I'm excited, delighted and grateful to be featured in the Women Rock Switzerland special edition of Sovereign Magazine
Check out my interview here.
#womenentrepreneurship #entrepreneurship #wildwomen #rebelgirls#adventurers #climateaction #noplanetb #thisgirlcan #socialinnovation#innovation #nevergiveup #wellbeing #resilience
Some Netflix inspiration to watch and be reminded that humans are amazing and have the capacity to make massive positive change happen...(I didn't watch these back to back).
The Creative Brain
My Beautiful Broken Brain
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
Knock Down The House
The Call to Courage
The Unicorn Store
#love #creativity #ideas #innovation #entrepreneurship #loveasasocialmission #climateaction #noplanetb #sustainability #sdgs #flowinaction #iamunprecedented
I spent last Saturday morning with students from @collegebeausoleil developing their #entrepreneurship skills.
Amazing kids! Each team is coming up with an idea that they will pitch next month, for a product to sell to students and alumni, with profits going to a cause of choice.
I'm looking forward to hearing their final pitches. So much creativity, ideas and appetite to learn more and a pleasure to work with Aurelia Thompson-McNicol their teacher.
When I work with students like this, I'm also embedding wellbeing and resilience tools - empowering them as the new generation of innovators taking action the planet.
#flowinaction #wellbeing #resilience #ideas #imagination #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #sdgs #climateaction #noplanetb #beyourself #adventurers #sustainability #grit
I want you to come to the mountains for some coaching with me.
This is my cathedral. My office. My back yard.
Call it immersion therapy, in the planet you are taking climate action for.
Whatever you’re stuck with, whatever fear you’re feeling, whatever change of direction you want to make, or if you are just exhausted, coaching with me in this space brings new perspectives, connecting you deeply to your wellbeing and problem-solving creativity…which in turn opens up your capacity to innovate and design solutions that help the planet to flourish.
In Japan, they prescribe Forest Bathing as a proven part of self-care and wellbeing. I prescribe being bathed in the wisdom of the mountains and feeling the weight of the stillness under your feet. I've been doing this for a long time now - it works.
When you come for coaching with me, we stroll as we talk, because there is a stillness in movement; I know it’s actually quite painful to be super busy and then come to a dead-stop so we move. As we do, you slowly decompress and come face-to-face with the changes that you want to make.
We will simply ‘flâner’ – a gorgeous French word for strolling, meandering and wandering. We’ll rest on a couple of benches along the way and look at the view (your eyes will hurt with the beauty). I’ll introduce you to my best tree (it's a wild-woman thing and I’m often totally busted by passers-by as I’m having a chat with it) – it’s an Elder, a goddess tree of beginnings and endings. We’ll have a picnic and eat good cake (probably GF Banana Choc Bread to the lovely Sian Leigh's recipe).
I can’t guarantee the weather but I can guarantee that you will feel awe – a deep connection with something greater than yourself – which increases your wellbeing. And I won’t give you a magic bullet in one session but I do promise a starting point for making the changes that you want to make personally and professionally.
If all of this seems a luxury because you’re working hard to save the world, can I just point out that this is the world that you are working hard to save. Be in it to be inspired by it.
Yes, you can be here and back in half a day on the train. Yes, you can come on a weekday or a weekend. Yes, the changes you want to make will start happening. All that you need to do is say Yes.
I know you want to come. Email me email@example.com to find out more and arrange a time to be here.
I'll leave you with the eloquence of John Muir as a final invitation, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
#flowinaction #iamunprecedented #wellbeing #creativity #ideas #innovation #entrepreneurship #sdg3 #sdg4 #climateaction #noplanetb #lifecoaching #leadershipcoaching #happiness #loveasasocialmission
"Attending the Resilience session with Elaine was a moment of inspiration and supportive coaching to move forward with our project. It was really beneficial as members of a team and as individuals with personal stories to heal and look back on them. The concept of realizing I am unprecedent, is something I´d like to remember all the time. Personally, it gave me an assurance that it´s right to listen to ourselves, not only for personal situations but for all situations we are in. It is not common to find workshops that do this link between how we are inside and how we perform at our 'business level´. I wish more people/Companies could take a look at this. I felt an incredible rapport with Elaine, she is sensitive, knowledgable and inspiring to be around! Can´t wait to connect again."
