JaLind Rossetti

Passion, purpose, and patchwork

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Passion, Purpose, and Patchwork

After 20 years in the retail world, Kim found retirement to be downright boring. My friend  wanted to do something she’d never done before. Something fun and challenging. Something that would rekindle her passion.

Maybe a new hobby? Kim knew she loved quilts, but didn’t understand how they were assembled. So within two weeks of leaving her full-time job, she enrolled in her first quilting class.

That was 12 years ago, and now Kim is the quilting instructor, and her hobby is a fulfilling business.

“Quilting keeps me sane,” she says. “And gives me a chance to play around with creativity.” What Kim may not realize is that living her passion can also improve brain health and memory, decrease loneliness, and reduce stress.

How are you living your post-retirement years? Statistically, you’ll be around for at least two more decades. That’s a long time! Too long to sit around and watch TV or babysit the grandkids (although we do love them dearly). So take this opportunity to find your passion!

Although discovering your passion may sound daunting, here are a few ways to get started:

1) Get curious!

That’s what Kim did. What classes would you like to take? What type of documentaries do you enjoy? Which topics do you love to read about? Now do your research. Check out FaceBook groups, MeetUps, courses at community colleges or university extension, programs at your local park and recreation or senior center. And don’t forget the hundreds of online courses to explore.

2) What excited you as a child?

Were you good at arts and crafts? Did you love the great outdoors–play, exercise? Were you a star gazer? Maybe you played a musical instrument. If so, you might still remember how to read music, and that’s half the battle. So pick up a trumpet or clarinet and reignite those brain cells.

3) Make a list of your strengths, talents, and accomplishments.

Which achievements are you most proud of? Go back to your childhood years. Fortunately, my mother saved many o the awards from my youth, and when I peruse those old papers, it’s a great trip down memory lane. Take a deep look into your own past, then pat yourself on the back for all you’ve done, and brush off an old talent. 

Are you ready to discover your purpose and passion after hearing this story? I’d love to share your passion discovery journey. Reach out to me at:

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