In addition to running the SheHive with Andrea...
I still keep a part-time day job as a organizational development consultant. More often than not, when a client calls me, they are in crisis and need help finding their way out. And more often than not they are in crisis because a portion of their team has stopped talking to each other.
Every time I witness one of these breakdowns it breaks my heart. People are generally so good and want to do good, but it only takes a few people unwilling, or too scared, to speak to start the break down of the system. We see it everywhere - in our governing bodies, in our families, in our friendships, and in our workplaces…
One of the many things I love about the SheHive is that it is a given that our starting point is going to be a conversation. Women walk into the door expecting to talk and share. I have long-believed that the power of opening up and hearing, “Me too!” can solve so much of what ails us - loneliness, fear, anxiety, disconnection.
And trust me, there is always a "Me too!"
I heard it in our first Life List class when one brave women stood up and declared, “I want more sex in my marriage!”
I heard it in the private event we held last Friday for a group of women that gathered to decompress after the election when one brave women stood up and declared, “I’m not done being angry!”
I heard it at the Self IMPROVment class when one brave women said, “All my friends are known for something. I don’t know what I’m known for except wanting to be known for something.”
I heard it in our Waggle last week when one brave women quietly shared, “I want to be the kind of woman my children can be proud of. I don’t know if I am.”
I heard it in our Bad Ass Ladies Supper Club when one brave woman cried, “I want to be okay with my body just like it is, but I’m not.”
I heard it in our first Lady Boss session when one brave business owner said, “I’m afraid to put this idea out into the world if it’s not perfect. I feel like I only have one shot.”
In every single one of those instances someone else bravely stood up and said, “You are not alone. Me too! Now let’s figure out how to make it happen together.”
I'm learning to trust the wisdom of the universe...
We didn’t plan it this way, but I don’t think it is any coincidence that the SheHive opened exactly at a time when many women are feeling a heightened sense of confusion, fear and powerlessness because of the state of dysfunction in our government. For the past two weeks I have seen woman after woman psychologically limp into the SheHive searching for a glimmer of hope and leaving an hour or two later with a full heart and full spirit.
You are not powerless and the first step in reclaiming your power doesn’t have to be a big or lofty act - it can be as simple as having a conversation. Gathering… connecting… sharing… talking… is one of the most brave, and nurturing and rebellious acts we take together as women.
I quite like that the SheHive is quickly becoming a group of brave, badass women simply by virtue of our willingness to share with each other.
I swear to the gods and goddesses that if we ever have the means to do so, I’m buying biker leathers (pink for me) for every brave woman that crosses our doorstep with a big-ass patch sewn on the back that reads, “Truth-Telling, Dream-Pushing, Free-Sharing, Vulnerably-Brave Badass Warrior Goddess” (okay, we might wordsmith it just a little).
Until that time, I can only promise to do my damnedest, along with Andrea, to keep the lights on, the doors open, the tea kettle brewing and the conversation and gratitude flowing along for each and every one of you brave badasses that shows up to share.
Go on with your badass, brave, rebel self, SHEro!
With much love and gratitude,
Ursula Adams, MSPOD
This past Saturday, we hosted a free meditation session at the SheHive...
It was a beautiful experience. Lying on our yoga mats, eyes closed, with the scent of Frankincense diffusing in our intimate space, the group was guided through a journey of the mind by Aleah Adams, shining star of a young woman. We were led to create our very own treehouse, a personal hideaway in our minds, a safe space where we can return to any time we need a break or moment of peace.
Afterwards, participants, or as I like to call them, soul seeking superstars, gathered in an intimate circle to have tea under the magical lights with the Saturday sun streaming in from the windows. We shared our meditation experiences, what our treehouses looked like, and dove a bit deeper into the feelings that were brought forth and what it all could mean for us as individuals.
One by one, we exposed our vulnerabilities and fears. We listened with open hearts and compassion and love. We laughed and threw in some sassy. Mostly, we offered support to each other based on each of our unique perspectives and life experiences. It quickly became a therapeutic tea circle.
At that point, I climaxed. :) A climax of my soul's mission. It was an all-out dream-come-true love profusion.
