Last weekend I spent time with a group of women in the woods studying wholeheartedness and the healer archetype (from The Four-Fold Way, by Angeles Arrien).
We examined the following quote by poet David Whyte:
“You know that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest? The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.”
Now that's a quote you can chew on, right?
It invites us to take a closer look when we're feeling exhausted and burnt out. It's an opportunity to ask ourselves, "am I really tired, or have I become disconnected from my creative passion?"
Of course, there are times when we're experiencing that bone-deep exhaustion so many women feel at the end of a long day – taking care of others, parenting our children, keeping our home, preparing meals, and maintaining a career – all in a culture where we’re paid less and expected to do more than our male counterparts.
Try telling a bone-deep exhausted woman she doesn’t need to rest; she just needs open her heart a little more. Um…no. Sometimes we just need to rest.
And then there are times when opening our hearts can tap us into a deeper wellspring of energy.
For entrepreneurs, here's a way to open your heart that's quite effective:
Remember your WHY.
Please join me in congratulating my client, Kathy Mickel, on her new website!
Kathy's WHY is to help others rediscover their direction and meaning in life. Her story describes how she found her own direction and the courage to leave the corporate bubble to start her own yoga coaching and retreat practice.
Here's what Kathy had to say about the process of working with me:
"With a transition from corporate life, I needed a foundation to begin moving my new business into a reality. I needed structure and support. Kim provided the focus, direction and support that I needed. This adventure of transitioning my life experiences into a new business was scary, exciting and mysterious. Kim held my vulnerability and emotions with grace, compassion and strength. She enabled my voice to come alive and nurtured my goals and objectives to come to fruition.
Now I feel more confident in my work, my words and my direction. I feel proud of my story and the work that I can offer clients. I feel empowered and brave. As a result, I have a platform to share my work, and I have a strategy to move my business forward. Working with Kim and creating my story and website has been an unfolding of courage, transformation and opportunities."
Check out Kathy's new website at www.in-body-mind-soul.com.
For additional examples of website storytelling, check out my recently-updated website portfolio page.
Do you (or someone you now) need a better website that truly reflects your essence, mission, and message?
I have 2 openings for new clients starting in 2019.
Click below to grab a spot on my calendar (at no cost to you) if you’d like to talk with me about working together. Act fast – these 30-minute slots are filling up for Nov. and Dec. (Even if you're not feeling 100% sure you're ready, I'm happy to help you find your next step.)
SOUTHWEST, HERE I COME!
My hiking boots and I are excited to return to Ghost Ranch, NM for a week-long writing retreat next week.
New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment, and I'm so grateful for this opportunity to recharge my creative batteries in the land of Georgia O'Keeffe with a group of sixteen sister-writers from Women Writing for (a) Change.
After that, my husband will be joining me in AZ to visit our daughter in Tucson, followed by a trip to the Grand Canyon. I feel so fortunate for this opportunity to travel.
I'll be sharing photos from my southwestern adventure on Instagram. If you'd like to follow me, click the button below to visit my page and click "follow!"
See you in two weeks!
Author and Branding Consultant
I am passionate about helping mission-centered business owners share their message through compelling written and visual content.
My memoir, What I Gave to the Fire, is available in both print and Kindle formats on Amazon.com.