of the things you are passionate about!


4myloves
03-27-2012, 03:02 PM
This is going to sound strange, but my passion is school.

I love being in a classroom full of people who (I hope) all have a willingness to learn. I love the intellectual stimulation the conversations invoke in a seminar-type setting. I love buying new notebooks, with the anticipation of filling them with lecture notes, which will later be typed up all neat and tidy.

If I go too long without some kind of classroom setting in my life, I tend to become more stressed out over small things. Work and family only take me so far, as far as being fulfilled. It really is a shame how long it took me to realize that. I don't look at school as a "hobby," nor do I necessarily look at as a "means to an end" or advancement mechanism (although if furthering my education leads to advancement, then I'll be more than pleased :) ).

I used to journal as a way to relax and keep track of my life, and at one time would have called that a passion. When I was pregnant with my first child, however, I lost all interest in keeping a journal/diary. I keep thinking that someday I may start again, but the feeling that writing every-day occurrences is more of a chore than a pleasure is still there.

Lunula
03-27-2012, 03:18 PM
Oh! That's a good one! I love office supply stores, I end up buying notebooks and pens & pencils that I certainly do not need, just because I love having them, hah!


Earth Goddess
03-27-2012, 03:30 PM
I dont think I have one :blush: I am a stay at home mom, my entire day is dedicated to my children and my home, I clean (which I do love the feeling of s clean house even tho it doesnt last long)

Not sure if it counts but I love researching on the internet, what I research is usually about children, like development, child birth, pregnancy. I hope to one day be a mid wife.

krampus
03-27-2012, 03:38 PM
My greatest passions are travel, music, food, and all forms of hedonistic enjoyment. My only real goal in life is to do almost everything I want to do and have a great time doing it.

4myloves
03-27-2012, 03:43 PM
Oh! That's a good one! I love office supply stores, I end up buying notebooks and pens & pencils that I certainly do not need, just because I love having them, hah!

HA! Me, too!! :carrot::carrot:

We're kindred spirits, I believe! I love to travel, as well, although I've not done much of it since having babies.

:hug::hug:

Lunula
03-27-2012, 03:45 PM
I love it!

And Earth Goddess, I think it's amazing that you do so much research and want to become a mid-wife.

berryblondeboys
03-27-2012, 03:49 PM
I love it!

And Earth Goddess, I think it's amazing that you do so much research and want to become a mid-wife.

I wanted to become a midwife too - a nurse midwife. I read everything and I mean EVERYTHING. I had textbooks - you name it. But, at the time I was researching options for education and so on, my husband was getting his PhD and we were looking at skipping around state to state - and even out of country. We didn't have the stability to allow me to be sure where I could study and get licensed.

Now at 42 I have given up on that dream and have sold all the books. I'm still passionate about it, but no longer want to pursue it as a career.

kaplods
03-27-2012, 04:25 PM
EVERYTHING!

OK, that's a bit of an exageration, but not by much. My hubby teases me about the ease and frequency with which I pick up new passions by saying "ooh, shiny, (mostly about craft supplies, but he says it's much more pervasive. I'll drop everything I'm doing to pursue some new interest, and then drop that to pursue something else).

Some of my passions as of today

Reading (anything, any time)
Writing (novels, nonfiction, children's books)
Collecting books on writing
Swimming
Health and Weight loss reading and research
Dolls, primarily fashion dolls (collecting, sewing, crocheting, and barbie and other vinyl doll makeovers)
Crocheting (especially doll furniture)
Learning to write crochet patterns
Knitting
Collecting cook books (used to be any cookbooks. Now, it's only cookbooks with a focus on frugal cooking and weight loss/healthy cooking).
Music, primarily Gaelic/Celtic (Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh/early American folk and country... from New Age to punk rock). Also parody songs.
Polymer Clay
Crafts of just about every description.
Looking at Real Estate

If my health improves to the point that I no longer need to be on disability, my "dream" would be to live in a house in the country, write novels, craft, and raise/breed purebred and fancy rats or cats. (Rats make wonderful pets and have many of the personality traits of both cats and dogs).

pluckypear
03-27-2012, 04:25 PM
I am passionate about reading, cooking simple green foods, and education. I want to get my Phd and if I could I would be a full-time student for life. I am passionate about discussing ideas too.
I have passions that change too. Currently I am really passionate about the idea of supporting local organic farms and love going to farmer's markets and talking to farmers. In the past it may have been politics or vegetarianism. So I am always passionate about something, some are constant and some not.

