Ardent, zealous and fervent, Rogue Valley's passionate women find many outlets for their get-up-and-go. With school out, many turn their energies to family pastimes, but that's not all there is, as Have You Heard found out when asking women: What are you passionate about? What inspires you and how did you find your focus?
I'm passionate about chamber music and playing the flute. I started playing when I was 10 years old, after learning the recorder. I stopped playing for 10 years. When I picked it up again, it was like being reunited with an old love. Now I incorporate my friends' stories into the music, which gives my playing a depth it didn't have when I was a teenager.
My little girl is my number one passion. Thanks to my husband, I've been able to be a stay-at-home mom and I've used her nap time to write a novel. I would never have been able to do that before she was born. Once you find your passion, everything else falls into place.
I'm an Aries, so I'm passionate about life. Some days are diamonds and I like to remember those moments. Other days are stones that I would like to roll on by. Passion is how we live our lives to the fullest. I'm very passionate about social issues like health care, children's learning and libraries.
Becoming a parent is definitely something that is inspirational. Now I understand that I didn't know what life was about before I had my daughter. It gives you something you can't imagine before becoming a parent yourself. It inspires me to be a better person.
My kids inspire me. I'm passionate about motherhood. Pretty much everything I do is centered around them. They keep me happy and satisfied"¦ and sometimes stressed.
I'm passionate about life itself. I'm happy and appreciative of everything: the valley, the views. I love to watch things and people. Everybody I know inspires me in a different way and I draw inspiration from each of my activities. I find the positive in every situation and try to surround myself with only happy people.
Maria Elena Fernandez
My passion is my family and my personal relationship with God. I could say that's why I'm in the early childhood field. I work with families and guide them with information about child development. We help them find resources in the community. My passion comes from my family and my work.
I'm an artist. When I go to my studio and start to work on a project everything else goes away and time gets lost. It is something that I've got to do. When I was a kid I drew a lot and started art classes when I was in junior high. I've taken all kinds of classes, but now I do altered art. I like to take books and make them into clocks. I can use all media and it's instant gratification.
I always wanted a full fountain of happiness in my life, like the fountains I saw in other people's lives. For a long time I focused [on] my own needs, but then I started focusing on what other people needed and helping them achieve. I loan wedding dresses to brides and recognize returning veterans. Since I've been doing that, I started to have water in my own fountain. I never realized it would work that way.