Who are your "four"?

I don't know about you, but the number four has been coming up for me a bunch lately. There was last week's Final Four (damn you, Duke, for beating my Badgers!!!). Then I saw the movie "Insurgent" which has a main character named Four (who's not too bad to look at:) Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 2.08.59 PM A little Four for your're welcome :) Finally, I went to the Sunday service at the Center for Spiritual Living and the talk was all about the people after whom we model our lives. And how many did the speaker suggest we name? Yep, you guessed it. (By the way, it was an amazing talk and you can listen to it here.) He said that, while we're all individuals creating our own lives, sometimes it helps to seek inspiration from others who have what we want in life. He suggested we keep their names where we could see them daily to help us during those times when we feel a little lost. He also challenged us to think of four people in our lives who have made such an impact. I thought it was an awesome exercise, so here are my four (in no particular order): 1) Elizabeth Gilbert - author I first read Eat, Pray, Love in 2007 when I was at a real crossroads in my life. I was married to a wonderful man whose dream in life was to be a father. When I got married, I truly believed that I, too, would eventually want children - I just thought my "clock" hadn't kicked in yet. Well, it never did, and my body became sicker and sicker as I tied myself in literal and figurative knots trying to decide between the man I loved and the different life I wanted. Reading the first chapter of Elizabeth's book was like drinking water after crossing a desert. I drank it in, amazed at how it felt like I was listening to my best friend tell me a story, and so thankful that there was at least one other person out there who knew exactly how I felt. That book gave me the courage to claim the life I truly wanted. 2) Esther Hicks - author Hearing Esther translate the message of Abraham was a huge turning point in my life. Prior to learning about the Law of Attraction, I believed I was a victim of circumstance, that life was happening "to" me, and that I had very little control. I wasn't voted "Most Pessimistic" in 8th grade for nothing! Once I learned and applied the teachings of Abraham to my life, things changed immediately. I realized that I was creating my life, one thought at a time, and if I had created something I didn't want, I had the power to change it into something I did. It has taken years for the message to sink in, but as it gradually does, my life gets better and better, and I get happier and happier. 3) Marie Forleo - business coach If you don't know Marie, you should. She is a powerhouse online marketing guru who works with the likes of Sir Richard Branson and Tony Robbins. Her humorous hip-hop style is infectious, and, at the same time, she serves up some seriously powerful advice on how to create a business and life that you love. Watching Marie every week on her award-winning Marie TV show is what inspired me to create Shift Bars. I knew I had something special to share with the world, but didn't know exactly what that was until I started following her work. She gave me the confidence to be my authentic self in my business and have fun along the way. 4) Shailene Woodley - actress I first saw Shailene in "The Descendants" with George Clooney, but I fell in love with her when I saw her give Jimmy Fallon a lesson about chaga mushrooms and herbs. This girl is fearless in living life on her own terms. She doesn't own a cell phone, couchsurfs at friend's homes during breaks from filming movies, and is super-vocal about natural health, protecting the environment, and creating stronger roles for women in film. As an actor, I know how easy it is to go along with what someone says when that someone can give you a job. Shailene's commitment to being herself, when other actors her age are usually more concerned with which Prada bag to carry to their next nightclub appearance, is so refreshing. Honorable Mention: Julie Wilson - Founder of Hot Rawks I met Julie years ago at a raw foods retreat and instantly loved her. She is one of the creators of Hot Rawks, the only raw and natural libido enhancer for men and women. She's so unapologetically herself that you can't help but look her way. From her undying love of Mötley Crüe to her hilarious appearances on Howard Stern, Julie built Hot Rawks up from the ground into a thriving business. She recently sold the company to focus on spending more time with her son before he leaves for college. She is living proof that you can be a sexy female and still kick a$$ in the boardroom. So there are my models. I have been blessed to meet two in person, one on the phone, and am looking forward to connecting with the others at some point in this crazy ride we call life... Who are your "four"? Who inspires you to live your best life? Please give them a shout-out over on our Facebook page. And if you never have told them about the positive effect they have had on your life, I challenge you to this week - I am sure it would make their day. Inspiring each other is one of the juicy blessings of life - Click to Tweet. And don't forget to follow us on Instagram. Our tribe is growing and I want you to be a part of it! May the "four" be with you :-) Emily