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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: February 16, 2012.

So here’s the question again, what do you want to be when you grow up?
What is your passion? Are you willing to pursue it and craft it in these early childhood years?

What is your passion? No, I don’t just mean your children, your soap box, or your view on faith. Before we had kids, we had all these talents, skills, and abilities. For some of us, we’ve boxed ’em up and they are sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Still others think that when the kids are grown, then they will have the time to pursue their passions. But here’s the question, are you satisfied? Or bigger question still, “Is God satisfied with you shelving your passion?”

Motherhood Isn’t All Of Me.

Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is awesome. We have their lives in our hands, day in and day out for the next eighteen years. And the early years are spent trying to find a new routine and surviving sleepless nights. For me, I had this ache to write, I didn’t understand it, nor was I really focusing on it. Yet, it was there in the back of my mind gnawing at me. Before I became a mother, I was a child that dreamed of being a lawyer, counselor or professor. Yet, I had this natural ability to write (writing, spell check and grammar are three different things, peeps!), I had a voice and people loved listening to it through the pages of my essays, posts, etc.

I heard God’s voice very clearly one afternoon while wading through diapers and bottles, He was telling me to write. I’m so thankful I listened. Our passions and our talents spur us on, knowing we are part of a bigger picture. It reminds us that we have a purpose for our lives that no one else can fill. Only we can do it with the combination of gifts, passions, and abilities in a way that no one else can.

It brings great satisfaction to peck the keyboard to encourage others while my little ones are sleeping. Nowadays, I have more free time and I’ve found that if I get to spend time on my passions, I’m actually a better mom. I am fulfilled and praising God!

What Is Your Passion?

So here’s the question again, what do you want to be when you grow up? What is your passion? Are you willing to pursue it and craft it in these early childhood years?

Steps to Pursue Your Passion.

1. Ask God to show you what you were created for.
2. Take smalls steps with it while your kids are little, for example take a class, purchase books about it.
3. Surround yourself with friends who will encourage you to the best of your abilities.
4. Don’t give it up. There will come a moment when it’s time for you to try it.
5. Jeremiah 29:11 states:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The key is asking God what He created you for!

For the last few years, I’ve spent my time encouraging moms, using my voice, and perfecting my writing skills while enjoying motherhood moments of watching my babies turn into big kids. God is now using this new stage in life to publish my first book and launch a new mid-west blog for women. If God can challenge me, steady my hands as I write, and encourage me, He will do the same for you. Go ahead, be brave and ask Him!

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