How to Find Your Intuition

Intuition is a funny thing. It’s easily second guessed, and sometimes not even noticed at all. Lots of people, myself included, are sometimes so busy with work, family, and activities, and are so tied to their schedule, that they don’t even hear their “gut” when it’s screaming at them.

In fact, I think that’s probably the biggest reason a lot of people never follow their passion – they don’t slow down enough to even figure out what their passion is.

Last November, I followed my intuition by planning a move across country to Colorado. My friends and family thought Shane and I were absolutely crazy, but we knew it our hearts that we needed to do it. Ever since we made the move, I’ve only been proven that it was the right decision. We’re both happier and more active, and have both found great opportunities for work!


Obviously, there’s still the occasional doubt about the future. I mean, my mom, dad, and brother are still back in Illinois. I’m not sure what the future will bring 10 or 15 years from now.

Then the other day, I got a couple messages from former co-workers at the gym I used to manage back in Normal. The owner unexpectedly decided to close the doors and shut down the gym. It immediately dawned on me that if I were to have stayed in Normal and at my job as the gym manager and personal trainer (which I very much enjoyed!) I’d be completely out of a job.

Actually, first, I was sad. I loved that gym and its members. I trained clients in that gym since February 2009, and met so many great people there. I’m still a little sad about it, but moreso, it makes me grateful that I trusted my intuition on moving to Colorado.

I was watching the OWN network the other day (oh, how I miss the Oprah) and the Best of Oprah was on. Specifically, the episode with Tyler Perry and on finding your passion and running with it. Throughout the program, they mentioned two things that really struck a chord with me, on how to find your passion.

They said to ask yourself these questions:


OK, sure, it’s maybe a little morbid, but it really got me thinking.


Lastly, she mentioned that most people, when asked what their passion is, say what their passion is right NOW. For example, their job, their family, their kids, their dog, etc.

Then I also was catching up with Parks and Rec, and April said something to the effect of, “you don’t find your gut feeling, it speaks, and you listen.” I think I totally butchered that quote, but I couldn’t find it on the interwebz, and that’s close enough Winking smile

all right! Now I’m going to follow my intuition and scoot on over to work Winking smile

If  money were no object, where would you go, and what would you do??

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  1. If money were no object I’d travel the world and see everything. I’ve barely left the US (just the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands!) so I’d love to see the world. I’m actually at a point in life where I just finished law school and I’m job searching. I have NO IDEA what kind of job I want because I’m not sure if I’d regret taking a legal job I don’t think I’d like, or if I’d regret never giving a legal career a try.
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  2. Ah, great post Paige!
    I must admit finding my passion has been a complete struggle for me. I’m always second guessing myself and finding new things that I’m more interested in.
    At first I totally thought I would do the health thing, then I discovered pilates, but now after that, I’ve found I have more of a passion for other things, so I’m kind of struggling with indecision.
    Man, it’s tough to really choose something I love because I love so many different things hah.
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  3. i would travel!! i’ve only been to mexico out of the country and i’d love to tour europe and australia!!
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  4. Great post Paige! I have been doing some soul searching too about this. I definitely think God has a huge part of these things, and I’ve been praying for direction on where He wants me to go!
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  5. Awesome post! I would travel for sure – my mom’s a travel agent so the travelling bug is pretty instilled in me :-p I really need to figure out what passion is and ‘what I want to be when I grow up’ – I graduate with my MA this year and I have no idea what I want to do with it!
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  6. Great post! I have definitely had moments where my intuition spoke to me and I did listen, and moments where I didn’t. I think women especially have pretty strong intuition and have a good idea when it’s time to take an opportunity, move on, etc. Funny how things happen for a reason. I miss Oprah too!
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  7. If money were no option I would be traveling all over the world and taking in different cultures and eating delicious food!
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  8. Love this – it really made me think! A few things I still really want to do if money were no object: travel to Australia, parts of Europe, and NYC; get my group fitness instructor cert; run a half marathon.

    I’m so glad you and Shane are where you’re meant to be right now. I can imagine how huge of a step that was to take, but it’s neat to see how much you’re loving it!
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  9. Great post, Paige! Although I miss you, a part of me is very proud that you are so independent and adventurous.

  10. This is so easy. If money were no object, we would’ve moved to CO long ago. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to leave a really good job without one waiting. We’re always trying to come up with a way to make it happen, and hopefully it will sooner than later!
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  11. VERY deep! But I like it. My brain is going a million miles an hour thinking of what I would do? where I would go? what would I try? I stopped working right before my older son was born and haven’t gone back since – happily! But once both of my boys are in school I want to go back to working. And with my love of health and fitness I’m going to work towards getting my CPT certification in the next few months and eventually go back to work doing something in that field! Scary because it will be all new to me (I’m a chemical engineer by trade!) but I’m super excited!! Thanks for the great post!
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  12. If money were no object I’d travel all over the world. I’d love to experience different cultures, sights and people.

    Very interesting and thought-provoking post!
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  13. If money were no object, I would stay at home with my daughter and husband (stay at home mom) and take her places to learn and explore.

  14. I asked myself the same questions when I moved to London and started working as a PT! In my case, following my intuition definitely paid off :)

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