The 52-Week Life Passion Project – Giveaway

Posted in Book Reviews/Interviews | December 7, 2012 |

Can you live a happy life without life passion?

You can, no doubt about that. However, a happy life without passion will always lack that very special “spark” that turns an ordinary day into an awesome experience of discovery, flow and inspiration.

It takes some time though to find your passion and then bring it safely into your life.

Our lives are already full of tasks, responsibilities as well as unexpected errands and adding anything else to it (even something as exciting as life passion) can totally throw you off balance. There are plenty of books and resources today that promise to give you passionate living. However, a lot of those resources don’t take into account that you already have a life and you need to gradually add passion into your everyday routine.

Barrie Davenport, a life passion coach, author, and blogger at Barrie, a site devoted to helping people uncover and live their life passions, has just released her new book The 52-Week Life Passion Project. I had a wonderful opportunity to read and thoroughly enjoy this book.

One of the things that really struck me about Barrie’s book was the easy-to-follow format and her attention to the detail. Instead of just throwing life passion at you (the somewhat annoying advice of “do what you are passionate about, forget about everything else and and you will be successful”) she takes you step by step (and week by week) on your journey to discovering your passion and then finding time in your life for it. Several chapters of her book focus specifically on life balance, something I couldn’t be impartial towards!

Today you can win a free copy of Barrie’s book. Read her wonderful interview and complete two super easy steps to get an early Christmas (or New Year’s) present for yourself.

1. Barrie, why is life passion so important?

I don’t think people realize how important it truly is until they find it and live it. If you’ve been eating tofu for years, you don’t realize what’s been lacking until someone gives you a slice of chocolate cake. You just know that you are thrilled with tofu.

If you are living a mediocre or uninspired life, you might be getting by, you might have times of happiness, things might be OK, but you still feel an emptiness or restlessness for something more. Having a life passion changes everything about your life. I would equate it to the experience of being in love.

Your entire life is brighter and more exciting. You wake up joyful and eager to spend time with your beloved. Time disappears and you feel fully engaged in life when you are together. Even the difficulties of life seem less difficult. It is a very similar experience with life passion.

You have found something that makes you come alive, that fulfills and engages you. It impacts all parts of your life, even the parts not directly involved with your passion. You become a more interesting person and therefore attract other people to you. And your current relationships are better because you are lighter and happier.

Living your passion increases your self-esteem and self-confidence. You have more energy because you aren’t expending energy worrying about how you don’t like your life. You are too busy and connected with your passion to spend much time worrying or complaining. In general, you become the best version of yourself.

2. Your new book, The 52-Week Life Passion Project, promises to guide a reader on a journey to finding his/her life passion. Are there any vital steps that will ensure the success of this journey?

All of the steps I outline in the book are vital steps. But there are a couple of things I would say are hugely important at the outset of the journey.

The first is that you must give yourself the space and time to do this passion work. Passion doesn’t just land in our laps. We have to uncover it, bring it to the surface, and then figure out what to do with it. This takes time, but it is the most important time you will ever spend on yourself. It is time devoted to making your life so much better. So I encourage readers to give themselves at least an hour a week they devote to working on the activities and assignments in the book. Much of the growth and inner work will take place during the weeks between lessons as thoughts and ideas simmer and gel. Set aside a special hour and a quiet place in your house to devote to this project weekly.

In addition, I advise people to see this work itself as your life passion for the next 52 weeks. It is a process, a journey, but it is one that can be enlightening, exciting, and fun.

Life passion rarely arrives like a big special delivery package all at once. It takes self-discovery, research, experimentation, and planning. Then one day, after you’ve done this work, you realize you are “in love” with what you are doing. You are living your passion.

3. In Week 29 you are talking about claiming your balance. Can you share with us a few ideas on how to make life passion and life necessities (or even hurdles) coexist?

It’s all about prioritizing and making choices in life. First, I’ll say that if your life is complicated, overscheduled, full of drama, and cluttered with physical stuff, you will have a hard time finding and living your passion. There simply isn’t emotional, mental, or physical space in your life to make it happen. A big part of the work of preparing for passion is streamlining your current life to make room for what you deeply desire. It’s hard to even consider adding a passion pursuit to your life when it’s so crowded and full. You must make room.

