Passion into Purpose

I’ve been in a rut lately: no inspiration, no motivation, and lots of M&M’s. But with the change of the leaves and the holiday season upon me I can feel the spark coming back into life.

passion into purpose2A friend shared that quote with me a few weeks ago and it really struck a chord with me. A few days later I read this post by College Prepster and I knew this idea of passion and purpose was meant to be in my life right now.

I’ve always thought of dance as my passion. It gives me a thrill unlike anything else and it provides me with a sense of belonging. However, being realistic with my health, I know that my hopes of being a professional dancer are in my past.

Could this passion for dance lead me elsewhere? Is there a job out there perfect for me and my love for dance? Is it going to lead me to something else creative? There’s no way to know right now, but I feel like time will tell.

Have you turned a passion into something more?

Keep Dancing,



Friday Five: TED Talks

I apologize for my absence last week. It was a hectic week with moving home and going back to the upstate to move my brother out of his apartment. However, I’m back and getting into a nice summer routine. This week I have become obsessed with watching TED Talks. Not kidding, I watched 10 on Tuesday night alone. I’ve also seen or heard about them everywhere this week. These are my 5 favorite talks I’ve listened to this week.


1. How To Find and Do Work You Love by Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore spoke at a TEDxTalk in San Francisco. He is the founder of Live Your Legend and I found his speech so inspirational that I joined his site right away. This was an especially wonderful find because of the personal struggle I’m feeling with figuring out what I want to be doing this time next year.

2. Why 30 is Not the New 20 by Meg Jay

Meg Jay spoke at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California this past February. She is a clinical psychologist specializing 20 year olds. This talk has popped up on many blogs that I follow on a daily basis. It’s incredible inspiration for those graduating college!

3. Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career by Larry Smith

This incredible TEDxTalk from the University of Waterloo is economist Larry Smith’s insight into why people of our generation are not going to have a great career. His argument style reminds me of my macroeconomics professor from this past semester. It’s important to remember that now, more than ever before jobs can easily be outsourced and it’s our job to go after what we want.

4. Why You Have to Fail to Have a Great Career by Michael Litt

This was a follow-up to the last video also held at the University of Waterloo. Michael Litt was a college student that was not going to let anything get his way from being successful, even failure. He ends the talk with a powerful statement that sums up the two videos together, “You will fail to have a great career unless you fail to have a great career.”

5. Why We Procrastinate by Vik Nithy

This TEDxTalk from Scots College features Vik Nithy, who had started 3 companies by the time he was 20 years old. His scientific approach to the reasons for procrastination and tips for how to prevent procrastinating could have been useful earlier in the year. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with your responsibilities to the point of not being able to accomplish anything.

Of course, I can’t mention all of these TED Talks without mentioning the talk by Dr. Dunlap about Sandor Teszler. Dr. Dunlap was the 10th president of Wofford College and this weekend marks the start of his retirement. He’s an incredible man, with a laundry list of accomplishments ranging from ballet dancer (my favorite) to renowned scholar from Sewanee, Harvard, and Oxford.

Do you have any favorite TED Talks? I’m looking for some more inspiration. If I like it I’ll add it to my playlist of my favorite talks!

Keep Dancing,