Benefits of Doing One Thing You Love

by dena on October 10, 2014

 

While photographing in the garden early this evening, I suddenly thought, “I am doing something I love!”

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About fifteen months ago, I discovered I have a lot of fun taking pictures with my smartphone camera – especially of nature shots.

I had a lovely adventure with an online photo course in the summer of 2013, taught by Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens.com. Bursting with happiness, I wrote a blog post about it.

 

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Inspired from watching a slide show this morning as part of Susannah Conway’s course, Photo Meditations: Infusing Your Images with Soul, I popped myself outdoors during the time before sunset called the golden hour.

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I have written many times in this blog about how my life feels, well, more alive when I make time for creativity, nature, relaxation, kindness, and compassion. It is why the tagline to this blog is: how to live with more love. It is where my passion exists. I connect more easily and lovingly with others. I get more done. My whole being flourishes.

Engaging in something I enjoy, even for a few minutes, spills over delightfully into other parts of my day.

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Benefits I Have Noticed

1.  Peace & Joy. I feel calmness and joy more often, while experiencing less anger, anxiety, and depression.

2.  Creative Solutions. Innovative ideas and possible solutions to problems seem to show up faster.

3.  Motivation. I am particularly glad to report I have more motivation to take action on both small and large tasks I might otherwise feel resistance toward doing.

 

I feel gratitude for each of these benefits. What I find myself most reflecting on recently is the sometimes elusive motivation aspect.

When I make room in my day for doing even one action I love, this seems to evoke in me enough natural willingness to go ahead and do other things I want to accomplish.

Completing work tasks, cleaning the house, paying bills, and other “to-do’s” all seem easier. Yes, it’s true – When I allow myself time for the fun actions, I have found there is more motivation for the other actions that I may not like so much.

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You might like to take a look at “Finding Happiness” under Pick a Topic to Explore in the margin of each page of my site, to discover other posts that intersect with today’s subject.

Dear Reader, I wonder . . . what motivates you? How do you feel when you regularly schedule creativity and other avenues of enjoyment into your life? What lights up your passion?

 

Blissings, Dena

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12 comments
Andrea
Andrea

wow. Your photos are lovely. I can really see the fun you had! My favorite is the one with the 3 butterflies.

Kelvin
Kelvin

Hi Dena: Seems like we had similar thoughts about the outdoors this week. I'm with you about taking nature shots as well. I was inspired by Tammy's Digital Writing Course earlier this year. You should see how many pictures are on my iphone lol What motivates me? Well, it's helping people. Seeing their "light bulb" go off fuels my passion. Love your pics. Great post Dena!!

dena
dena

Thank you for your reply, Kelvin. I so enjoyed your post, certainly on a similar track. You are another fan of Tammy's, yay! Love your motivation, I can tell by your writing that your skill and compassion must be a wonderful support to your people. Blissings, ~ Dena

Barbara Dolan
Barbara Dolan

You are so right, Dena. Being creative does help with motivation, I agree. I like to knit or crochet and when I make time for it, I feel very inspired but usually for the knitting or crocheting. I just want to make everything and not do my 'regular' chores. So I have to set a time limit or tell myself that when I have done a few things then I can work on my creative project. So in my own way, doing the thing I love motivates me to get other things completed. Your pictures are lovely!

dena
dena

Oh, Barbara, good idea, of also using the creative, fun activities as a self reward! I had forgotten about this, and it may exactly what I need today. Thank you for your note and your compliment about the photos. Blissings, ~ Dena

Corinna
Corinna

Dena, your post speaks for me. I do the same. My journey started in 2013 with Catherine Just's "In Plain Sight". After that I kept clicking away in nature as taking the pictures gets me out of my anxious brain and looking at them afterwards makes me happy and returns the good memories.

dena
dena

Corinna, I will look up Catherine Just and "In Plain Sight" - sounds intriguing. Yes, I agree that both taking the photos and looking over them later have benefits for me. I recently began playing with some of my pics on Instagram, it's fun to see photos there by so many others. Thank you. Blissings, ~ Dena

Liz Smith
Liz Smith

Dena, yes I have to agree with your post completely. I find my inspiration and motivation in nature and I have been snapping more camera photo images of late. I enjoy the creativity that this encourages and I feel all of the peace and joy you write of here. Indulging my creative urges, if just for a short moment, leaves me energized to tackle the "to dos" of the day :) Thank you for the reminder x

dena
dena

I appreciate your note, Liz. Mother Nature can be such a replenishing mama. Glad she is sparking your creativity and motivation, too. Blissings, ~ Dena

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