I suggest that people begin with the low hanging fruit of simplifying their lives to open up some space. Start getting rid of physical clutter. Then look at your schedule and see what you let go of fairly easily – and let it go. Then it gets a bit harder. Sometimes you must choose between two or more important or worthy options or choices. But a great question to ask yourself as you attempt to claim balance and streamline your life is, “Does having my life passion trump this?” Does having your passion trump making a lot of money in a job you hate? Does it trump making your parents angry with your decisions and the repercussions of that? Does it trump the opinion of other people in your life?

For me, living my life passion trumps many things – except the essentials in life and some other important aspects of my life like time with my children.

4. Can you share with us one practical exercise that will help us align our lives with our passions?

Define your core personal and professional values. These are the guiding principles of your life around which all decisions and actions toward your passion should be based. When you know your top 5-7 core values, the values that are non-negotiable for you, then you make the process of finding you passion much easier. As you examine various interests and ideas that might be your passion, measure them against your values. They should support and reflect at least one of your core values – the more the better. My core values are love, communication, service, creativity, and connection. These fit perfectly with my passion for coaching, writing, and personal development.

5. How can a person’s life change after completing the 52-week life passion project? Do you have any real-life success stories to share with us?

A person’s life will change in so many ways through the process of completing this book. A good portion of the book is spent on helping readers “clear up” aspects of their lives that might be getting in the way of finding and living a passion. These roadblocks could be limiting beliefs, fears, relationships, boundary issues, life balance issues, tolerations, and emotional barriers. Just this aspect of the work will have so many benefits for all aspects of one’s life. The rest of the book focuses on helping the reader learn more about their personality, intelligence type, creative abilities, skills, and natural aptitudes. Using this information, along with core values and a life vision, the reader will begin to do some research and experimentation around potential interests. By the end of the book, if the reader has followed the lessons and taken the weekly actions, they should either know their life passion or have a very good idea about it what it might be. And they will know what actions need to be taken to continue moving forward. Once someone gets very clear on what they want in life and address the issues that are holding them back, they are irrevocably changed. There is no going back to the old way of living. Your readers can take a look at some wonderful success stores in this article on my site: Real People, Real Passions: How 8 Regular People Make Passion Part of Their Lives

Smart Thoughts (41)

  1. Valerie says:

    I’ve been searching for how to find my passion, how to find what I truly was meant to do —and I’ve been searching for years, never finding it. I’ve taken care of children and family and work through my whole life, burying my passion to the point that I have no idea what it is. And all I can think of is that I’m running out of time. I want to make the search for passion the one goal for 2013. I truly believe that if I could discover that part of myself, I could make a difference in the world. The 52 week Life Passion Project is more than an awesome holiday gift ===it’s a gift that will keep on giving!

  2. Caryn says:

    This book sounds like exactly what I need! I teach high school and have always loved my job. But the last few years the love is gone, and I feel burned out and in need of a major change in what I am doing with my life passion.
    However, as a busy teacher and single mother, there is no time to stop working and take a vacation or a sabbatical to learn how to “find my passion for work/life.” This sounds like a very accessible book for someone who wants a jump start in bite sized pieces!

  3. Judy says:

    I have been a working mom in a business I fell into years ago and have been in for my entire life. I don’t love it because it has become unchallenging and unrewarding for me. My children have recently left the nest, and I feel that now is the time for me to make changes. I’m in a transitional period of my life personally as well. This is the perfect time and opportunity for me to pursue my passion and recreate my life. I am struggling to identify it and need a guideI would love to have The 52 week Life Passion Project is what I need to help me through my journey!

  4. Mihaly says:

    Surely there are passions in my life. Plenty of them. But how can I decide which one to choose? How not to get lost in these multiple choices and find which one is my true calling? I feel tired a little bit about which direction to go and I am interested how your program can help me. I have a feeling that this book might be a solution for my challenge as it takes me through certain steps. And as it gives me a process and not just inspiration to start. I believe it will work.

  5. Pat says:

    This book sounds exactly like what I have been looking for. Kids are grown, passion for my career faded, wondering how to get the spark back into my life.

  6. Michelle says:

    This is exactly the topic I am struggling with and would love to win this book. I have been musing it over the last few weeks but it came to a head when my acupuncturist felt it in my pulse; the work I am doing now is to proudly create avenues that will bring me success and satisfy that part in my soul to serve my community.