Spring 2019 Programme, Capacity Zurich
“What do you do when you wake up and feel overwhelmed?” was a question I got last week when I was talking with Capacity Zurich’s start-up entrepreneurs. They are starting to turn the seeds of their ideas into self-sustaining businesses and we were exploring resilience for their ‘entrepreneur’s journey’. (They will be having their showcase on 21st June in Zurich, so save the date and go to be inspired, overjoyed and welcomed into their community).
My response went something along these lines, but shorter as time was pressing, so bear with me, as this is something of a love letter to them because they are such an amazing community.
Some days just start like this. And so, what to do to get past that feeling of overwhelm?
For a few moments, reconnect with the fact that you are unprecedented.
Admittedly the enormity of contemplating that there has only ever been a you, right here and now, not before and not coming after…does mess with your perception, a bit like a Max Escher staircase.
But I know of nothing simpler, gentler and more powerful a starting point than this, as a way to be present, let go, change direction, trust yourself to take a leap of faith and do things differently. You are a point of light in an unfolding cosmos, on this pale blue dot. A fractal of energy, rising and falling and rearranging.
It takes a nanosecond to practice, acting like a love-bomb filling you with colour and courage. The more you practice it, the more choices you get back, the more resilient you are – having the capacity to adapt in a constantly changing environment – softening into trust.
It gives you a different kind of courage because it’s not about ego (please note, feeling loved by feeling credible will frequently keep you trapped and get in the way of your best problem-solving). The best leaders and problem-solvers I’ve ever worked with and met, have been the humblest of people; and (from experience) the intra- and entrepreneur’s journey will take your ego and jump up and down on it, until you give in, let go, ask for help and keep on asking.
Reflecting on being unprecedented, is an invitation to think about how and where you want to show-up, to take the risk on allowing yourself the time to be deeply connected to others, to slow down long enough to be authentically you, which will fuel your unique engine of imagination and creativity.
Not only are you unprecedented in this bend of time and space, but so is the person next to you, the blade of grass, this year’s Spring flowers, the butterfly, the baby just born in a warzone, the families risking everything in the hope of something better. Once you pause to see it like this, you realise how precious the unique web of life is and how knitted into it you are. You start to own your story. Make like Gerald in Giraffes Can't Dance.
Tell someone else today too, especially a kid and watch their reaction. This kind of Love is disruptive innovation, cutting through overwhelm to what is most important to focus on; and what is needed when we take action for people and planet.
Martha Graham in her letter to Agnes De Mille wrote, “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.”
Don’t block it. Take a breath. Be you. Start with unprecedented. Love more.
I'm so full of gratitude and joy for this feedback from the programme participants in the Capacity Zurich workshop.
"I felt your facilitation and the journey you took us on was more then that. I felt that you shared your life experience and passed on your valuable lessons learned. I felt that your workshop had so much ‘Herzensblut’ as it said in German. Herz - Heart + Blut - Blood ==> so much passion, compassion ,commitment and enthusiasm!
This way - your way - can only be facilitated by someone who knows exactly what she/ he’s talking about! I felt you cared. And this all made your training , facilitation , session on resilience so valuable, so genuine, so wholehearted!" Spring 2019 Programme Participant
"Amazing workshop Elaine! Thank you. Your open spirit and joyfulness inspired us to jump in and out and test the tools. You reinforced the power of positivity and how important it is in building resilience, which is essential for entrepreneurship. For me it was the channel which reached not only my understanding but also my emotions."
Spring 2019 Programme Participant
"I really loved your presentation, it was one of the most honest ones I know. And very encouraging!"
Spring 2019 Programme Participant
Yesterday. I worked with Capacity Zurich, running my #resilience for entrepreneurs activities with the incredible start-up entrepreneurs in their 2019 Spring programme.
Such an honour to work with them all and be so welcomed into their community.
