Saturday, April 4, 2020

Interview With Inspirational Author Karen Putz

Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want

                             Unwrapping Your Passion: Creating the Life You Truly Want by [Putz, Karen]

1.      Karen, what inspired you to write your book?

The 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.

So, at 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?

I 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 lives.

3.      What challenges did you overcome to penning your story?

I had 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 can always write another book!

My 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?

Some 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 your journey.                                                       

5.      How does one truly create the life they want to lead?

Start 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? Meaningful moments? 

For 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. 

If 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?

I 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 an author?

The 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. 

In today's upside down world, any inspiring insights that you can share with us?

We 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.

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