I’m 34 years old and I’m ok with my upcoming 35th birthday because I’ve decided to trust God regarding being an older mom. Sure I’m not where I thought I would be by now but that’s ok, as long as I’m inching forward. If like me you’re in your 30s and life has been a bit boring lately and way too sedentary for your liking, read on about one real and one fictional (who’s so real!) who’ve inspired me. Both have qualities I’d like to have: openness, fun-seeking, fearlessness (or doing things despite their fear), and contentment.
Sarah Von Bargen
I subscribe to the email newsletters of a certain Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes and they’re the only email newsletters I look forward to receiving each week because her enthusiasm for life jumps off the page at you. Since I’m an inspiration junkie, the fact that she seems to be constantly inspired and has worked to fill her life with things she wants to do appeals so much to me.
I was genuinely surprised when I learned a couple of weeks ago that she’s 34, like me! I would never have guessed, because of her carefree vibe and her looks—my guess would have been mid-to-late 20s—I want to appear younger than I am!. She makes lists of things she wants to try and actually does them! She comes up with smart things we all know but need to hear again and again like her Bad/Break rule: When something or someone is making you feel bad, you need to make a break for it. She’s built a location-independent business and creates tons of value for people both on her “personal” blog and her business website. I know, I’m totally smitten! I’m not only inspired by the life she’s created but by the fun and energy that jump out at me when I read her work.
Lately I’ve been content to relax at home or at someone else’s house instead of doing stuff—there’s a time for both but I need to be more active if I want to change my current circumstances. If I follow through with my goals for 2014 then there will definitely be more activity in my life.
Erica is the fictional heroine of the awesome Canadian show Being Erica. She’s a 32 year old who’s dealing with the fact that life hasn’t turned out at all as she expected—she hasn’t found a career despite having a masters degree, she’s single, and she feels a bit like a failure as you can imagine. She has a lot of regrets in her life and at her lowest point she meets Dr. Tom, who has the ability to let her revisit her past and have a do-over, to see if changing her actions in certain situations would actually change anything in the present day. There are so many lessons to be learned from the show and I totally fell in love with the story line, which showed Ms. Erica slowly coming into her own as a confident and self-aware woman (Note: it’s not a Christian show so there are some elements that may not sit well with everyone!).
I’m not a big tv person so I’m glad I listened when a friend insisted more than once that I get my hands on the show because I was hooked from the first episode! In that episode Erica tells her family and friend “I’m suffocating under the weight of your collective disapproval” and I can relate to that, though in my case it’s my own disappointment that gets me. Anyway, I watched all four seasons last year and I just started watching them again last week. The show is aspirational and inspirational and it would be handy to have my own physical Dr. Tom around to challenge and guide me. I guess this is why people pay for life coaches—I have no doubt that a good one can help anyone move ahead in their life.
I discovered Joyce Meyer’s Enjoying Everyday Life podcast recently and I’m enjoying the bible-based insight she shares that really is for everyday life. I wish I could say I start each day by reading my bible and doing my devotions, but the truth is most days all I manage is to say “Thank you God for another day on your earth” before rushing to work. The Power Thoughts series was apt because it’s about things you have to start or stop thinking if you want to change your outlook on life, which in turn will actually lead to a changed life.
Who’s inspiring you right now?