Passion Project: Challenge

My post scheduled for this week is a Passion Project Challenge.

I had been toying with this idea for a passion project blog post ever since I wrote the first articles on portfolio careers a few months ago. A portfolio career is defined by as a tapestry of a variety of eclectic employment experiences; employment in a series of short-contract or part-time positions. I gave examples of surgeons who moon light as jazz musicians – when thinking back on it, that probably was a horrible idea – I don’t want any sleepy surgeons on my watch!

I may have given a silly example (although I’m sure there are some surgeons out there who would make great musicians). I believe that many of us want to test out the waters in another field, but it is intimidating to make the change without feeling that you are wasting time or money and resources investing in some random interest.

What if not letting that project see the light of day was damaging your life. What if that project has the power to turn your whole world upside down but you didn’t want to get it started because of start up costs – and to be really real – a fear of rejection?

This project is designed to give you the push to get your dreams out into the atmosphere – to release it into the world and give it life.

I had a hard time deciding what I wanted my project to be.  I plan on revisiting this post often, so I had to pick something that would keep my interest. I ended up deciding that I was going to do photography and light photo editing using Adobe Lightroom as my project.

I have been following Phlearn on YouTube for a little over a year now and have purchased the LightRoom 101 course from Aaron and his peoples.  I have loved all of the segments that I have worked through so far. I’m still working my way through the content. I started off strong in the first chapter but let life get in the way. Maybe life get’s in the way and we learn what we need to learn in that moment – we take what we need, and then come back if we truly love it.

I’ll come back to you Aaron and Phlearn!

This morning, I took my Nikon out of the house for the first time in a year. I shot a few scenic photos on the way home from dropping my son to daycare; but it wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped.

As I commented earlier on an IG photo, it’s hard to take a bad photo of a beach.

Upon returning home I was greeted by laundry needing to be folded. Not an overwhelming amount of laundry, now that we have given up most of our clothes it is always pretty easy folding clothes – the towels take up the bulk of the load.

I have the ultimate capsule wardrobe – I think 10 shirts, 6 shorts and a couple of dresses and rompers. Not many clothes and nothing overly fancy, but I can honestly say that I love each piece.

That’s when I got the idea to do a 30-day #outfitoftheday challenge showcasing the maximum style I get with minimal pieces, and better yet minimal effort.

I’ll try to follow through with this challenge for the full 30 days, but I know life will probably get in the way.

I’m excited that I am getting to dabble more with my Nikon as that was what my original mission was when challenging myself to take on a passion project. I’m glad to get to show off my styling capabilities and that should be fun given my background in fashion.

I’m also glad to remind people that less can be more. You don’t need to buy out the rack at T. J. Maxx, that won’t buy you happiness.

Without further ado, here is a peak of the first few days of looks.

Capsule wardrobe: Day 1 of 30

🎉 🎉 And it’s muh birthday! 🎉🎉

#basquiat #animalprint #teva #uniqlo #victoriassecret #nuetrals

“Dress” (swimsuit cover): Victoria’s Secret, Basquiat T-shirt – Uniqulo, Sandals – Teva, Backpack – Thrift Shop, Beaded Necklace – The Straw Market (Nassau, Bahamas), Seamless Metal Necklace: jewelry store (Jaisalmer, India)

Capsule wardrobe: Day 2 of 30

#bobmarley #lion #tattoochoker #316LSteelTunnels #NYDJ #NotYouDaughtersJeans

Bob Marley/Lion T-Shirt:, Shorts: Not Your Daughters Jeans, Sandals: Vince Camuto, Beaded Choker: designed in-house by Bombshell Accessories, Bracelet: Unknown, 316L Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry, Infinity Chevron Ring:

Capsule wardrobe: Day 3 of 30

Striped Tee: Abercrombie & Fitch, Denim Skirt: H&M, Sandals: Teva, Beaded Necklaces: Throwbacks from shopping the Straw Market in high school, Crystal Lariat Necklace: World Market, 316L Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry

Capsule wardrobe: Day 4 of 30

Basquiat Tee: Uniqlo, Shorts: Kura, Kura (local shop), Barbell Choker: Beacon’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange, 316L Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry

Capsule wardrobe: B-roll image shot by Judah.

Sleeveless Blouse: H&M, Jeans: Not Your Daughters Jeans, Embroidered Sandals: Street Vendor (Jaisalmer, India), Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry, Infinity Chevron Ring:


I really urge you to start a passion project. I am having loads of fun shooting these looks, as I used to work in fashion and styling before switching to pursue graphic design and marketing. Taking on this project has been an interesting and unexpected way to get back into a more styled frame of mind. I have also found that because I put together the looks over the weekend, I actually have a pretty dope line up of clothes. During the last few days I have noticed that I have been more organized in the morning knowing what I am going to put on when I wake up. The busiest part of my day can be spent hustling, rather than looking for that spare earring.

