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Katie J

Katie J - Guide

I joined P3 as a Guide for somewhat selfish reasons. I hoped that by guiding someone else in the pursuit of their passion, it would bring me closer to mine. My experience thus far has met these goals. I’ve discovered some of my own talents through talking with my Voyager. I’ve discovered that by connecting with just one person about her passion, I can start a chain reaction that also connects others to their passion. When I watched my Voyager share her work with the students in her class, I saw her truest self in a new way. She radiated joy. At the end of the class, I believe her students went out into the world with renewed energy and focus to pursue their own purpose.  I feel most connected to my passion when I know I’m connecting with my audience and clearly communicating my message. When I can provide people with the tools and the methods for success, it’s a thrill to see them grow. My Voyager has reinforced these ideas, and revealed other strengths I didn’t know I had.

Peggy G

Peggy G - Guide

I joined P3 because I love to help people find and fulfill their dreams; because I love Seattle Center; because I believe in its vision and mission. I have over 35 years experience as a consultant and coach. It's as much who I AM as what I DO. I have enjoyed enormously working with my Voyager, a non-corporate woman, and watching her bloom and bloom. My passion is about expanding human capacity to live life. My personal and professional life has been devoted to first overcoming obstacles, and then shifting consciousness to a more loving and expansive state so that people can be their best selves in more and more circumstances.

Mary D

Mary D - Voyager

When I began P3, I discovered so much more about myself than I knew. I discovered that my words and actions are not always aligned with each other. I discovered that I need and want to tell the truth about my life. I discovered that I can do almost anything I set my mind and heart to accomplishing. I can make things happen. I discovered how much listening to other people's stories and lives matters to me. I do believe that the greatest gift we can give each other is our story . The stories of my P3 friends bless me and raise me up to deeper levels of understanding and an appreciation of what it means to be human and alive. P3 makes me want to be a better me.

My passion is about love and paying attention to my heart as it calls me into doing. A day, a week, or a moment, the actions may be different but the call comes from the same place - my heart and soul. Some of the places it leads me today are to work with others so that all people who LOVE each other can marry. Loving myself is calling me to write my book, paint more pictures and finish my website.  Showing up as love asks me today to go on a walk with my partner Mary Ann and be gentle and tender. It's a simple passion of mine, "Wherever I am, I show up as LOVE." It works for me and I like to believe that it works for others.

Katie J

Imani S - Guide

My motivation is my poetry. Poetry and performance are the reason I wake up in the morning. I believe that writing can save lives, so it is my goal to assist as many people as possible with writing their stories and sharing those stories in various ways.

What have I learned through this process?  What a loaded question!  I’ve learned where my priorities are and how I am motivated to become the writer/performer that I dreamt of being as a kid. Working with my Voyager Amontaine has been inspiring. She was a CD Forum Creation Artist and successfully just completed her project and produced a show. Essentially, I am the Guide for someone who has already walked the path that I am currently on, which has allowed me to look at things from another perspective. Instead of reflecting on my own progress, I can challenge Amontaine to reflect on her process and support her in whatever endeavors she chooses to pursue. It allows me to use Amontaine as a resource for "what's next".

Katie J

Craig B - Voyager

I’m learning that I need to let go of a whole bunch of demons that had a big impact on my developing years. I’ve learned that I can somewhat write. That other people see me differently than I see myself. They see me as competent, lively and smart, where I fail to notice those attributes in myself. I have always wished for those qualities, but feared I would never possess them in a great enough quantity.  So the biggest thing I have learned is that I am enough just the way I am, which doesn't seem altogether true or possible, but is something I am working on accepting.

Realizing the need to create, I went with woodworking as a passion.  I can make something that people will see and hopefully appreciate my efforts.  I have a "frozen need" to be recognized and or congratulated for a job well done. Sort of the "Mom! Look what I made!" syndrome. Many people have this need, while others can just be happy patting their own back.  I have only been able to pull that off in jest and it doesn't last very long. For me to proclaim myself skillful, or clever, or even ingenious feels deceptive and quite arrogant. And nobody likes a braggart. Yet if most of us feel compelled to boast of our achievements, what makes it so difficult for others to hear? Perhaps it reminds us that our life isn't where we thought it should be at this time in our existence.

