Are you doing what you love?

Updated: Sep 7, 2021

And if you're not, then what exactly are you doing?





Before I built my house last year, I sold the old one to a couple called Liam and Sue. And two and a half years later, they have it on the market again.


Shortly after they bought my old house (which is next door) they bought a second home in Kerry in the South West of Ireland, presumably for weekends and holidays. Then Lockdown came in March, and they hotfooted it down there to feel safer.


And they didn't come home until Christmas.


Then two weeks later, they went back again and didn't return to Dublin for another three months...


They found they loved living in the countryside. The lifestyle suited them better. There was more space, beautiful lake views and great walks for their two energetic retrievers. They were even in a better climate because of the Gulf Stream.


But they'd never have known it was the change they wanted to make if they hadn't been pushed by the Pandemic.


And it's happening to people everywhere: they want to move house or change jobs. In the USA alone they're anticipating as much as 55% of the workforce will be looking for a new job in the coming months, in what economists have dubbed the Great Resignation.


But why does it take a Global Pandemic for people to make the change they so obviously want in their own lives?


Like any external force but bigger, Covid crashed in on us, forced us to change how we live and gave us a glaringly obvious reason to reflect on what matters most. And now we're coming through it and it's feeling safer, people are taking action for change. And because everybody's doing it, it feels more acceptable and permissible for everybody else to do it, so the whole thing is gathering momentum.


It reminds me of an Edward Albee play, The Lady from Dubuque, where a woman crashes into a couple's life and forces realisation upon them when they don't want it. She wakes them up to the truth of their lives in a way they can't ignore it anymore.


And I think that's what has happened with Covid.


So what do you do now you've realised you want change in your life, and you're entertaining moving house or getting a new job or trying something new, or you've decided you're going to do that thing you've always wanted to do? Where do you start and which way do you turn?


You turn to what you love.


Doing what you love is fundamental in creating a deep sense of integrity and alignment in your life because it's where you're naturally your most enthusiastic, passionate self. You feel 'in flow' like you're swimming with the current-assisted tide, rather than against it. And you feel fuelled by inspiration, so you want to do more of it.


Doing what you love will always inspire you, and inspiration is everything.


The word inspire comes from the Latin inspirare, which means to breathe or blow into. So when you feel inspired, you're literally blowing more life into yourself and those around you. You expand and transcend your former self; you become bigger, you become more YOU. And this is good: we need more you in the world because that means more life. And humans are naturally attracted to more life.


Marianne Williamson famously said, 'as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same,' and doing what we love is our deepest intelligence guiding us towards our own light, our own brilliance and our unique way of serving the world.


And if you're not doing what you love, what are you doing then?


Well, you're staying small and resisting your potential for growth instead of living an awesomely happy life, and that's not serving anyone, least of all yourself.


So if you feel ready for change, now is the perfect time to do it because there's a global movement going on to smooth the way.


Do it now and don't wait.


Turn to what you love, and become brilliant.



Anna Fox is a Book Coach who mentors coaches and female entrepreneu