In an era of “fake news” and hashtag “MeToo”, who really knows what it means to be authentic?
I decided to become a scholar of “authenticity”. In the past year, I have studied the social and political environment in this country. It is apparent that there is a serious lack of authenticity for many different reasons.
Since looking outward is frivolous without looking inward (my opinion), I took into account my own level of authenticity. The revelation was astounding!
This begins a new chapter in my life as an educator, speaker, coach, and consultant. Once I personalized the essential question about the meaning of authenticity, my worldview changed exponentially. My VOICE became stronger! I gained unparalleled CLARITY and CONFIDENCE.
This post is the first in a series I will be blogging about intended to help women authentically redefine their lives – opening up doors and windows to breathe fresh air as I have done!
Yes, I could share my answer now, but I authentically want you to stay tuned into my blog posts and traverse this journey with me. I welcome you to answer this essential question and share it with others.
Peace and blessings,
Mesa, AZ WomanSpeak Public Speaking Circle
I started the 10 Day Detox a week ago Sunday. I awoke this morning with a lot on my mind that requires my attention. Mainly, I was concerned with the fact that not one person has enrolled in my WomanSpeak Speaking Circle.
On December 17, 2017, I hosted an Introductory Presentation to inform people what WomanSpeak was all about. I had 14 women in attendance. During the personal introductions, in response to my question of why they showed up, women consistently stated they were there to support me. I believe it was the 11th or 12th person that stated, I came for myself (although I want to support Davina), I really need what is offered here.
The actual ongoing meetings were scheduled to launch on January 14, 2018. I was there, but no one registered online or showed up. Since the meetings are every 2nd and 4th Sunday, today was that time again. No one registered, and I did not go to the space and sit alone this time. I politely notified everyone via the invite on social media that due to lack of registration, this week’s meeting has been canceled.
I checked my VOICE before making that decision:
I value WomanSpeak’s mission of helping women become confident public speakers. This opportunity is not for everyone. My intuition reveals that I have not reached the women that need WomanSpeak the most. In my marketing, I must provide (charity) more information about WomanSpeak in an effort to engage the right women.
I believe that experiences are mini-lessons that are designed to guide us through life. I look for the lesson in everything. WomanSpeak has really gotten me to take a look at how important it is for women to have a safe place to express their authentic selves. It is an honor and privilege to lead a Speaking Circle.
WomanSpeak is founded by KC Baker, International Speaker whose vision is that women, “Speak their truth and change the world.” I fully support that vision!
I have a new favorite food! Quinoa is my thing now. I can not believe that it took 53 years to discover this super-food!
My favorite breakfast!
For years, I told myself that I could not live without rice. It took me many years to finally embrace brown rice. Now, I am instantly in love with Quinoa. I am eating it for breakfast and on my dinner salads. I can honestly feel the healthy benefit of adding it to my clean diet.
I wonder what else is out there for me?
My VOICE says:
- Value the foods that improve my metabolism, blood sugar levels, and overall health.
- Take the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the foods I eat.
- Have an intuitive mindset when it comes to planning meals – eat only that which energizes and heals my body.
- Have a charity mindset to share information about health and wellness in hopes of encouraging others.
- Continue to Engage in reading and expanding my knowledge about health and wellness.
I have learned to listen to my authentic voice. If finding and utilizing your authentic voice is something you would like me to assist you with – let me know.
I accepted The 10-Day Brand Your Brilliance Challenge, by Felicia Davis, expecting to produce something (because I know the caliber of a leader, coach, and strategist she is), but certainly, I did not anticipate rising to the occasion in the manner in which I did. She exceeds all expectations! If you want to show up more powerfully as a business owner or corporate leader – Felicia Davis is the one to work with! Just sayin’…
Life is like chess, not checkers! Thinking of your next move ahead of time is essential.
I have never been so excited to face a new year! For some reason, this year brings hope and fulfillment of dreams long deferred. In 2016 and 2017, I met some phenomenal people (like Felicia Davis) who are on the same wavelength as I am, but are ahead of me on the continuum, yet more than willing to collaborate and support me in sharing my message.
I often say, “I want people to know my heart.” This means, my authentic desire for the growth and empowerment of others – especially women. I believe in people being able to transform their lives – no matter what they have done or challenges they face. I believe in resilience – because I am that person that deeply desired to have someone believe in me.
My blogging really slowed down at the end of 2017, but because I was focused on preparing for 2018. I decided it was more important to focus on my foundation than to dress the windows of my shop. So, I ended the year accepting the challenge to strengthen my personal brand.
Yesterday, I completed the 10-day challenge feeling victorious! Although I am a life-long learner, I am READY to execute now more than ever. The challenge rejuvenated me! It also made me aware my greatest opportunities for this year. I am so grateful.
To the woman who is ready for a positive life-shift, and definition of purpose – it would be my pleasure to have a conversation about how you can change it up for the better! I did it…I know you can too!
Peace and blessings,
Blessed are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true. ~Napoleon Hill
Wow! It is the year 2018! I remember when Y2K almost paralyzed the world out of fear that everything technical tied to a clock would shut down. That was 18 years ago? We had no idea that technology would morph into something like social media and take off the way it has. Someone may have thought about it – perhaps the person(s) who dreamed it up.
Dreams become reality if action is taken to support them. That is the beauty of 2018 for me. Many of my actions are allowing me to realize my dreams. Speaking, teaching, coaching, consulting, are all things I not only dreamt about but strategically put in the work for the last few years to actualize.
Welcome, 2018! My best year yet!