Katie J

John R - Guide

I joined P3 because I thought I would be a reasonably good mentor to someone.  What I’ve been learning is that my perceptions of what I can contribute are more limited than I first appreciated, and that I have a lot to learn about how people process and learn.  My passion is to find satisfaction, joy and a sense of accomplishment in whatever I do, from cleaning moss out of my yard to saving a company from going out of business. I no longer define success through my career.

Katie J

Erin H - Voyager

I joined P3 because I was feeling like my motivation had stalled out. When I was diagnosed as a young adult with chronic myelogenous leukemia, at the same time I was undergoing treatments for an arteriovenous malformation, the trajectory of my life stopped. I didn't have the energy or the focus to push through on anything outside of my health.  I still wanted to be the person who pursued her passions, but I wasn't sure how to do that anymore. What I've learned is that it was okay to have that break. Sometimes we need to take that time to be quiet in order to give it all we've got when we're ready.

My passion right now is to educate others on how to navigate our health care system. What I went through was a crash course in how to talk to insurance companies when they stop coverage, what to do when medication costs $8,000.00 a month for the rest of your life, how to handle intimidation from disability companies trying to not pay your claim, who to talk to when a network drops the only doctor who can treat you, and where a person can go to truly get the support they need. I'm working on a book to help others figure out the system much less clumsily than I did. The health care debate in this country is going to continue, but meanwhile there are so many people struggling to survive our current system. If I help change any of these situations at all, every struggle I experienced had a divine purpose. Follow Erin’s blog "The Malformation of Health Care" http://themalformationofhealthcare.blogspot.com/ 

Katie J

Sara H - Voyager

Bringing lightness and play to my life and the lives of others is central to my P3 passion work. It’s something I never imagined as part of my purpose. Then one day, it showed up – and keeps showing up in different ways, creating new energy and excitement about the possibilities. Perhaps it stems from my own experience of work overload (starting with academic work into my professional life) and the tendency to try and figure out life with my brain power rather than my heart power or imagination. Personally and in coaching, I’ve found when we are playing and moving, we get out of our heads and connect with our intuition, our hearts, our guts. Over and over, I’ve seen connection with and guidance from the heart reveal magic. The science of play actually links play to innovation and creativity. For children play is key to healthy development. For animals, it’s part of Darwinian survival of the fittest. Unfortunately for adults, it’s sorely lacking and unrecognized as the elixir it truly is – in life, relationships, communities and beyond. I want to bring play into the conversation, to raise awareness, to get people playing regularly. How this looks and feels is unfolding, and I‘ve found wonderful playmates through P3 including my terrific Guide Bruce, other Voyagers and a researcher who all share a spark for play and the possibilities it creates. Most importantly, I’m playing and learning along the way.

Katie J

Zach M - Voyager

I joined P3 so I could make my life better. I want to learn to hang out with friends. My autism gets in the way.   It’s hard to live a life where you are afraid to be with people. It’s hard to not know what to say or what to ask. I thought P3 could be my chance to make my life like everyone else's.  It seemed like the perfect place for help and ideas.  When you are autistic, you live your life forever alone. I say this because I have no courage to hang out with friends. I'm just way too scared to do it, and it's too hard. I'm scared because I don't know what people will think of me. They only know the side of me when I was in high school, and they literally don't know the side of me at home. It makes me just want to cry. I have learned that I have a need to get better at living life like everybody else does.  I need to build up my courage to hang out with friends at my home or at the mall. I haven't been able to do that for years because I've been nervous to actually call a friend on the phone or even figure out what to say to them over the phone.  It's a challenge because of what they might want or what they may want to do.

Raimund H

Raimund H - Guide

A couple of years ago I participated in a Passion Search program at the Centerpoint Institute in Seattle. The program was challenging and provoked many insights.  Last summer one of my fellow passion searchers called and introduced me to P3. I was motivated to join as a Guide by my positive Centerpoint experience and with the hope that sharing my insights will encourage Voyagers to follow their path.  Over the years I have held several leadership roles in all-volunteer nonprofit organizations. Having a clear vision and mission is crucial for people to identify with the cause. In the past, and on this P3 journey, I’ve experienced many times that deep listening and providing honest feedback motivates people to move forward.  I am passionate and infinitely curious about many topics – science and technology are just a few examples. As a systems thinker I am interested in how things hang together, which also makes me a good analyst and troubleshooter. On this P3 journey I am motivated by people sharing their struggles and insights, and by witnessing their evolving energy and passion.

