I'm not sure I am supposed to admit this, but the words "find your calling" have always thrown me. I've often struggled with the idea of a calling, as I don't know that there is only one thing I am meant to do. I have so many varied interests and passions. I am at the same time a:
Mother - I love homeschooling and spending time with my three beautiful kids. I have learned as much (if not more) from them than they have learned from me, and I feel so privileged to be able to spend my time with these three, unique and incredibly special little people.
Foodie - I have a lifelong obsession with good food, dating back to my toddler days when I would raid the fridge for spicy Indian curry. Food is a necessity 3+ times a day, and having it be anything less than delicious and nourishing has never made much sense to me!
Health and Nutrition Nut - I have spent the past couple of years studying various aspects of health and nutrition, an area that holds endless fascination for me. I love exploring different nutritional aspects of food, and then bringing these different elements together to create something that combines delicious flavours with high nutritional content. I love that there are so many great books and cookbooks out there now that function not only as food inspiration but education also.
Creator - I love writing, sewing, knitting and hand crafting jewellery. This is a passion I have had since I was small! There is something very meditative about the process of creating, making something out of nothing.
Bookworm - I have spent most of my life with my nose in a book. I receive so much inspiration from books, fiction or otherwise. There is something so freeing about losing myself in a beautiful fictional world, for an evening (or longer!)
Yoga Teacher - as of right now, my yoga teaching extends to my kids and delving deeper into my personal practice. Yoga has been a grounding presence in my life for the past 15 years - I am not certain what the future holds with regards to studio based teaching, however the practice itself continues to be an integral part of my life.
My husband played this Ted Talk about being a multipotentialite for me a year or so ago and it made so much sense to both of us. Like me, my husband has many varied interests and passions. Perhaps you will see something of yourself in this as well:
Who says I have to choose? Who says there is any one thing I need to do or be? I have spent most of my life worried about outcomes and destinations, what happens if I let go of expectation and just go with the flow? Find my Core Desired Feelings (a la Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map) and go with the light choice. What would happen if I embrace the things I love to do and see where it takes me?
I've come to believe there is no such thing as a mistake, rather life presents learning experiences that take us in different directions and serve as an opportunity to learn and grow. I embrace the challenges life presents and no longer ask why is this happening to me but rather what can I take from this that will let me move in the direction I want to go.
We have some exciting plans that I will be writing about in upcoming posts, adventures that will definitely take us off the beaten track and into the beautiful unknown. But for now let it suffice to say that my focus will no longer be on finding that one thing I am born to do but rather embracing the things I love and focusing on being present and in the moment. I have spent so much of my life living in the past or future; time to embrace the present and express gratitude for every beautiful moment.