32 Responses

  1. Elliot
    Elliot Published |

    Good luck dude, I wish you the best. A life without family or friends is pointless.

  2. Winnie Lim
    Winnie Lim Published |

    Am a fan of your plugins, they have saved my life a couple of times. 🙂 Just wanted to wish you all the best, and that things will fall into place the way they’re meant to be.

  3. CircleReader
    CircleReader Published |

    We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.
    –T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

    Blessings on this turn in your exploration! May what you have come to know show through your words.

  4. Beter
    Beter Published |

    I hope you find what you are looking for…

    good luck!!

  5. Sam
    Sam Published |

    Family and friends matter. That’s the part I can relate to the most. Good luck.

  6. david hayes
    david hayes Published |

    Your post popped these lyrics into my head:

    And I’m going home despite
    That Thomas Wolfe is right

    I hope you find what you’re looking for.

  7. Lorelle
    Lorelle Published |

    Having lived on the road full time for 16 years, our definition of “home” changed – and yet stayed the same. My husband would always answer the “where’s home” question with “home is where Lorelle is” – good answer for me. 😀

    Home is such a powerful word. For you, it’s clear it’s a place and a sense of family and familiarity. Good for you for finding that place, and kicking yourself in the proverbial butt and gear.

    Travel safe.

  8. mkjones
    mkjones Published |

    Just don’t go and do a Small Potato and leave the WP community altogether eh 🙂

    Also, be safe, I hope this:


    Isn’t anywhere near your home town.

    Its a crazy messed up world.

  9. Jones
    Jones Published |

    Well, you may not be near a WalMart but I’m guessing you’ll have a high speed internet connection. I’m a fan of Natalie Chanin who ran off to New York and came back to her home town of Florence and now runs Alabama Chanin creating jobs for the community with her handmade clothing.

    Blessings to you, Justin, and you are indeed g i f t e d.

  10. Mark Bailey
    Mark Bailey Published |

    Ah, sweet home Alabama! My folks are from Dothan and Mobile, and I lived in Montgomery for a while. Enjoy it, and congratulations on making the decision to go home.

  11. Ptah Dunbar
    Ptah Dunbar Published |

    Wish you luck on finding your passion again, I feel the same way about working from home, full time. You really have to find ways to motivate and reward yourself daily in order to keep that sense of accomplishment and movement towards your goal. It’s like you have to keep reminding yourself of why your doing this.

    There’s a lot of things about freelancing that you can’t just prepare for or read in a top 10 list or the Entrepreneur mag.

    again, good luck, and I’ve still got that invitation open for hanging out at at sports bar sometime ;P

  12. Bonnie
    Bonnie Published |

    Good for you for knowing what you need and going for it!

  13. Ewen
    Ewen Published |

    Your story sounds eerily familiar in many respects.

    I have no idea where my life will lead me in 5 years time, let alone 10 years. This scares me a little but excites me a whole lot more. Both a blessing and a curse, you have every opportunity in the world to be who & what you want – all you have to do is figure it out. Most people have this decided for them by circumstance.

    To those who say you, me, or anyone should “make the most” if life, I say I’ll try to make the best of life. It’s not the same thing.

    Don’t forget – you’re allowed to change your mind from time to time. Only graves are set in stone.

    By the way – love your work.

    Enjoy your sort-of homecoming.

  14. Mark
    Mark Published |

    Hi Justin,

    Just found your website as I’m looking to set up a site of my own, and found myself browsing and browsing… I can relate to where you’re coming from.

    One of my biggest aims in life is to write a novel – so much so that I quit a steady job to do it. Five months on I find myself ignoring it, not because I think I want to, but because there’s just too many other things that fill my time. All worthwhile, but are any of them the thing I created the time for in the first place?

    Good luck with it all, and enjoy the move. As for me, it’s time to get back to working out why my images aren’t automatically dropping on to the front page!


  15. Deb Phillips
    Deb Phillips Published |

    Hi, Justin —

    Your post really struck a chord with me, as I too found myself returning to my own small North Carolina town after years of being away. I’d thought what I was looking for was in a big city or some exotic locale.

