What Inspires You

I think purpose is one of THE hardest things to find in our lives. Our parents, God willing, mold us, direct us until we can fly from the nest, and then we stand at this strange crossroads of life.  I didn’t know if I wanted to go to College, have a family, travel, or stay at home until I figured it all out. And it got me thinking a lot lately about my life, but especially about at what point did I get inspired to do the life choices I made. OR did they choose me?

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Let’s face it, life is life. We all have to work, pay the bills, and if lucky, have a family along the way to share in. But if not our lot in life, we may choose money over love, or vice versa, career over babies, or career at all…the point being there are SO many roads to travel, WHERE and WHAT inspired you?

So Craig and I got married young and had a baby right away. My compass was set at that time, and you just go where the sails may take you. He had gotten a job at a Manufacturing Plant in town, and he would be a line worker, making good money for a 19 year old.  He said he was obsessed with the movie “War Games” as a kid, and always wanted to deep dive into Technology.  One day he was asked to help with scheduling in the office at the Plant, and as he helped, little by little, he got to know their program and it became part of his job.  From that small spark, he would go on to climb the ladder of IT, without a day of College in his life. He was inspired from a movie, passion from someone believing in him, and now he works from home with a comfortable lifestyle we all enjoy.

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And what inspired me? I always loved to write…in school and out. I would write my own stories, imagining lands like OZ -hoping they existed.  I was the kid who made book reports incredibly long because, even as a kid, I needed to get my point across…albeit a long winded one.  English was always an “A” grade- always jumping at the opportunity to create art out of words. But ALL of that didn’t inspire me like one story did….also made into a movie. 

“Julie and Julia” was the film, and it is one of my absolute favorites for BOTH sides of what it brings! If you haven’t seen it, a girl named Julie Powell starts a blog in 2002 about going through Julia Child’s entire cook book, one recipe for one day, for an entire year (and then some, she would complete 524 recipes in total!) On top of Julie’s job being a crisis helper for 9/11 victims full time during the day, she would return to her cute apartment with her hubby and cook a new recipe every night.  (And carry ALL the ingredients on the subway- New Yorkers, I do not know how you do it!)  On the other side of it is Julia Child’s story on how she became the famous cook…her love of food and tenacity to learn in a world of Men….well that makes my womanly heart smile.

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Two of the same stories of learning something new, something out of their comfort zone until it wasn’t anymore.  Both fearless, both strong. God, I LOVE this movie! So yes, it inspired me to be a BETTER writer, to write from the heart and not so much from the head. To be fearless in my endeavors and that the will of wanting to be liked and accepted should not govern the opportunities that face you. I should tell you, I HATE cooking. So, it helped my writing and my thinking, but cooking was nothing I am interested in. Although Julia AND Julie make it interesting… maybe that will be another adventure in the future.

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It is amazing what inspires us…pay attention.

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