Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Being a Multi-Passionate Minimalist

I've always been a "jack of all trades" in terms of knowing and experiencing a wide array of things. I love dabbling in things that interest me and sometimes that dabbling turns into a passion. I also love sharing my knowledge and experiences with others if I feel they'd benefit from them. A few years ago, I made the cutest cupcakes and sold them as a side business. I was passionate about it for awhile, but the truth was I hated dishes and I dirtied a lot. Before you knew it, I burned out and really haven't done much cupcake making sense (other than for personal friends and family members' special events). That was at the same time I was very deep into this blog and also working a full-time job I loved and being a children's and youth pastor.

For awhile, I think people thought I was wishy-washy. I'd start something and find out a little ways into it, it wasn't something I wanted to do long term. I was over it and moved on to the next thing. People focused on this and highlighted it as a negative which always made me feel bad about myself. I enjoyed trying new things, though. So while I regretted that people thought I didn't finish what I started, I loved being able to experience different things that interested me (even if it was for a short period of time).
A past creation...

Wedding cupcakes I made back in the day...
Flash to a few months into my marriage and my husband got to experience this side of me firsthand. Though, instead of harping on me for not continuing certain projects or highlighting it as a negative, he introduced me to the term "multi-passionate". He sees this part of me to be a positive and loves my sense of adventure and desire to try things other people may not take the opportunity to try. That does mean I keep plates spinning a lot. I started a business last summer (KHC Medical Billing Advocates), I've continued making clothes for coffee (Dress Up Your Cup), I love anything crafting related and typically gift people something I've made, I'm really into this blog and chronicling the present phase of life I'm in, my husband and I are both very active in ministry, I love to travel and am constantly planning my next trip and now I'm taking a journey towards minimalism.  Add to that the fact that I'm a very devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I love that I get to experience all of this!

One of my passions now...Dress Up Your Cup!

Most people would think being multi-passionate doesn't fit well into the minimalist lifestyle. I'm learning the opposite. I'm getting rid of all the "noise" (anything left over from passions that have died out or anything I was never really passionate about to begin with). Now, more than ever, I can focus on the smattering of passions I have without having them drowned out by needless distractions and obligations. Minimalism looks different for everyone and I'm sure there would be many people who see this life I've chosen as chaotic. But to me it's really living and if that doesn't make me a minimalist, then you can just call me a "decluttered, multi-passionate enjoyer of life."

11 comments :

  1. I have a similar personality and i don't feel anything wrong in it either.

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  2. I've really struggled with this, as it can be incredibly difficult to be average at many things instead of great at one. However, it's super inspiring to see you embrace it!

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    1. I've found that the things I'm "average" at sort of melt away. It has given me the ability to see the things that come very naturally to me. Those also have been the things that stick. That...and I think it's entirely possible to be great at many things! :) Just gotta figure out which things those are! ha!

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  3. I love multi-passionate and most of, people who see things in the positive light! I have a similar personality - looking at the comments, perhaps lots of bloggers do :)

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    1. I think you're right!! How else would we have so much to write about! I'm glad I'm in good company!

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  4. I agree with Karoliina, being multi-passionate is wonderful :)

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  5. I think it is amazing to be multi - passionate! :)

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    1. Thank you! It seems in the blog world it is a welcome trait! Which makes me feel pretty good about myself now...

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  6. I get the similar feels. It is difficult but even I have learned to live with it and enjoy!

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  7. I think it's great to soak up knowledge of a wide variety of things and try new things. I say keep doing it! Many people don't. Ree love30

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  8. I love how you dressed up your cup, so cute! <3

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