Do You Need to Get Business Brave?

Do You Need to Get Business Brave?

Today, I’m talking about what it means to be business brave.

Let’s get business brave.

This is a concept that came out of a coaching call that I had, where the coach was really asking me okay, what are you about? Like, what are you uh, you know, what’s your purpose? You know I talk about the brave yes all the time.

The YES is vital.

But what I’ve been trying to stress upon you all in these lists latest recent episodes is that there is so much more to our roles as leaders of our businesses. Beyond the Yes.

A lot of the work that we are doing is more understated, a lot of the courage work that we’re doing is much more, it’s more invisible.

And so today I’m talking about what it means to be business brave.

My passion and purpose is working with wholehearted, heart centered entrepreneurs.

These are entrepreneurs who believe greatly in making the world a better place, make helping people thrive, helping the land, thrive, helping systems thrive, whatever it is, but my people really want to see change, progress. And things just improve for people and systems and communities.

That is their passion. So yes, they are entrepreneurs. And there is more to it than that.

And so when I say let’s get business brave, what I’m really saying is, let’s really build businesses that are wholehearted, that are human centered.

And, by human, I mean you the founder, the leader of the business and those you serve, and those who are impacted by the work that you’re doing.

So money, meaning and the greater good.

You go to my website, you look at the homepage, the very first word you will see is money, meaning and the greater good.

And I say that because I really think that a business and the people that I work with and love to work with is not just business as usual.

When I say money, meaning in the greater good, what I’m saying is this isn’t just about a sales strategy.

This isn’t just about having a website and selling.

There is much more to it. It’s much more Spiritual, it’s much more aligned. And that is where we start to get into what it means to run and operate a wholehearted, heart centered business.

So when I say let’s get business brave, what I’m saying is, let’s do what it takes to run a meaningful business that is also about contributing to the greater good.

And let’s make sure that we are making money while we’re doing that, because this is our time, and our lives and our retirement on the line.

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How to Brave Up Your Mindset for Business Growth: Signs of a Brave Yes CEO Mindset

How to Brave Up Your Mindset for Business Growth: Signs of a Brave Yes CEO Mindset

The BRAVE YES CEO mindset is the backbone of my business coaching and mentoring program.

This is a big chunk of the work that I do with my clients who want to make more clear, brave business decisions. And I’m, of course super passionate about it. And it really stems from first my own experiences as a leader as somebody who really in all spaces and jobs and experiences that I’ve had in my life, I have always been someone who could step up as a leader. 

Brené Brown says that leaders are “called to choose courage over comfort all day long.”

Let me repeat that … “leaders are called to choose courage over comfort all day long.”

That is exactly why I believe all entrepreneurs and founders need to be #BusinessBrave.

Today, we’re going to dive into what it means to be lead as a Brave Yes CEO and be Business Brave.

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On Cultivating Unshakeable Resilience to Brave the Business Arena

I am a big fan of Brené Brown, I am a Dare to Lead trained professional in her work, which means I can help you with every aspect of Brené Brown’s work through shame shielding and leadership and daring to lead and braving the arena.

This is a big part is a big influence in my work.

I am also positive psychology certified, which means I am also a resilience expert.

I believe strongly that the resilience part of running, operating and leading in a business is essential. And I have my own framework that I work with around unshakable resilience.

I am also certified as a mindfulness expert, trained in the power of awareness.

So being mindful, being self aware, being fully tuned in to yourself and your inner power is a big part of the work that I do as well.

And so when I talk about the Brave Yes CEO mindset, I’m really bringing a lot to the table.

But ultimately, it is to help you to be able to be that leader who is able to choose courage over comfort all day long, which is exactly what is necessary of us to run a business, especially to run a profitable business, especially to run a profitable business on our own terms.

And so, I’m going to talk about what the Brave Yes CEO mindset is, but first, I want to talk about what I see over and over and over again, in all of my experiences of working with entrepreneurs.

