Confessions Of A Multi-Passionate Project Starter


Since I was young, I have always looked at the world with so much curiosity and passion. I seemed to pour my heart completely into everything that piqued my curiosity. It was like an  endless chase to attain greater understanding and new perspectives that kept me interested. 

However, as my curiosity gradually seeped its way into all areas of my life, I often found myself smothered by my interests and hobbies. It was so easy for me to get trapped in the exploration stage of a hobby, only for me to move on to the next thing that caught my eye. 

As a multipassionate creative, I spend my days delicately balancing my energy between all my interests and projects. For example, I absolutely love studying Japanese and learning about alternative health and doing my yoga as well as illustrating, designing, cooking and blogging. I guess I have always loved learning and the feeling from discovering something new just lights up my heart.

But, as a result of this, I feel a sense of guilt when I spend more time on some projects or hobbies than others. It is constantly a balance. And for the long list of unfinished projects and hobbies that I have pushed aside, I feel like I have failed them in a way. Multipassionate creatives also feel the judgement of others as they try to understand why we can't just choose one thing and stick to it. And we curse ourselves for overcomplicating our lives with so many passions.

However, I have recently started embrace my multipassionate personality. For me, this intense curiosity about the world is something that I am so grateful for. I find that it is a source of inspiration which breathes new life to different ideas and ways of thinking.

We are constantly trying to make sense of connections, as we love viewing the world from a wider lens as well as zoomed up close. We seldom find ourselves "bored", and we truly embody the idea of living life to the fullest, as our plates are never empty! 

But in order to move ourselves forwards with our projects, hobbies and interests, we sometimes need to take a step back. 

As we head into spring, I am feeling like the energy that I have been cultivating during my months of self reflection, turning inwards and hibernating is finally propelling me forwards at lightning speed. I love this feeling, this expansiveness that brings so much hope, excitement and joy as I follow this energetic pull to start new again. 

As I make my way down this new path that lies before me, I feel like I am also guided by a sense of ease and calmness. Unlike all the other times where I have dived head first into a variety of different projects at once, this time I am feeling like a part of me is standing strong on supporting my foundations. Its like this energetic excitement is balanced by stillness and a return to "simplicity". It is the gentle reminder in the background, telling me that it is ok to take things one at a time, to be ok with only having a few projects or hobbies on the go. 

So, over the next few months, I am going to be focusing my energy onto strengthening my foundations so that I can fully channel my energy towards the projects and hobbies that I really love. For me, this means ensuring that all the projects, hobbies and interests that I do will be aligned with my highest self (in this case - my core desired feelings).

It will allow me to step up, to move forward a little each day on the projects and passions that I prioritise. And although, this may mean saying no to new projects that I really want to start in September for later, I know deep down that this will actually make things more sustainable, longer term. 

Following on from my previous posts around single tasking and energetic clearing, I am going to continue to bring this mindful practice into the next few months.

Creating Your Top 5 Daily Intentions

One thing that has really helped me in the past has been writing down a list of 5 things I want to do each day (outside of work). These things may be related to your hobbies and projects, which is a great way to ensure that you are spending a little time each day devoting your energy to this.

In this exercise, I also ensure that I am creating this list with a connection to my intuition, really listening to what it is that I need to do for myself each day. For me, all my projects and passions are aligned to bringing out my core desired feelings which are connection, authenticity, intuition, passion and creativity. 

This is not just a "to do" list but it is more about setting your intention for the day ahead.

I do this after I have my tea in the morning. Make your tasks realistic, enjoyable and aligned to bringing out more joy to your day.

For example, my 5 things for today are :

  1. To meditate for 5 minutes
  2. To do some yoga stretches in the morning
  3. To contact a few bloggers
  4. To put aside some time for writing a blog post
  5. To do some reading before bed

Further Info

  • I recently stumbled across this site called Puttylike, which is just an amazing resource for multi passionate people. 
  • I also highly recommend Marie Forleo's wonderful video on Follow Through for Serious Quitters which provides a few more tips on keeping your vision with completing projects for multi passionate people.

Do you relate to this? Do you have lots of hobbies, interests or projects on the go at once too? How do you continue to move forwards with them without getting sidetracked or distracted by new projects and interests? Let me know in the comments below.

Jo ChunYan - Intuition Coach & Graphic Designer

I'm Jo ChunYan. I am an Intuition Coach and Graphic Designer, currently enjoying a deeply soul nourishing experience in my spirit home, Japan. This sanctuary is devoted to cultivating CONSCIOUSNESS, CONNECTION & INTUITION.