Quote I’m pondering:
“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”
— Jean Rhys
Book I’m devouring:
Dear Madam President: An Open letter to the Women Who Will Rule the World, by Jennifer Palmieri. The author looks at the Hillary Clinton campaign and offers candid and inspiring insight to future candidates (is that you?).
This book is so relevant for women leaders– not just political leaders, but leaders from every walk of life– business, family, community. There is lots of important insight here that will make you shake your head, that will empower you, that will give you confidence and most of all that will show you how supported you are.
In the chapter called Embrace Your Battle Scars, she invites leaders to…
“Show us what you have been through. It tells us we can survive… I think your battle scars can be a comfort to the rest of us. They will show us what you have endured and tell us what we can survive.”
Are you embracing your battle scars? Tell me your story, I’m all ears.
I thought a particularly beautiful chapter, called Nod Less, Cry More was especially insightful. Here she talks about how and why women leaders have tried to fit into a mold that was created by men for men… what do you think about this?
“Men spent centuries building the professional world, devising rules to make sure it was a comfortable place for them and that it was geared toward their particular qualities and skills. Like any good guest, women have looked for clues on how we are to behave in this foreign land. We have tried to understand and follow the local customs. We have intuited that in this world we are to be obliging, calm under pressure, and diligent, and to always to keep our emotions in check. Our adaptive skills have served many of us well. But we aren’t in a man’s world anymore. Now it’s our world. And shame on us women if we don’t do something to change the way this game is played so that everybody is able to bring their best to the effort. Let’s embrace a new way of working that is equally geared toward our won qualities and skills.”
Meetings I’m attending:
I led one of my favorite workshops all about creating a vision of where you want to be and how to get there. I’ve done this workshop many times and each time it’s different. The main parts of the workshop don’t change, but the flow and the energy are dependent on the participants. And each time there are powerful lessons for me and for the group.
This workshop culminates in a vision board, but it’s much more than putting pictures on a poster… we do some mindset work and I provide tools and techniques to carry outcomes forward. I’ve done this for teams, for families, and for individuals. Have you ever done a vision board?
BTW if you missed it in person, the good news is that the Vision Board Workshop will be made available in a new fun format so you can enjoy the benefits, regardless of your location. Just let me know if you’re interested and I’ll put your name on the list.
Ideas I’m Noodling…
One day this week, while on the elliptical (you know the instrument of torture my trainer calls exercise), I listened to Kathy Heller’s great podcast interview called “How to Declutter Your Mind” with Lili Pettit, founder of Clutter Healing.
Lili suggests that we should have one drawer, one closet or one cabinet that is EMPTY. Keep it empty so that energy can flow there. She has worked with thousands of people and this concept really works– new ideas, desires, and dreams manifest when we allow space for them to come. She believes that this must be actual physical space. What do you think? I’m going to try it and will let you know how it works for me!
Happify.com. As the name implies, it’s all about finding ways to promote emotional health and well being. They promise to help ‘overcome stress and negative thoughts and to build resilience.’
What I love about this site is the incredible free resources. Really great info you can use and incorporate in your business on a daily basis. And if you’re a sceptic that being happy leads to greater productivity check out resources about the science of happiness on my Pinterest Board here.
… being called a badass. Yup, someone I’ve known for years took time out to let me know he thought I was badass~ Well, there you have it. I’ve got to admit that having someone I appreciate, admire and recognize my badassness really feels great! What are you celebrating this week?
I hope you will find helpful tidbits of inspiration and insight in this newsletter. I love to share some of the things I stumble across on my journey in an effort to help women in business be more successful.
In case you missed them, you can catch up on my Notes & Anecdotes here. I hope you’ll find ideas that spur your imagination and creativity to help propel you forward on your adventure.