The hours of work I put in on the weekend to organize the looks are paying off in ways I didn’t even expect. I am fueling a passion and starting my morning routine more intentionally.

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17 thoughts

  1. It’s not a passion project per se but I’m in the middle of a 30 day challenge myself – a self compassion one – where I commit to the 30 day butt challenge, 30 days of yoga with adrienne, headspace and journalling. I’m just off the back of missing 2 days and trying not to feel too annoyed with myself (as that wouldn’t be very self-compassionate would it!)
    Enjoying the different styles – nice excuse to get the camera out.
    Keep it up.

    1. Wow, wow, wow!! That is quite a list of challenges you have assigned yourself! Self-compassion is so important, for years it was something I lacked. Congrats to you for challenging yourself to give yourself that feeling of grace. Don’t kick yourself over the 2 missed days. Go, Sophia, go!

    1. Thanks, Saunatina! It’s funny, I feel that for years now minimalism had been a hot topic and I just completely ignored it. I had just moved in to my first family apartment and wanted to fill that bad boy up and deck it out to the max! We didn’t expect to be moving two years later…and giving up most of our possessions, but it has been beautiful letting it all go. So freeing.

  2. This is such a great idea! I’ve never considered doing a passion project before but this seems like a way to test out things without getting stressed out by them. I started doing some graphic design when I started my business because I couldn’t afford a designer and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I would never offer it as a service but it has become something of a passion project for me. I’m going to try out this passion project concept with photography as well; it’s something I’d like to be better at for sure!

    1. I am a self-taught graphic designer. I did “learn” basic PhotoShop in school but honestly didn’t pay attention worth a lick. If it’s something you are interested in there is so much free content out there…in addition to Phlearn, Peter McKinnon is another person on YouTube who has really awesome and simple to follow tutorials!

  3. Yes, yes and yes again to passion projects. I started one a few years ago and it turned my world upside down. Now it’s my living and my life!

    1. OMG, Tracy, that is so good to hear. To be completely honest, I allllmost didn’t start my project because I told myself that I am just too busy and was worried that committing to anything else would just end in disaster. Two weeks in and I am going strong with my wardrobe capsule and have about another months worth of outfits already in the works. I am excited to see how this will develop!

  4. I love the idea of a passion project! I have tried this just a few times and can’t I feel like I struggle with trying to be perfect and then I stop, do you have this problem? This totally inspires me to just shut my perfection brain off and just go because the rewards are greater than not doing anything at all! Thanks for this post!

    1. Tiffany, I have the “perfection problem” with every area of my life…parenting, working, blogging…goodness especially blogging lately as I do not consider myself a writer by any means…and also because people can be so cruel online, especially when they can say anything at all with no repercussion.

      The older I get I realize that I would rather try something even if it’s just once than live with the regret of not trying.

  5. So much fun! I have a Nikon that’s slowly gathering dust – thanks for a little inspiration to use it!! Writing is my on-again/off-again passion project, but learning how to take a decent photo is high on the List of Things to Conquer.

    I love your style – especially the Basquiat tee!

    1. I’m glad to have inspired you, Heather. It’s funny because when I purchased the camera a year ago I was so sure that it would be something I used allllll the time, but then I got so intimidated by all the buttons and not knowing how to use it if its not on automatic and all the terms…still not 100% sure what “aperture” means….now I’m lying…it’s the amount of light allowed into the camera, right?

      I’m too easily overwhelmed lol. is an amazing tip and tutorial site, to be honest I haven’t looked deep enough into it yet, but I’ve had it bookmarked for an eternity.

      What else is on your list of Things to Conquer?

  6. I love your style! (says Ms. Solid Color Shirts over here, lol)

    I’m slowly branching out to patterns and more bold colors, so your clothes photos are so inspiring!

    1. Thanks Marsha! To each his own. I love a nice, comfy solid shirt and have embraced them a lot more now that I have trimmed down my wardrobe.

      I think it wear more patterned bottoms and dresses….my hips are probably like “why do you do this to me!” lol.

      Just find the pattern that speaks to you…since pregnancy I have noticed that I’ve been way more into florals (which previously I wouldn’t have been caught dead in) but pre-preg I was totally into plaid button ups and now I don’t even own any. Life is weird…or maybe it’s just me.

  7. Oh man I love this! As a fashion editor I started my rebrand of my personal blog by completing an entire series just on developing a written guide series for capsule wardrobes and I’m now known on the Internet for that now. Quite funny turn of the vents! So I fully stand behind this as your passion project and love it so far! But I feel a little intimidated not knowing what mine should be…can learning a new language be considered one? I’ve taken up mobile photography as well. I’m gonna have a think on this and get back to you! 🙂

    1. If language is your passion then I say sure it can be incorporated into a passion project. With more expansive projects I believe it is better to break it down into smaller “bite-sized” achievements so that you have a tangible goal to work towards. An example of a language learning goal might be having a smooth 5 minute conversation with a native speaker.

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