I happen to have a client who is another coach and entrepreneur, and I run her mastermind sessions, I host four masterminds for entrepreneurs a week. And I love this work because I’m working with such a diverse group of entrepreneurs around the world, all of whom are amazing.

And so in these experiences that I have with anywhere from 10 to 15 or 20 entrepreneurs a week, I’ve really gotten to know when and where I see Brave Yes CEO mindset showing up and when I see entrepreneurs operating in survival mode.

Signs of Survival Mode as an Entrepreneur

So let’s talk about survival mode first, because I think it’s really essential that you know, if you’re in it, so that you know where you need to grow and go to get out of it. And grow is absolutely the essential word there.

You might be in survival mode if …

  • You are constantly in self sabotage mode where you’re losing sight of your own vision of where you want to go and you’re getting stuck in the weeds. Sometimes you’re getting stuck and you are your own obstacle. You can’t get out of your own way.
  • You struggle to know what you are about or what you need to do. Each day you get to your computer or you get to your desk or you get to your office, and you’re going, Okay, what is next? What is next. 
  • You are afraid to show up and be seen and be visible and take on the authority that you know you could be, your hiding, you might be in survival mode, if you spend a lot of time trying to please others, especially your clients or your team members, and forgetting about yourself or your family members. 
  • You focus too much on today, this hour, and not nearly enough on next week, next month, next year. You might be in survival mode. If you are chasing too many shiny objects, and you’re getting distracted all the time, and you cannot focus. 
  • You are afraid to make a move, because you might get it wrong. You also might be in survival mode, if you’re focusing very prominently on your weaknesses. 
  • You feel out of alignment with your values. 
  • You spend a lot of time comparing yourself or your business to others. or feeling like you should be farther along than you actually are. And you’re really focused on that.

All of these are signs of survival mode. But certainly, there’s other more common ones, like you spent all day putting out fires, you spent all day dealing with clients and you’re not working on the big picture of your business. 

You’re doing the same things over and over, even if they don’t work. So that is the survival mode. 

And that is what I see as the most common state and mindset most entrepreneurs in and in order to shift that you must grow and go toward a bigger picture, bigger vision.

This is what I mean by Let’s Get #BusinessBrave.

Braving Up requires that you begin to operate with a BRAVE Yes CEO mindset.

When you decide it’s time to grow your business and start to put yourself out there as a leader or expert, you are ready to upgrade your mindset to go with it. To get to that space of growth — that expansion you know that is necessary to get there — you have to Brave Up.

And so what is that? 

How to Brave Up Your Mindset for Business Growth: Signs of a Brave Yes CEO Mindset

When I am working with clients on being more business brave, we’re working on mastering a lot of daily and weekly practices that are required of them to lead in their businesses, grow their sales, work authentically with clients and manage their diverse teams — all while working toward the greater good, which is a requirement for my clients.

  • You’re not afraid to shine bright and be visible. 
  • You’re not afraid to show up as an authority in spaces that are not yours. 
  • You’re not afraid to take risks. In other words, as a Brave Yes, CEO, you are taking risks you are showing up authentically in many diverse spaces. 
  • You’re making decisions based on your own soul alignment. In other words, you’re not people pleasing because you know what you need and you’re going to focus your efforts on that. You’re choosing ease and joy over complication and people pleasing and the hustle and grind mentality. You’re taking imperfect action. 
  • You’re using your strengths and your superpowers for good. 
  • You’re living and leading fully in your values. 
  • You’re not afraid to do business as unusual you creating a business on your own terms. And that means you’re letting go of all that comparison as that tends to strike when we’re feeling down. 

So I’m curious on a scale of one to 10 … How do you rate your current state of mindset around your business? Where do you fall on the spectrum of being a BRAVE Yes CEO and operating with a BRAVE YesCEO mindset?

Are you at a 1, which means you’re not very far along? And you’re more in survival mode?

Are you more in the middle, where you have some room to grow and go, but you, you’re not the worst, you’re not doing the worst? 

Or are you at the top of the scale, you’re a 10 where you’re taking those risks, you’re really living and leading in your own way.

