Selected by Magnificent Midlife Podcast host Rachel Lankester
Do you want a different life, new things in your life? Are you following your true passion and purpose? Do you know what’s going to fill you with excitement when you get up each morning? Listen to our fabulous guests who’ve followed their dreams, and be inspired that anything is (still) possible. You can still find your passion and purpose – even if you’re not sure what those might be!
Sam Walker is host of the fabulous Sam Walker’s Desert Diaries podcast, which she started to document her move from Manchester, UK to Phoenix, Arizona. Sam is a master storyteller, an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster, a multiple podcast producer and presenter, an author and a woman who’s encountered coyotes, snakes and scorpions in the desert. Since we recorded this she won three (yes three) awards at the British Podcast awards!
An interview with Laurie Mucha, the charming founder of the Feminista Film Festival. Laurie shares all about how she came to set up her own film festival and the lessons she’s learnt. She’s created something amazing out of nothing! She followed her dream and now lives her passion!
I interview Julie Owen Moylan, author of That Green-Eyed Girl – before she even had a publishing deal! We talk about all things writing, inspiration, and finding one’s authentic voice. There’s lots of laughter here. Julie followed her dream even when it seemed impossible! She’s since gone on to publish a bestselling book, with two more waiting to be published. Julie’s Books: That Green Eyed Girl and 73 Dove Street: An Emotionally Gripping New Novel Set In 1950s London
Nadine Kelly was a medical doctor for many years but gave it up to become a yoga instructor. She has a fascinating story to tell about why she did that and how she lives her life now. Her own passion certainly became her purpose and what she does now brings her true happiness.
Hattie Voelcker went from being a barrister to retraining as a performance coach, working particularly with singers. That change was partly driven by ill health, but was also her passion, her own unique gifts and has become her purpose. She’s so wise and inspiring! And great fun too.
Meet the very lovely and straight-forward Elizabeth Temperley-Shell who went from working in corporate design to retraining as an acupuncturist, inspired by her journey through infertility. Anything is possible if you want it enough. It can often take a while to find our true purpose but Elizabeth is a great example of the impact you can have when you do what really inspires you.
Meet Alisoun Mackenzie, coach, author, retreat leader, yoga teacher and speaker amongst other things. She’s passionate about enabling all of us to make more of a difference in the world and is always on the lookout for new opportunities to do meaningful work in the world. She talks about the greater impact we can have, especially through volunteer work.
Have you ever wanted to do something completely different to what you actually do? My guest Dr Kristina Dervaitis is an obstetrician and gynecologist who has reinvented herself as a singer/songwriter and released a beautiful new album. Now she does both her passions and has modified her life to make that work. She’s battled with imposter syndrome, had to step right out of her comfort zone and has gone ahead with her dreams. The result is sublime. We talk about her dramatic midlife reinvention.
Meet the very lovely Rachel Peru who went from nursery school teacher to successful curve and silver-haired model in her 40s. Rachel’s waving the flag for older, more diverse women in the media. She’s going from strength to strength since embracing her authentic self, keeping an open mind to possibility and stepping forward to shine.
How to work out your passion and purpose checklist
Questions/ideas to consider
What are you most passionate about? What are the most important things in your life? What’s the driving force behind you, your true passion? What does your inner compass tell you, if you listen hard enough to it?
Have you ever felt you had a life’s purpose? What was it? What did you dream of doing when you were younger? What were your dreams for life in high school?
What are you really good at? What do you family members think you are particularly skilled at? Are there any common themes between what you love or loved to do and what you’re really good at?
If you died tomorrow what would be your biggest regrets? Can you do anything now to change that and create the best version of your life going forward?
What do you do now that causes you to lose track of time (in a good way)? Is that something you could do more of and would that bring more of a sense of your own passion to the rest of your life?
Does your current career path excite you or do you need to go in a new direction? What does a good job look like to you? What are its key ingredients? Would you like a new job?
Passion and purpose are evolving concepts. You may get a clear vision of those now, but everyday life may change what your life purpose and passion are. Our values change as we become older adults too and finding purpose may become something completely different later in life. So be prepared for your passion and purpose to change as you age – there’s nothing wrong with that. You may need to make regular changes and find new inspiration to create a more fulfilling life at different times of your life.
If you want help discovering your passion and purpose, check out our Revitalize Self Study online course. It’s a transformational online journey of self-discovery, exploration and rejuvenation to help you reconnect with yourself, re-energize, refocus, and start the process of becoming who were always meant to be. So you can reclaim your get up and go, stop feeling like you’re wasting time, start taking action and create a magnificent next chapter. Don’t let anything hold you back – your time is now!
Why not explore more…
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Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by Editorial Staff