Have Your Cake And Eat It, Too: How to Be Multi-Passionate

afternoon tea, eating cake, scones and cream

There seems to be quite a trend in finding one’s “niche”; whether that be in the blogging community or outside of it, people are always telling others that they should just stick to one thing and focus on that rather than be a Jill of all trades.

This really sucks for people like me who get easily bored. Sticking to just one thing isn’t possible. For me, life is like afternoon tea; it has many tiers filled with lots of sweet surprises. Are you really going to stick to just the one level – the sandwiches on the bottom – when you have this whole platter of cakes in front of you? To stick to just one passion, because that’s what people tell you to do?

Well I say screw that, I want to have my cake and eat it, too.

It was hard, though, because (like when eating afternoon tea) I did start to get a bit nauseous and tired and had to take a break for a while. But I began to learn when that’s about to happen and finally had a firm grip on exactly how to tackle each tier of cakes/passions. I’ve spent months trying to figure out the best way to handle my multi-passionate nature and took a lot of mental notes along the way until they finally found themselves in this blog posts.

So, here goes… Here’s what I’ve learnt.

afternoon tea, fawsley hall hotel and spa, scones, cakes

himekaji gyaru, liz lisa, gaijin gyaru, lizzie

Have Your Cake And Eat It, Too: How to Be Multi-Passionate

01. Start Afresh

Earlier this year I decided to abandon all of my passions and chill out from a while. Netflix became my new best friend and I avoided thinking about my passions for as much as possible. I even took up reading again and basically allowed my mind to rest.

I waited.

After a week or so I couldn’t stop looking at things without thinking, “Oh! This would be a good shot for my blog!” or “This is so inspiring… I kind of want to draw something from this” and that’s when I knew which of my passions were the “strongest”. The ones that I wanted to devote more time to. In the end I knew I had to juggle: my full-time job, my blog, and my art life outside of work.

02. Write Lists of What Each Passion Entails

I looooove lists, and so the next thing I did as soon as I learnt what I needed to juggle was what each passion entailed. For my blog is was things like writing posts, taking pictures, editing old posts, and harnessing my social media, and my art life involved drawing (obviously), searching for inspiration, and harnessing my social media.

Now try and figure out how you can fit your passions around each other. Maybe you find that you are more inspired to do one thing on weekends, and another during the week. Balance is a unicorn so don’t worry if you spend more time on one thing than the other.

03. Tackle One Passion At a Time

Which list was more achievable? Which passion do you enjoy the most at the moment? Reign in your multi-passionate nature and decide which passion is to be your starting point. Focus on that first, and once you have a strong hold over it then move onto your other passion. And when you’re at that point, then you can refer to that list in my previous step to fit your passions around each other. I found that I could only take on more than one passion once I’ve had a firm footing over my blog, because then I won’t have to worry about it when less attention was paid to it.

eating cake, eating scones

british tea, cream scone

04. Slowly ease yourself into each passion

Go into each new passion slowly so that it’s not a culture shock to your system. For example, if you were a food blogger you wouldn’t suddenly create a post about beauty, would you? It would completely throw people off and you might not get the feedback/views/comments that you desired. Instead, slowly introduce your next passion into your current one. So with that food-blogger-to-beauty-blogger example, you could start by incorporating more of yourself into your food photos by holding up a cupcake (with super jazzy nails) and build up on that before throwing yourself into simply doing nail shots.

05. Schedule the Sh*t out of everything

My week is a huge mess if I haven’t organised it beforehand, so when I say that scheduling will save your life I mean it. It takes a great deal of stress away knowing that your passions can survive without you on days when things don’t turn out the way they are. I schedule a month’s worth of blog posts, and every week I used Buffer to schedule a week’s worth of blog tweets/FB posts. I also plan out my instagram feed every couple of weeks for my blog.

This leaves me to go ahead and do as much drawing as possible during the week outside of my full-time job, occasionally checking in on my blog stuff every now and then to post on Instagram and comment on other people’s blog posts.