You feel really confident in spaces when you show up. You’re not afraid to be visible, you’re out there, you’re doing it.

You’re  attracting new audiences all the time. You’re really just putting yourself out there, you’re not afraid to do that. You’re taking the risks that are necessary to grow your brand to grow your identity to grow your personal brand to grow your business. 

  • So if you’re at a one, then you’re more in that survival mode. You’re you’re living for today, you’re leaving for today.
  • And if you’re at that 10, you are absolutely there at that top of the range where you are really thinking about the future and really doing everything that you’re doing today is really for tomorrow. And tomorrow being in quotes right. It’s more about the future. 

This mindset shift requires an expansion that I call Braving Up.

We cannot go from survival mode to BRAVE YES CEO mode without Braving UP.

A mindset change isn’t about repeating an affirmation. It doesn’t work that way. I am NOT a mindset coach, by the way, I would never tell you just think like a Brave Yes CEO and you will be one no, there is action. There is work that needs to be done. You’ve got to brave up. 

You’ve got to brave up and that is my work. 

One of my favorite stories. And this is not an entrepreneur story. But this was a woman who came to me with a career Brave Yes, she wanted to make and she didn’t know what that look like she had been in the same company for 20 years.

She hated the company that it had become because it was taken over by corporate and she was ready to get out. So, as we’re talking, I’m noticing that what she’s saying to me tells me that she’s a leader. But when I asked her, do you consider yourself a leader, she said no. She was not able to see her own power.

She was not able to even call herself a leader because she was so rooted in her weaknesses. She was so rooted in what she wasn’t good at, that she couldn’t even see her own worth, that she couldn’t even see the potential that she had the capabilities that she had as a leader. 

Now, fast forward a good year, she took a job as a leader.

And on a call recently, she was like, You know what? I own that I’m a leader now.

That’s the expansion I’m talking about.

It wasn’t a one overnight mindset shift. She needed to do the work she needed to Brave Up so that she could see her own value, believe in her own value and really start to understand that not only was she a leader but she had immense leadership skills.

And we were able to cultivate that through my private coaching.

When we are working toward that brave yes mission, that bigger picture that fire that’s in our belly, we are required to expand we are required to brave up and that is action oriented. It is practice. It is business practice. It is wellbeing practice. It is spiritual practice. And it is a greater good practice.

All of that works together to help you shift into a BRAVE YES CEO mindset so that you are not afraid to take risks so that you can lead and choose courage all day long over comfort. And it’s necessary. It is necessary. 

When I talk about Braving Up, I’m talking about a number of actions.

Understanding what your mission is both personally your soul’s goals and your business mission. Essential when we don’t have that vision that blueprint for the future life and future business that we want. We fall into stagnation of survival mode. Just getting through today, just getting through this week.

The best thing that we can ever do for our businesses is to have a higher purpose that we’re working toward. Hopefully connected to the greater good that the world needs, hopefully.

And another part of this, though, is rising with resilience.

We can’t brave up on our own — resilience is not a solitary adventure. In fact, there is very little evidence that resilience is going to show up for you when you do when you just do everything yourself and that DIY mentality.

When we root in with resilience, we are rooting in with a with a group of people or a number of mentors that we can lean on. We’re surrounding ourselves, with the people who are going to lift us up, help us feel stronger, help us feel more confident, help us give that give us the permission that we need to show up and stand out, to do the big things to do the bold things. 

It also entails taking really good care of yourself. And this is another thing that I see very often with the entrepreneurs that I crossed paths with. If you are feeling not very confident, if your self worth is low.

If your energy is low, it’s really hard to go after, and do those courageous things that we need to do all day. As a business owner, as somebody who’s trying to put their brand out into the world or their message or their idea or their offer, it’s hard to do that when you don’t feel great. And why great, I mean, phenomenal.

I always tell people, I don’t show up to client calls unless I feel 150%. I’m ready to give 150% It is rare for me to ever show up at 100%. To do that I root into resilience, I tend to myself and I do the hard work of making sure that I am ready that I am self-aware and self-regulated and self-confident. How do I do that through actions through practices, daily practices, weekly practices, monthly practices.

