Listen to Heather read her upcoming book, The Bracelet. This wonderful tale speaks to the struggles every woman faces in life.
Transitioning. Life never stays static, does it? I was in the middle of shifting into new directions. Reaching mid-life brought new questions and the desire for new possibilities. The only problem was….What? How? When? I knew I wanted a career change that aligned with my experience, gifts and passion, but I couldn’t define it clearly.
Working with a coach for over a year taught me to be ‘still’ long enough to trust my inner voice. I heard what I truly wanted and my desire to transition from the field of education into one of coaching, speaking & writing. But in all honesty, I feared I had the courage to make this shift. Where do I start? How do I go about it? Who will be my clientele? What is my mission? How does this align with my purpose? Where will this career path take me for the second half of my life? Will I be successful? I floundered and restlessly waited in a cloud of questions. I needed more clarity.
This is where I was in life when I developed The Clarity Process. Developing this theoretical model helped anchor me during the flood of emotions and options that can overwhelm us during the onset of transitioning. I craved order. When things are shifting and changing both in and around me, I needed to be able to understand…to classify…& to confirm. Hence the birth of The Clarity Process. I discovered that when I committed to the four stages of this process: REST, BELIEFS, FAITH, & ACTION, my clarity increased and the path became clearer.
Now, certainly life is never quite this linear, but in hindsight the path is always clearer, right? Looking back, I can see how The Clarity Process served me well. However, I will admit, that this takes work and daily intentionality in the middle of unsure outcomes and new possibilities. But when I feel stuck, I still use this process by first resting and letting myself listen in on my inner dialogue, checking my beliefs, engaging my faith, and then setting my course of action. My clarity grows rather than my confusion and with this, my confidence increases.
So, this is the back-story about how The Clarity Process was developed. Join the team and me at Arise & Be as we step into this conversation together for our 6-week E-course. See you in the Courseroom!
My heart is with you and for you,
What’s it mean to explore your own voice, and what does that look like in your daily life? Join us for this discussion!
A couple Friday’s ago I attended the Arise & Be Vision Board Workshop!
One word comes to mind to sum up my morning with this amazing group of women, thankful. This workshop allowed the time and space for me to make my goals and visions for this year come alive!
Going into the workshop I had a few things I wanted to accomplish. To reach my goal weight by May, spend the night in a treehouse and to learn Spanish.
After the first hour of the workshop, the time they gave us to just free our minds really helped me discover other goals that I never knew I had! The environment and energy at the workshop was amazing and so comfortable. It was so cozy and the music was so relaxing! I loved seeing the fresh flowers as soon as I walked in the room. Fresh flowers always put a smile on my face and warms my heart!
Hearing Kila’s story about her vision board totally made me tear up and it really helped everyone understand what a vision board is and what it can do for your life. I have created one other vision board about five years ago. I was so excited to make another one because I believe so much in the power of them!
Almost every single thing that I added to my previous board has all happened. A trip to Europe, a marriage to my best friend, my salon, a puppy and so much more! Since I have made my second board, I have looked at it each morning while getting ready for my day.
Putting positive thoughts into the universe of the things I want to accomplish for myself and my loved ones is a powerful thing.
I am thankful to be a part of the Arise & Be movement and I am so THANKFUL I get to experience moments like this with such an uplifting group of women!
I walked into the Arise & Be retreat in January a battered, wounded soul, and immediately I could tell that it was a safe place. I saw it in the way people were smiling at one another, nervous but open. I felt it in the way the Arise & Be team had set up the room so beautifully, and in the way we were greeted individually by the team. I even heard it in the gorgeous music filling the room and tickling my ears.
We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ The reality is, we all know words can hurt. They can touch us on the deepest of levels, rock us at our absolute core and seep into our hearts. Words can make us feel so good, yet, so small; they can make us laugh, cry, laugh and cry…we’ve all experienced the different effects words can have on us. And yes, while they may not leave a physical mark on our bodies, they can have lasting effects on our hearts.
As a team at Arise & Be, we believe words can compel us to leap, fly, soar even. They can ignite a fire within us to do amazing things. Invoke purpose. Offer support. Restore beliefs. Shape our thoughts. We believe:
Words. Are. Powerful.
Which is why at the beginning of every year, we each choose a word that will evoke change, inspire self-care, offer strength, awaken our hearts, and encourage both forward movement and growth. A word we can lean on in those oh-so-familiar challenging situations, and at the same time inspire us to move towards new opportunity.
Finding the ‘perfect’ word can be a little intimidating at first. As you explore finding your word for 2016, here are a few questions to reflect on:
•What am I longing for?
•What makes me feel most alive?
•What barriers do I want to break through?
•What is keeping me stuck?
•Where do I want to grow?
Sometimes, the words that emerge from answering these questions are the ones we are most afraid to step into. This is where we get to be our most brave selves. To take that leap, to fly and to soar.