GlamourGirl827
03-27-2012, 04:49 PM
Great topic! I think my real passion is teaching/ educating others to help them better care for themselves. I wanted to go to school to be a teacher, but life lead me to nursing instead. I can't describe the pure joy and fullfillment I get when I am able to take the time to educate someone on health/nutrition/disease management so they can live a better life. I love paying attention to the details that make even the smallest differences, and really listening to what patients are trying to say. Really listening to their symptoms/difficulties/daily struggles and working with them to improve their quality of life.

I'm am RN, but currently I'm a stay at home mom with young kids. I know when the kids get older I'd like to continue in my schooling to become an NP.

Alexistrophic
03-27-2012, 04:49 PM
GREAT thread!!!
Count me in as another one who loves "office/school supplies". In my defense, I do go through a good pile of notebooks every month, so buying notebooks is justified... kinda.

I have a passion for playing/teaching music, but I'm also starting to realize that it's much easier to love a "passion" when you don't have to earn your living by it.

XLMuffnTop
03-27-2012, 05:18 PM
I've been too busy to delve into much these days but I'd say gaming has always been a passion. Ideally, I'd like to do computer modeling/game design but, none of the schools within 400 miles offer it. So... graphic design it is.

My second passion, non-family related, is currently my education. I've had to make many sacrifices to continue work on my bachelor's but I'm doing it. DH is a full time student and I have an 18 month old and a 4 year old. It takes serious dedication to make it happen and it's going slow as molasses but I'm doing it!

Elladorine
03-27-2012, 05:28 PM
I am passionate about drawing, and I love the designs of certain cartoons and animated characters. I mostly love to draw cartoon girls, and since I've always been overweight I guess I sorta live vicariously through their figures. :dizzy: I did the drawing in my current avatar based on the Bee Girl from the old Blind Melon music video, and used that drawing to make the cover of my current weight-loss tracker booklet for my TOPS meetings:

http://i42.tinypic.com/1554h1z.jpg

The pages themselves are pre-made so that I can have my official weight recorded in them every month, but I sewed them into the cover by hand. I love making, building, creating, and customizing things, period. My husband and I designed our wedding invitations together, me doing the artwork of cute cartoon versions of ourselves and he doing the layout and text. We found lovely blank cards to print them out on ourselves and everyone thought they turned out wonderful. :)

I've also designed my iPhone case and my dog's name tag with other drawings. I go crazy with this kind of thing. :lol: I must say I also love office supplies and organization tools . . . you'd think I'd be more organized at home because of it, but I still need a bit of work with that. ;)

Earth Goddess
03-27-2012, 07:37 PM
Lunula- Thank you.

Berryblondboys- I am sorry you did not be able to become a mid-wife, I hope that I can become a home birth/birthing center mid-wife I love the all natural birthing experience, as long as my vision doesnt get in the way of that dream I should be able to achieve it.

GlamourGirl827
03-27-2012, 07:39 PM
I am passionate about drawing, and I love the designs of certain cartoons and animated characters. I mostly love to draw cartoon girls, and since I've always been overweight I guess I sorta live vicariously through their figures. :dizzy: I did the drawing in my current avatar based on the Bee Girl from the old Blind Melon music video, and used that drawing to make the cover of my current weight-loss tracker booklet for my TOPS meetings:

http://i42.tinypic.com/1554h1z.jpg

The pages themselves are pre-made so that I can have my official weight recorded in them every month, but I sewed them into the cover by hand. I love making, building, creating, and customizing things, period. My husband and I designed our wedding invitations together, me doing the artwork of cute cartoon versions of ourselves and he doing the layout and text. We found lovely blank cards to print them out on ourselves and everyone thought they turned out wonderful. :)

I've also designed my iPhone case and my dog's name tag with other drawings. I go crazy with this kind of thing. :lol: I must say I also love office supplies and organization tools . . . you'd think I'd be more organized at home because of it, but I still need a bit of work with that. ;)

OMG!! You drew that!! That's amazing! Seriously, I'd give my right arm to be able to draw like that!! (I'm left handed, lol) That is pure talent! That kind of artistic ability either you got it or you don't, and you got it!!

caryesings
03-27-2012, 09:25 PM
Oh! That's a good one! I love office supply stores, I end up buying notebooks and pens & pencils that I certainly do not need, just because I love having them, hah!

