This word has been coming up over and over again for me lately; most recently and most significantly throughout this weekend when I was in Washington, DC training to become a barre3 fitness instructor. I had completely forgotten about this beautiful tea cup I’d bought a few weeks ago, until today when I thought again about that word.

Only ten minutes ago I was reading a section of “Tribe of Mentors” by Tim Ferriss, and Terry Crews was quoted as saying:

“Life is not a young man’s game. It is an inspired person’s game.”

He was speaking about letting go of competition and outworking people, and simply embracing your innate creativity, which allows you to work hard because you are inspired to, not because you have to.

I love this. I feel this when I am writing blog posts that spark something inside of me. I feel this when I am learning and training to become a barre3 fitness instructor. I feel this when I am simply moving and being active. I feel this when I am speaking to others about nutrition, health and happiness. I feel this way when I am teaching almost any subject.

These are the things that I need to carve out more time for. I want this to be a core desired feeling. Inspired.

We had to teach each other in our training this weekend, and I was paired up with this firecracker of a woman who I thought was so motivational. She told me that she could hold a squat or plank as long as I was there speaking to her. She said that I had this inspirational quality about me, and that I would make an excellent personal trainer, as well as fitness instructor.

This took me aback, because she’s the actor, the outgoing spirit, the brave individual in the room. But it meant a lot to hear that from her. And another one of my friends wanted me to know yesterday how inspiring I was posting my fitness journey on Instagram, and letting everyone see how I am becoming an instructor. Then again, in Tim Ferriss’s book, my heart caught when I read that line about being inspired.

The word inspire is going to be my mantra for 2018.

If something I am doing no longer inspires myself or others, I will find a way to eliminate it from my life. And more importantly, if something inspires me and those around me, I will do everything in my power to make that a larger part of my life.

I spent my 20s following the path laid out for me by mediocre minds, who although pure in their intentions to give me a safe and surefire trajectory to their lacklustre lifestyle, have also led me astray from the things that cultivate my creativity. I’ve spent a long time on that path, going about things the way anyone on autopilot would. I’m learning to forgive my past naive self, and leverage her pain to radically deviate from the beaten path.

Now, into my 30s, it’s time to make some bold choices, carve out my own ideal version of life inspired, and follow the path that is led by my heart and my heart alone.

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