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Rising Stars: Meet Ericka Bell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ericka Bell.

Hi Ericka, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been a mom for two decades. Inevitably, time has a way of dissolving familiar roles that once brought comfort through purpose, clarity and certain actions that needed to take place on the day to day.

All of a sudden my children became young adults taking with them my identity of a stay-at-home mom. I soon realized that I needed to find a new way of being if I wanted my second journey to be worth living.

I tired going back into familiar roles, such as task around the home and being a yoga teacher. It didn’t take me long to realize that the level of satisfaction I once felt in those familiar spaces no longer existed for me.

I saw it as a sign that it was time to take the leap and create that one thing that I had no idea how to create! Yet, secretly had a passion for finding away to connect women in their stories of living life … midlife specifically.

As it can be such a jolting period in living. I knew I wasn’t the only one having such an experience, so I figured why not shed some light on it by having some honest conversations. While sharing tangible tools to empower women in the process,

AND within a leap of faith I became a writer, a guest coordinator, a host, a brand creator and created my podcast: REAL TALK | Midlife by Design.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Is anything smooth outside of fro-yo? I believe my biggest struggle is like most humans. I’ve had to work through the all too familiar imposture syndrome.

The questions where a mix of the following thoughts. Yes, I’m a mom but why should anyone listen to me? True, I’m gonna be an empty-nester soon, yet do I really have any meaningful answers that could help other women?

AND of course it all really boiled down to was, am I qualified to be doing this, because I’m just a mom.

Ironically, the one thing that was motivating me to create The Zestful Movement was also the one thing that made me feel unqualified to bring my vision forward.

I’m certain that’s a relatable moment for anyone who has decided to bring their personal vision forward.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’d consider myself a curious curator, more than a creative.

Although, creativity is certainly part of the process from the communicating of ideas and learning to bring them forward in an impactful way for the preferred audience that could benefit from the information being gathered.

Which can be consumed in blog or podcast format depending of the preference of subscribers.

In this explanation, I’ve come to refer to myself as a Curator of Zest, because my purpose is supporting midlife women and helping them recognizing, with quality resources, that their second journey deserves their ownership.

In taking ownership of their lives, they can step forward and begin designing the life of their choosing without apology or guilt! I can’t think of anything more splendid or zesty than that for my listeners and followers.

As the host of REAL TALK | Midlife by Design I believe my listeners get to partake in honest conversations, that aren’t always savory. Yet necessary, as we learn how to navigate the aging process and the happenings that pair along with it, no?

In this process of becoming a podcaster, I’m really proud that I’ve had the gumption to ask what would be considered out of reach guests like, Antonio Neves the author of Stop Living on Auto-Pilot and Anthony Trucks, the author of Identity Shift.

These are people that have a true presence in the speaking, self-help, coaching arena and I’m proud to say they’ve also been my guest on the podcast. Really a great moment for me and my listeners.

With that being said, I do believe that is also how I am unique in the field of midlife women platforms. In the fact, that yes, Midlife by Design is for women and I still think it’s important to have male perspectives on my platform.

I’ve also had guest from literally around the globe from New Zealand to Utila. I believe human experience helps us connect, as perspectives helps us grow into better versions of ourselves.

What makes you happy?
Simplicity makes me happy. I honestly believe we’re not on the planet to embrace and carry struggle.

I believe we are here to observe, to learn, to connect and to expand into what’s truly possible for our individual selves.

When we let go of struggle and seek ease in process. To be clear, that doesn’t mean void of challenge and never experiencing pain.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite, It’s choosing to meet obstacles, witness our roles within them, gain the knowledge we need in the moment and continue to evolve in process for a lifetime.

The simplicity is acceptance of process and lack of attachment to outcomes.

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