Passion

Passion Planner is THE Coolest Planner

I have always loved writing in a planner. Organizing my schedule is a love language of sorts for me.  Back in college, I carried my Franklin Covey planner everywhere and lived by the 7 Habits for Highly Successful people. I have evolved since then and the past few years have been glued to my Google Calendar and making notes/lists in my beloved Field Notes books that are always with me. 

My schedule has become a little overwhelming owning my own business and I found that I was writing down parts of my schedule in addition to using Google Calendar to remind myself of certain events. So I just started using both calendars. I love sending invites and storing information in my Google Calendar but there is just something about writing things down that makes all right in the world. Using both types of calendars has helped me to get a better grip on my schedule and tasks.

The reason why I feel that both methods of calendars are needed is because of the planner I use - the Passion Planner

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What is the Passion Planner? 

I first learned about Passion Planner during it's 2014 Kickstarter campaign. The founder is Angelia Trinidad, a young twenty-something that was experiencing was she calls 'Analysis Paralysis" and having difficulty identyfing what to do with her life. Something that I think anyone who has been through their twenties can identify with. She created a planner that focused on goals and intention, not just things someone has to do.

photo courtesy of angeliatrinidad.com

photo courtesy of angeliatrinidad.com

"Passion Planner was the tool that I made to make peoples passions a priority.  It is an all-in-one weekly appointment calendar, journal, goal setting guide, and to-do list log integrated in one notebook. What I like to call a life coach that fits in your backpack."

Here is the Kickstarter video that initially introduced to the Passion Planner project. 

The planner starts with activities to help you think about your passion and there are also monthly reflection questions. What draws me most to the planner is its weekly layout pictured below. Having a focus for each week and day has especially been helpful for me personally. 

photo courtesy of Passion Planner

photo courtesy of Passion Planner

How Much?

You can purchase the bound planners here. The smaller version is $24.99 and the larger one (the one I use) is $29.99. They come undated, dated from January- December, or dated from August-July. 

You can download FREE PDFs versions of the planner here. One of the reasons I want to cheer Angela and this project on is because Angela believes in making sure everyone has access to her project. 

Pay It Forward!

If this is something you feel passionate it about, I encourage you to sponsor a planner for someone. You can purchase a Passion Planner at a discuounted rate of $14.99 and have it sent to someone that applied to receive a planner. You can provide your contact email so they can email you a thank you for your gift! 

Click here to sponsor a planner for someone.

Are there other scheduling or planning tools that you enjoy? I want to hear about them!

 

#Eureka - Passion Rally

I met Lamarr Womble five years ago when we worked together at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. We immediately connected over our shared interest of leadership. At that time Lamarr had just started his organization, Passion for Leadership which is still going strong. He started it as a platform for his motivational speaking to encourage students to identify and follow their passion. Check out his website which connects to all of his social media which I encourage you to follow. The website also features his speaking team, many of whom I have worked with and know - all amazing people.

Lamarr currently lives in New York City where is a Dream Director at a school. Doesn’t that sound like the coolest job ever? Check out more about the Future Project , I love reading the stories and the videos on the site. One of my favorite  is this video featuring Lamarr and his high five Fridays.

From his work at the future project Lamarr had the idea to organize a passion pep rally for the students of Omaha. Lamarr brought in a few of his friends, including me to help. We called the passion pep rally the Omaha Student Take Over. We gathered in downtown Omaha and got everyone pumped with t-shirts that read #PassionNation, chants, performances from a percussion group, and students giving motivational message. Then we took to the streets. We spilt up into groups and asked people downtown if they had ever been asked about their passion for our Passion Tally. 52% of the people asked said that no one had ever asked them what their passion was! We had people write on white boards what their passion was, took their photos, and uploaded it to a website. In our parade of passion with our signs and drums, we also passed out the definitions of the words passion. After our street mission we met up and marched down to the public library to discuss what Omaha as a city could do to support the students better. The students developed a list to present to the Chamber and then some of the students shared their passions, some even performed! We had speakers, dancers, photographers, beat boxers, and even a spoken word artist. It was amazing and incredible to see how energized and happy the students were when engaged in their passion.

Interestingly, while Lamarr was the brain behind this plan, he found out at the last minute he could not make it because he had to go speak in another city. We all wanted to make him proud and I think we did and the event was a success. We want to keep doing this event and have it grow bigger each year. I am honored that Bennett and I were able to be a part of it!

We were the leading news story in Omaha. Here is the news segment  (if it doesn't load on your device here is the link to view it) and photos from my iPhone.