Passion projects; we all have them. That one thing you promise yourself you will do every New Years, Christmas, Birthday, etc., but with each year you don’t. So when I received a Facebook message from my friend Christine Oneto last year, announcing that she had completed her passion project, I was beyond excited. Her passion project was finishing her non-fiction book titled One Woman’s Voice and How Using Yours Can Start A Revolution.

After I finished the book, I wanted to meet up with her and discuss with her how she conceived of this particular project and why was this was the topic she chose to write about. Over some sandwiches, Oneto confessed that being an author was not always on her bucket list.

“I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I was 30.  I realized this is what I loved and was passionate about,” said Oneto.

She came upon the idea of a book a few years ago when she took a seminar class.

“We were asked to list our complaints. Then, the next day, we were ask to list how we can turn those complaints into opportunities. Most of my complaints were about how it was to be a woman in the U.S.,” stated Oneto.

She then decided the best way to turn her complaints into an opportunity was to write a book about it.  She hired a writing coach and started on writing her book by hand. Yes, you read that right: in this digital age Oneto decided to write by hand.

“It’s great to see what you write, it helps your confidence and you become more passionate about it, plus for me at least it helps with the creativity,” Oneto stated.

Oneto’s book posed some serious questions for women to ask themselves about how they speak up in different situations. From speaking up about violence against women to being open to gaining lessons from elders, Oneto aimed to push her readers to evaluate their lives and the usage of their voice. One of my favorite parts of the her book, was the section where she shared that she spoke up after a male guest made some insensitive jokes about women. This man had the nerve to make these jokes in a room full of women in Oneto’s own home.

Once the book was published, she had to work on promoting it.

“I’m really the worst self promoter,” said Oneto. But she created a separate Twitter account for her book. She stated that as an author, you have to have a platform.

So what’s left on her bucket list?

“Traveling some more and getting back into mentoring. I use to mentor with CASA and worked with elementary school students. Watching them blossom was wonderful,” stated Oneto.

Now what’s on your bucket list?