Happy International Women’s Day!

Celebrate where you are. Celebrate how far you’ve come. Celebrate your sisters + brothers who travel the journey with you.

As time progresses, and we grow and mature in our own journey, there are moments to pause and consider not only how far we have yet to go, but also, how far we have come.

This past year has personally and professionally been one of coming to terms with the and of this. How far I have to go and how far I have come.

Some might say the only real time is now. Yes, this is an empowering choice point to embody. And, I am not as naive as I once was to not bow with a graceful heart to the passage of the journey.

There is an important principle of holism that has permeated my own world view over the past decade, “as above, so below”. The intricate dance of what is reflected inside of my own life is mirrored out there in the collective and vice versa.

This principle is best served and digested with a special note: embrace this concept from a place of compassion or a place of judgement. One interpretation is grounded in a meta-view of love and the other of fear.

Contrast underpins our physical experience, regardless of our world view. The homestasis of living reminds us that where there is light, there is also dark. From a compassionate view, each has its wisdom to share as we contemplate and co-create our lives, transitions & choices.

On this International Women’s Day I want to extend a genuine nod to each and every person who identifies as woman; who embraces the feminine in their life and leadership and seeks to bring forth their whole selves to the world.

I want to say thank you for standing in the immense power that seeks to express through both your being + doing.

To extend my heartfelt appreciation for your choices that however big or small seek to build a new way forward – even when the circumstances feel insurmountable.

May we continue to embrace the adventure of exploring & experimenting with co-creating new ways of walking together as compassionate, heart-centred travellers in the year ahead.

I felt inspired this morning to offer myself a moment to drink in one of my favourite poets, Mary Oliver. Her poetry comforts & inspires me to get back up when I am down; to be still when the call to move is great and yet inauthentic; to step up & out when the whispers of fear seek to keep me in check.

Mary’s poetry taps into the timeless feminine; the mysterious and fecund space that awaits for the spring-time of our journey to return. In her poem The Summer Day, a powerful quote rings true for many of us at some point on our journey as a key choice point:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

The poem I have chose to share today is called: The Journey.

I feel it offers a “real depiction” of the twists and turns of life that are alive for us all.

May it offer you a deeper glimpse into your own journey.

The Journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

As you travel your journey & embrace the transitions alive for you in your life, remember, you do not need to travel alone!