    Instead, my roots were calling me back. And, oddly enough, that led to starting my blog about “Finding adventure and inspiration in a small town.” It’s been both challenging and rewarding, and it’s gotten me out into my community with a purpose and passion that I hadn’t found addressed so fully in my other endeavors.

    Of course, I know this is not necessarily meant to be everyone’s lot. But mainly, I think it’s true that when we listen to our deepest longings, we’re likely to find the path that leads us “home” — either literally or figuratively.

    Wishing you all the best. And thank you for such quality content and sharing along the way.


  16. John James Jacoby
    John James Jacoby Published |

    I think that the way you feel is totally normal, and probably a majority of anyone that’s paying attention to their lives and the lives of others can relate. I think the fact is that no matter where you live or who you know, it’s always the same you.

    Consider also that being a product of the 80’s makes you an entrepreneur by nature, and that your head is full of 1,000 ideas a second that never make it out of your mind. You’re probably ADD/OCD, meaning you’re really into a lot of cool stuff for short periods of time, because you take it apart, figure it out, put it half back together and before you know it, the challenge is gone and a new one arrives.

    Totally 100% normal.

    Working from home is tough man; it’s hard to get out of bed, when you can work where you sleep. I’ve found that getting out of bed and looking forward to a good breakfast somewhere, maybe taking the laptop with and just working by the lake, or having lunch at a cafe somewhere, or going to the park to be very motivational. I’ve also found that not everyone understands the concept of working from home, and that it means that just because you’re home doesn’t mean you can do home things. It might take me 5 minutes to put the laundry in, but it takes 30 minutes to wash, 1 hour to dry, and 15 minutes to put away, + transit time walking to and fro means it took 2 hours of your work day to do laundry, because for the hour it’s drying, all you’re really thinking about is having to finish the job and not focusing on working.

    Fact is, you’ve found your passion, several times. You’re surrounded by things you’re passionate about, so it isn’t even about that. It’s about feeling uncomfortable for some reason, either through a need to express yourself, or to satisfy someone or something, or to be more successful, or to achieve the next level in your life.

    I think once you can sit down and relax and evaluate who you are versus who you wish you were, and take steps to bridge those gaps, that’s when you’ll really start to feel ultra-confident with the things you’re already passionate about, and use those gifts that you’ve given yourself to really shine.

    But, that’s just my opinion… 🙂

  17. Brian Thomas Clark
    Brian Thomas Clark Published |

    Hey Justin,

    Never commented on here before, but I found you by way of the Options theme, which I use for my site. I love it, just so you know.

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I sympathize with you on the writing front. I am trying to be a writer as well, but at the same time have to make money. I just started working from home 3 months ago and I too have lacked focus. I have so many things going on (trying to start a business, maintaining my site, plus trying to start 2 others) that I find it hard to just complete them.

    This isn’t even counting my writing. I finished a novel a couple of years ago and was rewriting it until last year. Now I’m trying to do a query letter and find an agent, while also trying to write some short stories. I don’t have anything published commercially yet, mostly just in college publications, and I have yet to make a single dime off of writing.

    But I will do it for the rest of my life, regardless of whether i find financial success with it or not.

    Scheduling and blocking off time for certain things has been my one saving grace. My girlfriend made me start doing it, and it creates a discipline in and of itself. Maybe that might work for you if it worked for me.

    Anyway, just wanted you to know that there are plenty of people out there going through the exact same thing: Trying to find time for your passion.



  18. kit
    kit Published |

    Justin and all,
    I am at home lots now that I have been laid off a few months ago. There are many things I can say about motivation, but right now, moving back home – for you- has made me think of a book series I am into. Specifically, The Space of Love by Vladimir Megre. Yeah, it is new age stuff, but really interesting.

    This one says that parents are to create the “space of love” for their children, so they always have a safe place to find love. That is the minimized version of it, believe me. Anyway, it has made me think of how I feel when I return to my hometown, and about creating a home no matter where you are.
    Best of love errr, luck to you :>

    ( this is a series called the Ringing Cedars, and can be gotten through amazon. I love it and had to order all 9. On the third one now. )

  19. bee media
    bee media Published |

    your passion is based in your personality..

    good luck hope you will choose a passion that you will be going to enjoy..

