With the July 4th weekend ahead of us, we can’t help but remember the story Sahar Paz told at Emerging Women’s Power Night Boulder.
And if you go see fireworks on Saturday, you’ll be reminded of it, too.
Not just because Sahar is a firework of a woman. Which she is. “Smokin’ is the word that comes to mind,” said Emerging Women founder Chantal Pierrat.
When Sahar walked out on the stage, she was absolutely owning it. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at her amazing shoes:
When people ask me what I do for Emerging Women, I tell them: “I’m the Event Manager and run everyday operations.”
But if you ask me, the logistics I bring to the table are only a small fraction of what I contribute to making Emerging Women a success. Today I want to share with you some of the invisible things I do that have the biggest impact on our team. And most of it comes down to internal attitudes and asking the right questions when mistakes (yep – mistakes) are made.
Here’s how I like to face a mistake made by a team member I oversee or support:
“How can we go to this? Women just like us! This needs to happen!!!”
That was the commentary I sent, along with the link to register for Emerging Women Live 2014, to my buddy Nat on April 5th last year.
Little did I know, this was the start of a journey that would change everything…
(This is a picture taken on my iPhone, when Nat and I accosted Danielle LaPorte in the lobby at EWLive14 to tell her that we came all the way from Vancouver – where she also lives – to see her in New York City.)
And I almost didn’t buy my ticket.
When we are emerging, we feel that nothing can stop us, right? We feel the fire of our own inner alignment, and the clarity of our truth is rocket fuel for making our dreams manifest. We ride high on what we know is right and we feel like we have super powers.
Until the fear hits. And just like that, Bam! We become paralyzed, we procrastinate, we stay up at night spinning in our repetitive negative mental constructs, we do everything we can to fight the fear or avoid the pain. It’s exhausting! And it has never worked for me.
I am tired of fighting fear.
In my podcast with Emerging Women Live 2015 speaker Elizabeth Gilbert (best-selling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things), we question the standard meaning of the word “fearless.”
At the beginning of the year, in a letter from Emerging Women’s founder, Chantal, she asks the community, “How Big is your BIG?”
In that letter, Chantal illustrates the exciting possibilities of the New Year and sets an intention to dream BIG in 2015. She also reminds us that not everything has to be big, big, BIG all the time in terms of business.
“Sometimes “big” simply means “in alignment with our desires.” Sometimes just asking for what we want is big in and of itself.” ~ Chantal Pierrat
In times of adversity, Chantal also says to (re)inspire and nourish ourselves with the power of the feminine by circling with the important women in our lives.
It was a beautiful, motivating letter, rich with wisdom. And it’s an important message to revisit now that it’s summer and the midway mark of the year.