There are writers who speak truths that transcend time and speak to people across diverse situations. I think T.S. Eliot is such a writer. I've been reading about the Four Quartets and I love what this writer said, "
In this final installment of "Four Quartets," Eliot focuses mostly on how drastically our thinking will have to change if we're going to have any hope of achieving the spiritual rebirth we're supposed to be looking for. Ultimately, he demonstrates that, in order to change the world, we'll first have to change ourselves, and one of the hardest things we'll have to do is move beyond thinking of the world in oppositions like up-down, past-future, self-other, etc. We need to find a new language for talking about experience, because the old language isn't working anymore. Eliot is surprisingly hopeful about our ability to change, though he does keeping admitting that real change can only come with a bit of pain." (Source: Shmoop Editorial Team. "Four Quartets Summary." Shmoop. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 4 Dec. 2017)
I've always loved this line from the quartets:
With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
The end of the year is a fitting time to reflect on that line - at the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time. In the past year, I've been finding myself returning to where I started and knowing it for the first time.
I want to give you an update on a pivot I am making in my work. Those of you who know me well, will not be surprised.
1. Working with women: In my early twenties, when I first started thinking about call or vocation in my life, I wanted to work specifically with women. And I have done a lot of work with women. I've worked with several women's organizations, women's conferences, women in leadership and individual women over the years. But I've always tried to juggle both corporate work and working with women. I've often felt divided in my efforts. Over the past year, I've become more clear that the work I want to do is primarily with women and/or the environment. (I will still work with corporate clients as requested but I won't be soliciting work from them.)
2. Incorporating a more holistic approach in my work: You can expect more content that addresses all aspects of your life. I just blogged every day for the month of November. Thirty blog posts is a good way to get clear about what is important in your life! There were some threads that emerged for me as I wrote every day. I care very deeply about spirituality, the environment, women's issues, leadership and personal development. The work I do going forward will focus on those areas. I'll be writing more about those areas moving forward.
3. Reframe Your Life - An ongoing focus for me and a place where I personally learn and grow is recording my weekly podcast with Jo-Anne Gibson. If you haven't listened yet, please do! We work hard at bringing you content to help you live and lead your best life. We've been at this for almost two years and we have an archive of over 60 epsiodes to date.
4. Acting - You never know - you may see me on the big screen some day. Read this blog post for more details!
5. Cambodia - I'm returning to Cambodia for the first two weeks of January to wrap up the project I started with my colleague, Karen Petersen four years ago. I didn't think I would ever go back after the last trip but I have a deep desire to end well. You can read more in this blog post.
As we head into 2018 I want to be clear with you about what I am offering. Take a few minutes to browse my website and see what programs, courses, resources, etc. that I offer.
And as part of my community, I need your help! Here are some areas you can support me:
1. Speaking: If you are looking for a speaker for a woman's group or event keep me in mind. Or if you know someone who is looking, please make a connection.
2. Stay Tuned: Watch for upcoming courses: I'm going to be developing a course for women I am tentatively calling, Reclaim Your Faith. I'm just in the creation stage of that program. I'll be expanding on it in this newsletter next year.
3. Support: As I refocus my business, I am aware that all of this content creation is going to take time. And as they say, time is money. There is no income generated until such a time as I have these courses ready to launch. I set up a Patreon account today. It's a great way for many people to give a little to help creators fund their work.It is an approach we've been considering with our podcast as well. Technology allows us to create content that was never available before. Thankfully technology also makes it possible for you to support people who are putting out that content! Please visit my Patreon page and if you feel like you are in a position to support me I would greatly appreciate it!
4. Share: If you know a woman who is 'like us' please forward this email to her. I would love to expand my connections.
And finally, thank you so much for being with me on this journey. When I look over my list for this email, I know most of you and I know that you are supportive friends and colleagues. I wish you the very best holiday season with your loved ones. And for all of us, I wish for the outcome that Eliott believed possible - that if we do the deep work of changing ourselves, we can change the world. May 2018 would be a very of living truthfully so that we can heal our world.