  7. Sara says:

    Dear Barrie,

    I cannot claim to be the most deserving recipient of a copy of your book, but I can tell you that I would do what I could to help spread your message. I’m currently involved in a type of “change the world” project that involves basic human kindness and utter simplicity—encouraging others to make a positive difference in the lives of others, so I’m already well practiced in the art of helping to spread positive messages for the greater good. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships, and I believe strongly that if we all make a positive effort to stay healthy and balanced and to find life satisfaction and true passion, the entire collective benefits. It is a positive snowballing effect. I want to be a part of that.

    Thank you so much for your consideration!


  8. Jan Healy says:

    Wonderful offer and much needed. Thank you for the opportunity to win a free copy.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I keep stumbling around finding mini-passions, and I really need help in figuring out either a) which one is the real one or b) learning what the common thread is here so I can integrate them all. I’m so tired of the friction. :)

  10. Jacquelyn says:

    This book sounds like a great opportunity to evaluate what I want out of life and work through blocks. This is the perfect time for a project like this because after having 3 kids in 4 years, I’ve had a huge shift in identity, energy, and interests. I really need to figure out more about myself as an individual and identify what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what direction I want to head in.

  11. Linda Kinney says:

    I feel this would be a perfect holiday present for me because I am in the process of reinventing my self, my life. At 62 I am taking an online class for medical coding. I am presently employed at the local hospital but not in that capacity. I am not a nurse. This will allow me to work from home. Since I very likely will need to be employed in my “retirement” age this will be an ideal solution. I live in a rural area and plan to move to a more congenial area, preferably in a more urban area where I have better access to services I need. While the logistics may be somewhat “covered” or at least have some contingency plans… I want to keep that passion for my life, whether or not my plans follow the path I am intending. I know that life lies in the journey, not the destination.

  12. Linda says:

    I divorced three years ago, thrilled with the prospect of a new life that would be all MINE! Soon though, the practicalities of real life made it evident, that desire and excitement were not enough. My life now is far different from the one I had envisioned. I’d wanted a life happily alone, but a new wonderful relationship put an end to that wish. I am passionate about him, and about keeping our romance flourishing. But that, that is not a life passion. Though I am happy now, blissfully so, I am no closer to my life passion than I was three years ago, or in all those previous years that brought me to this point. I am tired of aimless wandering (even if the flowers do smell lovely)… It’s time for me to start living with purpose, with direction, and most importantly, with PASSION!

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  14. Ed K says:

    What is Passion?

  15. Kymberly says:

    FInding passion with balance is something I struggle with. I have interests in so many different directions, and currently split myself between 3 very different freelance careers. To find balance, and to better manage several chronic illnesses, I’d love to find and follow my passion, than try to juggle and multi-task every day. Single tasking is much easier on the health than switching directions so oft, plus when it’s a passion, it puts a lot less strain on both mental and physical health. Sounds like an ideal project for me!

  16. Teresa says:

    Truthfully, I don’t even know what passion looks like anymore. The daily grind, the realities of life have become much louder than they used to be! Or have my passions just gotten quieter? Does the loudest win? Oh how I would love to win this book. Thanks so much for this chance.

  17. Wow! What fantastic comments! It is so wonderful to see how many of you really want to find your passion and make it your goal for the coming year. It is the most important journey you will ever undertake. Blessings to all of you for a peaceful holiday season and a passionate 2013!!

  18. Pamela Van De Weert says:

    I am officially an empty nester after raising 2 kids who are in college and being a stay-at-home mom for the last 10 years. I am exploring my passions to find out what the next phase of my life will be, and would love to receive a copy of The 52-Week Life Passion Project to help!

  19. Bridget White says:

    I have been doing the Scott Dinsmore course “Connect with anyone” and it is on the same topic – so it would make a perfect holiday read!!!

  20. sally Rawlings says:

    I would love to have this book, Ive just moved to a new country and my husband just had heart surgery.I subscribed to the web site but cant get the free book can some one email it to me ? Thanks Sally Rawlings ( in AU but I still have an American postal address as well)

  21. kathy w says:

    I would love to find my passion and I believe that will lead to a more rewarding life.

