Welcome to our Multipassionista Interview Series, where we chat with self-described multipotentialites. Need a multipassionista crash course? Visit our quiz + resource page! Today we're chatting with Jennifer Blanchard, who helps entrepreneurs take their books from idea to draft in 90 days.
Describe your various passions and projects
Oh God, this could take a while... my primary passions/projects are: writing, coaching, creativity and food. My detailed passions that fall under those four categories include: writing books, blogging, book coaching, writing coaching, teaching workshops, holistic health, farmer's markets, cooking, hanging out with my dog, music, fashion, crafting, designing, organizing, marketing, social media... and probably a lot more passions/projects to come.
Where did you find hear the term multipotentialite/multipa
ssionista? Did it immediately resonate with you?
I first heard the term when I read a guest post on PaidToExist.com by Emilie Wapnick. I was intrigued and followed the link in her bio, which took me to Puttylike. Immediately multipotentialite stuck with me. It was like suddenly light was being shined and I realized that it was OK to be a person with multiple passions, skill sets and interests.I used to think there was something wrong with me, so for most of my life I tried to mold myself into being just one thing... and it never worked no matter how hard I tried. Now I understand and accept that I'm not meant to do only one thing.
Looking back, would you say you've always been a multipotentialite (were you that kid running multiple businesses from your front yard?!)?
YES! Totally! It's weird how you don't see it at first, but as soon as I discovered Puttylike I started looking back on my life and thinking about my multipotentialite history... everything from writing short stories and poems to having a handmade craft business with my neighbor to creating a neighborhood newsletter so we could all get to know each other. I had dreams of being a cartoonist, a video game designer, an actor, a model, a clothing designer, an accessories designer... I may just do some of that eventually.
What is the biggest challenge of being a multipotentialite?
Focusing and finishing! It's easy to have ten different projects going on. It's not so easy to finish ten different projects.
What parts of living a multipotentialite lifestyle are the most rewarding?
Getting to do all the things I love and am interested in (a lot of which I also get paid for!), and never having to do or be just one thing. Best. Reward. Ever.
We hear a lot these days about side hustles, solopreneurs, and multipotentialites. Do you think it's a fad or the way of the future?
It's definitely the future. More and more people are realizing that it's OK to be creative and to explore all the different parts of themselves, and that it's OK to make money from doing what you're good at.
Any words of wisdom/warning for other multipotentialites?
You are perfect exactly as you are. Multipotentialism is an amazing gift; use it to create the life of your dreams.
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