Planning Your Passion: Why You Need A Passion Planner

Have you ever felt your life and all its responsibilities slipping out of your grasp? I know that’s pretty dramatic but times like that happen! You end up with random scraps of paper and Notes on your phone of things to do but no clear organization. Things started to fall apart for me when I finished graduate school and life no longer fit into neat little semesters and quarterly budgets. I got a full-time job that took up much of my day, and my broader reaching goals faded into the background. With the help of my new Passion Planner, I was able to hone in on my “purpose” and what to do on a daily basis to maintain consistent strides towards my goals.

The Passion Planner is a growing planner design, birthed from the mind of Angelia Trinidad. After much success with her Kickstarter campaign in 2013, her brand has expanded far beyond the United States.

Each Passion Planner begins with an introduction to the planner, welcome, and “Passion Roadmap”. The Passion Roadmap leads you through various activities (totally in about 10 minutes) to complete in order to identify your “Game Changer”. From there, throughout the planner, you revisit these topics and plan out your journey to success through meaningful steps outlined each week. For example, each monthly spread provides a section for you to map our your Game Changer and how you will move one step closer to the end goal. Weekly planning spreads additionally offer places to identify your weekly and daily focuses, celebrate good things that happened in the week, list priority tasks for the week, and lastly, a notes section.

Amazing or Naw?

Monthly Reflections

I am in love with the monthly reflection questions. Of course, the questions are something I could’ve found on Pinterest, but I didn’t. The planner walks you through the previous month and revisits notes taken throughout the weeks. I truly appreciate the small wins that were celebrated and lessons learned. Additionally, the layout simply encourages mental organization beyond immediate to-do lists. I am already thinking about major plans to prepare for in September (and that’s not just because my birthday is in the latter half of the month).

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I assume that I’m not the only one who needs motivation from time to time in pursuing my passion. It’s possible to be “on fire” for a topic but sometimes that flame dims just a bit. Every now and then, I luck up on a quote, conversation, or brief interaction that pushes me to move forward. The Passion Planner provides that without the coincidental aspect. Mini challenges each week inspire me to reach passion goals and quotes remind me of the importance of intentional planning.

The Passion Community

I admire the community that has formed around the Passion Planner. Through great branding, The Passion Planner social media outlets showcase how others use their planner and the awesome developments of the product. Getting inspiration too from other users keeps my own usage fresh. I can change up the way I use my weekly spread and find best practices for my own planning system with the same planner.

Free Resources & Expansion

One of the great aspects of the Planner Passion is access to digital components right away. All Passion Planner purchasers get access to the digital version immediately after purchase. There are a variety of page sizes and layouts. Having the digital version of the planner allows me to print a weekly, monthly, or planning spread one at a time for further brainstorming. Sometimes I find myself filling up my planner that I have little to no room to add any more notes. The digital copy provides more flexibility and room as needed. I also love the expansion worksheets. There are inserts such as water, calories, workout, finance, and habit trackers. There are other page inserts, but you’ll have to discover them after purchasing the planner!

So what are you waiting for? Get your new Passion Planner today!

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Wonder Woman: Soundtrack Review

I had the opportunity to finally see Wonder Woman and I must say that it was refreshing. Although the series is just getting started, I agree that it is the better of the few DC movies in this latest series of the superhero world. The plot took a different turn than what I assumed and her outfit was banging! However, this post is about the music. So let’s get to it.

Listen to the entire Wonder Woman Score Soundtrack on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music, or Youtube. My poison of choice…Spotify. So if you want to hear the pieces I reference, get you an account! It’s free (with commercials), but a student account is only $5/month and premium is $10. Hook up, check.

Disclaimer: I try to use vague language but there are somewhat spoilers in this post. Proceed at your own risk!

The Composer

Rupert Gregson-Williams is the lead composer listed for this film. I am familiar with his name but not too many of his works, frankly because, I was not interested in the movies such as Open Season, The Legend of Tarzan, and Winter’s Tale. However, I am very familiar with Harry Gregson-Williams and his work on the Chronicles of Narnia series. I absolutely loved his works so I had high hopes for Rupert and this film.

Wonder Woman’s Theme

My interest in Wonder Woman’s score was actually sparked in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice when her theme was introduced in this film.

Frankly, it was the best music all film. Hans Zimmer scored this film, so I assume he developed the theme. The driving percussion and daring guitar melody depict her unexpected strength. At her official introduction in Batman vs. Superman, she swoops in to help the duo in their last fight. Her ultimate unveiling is ushered in by this spot on theme that kicks off the final battle.

I enjoyed the use of WW’s theme in this film. Rupert saves the main theme for the climax instead of weaving it between scenes via slight variations (my favorite approach). Throughout the film, we witness WW’s growth from young warrior to fully developed “god killer”. However, there is no real clear-cut, entry point into her “coming of age”. There were a few glimpses of her power but nothing came together until her battle at The Front.

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This re-introduction of the theme was a pleasant surprise. I forgot about it until this point and the song enhanced the scene. At this very moment, you knew that she finally met her destiny and came into full knowledge of all her duty, and blah blah blah. It was quite beautiful though.

Variations on the Theme

After realizing that WW’s theme was saved for the climactic battle, I had to go back and listen to all of the Soundtrack to find any other variations or common melodies that I might’ve missed. When listening to the soundtrack, I was reminded of the movie’s actual theme.

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Although very little variation, there is an enchanting theme that is introduced on the island in the beginning and repurposed throughout the film. The melody is so perfectly aligned with the movie setting that seamlessly complements the scenes. I felt bad for not noticing the music as I normally do. However, I came to the realization that it did its job. The music supported the story line and gave the slightest hint of the plot at certain times. Never did it over take the scenes, and that’s how it’s done right!

Cliché or Naw?

I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to get a little annoyed by the trumpet fanfare sound that appears in all superhero movies at some point. Of course, Wonder Woman is victim to that as well. I’d love to see a new sound emerge in this superhero movie era. I understand that Western music has developed the average musical ear to listen for cliche styles. I believe the ultimate satisfaction comes from doing the unexpected though. That’s what makes Moonlight Sonata such an enchanting piece, Beethoven did something unexpected with the chordal progressions. We need a refreshing take on our music today. It needs to be spot on though or there will be a train wreck. I’m looking forward to music from Black Panther for a new take on superhero music. (Yeah, I know these are two different comic universes)

My Overall Take

Wonder Woman was great. I still love her main theme and the new one created for this movie was enchanting. I hope that we will see her again in a sequel, and even if with the Justice League, I hope that she will continue to shine as a true contender in the superhero world of music.