This morning, I heard this quote, “say yes to the something in you, that desires to be expressed…” I smiled when I heard this quote, because I feel like I AM living my own expression. My personal mantra has been to go where the energy flows this year – to say yes to what feels light and expressive. To say no to what feels heavy and constricting.
When you consider “what is the something in you, that desires to be expressed,” what comes up?
For me, I’ve gotten so clear that I want to focus my energies on helping women define their purpose and share their voice with the world. I want to collaborate, create community and be in community with others doing the same. I want to uplift, empower and give voice to the voices that matter in our world.
As I reflect back on this past week, I am so thankful for all of the voice and community and collaboration that I’ve gotten to be a part of. Not only do I get to work with some really amazing women as clients doing extraordinary things; as a board member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, I had nearly front-row seats to see Former First Lady Michelle Obama in a heartful and intimate conversation with our CEO Lauren Casteel.
Never before have I been so proud to be part of an organization, as I was this past week. 8,300 people came together with a shared vision for “a world that cares about its women.” This wasn’t a political conversation. It was about uplifting and empowering women. A few of my favorite quotes from Mrs. Obama were:
• “I am a strong woman because of other strong women.”
• “Tell her (the young girls in our lives) that she is smart and capable. Lift her up.”
These two statement rang through to the core of my soul. I am thankful for my mom, my grandma, my aunts, my sister and my nieces. I love the strength that is entrenched in my being because of how we have evolved, stood and grown together.
The bottomline is that when women succeed, and are strong, and are empowered – families are strong. Communities are strong. There is strength in uplifting one another.
It’s about change making. It’s about standing up for what I believe in. This comes about because I’m intentional. Because I spend time getting clear about what it is that I want and how I want to make a difference. And comes about, because I have built connections and community that allows me to contribute at this level.
But more importantly, I believe it comes because there is an energy calling to so many of us to stand up and be heard. To act. To lead.
And it for this reason, that I’m so flipp’in excited about my upcoming Extraordinary Women Connect Gala on September 19. You see the idea dropped in on me one day.
There are so many extraordinary groups of women being led around Colorado – what if we could bring the leaders of these groups together in conversation? What if we could open the doors to invite the other groups in with the fabulous Extraordinary Women Connect tribe?
So with a few asks, we formed the theme for the September Extraordinary Women Connect Gala. Meghann Conter of Denver Dames, Krystal Covington of Women of Denver and Myka McLaughlin of WINC (Women in Community) all said yes to joining me as honorary Circle of Inspiration Facilitators on September 19 at the Center for Advancement of Women at DU. And we’re going to talk about connection, collaboration and women leading change.
And while every Extraordinary Women Connect Gala is filled with amazing story and conversation, this particular Gala promises to have even more extraordinary conversations!
Meghann, Krystal and Myka have each founded their own womens’ circles and share my passion for uplifting women! We are coming together to talk about the importance of collaboration and community. We’re coming together to talk about the movement that is underfoot – of women claiming their voice, following their calling and making a difference.
And together, I believe that our ripple effects will come together a much larger wave. So let the wave be unleashed!
Reserve your spot now, because I believe this one is going to be a sell-out!
We are going to make space for you to explore “what is the something in you, that desires to be expressed…” And you will be in a room full of women who can help you make it happen. There will be new connections, new conversations and new ways of acting on that desire. So we will see you there my friend!
For more info and to reserve your spot – visit us here!
Ps – and if you’ve made it to the end of this extraordinarily long post that I really needed to write – because I’m so passionate about this topic and so excited about all that’s unfolding – you may be interested in one of the few spots left on my 2 tables at the almost sold-out Women’s Foundation of Colorado Annual luncheon on September 28th with Octavia Spencer as the keynote. If you want to join my two tables of extraordinary women, drop me a note at email@example.com. I’m even more excited about this year’s luncheon, because we’ll be launching the new brand that I’ve got to help shape as a member of the WFCO brand team!