#ROW80 check-ins, dose of inspiration

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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