Tips On How To Revive Purpose and Passion In Midlife

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As I sat down to record another episode of ‘Crank It Up,’ I couldn’t help but feel a sense of excitement bubbling inside me. This podcast has become a medium where I can reach out to others like me, women in midlife, and share the journey of reviving passion and purpose in midlife.

Today, I’d like to peel back the curtain and share some insights from my latest episode, reflecting on how we, as individuals blossoming in midlife, can reconnect with our inner sparks and align with our true purposes.

Finding Your North Star

Midlife, stretching from around 35 to 70, is a tapestry woven with the threads of experiences, changes, and shifts. It’s marked by both the tangible – perhaps empty nesting or a career pivot – and the intangible, like the internal prompt for personal introspection.

  1. Reflect on your past roles: Look back on your past experiences; which ones made you feel like you belonged? For me, transitioning from teaching high school English to leading group fitness classes at the YMCA was an ‘Aha!’ moment.
  2. Stay curious: Curiosity is the compass that leads us to our North Star. Teaching fitness, speaking on stages, and even spending simple, magical moments at Disney World with my children – each of these moments connected me with my purpose and confirmed that teaching and mentoring were my callings.
  3. Embrace change: The smooth transition from in-person fitness teaching to online classes amid a pandemic; the period when my husband retired. Each change, each new chapter comes with fresh opportunities to rediscover what brings us joy and fulfillment.

More Than a Single Story

Somewhere along the line, society drew a single-lane road for us women, marking motherhood as our sole purpose. But the truth is, our storybooks are filled with more than one narrative; we are more than just one role.

While motherhood is a profound part of who I am – and I cherish it dearly – I’ve found that my purposes run deeper, and they shift and evolve with time. The idea is to explore, to find what else lies within you. For instance:

  1. Exploring new hobbies can unearth hidden talents. Look at my father’s newfound love for painting post-retirement!
  2. Setting an example for the younger generation to follow their passions and dreams is in itself a purposeful endeavor. Jenny and I discussed in depth how our paths influence our daughters, and how we both strive to be live examples that there’s a world of possibilities out there.

It all comes down to authentically embracing our multitude of stories and allowing them to co-exist, each resplendent in its right.

Creating a Symphony of Joy

Find that feeling that lights you up – it’s there, waiting amidst the day-to-day. It might not be about grand gestures or changes; sometimes, it’s the simple acts that reenergize and recharge us.

Here’s what you can try:

  1. Volunteer for a cause that’s close to your heart. Like me, donating my time at a local shelter’s golf tournament concession stand.
  2. Establish a morning routine, a ritual that can spark joy and set the tone for the day ahead.
  3. Do not fear failure. Instead, embrace every chance for personal growth with courage and an open mind.

Life over 40 is all about not caring what others think and simply doing what makes us feel alive. So, get out there, have those high-vibe conversations, and remember that midlife can truly be your best season.

In reviving passion and purpose in midlife, it’s all about tuning into what makes your heart sing and going after whatever it is with all you’ve got. This journey, this quest towards fulfillment and well-being, is not just individualistic but also communal.

It’s about creating spaces where we can thrive together, lifting each other up.

Ultimately, our midlife season is ripe with possibilities. It’s a time to redefine, to rediscover, and to reignite the flames of passion and purpose within us. So, let’s celebrate this season of growth and transformation together, and make it one for the books!

Embracing Community and Finding Your People in Midlife

Embracing Community and Finding Your People in Midlife

10 Lessons For Reviving Your Purpose & Passion 

Discovering Purpose:

Engagement with purpose emerges through exploration and experiences, like teaching group fitness and witnessing joy in others.

Purpose Beyond Parenthood:

Recognizing you can have significant life pursuits beyond being a parent, enriching your identity.

Evolving Through Midlife:

Midlife brings changes that provide opportunities to realign with your passions and pivot in your career or hobbies.

Sustaining Joyful Teaching:

Realizing joy in mentoring allows for broad fulfillment beyond the confines of specific roles or locations.

Curiosity Sparks Growth:

Staying curious invites new experiences, which can open doors to untapped enthusiasms and personal development.

Fearless Exploration:

Embracing new ventures without fear of failure can lead to personal growth and a deeper understanding of oneself.

Legacy of Leadership:

Setting an aspirational precedent for future generations by actively pursuing your dreams and aspirations.

Fulfilment Through Connection:

Moments of deep connection with others, when present and serving, can be profoundly purposeful.

Transformation Through Curiosity:

Maintaining a learner’s mind keeps life dynamic and can extend towards finding purpose in unexpected places.

Empowerment Over 40:

Encouraging an attitude shift post-40 to worry less about external opinions and embrace a time for boldness.

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