Feeding Your Passion Recap
Feeding Your Passion
April 30, 2019
We’ve heard the generic phrase - “follow your passions and never work a day in your life” or “live a life full of passion.” But what does that really mean?
How do you find your passions?
Do your passions need to be productive to matter?
In our busy lives, how do you even make time for it?
On April 30th, we took a closer look at the topic of a passion-filled life with a diverse panel of women from all walks and stages of life, who provided advice on their individual journeys with living a curiousity-driven life. Our panelists included:
Hillary Reinsberg of The Infatuation and Zagat
Mollie Chen of Hungryroot
Adriana Urbina of The Table
Vallery Lomas of Foodie in New York
Sujean Lee of Milk Bar
All amazing, accomplished women that helped shed light on what living a life of passion means.
What is your advice for someone whose passion might not align with their career? Or who would like to better integrate their passions with their professional life?
Hillary - [Continue] doing the “thing” despite not necessarily knowing where it’s going to go. Pursue your passions and side things even without a grand plan and be experimental because you never know where it can lead.
Adriana - My passion is my full-time job. My goal is to keep my passion my full-time job. It’s important to not put too much pressure. What’s important is not the end goal but the journey and that’s hard to understand. It’s important to visualize what you want to do and making goals to stay more encouraged.
Sujean - When you’re thinking about a job, there are so many layers that make it what it is; the physical work and the role - which is very important. You can be doing a function within your job that you really enjoy and working for a company that doesn’t necessary “sell” what you’re passionate about can still be a very fun, fulfilling experience because you’re doing a function that you’re passionate about. That’s what led me to Chobani. Align yourself with brands that have that ‘special sauce’ that can make you happy in your 9 to 5.
Mollie - Having your work and your passion be the same thing can be really challenging. Sometimes your passion not being your full time job can be a good thing. When you think about roles and how you’re going to be passionate day to day, you need to understand what motivates you. Uncover the connection to what motivates you and keeps you going day to day.
Vallery - Always ask yourself ‘why’. Why am I doing this? Sometimes, you have to take the leap and bet on yourself.
In New York City, it feels like it costs to just breathe. What are the pros and cons to monetizing your passion(s)?
Vallery - Any time a side gig came along, I asked myself - “Do I want to do this?” You have to decide if it’s going to be something you can be ‘all-in’ on.
Mollie - The answer to this question depends on what stage of life you’re in. You become more deliberate. Think about what you need to learn to get to the next step and skills you need to learn in your next role. The money does matter but what you’re learning from the job is promising as well.
Hillary - Even if the job feels relatively small, go for it. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn or what it could lead you to.
What is your why? What is the thing that truly makes you tick?
Hilary - I wanted to write and make things. Making content that’s helpful to people, and that’s authentic and real. That’s what I strive for everyday - building something that is useful and valuable which keeps me passionate.
Sujean - There is this magic that these brands (Chobani and Milk Bar) have. The challenge that was posed for me was, how do you take this magic and share it/make it available to more people. It’s the problem solving that keeps me going.
Mollie - Having high expectations for myself is what drives me.
Adriana - My goal has always been merge people together through food, and show other women that they can do it too. Having power through community!
How do you balance it all - your passions, your family, your career, finding mentorship?
Vallery - Building community is a great way to branch out to build your resources and gain mentorship.
Sujean - New York puts so much pressure on career success, but I realized that at the end of the workday I had zero energy left. You need to prioritize all of the time outside of the 9 to 5 too because that’s not what’s left over. That is just as important. Then I started prioritizing that time. Approach your person life, social life, your health and wellness life with as much effort and strategy as you approach your performance at work.
Mollie - Finding what gives you energy and finding what sucks energy. You aren’t going to be successful in your career if you don’t find what gives you energy.
Follow your curiosities. Take that next inspired action that seems frivolous but could end up being meaningful or maybe it is intended to just be fun. Trust in your value. We learned that there is no clear cut way to live a passion-filled life, but it is a life full of seeking. Seeking to know yourself better and your interests is what counts.