So, today I’m coming clean.
I’ve been brewing up something deliciously exciting with someone new in my life and I’ve been keeping it under wraps. Not even my husband knows about it. Today I had to ask myself why I would be keeping this all to myself. I’m not sure I have a complete answer to this question, but I suspect it has to do with the newness of this direction for me, and also to do with how deeply integral it feels to my soul. I’ve been quietly meditating, envisioning and strategizing on how I will take my coaching business in a direction so much more inspired by some of my very deeply held beliefs.
I had no idea how scary this would be.
It’s like exposing my inner self. I feel vulnerable….and yet I also feel a sense of expanding power, like I’ve finally figured out how to weave all the threads of my life and learning into a lovely and strong tapestry. It’s all starting to make sense.
Have you ever met someone and instantly (I mean, faster than instantly) felt the spark of recognition? Felt how that person filled a space you didn’t know was missing until that instant? Felt the resonance, but also the sense that together you could do bigger things?
Nancy and I met at a business development retreat and in the first paragraph of our conversation declared that together we would design yoga inspired leadership retreats for women. And in the next paragraph of that conversation we had the essence of these retreats verbalized.
And it all made sense.
I realized that the missing piece in my vision for women, my vision for leadership and my vision for my business is …..that for women to expand their voices and have full confidence in their leadership, their mentorship, coaching and training must be infused with the recognition that women think, operate and lead differently than what the current paradigm and outdated patriarchal style of leadership training holds up as our guide. Why are women encouraged to be more like men in order to lead? This makes no sense. If women are not able to lead from authenticity, from the source of their innate superpowers that only women possess, the diversity of ideas and wisdom women could bring to the table gets lost.
And so, now I’m ready to put it out into the world.
Nancy and I are still co-creating the details, but what we can share is this:
Knowing that women possess different superpowers than men do, we have created a whole new model of leadership retreat for women - one inspired by the wisdom of yoga, the wisdom in our bodies and the wisdom of the co-active coaching model which values real connection, intimacy, self-awareness, listening deeply to ourselves, and nurturing ourselves, while listening deeply to and nurturing the best in others.
Our model is a journey which supports women in the nuanced re-discovery of the values, strengths and wisdom that inform and inspire us, the practices that restore us, and the actions that give our lives fulfilling meaning.
I know that when women abide in their true nature they lead confidently, authentically and powerfully.
That women will transform the way we live and lead and will spark a revolution.
And so, what is our new leadership retreat called? Phoenix-Hearted Woman.
I’m pretty excited.