Spring is here–and there is so much to celebrate….
I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling an overwhelming sense of joy that the weather is warming, the sun is shining, and we are all starting to come out of winter hibernation and months of lockdown seclusion.
I think there have been challenging moments for everyone this past year, and because of that this spring just feels extra special to me. A time for renewal, and leaving winter (and the past) behind as new bulbs start to peek out of the soil, and new life starts once again. Hallelujah!
I thought I would write a little post to capture some of the discussion with the XWN group this past Saturday morning. For those of you who are not aware, the Durham Women’s Network launched an exclusive membership for women (XWN) who are looking for a greater connection, learning/ mentorship opportunities, personal / business profile opportunities and access to inspirational speakers, authors, and exclusive events.
This Saturday marked the last segment of best-selling author and DWN member, Celina Caesar-Chavannes’ Maximizing U course. Special thanks to Celina for making time for us, inspiring us, and gifting all of us with your special edition journal for XWN members only.
Celina kicked off our session by delving into the topic of FEAR, which one of my earliest mentors informed me stands for FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL. As a group. we deconstructed the notion of fear and Celina made reference to FEAR with a sabre tooth tiger metaphor. We talked about how fear can either push us to fight for what we want in life or it can can drive us to run the other way. (FIGHT OR FLIGHT). Then, Celina asked us to consider this question: “where do you put your energy?”
I shared that I have been doing some powerful self-inquiry work wherein I am taking a deep dive into a fear or darkness that I have likely been running away from (or burying) since I was a little girl. As painful as this process has been, the process of facing my fear has brought me a greater sense of clarity, understanding and freedom. It’s like I’ve just faced the sabre tooth tiger, and wrestled her to the ground instead of heading for this hills. This whole process has left me feeling rather like Wonder Woman!!!
What sabre tooth tiger are you confronting in your life? Are you ready to look her in the eye?
Now in as much as it is important to do the self work, without the women in my life, I really don’t know where I would be. I am sure that I am not alone in feeling that the supportive conversations and learnings shared by the women in the first XWN cohort over the past couple of months has created a sense of connectivity, unity and strength that we all needed. Thank you to all of the wonderful women who I now feel such a genuine, close connection with. YOU ARE AWESOME!
There is something incredibly powerful about being in community with a tribe of women who’s sole purpose is to support one another – and to be able to give AND receive.
Moving forward, Celina has graciously agreed to join us for a monthly XWN group mentorship call. We plan to meet the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. for an hour with different topics of discussion.
FIND YOUR TRIBE WITH XWN
If you are considering joining XWN and have any questions, and would like to discuss how we can support you, please reach out to us for a chat. My commitment to the XWN community is to offer every woman a one-hour mentorship consultation either early morning or on the week-ends. It’s my way of giving back. I have had the honour of quietly supporting leagues of women personally and professionally providing care and support for decades now. And it brings me great joy!
If I can be of service to you, please email me or text me at 289-356-6077 and we can set a time to connect.
Learn more about the XWN membership.