Passion Project Series: Pursue your Creative Curiosity

Read: Five (5) Reasons to Start a Passion Project

No Passion? No Problem!

How to Start Your Passion Project

by exploring your “Creative Curiosity”?

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“Passion”, most of the time seemed to be a daunting word – a “BIG word”. I met a friend back in college who says, she thinks she doesn’t have a talent… back then I don’t have the right words to say – that actually everyone does. So I just answered her that maybe she hasn’t discovered it yet. Indeed now, I realized we all have – we just need to take the time and effort to discover it and learn more about it.

These steps are simple, doable action steps that you can start brainstorming now.

Here’s my take on how to get started:

 

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Step 1 – Brainstorm/Dumping Ideas

Whenever asked, what are you most passionate about – our mind wander and we start to have this long list of things we want to do. In fact, you are not alone. Many creatives would love to do this and that or maybe this or this or that or that… sounds pretty “a lot” right?

Let me be specific: I love teaching, I also love hosting/emceeing, I enjoy writing, I find drawing/painting relaxing. I also think that I would love to explore cooking and baking… well – the truth is there are more.

So what I did, I took my specific notebook for ideas and started dumping them all. When I say dumping – I mean writing them all.

CALL TO ACTION: Get a pen and a paper or dedicate a specific notebook for your creative pursuit and use a page or two to do brain dump. Meaning use this page to write all the things that you are interested in. Let’s say you want to paint, write a song, start a blog/vlog, exercise, prepare healthy food, create a poem/haiku, draw, sew etc. Just let them flow. Write as many as you think you are interested and curious about. No judgment here.

 

 

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Step 2 – Trim Down/Pick at least 3

Now this is step is a bit difficult. If you find it too soon to cut into your top 3, I suggest you do (from 10 to 5 then final 3).

Hey, I just want to say – there is no rush.

Take your time to weigh them in. Don’t be pressured to finish them right then and there. 

 

 

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Step 3 – Evaluate

Now from three, here comes the more specific and judgment moment. For your top 3, evaluate how-well do you actually know the ins and out of this project. There could be 2 possible options on this.

First, you know and you are well verse on this matter – so it is easy for your to proceed with step 4. Second, if you may find that you are truly curious about this but not so sure on where to start or probably you think you need a more specific skill/s to learn it. Then, in this event I’d like to suggest:

CALL TO ACTION:
3a. Find someone who could help you, let’s say a friend that you think who has more experience in this field.
3b. If you want to dig deeper and really take on the higher road, maybe you can buy a book about it.
3c. Finally, enrolling into a short course would also help. For example you want to pursue baking, and books/ Youtube isn’t your preferred way of learning. Then a short course would work. Hop on to Google and look for a nearby training center in your city.

 

 

 

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Step 4 – Plan/ Choose “the ONE”

From the many ideas, you now have to narrow them down and choose ONE that you are most passionate/curious about.

This doesn’t mean that you will forget all the other list of curiosity you have on step 1. It only means that for a certain duration of time, you get to focus on one thing. Pour out love, passion, effort, time and more on it. Which hopefully you’d finally find your gem! A talent or passion you long to cater and nourish.

CALL TO ACTION: Once you’re ready to go. Start your 3 months plan on how are you going to proceed and explore this passion project. I have created a free 3-month planner for you to help this. Download here. (The Creative Passport 90-Day Planner)
In this planner and step, you will then take into consideration the duration of your passion project. If you’d like it to be continuous and sustainable then you have to incorporate it in your day-to-day schedule or on which timeline best suited.
It’s been tested and proven that doing passion project requires time. You don’t look for time, you create it. In our busy & sometimes chaotic schedule plus the fact that scrolling social media and watching videos online; our time is consumed out of the blue. Therefore, scheduling passion project time and intentionally adding it to our daily routine matters.

 

 

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Finally, Step 5 – START.ACT.ENJOY

Writing a plan of action with a timeline helps you get a better result. For example, you would want to explore blogging. 


SAMPLE:

First, I will set a timeline on the things I’d like to accomplish:

  1. Learn how to make a blog – Read articles and guide for 1-2 months (Jan-Feb 2019)
  2. Browse Ideas and research sample blogs that I would want how my blog would look like. (march-Apr)
  3. Create my blog, start to write down topics/posts – May
  4. Publish & Launch Blog (June)
  5. When should I publish new posts? (Weekly? Monthly? Daily? etc.)