What do you need to do to brave up?

When you consider yourself right now, in terms of where you want your business to go, where you want your future to take you what do you need to do to brave up?

Ask yourself that, journal on it.

Ask yourself, what it’s gonna take to get from where you are right now, to crossing that gap to where you want to be?

That ocean of gap, that ocean of uncertainty, that ocean of hard things, uncomfortable things?

What do you need to do to brave up so that you can do the courageous things that you need to do all day long to be the leader that you need to be for your business. And if you’re tired if you’re midlife and you’re tired, if you’re a mom and you’re tired, then it’s about boosting your capacity.

It’s about finding that fire in your belly to work toward the greater good that you know that you want to be a part of.

If you’re just dialing it in that survival mode. If you’re just getting through the day or the week, that’s survival mode. But if you’re getting to your desk on fire, ready to do bold, brave work ready to put yourself out there ready to show up.

That’s the brave yes CEO mindset.

Now, I have a lot of practices and tools and I’m going to share with you a Brave Up CEO Checklist that you can use to help you get adopt the mindset.

Are YOU ready to become more #BusinessBrave? Book a session with me to discuss your Brave Yes Business and Life mission and goals and let’s get a soulful, courageous action plan started for you. I’ve been writing, creating and coaching online for 15 years. Let’s chat and see how my expertise and experiences can help you put yourself out there and grow your business to the size you wish. Learn more and schedule here.

What’s Your Brave Yes Business Mission?

What’s Your Brave Yes Business Mission?

A Brave Yes CEO Mindset is a part of what it means to be #businessbrave … but the thing is that a Brave Yes, when it’s not trivialized, is often a rare occurrence. 

When you look back on your life you may remember handful, maybe two handfuls of Brave Yeses that you can’t really draw back on as memorable events in your life.

But being a wholehearted entrepreneur requires everyday bravery.

I can’t think of a day that has passed in the past 10 years of being an entrepreneur when fear didn’t show up and knock on my door.

This is precisely why my work has always been super spiritual. 

In order to put our ideas out into the world — to put our services, our work, our words out into the world and ask for money in return — we must be business brave. 

What is required of us is far more than just showing up.

We must have a fire inside of us to be brave — there has to be something bigger pulling us along.

Or else we’ll just retreat back into our nice quiet cave and hide a bit more.

Being Business Brave requires us to dig deeper into a more every day type of courage that rarely makes it to your social media feed.

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Everyday Fear in Business

How often do you write a post that says … I was terrified to fire a team member today, or I changed my outfit three times before I went live on Instagram or I sat crying over my lunch in fear that I won’t be able to pay the bills next month?

How often do you admit to fearing the other shoe is going to drop, that this visionary work you’ve built is all going to fall apart?

This is why we must be business brave. And this is what I am on fire to do in my Brave Business Coaching program — where I work with my clients on feeling whole, aligned and alive in your business so you can upgrade your confidence, your cash and your commitments to doing good in the world. 

Those three things are not mutually exclusive. They are interconnected.

The more we know our own self-worth, the more confident we become … the more cash we bring in and the more good we can do in the world. 

To do any of that, you must become business brave. 

To be a brave business leader you really need to put yourself out there you have to believe in something so strong that it drives your every action.

This is why I believe so strongly that business is spiritual, especially for those of us those of us who are a wholehearted entrepreneurs.

Being business brave requires that we have something passionate that we care about. t is about having a soul lead vision. I’ve talked about the importance of listening to your soul goals.

If you have a vision of how your business can change lives — whether that be your teams lives or your customer and clients lives or your families lives or your communities lives — whatever whoever is impacted by your business — you have to have an internal drive that is about making life better for people, for all beings.

This soul led vision I am speaking of is rooted in our own personal meaning, it’s rooted in sharing our values with the world, it’s rooted in a higher purpose.

You may be thinking all we do is paint houses but underneath that you have a desire to make things more beautiful, to make people happier in their homes, which is a spiritual practice.

