My Big Passionate Announcement

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This summer I’ve been quietly hammering away at something new and exciting, something that has been brewing in my mind for quite some time.

When I launched Live Bold and Bloom back in 2009, my goal was to translate my work as a personal coach into a platform where anyone, anywhere could benefit from the skills and insights I was sharing with my clients — and what I was learning from them.

I wanted to address the fears, limitations, and beliefs that prevent us from maximizing our potential in all areas of our lives. I wanted to help people live fearlessly through shared experiences in self-awareness, personal evolution, and practical actions for moving forward.

You may have noticed recently I change my tagline from “Personal Growth for Fearless Living” to “Personal Growth for Passionate Living.” Because what I really want to help you do is not only address fears and limitations — but also move past them to a passionate life — a life I believe is possible for everyone.

So that brings me to my big announcement.

Announcing BarrieDavenport.com

In October, I will be launching a new site (in addition to Live Bold and Bloom). It will be called Barrie Davenport.com and will focus exclusively on helping people uncover their passion(s) and learn the skills to integrate that passion into their lives. As you know from many of my posts here at Live Bold and Bloom, life passion is a subject I am quite passionate about!

This site will not be a focused only on finding a new career or building an online lifestyle blog or business (although that will definitely be part of the conversation).

The focus will be on helping people uncover their passion and figure out the best way to live that passion realistically within the context of their lives right now.

That could be through . . .

  • career
  • lifestyle
  • volunteer work
  • hobbies or avocation
  • relationships and family
  • all of the above

Not everyone wants to quit their job to start an online business — and many people aren’t in the position financially or otherwise to start over with a career. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other ways to infuse passion into your life. And that’s what we’ll be discussing at Barrie Davenport.com.

If you hate your job, we’ll be talking about ways to change your perceptions, ask for what you want in your current job, or shape-shift your job in ways that make it more palatable. And we’ll work on how to find your passion so you can pursue it in other areas of your life beyond work.

And yes, we’ll also discuss how you can find work you love and move toward it — if that’s part of your personal passion plan.

There is an amazing benefit of finding your passion and activating it in some area of your life, even if it’s not in your job. Your passion has a way of generating energy, creativity, and enthusiasm that spills over into all areas of your life. Often people who have a passionate hobby or interest end up naturally transitioning to a full-time career in their passion field. They are so enthusiastic about what they are doing that opportunities fall into their laps.

We will also be discussing different ways to bring passion into your life, how to make your relationships more passionate, and the internal shifts and evolution that needs to take place to create room for life passion.

What to Expect from Barrie Davenport.com.

Of course I’ll be providing loads of free content, including weekly articles, videos, podcasts, guest experts, and guides — all focused on helping you uncover what makes you come alive with passion and showing you how to make that real in your life, using practical and realistic strategies. No hype. No false promises. No magical attraction.

In addition, in November I will release a new book called The 52-Week Life Passion Project. It will provide a weekly lesson and actions for every week of the year to help you learn more about yourself so you can uncover your passion and figure out how to build it into your life. The book will be available as an ebook for immediate download. And it will be available through Amazon for your Kindle or as a hands-on, old-fashioned book! More on the book to come, so keep your eye out!

Also, through this new site, I will be offering workshops, courses, and personal coaching based on my work and experience as a certified life passion coach, a public relations and marketing executive helping others live their dreams, and my own personal journey of finding and living my passion.

I hope each of you will join me at Barrie Davenport.com when it launches in October to become part of this new community of passion-seekers. I will keep you posted on the exact launch date.

How will this impact Live Bold and Bloom?

If you are wondering what will happen to Live Bold and Bloom, never fear. I plan to maintain this site as I have been, continuing to focus on a wide variety of personal development topics and offering practical skills and ideas for self-improvement and personal growth.

The focus will remain on moving beyond fears and limitations toward a happier, more fulfilled, more passionate life, in all areas of life.

And here at Live Bold and Bloom I can provide information and tools that aren’t directly related to life passion, like The Habit Course and Simple Self-Confidence.

I am so grateful for your continued support and interest in my work here!

Your feedback is appreciated.

As I work toward building BarrieDavenport.com, I want to make sure I provide solutions to your problems and answers to your questions related to uncovering what makes you come alive with joy and enthusiasm and figuring out how to make that a centerpiece of your life.

I also want to share experiences and inspiration from those who have been successful at finding and living their life passion.

So I’d love to get your feedback directly on the following two questions. Please put your answers in the comments. Or if you want to answer privately, just email me at mybloom life at gmail dot com.

Question #1:

What has been the main problem, roadblock, or difficulty in either finding your life passion or making it part of your daily life?

Question #2

If you have found your passion and have found a way to live it, what is your passion and how have you made it part of your life? What did you have to change or do differently in order to live your passion? (I realize this is two questions, but let’s pretend it’s all part of one.)