Stephanie N

Stephanie N - Voyager

At the time I applied for P3, it was a transitional time in my life. I had just graduated from my high school and local community college and was about to start a new chapter of my life. I always had a crystal clear vision of my future. I would graduate from a university, then continue my studies in hopes of becoming a medical doctor. That was always the plan, but I was starting to question whether this path was predetermined by my environment (i.e. parents and family) or if I chose it for myself. Not only that, but I wondered how my other interests fit into this outlined path. “Who am I and what is my passion?” I had to search for some answers and this program provided an appealing avenue to reach my goal. I have always been interested in learning about how the world works. Throughout school, I satisfied this curiosity by taking a number of science and math classes. I soon realized my growing interest in chemistry and in its applications to the health care field. This directed me to the Seattle Children's Hospital, where I volunteered in the Child Life Playroom.  I witnessed so many children that just wanted normal lives but are unfortunately affected by ailments that have limited treatments. My time at Seattle Children’s has significantly impacted my interest in pediatrics and has made me realize that I want to be involved with research or development of medicine to improve the quality of life of these children. With more research dedicated to finding cures or more effective treatments for these diseases, we could give countless number of children their lives back.

Vickie R

Vickie R - Guide

Since P3 is about learning and following passions, I have re-evaluated the meaning of both of these as they apply to my own life. I have come to see learning less as the formal education of schools and universities and more as the everyday interactions and activities that we have. Experts say that if babies are not sleeping, they are learning. I have come to realize that this is true throughout our lives. Sometimes I pay little attention to what I am learning and other times it is painfully apparent how much I am learning, such as the technology I have learned through P3. I believe that this increased awareness of all the learning opportunities in my life has empowered me to look at my life in a more joyful and exciting way.

My passion is people. I have been a social worker for 40 years and have been told that I wear "rose-colored glasses" when it comes to seeing the good in people. Meeting and knowing my Voyager Robb has confirmed my conviction that with support, information and opportunity people can change and find a positive passion in their lives. The positive energy of the P3 program with all the Voyagers focusing on their own unique pursuits has been tremendous and reaffirming that nothing is impossible.

Vivian C

Vivian C - Guide

I have learned a lot about myself since starting up with P3. The first thing that comes to mind is truly significant-- a pattern that I have been stuck in for some time. When I’m challenged with a task, first I worry and do everything BUT the task. After putting it off until almost the last minute, I decide to wing it.  “I should be able to do this with my eyes closed, no problem.” Then I rush through the process, feeling that relief, success, and accomplishment is right around the corner. When I am finally finished I feel guilty wishing and knowing that I could have done a better job. I am sorry that I did not embrace the challenge and or enjoy the process more. I say to myself, "next time I’ll do it differently.”   I don’t want to live my life that way.  In this P3 process, with the joys and challenges of wonderful people to work with, I have slowed down and let some magic happen. Please don’t get me wrong-- I have still do lots of what I described above.  I’m very good at "IT." However, I have lightened up, listened, trusted, and felt present in this rich experience. I hope to find a way to be less judgmental and punishing to myself and others. I dream to feel differently within myself about what today I can only refer to as confusion.

Katie J

Carol B - Guide

I joined P3 to help a friend, and to meet a friend or two.  What I am learning is that I over-commit. I can't make all of the meetings.  My passion is connecting others through my heart.

John M

John M - Guide

When my son Zach applied for the program and was accepted I became concerned that P3 was not equipped to provide a level of accommodation his autism would require. Because he had a strong belief that P3 was his chance to overcome his challenges and have a better life's I wanted to help him.  I have learned that I tend to set a goal and drive toward it. My level of dedication to the goal can be profound. I have learned that the support role is very, very different. Rather than being the driver I need to travel alongside Zach. I want so badly for him to reach his goal that I have to pull back and practice being there for him in the moment rather than for the desired outcome.

I am motivated by my love for my son. I am deeply impressed by his kind spirit, by his courage, and by his unending effort to belong. My passion is to meet Zach where he is, express that that person is worthy of love and connection, and help be a bridge to his participation in society.