So many of us lead businesses that are about appreciating beauty, appreciating excellence and this kind of soul lead mission is necessary in order to really catapult your business to the next level.

So if you’re just humming along, maybe things are fine, maybe they’re not and you’re thinking there’s something more for you — then it is possible you need to connect with your soul-led mission.

One of my favorite quotes that I share often is by D. Antoinnette Foy who wrote this:  “I used to extinguish under the weight of living but one day I reached into my chest, dusted off my courage and asked myself, “Where is your fire?”

This is what it takes to build brave businesses.

This is what it takes for us to be brave business leaders.

We have to have to connect with that inner fire from time to time and connect it without work and our values.

This is a business practice and a spiritual practice.

It’s a business practice, which is a process we must hone and tweak and do often — so that we are reconnecting with our purpose and our why.

And this is a spiritual practice, at least that’s how I see it.

I know that when I’m working out with a really super aligned client we always start with a dying out flame.

The flame is on its last leg.

Then, we discover something that sparks the flame and it grow and grows exponentially.

 I have witnessed this time and time again. 

And it gives me goosebumps every time but it’s like this idea the flame was always there and but it just needed the right conditions to catch fire and become hot enough to light you up. 

But it Begins in that in that inner place, your inner world and the dying flame is the knowing …

The knowing there’s something more for you , that you have a higher calling and you want to Put It out there.

This kind of calling and work is not for every single business owner, but it is for you if you are a wholehearted entrepreneur if you are trying to work toward the greater good … 

Then you have a flame within.

If you are trying to Share Your visionary Message, Your Dream, Your Vision to help all beings thrive and flourish … 

Then you have a flame within.

Without Something to Believe and you are likely Just Showing up and dialing It in 

Without Something to Believe in you’re Just Showing up and doing Whatever It Takes to Get through the day 

That’s when you know it’s time to Tap into That Source of Fire Within You,

And when you figure it out, that’s when You Get Swept up … You Get Swept up in a Waves of fire in your belly to doing braver work. 

No more hiding. 

You have a mission. A purpose. 

  • A movement to spark.
  • A system to change.
  • A life to transform.
  • A change to make
  • An idea to spread. 

So Let Me Leave You with This Question:

What is Your Brave Yes Mission? 

In order to Be Business Brave, We have to Show up and do the hard things of creating Change, sparking Change, Pushing for Transformation, healing the world in all the Ways that We Can Empower others to Thrive.

Your business is Not about You — this is Not about Your bank account.

This is About Contributing to the greater good.

Having A business that is Truly About Making the world A Better place — one person at a time, one family at a time, one block at a time.

Your Brave Yes mission is somewhere deep inside and it will take spiritual practice, spiritual resources, spiritual rituals, to get to It, to refine it, to tweak It, to bring It back alive but It is in there and I encourage you to go deep to find It.

I  encourage you to go deep to find THAT flame within you and connect to it, blow on it and make it come back alive. 

I encourage you to Reconnect with yourself and your soul’s goals to bring It Alive so you can Do What It Takes to Let Your soul-led vision and purpose surface … 

rise 

expand 

Ascend

Need help finding your Brave Yes Mission? Let’s connect and chat about it. I offer a free coaching discovery session where we can begin to explore this very thing — or any other struggle you are having in growing your business. Learn more here.

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For Those Who are Growing Through The Gap

For Those Who are Growing Through The Gap

I don’t care how long you’ve been in business, you’re in the gap.

Sometimes that gap is feels like an ocean.

Sometimes that gap is more like a little creek.

Either way, you have to go through the mess to get to the other side.

That’s what I’m talking about this week on The Brave Yes CEO Show.

Listen to this episode now or keep reading below …

What is the gap?

The gap is that learning space of where you are and where you want to be. You are standing on the cusp of a field of change and you have no idea how to get to the other side. That is the gap.

There’s a problem in your business, and you need to solve it.

What is the messy middle?

The messy middle is where you try and test and experiment to get narrow the gap, to get closer and closer to the other side.