Many thanks to you all for sharing your experiences and thoughts! You are helping to shape the future of my new site and allowing me to provide the information you want.

Comments

  1. Petra Botekova says:

    Wow, Barrie, this is a huge step! I really admire you for wanting to help other people to find a work they love. Passion is what makes our lives meaningful. Unfortunately most of the people I know literally hate their job and work to live instead of live to work(on their passion). I´m sure you will improve the quality of many lives thanks to your decision! Looking forward to your new site!

    Petra

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Petra. I hope to help people who want to find their passion through work or in some other way. Having a passion for something makes everything better. :)

  2. Dear Barrie,
    Question #1:
    What has been the main problem, roadblock, or difficulty in either finding your life passion or making it part of your daily life?

    Answer #1:
    I stop trusting it. All of a sudden the arting bit inside me dies off. I lose heart. I tell myself I don’t enjoy it anyway…and don’t do enough of it as a result.

    Question #2
    If you have found your passion and have found a way to live it, what is your passion and how have you made it part of your life? What did you have to change or do differently in order to live your passion? (I realize this is two questions, but let’s pretend it’s all part of one.)

    I SOMEHOW combine my passion for art and people in running workshops, possibly no, I hate to say it coaching maybe…facilitating people’s self-discoveries and letting go off fears. And getting messy with paints preferably in the process.

    I had to start believing in myself.

    Now, here, I have said it.

    Love,

    Irena

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Hi Irena,
      So wonderful to see you here! Passionate artists are often self-critical and lose heart as a result. It’s hard with something as subjective as art to put it out there and receive judgment on it. But don’t give up on your passion. It is an expression of your soul, of who you are — and you must trust that because you are all you’ve got! And you are perfect and beautiful just as you are — and so is your art. That you are able to combine your passion for art with a love of helping people is amazing. What a powerful combination! Don’t forget to acknowledge yourself for how you are serving the world through beauty and kindness.

  3. Laura Strickler says:

    How wonderful!! I am so excited for you, and can’t wait for your new site! Love you!!!

  4. Hey Barrie,

    Awesome idea, there are tons of people out there looking for their “passion” in life.

    #1 The biggest thing that is stopping me from following my passion is that I don’t have a clear idea as to what that is (I often think of persuing my part time photography and journalism business into full) The second biggie is that I am scared of not making enough money to support my family and of failing. I am earning a fairly decent salary now in a job I really don’t love, but it allows me time for my family and money to do things.
    #2 I would have to take a leap of faith and go full time into my photography and writing

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Hi Glenn,
      You fears and roadblocks are so common. Many people (myself included at one time) have no idea what their passion may be. There are those lucky enough to have known it from childhood. But the rest of us struggle to figure it out. There is a process for figuring it out — like peeling back the layers of an onion. It also involves some experimentation and testing before you take that leap of faith. Here are some questions to ask yourself in making decisions around your areas of uncertainty:
      What is the least amount of money you could make to live comfortably and allow you to pay bills and save some?
      Could you potentially make that amount if you went full-time as a photographer and writer?
      Could you combine two careers but put more time into photography and writing?
      How do you feel when you are working in photography and writing? Does it fulfill you and give you the sense of being fully engaged and alive?
      If money were no object, would you pursue these without hesitation?
      Would your spouse/significant other support your decision?

  5. Q1/. What has been the main problem, roadblock, or difficulty in either finding your life passion or making it part of your daily life?

    My passion is music and singing; I’ve been in bands now for half my lifetime on and off. But despite this experience and the course I did in music, I still don’t believe enough in myself to think I could ever get a job in the industry. It’s a cut-throat world with a focus on throwaway pop, which isn’t something I want to be involved in anyway. Because of this I don’t see any way to make a career out of my passion, so I’m stuck working in another industry to make ends meet. It’s not that my day job is bad – it’s actually quite worthwhile – but it’s not what I want to do with my life.

    I do have a band and am going places with that at present, which is helping me keep my passion alive. But I wish I had a day job that complements it; I wish I belived enough in myself to create a day job that complements it; I wish I wasn’t so scared of not being able to make ends meet so that I could get out of my day job and believe that I’d be OK financially doing what I love.

    Sorry, that was a load of waffle! The main problem I think is my fear of not being able to make ends meet doing what I love. I can’t rely on my partner for income either as he only works occasionally (oh how jealous I am of him!!)