 

CALL TO ACTION: START. So many times, we get this idea and we keep on thinking about it. Wrote it on our diary/notebook or somewhere but still daunted in actually starting it. In fact, even this workbook took a lot of time for me. Procrastinating, overthinking and just simply taking my time without clear reason why. The big leap of faith is when you actually DO IT. Sit down, dive in, and release the first draft of whatever you want to create. One of my favorite author Elizabeth Gilbert always injects this important lesson: “Above all, most importantly BEGIN!”

Also, enjoy and take it easy. The main reason of having a passion project is to mainly enjoy the process and take away your time from the busy and stressful life at work and of all other lemons that life throws to us. Therefore, enjoy the process. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

 

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If you wonder why I mostly use “Creative Curiosity” instead of simply dropping the word Passion, it’s because one of my favorite author & creative – Liz Gilbert’s  on Oprah’s Soulful Sunday mentioned her encounter with the huge load “passion” may bring to some people – so this is her take on it – hope it may enlighten you further. Check out her talk here.

 

Ready to start your Creative Curiosity pursuit? Go ahead, take that note and pen and START!

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Care to share how it went? I’d love to hear from you!
Email me at hello@iamjmkayne.com or just drop me a message on my blog’s Facebook Page! In My Heart – JM Kayne’s Blog.

 

Be blessed & be God’s blessings,

 

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Gratitude Journal with a Twist!

Gratitude Journal with a Twist!

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Do you love writing journals?

I do! Or shall I say, I did!

My favorite TV show back in my High-school days was G-mik and Roni/Ronalisa (You’d know who she is if you are a fan… curious? this is her IG) used to write diaries. So as a teen and a trying hard writer (been really trying hard ever since… 🤣 hahaha) I took my own space and started writing diaries! Oh by the way – it was also in High school  that I read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl – that inspired me to start the journalling too!

Fast forward 2010 ~ 2011 – I found myself less “emo”, so I started to drift away from this habit. I guess social media came and a love life too. 

So somehow my “me time” and my Dear Diary moment started to vanish. Until it was totally out. But, I still hoard notebooks of different shapes, size, designs and colors. I guess the teacher in me – still sinks in whenever I am in a bookstore/stationary shop.  I feel like I’m at home – I’m in my haven! 🙂 A part of me still have that “diarist”/journalist soul! 

Anyhow – I have started to make a new way of writing journals. As I continue to embark this “creative living lifestyle” I found that a habit I’ve “paused for a while” is worth keeping! – that is – – – 

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Having a notebook to write your thoughts, ideas and even keeping a Gratitude list!

Now, this post is about that GRATITUDE JOURNAL. . . .

(with a twist! – as the title says! hehe)

I started creating a journal or list of THANK YOU/GRATEFULNESS. The first entry went pretty well.

Day 2 – Another good one.

Day 3 – Still good

Day 4 /5 /6 /7 /8 – – – I suddenly started feeling like – oooppppsss!

What happened?

My list has become a copy and paste . . .

Then I heard in one podcast that I love listening – Happier by Gretchen Rubin! That keep at least 3 rather than just blurting out a looonnng list. Stay very specific and recognize even the smallest things that bring you joy!

So Let’s say:

 


Today, I am thankful for:

  1. Person – For that smile from a baby I met in the metro.
  2. An Achievement – For today’s safety travel.
  3. Something small – For that smell of a coffee that boosts my mood!

If you think this is the twist – – – well, not yet!

As I continue to explore podcasts, articles, blogs and other TV/Youtube shows on creativity, business, productivity and more – I landed on Marie Forleo’s Marie TV!

She once had a guest that describes similar habit/practice – but instead of simply writing the easy one (even if small and specific) – the guest mentioned that it is better if we take this into a step higher . . .

How?

He said, how about you write 3 things you are grateful in a “different perspective”.

Today, look at life on the other side of the coin.

Write 3 things that brings you stress, worries or something that is not positive. Oppppsss! Stay with me! The twist is here!

 

Let’s say:


Today, these things bring me a not so good moments:

  1. A Difficult Person at work/home/community (be specific) – he/she wont see this diary anyway.
  2. A bill I missed to pay.
  3. I was late at work/ for an appointment

Now, let’s do the twist!


Today, these things bring me a “not so good moment” BUT! On the other hand I learned to – –(Make them BOLD or underline them on your journal to emphasize that these are the one you are GRATEFUL for and not the stress/negativity.)

  1. For Example – John – he was difficult but I learned to extend more of my patience.
  2. A bill I missed to pay – I missed to pay this because I haven’t keep it on my notes/calendar/reminder list. So I learned to take note and mindful about it.
  3. I was late at work/ for an appointment – I learned to set an hour or 2 to make sure to be on time.