  22. LinShah says:

    I am an artist who stopped creating twenty years ago to raise three amazing sons in the South-West of Western Australia with my musician husband. Two sons have now moved to the city to pursue their passions and we are supporting the youngest one still at Primary school to pursue his.
    My creative passion has gone on the back burner for so long now I have lost touch with it. A book like this would be a perfect holiday gift for me to rekindle the fire in me to embrace my passion again. The time is now!

  23. Diana says:

    At 58 I have yet to discover what I am passionate about. I’m successful, happy but I have nothing I am passionate about. Would love to find it!

  24. Sally says:

    I have been to focused on other things on my life and truly feel the emptyness inside of something missing. I have sometmes forgotten to stop and smell the roses. I have had difficulties in my life including financial issues and found life stopped being a journey when I was so burned out for the last 3 years, but reading other blogs, especially this one, has made me realize that I need to have a light of sunshine in my life, to enjoy the journey of life doing what is most important to me and my family. I have been making changes slowly trying to figure out ways to get back a life full of passion while remembering life is a journey. I could certainly use more guidance on getting back on track towards not only making life more of a journey intstead of being focused on the result. I need to focus on incoporating my passion into my life, which I think for the last 3 difficult years I forgot to keep a passion and to dream. Which, thinking about it I should have never stopped dreaming and having a passion for life and now have focused on life being a journey again I need to find my passion now. I know it will take time and I look forward to life and finding fullfillment. The book would give me much needed advice and would help me continue on my new journey in life. I am thankful for the many blogs and websites that have helped me get back on track for I am truly thankful.

  25. Maria says:

    3 years ago, my son was 5 years old, his father and I separated. As difficult as this was for all of us, I embrace this opportunity and began my own journey. I soon discovered my passion for healthy living – eating, exercise, surrounding myself with positive people, paying it forward, gratitude, etc. For the first time in a very long time, I had goals and was set in accomplishing them.

    I must’ve been on the wrong track because when I was out rollerblading one day, I wiped out and was literally thrown from my body. I hit the curb really hard, tore a few ligaments in my knee and was unable to walk for 6 weeks. I feel like a big part of me died that day. Yet, this experience opened my eyes to a whole new world and made me realize that I was on the wrong path.

    That was over 2 years ago. Since then, I have been desperately seeking to find a new passion in life – one that will bring me more joy than I could ever imagine. For now, my son is my passion in my life. He is the most important part of my life – the one who continues to bring all the love and happiness to my life. Yet, he questions me: “What’s your favorite thing in this world?” “What do you love the most in this world?” Of course, my answer is always the same: It’s him.

    I think that deep down he wants a new answer. He wants to see me do something different with my life – something that will bring me so much joy and happiness again, the same way he saw me before – but only better this time.

    I think this book would help me find a way there.

  26. Jan says:

    Can’t wait to read this book & share it with others! I consider myself a seeker…always digging deeper, seeking knowledge, and trying to be the best that I can be! Sounds like your new book would be a perfect fit for the coming year!

  27. Barb says:

    I always thought that one day I’d have this sudden revelation about what my passion was, like a light bulb would go on in my head. There’s so much I wanted to do and so much I thought I wanted to do, but I could never work out what “it” was that I need to do. I’ve been waiting for that light bulb to go on since I was about 16. It’s taken me more than half my life to realise that isn’t going to happen! I’m slowly starting to steer my life in a certain direction that I feel is right, but I still don’t really know where I’m going. Of course life is a journey, but sometimes it feels like a rudderless journey. Even if I don’t find my passion, I’d love to get a few clues so I can refine my journey :)

  28. Seven Anderson says:

    Sounds like an interestingly motivational read! Reminds me of the Tao of Womanhood which I just read, this book seems to be the ideal follow up. Awesome!

  29. Mija says:

    This book would be a perfect gift to myself for the holiday because I sometimes lack the feeling of being inspired by my passions. I often times feel like I dont have the motivation to work on something that is inspiring me as well. I am a yoga teacher and that is my passion but I sometimes feel that there is not enough balance in my life with having a passion for teaching, and a passion for being a student still.
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  30. Rebecca says:

    I have been saying that I am searching for a mate that is passionate about something. I didn’t realize how difficult that would be. I’m feeling stuck at fully developing my life’s passion. I know I’m missing something. I’d love to win your book. Thank you

  31. Syakira says:

    I think I know my passion, but to pursue my passion is another story. Why The 52-Week Life Passion Project will be a perfect present for me? because this is December, the time of the year when you’re making a resolution for a new year, December also holiday, couldn’t be more perfect to read this book and start the new year passionately.