Yes, this is what it has been about all along. The dream of bringing women together to raise each other up in celebration of all that we have been, all that we are, and all that we ever hope to be. It is the space to connect, reflect, and bask in the therapeutic mist of each other's open hearts.
Sisterhood. Community. It's the only way through.
Now more than ever we need a women's community to stand together and collaborate, support, love, and inspire each other. The only way we can do this is to have meaningful discussions, do the work to explore who we are at our core, what our moral code is, to understand the differences between us, and to be heard. We need the power that comes alive within us as we connect in a safe space radiant with wholehearted kindness, bravery and shared wisdom. This is our primary core value at the SheHive.
"In the heart of every woman beats the longing to sit with her sisters, to crack open, connect deeply and share her vulnerability, her joys, fears and her dreams." - Azriel ReShel, Reviving the Ancient Sisterhood
At the SheHive, we are supporting your self care, your ideas, your dreams, your goals, your spirit, your health, your talents, your strength, your ambition, your choices. We offer inspiration and connection amongst like-minded women who strive to live a life rich with meaning. You will find it in our workshops, events, training, and coaching. There will be conversation, creativity, cheekiness, and anything that allows us to grow and evolve in a way that we can be true to ourselves.
"For our world to heal, each woman needs to rediscover herself, find her light and shine it out into the world. We need to guide each other home and now is the time." - Azriel ReShel, Reviving the Ancient Sisterhood
I am inspired by a quote from author Danielle Laporte which speaks loudly on my vision board and directly to my soul. It reads, "Lead a sacred rebellion".
Sisterhood. Community. You will find it at The SheHive, where we are leading our very own beautiful sacred rebellion.
Andrea Clegg Corp
Ursula Adams and Andrea Clegg Corp like to tell the story of how they met and started their new business, SheHive, as something of a comic scene. “Two blondes walk into a coffee shop…”
When they met, they realized just how much they had in common in terms of wanting to motivate people, specifically female entrepreneurs, do-ers and dreamers. That is why the opening of SheHive in Ferndale is something they are celebrating and sharing with the larger world.
Adams and Corp describe SheHive as equal parts best girlfriend’s living room, mom’s kitchen table, girls’ night out and favorite classroom. It is a place for members to connect with and learn from women who are committed to helping each other discover the best parts of themselves.
Programming is co-created by the SheHive for the SheHive and includes workshops, seminars, coaching and special events focused on all facets of members’ well-being.
Founded in 2016 by Detroiter Adams and Royal Oak resident Corp, The SheHive includes members who are teachers, storytellers, CEOs, scholars, yogis, artists, mothers, daughters, sisters, goddesses and friends with the goal of building a hive full of brave women seeking intentional growth, community and life.
“In a day and age where technology enables women to be more connected than ever, we’ve actually become more disconnected from people,” Adams said. “We know there are a ton of women out there in the same boat and that many of them are rowing that boat all alone.
“They’re tired, overwhelmed, scared and just about ‘this close’ to being so burnt out that something — the job, the business, the marriage, the house, their health — is about to go down in a giant ball of flames,” Adams added.
Corp said, “Emotional, spiritual and physical health is — and will always be — a cornerstone of the success of the SheHive. Our organization, like us — the women who founded it—and every woman who walks through its doors, is a work in progress. We want to help however we can.”
Before founding the SheHive, Adams contributed 16 years of her life to strengthening regional philanthropy in Detroit, pioneering the uses of digital media, integrated marketing, strengths-based organizational development and employee engagement at United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Corp is a certified Women’s Circle facilitator, Warrior Goddess facilitator, Co-founder of The SheHive and owner of Leap and Twirl LLC, providing soul-centered coaching and workshops for women.
SheHive workshops will be priced about $20 – $25 per session. Signature series classes — the Lady Boss Leadership Network and Warrior Goddess Wisdom — include one-on-one coaching in addition to class time and are priced accordingly.
Karen Dybis is an editor and writer for Corp! Magazine. She graduated from the University of Michigan and has worked at The Mackinac Island Town Crier, The Kalamazoo Gazette, The (Adrian) Daily Telegram and The Oakland Press. Karen spent five years at The Detroit News as a business writer with stints in retail, workplace issues and personal finance. Dybis also was a blogger on Time magazine's "Assignment: Detroit" project.