Katie J

Robb A - Voyager

I joined the P3 project to help bring light to the issues that are important to me. I am a single father, recovering addict and an ex-con. My passion is helping others overcome some of the same obstacles that I have such as drug addiction, a life of incarceration and being a good parent. I have made mistakes in my life but understand today that my past does not define me but has instead given me the insight to help others avoid the same mistakes. I advocate for positive and engaging fathering and early childhood education. I believe that youth are our future and that we as a whole need to support, educate and encourage them through positive role modeling to insure a healthy society for tomorrow.  I want children to get the best education possible. I also have a passion for promoting fatherhood and encouraging positive male role models in children's lives. I have facilitated a Dad's Group in Longview, WA for over three years helping support and motivate men to be the best role model they can be for the children in their lives.

Katie J

Rachel S - Guide

I have discovered a lot about myself through the P3 process. I have learned that I'm not 100% comfortable being the "Guide" for someone who is older and more accomplished than I am (Maria B). I feel that she is really my Guide. We came to the conclusion that we would each guide one another. So, in a sense, we turned the P3 project on its head. We set our own goals and made the process our own.

I am passionate about culture, food, international travel and languages, empowering women, cross-cultural communication, community, family, travel, reading for the soul, staying active through all sorts of outdoor activities, gardening and fun graphic design. For me, passion is just living every day. I guess what makes passion so elusive to people is that they are always trying to catch it and pin it down. Or they are trying to define it too tightly. I find joy in the little things:  in my morning cup of coffee, in the blooming orchid on my desk, and I find it in my city and community. I could talk about passion all day. I guess that's why I wanted to be a Guide. I have so much enthusiasm to share with somebody.

Katie J

Juliette S - Voyager

P3 participants have been identified as "Voyagers." When the journey began, I saw myself crossing a sea toward my own creative destiny.  What I have discovered instead has been that the voyage has been more that of a deep sea diver, going down, down, and further down into my own depths. The wonders of this plunge have been bright, fantastic and sometimes dark and frightening. I began the project with the intention of bringing the treasures of my closeted creative life into the light of day and public view. When I met my P3 Guide, I told him that I was baffled and perplexed that I had all the oil paintings, poetry, collages, and short stories in my little treasure chest and was afraid to show them to anyone but my close friends and family. He looked at me with such deep kindness and said, "Of course you are so cautious about showing them to any and everyone. They are your soul.”  My passion is expressing what is most authentically true to me in the most honest, straightforward and beautiful way that I can. I know I have achieved this when I am utterly surprised and delighted at what I might express....whether it be a poem, a painting, a dance or story.  My passion does not require an audience, as I create like a seven year old. I am much more governed by sensation in my body than intellect. My passion is play.

Katie J

Catherina W - Guide

I believe in every person's innate wisdom and drive.  If we each cultivated our passions and curiosities, our inherent love of learning, and our natural instinct to grow, the world would be a better place. These things are best done with support, in community, especially given that these messages are less common in today's society than they will be in the future.  I am passionate about people and growth, especially growth in the context of our interconnectedness. I'm passionately curious about why the world is the way it is and how we could make it safer for the most vulnerable among us. I know that healing, support, inspiration, and community are all parts of the process that moves us toward this safer future so these are things I like to do!

Katie J

Amontaine W - Voyager

P3 for me was the perfect opportunity to engage with others that are pursuing their dreams. Being in the company of such people is largely what nourishes and inspires me. So many people in the world for many various reasons have been cowed into simply existing--keeping their heads down, conforming to what the society dictates, even when it makes them utterly miserable. I believe that we are here to truly live, and that means challenging ourselves, engaging passion by stepping out on those proverbial limbs, gaining trust as we find that we are strengthened by love and risk.

I am a writer and actress, and for the past 6 years have been writing and performing one-woman plays.  In 2006, after stumbling for subject matter and procrastinating, I wrote, produced and performed my first one-woman show, Waiting for Billie Holiday.  That experience changed the direction of my creative life and initiated me into the vehicle that would show me how to speak my truth in vast and unlimited ways. Since then I have produced several more shows.  The one-woman play format has allowed me to tremendously expand my reach. It is a constant challenge--intellectually, emotionally, physically and energetically. As I morph into multiple characters that hold vastly different worldviews, I find facets of my being that would have remained otherwise hidden and untapped. I come upon fully-realized worlds within, waiting to be manifested. I mean, what could be more exciting?

