Sunday Summary: The Passion Test

I recently watched an interview with Janet Attwood, author of “The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose.” In the interview, she cited a study that looked at a number of highly successful individuals in a search for common threads. And one that emerged was passion—all of these people were living their top five passions. Not surprisingly, the purpose of “The Passion Test” is to help people uncover their top five and create markers to determine how well they’re doing at living those passions.

It reminded me of a similar article I read about Warren Buffett and setting life goals. He instructed someone to make a list of twenty-five things he’d like to accomplish in his life, and then whittle it down to the five most important ones. And then Buffett instructed the man to pour all of his energy and focus into those five.

I’ve known for a long time that writing is one of my top five passions. I feel called to be a storyteller, as I think many writers do. But lately I realized I’ve been too focused on that passion. I need some balance in my life, and that’s where my other passions come in. I’m trying to listen to music while I do daily chores, thus fueling my creativity and supporting fellow artists. I’m aiming to do yoga, tai chi, or guided meditations a few days a week, thus reconnecting to my spiritual side.

And I know I want to get out into the world and do more community service. I think art is a way of changing the world and bringing enlightenment, hope, and joy to people’s lives, but there are other ways to contribute that I don’t want to overlook. I’m trying to nurture my spiritual side as well as my creative side, and to push myself to get out into the world and make a difference.

What about you? What are some of your top five passions? And what could you use more of in your life?

Lastly, an ROW80 check-in…


1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Started a character voice journal for the Cabot Sisters series. Wrote a rough synopsis of a short story, “Under the Mistletoe’s Spell.” Wrote 3,607 words, mostly in novelette “Stolen by Magic,” some of it in a short story, “Under the Mistletoe’s Spell.”

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Two of three books read. Started reading “Write. Publish. Repeat.” by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.

Social media goals:

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for every day except Thursday.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met!

3.) Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Met for three of four days.

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8 thoughts on “Sunday Summary: The Passion Test

  1. I have a lot of interests besides writing, but I’m not sure they’re passions. Art used to be one, but after studying it in college and doing graphic design for a job for over ten years, that pretty much went away. But writing, definitely. And reading. Tough to find time to do anything else beyond those, after the job and all of life’s other “have to’s.” Hope you enjoy Write. Publish. Repeat.!

    1. I think we probably have one or two passions that remain steady throughout our lifetime, but it’s only natural that our other passions will change. For example, if we have children, family and parenthood might take on a more important role in our lives.

      I used to work three jobs, so I understand not having a lot of spare time to explore other passions. I feel blessed now to have that time and energy.

      So far, I’m enjoying “Write. Publish. Repeat.” It offers a different way of looking at writing and has me examining some of my current WIPs.

  2. I appreciate the elegant simplicity of your goals. Mine always seem to get bogged down in detail. I agree about pursuing your passions. Mine are writing, family, traveling, and quilting. So far, all in balance, though I notice cycles of intensity. Usually the writing is an anchor to all else. If the writing goes well, somehow all other commitments can be met. That commitment to yoga and reflection is one a little further down on my list — for now. May your meditations go well.

    1. Thanks, Beth. I think those are good passions. It’s great to be able to find that balance and be able to do the things that make our hearts sing. I know writing is one of those for me. Nature is another–I love hiking or simply being outdoors. Spirituality is another, and meditation, yoga, tai chi, all help me with that goal. Best of luck with living your passions!

  3. It’s hard to find balance, isn’t it Denise? I so appreciate your attitude and the fact that you’re willing to take a step back and access your life and make the adjusts needed to pull you into that sweet spot that we all try to attain but struggle with. I too love to write and I also am involved as a community volunteer. But because of my health at the moment, I am frustrated because I don’t have the energy I would like to have to fulfill my passion/passions. I have to exercise patience, which is not my strong suit, let me tell you. Yet, I have no choice. Life is teaching me a lesson on how to set priorities. And that is a job in itself. 🙂

    1. I understand. I suffered from frequent migraines and chronic fatigue–I believe from overwork–for a couple years. It was tough to accomplish all I needed and wanted to do. Now that I’m just focused on writing, my health has improved and I have more energy. I hope you’re able to live your passions, Karen. Thanks for the thoughtful comment. 🙂

  4. I am late, it seems that you have a plateful. I sometimes wing it when it comes to ROW80.They say that writing from the seat of your pants produces interesting materials. Sometimes commenting, I have a habit of making several typos that would raise an eyebrow.

    Anyways the toughest part in writing one WIP is the deadly female characters.

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