I love tangible examples of living and working inspired. 

It solidifies that following inspiration is more than just a nice idea, it’s a productive and viable way to live and work. It leads to collaborations and programs that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

And, it makes marketing easy, exciting, and more fruitful.

Toward that end I wanted to share a story about something that began unfolding last October, and as of today has manifested in two inspired programs that I’m excited to share with you:

1) The Get Inspired Challenge

I’m super excited about this collaboration with my friend Kevin Monroe, host of the Higher Purpose Podcast, where the seed of this collaborative effort was planted. This is a free online program designed to help you invite more inspiration into your life, every day for two weeks. This challenge is being held inside Kevin’s This Extraordinary Life community so you’ll have the chance to share the two-week journey with other like-minded people. Oh, and did I mention it’s free? 

2) 10 Ways to Get Inspired

I’m also excited to introduce my newest online course, 10 Ways to Get Inspired and Create a More Fulfilling Life: Finding and Making the Most of the Gifts of Inspiration in Everyday Life.

Now for the story behind these two inspired projects…

Last October, I spent a month in San Diego with my parents after dad fell and broke his hip. I basically checked out of my life and business for a month. 

Anyway, while I was in San Diego, I was scrolling my LinkedIn feed one morning, and I saw a post about Kevin’s Higher Purpose Podcast. I’d never heard of it before, but I thought to myself, that podcast would be a great place to talk about the book I’d just published. I made a mental note and let the thought go.

Over the next few weeks (and I joke with Kevin about this) it felt like Kevin was haunting my LinkedIn feed. Every day he was there! While we had been connected on LinkedIn since he took several of my online courses a few years ago, I honestly don’t recall ever seeing his posts before. And then all of sudden there he was, pretty much every single day. I noticed it, but that’s about all I did.

When I returned from the month with my parents, I saw that Kevin was hosting a Gratitude Challenge, and I thought to myself, I could really use a mental and emotional shift after the month I’d had. So I joined the challenge. Throughout that challenge, Kevin and I realized we had a lot in common. One day, Kevin reached out and asked if I wanted to have a one-on-one chat.

A few days later we did just that, and at one point Kevin asked about my book. When I told him it was called The Following Inspiration Experiment, he said it sounded like a topic perfect for his Higher Purpose Podcast. I sent him a copy and he told me if it passed his test (if he enjoyed it and if it was a book he’d recommend to others) he’d love to have me on the podcast.

A few weeks later we recorded Episode 127 Living an Inspired Life, the manifestation of the mental seed I had planted two months earlier, and a wonderful marketing opportunity for my book. Our podcast conversation inspired The Get Inspired Challenge. The Get Inspired Challenge inspired my new online course. None of this was planned. Each was an inspired idea that just showed up. And while creating these projects did require some work, they came together quickly and easily.

I also have another online course in the works; a collaboration with someone I met as a result of the podcast. And, I’m pretty confident that will not be the end of this string of inspired ideas, all birthed effortlessly and magically as a result of my setting an intention (to be on Kevin’s podcast), letting it go, and then paying attention to, and following, what showed up.

And that’s why I LOVE working inspired!

I’d just like to leave you with this…

What have you been able to accomplish when you’ve felt inspired?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could live and work like that more often?

Enroll in 10 Ways to Get Inspired here

4 thoughts on “The Magic of Working Inspired: A True Story”

  1. What fun to read your side of this story, Debbie! And as you know, The Gratitude Challenge itself was birthed out of inspiration. As you said, it’s not that there is not work involved. It just seems to FLOW so much easier.

    One way I’ve framed the difference is do I want to work out of inspiration or perspiration? Am I allowing amazing things to happen or am I trying to make amazing things happen?

    What Debbie wrote is true! For me to invite an author to join on the Higher Purpose Podcast two things MUST happen and let me assure you — not every author who sends a book makes it to the podcast. I think the stack of those who don’t make is taller than those that do.

    1. I love this: “Am I allowing amazing things to happen or am I trying to make amazing things happen.”

      I must say Kevin, even though I’ve been practicing following inspiration for more than 10 years now, I continue to be amazed at what happens when I’m able to let go and allow inspiration to lead the way. It’s truly magical.

      Not only did all of these amazing projects get birthed, but I gained a wonderful friend (that’s you BTW!)

  2. Debbie & Kevin, thank you for allowing your Inspiration to flow so easily. The Higher Purpose Podcast episode you mentioned truly has a great message and I am really looking forward to The Get Inspired Challenge that was birthed as a result!!

    I have equally enjoyed and benefited from Kevin’s natural presence and invitation to just show up and belong. I am looking forward to creating the same connection with you Debbie as I glean your insights on what an Inspired life looks like.


    1. Thanks Scott! Kevin and I are both very excited about this challenge, especially because the entire thing was birthed by inspiration!

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