What a year for women AND where do you go from here?

This time last year, I joined 750,000 other women (and men) in the streets of Los Angeles to come together in womanhood, in solidarity with groups who felt threatened by the incoming government. It was thrilling to be part of such a large expression of collective voice. As I look back, it’s a voice that hasn’t (and hopefully won’t ever) go silent. So much happened in 2017 that stand out as monumental for women. Everything from sexual harassment scandals that rocked several industries to the myriad of women who were elected to political office in the last election. So much has been uprooted and yet, we’re just getting started.  It got me thinking about what lessons I drew from all that has transpired, albeit an opportunity to reframe something or a new action I want to take so that I contribute more fully in making this a better world.  I’m curious what insights you’ve had that have directly informed how you show up and lead in your life.

Insight #1

Challenge is part of life; it makes us stronger. If you choose to learn from hardships and leverage those as a way to grow, you’ll expand who you are and how your sharing yourself with the world. The challenge becomes a path to your authentic way. Which is why it’s critical to use your voice and remember how powerful you really are so you can  elevate the collective consciousness. This is not a time to keep silent for fear of rocking the boat.

Insight #2

We need each other in a way that brings out the higher self in all of us. This incredible TED Talk called How Trees Talk to Each Other is an amazing example in nature of how, like us, trees are interdependent. If you can’t take 18 minutes to watch the Ted talk, the main takeaway is: all species are living in harmony in a way that’s graceful because they’ve realized it allows each one of them to thrive. If we work in reality, that means we have responsibility and an opportunity to explore our interconnection to one another.

In order to do that, you need to know who you are, know what you’re about, and share that with people in a way that’s truthful.

Time to take stock of your life. How  are you choosing to relate to this moment in time?

Are you retreating or are you engaging?

The way we do one thing is the way you do everything. Are you willing to let your insight inform how you show up today, so that you can experience a more enjoyable, purpose-filled version of your life?

In the words of Lin Manuel Miranda, “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”


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