Vary your list on day to day basis. This exercise will allow you to be mindful of looking at the positive side of the story. Most of the time, we focus only on one side that we fail to see the brighter one.  

If one day, you find yourself not having any negative moments – then no need to make it with a twist. Go the simple way by just writing what is positive.

This is just an alternative.

Which I personally love and so I am sharing it!

 

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My journals through these years… 2013,  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

Stay positive.

 

Be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

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Why start a Passion Project this 2018?

Passion Projects, what are they?

Over the past few months of 2017,  I’ve been flooding my Instagram about #PassionProjectSeries and this one is one of the many items that I’ve curated to dig deeper into this term and explore this idea!

But of course, let me define what Passion Project is.

Passion Projects or PPs are projects that are outside your daily job. These are your personal creative side projects that gives you excitement & allows you to appreciate life. It is what you do to somehow relax and yet contribute on your own simple way.

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These photos below are 3 of my intro methods for this blog post.

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To get it a clearer view of what #PassionProjects are; one of my favorite Creative Entrepeneur – Arriane Serafico of The Purposeful Creative Podcast wrote these samples of what a Passion Project could be:

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A Blog, a DIY Project, a Challenge, Organizing an event or just getting out of comfort zone!  Or maybe polishing a skills you always love! ♥ 

 



Now, without any further a do, let me share my personal top 5 reasons to start a Passion Project!

 

#1 – A reason to wake up in the morning 

For sure, we all have every reasons to wake up and get excited every morning. It could be our work, our love life or an exciting activity that we are about to attend. But how about taking a #PassionProject and waking up in the morning having the reason to work for it because you love doing it! 

#2 – A Stress reliever 

In the midst of busy 8-5 schedule, flipping pages of books or browsing FB & IG are the common things to do. Having a Passion Project allows you knit, draw, create, write, run, jog, walk, smile or do something that you love. Taking out the pressure to yourself because what you are doing comes from the very core of your being. No matter what the result of that piece you are working on, you don’t owe anyone an explanation or no responsibility is required. That project you’re doing is a personal expression & thus it de-stresses you. I’ve also read that doing Passion Projects could bring us to our “state of flow”, in positive psychology it means the state when a person is performing an activity fully immersed, energized & enjoying the process of the activity.

 

#3 – Another identity of a deeper “You”

When someone asks us, “What do you do?” – our common default answer is to answer what we do for a living, what is our work to be exact. Yes it all happens to all of us and we all answer in unison about what’s our job.

How about if you answer that question in the context of what do you do as a PASSION PROJECT? Maybe the correct question is, what else do you do? Here comes our answer related to our gifts, talents, skills, our simply a passion (even if we aren’t perfectly well versed with that – but you love doing it.) In this way, you are allowing someone to know you more than the “you” as an employee. An identify sometimes left hidden when we don’t share our passion to others… during these moments, you are opening yourself to another dimension of YOU.

 

#4 – Build up & Polish your Talent

While working on your Passion Project, you get to discover many things about yourself. What you truly love and enjoy. How are you when you’re relaxed, what  excites you, how your patience works and most of all, along the way you’d discover that this project (whatever you have chosen to do) has allowed you to harness or your talent and skills. You build up yourself by putting your heart and passion into what you are doing and thus, you are polishing your God-given gift!

 

#5 – Who knows someday, this Passion becomes a Profit!

Over the past few months that I was literally a “stambay” (stay at home – unemployed wife) I have divulged myself to many things that allows me to broaden my view about life. I enrolled in an institute where I studied about HR, created more than 10 blog posts and gained more acquaintances in some blogger networks and I have also attended some online productivity, creativity & passion related courses. On these days and months, a thought of mine ( from personal experiences and the lessons learned) keeps popping up “Profitable Passion” – this is mostly from Arriane Serafico  – she’s the Creative entrep/coach of BraverGoals & of The Purposeful Creative.

 

So, what if your Passion could actually lead you to your own destiny of leveling up and taking your passion into a business? Who knows, someday… 

 

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These are just 5 reasons I could share of, when you scout the net they’ll give you plenty more! So what are you waiting for? Start one now and nourish your soul.

Do you have a current #PassionProject? Share it on the below comment. 🙂 I’d be happy to hear your amazing ideas!

 

Oh by the way, my 2018 theme revolves around this and I will share it very soon.

 

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God bless!

