What a strange and challenging year 2020 was! I cannot believe 2021 is finally here! We started out feeling 2020 was our year for great insight and clarity. In fact, there were many New Year’s initiatives across the globe referencing 20/20 vision.
What we now know is 2020 was certainly not a clear path, but more of a rocky road with steep inclines. When COVID-19 hit the scene, there was a ‘run’ on everyday food and supplies – grocery store shelves cleaned out. Next, social distancing was mandated along with wearing personal protective equipment. Sadly, we have lost over 1.8 million people worldwide and are counting! Our U.S. Presidential elections, no matter what side you were on, were a bit chaotic. Not to mention the heightened awareness of the prevalence of racism in our country, natural disasters, and so much more.
As I pondered these events and some more personal ones I am reminded of our history. Humanity is no stranger to adversity. As I reflected, my thoughts kept circling back to gratitude and resilience.
- Gratitude – for the opportunity to teach and continue facilitating women’s empowerment workshops. Transitioning from in-person to online during the pandemic for both has truly been a blessing.
- Resilience – Our capacity to recover from difficulties is long standing. I don’t know about you, but I suspect each of you are just like me, life has been an ongoing series of adapting and coping with various life changes … AND not all changes are in response to bad things. Truth be told, I do not believe I’d have the same drive to help others to live their best life and reach their highest potential if I it had not been for ALL my experiences, good and bad.
Our lives are experienced and navigated based on our LENS (the way we perceive things) that influences and informs our focus; where, when, how, why, etc. our thoughts, feelings, and actions happen. My passion for education saved my life and ultimately led me to the purpose of teaching adolescents and inspiring others by sharing what I know about overcoming, and persevering.
In 2021, In addition to the Authentic ME! Workshops I facilitate for women, I vow to step up and support teens and young adults beyond my role as a classroom teacher. That is why I am launching Authentic Best Life for Teens and Young Adults. My goal is to expand the capacity of educators, parents, and caregivers to be more supportive of teens and young adults. My heart is always in that space because I remember at each stage of my life what I needed to thrive.
You may term my reflections as looking for the “silver linings”, “making lemonade out of lemons”, or “glass half-full” optimistic thinking. Whatever way you call it, I gained an abundance of clarity in 2020. After 25 years as a corporate leader, 15 years as a certified life coach, and 7 years as a classroom teacher of adolescents, I have observed a great deal about people and how they handle adverse situations. The social unrest and division in this country we faced in 2020 confirmed a need for me to stay the course.
I also believe in positive affirmations and have HOPE for a much better 2021! Change starts from everyone focusing within themselves and vowing to DO and BE better. Your mind, heart, and spirit must align, or you will continually have an unpleasant wilderness experience – consciously and unconsciously seeking to be accepted and approved in every area of your life. In the process, you miss out on having a relationship with the most important person of all – Your SELF!
I invite you to become a part of our community. We support one another in the exploration of our physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual self by focusing through various lenses. You emerge as a bolder, courageous, confident person which positively impacts many areas of your life.
Personal development is not an easy journey. You must be dedicated to the notion of living your best life. This means being willing to ask yourself the tough questions. It means focusing within through various life lenses expecting to DO and BE better for yourself, family, and community.
In our workshops, these are some of questions that you get to answer as you become more self-aware:
- Why do I think the way I do?
- What is my style of learning?
- What are my significant personality traits?
- What kind of listener am I?
- How mindful am I from moment to moment?
- How do I express, recognize, and celebrate gratitude?
- How empathetic am I?
- Is procrastination a problem for me? If so, why?
- How well do I manage disappointment?
- What is the best method of self-care for me?
- How do I find time and ways to help other (only once my cup is full)?
- What are the leading roles I play in life?
- How does meditation help me?
- If I am so smart, why do I make some of the worst choices?
- What will it take to forgive those who have caused hurt feelings?
I invite you as my guest to join the Authentic ME! Community Workshops to learn more about how you can enhance your life by becoming more self-aware, and resilient. I hope to see you at the next virtual workshop!