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Discovering My Passion Over a Burger with Bacon

My journey with PSI Seminars started in November of 2006. I remember driving to a Basic presentation thinking to myself I want to get involved in giving back, doing community service projects, and providing for the less fortunate. I had never done that type of thing and didn’t know where to begin or even what I wanted to do. I arrived at the presentation and a month later I was taking the Basic.

I sat for the first two days thinking I knew this stuff…and then Saturday, “the game”. Ok, so I realized in that moment that although I knew this stuff, I was definitely not applying it in my life. I knew that I needed to look deep into myself and discover what was hiding inside. I immersed myself into all the classes PSI Seminars offered. I enrolled in PSI7 January ’07, started PLD January ‘07, and went to WLS April ’07.

In September of 2007 I went to my first Principia. It was an amazing experience. During one of the sessions there was a video of a Giving Day project. It was so exciting to see a group of people giving back, especially at Christmas time. In that moment I remembered my desire to give back. And as Basic Seminar graduates know “to think is to create”, I was nominated to be the lead for Giving Day LA 2007. Oh my gosh, I was completely honored, excited, and scared. It was already the middle of October and Giving Day was less than seven weeks away. It was my first time really looking at myself as a leader. I pulled my resources, gathered my PSI peeps, and in seven weeks we provided 39 HIV positive women and 82 of their children and grandchildren with Christmas. I remember feeling so happy for the families and seeing how grateful and appreciative they were. We had made a difference. I was already thinking what I could do for the next Giving Day. I have continued Giving Day LA, as well as getting involved in other service projects.

My next big project was with a group of PSI grads who wanted to make a difference. We named the group Operation Project Hope (Helping Other People Everyday). We had a day of service and beautification at a very needy school in Los Angeles in 2011. Our goal was to make this a yearly event; unfortunately our commitment was surpassed by life events. So in 2013 we committed ourselves and had our second OPH project, another day of service and beautification with over 600 volunteers. I was completely blown away by the support and the gratitude from the principal, students, teachers, parents and even some of the neighbors to the school. They couldn’t believe a group of people cared so much.

A few days after that event I got together with a good friend of mine for lunch at a quaint café in Topanga. I ordered a cheeseburger, add bacon. After the waitress took our order I pulled out my phone to show my friend the pictures from my latest OPH2 project. I scrolled through showing him picture after picture; I was so excited and proud of this event. I kept showing him pictures from the event until my burger with bacon was in front of me. I took a couple bites and my friend said to me, “You are so lucky to have found your passion.” I stopped midbite and said, “What do you mean?” He said, “The work you do with these projects and the giving at Christmas, you are so passionate about it. You should figure out how to get paid to do what you love”.

I pondered what he said for a minute and then realized that my giving was so instinctively natural and felt like what I was supposed to be doing that it never even crossed my mind that that IS what passion is. I was so excited, I DO HAVE A PASSION! I picked up my burger, add bacon, smiled at my friend and realized I discovered my passion…while having a burger!

I am so grateful for my journey of self-discovery through all the tools offered from PSI Seminars. Givers Gain really resonated with me at my Basic and in keeping that in my mind, I have continued to give on a bigger level and in that I discovered my passion. I am so excited to expand my giving and passion. I am headed to Camp Choice this week and when I return I will get the ball rolling for Giving Day LA 2013. My passion for giving is endless.'

Julie Leaf


It’s so clear to me, and has been for a long time that giving is indeed your passion. So, many of us are lucky that that is simply just who you are!

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