  32. Melody says:

    Am inspired from this post to do the hard work (and it sounds like it does involve some effort) to find my passion and live a life of significance.

  33. This book may *not* be the perfect holiday gift for me. I keep starting to live my life according to my values and passion, but things (mostly myself) get in the way. I have a good life, but not a passionate one.

    This book may end up in the big pile of motivational books I have, and not be the the perfect gift for me. Or, perhaps, this book may be the kick up the backside that I need!

  34. With two out of three children leaving home, and one getting married, I have definitely entered a new chapter in my life. At this time of transition, this book sounds like the perfect read at this point in my life journey! Thank you for the opportunity to try for a free copy!

  35. Karli says:

    Dear Barrie and Readers,

    As someone who went back to school and got a Master’s in Education six years ago, moved careers from corporate to education and supported my husband and son through tremendous health issues, it is time to reinvent myself for the final third of my life. I welcome the opportunity to use your book each week of the upcoming year as the structure with which to do this. I like what you said about “seeing this work itself as your life passion for the next 52 weeks.”

    Some people have New Year’s resolutions, I have a “passion-full” resolution. I will continue to make the most of my life as a teacher, communicator, artist and leader, and promise to use your guide to help light the way for myself and learners of all ages. I manage hundreds of websites for a living, and see the possibility of reflecting on this experience via a website of my own as a useful part of the process. I love the concept of a workbook to help facilitate the process, as well as the weekly structure. I downloaded the first chapter from your website and I am so psyched!

    Thank you for bringing this spark to my world, at the perfect time.
    Happy New Year!

  36. mary says:

    Following your passion sounds so easy and yet is so difficult to achieve and maintain…to slow down and really listen to that voice inside, to let yourself feel the joy and follow it…Very difficult for most of us. I am a life-long searcher and look forward to reading this book to help me with that journey.

  37. Lori L. Lynes says:

    I really would enjoy a copy of your book. I think it could provide me with some much needed motivation and insight to a better year to come.

    I recently have set some new goals in my life and instead of waiting for New Years Day, I started right away. One of my goals is to train for a marathon in Oct. 2013. When I started in November, I could hardly run a 1/2 mile. I am now up to running 3 miles 4 days a week and my goal was 5K by the end of the year.

    I made the decision to make some changes in my life after a rough year in my business. I am a true believer of the ways of the Secret and the Law of Attraction. Some very good things came to us in our company, unfortunatly they were not in the way of the revenue stream needed to make a ROI for myself or our investors. The majority of marketing and sales fall on my plate and the pressure was overwhelming for me. The thing that I loved doing the most became the thing I dreaded doing.

    To get me through this time I started to set new goals to help me create a better life balance. I needed to do something for me and running has helped put me in a better frame of mind. The goal of running a marathon was set because well, I have always wanted to do it and it is something that I can achieve and outside of injury there is nothing that can stop me from achieving my goal except for me.

    I think your book would be a nice tool to utilize on my mission for better balance. Thank You.

  38. maria says:

    Hi! Thanks for a great draw! I would so much love to win one copy of this book that sounds so inspiring AND I could definitely use some practical advice as have been trying to find the real passion for quite some time now yet am still lost and am having difficulties of choosing the right path and combining the right things.

  39. Hello,

    The 52-Week Life Passion Project would be a perfect book for me as I am struggling to get more out of life as a 25 y/o. I am at a point where I am being pulled in different directions, i.e. work, hobbies-that-I-want-to-turn-into-jobs, spending time with family and sticking to my goals. I feel that once I find my life passion, I will be able to get more out of life and truly enjoy what really matters.

  40. Heather says:

    I have been in the same career for about 15 years, and while I am lucky to have a job I enjoy I am feeling restless. I feel like there are other things out there that I want to do but I am not sure how to figure out the next steps. I would love to read this book as I feel it would be a huge help!