How I Found My Calling

how to find your calling
Since starting my first job all those years ago, I’ve never quite felt passionate about something, whether it was a job or a hobby, until recently.

Looking back, every job I had was just that, a job. There were many times I thought to myself with little confidence, ‘is this it, is this what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life?’ There have been many times in the past when I’ve also thought to myself ‘how on earth do I find what I’m really meant to be doing and how will I know’? I kept on persisting, working harder, searching, trying different jobs, but they just didn’t fill me with the enthusiasm I expected, and in perfect Eva fashion, I got bored. I’ve never been a person to persist with something that doesn’t fill me with motivation and excitement, to me it’s just not worth it because life is short.

Becoming a Mum

When I became a Mum, however, the direction of things started to change, but not straight away. As a new Mum, I was still hungry for the success side of things and to get back into a career with plans to return to work after the first year. When that didn’t work out, I started my own business when Elliott was 10 months old, but Post Natal Depression got in the way and my focus needed shifting back to myself and my family, not on a business and definitely not on success. At this stage, I had already started my blog as a time filler and something I did to escape, but my blog just wasn’t getting the attention it needed.

A change of direction and perspective

Escaping the grips of Post Natal Depression was when the direction of things certainly changed, my perspective changed, the way I wrote changed and my love for writing my blog grew ten fold. This is when I realised I had been doing it all wrong, well almost. For years I had been searching for success and my calling only to realise each time that what I was doing just didn’t feel like it. The searching part of my experience wasn’t entirely wrong because I am a big believer in the fact that ‘you’ll never know if you don’t give it a try’ but what I do know is that I was trying to make my passion happen, I was forcing it instead of just letting it happen naturally.

I realise what I was doing wrong

Once I realised what I’d been doing wrong, I was able to see that I had, in fact, found my calling without even realising it at first, my love for blogging and writing. I didn’t realise it because blogging and writing were just something I did, something I enjoyed and something that made me happy. It’s something that has given me a chance to share parts of myself, to express myself and to let my creative side out. It was like a light bulb moment, something I didn’t see straight away, but when I did, oh what a joy! I realised that this is something that came about not from wanting to be successful but from pure enjoyment, and with this, it has naturally progressed into a successful blog and freelance writing without me even considering the success part and having fun at the same time.

So what have I learned from my experience? Do what you enjoy and your passion will happen. It’s a natural progression, your passion will find you, don’t try to search for it.

Have you found your calling? How did it happen?

 

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. Barbie Bieber Beyond
    April 6, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    I must admit, that I didn’t think I would love blogging and sharing my thoughts as much as I have. I only started last year and soon enough I was hooked!! I love the community and people I have met along the way and reading some other fantastic blogs, thanks Eva!!

  2. Pinky Poinker
    April 6, 2014 / 11:55 pm

    Well I’ve never written about this 😉 Seriously though, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I LOVE MY BLOG. It’s all consuming and I spend far too much time on it. That’s what a passion is I guess!

  3. April 6, 2014 / 11:58 pm

    Ha Janet’s post hadn’t appeared when I opened the page and wrote my comment lol.

  4. Malinda
    April 7, 2014 / 1:01 am

    I suppose we wouldn’t be blogging if we didn’t enjoy it. It is a time consuming little hobby with plenty of ups and downs. I applaud you for finding what you are passionate about and throwing yourself at it completely.

  5. TheMultitaskingMummy
    April 7, 2014 / 1:39 am

    Awesome Janet, I’ve just read yours and left a comment. I love your kinda thinking!

  6. TheMultitaskingMummy
    April 7, 2014 / 1:40 am

    That’s great Toni, it’s the best feeling isn’t it. Honestly, going back years I would have never thought of writing like I do!

  7. TheMultitaskingMummy
    April 7, 2014 / 1:40 am

    The community is wonderful, I have met so many people online and in person, it’s the best.

  8. TheMultitaskingMummy
    April 7, 2014 / 1:41 am

    Haha. I didn’t realise so many had! It’s so important to really love your blog and blogging, otherwise it really doesn’t work out. Someone asked me my tip for new bloggers and that would be it, you really have to love doing it and work hard at it.

  9. TheMultitaskingMummy
    April 7, 2014 / 1:42 am

    You’re very right Malinda. It’s certainly time consuming but well worth it and has lead to my freelance writing adventure for other websites etc…If it wasn’t for starting my blog, I don’t think I would have ever known my abilities and love for it.

  10. Lisa
    April 7, 2014 / 2:38 am

    Yes, love my blog and only realised that I love to write or could follow my passion in the last few months. Best of luck with your writing xx

  11. April 7, 2014 / 5:03 am

    So glad it is all falling into place for you Eva!! 🙂

  12. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    April 7, 2014 / 8:12 am

    I feel the same. I have a real world job which I enjoy but it’s always been a job never a dream. Discovering blogging and writing for myself has been so inspiring and satisfying – I finally feel whole as a person. So pleased you feel the same!