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Hi Alixandrea,
      Here’s an analogy for you. Have you ever had your car parked in a really tight parallel parking space? At first it looks like you are trapped. But then you start moving the car in reverse, then in drive, inching your way out of the spot. That’s what you need to do with your passion — inch your way toward it so that you can deal with the fear. You mention having a band that helps keep your passion alive, but wish you had a day job to complement that. What kind of job would that be? What would it take to get a job like that? More education? More contacts? Creating a business plan for yourself? Act “as if” that job is there waiting for you. What actions would you need to take to make it real for yourself? Then start taking small actions to move yourself toward that. Taking these small actions will create momentum and will help ease the fear. It will also help you discover whether or not this is the right path for you.

      • Small steps; I keep forgetting that! I keep feeling panicky like everything has to happen at once but you’re right, I just need to inch myself out of my current situation bit by bit. Thank-you Barrie. :-)

  6. David Thimme says:

    I recently found my way to your blog from A-List Blogging Bootcamps. I’ve found the material at Live Bold and Bloom to be very inspirational and look forward to the arrival of your new website -learning skills to get the most from your passions sounds awesome. Also, I’m a big fan of people using their real name for their website address.

  7. That’s great! I wanted to answer either 1 or 2 but I’m kinda stuck between the two. I got laid off recently and instead of going right back out there to find another steady 40 (more like 50 or 60) hour job…I’ve decided to dedicated my time to my art ( painting and plastic sculptures). I wont be able to use the excuses that I have in the past for not really going for it now so we’ll see what happens. So the struggle I have right is financial of course but I’m finding ways here and there to make extra money on the side. It’s difficult and scary but I’m focused and feeling excited.

    I’ll be tuning into your new website for sure to find inspiration and connect with other people in my same situation. If there’s a way I can help others in their journey I’d love to contribute also.

    I was going to say “good luck” because it’s what we’re used to saying in this scenario but I don’t really believe in luck. My motto has always been…No Fate But What You Make! And you are!

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Hi Monica,
      Congratulations on following your passion! That is so exciting. Yes, it is scary too. But just keep moving forward. You will make it or figure another way out. I might take you up on your offer to share your journey. I’m sure my readers would love to hear a story of someone who has been “forced” into their passion and made it!

  8. Congratulations, Barrie! What an exciting new project, I can’t wait to see it unfold.

    The passion I make my living with is writing, and I’ve been doing it a long time in one form or another. I credit one tactic: bold moves.

    I saw a call for personal essays about eating, which I’m quite fond of (ha), so I submitted – I had never published – and got accepted.

    The other bold move around the same time was cold-emailing the publisher of regional newspaper in the Bay Area and asking if I could write for her. She called me a couple weeks later to say she liked my email, her cover story writer had fallen through, could I take over? I went on to write a regular column for her, and that was the beginning of my freelance career.

    There’s more to it than that, of course, but really, my whole life has been a series of those kind of leaps. Not hugely risky, but the kind where you’re pretty sure of what you’ve got to offer, and you throw it out there, hoping it sticks. So far so good.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Yes, yes, yes Deonne!! It does take bold moves — stepping out of your comfort zone and risking “rejection.” But without making these moves and experiencing failure, you will never meet success. Even if you don’t feel confident or totally sure about taking an action, pretend that you do. Eventually, your feelings will catch up with your bold actions! Good for you Deonne.

  9. Looking forward to even more great inspiration from you Barrie! :-)

    Jon

  10. How exciting, Barrie! Looking forward to the new site and all if will have to offer!

    I think the thing that gets in the way most often for me when it comes to living my passion is ingrained low expectations and the irrational idea that success is for other people.

    The good thing is that I’m aware of these thoughts so I work with them each day as I go about pursuing my passion! Still, it can be a struggle at times.

    Good luck, Barrie!

    By the way, that is a terrific picture of you!!

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      I can so relate to that Bobbi. I think everyone struggles with those doubts. Even hugely successful people often wonder when it will all suddenly disappear. But if you keep working on your passion, focusing on the joy it brings you, then you will begin to reap the rewards as others become more attracted to your energy and enthusiasm.

  11. The new site sounds wonderful, Barrie. Regarding Ques. #1, TIME to indulge in my passion to write is a factor (husband retired, fixing 3 meals a day, requests for my time from others), as well as the self-discipline to SCHEDULE the writing time tp FOCUS on it. I’ve had articles published in the past but got discouraged with rejections in ensuing years. When I am writing, I am unaware of the passing of time. I don’t like simply using “pockets” of time, but sense that is something I need to discipline myself utilize. Sometimes I think that having a “writing loft” might help. How to create such a secluded spot, when my “office” is in the front room? Thanks for all that you share!

  12. William Veasley says:

    Barrie: Awesomeness! I will be sure to check out your new site in October when you have everything ready. I look forward to what is to come! ( :
    One of my biggest problems I had to overcome in order to find my passion was not letting other decide what I would do with my life. My parents always wanted me to do this or that, but never really what was best for me. What they wanted was what was really best for them. I have to be strong and say, “No”. I had to go my own way and sure enough with time and patience I found my passion.
    My passion is obtaining knowledge, living in the image of God and fighting evil. I was able to make some changes at work that give me more freedom to live my life how I please. Also, I am working on a book that will shine through the darkness!

