Rise and Shine
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”
I find it funny how you can spend a lifetime uncovering what you knew when you were a child. You had all of these cool talents and gifts. You didn’t hesitate to use your gifts until someone told you you shouldn’t, or they laughed at you, or worse, you told yourself you shouldn’t shine too brightly because of what they might think.
It has taken me this lifetime to reclaim and expand my gifts. I have been blessed to have faith, great education, coaches, healers, friends and family assist my journey to find my life purpose to simply Rise an Shine.
It is my purpose to shine: clear out everything holding me back — old emotions that don’t serve, mind patterns that are destructive, spiritual blocks that stop me. Like a lighthouse, I do not need to go around finding emergencies in which to shine my light. I stand firm and shine. Each day, I need to rise to be my best self, and just show up and shine.
My mission is to become the best me possible. When I can come from the place of using each of the gifts I have been given, I am empowered and I can empower and lead others. My mission is not to be effortful, it is to allow, trust and flow so I can be in inspired activity. What is inspired activity? Activity that you enjoy and are inspired by.
I started my life as a musician from 4 to 18 — practising piano and singing, performing, and competing in festivals and exams. While I felt moments of love, I lost sight of why I was working so hard. I walked away at at the end of my Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto to pursue other interests. Even with a scholarship to university, I had talked myself out of being a full-time musician. How would i make a living? What more was there to learn here? I was 16 when I first lied to myself because my fear was bigger than my belief in myself. The sabateurs in my life were loud!
In my 20s, I was curious about learning as much as possible and I loved to read and write. I was accepted into an applied studies program at the University of Waterloo to learn about Professional Writing. I went on to get my Master of Arts degree at the University of Waterloo (Language and Professional Writing). I then was interested in studying marketing and earned my MBA at Schulich School of Business (Strategy and Marketing). Couldn’t I just stay in school forever? Time to get out there!
My marketing career was calling. I spend my 20s and 30s pursuing marketing and technology in a variety of telephone and software companies of various shapes and sizes. What a fun world. There were so many smart and successful people. The challenges were constant. I especially loved start up software the best because the experience was raw and I could be my most resourceful. This corporate ride was lucrative but not completely checking all of my boxes. I knew there was more for me.
What’s in the Backpack?
I became overwelmed with my solitary career focus and this was reflected by the fact I had become sick in my body. I was beginning to hear again from my intuition, which told me to leave my career for a time and go care for myself while backpacking. The travel taught me so many things about myself that I had forgotten. I was happy, resourceful, smart, healthy, and loving, and I needed to focus on my whole self in order to lead best life. I returned home and truly started to lead my life and create what I longed for: deep connected relationships, love, heart opening, inspired songs and internal life balance.
Creation – Combing my loves
I look back now, having a thriving family, music career, coaching practise and health and wellness business, and I realize that combining all my loves is critical for my health and happiness. I am not a one trick pony. I have many talents. Using them all and honing others helps me truly be the servant leader I was born to be. My values are truly clear to me now: freedom and helping as many people as she can.
I am a Co-active Coach, having studied with CTI (www.thecoaches.com) and learning in the school of hard knocks. I want to help others design their richest life. I believe that people have everything they need to create the life of their dreams, they just need a little help getting on track. I focus on stuck leaders trying to advance to a new level of leadership and trapped creatives that are ready to expand. I guide my clients to help them find their calling and have the courage to live it boldly.
“You are really heard me.”
“You helped me see my situation from a totally different perspective. I could move forward.”
“It is amazing knowing that you see me in my best light. You are a great champion. I am safe to explore in our sessions.”
“What is it to be so courageous. You have a quiet confidence, but I can feel your fierce stability. There is nothing I can say or do that shocks you. Your edges are expansive.”
“It is interesting that you can be both a creator and a corporate leader. I feel that you empathize with all of my journeys.”