If you read this blog regularly then you’ve probably seen posts about a business venture that I am embarking on with 3 close friends of mine called The Hummingbird Village(if you haven’t and you want to know the back story check this out). Well we just started an exciting new series of events called ‘Brunch & Learn with The Hummingbird Village’, which is a spin on the traditional ‘lunch & learn’ activity that you may already be doing on your job or perhaps at school, only it’s much cooler and mimosa’s are involved.
Our very first ‘brunch & learn’ was a couple of weeks back and I had the pleasure of hosting this fun event!
Again the premise is pretty simple, we host a brunch and choose a topic to present. The topics will range, but will be ones that we are enthusiastic about, have experience executing, or knowledge to impart. My topic was passion: How to find it, live it, and stay motivated while fulfilling it.
Passion is a topic I’m truly, well, passionate about (all pun intended). It’s one that I feel once I defined, changed the trajectory of my life, so it was a no brainer that this topic would be the topic I debuted.
My intention was to first get attendees talking and comfortable sharing with one another, because talking about your passions can feel a little intimidating, and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable sharing, or at very least not sharing, but not feeling obligated to do so. I achieved this with a little ice breaker game. From there I wanted to break down the myths on how we define passion. I’ve found that we are mostly unaware about just how to do that, and well, we can’t start to define it for ourselves until we understand its true meaning. I then walked participants through a few exercises to narrow down their passions and use the passion journal and planner that we provided to stay on track once those passions were identified.
The day went even better than I could hope for! Leading up to it I was so nervous about who would attend, would I articulate my message clearly, would they walk away feeling like this was a good use of their time? I was truly making my passion- I am using my abilities to connect with and inspire others…a burden! But THANK GOD for my Hummingbird Village because right when I had doubts they kept me focused on what truly matters and that was, that I was doing this to fulfill MY own passion, and because that desire had been placed in my life, everything would be just fine.
Of course everything was more than fine, it was a real success, and a step in the direction that The Hummingbird Village will continue to take in creating life enhancing and engaging events.
This was the first of many to come.
What particularly inspired me at our brunch & learn was meeting these two beautiful women. Tai and Meeka somehow follow me on social media and were inspired enough by my ramblings and over sharing to attend this event. I mean, I expected that all of my attendees would be personal friends of mine because I’d been promoting it so much on ALL of my social channels and they’d feel obligated to attend . But Tai and Meeka’s prescense proved me wrong. That these women somehow found me in the immensity that is the internet, and felt inspired enough to spend their hard-earned money to come and hear me speak truly had my heart full! It just really reinforced my belief that we all have some wisdom to impart on this world, and we don’t need to wait for that credential, or until that big accomplishment to share that wisdom (or our struggle ) with the world.
I can’t wait for our next brunch where we will hit another topic that I can say we’ve all struggled with at some point “work life balance”. So people, is that a topic you’d be interested in? What are some things you’ve been wanting to learn or improve at? Is there a topic that you want to share with others that you particularly excel at? I’d love to know in the comments below.