I recently turned 40 and started down a path of rediscovery. I am currently obsessed with consuming media that makes me think about who I am, where I am going, and how I am going to get there. Sometimes deep, sometimes funny, sometimes spiritual, sometimes practical, I am drawn to blogs, books, and podcasts that inspire me in some way. Here are a few of my favorites:
Faith and Spirituality:
I recently read Resisting Happiness, by Mathew Kelly. I found it inspiring, leading me to the Dynamic Catholic website. I participated in the “Best Lent Ever” daily e-mail devotional throughout the 40 days of Lent and am looking forward to picking up many more of his books. Here is the link to check out for yourself –Dynamic Catholic.
Another recent discovery is the fabulous Jen Hatmaker. She makes me laugh and makes me think, an amazing combination. I highly recommend Jen’s podcast “For the Love” as well as the following books:
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity
Here is a direct link to Jen’s website – Jen Hatmaker.
Health and Fitness:
Part of my turning 40 path to rediscovery involves finding my ideal weight and just staying there. I no longer want to be a human yo-yo, gaining and losing 40 pounds like a champion. To help me achieve this goal, I started following Corinne Crabtree of Phit-N-Phat. Her no-nonsense, basic approach to health and wellness has been so refreshing. I listen to her podcast regularly and follow her on social media. She is a little bit sassy and swears like a sailor, but is full of good sense advice. You can find Corinne at Corinne Crabtree of Phit-N-Phat.
I was a middle school runner. As an adult, I always wanted to be a runner, but never found a rhythm and instead started and stopped at least a dozen times. Now, thanks to Jill Angie and her Not Your Average Runner podcast, I consistently run 3 times a week and I LOVE IT! The NYAR podcast introduced me to interval running. I started small and every week I increase my run interval a little bit more. Using this method I have no pain and all the stress reducing, health benefits of running. Jill’s podcast talks about more than running and is a great way to work on your mind as well. It is part of my regular rotation. Click Jill Angie of Not Your Average Runner to head over to her website.
Business, Writing, and General Inspiration:
A friend of mine suggested I read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. The book was not readily available on my library app, so I placed it on hold. While I was waiting for my hold to arrive, I started following her on Social Media and discovered her podcast. I love her writing and her simple real life approach to life. She is inspiring me to reach for audacious goals, after all you never know if you can do something unless you try. I’ve now read Girl, Wash your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing and highly recommend both if you are looking for some inspiration to follow your dreams.