We:30 Share and Tell: Rachel's Passionote Blog

Every Wednesday at 3:30 we get together to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. Our Share and Tell edition invites an employee to share something that inspires them and has a unique story. This week Rachel shared her blog, Passionote!

I set an important goal for myself this year – to balance my focus and dedicate time each day on things that I’m passionate about.  This was a challenge, because while I have always had a lot of interests, I hadn’t spent time finding out what my real passions were.  People have many “things” that excite them  - from hobbies like sports or cooking, to learning an instrument or practicing an art form, to volunteering for a specific cause, etc.  In order to discover my own passions, I knew I would need to leave my comfort zone and get adventurous. 

Since January, I’ve set aside a small budget each month to explore something completely new, and started a blog (passionote.wordpress.com) to share my experiences.  Here’s a list of the potential passions I’ve tried so far:

January – Figure Skating
February – Origami (my favorite so far!)
March – Running - 5K Race
April – Banjo
May – Biking

Initially, the blog was only a means to force some reflection and keep myself accountable, but the outcome has been very surprising.  I’m learning so much about myself through my own journey, and through the reaction and participation of readers.  People have been so encouraging – suggesting new ideas and providing updates on their own personal explorations.  It’s been a really rewarding experience, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings.  I’m actually a bit behind and haven’t selected anything for June yet, so if you have any ideas, please let me know.  I’d love to hear from you!

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