I already know… one of my lifetime goals is to help women pursue purpose through deciding to love themselves, lead and leverage the playing ground by how they navigate the world before them. To live authentically, and experience Carpe’ diem! (Seize the day!)- via self expression, finding their voices and creating their own self-laws.
Let me tell you… we cannot do this ideally with our identity suffering. There are many identity blockers that challenge us to think, behave and believe differently, every day of our lives. If we believe the things our minds tell us sometimes, then we will truly fail. And just because we have heard it a lot, doesn’t mean it’s actually true.
In my dream, I desire to challenge women to be more of their ideal selves than who they really imagined themselves to be. I realized after working with so many women overtime – either through therapy, through small groups I’ve created for writing groups, book clubs, or mentoring groups that we all essentially desire to get to know ourselves, better when we are in the company of other women.
And better is good… because it helps us to stop and drive forward for our best selves. Just take time to notice and meditate on how you allow any of the identity blockers (above) to alter your course, in life. If you notice a few, ask yourself whats one way I can notice someone with the exact opposite ( of that identity blocker ) and ask them to share their story , or mentor me in some way, So I can learn that skill, too? I was just sharing with my mentoring group how I struggled a bit trying to determine what was right for me; as I began to wield my “two edged -one word”. I chuckle within myself, because My ‘one word’ for 2020, has become a focus of intentional regard and expression as I reach for this new identity !
I am finding the more I, seek for meaning with my word, the more I get invigorated to say more. And then I smile, because ‘asking, seeking and knocking’ are all concepts to help us grow and evolve. They are all principles that help us to manifest and develop into our best selves.
Are you truly asking, seeking and knocking for opportunity? Because the promises attached to this saying says : If you “ask it shall be given unto you, seek you and you shall find, and knock, and the door shall be opened unto you. (Matt 7:7)
ASK: “to challenge , to inquire to be on the hunt for…
SEEK: this one means to answer, pursue, and track down.
KNOCK: Did you know to knock means to ask again? It also means to seek. ( haha!) Isn’t that interesting.. we are asked to ask and then ask again… and seek some more… (Never stop asking or seeking!) There’s EXTREME benefit in it. Pretty deep huh?
Manifesting you’re dreams is good, I suppose . Just be mindful to not always set out with an intention to show off your gifts. Begin with purpose, ride the wave… and then you will end up surfing into another plan, another opportunity and another way to manage your gifts with lots of supporters around you; asking : How can we be a part of this thriving community!?
I used to run and hide from the truth. It wasn’t until I began to face the truth that I began to change, and towards triumph!
So..you should know…what I love to do most is… #storytelling! I think I love stories the most because they tell a lot about the soul of a person. I love to sit and listen and imagine. I guess I’ve done that all my life. Maybe it’s why I love to read the way I do… If you haven’t told your story yet, perhaps you haven’t quite “freed yourself ” from what others think, perhaps you don’t have enough “time”, or perhaps you just don’t think it’s all that interesting.
Stories tell of our influence in this world, how other have influenced us, & whom we leave our impression on, can literally change their perspective s, and then… eventually, the world . Storytelling also helps us to embrace others just for who they are. We have a chance to learn about their identity, their culture, and their lifestyles, routine and what makes them tick. It takes quite a bit of transparency to tell your story.
Stories can teach, inspire and help others reach goals. I am finding the older I become, that we are all have the opportunity to learn and absorb all that’s in the world. We need to begin to notice everything around us. And as we imagine, grow and inspire others ther s an exchange of sorts, that occurs. The best part about learning from someone’s story, can be that you are able to glean. You can grow in compassion, empathy and you can have what I call a “self-in-situation” experience. With stories, you can “see yourself differently, and your present day situation is not as overwhelming as you imagine it to be.”
Stories also teach you a lot about yourself. I am very intuitive. I love thinking deep thoughts . I love imagining, I love spending time listening to myself thinking. Because I have always been a reader, I always thought my stories would be told through writing. Yet a few years ago, I found my voice, and began to tell and inform others about life circumstance, through video. At first, I HATED recording videos with a passion, because I was so self- conscious, but then I realized people liked it and I received good responses, so I. Uilt up my courage, began to like them as well. I now notice I have an element of personality that’s intriguing, open and calm, and sometimes my calm be ones my superower. It’s often like you are talking to the person in the video, but’s a bit more intimate.
Speaking of which.. we have a lot of fun on Marco Polo – the app for Mentor My Sisters! If you would like a weekly dose of encouragement, communication, and self-care, join us! We have a forum where you can ask questions, and have a way to connect with other sisters who are all about growth and self-development. We’d love to have you! Just email me, (Jennifer Owens) your phone number (It’s how we join…) Also, if you are in Tulsa , OK. you are welcome to join us monthly, at our local face-to- face meetings!