On August 4, 2014 I wrote the following down on 4 note cards and placed them around my house, in my office and in my wallet…
I am happy and thankful that I am now living my passions and drawing the following into my life.
- I am financially able to afford all of the things I want and need in my life.
- I am getting paid to travel the world 1st class and document it for my blog.
- I am feeling and looking great 100% of the time.
- I am using my abilities to connect with people to inspire them.
- I am being creative and having fun in all area’s of my life.
I had just finished reading “The Passion Test” after years and years of it sitting on my shelf. A friend had given it to me for my birthday in 2009 and I’d just never gotten around to cracking it open. That is, until I started this blog and thought it may be a good read to inspire me to keep going. I wasn’t prepared for the effect it would have on my life thereafter.
The Passion Test made me realize just how important it was to define what I am truly passionate about and to start living my life from that space. It defined what passion really means and is. That it’s not just your career or money choices (although for some it may be), but it’s also how you want to feel, what you want to do, who you want to be., and that if you define those things for yourself FIRST, without worrying about the “how” it’ll get done, you’ll be in shock by how things just come together, and well, that’s just what happened, everything in my life came together.
Of all of the things on that list I am currently doing 4 out of the 5. I lost more than 85 pounds over the last year (that fulfills the “I am feeling and looking great 100% of the time.”), I started a new job that is paying me more than I’ve ever made in my life(Hence the, “I am financially able to afford all of the things I want and need in my life.”), I not only have this amazing blog that fills me with so much purpose, joy and allows me to have fun, but I also have a podcast called Ethnically Correct– that allows me to reach people on a deeper level with regards to race relations in America, and I am proud to say has just wrapped up its first inaugural year (I am being creative and having fun in all area’s of my life.) and finally, I launched The Hummingbird Village – a business that I share with 4 dynamic, smart beautiful women ( “I am using my abilities to connect with people and inspire them.”).
We have spent the better part of the last year and half planning, creating, and connecting with one another about our desire to inspire and uplift the world around us. Each of us come with a specific set of life experiences, struggles, and abilities that we feel we can share with our community, our “village” if you will. In essence we are all apart of the Hummingbird Village, however we are the 4 women that will facilitate that connection.
We had our very first event over a year ago, it was what we like to call a “visioning experience”. We got our closest girlfriends together for a sleepover and it was a night of sharing, bonding, and simply enjoying being alive. We had special guests come by to give presentations on life, love, and wellness.
We did some very focused work on creating affirmations where we talked through some of the issues that were plaguing us and we all came together to create an affirmation that would uplift and change the situation. To put it plainly the night was absolutely magical and lives were changed and bonds created. Most importantly our own.
We got such great feedback we knew that we wanted to continue to do this work and after a little more than a year, we launched our very first event January 15th 2017!
Our very first “Paint Your Vision Party”, a bit of twist to the traditional vision board party where we asked guests to actually paint their vision as opposed to just pasting images from magazines on poster board. We also wanted to share with our closest family and friends the passion project we had been working so hard on over the past year. I’m usually an open book but even some of my family and friends were left in the dark on just what The Hummingbird Village was and what it is that we really do.
In essence we are life coaches who wish to help facilitate you and inspire you to live your BEST life! We aim to do that via life coaching, themed events and other life enhancing experiences. That may be a wellness event, a private party or a one on one session. Whatever that looks like, our aim is to serve you in whatever you may need to start living fully, creatively and happily.
Some people may be thinking WOW you have so much on your plate, or oh here Winter goes again with another business, interest, passion! To that I say, yep! I intend to live my life directed by whatever I am passionate about and that may look different depending on where I am in life. But know that those passions all stem from that list up above. It changed my life and because of that I now know that my purpose is to help change yours!
As always I thank you guys for your support in whatever form that may be! I feel your love and encouragement and it really motivates me, I can’t wait to do for you what you guys so selflessly do for me!