Gretchen M

Gretchen M - Voyager

The opportunity to participate in P3 was presented to me by a co-worker just weeks before I flew the coop at the University of Washington to pursue my own passions. P3 was a serendipitous parting gift. Throughout this process I have discovered that what I love to do is worthy of a lifetime of pursuit. I’ve learned to embrace the things that thrill me, rather than question them. Pre-P3, I discredited my true passions as nothing more than hobbies. Today I consider them the focus of my livelihood. P3 has helped me to get real-- to take my passions seriously. Life is already so much better. I truly love the entrepreneurial madness of building my own marketing communications business, writing, and all things Nia: learning routines, dancing, choreographing, learning about health and wellness, teaching Nia and supporting teacher trainings. It is a perfectly balanced meal. A year ago I would not have been brave enough to write this.  Today, work doesn’t need to be hard to make me feel worthy. In fact, I see doing what I love as an act of service to myself and the world. I’m happy. A little advice from the field: Best not to judge your performance until you’re doing what you love.  Visit www.niaseattle.com.

Cheryl C

Cheryl C - Voyager

I joined P3 because I thought it was an interesting opportunity to learn something new about how to do projects from a real person who had new ideas on how to do "things".  To my complete and utter surprise, I found through the Passion Search phase of P3 that my "project" is really about me:  about discovering who I am and my true place in the world as a woman, or, as a young friend recently said, "an elder" in the community.  I am entering this phase of life commonly referred to as "retirement", which for myself is more accurately viewed as a "new beginning".  Six years ago, I had a "new beginning" when I discovered that I am transsexual and began living my truth openly, honestly as the woman I am. When I began my transition I had no real vision as to what my life would be like, what meaning I would find. My P3 mentor, Rhonda and other Voyagers help direct and motivate me to better understand myself and my place in the world.

Currently my interests includes helping improve the lives of senior citizens who need assistance.  MY passion also lies with helping LGBT youth, most particularly trans youth, who are far too often marginalized and subjected to society's fears, misunderstandings, and prejudices.  I do not want our LGBT youth to feel like the world’s outcast as I did for 60 years.  I am trying to make a difference by showing up, listening, leading, and allowing others in the world to know me as I am.

Dean B

Dean B - Guide

P3 seemed like a great opportunity to learn about myself and how I could assist someone else. The original thought was for me to mentor someone to complete a project; however, the emphasis morphed to something much greater. I was able to mentor my voyager, and discuss with him how to complete project by working in individual steps. The process became the learning tool, not the end product.  My tendency is to be goal-oriented. In this situation, I had to take a step back, and think about how I do accomplish a task, and how do I help someone do the same. For my Voyager Craig, we talked about making chairs for his family. The more we talked, the more I realized that the chair-making was not as important as assisting him in how to complete a project. This effort for him allowed to him to break the project into individual steps, which has been beneficial for him because he often gets frustrated about the size of the task and doesn't get started. Accomplishing individual steps enabled him to see how to meet his goal.  Adults learn differently, and often have barriers from past learning situations that affect how they learn presently.  With my Voyager, the past impacted his learning as his middle and high school years were not successful. This negative pattern had to be overcome before we could move forward. Fortunately, he was willing to make the effort and I believe we were successful.

Maria B

Maria B - Voyager

I am 57 years old and have a lot to give. I retired from public service where I felt I was able to contribute greatly to making things more fair and opening up access to jobs and services. I have been transitioning to freelance work in arts and culture, and my hope is that the P3 guidance and support can sharpen and expedite the transition.

Unexpected things happen. My father passed away which put me in a totally different mind and heart space. I have learned to say "now is not the time";  to lean on P3 cohorts and not just blood relatives;  to trust my intuition and stay with the process.  I am so pumped to make things happen for the good. That is the organizer and manifester in me. I want to bring more beauty and healing into this world. I want to bring the stories of my ancestors in songs, books, pictures and sculptures so all can be enriched with understanding and appreciation. Then, perhaps peace and joy can come about.

