How much do you prioritize professional development in your life?
Does the thought of entering a classroom setting make your stomach bubble and churn? Are you so busy you haven’t even thought about learning a new skill or developing a new professional contact?
Living your life purpose is not just one big bold move and the rest of the journey is smooth sailing, there is a commitment to the excavation of self and your journey in the world at each stage in your life.
Does that sound exhausting, or what!?! We are so busy!
In marketing, they say connect with your audience by sharing a story… So here is a story.
Over the weekend, I participated in a 2-day workshop for a course I am taking on Creative Responses to Grief and Loss. We played with different mediums: music, poetry, mindful movement, story writing and the process was very beautiful.
The principles are of Person-Centered Expressive Art Therapy by Natalie Rogers and through this course, I realize how art has been a pivotal part of my healing in my adult life. You may say, “I was a poet and didn’t even know it.”
This weekend, I became very aware that I am firmly in middle age at 45.
As I looked at the group of mostly early 20 somethings as I presented my collage, one area that stuck out were the words “THE LIFE” – and over top of the “THE” I cut out the word “MY” and glued it over top.
You see, I no longer want “THE LIFE” – I am focused on creating MY LIFE.
I only have one.
ONE – if you believe in reincarnation, this is the cumulation of others… but only this one life – with this group of people, with this purpose, with this sphere of possibility.
I looked into the eyes of each of the people in the group, trying to emphasize that insight to them, so they will know that it is not about going after the life but really making a life for yourself. Then, I shared with them the images of unsmiling women – bold, unapologizing and again UNSMILING women looking back at the camera.
There is anger, fierceness and restrained disgust. There is a lot to process in the world right now.
And that is how I feel – anger, fierce and restrained disgust, all laying just below the surface.
When I looked into the eyes of my fellow students, regardless of age, experience, gender, culture, I felt such a closeness with them.
The feeling was familiar, it reminded me of when I facilitated vision board workshops, the Artist’s Way group and Goddess workshops. I was using the principles of Art Therapy and gentle movement and I didn’t even know it!!
So by taking a course, it has ignited a new awareness, a new vigor in how I want to share my love and purpose in the world.
In marketing they also say, be sure your copy answers this: “What is it in for me?” Because that is what the reader thinks when they scan your site, do an experiment, try it yourself.
My intention is always when I write is that you feel inspired or empowered use your intuition to express more joy and love in your life and through your work.
As someone who loves to connect with people and see them shine it has been a real challenge to do this solely online. So I invite all who are interested in injecting a little refresh into their work and do a career audit and then listen to our presenter Dr. Marni Bruni speak – Learn More & Register Here!
AND…. clarified butter is when you heat it and then separate the milk part from the top, leaving the pure product below. That is what professional development does, it gives you a chance to go deeper and get rid of the excess.
Surround yourself with people who seek truth, purpose, light, in a pure form.