Are You Living Life With Passion?

Are You Living Life With Passion?

HEY, Readers!  You know, I read somewhere that bloggers shouldn’t apologize for their lack of posting.  Apparently, nobody cares.  Well, I do.  I feel terrible about my lack of attention to this blog.  I’m not a parent (yet…) but in a lot of ways, I feel like Beets Per Minute is my baby and lately I’ve been a severely neglectful mother.

So, LOTS has been going on in my world!  My husband, Luke, ran his first half-marathon ever this past Sunday by participating in the Great Scottish Run.  He did a TERRIFIC job finishing at one hr 53 minutes.  I’m so very proud of him and love that he raised over £400 for Cancer Research UK in honor of my late father.  The run was a fantastic event with over 30,000 people participating including Neil from Neil’s Healthy Meals, who ran in the 10k beforehand!  I met up with Neil, his wife, Lynne, and their friend, Catherine (who was fun to meet as I read all about her on his blog)!  Catherine was there supporting her husband, Liam (also a star on Neil’s blog!) as he also completed the half-marathon in the group just behind Luke’s!

all smiles after completing!!

all smiles after finishing!!

Yeah, okay, so the Great Scottish Run was ONE day, but there are other things going on….



Are you living life with passion?

A couple of weeks ago, as I was slacking scrolling my Instagram feed, I came across the following quote:

As I’ve gone through life,  I’ve found that your chances for happiness are increased if you wind up doing something that is a reflection of what you loved  most when you were somewhere between nine and eleven years old.

-Walter Murch

A reflection of what you loved most when you were somewhere between nine and eleven years old.


When I was between the ages of nine and eleven, I loved skiing, gymnastics, dancing classes and creative writing.

Now, I can hardly do a round-off triple back handspring on my lawn any longer.  Mostly because I don’t have a lawn, but also because I am pretty sure I’d break my neck if I tried.

However, I’ve loved becoming a trainer —  working to help people get healthy — and blogging has refreshed my love of writing.

 I am doing what I loved the most between the ages of nine and eleven and it has increased my level of happiness.


Am I lucky?  Yes.  However, not in the way you think.  I’m still struggling financially and what they say is true that you “have to spend money to make money.”  However, finances and nail-biting aside, I wake up every day with the sense of purpose and passion that was missing for nearly decades of my life.

What if you could “time hop” back to a point when you were completely passionate about something?  What would you discover about yourself right now?  Would you say that you do something in your life right now that reflects those interests recreationally and professionally?

Whether it’s professionally or recreationally, is there something that used to bring you joy and comfort that you have lost along the way?

Perhaps, it wasn’t when you were aged nine to eleven. However, there must have been a time when the complications of adulthood and greater responsibilities were not your primary concern, and something put a genuine smile on your face.

Do me a favor.  If your life feels uninspired or unhappy right now, think about what you were passionate about at a young age and find a way to incorporate more of that into your life right now.

Even if it’s just coloring or building a Lego village.

Increase your level of happiness.  You’re worth it.

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 If you had to base your livelihood on a time when you were full of passion, what would you be doing right now?  Are you doing this already?

****************I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud*******************

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  1. October 8, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Fab day Sunday at the Great Scottish Run Erin, can’t wait to do it all again next year! 🙂

    Congratulations on the setting up of your Bridal Boot Camp. I see you didn’t go for Lynne’s suggested name. 😉

    That’s a great reflective post you have today, and if I think back to when I was between 9 and 11 years old, well I’d started building a model railway! Actually I still have it, in the kitchen cupboard. It drives Lynne mad. 😆

    Looking forward to seeing you guys on 21st November. 😀

    • Erin
      October 8, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      Ahhh, no, no, I didn’t go with Lynne’s suggested name lol!

      So, no plans of building a model village for that model railway anytime soon??? 🙂 You could turn the train station into a biscuit jar!

      Looking forward to our get-together as well!

  2. October 8, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    LOVE! I took a huge leap of faith a few years back and gave up on the career that I went to college for to pursue something I was truly passionate about — helping people get healthier and happier. It was scary as all hell, especially because it meant I’d be working for myself and responsible for EVERYTHING, but I can easily say that it’s the best thing I’ve done. We spend so much of our lives working — it shouldn’t be something that we dread doing!

    • Erin
      October 8, 2015 / 2:46 pm

      So true, Amanda. I am fretting about how disorganised I am, but I am looking forward to working on it! I may need to call on your expertise if I ever start to talk myself out of it! You’re so right, we spend so much time working and it should be to do something we’re passionate about doing!