Are you in the Messy Middle?

How to know if you are in the messy middle

What is the Sacred Middle?

First, let me share a few lines from a poem by Jeff Foster:

Don’t hold on. Don’t let go. Stay right in the middle.

When sorrow visits. When melancholy erupts. When loneliness and disappointment burn.

Stay right in the middle. Don’t hold on. Don’t let go.

The middle is the place where alchemy happens.

How do Growing Pains Show Up in a Business?

As we are moving through the gap, that’s when we encounter all of our growing pains.

Growing pains are necessary evils that are required of us when we are in expansion mode.

What are some of the growing pains — aka messy middles — of a business?

— overwhelm

— bored

— burn out

The thing about the messy middle is this: it often takes a Breakdown to make a change big enough to get through it.

Often, the breakdown leads to a breakthrough.

That happens to me over and over again. I hit the messy middle. I breakdown. The breakthrough happens. I keep going.

The part of this that I am most passionate about is helping you through the messy middle of change. Any change.

  • Simplifying your business is a change that can be just as overwhelming because editing out what needs to go is hard, hard work.
  • Changing your business model is change and hard to do because you’re afraid of leaving people behind — or things not working out.
  • Building something new while keeping something going is challenging terrain that is best done with support, motivation and inspiration rather than doing it yourself. I’ve been there. The discomfort of investing in support is better than the discomfort of ending up down the wrong path and having to reroute.

I know, I’ve been there. I’ve crawled through the trenches and traveled through the weedy terrain of the messy middle of change many times.

How to get through the messy middle to the other side?

When I had reached burn out with my first business, I had a few levels of messy middle to travel through.

First there was the messy middle of knowing a change was needed but not sure how to go about it.

Then there was the messy middle of making that change.

And then, finally, there was the messy middle of moving into my next thing and feeling strong in it. In this case, I’m talking about my Brave Yes Coaching program.

Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about growing the gap that I share with my clients who are doing the same thing.

For example, Let’s say you have a business model that isn’t working for you and you want to make some big changes.

3 Tips for Growing through the Gap:

  1. Make sure you know where you are going. Having a blueprint — not just for your business – but for your life is essential. Even if you don’t know where you want to be in retirement, know how you want to be living a year from now before you step out on your path. This helps you find the best path to the change you want to make. Taking any path will take you to anyone’s dream. Your goal should be to do what feels right for you.
  2. Know what it’s going to take to get to the desired change. Not just the steps but the inner work that you need to do to get you through the challenging moments. The steps need to be clear and precise but also offer room for flexibility.
  3. Connect with your Brave Yes Mindset. A big part of the work I do with my clients is on being steady with a growth mindset. The gap is large but not impossible. The gap is uncertain but not out of reach. The gap is scary but not a horror movie.

Are you growing through the gap right now? Let’s talk about your Brave Yes Life & Business Goals. I love to hop on clarity calls with potential clients and walk you through a series of questions to help understand where you are and where you want to grow and go. Learn more and sign up here.

Lead more Courageously by asking Yourself This Powerful Question

Lead more Courageously by asking Yourself This Powerful Question

“Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.” — Alexander Hamilton

Silence is violence, we say.

Speak up and let your voice be heard, we say.

These days we tend to wear our hearts on our sleeves and what we believe, what we stand for and what we are all about is everywhere.

But it’s also a result of following what others are saying, what others are doing.

I want to dive into this a bit more because choosing is hard — and essential.

And it’s essential if you want to lead more courageously — and make a bigger impact.

And do you even have to choose?

Listen to this podcast now or read the main points below.

What do you stand for?

Take a moment to really think about that question.

