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Saturday, April 4, 2020
Interview With Inspirational Author Karen Putz
Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want
1.Karen, what inspired you to
write your book?
inspiration for this book goes back to the year I turned 44. I saw a
66-year-old woman, Judy Myers, barefoot water skiing on the TODAY Show. You
see, back when I was a teen, barefoot water skiing was a sport that I was
crazy-passionate about. I grew up hard of hearing and ashamed of my hearing
loss. When I was 19, I took a hard fall and in an instant, I became deaf.
the age of 44, I got back on the water with Judy’s help and a lesson from Keith
St. Onge, the 2X World Barefoot Champion. I competed for four years. During
that time, I started studying “passion” and began to coach others on how to
unwrap this amazing energy. I became a Passion Test Facilitator through Janet
Attwood, author of The Passion Test. So “passion” became my brand, and my life.
I interviewed over 200 people to dig deep into “how” they live with passion and
the book was naturally born.
2.What do you hope people will
take away from reading your book?
hope people transform their “ho-hum” into “remarkable.” Passion is energy, and
we can tap into this energy by gaining clarity on how we want to live. We each
have the same number of hours in a day, but we choose how we want to spend
those hours and whether those hours bring joy, fun, and adventure into our
3.What challenges did you
overcome to penning your story?
so many interviews, so much information, and an ADD mind (oh look, there’s a
squirrel flying a kite!). I spent about six years gathering information and
putting off the actual writing. I kept thinking that I didn’t know enough--and
there was no end in sight. Guess what-- there never is. I learned I had to just
sit down and start writing with what I had and at some point, I had to choose
to end it. The good news for authors who feel like they’re never ready to end a
book...you can always write another book!
biggest challenge was trying to figure out how to organize information and
create chapters. I’ve now hit on a formula for my writing that makes this
process easier. Plus, I hired an editor, handed him a mess, and he created a
better flow for me.
4.What advice do you give to
people who have to confront obstacles in their lives?
obstacles are real (example: I can’t hear better, no matter how hard I try) and
some obstacles are figments of our imagination. While you can’t change a
reality, you can change your thoughts/response to your thoughts, you can choose
your attitude, and you can create actions. When I became deaf, I woke up one
day and realized that I had two choices: I could continue to cry myself to
sleep every night or I could embrace the new journey. I chose the latter, and
it made all the difference in my life. It’s what I call “leaning in” to the
curve of life. Leaning in makes you stronger and allows you to fully experience
5.How does one truly create the
life they want to lead?
with being clear on what you want from your life. Do you want more joy? Time
freedom? Abundance? Better relationships? More play time? Work you love?
every person, this is a personal path. We often find ourselves off the path
when we are swayed in one direction then another. This is what I call going
through life like a sailboat with untied sails and no nautical chart.
you don’t know where to start, start with what’s NOT working in your life. What
would the opposite of that be like? Focus your energy on what you want to bring
into your life instead of expanding your energy on the negative stuff.
6. Where does your passion for
life come from?
believe my passion is a gift within that I unwrap on a daily basis. I have been
fortunate to have some incredible mentors who are living with passion and
they’ve passed on their wisdom. I continue to learn every day. Curiosity is the
first level that plants the seed of passion and if we remain curious and
continue to learn, the energy of passion shows up.
7.What do you love about being
solitude. (Grin) I’m an introvert and I absolutely love getting into the
creative zone with writing. I wanted to be an author back when I was nine years
old and even though I took the long path to finally writing a book, I look
forward to writing many more.
today's upside down world, any inspiring insights that you can share with us?
are experiencing a world-wide upheaval that is bringing on a lot of changes and
stress. How we choose to respond to this can create a whole new path for us
ahead. Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, tells us that we can
ask ourselves, “What does this make possible?” When adversity shuts down one
road, another path is carved out. For example, Zoom is seeing record numbers at
this time. Door Dashers and Instacart are delivering food. People are suddenly
finding the time to write books, develop courses, and make plans to live
differently when this pandemic passes. This is an opportunity to create a shift
in your life--and to determine what a meaningful life looks like for you.