What an amazing set of people. All of them. From the talented, feisty, focused team. To the talented, feisty, focused programme participants. What a group of adventurers and explorers, working hard to turn their ideas into start-up enterprises.
#iamunprecedented #flowinaction #joy #gratitude #loveismysocialmission#migrationmatters #iamamigrant #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship
The tipping points we are at in climate chaos are calling on us to do things differently; to embrace being fully human.
As changemakers, if we are exhausted then we can’t arrive in each day with our problem-solving creativity to challenge the status quo of zero-sum economics. It is harder to show-up with fresh insights, innovative ideas and the capacity to take real climate action.
Thus, the burn-out of leaders, entrepreneurs, impact investors, educators - concerns me greatly. I've been part of this tribe for 25 years, so I know how many of you have experienced, or are, experiencing it.
It bothers me when you’re lonely, tired, heart-broken, lost, jaded, fearful. And, most especially when you settle for a half-way house in your “one, wild and precious life” as Mary Oliver calls it in her poem, The Summer Day.
We are being invited to be braver than ever, not by pushing harder but by walking back into ourselves to design solutions around flourishing, to create a different, better type of nudge.
And what of flourishing personally? It is in noticing and creating the profoundly loving and positive connections that go deep and broad in the micro-moments of our everyday lives. Practice it so that you can build it.
David M Carter, describes how cultivating these positive emotions inspires environmentally responsible behaviours, so actually there is an even higher, useful purpose to you doing this:
“First, positive emotions expand and deepen our awareness that we are each a connected part of a much larger living system; the Earth. With greater awareness of this interdependence, our values, intentions, and actions become transformed. Second, positive emotions broaden our vision, resourcefulness, and capacity to creatively and effectively address environmental problems. And third, positive emotions help us to authentically connect with the things in life that are most precious. This authentic connection leads to greater happiness and well-being, and reveals indubitably that consumption levels in excess of what we need serve no purpose toward our overall life satisfaction.” (Carter, D.M., (2009) Cultivated Positive Emotions Inspire Environmentally Responsible Behaviours. University of Pennsylvania.)
The planet needs you to do things differently. Greta and a whole host of other advocates made a stand this week.
And it needs us to do differently so that we generate this connection to the ecosystems that sustain us. Whatever tidy plans you might have, with your back to back busy, I can guarantee that the Universe will send a messenger first, who will invite you to slip headlong into flourishing (the Arhuaco tribe have spoken); and when you don’t listen, she will unravel you to make sure you do, as described beautifully by Brene Brown.
As changemakers, we are on this path of ‘wrestling with angels’, as Stephen Jenkinson calls it...
“If you wrestle an angel, you will grow muscle. There’s no doubt of that. You will also hurt in places that you didn’t know you had. There’s no doubt of that either. And you will lose, by the normal calculus of trying to engineer the life that you’re sure you deserve. It will not come out as you planned, wrestling angels. Your plans are usually the first casualty of the match. But here is that great secret of it: you will be able to boast of your defeat. You will be able to stand in the wreckage of what used to be your certainty, your creed, your way of doing life’s business, and you can tell wild, true stories about how it all came to ruin. Whatever is left standing - and there is always something left standing when you wrestle angels - is the thing that was true about you and your life all along, as faithful a companion as the Earth that will one day cradle you again.”
To take this path is to commit to the revolutionary act of loving, to live those positive emotions that David M Carter refers to; as a way of opening up your deepest creativity and contribution for the planet, to decrease the suffering of others. This is what is left standing after you have wrestled with angels. The sum total of light in the world that you, being unprecedented, contributed.
I’m also one of those messengers extending the invitation.
So, I’m asking, what if you did things differently? What if you broke the routines of a lifetime that have made you content with safe discomfort? What if you chose ‘more’…given it’s in the interests of saving the planet? What if you designed everything around flourishing?
When you are ready, get in touch so that I can help you to make those real changes happen
And in the meantime, continuing the theme of messengers and daring to do things differently, watch my wonderful friend Rinat Sherzer's TEDx talk.