When the big office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot came to our town, my Mom and I used to call trips to them going to the adult toy store! You've just brought back some very happy memories.

Anyway, my personal passion is singing.

sontaikle
03-27-2012, 09:40 PM
Education.

I'm a Special Education teacher and I'm very passionate about making sure students with special needs get the education they deserve. I'm always advocating for my students and setting my expectations high :) All of the students I work with have improved because of that.

I get really upset when their General Ed teachers come to me and say "well they just can't do that." So I work with the students and we work hard on the skills they need to improve. Now I get the teachers coming to me and saying "Wow they're doing so much better! I didn't know they could do that!" Yeah well maybe if they had more faith in their students... :/

I see so many inequities in Special Education that it drives me crazy. The students that need it most are not getting what they need and everyone expects them to fail. I try to make my classroom the one place where my students are expected to succeed. And hey! Guess what? They're doing that.

aseret123
03-27-2012, 10:12 PM
Acting! I just can't help myself, I love escaping into someone else's head for a little while (even though my own is a rather nice place to be!) and making the words on the page come to life. I even love that intense fear you feel before going out on stage, and the HUGE adrenaline rush it induces.. been too long since I felt that :(

I also love to read, though I get so emotionally involved in books I find myself kinda drained after reading them! It's always an emotional rollercoaster for me!

One last one.. Music! I've always got my earphones in and I am truly willing to try listening to any kind of music, I love experiencing new sounds.

Now if only I could combine all of these and make a career out of them lol!

Riddy
03-27-2012, 11:11 PM
Love this thread!

I'm passionate about lots of things!

I love to travel - road trip, plane trip, doesn't matter, I love it all. I take at least 3 weekend road trips each summer. I've been to Ireland 5 times, and I'm going back in November.

I adore my convertible - wind in my hair, sun on my face - LOVE IT! :cool: Wind in my hair is the next best thing to someone's hands in my hair. :D

I also love reading, cooking, music (especially Celtic rock and Eric Clapton), and tea! I have a great tea shop locally, and I love trying new blends and flavors.

I'm learning to like exercise. It helps that I've found things I like, and now I want to try more things. Who'da thunk? :?:

Aunrio
03-27-2012, 11:29 PM
Great thread. I am passionate about volunteerism. I am so glad to be in better shape so that I can get to know my new city via service activities. My latest adventure is the community based Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

booskibabe
03-27-2012, 11:37 PM
Education.

I'm a Special Education teacher and I'm very passionate about making sure students with special needs get the education they deserve. I'm always advocating for my students and setting my expectations high :) All of the students I work with have improved because of that.

I get really upset when their General Ed teachers come to me and say "well they just can't do that." So I work with the students and we work hard on the skills they need to improve. Now I get the teachers coming to me and saying "Wow they're doing so much better! I didn't know they could do that!" Yeah well maybe if they had more faith in their students... :/

I see so many inequities in Special Education that it drives me crazy. The students that need it most are not getting what they need and everyone expects them to fail. I try to make my classroom the one place where my students are expected to succeed. And hey! Guess what? They're doing that.

As a parent of a child with some mild special needs, THANK YOU :hug: That is one quality I hope to find in my kiddo's future teachers - passion. Seriously getting choked up over here.

So about me...
I'm definitely passionate about knitting, specifically knitting with wire. I have a couple of online stores (Etsy and Artfire) where I sell my creations. Making wire do what I want it to do is a great stress reliever! ;)

I'm also passionate about researching well, anything. Currently my list includes bras (thank you runningfromfat), autism, speech delays, sensory processing disorder, dieting (3FC is my main source for that), and photography.

Speaking of photography, that is also an interest of mine. I like to capture memories, emotions, moments in time. I'm not great at it, so that's where the research comes in.

Fun thread! :D

Ookpik
03-27-2012, 11:41 PM
Good thread! My passions (in no particular order) are...

