It's often said that happiness is achieved once passion collides with skill. In other words, people thrive when they're doing the things they love. Naturally, getting paid to do those things is what many people consider a dream life. Unfortunately, most people consider such a life just that: an unobtainable dream.That doesn't have to be the case, though. Many hobbies and passions can -- and do -- lead to lucrative careers and fulfilling lives.
Fitness gurus who are passionate about staying fit have a unique opportunity to teach what they love to do. Whether you excel at weight lifting, yoga, pilates or mountain biking, you can take classes to become an instructor. Also consider getting a job as a coach for schools and clubs.
Everyone can take a picture with a camera, but it's no secret that some are better at making images than others. If you possess impressive photography chops, people will pay you good money for your work. To build your portfolio, offer your services for low prices and then work your way up.
With countless factories creating wooden furniture for impressively low prices and at impressively fast speeds, you'd think there'd be no demand for handmade carpentry skills. That's not the case. Many home and business owners still appreciate fine craftsmanship and are willing to pay for handmade, sturdy, one-of-a-kind pieces.
For some, music isn't just a hobby -- it's necessary to their happiness here on Earth. If you fall into the "music lover" category, perhaps a career in staffs, notes and key signatures is for you. You can give private voice or music lessons in your home or rent a studio and work from there.
It may come as a surprise, but those who scrupulously follow the latest trends and coo over magazine covers and strangers' outfits can actually make money off their love of all things fashion-related. For example, fashion gurus can become personal stylists, serving as a client's "voice of reason" when it comes to wardrobe. Fashion lovers often make great blog and book writers, too.
Starting a baking business requires you to go through some licensing and perhaps some kitchen renovations to meet government standards, but the payoff is rewarding. Begin by having friends and family test your baked goods and then promote yourself around the neighborhood and city.
If you're a writer and you enjoy having an audience read your work, consider starting an online blog or two. The topic should be about something you're both passionate and knowledgeable about. Know that money won't flood in right away, since it takes awhile to build up readers, and readers are necessary for ad revenue.
Scouring local thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales and then reselling your findings at a higher price can be quite lucrative. Vintage collectors should have comprehensive knowledge of the goods they're buying and selling. You can sell your treasures online or set up shop at an antiques store.
For some, mowing their lawn, pulling weeds and mulching the garden is a dreaded -- and sometimes neglected -- chore. If you're someone who actually enjoys doing those things, you'll find your services are greatly appreciated. Post advertisements at local cafes, bookstores and other shops to start bringing in clientele.
Not everyone's able to stay organized. So, if cleaning, arranging and creating a place for everything comes naturally to you, consider making a profit off your skills. Decide which kind of organizing you prefer doing, whether it's basic home organizing, paper organizing or even business organizing.
Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.