#iamunprecedented #flowinaction #wellbeing #positivity #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #climateaction #noplanetb
The moment when someone allows an idea to form fascinates me.
It is like watching the Universe tenderly kiss them on the brow and encourage them out into the spotlight.
Whether a child or an adult, it’s a moment so pure in its vulnerability, a splitting of light refracted as they surrender to that unique expression of their unprecedented self.
It is a moment of great courage, suspended between two shores; a choice to step past fear and shame and doubt to take the risk on what may seem impossible.
The fact that I get to see and share this moment with people of all ages, like the start-up entrepreneurs working in Capacity Zurich’s amazing entrepreneurship programme for refugees and migrants, is a great honour; or the students from British School India in my workshop at the UN last week.
I am filled with an urgency to create these moments with you, because we need to imagine a different future than the trajectory that we are on. We need to imagine it in order to create it; and we need to create it by designing around happiness.
With that in mind, I am prescribing ‘wonder’ for everyone as a fast-track approach for inspiring incredible ideas for doing more good for people and planet.
Diane Ackerman wrote, “Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.”
I’ve been having some chats with Dr Vlad Glavneau, Director of the Webster Center for Creativity & Innovation Unit at Webster University in Geneva, and his working definition of wonder is: “Wonder and wondering deﬁne a particular type of experience whereby the person becomes (more or less suddenly) aware of an expanded ﬁeld of possibility for thought and/or action and engages (more or less actively) in exploring this ﬁeld.” (Glavneau, V.P., (2017) Creativity and Wonder. The Journal of Creative Behavior, Vol. 0, Iss. 0, pp. 1–7)
I love creating the spaces for wondering, as powerful, alchemic places of embedding wellbeing and resilience; as well as the tools for taking action.
Children and young people are so open and passionate in their creativity, it’s like watching a blizzard of butterflies emerge. As adults, you just take a bit longer to get to this place, because you’ve forgotten how to break your rules and take the risk on opening your hearts. Ah, but when you do, it’s a thing of great beauty.
We need more wonder and wondering. It is a reclaiming of being ‘fully human’ in our connection to the planet and each other which needs to happen rapidly. It is a groundswell of more love as a social mission, the start of change, the seed of incredible ideas. Me, I’m a Star Wars watching, wild mountain woman walking under the full moon, rebellious librarian-type of wonderer.
And you? What do you wonder? What do you find wondrous? Take a breath, open up to wondering today. Listen to the revolutionary response inside of you and roll with it.
I’ll wrap up with the wisdom of Alice Walker in The Color Purple, “I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.”
#iamunprecedented #loveismysocialmission #flowinaction #imagination #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #wellbeing #positivity #climateaction #noplanetb #sdgs
On Monday 18th March, I ran a youth entrepreneurship workshop at the UN Palais des Nations for @CASTrips with students from The British School - New Delhi
They took on the innovation challenge of cleaning up Delhi's air - the 6th largest polluter on the planet. I was delighted to welcome Lama Sha'sha'a, the Co-Founder of IRA - International Robotics Academy, Jordan to deliver a session; and run the event in partnership with Fiorina Mugione, Chief, Entrepreneurship Section, Division of Investment & Enterprise, UNCTAD.
Incredible students, incredible ideas, already innovating and dreaming big on enterprises to achieve the SDGs.
#wellbeing #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #flowinaction
It’s 20th March 2019. Here’s wishing you a joyful International Day of Happiness!
Do this simplest of happiness practices today…a smile, a wave, an exchange of words with someone. Initiate it and notice when you receive it too. You’re creating what’s called positivity resonance. It fills up your wellbeing credit bank, so you will actually be healthier and happier by the end of the day.
By the way, you’ll also have been more creative as a problem-solver and increased your capacity to take action for positive impact in your work.
It’s so simple, I know that you’re tempted not to believe me, but the science of wellbeing backs it up, so really, get on with being happy today if you’re committed to being a change-maker.
Flow In Action + You > happiness = increase your positive impact for people and planet
You may not know yet that you can design solutions around proven wellbeing practices and measures to increase positive impact. And that is where Flow In Action comes in to help you.
