It was a struggle. The long drive to school, the tight space, bargain meals from the 99 cents stores -- it was a lifestyle I couldn't bear to live anymore, and one that I knew my family didn't want either.
Take time to reflect and write about who you are and were, in earlier periods of your life. Divide the time in any way that fits your life and the stages you moved into and out of through your years and because of your unique experiences.
Regardless of whether you enjoyed a long, lazy vacation or glimpses of sunshine and soulful weekends, there's no denying that "back to school" season puts a charge into the universe that says "get back to it all!"
Fear of failure or already low self-esteem may further work to push those passions down to a forgotten place, where we try to tell ourselves they belong. The problem is that by attempting to silence our inner voice, we limit our true potential and our ability to lead full, happy lives.
I would like to tell you all that while making a decision about your aim careful consideration is needed. You have to think what you want from your future and doing what will make you achieve them all. Forget all the pressure.
I made a list of all the things I am good at, or should I say I think I'm good at. It was a collection of all the things I have mastered in my 16 years of living, and I must admit my credentials speak for themselves.
Jobs, clubs and hobbies can make you proud to be a part of them. Or they can make you excited. They can also make you scared, nervous, angry and all of those crazy emotions. Most importantly, they can make you happy. Which is the whole point of love, anyways.
What the passion equation tells us is profound: we've been stuck because "follow your passion" is wrong. Passion is nothing more than curiosity and engagement over time. The truth is, we're the leader, and passion is the follower.
Just thinking about "finding your purpose" exercises can make folks sweat and pace -- especially this time of year. Like it or not, we're at a precipice. We're being called to leap into new beginnings and all that jazz.
I arrived at my purpose with an unrivaled passion that ignored the critic of the unsuspecting number of friends who thought the concept of recycling soap was idiotic. We all have a purpose to some degree but many of us forget that the journey is the paved with passion.
It is truly amazing how bad most career advice is. The only comparable industry is "financial literacy," which is completely out of touch with how real people use their money. Even the name "financial literacy" makes me want to urinate all over my computer.
I got to thinking: LGBT teenagers need to be shown the bigger picture. They need to know they're not alone. They need to know that it does get better. They need to be shown the future, especially their own. So I wrote a letter.
"You don't become a designer because you took a class in design, you become a designer because you're a slut for design." I said this to a group of 300 design students at Michigan State University and posted it on my Facebook page.