What’s your Passion?


Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week of work, parent-teacher conferences, and revising. Always revising!  Auuugghh.

Anyway, the kids are doing well in school and work and the revising are going well. And I ended the week on a high note. I was invited to do an author visit on Friday afternoon and it was a blast.

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I spoke to a group of sixth graders about “Following your Passion.” They were enthusiastic and asked some great questions. I then posed the question to this eager group and asked many of them what their passions were and here are some of the responses.



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Reading and Writing


And the list goes on and on…


These young kids know what they’re passionate about all ready. That’s amazing, but then I knew what I was passionate about at a young age, too, I just didn’t have the confidence back then to pursue it. So think back to when you were younger before you had responsibilities or mortgage payments, what was your passion? What made you happy?

I’m convinced following your passion is the way to happiness. If we all did what made us truly happy we’d be too busy enjoying it to worry about what our neighbors were up to. We wouldn’t have any energy to devote to the comparison game. Maybe those sixth graders are on to something?

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today. What’s your passion? What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? I say go for it. Start small and build upon it. Remember what C.S. Lewis said, “You’re never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”

Leave a comment and share your passion with us! I’d love to hear from you!


About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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52 Responses to What’s your Passion?

  1. After many readjustments to our financial lives, we are doing what we are passionate about. My husband is drawing and tattooing each day, and I am writing(mostly everyday) and gardening(well, soon anyway). Hoping to add travel to that list, but that will come.

  2. Ritu says:

    Isn’t it amazing how Kids know their passions, and then restrictions in life and thinking that get reflected upon them from adults, can dim that passion… I’m all for pushing them where they feel the urge to take a further step. You never know what your path in life is. It could be so far removed from what others have experienced, and that is what makes us sometimes worry about our own kids, and stops us encouraging them in a direction that could be something quite fantastic!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You are so right, Ritu! I’m always making suggestions to my kids, but I have to be careful and not push them into something that I want them to do. I want them to make their own choices, but sometimes it’s hard when you see their talent.

      • Ritu says:

        It is really tough. I am learning to listen to them, as well as try and guide them.
        I hear it in the things my hubby sometimes says, the expectations that he is echoing from his own parents, and I try to veer him off doing that!
        My own parents were very supportive, and urged us to do what we felt we were good at, and they haven’t stopped. They are totally fans and big inspirations to me with my writing and whole life outlook!
        I hope I can be that supportive to my own kids, and the students I come to contact with!

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        I’m sure you are, Ritu! I can see it in your blog posts and your comments! You’re doing an awesome job! 🙂

      • Ritu says:

        Thank you so much Lisa!

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        You’re welcome!

  3. Travelling is definitely my passion but I don’t think it’s something I would want to do long-term because then it would lose the things about it that make me love travelling most – the planning, the anticipation, the change of environment, the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. As a child my passion was always for writing so I guess it’s great that I now get to combine the two!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Yes! That’s awesome and we can always have more than one passion, can’t we? Sounds like you’re living your best life, too!

    • Em, believe the planning the anticipation, the change of environment plus the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones can be achieved in fulltime travel. We call it slow travel and with housesitting it doesn’t feel like we are doing travel fulltime. That’s why we love doing housesitting. So my passion is to keep learning new things, writing a blog is something new and the blogging world is fun!! It is challenging.

  4. Unbound Roots says:

    I wish I would have known my passions in 6th grade. I’m just starting to live mine out in my late 30’s. Although, my passions have changed dramatically from when I was in my teens. Back then, my passions were soccer, working out, friends, and, well, boys. Outdoor adventure, relaxing at the cabin, writing, and watercolor painting are my passions today. Today, I need time for my passions, and I make time for my passions. And yes, I do believe they bring me happiness. Wonderful post, Lisa!

  5. The Hook says:

    I’m trying to put together a short film to showcase what a series based on my blog might look like.
    I’d pursue that full-time and with real money and resources behind me if I had the time and funds.

  6. arv! says:

    Lisa, I completely agree with you. At times we are confused, don’t know what we want or aren’t that clear. Also, we always have a guilty feeling towards doing what we want. But surely following our passion is way forward. Thanks for the insight.

  7. My passion is fashion/style. However, I’ve become almost equally as passionate about food (where it came from, was it harvested to soon, making something wonderful from “ugly food”), and I get to work in a place that sells really good produce. The perks are amazing: discount on my produce, free ugly veggies & fruits that are perfectly edible, tons of spoiled food for my compost heap…

    So even though I’m not getting to do that which I am most passionate about, I’m getting to do something amazing😁

  8. Phil Taylor says:

    I’m passionate about my blog. If I could get syndicated and do nothing more than write my blog, I’d be very happy.

  9. Denzil says:

    I have been remarkably lucky to have been able to follow my passion for writing by being a professional full-time writer since 1983!

  10. sharonledwith says:

    When I was in grade six, my passion was hockey. Unfortunately, there was no organized girls’ hockey back then, so I made due playing road hockey. Had a blast!

  11. Jennifer says:

    When I was in school, I was passionate about reading and writing. Still am. I love that coding tops the list of passions for kids nowadays.

  12. rachaelstray says:

    Sounds like a busy week! My passion is writing and my beloved North East! I want to explore more of the North East with my husband and write about it!

  13. Kids don’t have the baggage that we adults do. They are still free to be passionate about everything. It is a reminder and a lesson we adults should revisit from time to time because it is so simple. As for my passion? I am passionate about empowering others to live their best life. I live to serve.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Oh, what an awesome passion to have. That’s an incredible gift and I bet you’ve touched many lives with that attitude. Good for you! You also raise a great point about kids not having any baggage yet. We adults need to deal with our baggage so we can live our best lives. That might be another blog post for another day.:) Thanks for stopping by, Diane!

  14. Carol says:

    I agree with Diane about the baggage and most certainly if I had written 30 years ago about what I thought my future would be…I would have been way off base …I wouldn’t have come close in any way shape or form my only constant is my love of writing 🙂

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I hear you, Carol! Thanks for stopping and sharing your thoughts. I know my own life has taken some unexpected turns and I’m so glad I have my writing. It helps me in a lot of ways. 🙂

  15. thebeasley says:

    Music, film, literature & fresh air are my passions. Plus animals. I feel more at ease with animals than I do humans. Writing is also my passion & I want to get better at it. Thanks Lisa x

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Haley. I’m glad to see you have so many passions that way you’re never bored. 🙂 I want to get better at my writing, too. I feel like I’m getting there, but I don’t know if I’ll ever arrive. LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Kally says:

    Writing is my passion and now I’m living it everyday! Although I do miss being in the corporate world because I love being a leader.

  17. sunshinysa says:

    Out of the mouths of babes… My passion is people. Good people. Writing. Charity. Not necessarily in that order.

  18. Thanks for sharing, I have a passion for writing, helping and encouraging people. I am a substance abuse counselor using cognitive behavioral therapy. it is amazing if a child recognize their passion at such a young age.

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