Your Seven Chunks of Life

Your Passions Create Your Happiness

In my last blog, I wrote about concentrating on your passions vs. your goals to get what you want in life.   Many people do not know what their passion is.   Do you know your passion in life?  Is it one passion?  Is it many passions?  Today, I’ll help you determine your passions.  You may be surprised by the outcome.  There is a wonderful book called, The Passion Test, by Janet and Chris Attwood.   Their website is

If you read past the first paragraph of this blog, you are ready to find your passions and start to take action to live them now.  You may be just starting out in your adult life, in mid-life, or getting ready to retire.  It is time.  Doing the steps below once a year can be very powerful over your lifetime.  Life changes and you should move with those life changes.  For most people following their passions makes them very happy.  Isn’t that what you really want out of life?

Science is beginning to indicate that we can only keep seven aspects of our lives in our consciousness.  If too much information enters the brain, it filters out the unimportant items.  Boy, that explains a lot!  Are your passions in those seven important chunks?

Steps To Finding Your Passions and Happiness

I recommend you make some quiet time for yourself to do this exercise.

Step 1 – List twelve or more things that make you happy and you want in your life.  Do not censor or judge yourself.

Step 2 –  Choose the seven that are most important to your happiness.  You may find some overlap. You can choose to combine, if necessary.

Step 3 –  Put the list away for a few days.  Then, review your choices.  Do they still resonate?  It is perfectly normal to go back and forth on your choices for a few go-arounds.

Step 4 – Once you have arrived at your seven choices, put them in order of importance.  Give each passion a page in your journal, an index card, or a sticky note.  The idea is to place them where you can see them on a regular basis.  Do what works for you.   I have my seven posted in different places in my office and home.

Step 5 –  Review your passions on a regular basis, preferably daily.

Step 6 – Pay attention to events or opportunities that will begin to pop up.  I promise you; this will happen.  Don’t doubt yourself.  Keep a log of these opportunities or synchronicities because they can be very subtle and you may forget.  I use the “notes” feature on my phone.

The above six steps are huge.  You may need to do these steps multiple times over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for my next blog that will have more steps on realizing your passions.  There is an entire chapter on “happiness” in my book, Journal Your Way to a Peaceful World.  Click here for more details:

Journal Your Way to a Peaceful World

Available on Amazon

Have a great week.

Joan Marie




My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

2 comments on Your Seven Chunks of Life

  1. Marjorie Turner Hollman says:

    nIce, doable list you’ve provided, Joan. NOw to figure out what works for each of us!

  2. Evon Austin says:

    Awesome post Joan!! LOVE it!!

    Thank you for posting this to our Amazing FB group of bullet Journalers at Barefoot Journaling Chronicles. Perfect for us!! Spot on!! So happy to have you as a member.

    I look forward to incorporating this into my experience and see what ‘pops’ up. Great ideas!!

    I look forward to your next post…

    Have a great Monday!

    ~Evon Austin
    Barefoot Journaling Chronicles (FB group)

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