Journal It Out – A Path to Finding Your Passion
Journaling can be critical to help you find your passion. There are many ways to journal, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. But if you want to discover your passion, there are some critical questions you can journal about.
Misti Patrella describes her journal process for finding her passion. “What makes me happy? What doesn’t make me happy? What are my gifts? Knowing yourself and asking a lot of self evaluation questions is really an important part of the process.”
Self evaluation questions are part of self-care.
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What makes me happy?
When journaling about what makes you happy, consider narrowing it down a bit. Topics could include the following:
· What makes me happy about my home?
· What makes me happy about my personal relationships?
· What do I love to laugh about?
· What makes me happy about my professional relationships?
· What makes me happy about my work?
· What makes me happy about how I spend my free time?
Say hello to happiness, journal it out.
The idea behind these exercises is to identify areas of your life that make you happy or bring you joy. These are good starting points for finding your passion. If you're still struggling with defining happiness, read more about finding self-love.
What doesn’t make me happy?
Identifying what doesn’t make you happy is critical to eliminating these things from your life. It is important, however, to end each journal session with positive, joyful messaging. While identifying what doesn’t make you happy is important, you don’t want to end the journal session in a negative, unhappy way. Topics could include the following:
· What don’t I like about my home?
· What about my personal relationships doesn’t make me happy?
· What brings me down?
· What about my professional relationships doesn’t make me happy?
· What don’t I like about my work?
· Who don’t I like at my work?
· What doesn’t make me happy about how I spend my free time?
The idea behind these exercises is to determine where you may make different choices going forward. It will also assist you in eliminating certain things as potential areas where your passion lies.
What are my gifts?
What are your gifts? This one can be fun and exciting. You are responsible for your list. You have gifts. In your journal, list your gifts. Don’t be shy. Modesty does not serve any purpose for this exercise. Here are some examples of different types of gifts, and what your gift list might look like:
· I am a funny person.
· I am able to communicate complicated information with ease.
· I am a talented decorator.
· I am a good cook.
· I am able to respond, rather than react to information.
· I am trustworthy.
· I am good with math.
· I am kind.
· I am competent.
· I am joyful.
Evaluation: the next step
When you feel you’ve sufficiently examined your life, the things that make you happy, and the things that don’t, it’s time to determine what changes need to be made. Start by reviewing what makes you happy. How can you bring more of that into your life? What steps can you take to expand the parts of each day that make you happy?
Don’t like that toxic person at the office? What steps can you take to reduce or even eliminate contact with that person. It might involve eating lunch at a different time or in a different location. Or, upon reflection, you may decide that the level of toxicity is so high, and so unavoidable, that it’s time to start looking for a different job.
What don’t you like about your home? Your space has an impact on how you feel. Are there changes you could make that would make your home feel more welcoming, cozy, or a better fit for you? A coat of fresh paint can do wonders for a room. Pick a bright, sunny yellow for a sure pick me up. Or maybe your room would benefit from rearranging the furniture.
Your space has an impact on how you feel.
Take a look at your gifts. Are you using them to the best of your abilities? Is there some way you could incorporate your gifts into your life in a significant way? What steps could you take to do this? If you are a good cook, you could bring some banana bread in to the office. Or make some cookies for your neighbor. This has the added benefit of bringing others joy.
This evaluation process should be done over the course of several days, as you review your lists of what makes you happy, what doesn’t make you happy, and what your gifts are. Be honest with yourself and revisit your lists periodically. Are they complete? Is there more information that should be added? You are painting a picture for yourself.
If you have someone you trust, ask them to review your lists along with you. They can assist you in seeking alternative paths when you are stuck. They may offer some insights that you haven’t thought of yourself.
Once you identify what makes you happy, and implement steps that enhance your happiness, as well as taking steps to reduce or eliminate what makes you unhappy, you will be well on your way to identifying your passion.
Take this journaling exercise one step further by doing a self-love meditation first. This will allow you to quiet your mind in order to access your inner guide.
Listen to the 5 minute meditation, then fill out the workbook once you've gotten in touch with your intuition.
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Listen to the full interview with Misti Patrella. She talks about experiencing deep unhappiness, and then turning her entire life around through a process of self discovery and journeying deeper into her soul.