  13. Suzy Mac
    April 7, 2014 / 9:27 am

    Putting words down on paper/screen has always been my passion. Even when I was forced to make financial and economic news entertaining for the sake of my own financial gain. My real passion is my novel which was supposed to be finished this year (actually this month) but this has been derailed by family setbacks. The blog keeps me going but this is also being neglected lately. Thank God for you and your linky, Eva, it’s like my literary CPR; you and your linkettes’, comments keep me going when I stall. And that’s a lot of late.

  14. TeganMC
    April 7, 2014 / 10:13 am

    It’s great that you were able to discover your passion. I think at the moment I’m just too far down the rabbit hole to fully commit to anything. Although I hate that I feel like I am just floating through life.

  15. Zita @ It's time...
    April 7, 2014 / 10:19 am

    Am still hoping my passion will jump up and bite me on the nose one day! Soon! lol…

  16. Alicia-OneMotherHen
    April 7, 2014 / 10:36 am

    It’s awesome you’ve found your passion. I am working on it and blogging has helped me share the things I love to do.

  17. Deb @ home life simplified
    April 7, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    that is great that you found your passion and can access it freely as blogging can go and be whatever you choose – xx

  18. April 8, 2014 / 12:58 am

    Brilliant post, Eva! I feel exactly the same .. I kept nodding my head as I was reading along 🙂 I just started by blog on a whim and never expected to love blogging so much. I’d always thought of writing as a chore, a means to an end, something to do because I had to for uni or for work, then through blogging I discovered that I LOVE it. The other thing I love about blogging is realising that others feel the same way about experiences I have had, just like with this post 🙂

  19. Vanessa Connor
    April 8, 2014 / 4:20 am

    I love blogging and writing too. The only problem is I tend to forget everything else like my kids homework, dinner waiting to be cooked etc etc. I wish I was more focused and could do things methodically like write/blog for an hour then switch my attention to more boring stuff. Sigh. Anyway, I’m glad you’ve found your passion and have made it work for you. x

  20. April 8, 2014 / 11:28 am

    Blogging really helped me cement my passion for writing, though it had been niggling for quite some time.
    Glad you have found your passion Eva. 🙂

  21. April 12, 2014 / 6:02 am

    Yes, and you are very good at writing Jess, I bought your book! x

  22. April 12, 2014 / 6:02 am

    Uh oh! I’m sure you’ll eventually find a balance Vanessa, it’s tough, but it all works out.

  23. April 12, 2014 / 6:03 am

    Thanks Lizzy! Yep, that’s me too! And the other great thing is meeting others online, I don’t know what I’d do without this awesome community! x

  24. April 12, 2014 / 6:04 am

    Yes, I can tell that through your blog Alicia. I love seeing the things you bake, your garden and your love for exploring.

  25. April 12, 2014 / 6:04 am

    I’m sure it will Zita…it took me almost 32 years!

  26. April 12, 2014 / 6:05 am

    Yes, the feeling of ‘floating through life’ is a familiar one. I try to look at things as though I don’t have to commit and that if it doesn’t work, so be it. Life is all about learning.

  27. April 12, 2014 / 6:06 am

    How on earth did you manage to make financial and economic news entertaining? I need to know your secret because I might have to do it too one day. Oooh a novel, I can’t wait to read it when it’s out. I admire people who can churn out a novel. Amazing. I’m so glad you feel that way about my linky 🙂

  28. April 12, 2014 / 6:08 am

    I was a virtual assistant too, but that didn’t work out for various reasons but did lead me to where I am today in a way. The ‘worth casing blogger’ for April sounds interesting. I’ll definitely have a look and link up x

  29. April 12, 2014 / 6:10 am

    Thanks Emily! There are more on their way in the way of a new header and logo design now that my son is 2 and he is actually a boy (not a girl like the baby in the logo)…it’s so exciting, I can’t wait to get it on the blog. Yes, I see that you’re a freelancer, that is my goal to get more freelance work. I’m currently doing a feature writing course which I hope will help.

  30. April 20, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    I think through the blog I’m still trying to work out what I what to be when I grow up. You would think at 43 I would know by now but having moved 22 times mainly due to hubby’s work & also having 3 under 3 my career has taken a bit of a back seat. While I started a virtual assistance business from home when the girls were little, I’m not entirely sure that’s what I want to continue doing.

    I’ve linked up my I must confess post. I have a 2nd blog Agent Mystery Case and we are looking for a Worth Casing Blogger for April. Would love for you to link up your favourite posts.

  31. April 20, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    I love the little changes to the blog it’s great! I’m so happy that you have been able to follow your passion and do something you love. I love writing, but my paid writing is not exactly what I’d like to be doing but it pays great. Once the kids are older I’ll get more selective. My blog is my me-time, a shame I don’t get paid for it!

  32. Suzy Mac
    May 5, 2014 / 11:22 am

    The novel’s not so much churning as staggering at the moment..No idea when it will be out – I need to finish the ‘buffet of Bastards chapter and tidy up the end first. As for entertaining economics, I think you already have the quirky sense of humor and life outlook needed. There are so many weird economic facts out there (i.e. recent global tooth-fairy payout inflation) you can throw into the mix. I’m thinking of another blog along those lines: Frockonomics – I think I have too many projects :0)

    But I do SO LOVE your blog and your linky. xx