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Blogger Takeover | Finding and Pursuing Your Passion

by Danielle Hogle

"You should totally quit your full-time job, spend an insane amount of money to meet Britney Spears and live your dream life!"

- Said no one ever. So why and how did I do it?

Look, the world tells you and me every single day that we should take out tons of student loans, get a college degree, find a stable full-time job (even if we don’t love it), work until we can retire, and then at THAT point we can possibly pursue some goals and dreams we’ve had our entire lives.

I don’t know about you but when I’m 80 years old I’m not sure me and Britney Spears could still dance the night away together. And - I'm not sure I could travel the entire globe without lots of meds and rest breaks. What about teaching fitness classes every single day? Call me CRAZY (most people do), but I've realized...we get ONE life to live. If I’ve got dreams and goals I better start fulfilling them NOW, because tomorrow isn’t promised! Do you have these CRAZY awesome ideas for your life?

Maybe my journey and simple steps, going from full-time employee with student loan debt to debt-free working for myself as a #GIRLBOSS, can help you pursue YOUR passion…Let’s see…

Get Real!

First and foremost you have to decide what you REALLY want.

No. No. NOT what others tell you you should want….what do YOU really want out of life? What is your purpose? (I know that’s a scary question – don’t stress about it, just think about it)

  • Write it down.
  • Create a “Dream/Vision Board” (I used to think they were for weirdos too but I promise they actually work!)
  • “SEE” your goals and dreams every single day so you know what you are working towards.

Girlfriend, this “dream life” you are writing out now isn’t set in stone…it can change so don’t worry!

I mean when I was a kid my dream was to have like 10 Chow-Chow dogs when I got older that would live in their own “house” behind my mansion and I would have a special dog keeper for them. Although it still doesn’t sound awful, that’s far from where I’m at now. It’s all good…think about your dreams NOW and then keep re-evaluating.

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Money is not the root of all evil!

Now, maybe you have a job that pays you a million dollars (can you help me get a job where you work?? Just kidding!)... but I certainly did not. I have a Masters degree in Sociology so I NEVER expected to make a lot of money (shout out to all of my broke Social Science friends!)

So here’s the deal…if you want something different you’ve got to be willing to do something different. Feel me?

You want your DREAM LIFE right? So could you start your own business, join a company already in progress, start working for yourself?

That’s exactly what I did. Now, when I started as a virtual health & fitness Coach with my company I certainly had NO intention of making this a DREAM LIFE sorta thing but it got me to this point. So who knows, maybe this one decision could take you in the direction of your dreams you don’t even know about? Breathe and enjoy the journey.

Read Some Good Stuff

I learned quickly that with a job I didn’t love and a side-hustle that I never wanted to stop working on, I had to read some good stuff to keep my mind right.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “Quitter” by Jon Acuff
    If you have a full-time job that isn’t your passion or purpose and you desperately WANT to get out, you MUST read this! I read it 4 times during my 5 years of working full-time for someone else.
  • #GIRLBOSS
    For obvious reasons ;)
  • “The Magic of Thinking Big”
    If you are like me, you probably don’t think you CAN make your dreams happen or that you are even worthy of dreaming that BIG. But my friend, YOU ARE! And this book will show you how!
  • “The Energy Bus”
    Because this world is full of negativity and we have to decide to stay positive.
  • “The Compound Effect”
    You will want to quit sometimes because you won’t see instant results, this book shows you how to get over that mindset and stay focused.
  • “The Total Money Makeover”
    Because it doesn’t matter how much money you make if you aren’t in control of how you spend it!

Never EVER Give Up

Can I be honest for a hot minute? (I’ve been honest the whole time…but let’s get REAL)….

I worked my Coaching business for 5 years, about 12-15 hours a week in the evenings and weekends, and NEVER did I believe that I could actually QUIT my full-time job to build my own Coaching business full-time from home. But I freakin’ did it! And the only way I was able to do it was by…

You know it…

NEVER giving up!

I set goal, after goal, after goal and fell short so many times.

But I dug deep into my true purpose and passion and realized that even if it took me 10, 20, 30 years to achieve, it would be WORTH IT. I know you’ve got a purpose that big too!

Giving up was never an option.

Why do some people succeed in businesses like mine and others don’t? It’s simple….others just aren’t willing to put in the work, fail over and over again, and be patient enough to see the small behaviors done daily add up to big success.

Stay patient but hustle hard, girlfriend!

Don’t Listen to Anyone Else!

Last, but certainly not least, listen to yourself and tune out everyone else. (I say that in the nicest way possible).

In 5 years I’ve heard it all…

“Be careful.”

“That’s a scam.”

“Normal people like you can’t do things like that.”

“Those products don’t work.”

“You can’t lose weight working out at home.”

“Only ‘special’ people are actually successful with that.”

But GUESS WHAT? They are still where they were 5 years ago and I’m here (I promise I’m humble!)…

50 pounds lighter and healthier than I’ve ever been in my life.

29 years old with a brand new home & ALL student loans gone.

Running my own business, from home, building my FUTURE rather than relying on a company to control my pay, vacation time and sick days.

With FREEDOM and pursuing my passion.

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I tell you this NOT to make myself sound cool, because trust me I’m really not, I tell you this because if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!

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With tears in my eyes, my heart beating and excitement and nerves filling my veins…
I left my full-time job January 6, 2017 because I decided I get ONE life to live and I better LIVE IT to the fullest!

And I celebrated by going with my girls to Vegas to see the Britney show, front row VIP table, and a visit backstage to actually meet THE Britney Spears!

Because dreams are worth fulfilling!

My passion is empowering women to take control of their health, happiness, and finances. What’s yours?

My lifetime goal is to GIVE without looking at my bank account. What’s yours?

You’ve got ONE life to live….how will YOU live it to the fullest??

YOU are WORTH IT and this world needs people like me and YOU to share our gifts and talents with the world!

You got this, girlfriend!


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About Danielle

This #kitgirl says she has the BEST job ever, she EMPOWERS women! As a Life Transformation Coach, she helps women take control of their health & finances. As a recent college graduate with lots of student loans & being 50 pounds overweight, she HAD to change her lifestyle in order to become debt free and a whole lot healthier. That transition period allowed her to find her passion for FUN fitness & simple get-out-of-debt tips and tricks. Now, she gets to coach and mentor women that are ready to make changes to their health & wealth and see them light up with genuine happiness for the changes they are making. Can it get any better than that?
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