Passion project is a term I came upon somewhat recently in the blogosphere, and I like it a lot. A passion project is not your job. You may never make money from it, or, such is the case with my passion project, the money you make is then donated. A passion project is not a hobby, because it's more than that.
Running is my hobby. Sewing is a hobby. Blogging (except for when I blog for work I suppose) is a really fun hobby. Volunteering even is a hobby for me at this point, but there is one project I'm involved with that has taken on a whole new level of commitment, which is why I think the term "passion project" suits it perfectly. It is Love of Friends.
I was first involved with Love of Friends (LoF), 3 years ago. Regina mentioned that she needed volunteers, and I, desperately looking for something to do on Valentine's Day which fell on a Saturday that year, eagerly signed up.
That year was the 3rd year LoF was held, and while it had originated as a potluck in Regina's house, 2009 saw more than 300 people cram into the WYEP studios in the southside to celebrate art, music, friends, and of course, dance!
The party was so much fun. It was the best Valentines Day I had ever had. I even met a cute guy there, who I went on a couple of dates with (Volunteering is sexy y'all!) I told Regina that the next year, I wanted to help with more than just the day-of set up.
So for LoF 4, I found myself on the planning committee. I roped in the Artist, who designed our logo, graphics, and decorations. The team met regularly over wine and triscuits. We sewed more than 150 tote bags out of recycled t-shirts. We got kicked out of our location 3 days before the event, found a new venue (Thanks Union Project!), and threw an awesome party.
This year, as we are preparing for LoF5 (5 years you guys!) I am living Love of Friends. Besides the meetings, and work that is typical when planning an event, we are doing more crafting/preparing/writing/thinking/scheming than ever before. The core team has expanded to include another friend who brings both talent and testosterone to our group. We have a great website with information on the event, and how to stay involved with us throughout the year.
So yea, Love of Friends is a party that happens on Valentine's Day, but more than that it is a celebration. And we have things to celebrate all year long.
Stay tuned, it may be October, but you'll be hearing from the LoF team well before (and after) Valentine's Day.