Sandy T

Sandy T - Guide

I have discovered through this project that my inner 15 year old is still very much a part of who I am day-to-day. My Voyager  is also 15. I noticed that I was naturally approaching her as a friend, rather than "adult to teen". That wasn't a bad thing, but then I started having similar feelings towards her that I had towards friends in high school-- insecurities, mainly. I was very cautious about what I said to her and always unsure how I was being received.  I may not have realized that it was my inner-teen having these feelings had another Guide not said to me "What does that say about your 15 year old?" I was shocked that he saw me so clearly! I've taken this observation to therapy in order to help integrate this part of me who seems to be so prominent in my life. It's been amazing!  Now that I understand why, I relate very well with my Voyager.  One day during a facebook conversation, she texted "you're so great you know that?" Well, that made all the doubts subside. My inner 15 year old had a BIG grin on her face! Since then, I've felt a lot more comfortable with my Voyager. I find her to be an AMAZING person! We talk just like friends, usually about very philosophical topics.  I have probably learned a lot more about myself because of my Voyager than she has learned from me. Thanks, Toni! :)

Fran S

Fran S - Guide

I joined P3 in order to give back and pay it forward. I believe strongly that people can and should dream big, go for their dreams, and continue to change and grow throughout their adult lives. I agree with the P3 concept that our society will be better in 50 years if more people discover and live their passion.

This project has re-confirmed that I like challenging myself. I have been challenged and stretched to put myself in the shoes of a young woman who is a junior in college. I have not been that age and life stage for a long time and the world has (fortunately) changed a lot since then! Conversations with my Voyager take me back to when I was a junior in college. I loved science, as my Voyager does, and wanted to pursue a career in medicine or biology research, as my Voyager is self-confidently planning to do. But my career dreams were met with derision. Family members and friends laughed at me and said “You can't do that. You're a girl. You are going to get married and have children.” When I replied that I could get married, have children, AND have a career in science, people laughed more. I did not have support for identifying my passions or going for my dreams. I joined with many other women and some good men to change the landscape for women and girls. After a temporary derailment, I got back on track and became an environmental scientist (and have also been happily married for almost 31 years). I look at my Voyager and see that the seeds planted by myself and many other people have borne fruit. One of my two major passions has made a difference. Observing this success, as reflected in my Voyager, has been validating and healing for me. I have discovered that I am leaving a legacy for those who will follow me.

Sheri B

Sheri B - Voyager

I discovered I have been overly committed to too many things for too long. Though I cannot yet proclaim to have hewn my focus of time down effectively yet, I can definitely say that since being a part of the P3 program, I have felt a larger pull for simpler focii. In December, I arrived at five: Divided by Zero, DAIPANbutoh, Youth, School, P3.  Interestingly, new compelling opportunities (like being choreographed in a trio by an esteemed butoh master from Japan) had to be let go in favor of my "five-finger plan." The space between the fingers has lent all sort of enriching vantage points as well, though not perhaps the focused friends of a "forward-moving life”.   Life and being has begun, here and there and more and more, to reflect my art and spiritual qualities. Remembering the latter seems to be the most significant discovery, and one worth practicing! It can become easy to get pulled off on a material tangent - some sickness, sin, problem etc.  Looking that direction will never solve the problem, though.  I'm learning to see broadly, trustingly, wisely, and from the heart. From here, I feel I belong in the next phase of the U.S.A. and global village life.

My passion involves integration and spiritual development. I love delving into uncharted territories via precise vantage points such as butoh and mathematics. Piercing the integration points, opening environment to artistic, loving, courageous tendencies-- these are some of the aims of my new dance choreography, Divided by Zero. Blending a mathematic-pictoral-symbolic-tuboh-fu, the score is an exploration of e, pi, the imaginary number, 1, & 0.

Delbert R

Delbert R - Voyager

My passion is The American History Traveling Museum: The "Unspoken" Truths. The museum chronicles the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to chattel slavery, the experiences and impact of chattel slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the many contributions African Americans have had on scientific, cultural and technological (inventions) innovations in the U.S. and in the world. I utilize a pedagogy of multi-media story boards, authentic artifacts, and oral interpretation (storytelling). The museum's focus: the non-sanitized versions of American History. My goal is to provide information to learners of all ages and cultures that will inspire them to seek their knowledge which will assist them in developing their own "Truths".

I was encouraged to apply for this project by a good friend. I hope the P3 Project will assist me with international exposure which will assist my personal/professional growth. I have discovered the importance of trust, transparency, and the power of openness. More importantly: positive self-worth, identity, and personal VALUE.