We create the conditions for you – as youth, educators, entrepreneurs, impact investors and change-making organisations – to integrate wellbeing into your work to:
We introduce, explain, signpost, provide practical solutions and strategic business development support integrating well-being solutions into your activities; starting with our scene-setting workshop on why designing around happiness and wellbeing matters.
It’s more than a day!
International Day of Happiness was adopted by the UN in 2013, “its resolution 65/309 entitled “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development”, conscious that the pursuit of happiness was a fundamental human goal, recognized that the gross domestic product (GDP) indicator was not designed to and did not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people.”
The UN recognised that to achieve the sustainable development goals for the good of all, we need to do things differently and integrate wellbeing, not just as a measure but as an approach in policies, strategies and delivery at a local level of the SDGs in every community.
Young people get it!
They may not always have the words but they intuitively feel it and know it – that we are all connected and interdependent. Last Friday, they got themselves out there to march for climate action.
Gen Z is not waiting for your permission. They are demanding the economics of flourishing, where we design education, healthcare, businesses, products and services for the wellbeing of the planet.
They understand, that more than ever the wellbeing of people and people, which are inextricably linked to each other, have become much more than a ‘nice-to-have’; they have become a ‘have-to-have’ - challenging us to be better, ‘fully human’ and dare to be different in the ways that we behave towards each other and as consumers.
So? Do you dare?
All that you need to do is get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how the economics of flourishing can help you and your organisation.
#iamunprecedented #flowinaction #loveismysocialmission #imagination #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #climateaction #noplanetb #designforhappiness #internationalhappinessday
Are you a woman problem-solving for people and planet?
Here are 3 excellent reasons to sign up for the I Am UnPrecedented® wellbeing practice
as your March Adventure, starting 10th March.
Are you hiding your own self-neglect?
Changemaking is hard work. We often hide our own self-neglect behind the compassionate work that we do. When we do, we're undermining our own capacity to make change happen.
It’s time to radically change perspective as women and reconnect with the planet, the ultimate feminine energy, by loving ourselves so that we can protect it better.
It’s time to have love as your social mission, at the centre of your adventures, as the strong foundation building your innovation and entrepreneurship skills.
Oh yes, important to mention! I've not just made this up. It's backed by the science of wellbeing!
March is packed full of UN Observance Days including International Women’s Day, International Day of Happiness, World Poetry Day, International Day of Forests, World Water Day…just to name a few of them.
These days resonate and intertwine with each other, connecting wellbeing, creativity and innovation together to inspire us, as rebel-girl adventurers - to take action for people and planet.
Yes, you have time to do it
Knowing how busy you are, I am picking your pocket!
Over the 21-days you will receive an email early each morning with the practice as a recorded and PDF version, giving you the wellbeing ‘recipe’ for the day.
It takes less than 3 minutes to read or listen to, and then you will reflect and notice through the day, journaling at night, which can be a shared activity with friends/family if you would like.
Your wellbeing is a have-to-have
With 24+ years of social change expertise, I know from experience that wellbeing is a have-to-have if we are going flourish and be sustained for this journey.
The practice brings that expertise together with science of wellbeing principles that make real, positive impact.
Improving your wellbeing is going to improve your problem-solving creativity and resilience, so that you improve your capacity to innovate for change.
It’s 45chf (less than a cuppa coffee per day) so sign up today
#iamunprecedented #loveismysocialmission #love #lovemore
#iwd2019 #women #wellbeing #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #climateaction #innovateforchange
After more than 24 years working in social change, I have a joyful longing which is bubbling over, a need to disrupt the status quo, a burning desire to do as Rumi suggested, “Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I'll be mad.”
I want to talk about love. Love. Love as a social mission. Loving yourself. Love as the gateway to remembering you are ‘of’ the planet and that it breathes you, so your business solutions must be ‘for’ it too.
If we are going to win hearts and minds on taking action for the planet, we need to radically practice the compassion and collaboration that we preach. I think we are all exhausted by the toxic, non-collaborative environments and behaviours, which get disguised and excused under the urgency of an organisation’s compassionate vision and mission. A review into Amnesty International’s workplace culture published this week isn’t unique by any stretch of the imagination.
