Cella’s Chat: Reflecting on 2013

WHOLEistically-Fit-Being-Present-QuotesIt was only yesterday that I was looking forward to what 2013 would bring to our lives.  Or, so it seemed like yesterday now that we are quickly approaching 2014.  The ability to look back on the past year allows us to ponder such thoughts such as “are we on the right path,” “were there lessons we needed to learn and situations that needed to change,” “joyful opportunities that we pursued and have changed our lives” and “beautiful times with friends and family?”  Are we living our lives fully, pursuing our passions and sharing ourselves with others or are we continuing our path of insanity which by definition “is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.”

Progress Leads to New Opportunities

If I personally look at my life, though progress sometimes feels slow, I now realize that I have taken many leaps this year resulting in the doors opening in numerous directions connecting me to great people, incredible opportunities and living a life that feels enriching and meaningful.

My Biggest and Most Rewarding Decision!

Deciding to leave law was the best step I ever took.  Yes, it has come with risk, fear and questioning myself if I did the right thing.  After all, 28 years in one profession becomes quite comforting (not always in a good way), but, with support behind me, I was able to step away from what was dragging me down and step into my own business.  My new undertakings include writing, instructing Nia (a fusion fitness) and, most recently, hosting my own radio show as “Cella.”  Could I have foreseen these opportunities as we were approaching 2013, never!  I would have scoffed at the idea that I could pursue any of the passions I knew I was drawn to, but never thought I would have the opportunity to fulfill.

Cultivating vs. Following Your Passion

As I mentioned in one of my past blogs, I couldn’t inspire others to live their passion and walk their path without myself doing the same thing. Laura Castoro, the author of Icing on the Cake, was quoted as saying “Life is about the decisions we make to live passionately or passively.  Where’s your passion?”  There is a good question about the difference in cultivating your passion or following your passion.  What is the difference?

In a blog on the site www.theminimalists.com, Cal Newport, Ph.D., a 30-year-old assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University, was quoted as saying: “’Follow’ implies that the you discover the passion in advance then go match it to a job.  At which point, you’re done.  “Cultivate” implies that you work toward building passion for your job. This is a longer process but it’s way more likely to pay dividends.  It requires you to approach your work like a crafstman.  Honing your ability, and then leveraging your value, once good, to shape your working life toward the type of lifestyle that resonates with you.”  I believe I have cultivated my passion, allowing my path to be shaped by the opportunities that appear before me opening doors I didn’t even know I would or could ever walk through.

2014 Questions to Ponder

So, as you approach 2014, are you following your passion or cultivating your passion?  As you reflect back on the past year are you living a life you have dreamed about or are you still doing the same thing over and over creating your own insanity?  It is never too late to dream the life you want to pursue.

Quote From a Dreamer

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.  Harriett Tubman


  1. I agree with you totally Cella. It is never too late to dream the life you want to pursue. If it was not for our dreams, what would spur us onward?

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