Share Your Passion! Contest Winners. Check Them Out

Passion! It lies in all of us. Yes, the importance of PASSION has been expressed by many in different ways. Here are just a few …
“Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” – T. Alan Armstrong,
Author and Writer
“Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s something you’re tremendously passionate about.” – Steve Pavlina, Blogger and Author
“Never underestimate the power of passion.” – Eve Sawyer,
Author and Writer
“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.” – Denis Diderot, French Philosopher
“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” – E. M. Forster,
English Novelist
At Front Porch we believe in passion, we love passion and encourage everyone to express their passion. It’s a great, healthy way to live. As Front Porch’s director of communications it was my pleasure to organize the very first Front Porch Share Your Passion! Contest this year through my department. In doing so, Front Porch residents, employees, board members and donors were asked to submit a two-minute video or a two-page essay expressing their passion or someone else’s passion that inspired them.
Knowing our residents, employees, et al as I do, I was not surprised that the number of submissions numbered in the dozens. Wow, what passionate group! Music, art, sports, poetry, crafts, gardening … I could go on and on about the variety of submissions. But the best part about all of them were the enthusiasm expressed in the videos and essays.
Was it difficult to pick just eight winners from among all of the submissions? You bet it was. My Communications Team colleagues and I toiled over all the submission for hours. We discussed each one, compared notes and PASSIONATELY debated why we thought our picks were the best. It was tough but we finally agreed on the best eight.
We now invite you to take a look at those winners by visiting to see the videos and to read the essays. You can also link to the videos and essays via the Front Porch Facebook page at And while only the winning videos and essays are currently posted, over the next few months, we will post ALL submissions for your enjoyment, so please check back often.
Once again, thanks to all who participated. And by the way, if you have a passion you would like to share, tell us about it here on the Kaleidoscope blog page.
— Mike Martinez