I’m giving myself 15 minutes to write this.
I am not editing, polishing, primping or allowing my perfectionist inner critic to pummel me about how it flows. My heart’s gonna speak and my mind gonna step aside; one can only hope my heart knows how to punctuate.
My heart's the one that chose that unrelated photo, too, from last summer.
But I digress.
Much has continued to shift since I wrote Why I (Almost) Quit Power Chicks.
My own self-care has deepened, and I’ve loved talking long walks along the Snohomish River, journaling more (my “safe” space), having deep-dive conversations with friends, and learning from mentors like Amy Oscar, who is wise, deep and admittedly a tad woo woo for a sensible gal like me.
I’m changing, and it feels good, really good!
In a recent interview, Amy Kessel asked me, “Who are you becoming?” and I knew in a snap: I’m becoming myself. I can trust my own intution and live in a way that is connected, joyful, genuine and grounded.
You already know I was willing to release Power Chicks as a company and even as a community, because I was approaching it in a way that wasn’t sustainable. I’m not talking profitably sustainable but emotionally sustainable.
I’d gotten into a cheerleader-ish, hard-edged mode that did not reflect who I was or who I’m becoming on a soul level. And, I don’t even know what “soul level” means – my spiritual baggage cost extra at the airport because it topples the 50-pound weight limit. (Guaranteed upon posting this: a major-ass insecurity fit for this admission.)
That said, I had a forehead-thumping “aha” moment a couple months ago. I realized offering status quo stuff like “5 ways to create a profit model” and “how to market your business” both at events and on the blog was mere membrane to the deeper, more essential stuff I longed to bring you.
I thought I should ("should" – always a tip off!) offer you tangible, practical stuff. But why not, instead, pitch the how-to stuff and focus on exploring shifts in our perspectives as entrepreneurs?
See, I care more about you as a human being than I care about giving you tips, tools and techniques to grow your business.
I believe that you, like me, are becoming ever truer to yourself. Isn’t this why we so long to create meaningful work we love? Isn’t this what we as women do naturally given the intention and space – become more ourselves? And in our work, that core part of us is what nourishes our gifts and contributions in service to others.
That’s where my heart is with Power Chicks and, perhaps, where your heart is as well.
Gotta scoot – my 15 minutes were up several minutes ago. Thanks for reading, for being here with me, for understanding and supporting my growth as I long to support your own!
Hugs to you! – Lynn
P.S. Dagnabbit and full disclosure. I returned to this blog post later to clean up errors that were making me nutty.