  • If you are an entrepreneur or small biz owner like I am — knowing what you stand for is essential and will impact your business. But you should also know what you don’t stand for so you don’t end up chasing too many shiny objects. I always work with my female founder clients on the art of saying no — so we can make room for the Brave yeses. We have to clear the field — our energy field and life field — to make space for what we do stand for.
  • If you are a leader or changemaker in your industry and you have had some ideas of what you stand for but don’t know what to do with it because corporate or government culture is getting in your way … know that you have so much more power than you think. Living your purpose and letting what you stand for doesn’t have to be a flaming hot cheeto in the room. You can be quiet and subtle — unless you are ready to uplevel and do something bigger in your life or career. Then that’s where good career coaching or life coaching can help you. Quiet and powerful is possible.
  • If you are a creative person who wants to put your creative passion on the front burner of your life and you aren’t sure what that looks like yet … then I encourage you to play with your purpose and your passion in creative ways. The best artists and writers and creatives aren’t overthinking and putting too much time into planning. They are just doing the messy work of being imperfect.

What it Means to Lead more Courageously

When I started my first real blog — Awesomely Awake — my mission then — as is my mission now — was to help the world wake up. It has since fallen so asleep I’ve lost hope on what is possible for true mindfulness and presence practices — which I still use very much in my coaching work because I am a forever fan.

My life word is in fact AWAKE. But the purpose behind the blog and the coaching work I did back then was to wake people up. I was so tired of seeing people walking around like zombies on their phones and not engaging in the world around them.

Now it’s just the way it is for so many but I am still very much all about this — even if over the past year and a half has meant a reliance on tech in a bigger way than ever.

We are also seeing a movement for many to use tech less — so maybe there is hope yet. Peloton’s sales are dropping because people are going back to gyms. I stood for waking people up and that’s what I began to write about.

The movement and followers came along with me.

That eventually led to mindfulness and well-being programs for moms and the abundant mama project, which was rooted in mindfulness and spiritual practices to navigate the hardships of motherhood.

I think that by being here, listening to me, you too are awake — and maybe you are also tired.

  • Tired of hustling.
  • Tired of the daily grind of keeping up.
  • Tired of doing the same things over and over that aren’t working.
  • Tired of not thriving or flourishing but rather feeling like you are drowning in not enoughness and to-do lists that serve others best interest.

Now I stand for something else — well, lots of things — but mainly this — we need a diverse body of women — including you — to be at all the tables where decisions are being made, in the rooms where policy is being shaped, leaning in and not leaning out. We need women to show up, be seen and let their brilliance be known.

“The state of our future relies on YOU putting your genius out into the world —- whether that is in speaking up and speaking out, your ideas, your services, your art or your energy, your products, your offers, your voice.”

Shawn Fink

The world is very broken and awake women like you need to save us — to lead more courageously.

Once you know, you know. It’s like the gates of heaven opening up.

The sun rising.

The cloudy skies clearing.

It’s magical and energizing.

We don’t always know. We aren’t always able to get to clarity on our own. So find a partner to discuss this with. Share ideas. Be honest with each other. And if you don’t have a trusted partner for this exercise, try it with a mentor, coach or therapist, even.

Because .. doing something with what you stand for is likely the very key to your own well-being and happiness.

Perhaps you’re thinking … well, crap, I stand for a lot and I can’t choose and I get overwhelmed and I don’t even know how to move forward and actually DO something and take action because of that — and if that’s true, you’re not alone.

I’ve been there. Most of my clients have been there. Many times.

I call people like you — and myself — multipossibilitarians.

“Multipossibilitarians are women who stand for many possible ways you see yourself helping or healing the world.”

Shawn Fink

If only we could do it all! If this is you let’s chat. I am a master at helping you discover your strengths to match your potential.

OR, If the answer lights you up. — what are you going to do about it?

I work with creator, entrepreneurs and changemakers who are ready to uplevel or make a pivot in your life, work or business. Perhaps YOU are looking for a coach to help you design your Brave Yes around this very question is what you need for the new year. Let’s chat. I offer complimentary coaching sessions with women interested in coaching with me so we can see if we’re a good fit. Learn more here.

How to Make Time for Social Justice Work and a Nap

How to Make Time for Social Justice Work and a Nap

If you struggle between wanting to lay down and take a nap or make an impact as a leader or as a creative soul — you are in the right place.

I’ll always look back on history and think of 2020 as the year a whole new generation of anti-racists were born.