  3. October 8, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    First of all, such a cool quote! That really made me think. When I was between 9-11 I played soccer, which I loved and that’s close enough to running, right? And I always wrote in my journal and wrote little short stories. Those are definitely my passions. LOVE IT. And no, I don’t bite my nails but Andrew does (and two of my kids) but it doesn’t drive me nuts at all. The only thing that grosses me out is when kids eat their boogers.

    • Erin
      October 8, 2015 / 2:48 pm

      That quote is everything to me right now! I’d say you’re definitely living with passion, Suzy! Especially with how beautifully you write and how honest you are! I’m with you on boogers in general. YUUUUUCK.

      I don’t eat my nails, btw, they are discarded in the most “ladylike” way.

      • October 10, 2015 / 3:52 pm

        Ha HA! Ladylike, eh? Mmmhmm…

  4. October 8, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Yayyy congrats to your husband! What an awesome accomplishment and time 🙂 Also don’t be worried about the bridal bootcamp. You’ll be sure to kill it and continually improve week after week. It’ll be more exciting than nerve wracking!

    • Erin
      October 8, 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Beverley! I’m excited to get started with bridal boot camp, I’m hoping I get a good crowd. I’ve had many people say, “what a genius idea” but it’s getting the bride-to-be’s in the door! Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  5. October 8, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    I’ve finally in this year been able to start doing the things that bring me joy. Now I just need to find a way for them to bring me some more money haha.

    • Erin
      October 8, 2015 / 4:45 pm

      Haha, I hear ya, girl! It will happen! 😉

  6. October 8, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    I’m trying to remember who just wrote a post on something very similar to this–I think they used the same quote! (I’m by no means saying that you are cribbing it, or anything! Just that great minds very much think alike!). Passion is something that can be fleeting, but when passion become long lasting is when you learn how to read it–to take what it is telling you about what you respond to in life, and to then apply that to long term loves!

    • Erin
      October 8, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      So very true! I actually went back to find that quote on my IG account, it was the dude that’s on that show Suits lol! It’s such a great quote, though. Passions can be fleeting, but I do find it very interesting that when I actually thought about it, I am basically doing the things that I really loved the most and I am absolutely happier than I ever been!

  7. October 8, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    You know, I will really have to think about what exactly it was that I liked to do when I was around 9. I can’t say for sure that I’m doing it, but I do feel like writing and cooking/baking were somehow part of the equation.
    I’m so excited for you Erin! It sounds like you have so many good things going for you right now!! Keep us posted!!

    • Erin
      October 8, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks, Heather! I bet that if you really think about it, you are doing things that you were passionate about earlier in your life. I don’t know if this is an exact science, but I feel like sometimes being a “grown up” makes us forget about what truly brings us joy. I’m glad you do things that make you happy! I will definitely be keeping ya’ll posted about things to come! 🙂

  8. October 8, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Ok so the bootcamp will be awesome! Way to make a huge difference in some special ladies lives. And I bet you will make some new friends in the process too! I think goals that are scary and make you nervous are the goals to go after!! Get it girl and keep us updated on how it all goes!!

    • Erin
      October 9, 2015 / 8:37 am

      I agree with you, Sam! These days, if I’m not freaked out by my life decisions I feel like I’m doing something wrong! I’m excited about the bootcamp and hope it all goes (reasonably) as planned! Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  9. October 9, 2015 / 5:23 am

    First of all big congrats to Luke! You will be one proud wife for sure!
    I love the idea of thinking back to what made us happy when we were younger. On a big scale, I did that, I was obsessed about all things relating to history and the past… and I went to university and got my degree in history. It was fantastic! But what has happened in my life since I graduated has led me to be where I am now… and I wouldn’t change it for the world! When I was studying, I wanted to be a teacher but David believes that all I really wanted to do was help people… and that’s where being a Health Coach comes in!
    On a small scale though, when I was younger I loved to read, but that has seriously been lacking in my life. Now I make an effort to fit in reading time… and it makes me so happy!

    • Erin
      October 9, 2015 / 8:40 am

      Thanks, Jen — I am so proud of Luke, he is such a star! I love that you studied something you were interested in. I truly believe that everybody getting a university level of education should be there studying something they are passionate about, regardless of what kind of job it will line you up for. Let’s face it, there are few degree programs now that guarantee anything in life. Very few! I think David is right, you’re a very calming person, you definitely helped me to adjust to my new life here. I think you’re on the right path for sure!
      YES, I’m with you on reading. It is amazing how much better life is when you’re reading a good book (or 2-3 at the same time if you’ve got book ADHD like I do)! 🙂

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