Courtenay Carriere, thank you so much for sharing your experiences as a MultiPassionate Woman.
Before we dive into your multipassionate-ism, I would love for you to introduce yourself. We will get into details in subsequent questions, so think of this a ‘broad strokes’ introduction. Whatever fun facts you are moved to share.
I am a fun loving empathetic 28 year old. I have been married for 8 years this month. I use 3 books to get through life:
- The Holy Bible,
- My current school text book (whatever class I may be taking),
- and my Agenda.
Alright, passion time! Off the top of your head and from your heart — we MultiPassionates can handle both at the same time — list all your passions past and present. Yes, ALL of them. Go!
- Bible Study
- Senior Care Study *Schooling*(Palliative Care/Dementia Care/Hospice Care/ etc. Personal Support Worker) I currently work full time as a caregiver
- American Sign Language (Fluent. I often sign to songs to keep my skills up to date)
- Braille (want to study to be a certified Braille Transcriber)
- Tai Chi
- Morse Code (I practice as often as I can, Looking into getting involved with Ham Radio)
- Hieroglyphics (this is an old hobby/passion but I tend to pick it back up when I can)
- Jigsaw Puzzles
- Scrabble; I play on average 6 games a week
- Hamstery (I have raised and given care to 10 Hamsters. Most rescued from abused homes and seen them through to theirTwilight years and passing)
- Working out
- PenPaling; I have 4 penpals currently, but at one point I had 11.
- Collecting; I am often collecting SOMETHING. Ha! Salt&Pepper Shakers, anything Tiger related, Star Trek, Pokemon, puzzles, books/book series, anything that helps with above mentioned passions/hobbies. And Artwork, preferably local art
- Martial Arts
- Badminton; I joined a league at one point. Work schedule prevents me from taking part this year. But I still play when I can and I watch tournaments
- Metal Detecting; my husband introduced me to this. We go out treasure seeking as often as we can and where By-Laws allow us permission to dig
- Languages; Currently studying French and Hebrew
- Traveling with my mother to Cuba! Hi Mom! ❤ Look I am getting published again! Ha!
In Emilie Wapnick’s book ‘How To Be Everything’, she describes 4 Multipotentialite (her equivalent term for MultiPassionate) work styles. Which of the following best describes your work style, and how are your unique passions met within that style?
- Group Hug – you have one job or business that allows you to wear many hats that you shift between. Your various passions are met within this one job/business.
- Slash – you have two or more part-time jobs and/or businesses operating at the same time. Your passions are met across these jobs/businesses.
- Einstein – you have one job or business that supports you. Your passions are met outside of this job.
- Phoenix – you are a serial multipassionate, diving deep into a career for months, even years, then moving onto an entirely new career. Your passions are narrowly focused within each career, but all of them are met eventually across the careers.
This is a difficult one. At different points in life I would have chosen other options. As for right now, I would have to say Einstein.
What challenges, personally and/or professionally, have you experienced as a MultiPassionate Woman?
I have been called out often as being a flake and a quitter. It used to hurt. I have recently been putting my foot down and answering back with this:
You may think that I am quitting. To me that is not the case. I drop things and pick them up again later. Like a child in a playroom. I pick up a toy, get highly invested, interest dies out then something else sparks my interest. I will come back to that toy when it catches my eye again. I want to learn a little about a lot. Life is short. I want to enjoy and experience as much as I can. I am having fun. I have no regrets.
Once I learnt that I don’t have to explain myself to anyone if I don’t want to, I was much happier.
**Burn out** I tend to Burn out if I don’t balance out my work/hobbies/Home life
What are your strengths, charms, and accomplishments as a MultiPassionate Woman? Shout ‘em out, lady!
- I have a Brown Belt in Jiu-Jitsu and a Green Belt in Karate
- I have almost Mastered Gothic Font in Calligraphy
- After some schooling in Home Inspection, I can give you a good idea on how your Home’s Foundation and Roof are doing
- I owned and operated my own cleaning company for 4 years
- I have used my knowledge in American Sign Language to be a translator in a food bank for Deaf/Hard of Hearing patrons
- Also- while working at Tim Horton a Deaf client came in to explain the building next door was on fire and that we had to evacuate. I was able to alert staff and have everyone evacuate quickly and calmly
- I have used my knowledge of Braille to teach a Low vision Senior client how to recognize her medications on her Docettes
- I am currently training for my first Triathlon
- I have used my knowledge in Palliative care to recognize a Stroke in progress. (She got the help she needed quickly)
- I had a poem published at 10 years old
- I am an ordained Minister and a soon to be ordained Pastor
What advice do you have for MultiPassoniate Women struggling to find their own unique place in this life?
The world will try to make you fit into a cookie cutter mold of how you ‘should’ be. Remember you are the knife. You carve out your own destiny. Make no excuses and make it something you can be proud of.
And before we go, Courtenay is there a particular passion you would like to highlight right now?
I am a big advocate for Caregivers. While I have the mic I would just like to say; if you are a caregiver to a loved one, you don’t have to do it alone. There are services and companies out there who are certified, capable and willing to help you. You can’t give 100% if you are only 50%. Reach out to these services and see what they have to offer you. There are also caregiver support groups on Facebook. I am a caregiver. If you think my hands are full-you should see my heart!❤
Also..sorry to hog the mic, but this needs to be said. For all those struggling with P.T.S.D. You don’t have to have served in the Military to be taken seriously. You have fought your own war. Come out from the trenches of your mind and get the help you need! Talk to your doctor about medications you can take to help you. Go see a counselor and start living for the future. I stand with you. It gets better.
Sweet! Thank you!
Courtenay invites you to visit these awesome places:
Home Instead Senior Care: https://www.homeinstead.ca/
Distress Centre Ottawa & Region: https://www.dcottawa.on.ca/