Music. I always say that was my first love. One of my first memories was playing "Get Back" by the Beatles over and over on the record player. I like to have music playing no matter what I'm doing. I am in university now and have music playing for every assignment I write and every test I study for. I'm on the Dean's List so it must work. I swear it helps me think more clearly. I don't know how to play any instruments, but want to learn guitar and drums.

Travel. I can't afford to do much of it yet, but after I get my bachelor's degree next year and can afford to do it more, I plan to see more of the world. If life was the way I could have it, I would travel somewhere at least once a month for pleasure. Doesn't have to be a big trip, could be a short weekend road trip to get a change of scenery.

Flying. Love the feeling of soaring through the air, feels like freedom, and it is my favorite mode of travel. I love all planes. Would love to get my commercial license someday, or even my private license as a hobby. I have gone up in small planes at flying schools and steered with the yolk after we got to a particular height. Very cool.

Human rights. I am working on my social work degree now, and hope to get my masters someday along with a law degree (joint degree). I would like to work in human rights, to try to help eradicate some of the injustices some of the marginalized groups experience.

Writing. I used to write a lot when I was younger but got out of it. My family is known for being artistic, but my sisters are all into painting and drawing, and good at it. I have always been into writing, and as I get older, I am beginning to enjoy it again.

novangel
03-28-2012, 02:11 AM
Music

Forensic Science

Photography of cloud formations and storms. (I do this a lot in the summer)

Astronomy

Reading about near death experience, afterlife.

Travelling, if I didn't have a fear of flying.

alaskanlaughter
03-28-2012, 02:25 AM
i love anything to do with reincarnation, near death and the Other Side (i have LOTS of past life memories)

also teaching children of all ages, working with kids

helping kids in need especially foster kids and teenagers

photography
baking (sweets only unfortunately)
reading
puzzles
genealogy

maybe not "passionate" about all of those...but those are things i enjoy doing

Lunula
03-28-2012, 11:00 AM
I just love reading these! I think sometimes I lose track of my hobbies & passions because I get so focused on "weight loss" or "work" - it's so nice to read all of these!

MiZTaCCen
03-28-2012, 02:11 PM
Writing...I know my grammar and spelling suck, but that doesn't stop me from writing, journaling and blogging. **** someone said to me once, "Some of the best writers can't spell but that's why they pay to have an editor." haha I think he was just saying it to make me feel better because someone was trying to make me feel like **** about my horrible grammar. Still doesn't stop me tho. :)

Jelma
03-28-2012, 02:36 PM
Anything to do with food - cooking it, reading about it. Learning about where my food is grown or raised. Learning about nutrition. Dispelling people's misconceptions about what is healthy food vs. processed crap.

Genealogy. I have been researching it actively for the past 4 years but interested in it for a long time. I remember growing up and reading the note from my great grandmother detailing her side of the family. Come to find out she wrote it right after I was born (I was the first grandchild on that side of the family). Kind of makes it meant to be :) I would love to write about it as well.

I recently started the much needed downsizing of possessions (been watching too many episodes of Hoarders) and I am really getting into interior design. I love playing with color and patterns.

I've also recently got back into to art - mostly drawing and some painting.

Astrology, though it is on the back burner right now.

PinkLotus
03-28-2012, 03:18 PM
This is terrible, but baking is my passion. I love trying new recipes and tweaking them, I love decorating cakes and cupcakes (even though I'm not very good at that part yet) and I love when people seem to genuinely enjoy eating the things I bake. My dream in life is to open my own bakery.
But because of my weight issues, I've had to restrict my baking for special events only. (Potlucks, birthdays, BBQs, things like that).

VermontMom
03-28-2012, 03:27 PM
This is a great conversation topic! :)

First I guess would be motorcycling. I didn't learn to ride my own 'til I was 40 (at that age, our boys were old enough that I thought they could handle any unfortunate news of accident, which is kinda grim, but realistic)

I love the very elemental aspects of motorcycling, that it is stripped-down transportation that relies on my wits/skill/action to make it down the road and beyond. Commuting is a joy instead of a task. And that it is a shared joy with DH is just fantastic. It also transcends into a way of life in the summer, with lots of trips or even just getting together with other biking friends, and I must say I love the black leather and all the other attire that I can get away with :devil:

I am so glad that there are others that love pens and writing instruments as I do! :carrot: They can be cheap..like a ballpoint clicker that I got for free from the bank but writes so smoothly, without globs :devil: OR it can be the Montblanc that an employer gave me as a gift! :faint: Sharpies, in all colors and thickness, and pads of creamy paper to write or doodle on. If i have a nice pen, I don't even mind writing my return address instead of using labels, lol.