Yes, there was a virus and a pandemic that made life really, really hard.

But there was huge progress in ways we hadn’t seen in our lifetimes in the area of racial justice because of the heart-breaking police murder of George Floyd.

And yet .. there is so more work to do to disrupt how white supremacy rules over our every system in society.

We simply cannot give up. We cannot quit. We cannot let our exhaustion stop us.

Because yes. We are exhausted. Tired to the bone.

The thing, though, is this is hard work because it’s a marathon not a sprint.

June 2020 was a sprint.

Now it’s time for the marathon, especially for white women like me.

Because we really do care and we need to prove it.

The world needs us to lean in — not out.

And this is the time we need to lean into our divine rage — before another urgent matter arises. 

As a life design coach AND a social justice warrior and anti-racist for nearly 20 years, I will be sharing some of my own well-being practices that help me stay strong, balanced and sane so that I can make a bigger impact without giving up in my upcoming Rise Stronger in 2021 7-Day Challenge. (Sign up here.)

The strategies we’ll be focusing on during that week-long challenge are a higher level of well-being than we’re used to implementing in our lives and that’s why they are so powerful.

However, until then … I really wanted to make sure I specifically address how to make sure you take time for that nap AND your social justice work.

RECONNECT WITH YOUR WHY

In my private coaching work, I talk about your Why Factor all the time. You have to know what you are working toward in order to really know where you are going. It’s far too easy to get sidetracked with shiny objects by the latest explosion in the internet anger machine. Rather than jump all over the place, reconnect with your values, your mission and your personal goals for working toward human rights and social justice issues. If you don’t know what your why is, that’s a great place to start.

PAUSE AND TAKE BREAKS FROM THE NEWS. LOTS OF THEM.

Only you know what your body needs and so sometimes what you need right now is not convenient for the news cycle. It’s OK to opt-out of reading or watching today’s big news story to focus on your needs. If you are experiencing anxiety or overwhelm, it’s time to stop and take a long break. Your brain and your body needs a lot of time to heal and recover, especially from traumatizing events. Pro Tip — It’s even better is to work in weekly — or daily — rests from the news rather than go full on digital escape. I personally try to take at least 60-90 minutes of unplugged time in my day.

GO BIG OR GO HOME

In order to make an impact in the world, we must make intentional actions that actually do good. So while screaming on social media how mad you are feels like you’re doing something, ask yourself what you can really do to make an impact. Instead of sharing on Facebook, can you call your representatives, write emails or call voters? Pro-Tip — Dedicate an hour or two a week solely to your social justice work so you can keep up your own consistency. I do this on Fridays thanks to a colleague who suggested it.

FIND YOUR PEOPLE

The best thing I ever did was start a local group of like-minded people in my community. We started as a small group of super upset and angry women in 2016 and now we are 2K strong with men and women with a variety of passions and life experiences. Having this group to lead, empower and stay connected with has been crucial to keeping me going and not giving up. This is not solitary work that we’re doing. It’s relational. It impacts people. And that’s why it’s really best done with a group to help grow your momentum and not feel so alone. To find your people, you may have to put yourself out there and use your voice. This is a Brave Yes move for sure.

STAY IN YOUR INTEGRITY

Since it’s so easy to get caught up in the collective anxiety or anger of the people on social media, it’s also vital that you keep your integrity about you and know what you are willing to do and what you are not willing to do. For instance, I don’t lead with anger. It’s just not my style of empowering people and disrupting. I am at my best when I am empowering others to use their voice, tend to themselves and leading them on how to stay in their integrity. My line of balance is about staying calm and impactful. You do you. Don’t worry about what others think. Being fully resourced in mind, body and spirit means you will have a greater capacity to serve. You simply won’t be effective if you are exhausted and overwhelmed. 

Ready to balance your passions for social justice and taking a nap? Join my Rise Stronger in 2021 FREE 7-Day Challenge. I’ll show you a set of 6 strategies that you can use to feel stronger, be calmer and have more resilience to bounce back from the daily stress of being human.