To say I'm not a fan of uncertainty would be an understatement but there is a gift in embracing the unknown because when everything is uncertain, anything is possible. Maybe things wont work out exactly as planned, but maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.
Whether it’s personal or professional, the way to solve most problems usually starts with learning to shift our perspective for how we look at the problem.
It only takes one moment for our whole worlds to change. We can go from married to divorced, healthy to sick, employed to unemployed with a phone call. In a world of texts, tweets and posts, we are inundated with words - but what about our actions? Quit your job? Sell your car? What about shave your head?
Loving something requires more courage than any other journey we embark on. You risk everything, leaving yourself open to pain and loss. When you are dealing with a breakup, instead of breaking down choose to be broken open instead.
For a lot of people motherhood can be a loaded word, so I wanted to explore a little deeper what it means to be a mom.
Step mother, birth mother, mom … mother earth, mother nature, motherland. Whatever form it takes on, one thing is true. Being a mom isn't for the faint of heart.
Self improvement comes in the form of thousands of tiny (or sometimes not so tiny) failures.
Often times those lessons come with a price, one that may require making amends or saying “I’m sorry.” But at the end of the day you aren’t in it alone. And if it feels like it is you against the world, it is really probably you vs. yourself.
There's nothing wrong with being bad at something if it's part of the process you use to learn, grow, and get better. You have to put in the hours, the time, and the effort to improve step by step.
If you don't give yourself the chance to be bad a something, you'll never give yourself the chance to improve.
It’s amazing how easy it is to have a strong opinion about something that is clearly wrong. Something that violates your moral compass so much you can’t help but speak out or take a stand.
But what about when it isn’t so clear cut? It’s so much harder to make up your own mind or take a stand when there is an ethical gray zone.
Often times it’s easier to give up your personal responsibility, make excuses to justify your wants and move the needle of what you would otherwise believe is right or wrong.
Sisu is a Finnish word that doesn't have a direct translation. It roughly means extraordinary courage, endurance, will power, determination, and resolve. It is the potential within yourself that is able to see beyond your present limitations.
Sisu is the knowing that helps you overcome adversity and drives you on a journey - one that often defies logic. So obviously I was curious and needed to learn more about this word.
Women On A Mission started as a project to share the wisdom and stories of the women who helped me on my journey. I want Season 2 to be more about diversity, to show the true spectrum of what it means to be a woman living life on her own terms.
Over the next 12 months, I’ll be traveling abroad interviewing women for Season 2and continuing to work with my clients with on brand strategy, website design, and creative marketing campaigns.
Whether it’s a company, a relationship, or just a new life chapter — starting over is freaking hard. When I think about starting over I usually think about endings. But new beginnings are just as hard.
A new city, a new job, a new relationship. Navigating change is difficult no matter what the change is. At the end of the day, no matter how you get there, no matter how long it takes, no matter how hard or easy it is … starting over decides with the decision to start.
Something magical happens when strong women come together to lift each other up. The purpose of creating Women On A Mission is to share the stories and insights of incredible women in the hope that it inspires other women to find and pursue their missions. But what is a woman on a mission?
Brand Workshops, Client Websites, + A New Podcast … oh my. I get asked all the time, “So, what do you actually do?” The short answer is that I work with clients on their brand strategy, website design, and creative marketing campaigns.
But my work is really about helping mission driven women launch and grow their projects or companies.
I love the current conversation that is happening in the media right now around women owning their value. But I wonder, is it enough? In a girl powered world that is fighting unrealistic beauty standards, demanding equal pay and encouraging us to #runlikeagirl because "strong is the new pretty", then why are we being subtly shamed for being too much? And are we being shamed? Or are we shaming ourselves?
I recently made a short film for little girls - or as I like to think about it, the little girl in all of us. When asked why I made it the answer was easy: it was the message I wished I had learned. That it is okay to be all of yourself and follow your own path even if that means it looks different, or that you are loud, bossy, or just overall a little "too much."
You Life Is Still ... To Be Determined
I wrote a letter to a little girl, telling her all the things I wish I had known in the hopes that she could learn them a little easier, or faster then I had.
Maybe she is your little sister, or your best friend’s daughter, or even a letter to yourself.
Sometimes the biggest life lessons come in the most unexpected places.
What I’ve learned in every area of my life, no matter how big or small the pain — starting over isn’t easy (and the first step is usually the hardest). But it doesn’t get easier until you start.
Be it the end of a dream, the loss of a loved one, or any other painful ending — starting over might not get easier, but learning to love again is definitely worth it.
The beauty of becoming: Every new year is a time to reflect on what has happened in the previous 12 months and look forward to new goals and resolutions.
This year I am letting my people pleasing perfectionist control freak go on vacation this year. She has been working way too hard for too long — she deserves some time off.
Moving is such a strange experience. Packing up everything you own sort of forces you to look at where you’ve been, who’ve you’ve been, and where you are going.
New Year’s goal planning is one of my favorite times of the year. A time to turn the page, start a new chapter, and set intentions for the coming year.
But following through on resolutions is a different story. So instead of setting myself up for failure I started picking a theme for the year. Something to focus on instead of achieve.