Oh gosh and I have to add baking, also. I love to go to websites and I only click on 'desserts'. Part of it is job related as I am a pastry baker from May to October, but it is also a fascination with taking inert ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs and butter and the end product is something fantastic. And tasty :(

Motorcycles, cupcakes and pens, pretty weird :rofl:

4myloves
03-28-2012, 04:05 PM
Acting! I just can't help myself, I love escaping into someone else's head for a little while (even though my own is a rather nice place to be!) and making the words on the page come to life. I even love that intense fear you feel before going out on stage, and the HUGE adrenaline rush it induces.. been too long since I felt that :(

I also love to read, though I get so emotionally involved in books I find myself kinda drained after reading them! It's always an emotional rollercoaster for me!

One last one.. Music! I've always got my earphones in and I am truly willing to try listening to any kind of music, I love experiencing new sounds.

Now if only I could combine all of these and make a career out of them lol!

BROADWAY, baby!! :dizzy:

konfyoozed
03-28-2012, 04:40 PM
can i chime in on the "writing/general office utensil" addiction? i always want new pens. i even have a favorite type - the papermate profile. it writes so smoothly, it's not too fine, it's got a grip, and it's a clicky pen!

i love to cook for others. if i could have people over for dinner every night i would be so happy. one of the best feelings in the world to me is when someone takes a bite of something i worked hard to make and does that whole "eyes closed in bliss" thing. i imagine it's what an artist feels like when they see someone admiring their work.

i enjoy the satisfaction of completing a jigsaw puzzle, the big ones with lots of pieces. it's a weird thing i'm sure, but it shows that i can make sense of a huge mess if i just work on it long enough.

taking pictures and editing them. i love doing this. i want to take photography classes cause i often see things that make me itch to take pictures, but i have a crappy camera and i'm not so good with the lights and angles and whatnot. but i do love picnik and ipiccy and all those other sites. :)

reading. i read for at least an hour a day. i try to limit it to right before bedtime and i tell myself "no more than 30 pages!" and most of the time it works! i'm a huge fan of paranormal stories, particularly romances. something about the 'not realistic' bend to them that helps me escape, and then the happy ending gives me the warm fuzzies.

dcapulet
03-28-2012, 05:01 PM
My greatest passions are travel, music, food, and all forms of hedonistic enjoyment. My only real goal in life is to do almost everything I want to do and have a great time doing it.

^ This :love:

aseret123
03-28-2012, 10:25 PM
BROADWAY, baby!! :dizzy:

Oooooh the things I would do to be on Broadway! Definitely aiming high lol!

wanttobeinvienna
03-30-2012, 04:53 PM
I really like this post, since I have been finding my passions all over again:

1) creating- I love to create, sewing & embroidery, DIY projects, games for the kids, trip planning, etc etc. I love to have a finished product that excites me or someone around me

2) advocating- I love working in the non profit industry, and love even more the boards I sit on. Advocating for causes that I strongly believe in makes me feel empowered

3) theater- Immersing myself into the story of a great show, supporting friends on stage, listening to an obc, learning about new shows. I absolutely love it all

4)creating memories This is my loophole to include family in my passion. As a single mom of two, and with an amazing relationship with my parents and siblings, I absolutely love to host events, parties, etc that create long lasting memories for everyone. They can be as simple or as elaborate as any one wants, but I love to have great memories.

5) travel I love to travel and explore, I am a terrible vacationer and a beast of a traveler

6) Disney- corny, right? I love Disney, the culture, the business plan, the dynamic, the entertainment, etc etc etc. I love Disney :)

I think that's it, but I have cut and pasted this and put it in my wallet. Why? So I can remember that the things I am passionate about are very important to keep front and center in my life :)

Thanks!