This summer I shared my perspective on my favorite animal and how I’ve come to learn more about myself by drawing parallels to my own life. This sparked some creative and lively coaching sessions with my clients who also feel a connection to a specific animal, too! I love when we don’t take ourselves too seriously AND we learn a lot in the process. Yes, please!
Last summer I read a powerful Facebook post from writer Jen Hatmaker about how female elephants back in and encircle a vulnerable elephant. They take this formation in two circumstances: to protect a vulnerable member of the herd from a predator or when a mother is giving birth to protect her and her newborn. They close ranks and form a tight circle. They band together and put up such a strong defense that the elephant in distress can recover and heal knowing that her sisters will hold the space for her.
This story touched me so deeply. I’ve been wanting to write to you about this topic since then.
Up until two years ago, I had mostly enjoyed being in the “outside ring,” supporting and protecting others. Through ups and downs of early motherhood and starting my business, I had had brief interludes in the center of the circle, but my recovery from each was swift and I was back on the “outside” protecting and supporting others.
It wasn’t until my Dad’s diagnosis with terminal brain cancer, my son’s (temporary) hearing loss due to chronic sinus infections, on top of the day-to-day challenges of life, that I found myself in the middle of a circle of my people. Surrounded and protected.
For the first time, I felt like being in the center was exactly where I needed to be.
Through the support of my family, my friends, my spiritual work, and my self-care, my life continued. I was inside the circle and I stayed there for a long time. Inside that circle, I was allowed to grieve and grow, reflect and reconsider, learn self-compassion and feel loved.
Does the idea of a circle of protection and support speak to you?
I would love to invite you to explore my new Self-Care Circle called Grace & Space.
Grace & Space is a coach-led self-care circle to explore our overall well-being in a nurturing and supportive way.
It’s the grace to return to self-love.
It’s a space to be without comparison or competition.
It’s a place to “be more” in every area of your life!
Over 6 months we’ll connect (in a carefully curated group of women!) for 18 nurturing virtual group sessions around such themes as
Vision * Gratitude * Sabotage * Compassion * Habits * Mindset * Worthiness * Nourishment * Boundaries * Tolerations * Intuition * Beauty & Pleasure and many more.
You can read all about it here.
I’d love for you to join me (and other amazing women like yourself!) in this virtual Self-Care Circle so you can feel more clear, confident, content, hopeful and energized.
But don’t wait! The circle is already forming. We are saving you a spot.
PS – if you want to read the FB post from Jen Hatmaker that inspired this, check it out here.