women's circles

Vulnerable Leadership

My most valuable lessons in leadership came through my involvement as a founder and leader at the Women's Center for Wellness, now re-birthed as Authentic Women Circle. It was here that I came to understand that each one of us has our own best advice sacredly held within. I learned how to be a part of forming a safe container for others to come into direct communion with that inner wisdom. It was in these circles that I received and expanded some of my greatest training as a Life Coach. I witnessed again and again the truth that we all have equally important thoughts and ideas to share, that I need not have answers to anyone's life problems but my own. Life is a journey to grow and learn, to evolve into our highest potential through working our way through our individual life challenges as gracefully as possible. Circle

Here are some of my lofty, yet practical intentions when I lead.

* I let go of what may be occupying my mind and allow myself to release into the experience presented. (Meditation is some of the best self-training for this)

* I stay centered in myself to be keyed into what I hear, feel and see, and simply reflect that back. (Again mediation is a power tool)

* If intuitively I sense something of a deeper nature, I share this. (Oops yet again meditation hones this skill too)

* I share honestly from my own experience and perspective.

* I refrain from analyzing and evaluating, but rather approach every encounter as a "what is happening right now?" that is important and worthy of deeper understanding as a teaching tool for both myself and whoever I am with.

If you are growing your leadership skills, I invite you to try on my practices and see how they feel and how they impact whatever experience you are in. I'd love to hear how you do with it!

What Do You Stand For?

This weekend I went to The Art of Feminine Presence and I was wowed! A heartfelt thanks to the women who joined the experience and willingly opened themselves to the awesomeness of their femininity and power! I had an aha moment within the first hour of the process. As we were practicing a fun and enlightening walking exercise, I passed a woman whose name tag read "Laurel". What!!! Another Laurel? This had never happened before. In my nearly 57 years of life, I had not yet shared the space with another Laurel. I was jolted and became acutely aware of something in that moment.

I cannot rely on my name as a way to make me unique or stand out. In some subtle yet deep way, this was what I had been doing. I considered myself "special" because no one else had my name. Yikes. (I feel embarrassed just writing this).

What flashed into my mind is that I need my voice to let everyone know who I am, how I am unique and what I stand for. I will not rely on "Laurel" to get the job done any longer. If you have been reading my blog for a time, you know that I do have a voice and I stand for a few things. What do I stand for?

I stand for people knowing and loving themselves and valuing their unique gifts. I stand for finding the contribution that only you can make to the community of our humanity, the contribution that brings you joy. I stand for demonstrating kindness and respect, honesty and courage. I stand for discovering and claiming the essence of self, and dedicating to that experience. I stand for living in your deepest truth and aligning your life with that wisdom. I feel solid in my inner power because my life is a testimony to what I stand for and my voice aligns with all that I stand for.

On this lifetime journey of all that I stand for, I am not done using my voice in a powerful way. In fact, I may just be beginning :) And most importantly, the experiences that push me beyond my comfort zone - so that my comfort zone becomes greater - are the ones that open the doorway to discovering more of myself. As I stood before others and was held lovingly and appreciated fully, I started leaning into a stronger determination to claim more of who I am becoming.

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What do you stand for? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone to claim more fully what you stand for? How will you use your voice in service to yourself and the evolution of humanity? Where will your energy be directed? How will you be remembered when you are gone? I'd love to know. Please comment below <3

If you are interested in exploring your authentic self and leading your life from the inside out, consider attending my program this spring.