Hallie E

Hallie E - Guide

Seattle is such a great place to live, and knowing yourself and having direction in life is essential, from my point of view. Joining P3 was a great way to blend my love for Seattle and helping others. I am great at executing a plan, but struggle with staying engaged and focused when I am uncertain about an outcome or what I should do. This exercise was/is hard for me because it's about a journey, but I don't know where I'm supposed to go...which as it turns out is part of the journey. If I can helps someone solve a problem or relieve stress, I have had a good day. Similarly, a great day outside with physical activity raises my spirit and energizes my week. Laughing until my sides hurt and spending time with family and loved ones is essential to energizing my year.

Mike G

Mike G - Voyager

My whole life I've followed my own path.  I know that the easiest path to take is the one that everyone wants you to take, the one that's least different from the mainstream, the one that's most boring to me. With P3 I felt I could continue to dare myself to be true to my heart, and that the people I met would inspire and encourage me. I grew up in the suburbs, a white male, good student, leader, expected to do big things in the world. Instead I've continued to surprise myself with a ferocious defense of my own dreams. From UW Political Science grad, to window washer, to traveler, to budding spiritual herbalist . . . it has taken a lot of courage for me to do what I've done. I think it's an interesting story: it would have been easy for me to end up sitting in an office making a crap load of money. It's been the hardest thing in the world to reject that and seek my own satisfaction.

This year has been truly the most profound year of my life. I've learned I have tenacity, that my passion for learning is impressive, even to myself. I've learned I'm far more capable of accomplishing something seemingly impossible than I could have imagined. I've learned I have a lot to heal. At the center of this whole experience is learning how to communicate from heart consciousness. The heart is the primary sensory processor of the space that's immediately around us. I'm learning to put my head in its proper role-- as the cunning problem solver that helps the heart navigate the world.

Daniel K

Daniel K - Voyager

I joined P3 in order to reserve more time in my life to truly think about my passions. I have so many, like music, drama, sports, and a newfound one, robotics. In deciding to start on a path in this program, I made a decision to look into and explore what I knew and what I wanted to do with my life. I have always known that I want to do something that I love. I never was the one to say "I want to be a fireman!" I always just said that when I grew up, I wanted to be alive. Through the P3 project I have changed to be much more specific with my answers. And I have forced myself to be much more open about trying new things and looking into my own self to see how I feel about what I am doing. One great example of this is my decision to join robotics. Normally, I wouldn't have even thought twice about joining, but because of this project, I decided to try it out, and I loved it. This experience added robotics, and subsequently engineering, to my list of passions. The project has also helped me discover what would not work in life as a career, but what obviously could stay a passion of mine. I realized that I probably would not be a professional actor, musician, or athlete, but I still continue to enjoy those things. All in all, this project has helped me discover how my passions will play out later in my life, and also how I can develop and find new passions along the road there. In the end, my passion (because I have so many) truly is LIFE; as long as I keep living the way my passions dictate, I will be able to enjoy all of what I do.

Marjorie R

Marjorie R - Voyager

This project seemed to mirror my own interests. I work in adult education and am always exploring cutting edge research about how learners engage, what gets them fired up, and what makes the difference in terms of success. With neuroscience making new discoveries about the plasticity of the brain, the development of Universal Design for Learning environments, and the array of resources that interactive uses of technology offers, educators and educational systems have new opportunities to explore a wider variety of learning environments than has been possible in traditional learning systems in the past. In this project I can blend my interest in how people learn with a rare opportunity to focus on and be reflective about my own learning process.

What have I discovered about myself? I have always thought that one of my strengths is that I am highly creative and self-motivated, and if I want to learn how to do something, I figure it out myself. I am discovering that the flip side of that strength is that when I bump up against places where I need or would benefit from help, I don't know how to ask or seek it out; I am used to figuring it all out on my own. I think that the places where I get stuck are often places where I need to look around and find helpful resources. So I am learning to seek out others who have expertise in areas I am lacking, for support.

My passion at this time is about women raising their voices. Finding my own voice was a very powerful experience for me. I think voice is about feeling like you are able to be authentic; that you are able to offer your unique perspective of life and that you will be heard and valued. Even in the 21st century we live in a world that is still dominated by men's stories. The act of sharing one's voice can be empowering for the person telling their story, but also adds a different perspective on reality, and in that way enriches the world for all of us.