Am i the only one who gets frustrated with progress when it comes to the things that I’m passionate about? Lately I've noticed that I keep looking at how much I have to improve in certain areas, such as photography, baking, blogging, fitness, etc. Normally I am considered to be the type of person who looks at the glass being half full rather than half empty; however, these days I’ve been letting my mind play tricks on me! I don’t know if it's the fact that I'm constantly thinking since I’m home a lot more than before that makes me be less optimistic about myself. But if you were to ask me if I miss my glass half full perspective, I would fire back at you with a confident “heavens yes!!!”
These desserts prove my point. It was a total baking fail! Oh well, live and learn?
But they also prove that I improved quite a bit with photography, in my honest opinion.
I often forget how much I’ve actually improved in certain areas of my life, but today I realized that I have my trusty camera to thank for, because as I look through my photo archives I am reminded just how much I enjoy this particular hobby.
GF+vegan cobbler from this post
Okay. That, and baking, and cooking, and working out, and blogging, and hiking, and riding unicorns, and ummm the list goes on... Hehe, what can I say? I am a gal of many interests and I like to expand my horizons.
The point that I’m trying to get that is that although there are times when I feel like I should be at this level of aptitude or be this gifted in a certain area, I can’t compare myself to anyone else other than me and my progress. No one who has taken his or her passion up to great heights has done so without putting in hard work and practice—blood, sweat, and tears!
One of my favorite recipes that doesn’t stand a chance in my fridge—Hazelnut Cappuccino Bread
Kind of proud that this odd combination tastes so delish!
I’m reminded that I just need to keep pursuing my passions and take them for what they are! Hobbies that I truly enjoy. That's it!
I need to remember that I’ve been practicing whenever time allows to get to this point, all the way from the day that I started to pursue them (hello super newbie and utterly awkward post that makes me giggle!). And most importantly, I've been having so much fun as I've learned a great deal through trial and error. After all, trial error can sometimes be the best teacher although I’d much rather have more trials without the errors! But don’t we all?
In conclusion, I hope that you will continue to work on the things that you love and even the things that God has gifted you with. Keep on persevering and pressing on, because I am sure that you have come a lot farther than you really think you have. At least that’s what I think about my own journey…and trust me guys, I’m not trying to earn any flattering comments from you by saying this.
For now I am going to keep baking all kinds of weird treats, creating all sorts of excruciating workouts, conjuring up blog posts to inspire your spiritual life, and snapping away with my beloved camera because it's one of the things that have changed my perspective about myself. For example, I never thought I’d see the day of me picking up a camera--let alone a DSLR--but here I am…enjoying what I do and doing what I enjoy. Instead of telling myself that I need to be as talented as so and so I’ll keep being grateful and trekking on towards what’s ahead of me.
But then again…it wouldn’t hurt to be able to tell a story through the lens like Kristin who’s inspired me so much lately!
Or be as witty and imaginative with some finger lickin’ recipes like Megan and Sally are. Or so strong like Kat that she can probably K.O. you within a minute due to her awesome punching bag obsession.
No, as much as I love these ladies I’ll keep on doing my best with what I’ve been given! Well guys, I hope you have a truly blessed evening and keep working hard on the things that you love. Don’t give up just yet because as Meg always says, it’s about progress—never perfection.
Are you sometimes discouraged with the things you’re passionate about? How do you get back on track?
Are you a half full or half empty type of person? How can you change that if you’re the latter?
What are your hobbies and how did you first take interest in them?
-I have always loved food and trying different things in the kitchen, particularly during high school. But I started to take everything more seriously (including snapping photos) when I started the blog.