I was doing a bit of digital clean up late last week and came across a quote I had saved in my notes way back in 2014…
“Until I create a compelling now and a compelling future, what’s the topic? The past.”
Ouch. Thank you, Universe, for the summation of 2021.
This last year has been so tumultuous for so many and I’m no exception. The lack of any sense of normalcy had me feeling a bit lost - or, actually, a lot lost - for the majority of the year. And no matter what I did to try and ground myself, the sadness and feeling of being untethered kept returning. I found myself fixated on past hurts and asking a lot of “Why’s?”.
I knew it wasn’t healthy, but I just couldn’t shake it. I turned completely inward and started to hide - from friends, from family, from clients… from life.
I finally ‘fessed up to an entrepreneurs’ support group I participate in that I was stuck. My vision and spark were gone and its absence had shaken my confidence to the core. The group’s facilitator, Rachel, and my fellow group members jumped into action - asking all the right questions and quickly pivoting me into a series of exercises to re-identify my purpose and my values.
It didn’t answer the question of where I am going - that’s work still to be done - but it reminded me of who I am at my core, what I care about, and where I can contribute value in this world. I felt settled for the first time in a long time.
More than settled, actually. I’m excited about where the future may lead me for the first time in a long while.
And while it may seem strange that this work took place in a support group focused on entrepreneurship, it’s not really. I can’t be successful, long-term, in my work if my mental, spiritual, and creative health is so far off track. Still, I asked Rachel if she would consider running a new group at the SheHive in 2022 that focused on the same questions, but was open to any woman facing any sort of challenge - at work, in their business, in their relationships, or just in life in general. Because while our problems may be different, our path to success is not.
Do you need a Success Blueprint?
If you find yourself in need of a blueprint that can help you manage the change and uncertainty in your life, I invite you to check out the Blueprint for Success Circle launching at the SheHive on January. In this lively and interactive support group, you will learn the tools to:
Sound like something you might be interested in? Click here to learn more. The four-month series kicks off January 13th and is limited to 8 participants.
There is a single scholarship seat available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in the scholarship seat, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
With much love and gratitude,
Ursula Adams, MSc