You could say, I've been an experiential learner!
I've learned a lot of things the hard way. I wouldn't change a thing because it's given me a whole skill set and perspective on life that I am able to share with you, as a result of my adventures.
My Mother was the Empress in my home. She was a fabulous, dynamic, woman leader. I aspired to many of her characteristics. She was a force of nature. If she wanted something she made it happen; career, kids, beautiful home, artistic work, money, you name it. But she paid a cost for keeping it all together. She confided in me, eventually, that she was afraid that if she left one thing undone it would all come apart. That's the shadow side of the Empress-esque woman.
I decided I couldn't live up to that standard, and that my life was too sheltered, and I broke out of the mold that had been created for me early in my teens. Rebelling against a society that bred iniquities, I went out in search of my own tribe and path in life. That path took me many places. I dived deep into the world before it brought me here with the treasures I found at the bottom of the sea.
I went against the grain of convention in every imaginable way. I was a teenaged single Mother before I went to journalism school, struggling to figure out how to make a living at one of my artistic talents. I married a musician when my son was eight and moved to Vancouver away from my family. I freelanced in arts promotion, worked in retail fashion and generally survived somehow before my marriage broke up and I moved back here. I've struggled. I've had people live on my couch. I've stepped out of my comfort zone.
Throughout all of it, my Mother was a beacon. She never tried to hold me down, but she was my coach. She kept me accountable. It is her legacy that she taught me how to do that for other women. A legacy is something we live.
I gave myself over to Greenpeace and other non-profits to be of service to the planet and, in the process, got to know many Indigenous Peoples who are most impacted by resource extraction industries. I found myself in places that I never would have been if I hadn't taken the road less travelled. And I did travel; to New Orleans, Chicago, Germany, England, Belgium, California, Mexico and more. I saw these places with local activists and experienced things tourists don't see. I have immersed myself in everything i have done.
The trick for me has been learning not to stay in places after they have given me the experience I need for compassion. Poverty taught me everything it had to teach some time before I put it aside. I struggled to keep relationships past the time they served me, or the other person. And I thought that if everyone was equal I had to give them equally of my time. I learned that the sooner I let those things, thoughts and people who no longer served my purpose go that faster the good things in life came to me. Holding the things that are hurting you close are keeping your fulfillment away from you. We aren't all on a parallel path.
I was on my own spiritual path, encouraged by my Mother, and I saw the similarities between my connection with nature and the ceremonies that guided the Indigenous spiritual people I know. This made me dig deeper into my own ancestral memory and reclaim more of my own understanding of creation and manifesting.
These are the experiences and skills I bring to my coaching practise. I do what I do because I have a vision of the world we live in as a place where spiritual beings explore their manifesting abilities and follow the paths they came here to do. No matter where they started, or what challenges they face, the women go forward and carry on life. Supporting, challenging and helping women to be accountable for what they manifest is my passion.
Dynamic women leaders make the world go around