  20. robinwoo
    robinwoo Published |

    very great of you Plugin,thanks for your hard work !

  21. Kaitlin
    Kaitlin Published |

    Best of luck with the move. I’m sure some Georgians will miss you, but I can completely understand. It’s good to have these sorts of checkpoints and remember what is truly important.

  22. Lidia-Anain
    Lidia-Anain Published |

    So, glad you shared this post with us. I have been told the same thing about “the gifted”. I never would have thought that you find it hard to focus with as much as you get accomplished. All that you are doing really doesn’t matter if you aren’t doing everything you want to be doing. I hope you understand that?

    My greatest problem is that my mind is moving faster than I can move my body. I start one thing get it 75% done and think up a greater and better idea. I then run with that one till another one pops up and repeat! I can’t seem to break myself of getting in my own way but I am getting better at it.

    But you are very accomplished and you are really doing a lot for us in the WP community. It might be time for you to give to yourself and give yourself some time everyday to just sit down and write. Just like you take time to write these plugins and themes for the world take time to write for yourself. I am sure if you share that we will all love that too!

    Hopefully, your move helps you find new joys and plots for your stories. I wish you the best Justin!

  23. Frank
    Frank Published |

    Welcome back to Alabama, Justin. I am originally from Florida but spent most of my formative years here. I left in 1989 to explore the world then came back in 2000 and will be here for the next few years (as often happens in these stories, I met a girl…) I agree with you that AL is certainly a peaceful place and I have found it highly conducive to focus.


  24. Zdeno
    Zdeno Published |

    Wow..your story is almost same as mine.. I really know what you talking about.. I am far away from home too. But not in America i live in Europe. Sometimes i don’t have motivation and focus on one thing but i’ve constantly switching from webdesign to music production and vice versa.. I know it is completely wrong to not have focus on one thing because you will not master that field at 100% and day is to short for doing everything you like to do. Sometimes i dont have mood for anything related to this two things. But that’s the way it is. Maybe problem is in bad organization of my free time. I don’t know.. But i think that, that is completely normal for every man / woman.. (sorry about my english)
    Kind Regards

  25. Jeremy
    Jeremy Published |

    What type of novel are you going to write?


  26. orospu
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  27. findingmypassion
    findingmypassion Published |

    Hey justin,

    It’s great, and nice to hear that you’ve rekindled this love for writing. There’s a quote from Jose Rizal’s poem Ala Juventud Filipina which I love and continue to say again and again in times like these: “Break the chains that shackle your talents”(Translated into English of course). More power to you, and I wish you all the best..

  28. Anusha
    Anusha Published |

    Hi Justin,

    You know, I woke up this morning feeling so lost… and I googled “How to find your passion in life when you like too many things”. Your post popped up. And man, isn’t it a life saver!

    I had never thought that being ‘gifted’ could be so troublesome 🙂
    I guess sticking to a schedule and completing one thing before starting another is one of the things that I could try.

    Also, what John James Jacoby has said – “…once you can sit down and relax and evaluate who you are versus who you wish you were, and take steps to bridge those gaps…” – seems like a powerful approach.

    All the best to you and to me!

  29. Tiffany
    Tiffany Published |

    Hi Justin,

    Like so many have written before me, I too am hopeful from reading your post. I googled “how to get my passion back” and your blog came up. I do not consider myself gifted in the least but I do start lots of new things and fiddle with them for a while then go to another thing. I think it’s equivalent to the people who do things for the adrenalin rush and keep doing more things for it. I like the feeling of excitement when I begin a new project or learning adventure. Once I get going though it seems to become “the norm” so I move. Just as you’ve said above, I have no schedule. I feel undisciplined and blah about things just now. I don’t like it. A passion for one specific thing, that lasts a lifetime, would be a nice change.

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll definitely be mulling this over to really sort out my priorities and then go for it.

    I look forward to seeing your name on a book!

  30. Nancy
    Nancy Published |

    Since I am going through the same thing and your posting is several years old, I’m dying to know what the outcome was. I have had so many jobs and can completely understand.

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