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Changing Seasons of Passion

changing seasonsGood Day Passionistas!

I definitely hope each and every one of your weekend’s time was productive and enjoyable. If you’re like me and have a regular nine to five (non-passion related), today we’re back to the grind of lining someone’s pocket and creating opportunities for us to play middle men to our bill collectors. I kid. I kid. I actually like my nine to five, but it does nothing for me in comparison to what following my passion feels like.

This morning as I prepared for work, like normal, I turned on the news to catch a few stories that weren’t reported on last night and to catch the weather for this week. Here in Memphis we are currently in transition from Summer to Fall. True enough, technically it is Fall time, but the weather doesn’t necessarily coincide with that. So far in the month of October, we’ve had a few cooler days with highs in the mid-sixties, but we’ve still seen the temperature likes of seventy-five and above. Some days I’m not sure if I should wear boots or sandals, sweaters or sleeveless shirts.This week alone, Memphians will experience weather highs of eighty plus and by the week’s end, we’ll possibly be wearing boots and light jackets. Talk about confusing the body.

After seeing this weather transition, it made me focus on the fact that during the change of seasons, there are those moments of transition. You don’t just go from hot to completely cold in a matter of one day. Following your passion is no different. Life is all about seasons. During those transitions, the best thing to do is work on being prepared for the next season. You’ll have days and months where it seems your passion is being lived out to its most capitalized moments. There will be other days and months where you won’t see any fruits from your work; you may even have a low desire of following your passion. Consider the latter to be your moments of transitioning from season to season. While you’re in those days where you are bursting at the seams in passion, use them as your preparation for the next season. Don’t allow the transitions to confuse your state of purpose. Know that the transition is all apart of the purpose.

Even with this back and forth weather, I know I’ve got to get my heavier clothing out of the closets and storage bins they were so tightly packed in during the warmer months. I may not need all of them today, but before long, I’ll surely need to have them on my body to protect myself from the cooler weather. I may even have to wear a light jacket in the mornings (well so far I actually have had to) and by the end of the day remove it. Treat your passion no differently, during those in between periods, prepare, think, strategize, plan for your next passionate season. It’s coming for sure. It’s just a matter of getting through the transition.

Until the next posting, be inspired to continue living passionately. Remember your happiness depends on it! 😉

Oh yeah… don’t forget your sweater! 😉

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Passion Success…

Me at Sisterhood ShowcaseHey Passionistas!!!!

This past week was pretty busy as I was preparing for an event that directly tied in with my passion. I was honored to be a featured author in the Author’s Pavilion hosted by the Pyramid Art, Books, and Custom Framing at the 2013 Sisterhood Showcase in Memphis, TN. During the showcase I was able to tell my story and share details about my fiction novel, “Enough Time”. The experience was a bit intimidating at first, as it would be the largest venue I’d been apart of as an author to date, but like most things I have to address, I took on the task head first and at the end of the day, I was SUCCESSFUL!

It’s moments like those at the showcase that confirm I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I love speaking. I love sharing my personal story. I love writing. I love networking. I love meeting new people. I love inspiring myself and others. And somehow I’m able to tie all of that together as Author Christin Webb! What better way to know that you’re headed down the right road than to see successes from your efforts.

The Preparation:

I spent about four weeks before the showcase, preparing for the event. I filled out the appropriate documentation, I gathered thoughts in my head on what I wanted to share and how I wanted to approach my story. I had to create and prepare my marketing aids. I had to select what excerpts I’d read that would keep the crowd interested. My preparation even included the finest detail as to what I’d wear (all the women readers understand this concern). It all came together.

The Presentation:

I had an opportunity to speak twice and solicit sales for my book. The first speaking opportunity was somewhat of a rough draft considering how I performed my second go around. Even after weeks of practicing I did have some nerves I had to shake off. Heck, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve spoken in front of people, I always get nervous. But after my first run through I knew exactly what to do the second time and I nailed it. The moments were exhilarating and left me feeling almost perfect!

The Aftermath:

Now that I’ve gotten past one of my largest venues for displaying myself as Author Christin Webb, I feel even more motivated to take on more venues, do more speaking, share my story to almost anyone that will listen. 😉 My passion is mine and it feels good. It’s the first time in my life I feel 100% sure about what I’m doing. That’s how I know I’m doing it right. That’s how I know I will be doing this for a while. That’s how I know. As I write this post, I’m still smiling, still basking in my moments from days ago knowing that the days to come can feel just the same!

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