06. Give Yourself Breaks

Like that feeling when you’ve eaten too many cakes, you’ve got to give yourself a break every once in a while. Listen to your body and your mind to avoid burn-out. I can easily spot the signs when my body is near burn-out point and try to have at least one weekend a month where I do absolutely nothing. Sometimes it can be hard to avoid the guilt of not working, but your body and mind needs it.

queen elizabeth the first painting, fawsley hall hotel

So despite what everyone tells you, you don’t have to stick to one niche… You can start with just one niche, sure, and then once you’ve had a firm footing with that you can start building up your other niches. You can have your cake, and eat it, too!

Are you multi-passionate? Are there any pieces of advice you’d like to give? What’s your story?

Lizzie xx

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  • Elodie Joriot
    April 12, 2019

    Im multipassionate too! I need to be passionate to enjoy things! If I love something (or somebody?) I need to give it everything and to do it thoroughly !! I really think life is funnier like that and I could never do differently! ?? also sometimes, I need a break or sometimes I can just totally stop to love and to do one of my passion because I meet an other thing… ??
    So in every case I never do what people tell but only what I want and what makes me happy! Cook, art, sport, fashion, I love to try new things to do it with all my passion and to enjoy thoroughly! Life is too short! ❤️❤️❤️

  • WritingIntoTheEther
    April 12, 2019

    Omg Lizzie I frigging love these pictures! So awesome! X And it’s so good you can be true to your passions and feel like you can be all the things. Noone can fit into a box! Be yo’self, because you are awesome.

  • kerry Lifeandloves
    April 12, 2019

    Love this and I agree with everything you’ve said! I always used to stress about not having a niche on my blog and covering too many topics. It worried me. Then I was told that maybe not having a niche was my niche if that makes sense? Like you I get bored easily, so like to cover anything! Great post x

  • Bexa
    April 12, 2019

    Love this post Lizzie! I enjoy writing posts on craft ideas but also love sharing posts on blogging tips, books, travel, days out, baking, anything really! It’s nice that your blog can be whatever you want it to be. Really enjoyed reading your tips and your dress is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing girl <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  • ann
    April 12, 2019

    i totally can relate with this ! it’s like sometimes people always identify you as the’pink- unicorn’, ( in term of personal fashion style, lifestyle, job niche, or even instagram feeds aesthetic ! ) but in fact you have many colours inside. Who cares, being a ‘rainbow-unicorn’ as long as i can grow myself the best. thanks for putting out the lists and tips !

  • Abbey Louisa Rose
    April 12, 2019

    GIRL how do you look so beautiful when taking a mouthful of food?! Teach me your effortlessly gorgeous ways plz. Anyway, I am definitely multi passionate! I love my blog and I love my PhD, two very time consuming passions but so far I’m managing to balance both. I definitely agree with taking each one at time – sometimes my blog goes a bit quiet when I’ve got a lot on with my studies but hey, that’s ok! I can always come back to my blog. I live my life by a pretty tight schedule too, I fit blog events around PhD work and then writing up my posts and taking photos is scheduled in alongside studying, reading and researching. I find it really satisfying to have well allotted time! Avoiding burnout is totally essential too, absolutely golden advice there! I feel the “no work” guilt a lot as well but rest does need to happen once in a while! Super relatable post, m’lovely!

    Abbey xxxx

  • Mary Lee
    April 12, 2019

    I love your photographs so much xoxo I feel like a broken record because I keep repeating myself on your insta and blog but Lizzie you are sooooooo prettttttyy <3


  • Beka
    April 12, 2019

    Such amazing and detailed tips! I love dabbling in more than one niche. My life doesn’t revolve around one particular passion, so being able to incorporate my life and all the things I love into my blog is great! Also, I love the shot of you angrily trying to get jam on your scone ?

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

  • Sydney
    April 12, 2019

    I agree with this post so much! I’m multipassionate too, and I’ve often struggled throughout my blog with feeling like I have to fit myself into a box if I want my blog to be successful. I’m trying to get back into the mindset of blogging for myself primarily as I think that’s so important over trying to keep readers happy. If I’m happy, it’ll shine through in my blog posts rather than just blogging over topics I feel I have to!