“Sparks” is a recurring feature bringing you five topics to ignite inspiration every first week of the month.
Lazy Sundays – are there anything better? Reflecting on this past month, there can’t be two more apt words to describe it besides “relaxation” and “reflection”. I quit my job, started Passion Initiative, and made decisions concerning my life goals. I’m nervous about the future, but completely excited at the same time. I attribute acquiring the courage to do all of these things to the influential people that have motivated me through their work. From psychologist Meg Jay to life coach Christine Hassler, people who pave their own path and sincerely care for others make for the best leaders. I include many close friends and family in this category too. The thoughts in this month’s article focuses on inspiring individuals such as these.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
I read the above article last week on Elite Daily, and it motivated me to create a blog post of my own about writing goals. As stated on his bio, the author traveled the world, wrote two books and gave a TED talk – all before turning 23 years old. He talks about the decisions he made that went against the grain, and how he challenged himself to do what seemed impossible.
House-tastic! Soulful vocals make for an uplifting stunner. Incredible. The lyrics in Bakermat’s “Teach Me” also make a lovely parallel to the mentor-centric pieces in today’s post. Bakermat never fails to deliver with beautiful, upbeat music. Feel good tunes at their best.
TED talk by Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20
Because I’m in my twenties, this presentation especially resonated with me. What struck me most was the research stating that the majority of life’s defining moments happen before your mid-thirties. This caused me to think about what I want to accomplish by the time I’m thirty. Time has a way of putting things into perspective. This doesn’t only go for young adults, but people of every age. What do you want to accomplish in the time you have, and what can you do to achieve it?
Synopsis as stated on the TED website:
“Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twenty-somethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.”
Christine Hassler is one of my favorite self-help book authors. “Expectation Hangover” was excellent and I recommend it to anyone who feels disappointment and seeks to make changes in their life. She provides thoughtful exercises for reflection and strategies for growth along with multiple anecdotes from a variety of sources with the research to back them.