Time to BE YOU.
In 2005 I was working in health care as a leader, tasked with identifying how else we might support leadership that “worked”. Who knew this one project would lead me into an entirely new chapter of my own life, leadership & service.
The pathways of growth and development since then have taken me to the edge of what I could NEVER have imagined. Today, glancing back, I smile. It’s been (and continues to be) a wild journey of challenge and joy-filled passageways of discovery. Discovery that has led me home, to myself.
I’ve met incredible pioneers of science and the mystical. I have studied ancient systems of health, healing and evolution. I have explored the edges of frontiers of what it means to be a human. I have come home in the context of living as a spiritual being having a human experience.
Had I known where I would be as a result of all of this, would I have still chosen to step off and out of the path that had been set before me? Yes.
Even though I’ve bumped up against all of the conditional rules of life, leadership & service I’d been oriented to, lost many friends along the way and have come to spend more time alone, I cannot even imagine where I could have been, had I not. Well, I do know. I would be living out a life that was not mine to live. Friends, family and colleagues shake their head when they try and understand what exactly I am up to. Truth be told, many times I am not even sure.
And yet, I feel inspired and aligned. Each day I am excited to get out of bed and put one foot in front of the other. How I relate to “plans” has shifted dramatically over the past decade. I am more flexible, adaptable and open to changing my mind. For many years I felt locked in by choice. Completely unaware that one could change her mind. I lived waiting for others to change theirs, and then course corrected accordingly. This is no longer meaningful for me. As the reclaimer of choice for mySelf, this has and continues to foster a dance with “other”. Exciting times are a foot for all of us in our ME & WE dance, if we’re willing to re-imagine it.
There is a swimming against a current for those of us who wake up to a call to lead as the woman we are.
We’re challenging the status quo. We’re hard to pin down & we rebel against any attempt to place us in a box.
Pursuing the AND of life is my mission.
Supporting women to empower experience in community that BOTH feels & does good is, for me, paramount. I choose to play some part, however small or big this may be.
In my heart I know it’s not enough to rise as women leaders. It’s who we choose to become when we’re there. It’s how we choose to relate with one another as we grow and lead.
Today, it feels like there is no clear path of how to be & do leadership. If there were, wouldn’t we be doing a heck of a lot better in our personal, professional and societal contexts?
Our context in so many ways if filled with chaos, change & uncertainty. The days of change management I feel have flown out the window in many ways. Don’t get me wrong, there is much to learn from the profound science & art of change management. And, as much as we can develop and work the plan, we often can’t envision what’s around the corner. People are showing up tired, depleted and stressed. Fight or flight has become our new state of being. Yikes…
Where do we look? Well, there is always one thing that travels with you when the binders, books and courses sit on the shelf @ home or in your office, and, that is YOU.
What does this mean for how we live, lead & serve?
I love this quote….
This quote is a bit of a mind bend. For me, it offers a great reminder of the mystery of life. An invitation to be curious and accept that what I see in this moment isn’t necessarily all that is happening. It’s an invitation to embody inner states that as women I feel we’re innately bestowed with.
Lead as the Woman You Are is a new service I am launching. It is a birthing of a project that has been gestating for close to a decade now! Wow…
There are three upcoming workshops I have designed for women to grow & learn in community that will support us to empower new experiences of being & leading in community that both feel and do good.
It’s a start point, an invitation to stop the search for “the way” and get back in touch with leading as the women we are.