This year I will:
- fully launch Davina Lyons Enterprises – focused on inspiring women with hurts, habits, and hang-ups to take action to positively transform their lives! This involves speaking, coaching, and consulting.
- continue to teach Middle School English Language Arts in the Gila River Indian Community. This allows me to passionately contribute to the academic, social and emotional lives of the adolescents in my classroom.
- facilitate Speaking Circles for WomanSpeak, a global community that supports Women finding and using their authentic voices to become confident public speakers.
- finally, (not least important) really focus on my personal health and wellness. I realize that if I don’t take care of me, I will not be able to support others in the way I am passionate about doing so.
Yes! I decree and declare that BIG things will happen in 2018!
The Lyons Den
On Monday, I will begin my 4th year of teaching Middle School English Language Arts at Sacaton Middle School in Sacaton Arizona in the Gila River Indian Community. My classroom is known as The Lyons Den. For many students, I am known as Mama Lyons. I am honored to have this title.
Time passes unbelievably fast when you are a teacher. I think it is because everything you do is time bound. Nonetheless, I’m overjoyed to begin yet another year. No matter what I do, there is nothing in comparison to the love I have for teaching. Helping my students to learn and encouraging a growth mindset is my ultimate in satisfaction.
Yes, while it is also my purpose to educate and help transform the lives of adults (especially women), personally there is no greater reward than the privilege of sowing positively into young minds and helping to shape their futures.
As Mama Lyons, I have immense PRIDE in my students.
I have seen some amazing transformations from 7th-grade students blossoming into more mature and capable 8th-grade students. All of the credit goes to them – I simply do my part by providing a safe academic place to flourish in a few minutes a day Monday through Friday.
I am not the only one – my colleagues do the same. I teach alongside some dedicated and caring educators that are just as passionate as I am about giving and getting the BEST for our STUDENTS!
We all agree – 2017 is going to be a fantastic year!
This week has been bitter sweet for me. Over the summer, I really picked up momentum with the launch of my Speaking/Life Coaching business. I have networked and met some wonderful people! My brand is clearly defined; confident that I will succeed on my path to helping women transform their lives.
Today, I was thinking about how blessed I am. I have a career that affords me the time to pursue my goals and purposefully achieve them. In addition, I happen to LOVE my career as a teacher. This part of my purpose is to serve young people (adolescents).
Although I have been physically exhausted every day after work this week, I am delighted to get ready for my students to return to school and I look forward to the year ahead!
I AM an Educator, Speaker, and Life Coach,
For years, I desired to make a difference in the lives of others on a grand scale. There was always something nagging at me that I needed to achieve. Yesterday afternoon I was on a telephone call with my brothers. I love and respect them immensely. With a lot of excitement in my voice, I shared my new position as brand promoter for The Le-Vel Company. I shared all about how wonderful and full of energy I felt on day 2. I declared to my brothers that finally I will achieve all I set out to in life.
In this conversation, my brothers reminded me of all that I have already accomplished and why they love and admire me. They also reminded me of the lives I touch daily as a teacher. This conversation warmed my heart in so many ways. It confirmed that I have been on the right path all along. None of my experiences (good or bad) have been a waste. I have been blessed going and coming – my entire life!
At this point, all I want to do is pursue my passion of inspiring others to create the personal and financial success they desire and deserve. There is so much potential within us; yet this world and all that is currently happening around us tends to distract us from our purpose.
What’s inside you that you want to do, but you haven’t? Is there a goal? Something you love so much that you would skip meals and lose sleep to make it happen. What is stopping you? It has taken me years to settle in to my journey of pain, passion, and purpose.
Finally, I read the self-awareness book , “Your One Word“, written by Evan Carmichael. This book has been life-changing for me! It helped me to realize that my one word is THRIVE. This means to prosper; be fortunate or successful. A secondary meaning is to grow or develop vigorously; flourish.
I AM passionate about the notion of people thriving!
thrive. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved February 18, 2017 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/thrive
It’s a beautiful holiday weekend. Mom’s house is cleaned out and she is happy in her apartment. Finally, I am seriously working on my coursework for my final semester in the teaching internship.
I’m just thinking about how much I love teaching. Sometimes I regret not becoming a teacher years ago. This is my third year in the classroom and my best thus far. I am so much more organized. I am simply grateful for the ability to walk in my purpose.
While it is great to have Labor Day off, I am constantly thinking about my students and looking forward to returning to the classroom on Tuesday.
Today, I realized that I have finally arrived at my destination. For years, I have encouraged others to pursue their dreams, overcome obstacles, and transform their lives by being intentional. If we teach best what we need to learn – they I have a PhD in that subject matter.
For years, I was miserable on my own path.
As I look back over my life, I recall having great JOBS, yet always feeling empty. As a result, often I would start a side job or entreprenuerial venture to appease myself. That did not work because it only stretched me thinner at the end of the day.
Since my last blog post – Intro to my authentic self…, I have been busy decluttering my life (physically and emotionally). I had to make some tough decisions, and shed some people, places, and things. I took a break from blogging to make sure that I was focused and paying attention to my life and what I was manifesting on a daily basis.
As I decluttered my living space, I kept finding old business cards. This reminded me of all those times, I was in search of the right career or usefulness in life. While I am rich in experience (the positive side of my journey), more importantly I am purposefully at peace with where I am today as an educator.
There is no dread of going to work, no concern about finances (everybody likes more money, but it should not be the thing that drives you in my opinion). Teaching is truly what I was purposed to do.
Now, I can relax and get on with being my personal best this academic year as a middle school teacher.
Whew! No more pressure!