Danielle Fournier, 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.
My name is Danielle E. Fournier, an artist and author- but no title can ever define what I do. I am simply a passionate lover of beauty – human and otherwise. I went through decades of self doubt, soul searching and trauma to arrive at a place where I don’t care what people think, I make good money doing what I love and am generally happy all day. The best part is now I can help artists take back their place in society – as the respected and revered observers and recorders of life that we are.
Randoms facts: I love Courier, Napthol Red, Dioxazine Purple, I never start with a white canvas, the Oxford comma, lemonade, and sensitive men, and curry.
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!
Music, books, baking, hula dancing, kundalini music, the ocean, painting animals, talking all night, inspiring people to see their own beauty, riding horses, photography, Native American Law, cetaceans, spiritual seekery.
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.
Phoenix. The overarching passion of sharing beauty and helping heal the world through art and love takes many forms. I like re-invention and stagnate quickly if I can’t expand. My life card in Tarot is the The Tower. It scared me once, but now I know it means endless renewal based on the faith that I will always be loved by the Universe into some new blessed form.
What challenges, personally and/or professionally, have you experienced as a MultiPassionate Woman?
The rise and (coming fall) of the Specialist in American society. It’s bullshit. People, especially creatives, are meant to expand in every way that makes them joyful. Society calls that flaky when we move on from something we grow tired of (usually when we can no longer learn more or uplevel it). If you look deeply, every passionate person has a common thread that can be traced in their life. Beauty. Caretaking. The love of light. That’s far more centered and rewarding than saying, “I’m good at x, so now I will just do that because I can succeed.” That’s not what we are here for.
What are your strengths, charms, and accomplishments as a MultiPassionate Woman? Shout ‘em out, lady!
I know myself. Years of conquering self-doubt makes me trust my instincts. I know what I can do solidly, I know what I can improve upon, I know when to say no. I am now proud of being emotional and sensitive, it makes me a better artist and listener. I am a fast learner because I can intuitively “talk” to pieces which has made my passions soar because I can feel my way.
I also have accepted, somewhat begrudgingly, that I am fun and inspiring to be around – because I have such a unique view on life, and that’s a huge benefit to selling and connecting. That was a long time coming. I now think I can do anything because I know I am the key element in my work and passions, and that makes failure something of interest instead of devastation.
Really, learning to bounce has made a multiple art, writing and consulting career work in world where it shouldn’t.
What advice do you have for MultiPassoniate Women struggling to find their own unique place in this life?
Oh G*d. Please, please, please. Let down your hair, ditch the Spanx, and make everything in sight. Waste materials. Quit when it’s boring. Never apologize. AND MAKE something every day until you fall asleep blissed.
Sweet! Thank you!
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