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      William that is so amazing. What courage it must have taken to be firm with your parents in order to honor your true self. And what an incredible passion you have. Congratulations on your book. Please let us know more about it!

  13. Bryce Johnson says:

    Dear Barrie,
    I love your blog so much- I think you do an awesome job and that it is always interesting and really well written. I also look forward to seeing the new web page.
    In reality the ‘things’ that hold me back for doing exactly what I would like to do is time, money and qualifications- would like to be a sport psychologist- trying to find 30k and time while raising a small family and working would be difficult to say the least. I feel that if you haven’t sorted your career by the age of 30- it’s a pretty hard cycle to break. I think there would be a lot of people in my position- where the logistics of situation is probably what holds them back the most. I guess I’m lucky to some degree at least I don’t hate my current job- sport teaching and coaching! Hope this helps.
    Best of luck with the new site.
    Bryce Johnson

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Hi Bryce,
      Yes, trying to go to school and pay for it while raising a family is hard. But it’s not impossible. I am a firm believer that where there is a will, there’s a way. Even if you must take one class at a time, find financial aid, or work an extra job to pay for it. If that is your dream, don’t let it die. Take tiny steps toward it to keep the dream alive for yourself. :)

      • Bryce Johnson says:

        Thanks for words of support and wise advice- i’ll look into other methods of study. Greatly appreciated. Sure your new site will be as awesome as this one.

  14. Hi Barrie,

    This is exciting, it’s brilliant how your blog and business is growing and evolving. I know this will be a way for you to help even more people and I always recommend you to those who don’t know what to do with their lives. It’s such a common problem and great to know where to turn for solutions:)

    Keep up the fine work!

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Thank you so much Annabel! And I know who to turn to for advice about travel or building an online business. You are the best! :)

  15. Congratulations on taking the next step in growing your business. It is great that you feel inspired to help others find their passion. I wish you much success in your journey ahead!

  16. Good luck with the new project!

    I am sure you will have success!

  17. Beautiful photo of view Barrie to mark your next big online adventure. You have a gift for realizing there is a need and making it happen. I am always amazed by how many projects you have going at once – how do you do it?!

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Thank you Marci. I guess I’m passionate about what I’m doing — so I have a lot of energy to put toward my work.

  18. sophia fernandes says:

    Dear Barrie,
    I know my response to this post is late, but i truly want to express my gratitude for being so generous in reaching out to so many persons like me seeking to find meaning in life. you are amazing as i find you tuning yourself to inspire our soul.Congratulations to you Barrie.
    LIVE BOLD AND BLOOM IS WORTH REFLECTING. I FIND IT SO COMFORTING AND STRENGTHENING …I AM GLAD YOU ARE TAKING THE VISION FORWARD, BEYOND FEARS AND ANXIETY…YOU SEEM TO UNDERSTAND OUR NEEDS, MAY ALL YOUR EFFORTS BE BLESSED AND BE FRUITFUL

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Oh my Sophia — how lovely. You don’t know how nice it is to hear that I have touched your life in some small way. Thank you for taking the time to write this.

  19. It took me alot of stress to know my area of specialisation, I mean what I was created for. But God helped me and showed me the right part to follow. I write, compose, sing, broadcast(radio broadcasting), teach. My challenges now is how to finance my product, Im trying with the little money that Im getting at the end of the month but it’s not enough. I believe, one day I’il get there. Good, Better, Best. I shall never rest until my good is better…

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      You go Samuel!!! You will find a way. You are clearly creative, so use that creative thinking to figure out how to finance your amazing product.

  20. Hello Barrie.
    It has been great since I found ‘liveboldandbloom’. Your posts have been inspirational helping me cope with daily challenges. As you open a new page in your life mine is to wish you the best and may the new site succeed beyond your dreams.
    Murigi.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Murigi, you have been such a faithful and responsive reader here. Thank you for your blessing and kind words. I hope my successes inspire others to their own.

  21. Jodi Chapman says:

    Congratulations, Barrie! I’m so happy and excited for you, and I know that your new site is going to fly just as this one has. You are something else. And a new book, too? I am in awe, as always. Love!!! Jodi

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Thank you so much Jodi. Coming from a “Words with Friends” champion, and such a prolific writer, course creator, and soul-seeker as yourself, that means more than I can express. Love back at you!

  22. Barrie,

    So great to hear! I’ll look forward to it in October!

  23. Can’t wait to see it!!

  24. Cathy | Treatment Talk says:

    Congrats Barrie! You are truly amazing with all the wonderful work that you are doing. Best of luck on your new site and book!!

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