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Credits to http://www.teachingsuperpower.com for the cute numbers 🙂

Why I was hesitant to volunteer for SJC Kids’ Summer Camp 2017

Summer! A season when the kids are taking their break from school, and this year, SJC has organized another Summer Camp for kids.  In the beginning, I have no intention to volunteer for St. Joseph Church Kids’ Summer Camp 2017. Maybe some of you know, my husband Kokobear was the one who posted the ad on CFFL Abu Dhabi FB pages about kids/youth to join this camp, including volunteers. While he was doing that, I little voice inside me says I should give it a try. When I opened it up to Ate Lou, she was excited and so I told her to give me time because I still have some hiccups… Lo and behold, she was actually praying for me to join and to cut the long story short; when I said “yes” she was just finished praying.

Allow me to share, my very personal reasons about why I was hesitant in accompanying Ate Lou. Actually, the job is pretty much easy, I am the presentation personnel who queues the slides during the mass. Of course a little bit of assistance too for the Kid’s Choir while Ate Lou teaches them how to sing the songs.

Here are my 3 of the reasons why:

First, to go out of my comfort zone is just not easy.

My comfort zone for the past 6 months has been staying home: applying for jobs, watching tv, a little exercise, cook lunch and dinner for Kokobear, read books, create ideas for blogs, unli-Facebook, and the list goes on. Allotting my 5 hours from 4:00 PM – 8-8:30 PM is not my usual, not my comfort zone.

While listening to some productivity/ creative podcasts, it hits me when they emphasized that we must go out of our comfort zone/s and try something new. These are the moments when you know in your heart that you are being called to explore and take yourself into a challenge of going outside the comfort of our home and just dive into the unknown. So I prayed and I got His confirmation to proceed.

Second, I don’t have money to go and come back and forth (Home-Church-Home)

This is our first photo – Ate Lou & I during the day 1, briefing session of the SJC Kids’ Summer Camp on 9 July 2017.

 

This might be one of the biggest reason for me and for those who were considering to volunteer. Taxi fare nowadays here in Abu Dhabi is at the roof top! Gone are the days when you could reach the church for 10-12 AED, nowadays it’s between 20-25 AED one way. The public bus is possible, although it will take some time to reach the church and still needs to walk during this scorching heat! But then, I worry no more – God provides that Ate Lou took over. She’s my personal sponsor in this service. 🙂 Thank you Ate!

 

And finally (third), I was hesitant because I’m not familiar with the sequence of the mass!

Yes! That’s a big revelation for me. I am a Catholic, I’ve been bold about this faith and I’ve been attending masses all my life – but there is a pang in my heart that hurts. 🙁 That hesitation, that I felt was this! I am (or was) afraid of what I will do if the slides won’t work… How will I know what’s next? This and that and all other questions that are related to both technical issues and my personal issue of not being worthy to be assigned in that area because I don’t memorize the sequence of our own mass!!!

I wrote notes on the missal, highlighted some parts and go over masses on youtube to know which is which, what goes first and next and last. God also sent people to help me know what is proper Gospel or a Feast to change the readings of the day. I also learned that regular days don’t have Second readings. All these and more –  I won’t know if I haven’t volunteered.

 

That was 25 days to be exact – when I handled the slides (minus 1 because I was off for a day for MER 2). Minor technical glitches happened but the church people are just so helpful. I’ve also had the chance to assist the kids and Ate Lou with the tune of the songs – ha ha never thought I’d be singing – just a little :).


Here’s a shortie video I captured while the kids were practicing their finale’ presentation.

What I learned on this “somehow” mini #PassionProject of mine.

I called this a mini Passion Project because; this act of volunteering is indeed a part of my preparation as I take on a new journey to teaching. To teach is not new to me. I’ve been in that field since I was a kid, it is my major passion that I even finished university & become a professional. But, it has been almost 9 years since I last danced in that stage of nourishing the minds of students. This camp immersed me into that real world of how the youngsters of today are different from way back almost a decade of my minute experience. I am positive though that I’ve learned something from this 5 weeks journey.

To cap it off, I am blessed to be attending mass all week long. I’ve heard many different priests doing the homily. Even though their context are directed for the kids, the adults also have their own take home of those teachings. One night, the homily was about our fears – and on that day, I found out and literally defined one for me. All the while I know I have a little share of fear for this and that (heights, snakes, dark rooms etc.), but manageable. Nevertheless, my mind opened that I am actually afraid of the unknown, just like my third reason. Unknown of what happens next, unknown things that I might fail to do what is needed from me.

It’s amazing, how God works. In this camp, he provides. In this camp, he confirmed that nothing is impossible. In this camp, he knocked into my heart and reminded me of His daily presence.

 

God bless us all!