Part of our upcoming ‘Find Your Bliss’ coaching retreat focuses on guiding you in finding the best word for YOU and if you already have it, even better! We will give you essential coaching tools that will support you in exploring your truest passions and in living your best life!
Arise & Be’s word for the year is IGNITE! We are super excited to share this with you and see where it takes us! Our hope is to ignite a fire within women to ask bigger, better questions and invite them into living a life of freedom, strength and wholeness.
We are SO for you!
-Heather, Sharon, Michaela & Meredith
PS We would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to know what words you might be tossing around or have already chosen!
How do we show up well in our relationships? The most essential intention we can activate is learning the art of checking in with our heart. Many of us must resist the urge to live ‘yanking our hearts around by the bootstraps’ and pushing through life on an adrenaline rush. (….She says with 3 fingers pointing back….).
Summertime has become my time to slow down and hit the refresh button….
and playtime is essential to my heart.
That’s what the Summer is about in the Penny household. From vacations that include camping, exotic trips, and new adventures….to firework shows, BBQs, pool parties with friends, and Friday Family Fun Nite….we are being intentional about playing.
So, here’s what I experience as I take the time to play and give myself permission to deviate from the daily grind….
- Creativity flows
- Relationships flourish
- New perspective is gained
Isn’t it worth it?!? For someone who likes to be productive and see high results, it has been inspiring to see the impact of Summer Playtime.
Taking the time to slow down and check in with one another in fun ways creates new space for higher levels of connection and intimacy. This is why Summer has become my “refresh button”.
I get to check in with the state of my heart, which in turn allows me to honor my relationships better. I want to offer my best as a mother, educator, wife, coach, sister, daughter, and friend.
So what’s your story? How are you playing hard this Summer? And what are you experiencing as you hit your own Summer refresh button?
My heart is with you and FOR you….Play on!!!
3 Ways to Offer our Life Story Well
In his book, Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer talks about his noble ambitions to live up to a high standard by observing great lives and emulating the loftiest of ideals. However, in his quest to achieve a high standard of living, he realized how false his life began to feel. In his words he had “simply found a noble way to live a life that was not my own, a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to my heart.”
What does it mean to listen to our own hearts and live the life that only we are meant to live?
1-We take the time to pull away and listen to the whispers of our hearts.
What is important to me? How am I aligning my time and resources to listen to my heart well?
2-We honor all that we have lived and anticipate more story yet to be written.
How do I honor my failings and my successes? How do I get to use what I have lived to finish writing my story well? What is my best to offer the world? What am I anticipating?
3-We OWN the responsibility of writing our life stories and intentionally offering it back. Where do I need more support for the story I want to offer? How do I want to finish well? What is the legacy I want to leave? How is Divine Love guiding my story? What is blocking me?
Why is it so important to be intentional about writing our life stories well and offering it back?
Because just like our own unique fingerprints…so is the story for your life. The world is waiting for you to show up and offer your story well.
I learned this life lesson well teaching in East L.A. With a low socio-economic at-risk community of middle school children, I was hired to teach English. As I learned to trust my intuition by incorporating the arts and integrating the right side of their brain to both soothe their spirit as well as energize their creative thinking, I watched the test scores go up. I witnessed a population that had consistently failed begin to succeed at high rates. What if I had passed over this position? What if I had ignored my instinct to incorporate art? What if I had dismissed the whispers of my heart to find creative ways to support the journey of these children?
We each have the joy of living fully present with our lives to offer the story that only we can offer.
My heart is with you and for you as you step nobly into your story and offer it to our world, Heather
March 15th, 2015
The sun was shining, the trees were swaying with a gentle breeze, and the birds were singing their hearts out. What a beautiful beginning to a fabulous day. Each one of us on the Arise & Be team were beyond excited to meet each of the women who signed up for our ‘live your journey’ retreat. Our hearts are so connected with what we get to offer, and we couldn’t wait to meet the beautiful souls who bravely stepped out of their comfort zone to spend the day with us. A day, not only relaxing, but a day filled with growth and vulnerability, intentionality and purpose.
We learnt all about honoring the whole self. We got to listen to Heather talk about intuition and Left and Right brained activities. We created masterpieces with oil pastels (use that right side of the brain, ladies!), discovered new terms like: space within and space between. We explored the words: Clarity, Kindness, Confidence, Growth, Receptivity, Vulnerability, Faith and Abundance…. and then used those words to create our ‘Life Map Cards’ for our journey. Deep conversations, sharing in our groups, beautiful questions being asked. Playing with putty as Heather read us a story. One of my favorite things was seeing all the blankets spread out under the trees as we all took time to rest after lunch. Oh, what a glorious day.
Thank you Michelle F, Shelley S, Rebecca, Shelley W, Cristal, Paige, Marjorie, Erika, Raley, Jennifer, Darlene, Amy, Jill, Jaime, Kacee, Michelle H, Lexi, Lisa W, Liana and Lisa H.
Each one of you inspired us. We are so FOR you and we can’t wait to see each of you soar.
Live deeply and with freedom, dear friends.