This is probably the easiest article I have ever written because I am SO grateful for what just unfolded last weekend. I witnessed people finally put on paper what they WANT, that BIG vision that almost feels too big to be true and then spend three days getting into alignment so they can make it happen.
When I first started to write the book for Awaken Your Practice I thought I was just outlining some ideas to compliment the teachings. Six months later and a book that is 248 pages in my hands I can say this is not just an outline of ideas – somewhere along the way I poured my everything into this book and program. I finally acknowledged that I know some things and have some strong beliefs about this thing we call self-development and the powerful tool called coaching.
Yes, this weekend was designed for entrepreneurs and change leaders who are building purposeful lives from their heart center. For people who’s purpose IS their vocation. But the ENTIRE focus is on YOU. Your essence, your being, what makes you, you. Of the 248 pages, less than 5 pages are about “business”, “marketing”, and “sales.”
you do is not nearly as important as WHO you are. And now that this weekend is complete I know I made the right choice to keep the focus where I did. I am still processing this whole experience but I want to share a few of my biggest takeaways from the weekend.
No matter if you want to launch a business, start a non-profit, create a foundation, be the next Gabby Bernstein or Oprah, or change the entire money system you are human, first. You are susceptible to things like fear, judgment, uncertainty, stories, habits, patterns, and you have a history. Give space to your humanity because you have to go through your humanness to launch your big beautiful purpose.
Asking “how” will stop you before you start
Too often the complexity of our big idea is too much to wrap our minds around. We don’t know how we’re going to possibly get our idea off the ground because we don’t dream in small, baby dreams we dream in BIG LIFE ALTERING dreams. But even these have the first step. Find your first step or asking, “how?” will keep you from even getting started.
Money is involved
Money is a game. It can also be a game changer. Whether you agree with the system of money or how it plays out in our world today, if you have it, spend it, hoard it, save it or give it away you are part of the game. Find a way to be congruent in this game and to play it in a way that empowers you and the people you serve.
You deserve to see what you’re capable of
You were not simply placed on this planet to breathe. You are conscious and you know you exist. You can think about life and live it at the same time. This is called self-awareness. We are in a changing time. Because of technology, industry is not what it used to be and I believe that conscious commerce is the new social change agency of tomorrow. It’s the business builders and leaders who turn problems into profitable solutions that can dramatically alter our world for the better. But this means your ideas have to come out of your head and heart and into the world!
Mostly what I take away from the weekend is that people are amazing. Our ability to connect and share is so awesome. To sit in a room with change leaders for three days and see them go to their core and clear their stories and fears in the name of more service and more possibility doesn’t give me hope, it IS hope in action.
I am already getting requests for the next one (thank you!). Early Bird enrollment opens Monday (I am opening 5 early spots at $797) and the next AYP is March 24-26, 2017. We’re just getting started 🙂
Light and love,
Today I am giving myself permission to take a much-needed breath.
I am taking a pause and some space to reflect and get ready for the weekend ahead. To put the things we create into the world is fun, scary, exciting, and full of unexpected twists and turns. No matter how organized, prepared or ready you think you are there’s intention and then there’s life.
Today I need to make some space for life. In less than four days I have people from all over coming to Awaken Your Practice. This thing that for whatever reason had to be born through me. And I am so grateful it did. Because, as much as I am its creator I am also its student.
In the last two weeks, I’ve been meeting with my guest teachers, finalizing the teaching schedule, ordering supplies, renting chairs, ordering coffee, stocking up on markers, printing forms, and putting some love into a few surprises for the students. This is the last push but the one thing I haven’t done is b r e a t h e.
Because taking a breath isn’t encouraged, is it? Hustle. Push. Drive. Create. Sell. Do. These things are encouraged. I get it, it’s the actions you take that get you from where you are to where you want to go. Dreams require movement.
Movement without being centered is called burn out.
Movement from your center is called passion.
Awaken Your Practice is certainly a passion project. And the people coming this weekend are working in their passion projects or at least they desire to be.
The AYP book opens with a return to your center and ends with a call to surrender and let go. Today I surrender. I am so proud of this teaching and the people who felt called to attend it. I have done everything I need to do. I’ve written, connected, shared, and created the space. And now all I have to do is show up and share.
Believe it or not, the actual teaching is the easy part.
We all know how to BE the thing we’re called to. We know how to create, write, photograph, build, coach, design, stretch, and share. It’s letting ourselves play big, ask people to show up, have the courage to say what we’re brilliant at and dare to be seen that is the real work.
It’s our contribution that defines us. When you answer your calling this is what you’re really doing. Contributing.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
So here’s to what calls you and whispers from your heart in the middle of the night. Here’s to the silent knowing that tugs at you. And to you answering it for the world to bask in.
Now I am off to walk among the trees and take the most sensational breath.
Light and love,
These are a few behind-the-scenes from an early (early)
sunrise shoot at Devil’s Lake last weekend. Driving up Cascade Lakes Hwy with the orange sun just illuminating Mt. Bachelor, as the fog rolled over the lakes, is a sight I will never forget. There is something magical about dawn and the waking of a new day.
I am hitting pause today to reflect and express some much-needed gratitude. As I round the corner and count down the final 11 days until Awaken Your Practice I need to take a deep breath. I have been traveling, adventuring, writing, and preparing for this weekend since March and as it comes near I’m really just in awe.
Gratitude. The remarkable practice of recognizing the good. Something we can all do more of, don’t you think?
Just two weeks ago I was on a private vision immersion with a client and watched gratitude melt fear before my very eyes.
I felt gratitude for nature that can take my breath away looking out over Sparks lake as the sun set.
And I feel gratitude (beyond measure) for my Awaken weekend just days away and everyone who has supported me in making this possible.
After we wrapped the photo shoot we warmed up over chai and the best hot breakfast I’ve had in a long time. My dear friend and photographer, Jennifer Alyse, looked at me and asked, “how do you stay grounded?” To which I replied, without even thinking about it, “I just am.”
Is that true? Where did that answer come from?!
But this is one of the ways when I am in the midst of coaching, teaching, writing, travel, speaking, and creating that I keep my feet on the ground. I say thank you. For all of it. Yes, ALL of it. Even the things that push me and challenge me (which is a kind way of saying the things that light my sh*t up). Because I am also human and not exempt from struggling.
My goal isn’t to not suffer but rather to understand my suffering and be ok with it. One of the ways I do this is through gratitude. And I invite you to practice some today. Call it thankfulness, gratitude, acknowledgment, appreciation, recognition, or many of the other synonyms it doesn’t matter what you call it. What does matter (and I mean literally manifests) is born from what you SAY matters.
Here is a quick, unedited list of things I am grateful for in this very moment. I hope you make your own list and then bask in the energy of that gratitude.
The ability to read
Home cooked meals
Taking a deep breath
Working for myself
This space here
A good bottle of wine
Deep chats with my Dad
My mom’s health
Post-it notes (What would I do without a list?!)
Cards on my wall
Red maples in the fall
Fog in the morning
and my beautiful, strong, inspired, supportive, powerful, loving wife.
I could keep going. This is the joy of gratitude, it has this kind of compound effect. Try it!
In light and love,