An economist I know, with his start-up business of delivering poetic messages of love to people, broke this wide open for me, astonishing me awake, giving voice to the very thing that I think I have always been burning to say, giving me the courage to finally say it out loud.
I want to smash numb hearts open with love and joy and awe and gratitude. Because what happens then is the dam-burst of your unique, incredible, exquisite, problem-solving creativity. Invention. Innovation.
Oh yes, also important to mention. I haven’t made this up, it is all backed by the science of wellbeing, particularly the work of Barbara Fredrickson. Positive emotions deepen your connection to your creativity, your resilience and your resources for taking action. More profoundly, they connect you to a sense of one-ness with the planet and those around you.
I have this crazy idea. It’s a bit like the Footloose moment we all dream of having…(a guilty pleasure, maybe just me then)…this delicious urge to dance into your organisations with their social missions, and start talking about love as a social mission, to see the jaws drop open, the wriggles of discomfort, the down-right irritation. I know when I get those moments of resistance that I have hit the nail on the head and dropped in the pebble of disruption.
With our social missions, we are a huge eco-system – from impact investors to solopreneurs and everything in between. If we really want value-added for people and planet, then love is our answer within our own organisations and partnerships.
In the words of Freddie and Bowie which never get old, “love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves.” © Under Pressure lyrics Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
Imagine achieving the Sustainable Development Goals before 2030. Do you want that for real? Do you dare to get there by being notorious? Will you take the risk on love?
If you answer yes, you need me to come dancing into your organisation. If you answer no to any of these questions, you definitely need me to come dancing into your organisation.
With processes and practices we’ll work on developing wellbeing and collaboration for you and your teams, so that you achieve your business goals for people and planet.
Get in touch via email@example.com
#loveasasocialmission #socialchange #innovation #entrepreneurship #impactinvestment #bcorporation #iamunprecedented #creativity #impactentrepreneur #sdgs #climateaction #noplanetb #socent
Can't wait to run this workshop! It's been a while since I've done a kids workshop and I miss their incredible imagination. They are power-houses of creativity when it comes to problem-solving for the planet.
We'll be playing with ways to re-invent what we do with wrappers for bonbons, chocolate and crisps,
inspiring every kid as a problem-solver for the planet, using their unique imagination and creativity.
We are going to be dreaming big on how to tackle what we do with all of those individual wrappers so that we leave no trace of trash on the planet! Which means that we're finding solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible Production & Consumption.
What to do?
Collect all of your wrappers for the week before the workshop.
Bring your wrappers along! Empty and clean.
We’ll explore the challenge, play with ideas, download solutions and build our first prototypes from the wrappers!
#globalcitizen #entrepreneur #kidpreneur #innovation #creativity #ideas #imagination #flowinaction
Honoured and overjoyed and humbled to receive this feedback from one of the rebel-girl adventurers who did the I Am Unprecedented® January Adventure wellbeing practice.
"as for I Am Unprecedented, I have been blown away by the impact it has had on me over the course of the past three weeks. You have helped me reach a deeper understanding of how important love & connection really is. Providing the science behind the theory, resonated with me & helped me to trust the process & quieten my inner critic. The loving kindness practice unfolded in a simple & easy way, slipping into daily life without difficulty. I had dabbled with a Metta meditation before, however it had been clouded with the effort of trying to feel loving kindness rather than just do the practice. I am also aware that the focus on myself was minimal, until taking part in the January Adventure. I am looking forward to repeating the whole process in a few months & seeing how the next adventure unfurls..." Woman Entrepreneur, Switzerland
#iamunprecedented #rebelgirladventurer #loveasasocialmission #love #flowinaction #creativity #entrepreneur #innovation #wellbeing #climateaction #noplanetb
Is the first point
Of remembering to cherish the planet
As you realise that your utterly unique existence
Is inextricably linked to the Earth’s eco-system
That breathes you every day
#iamunprecedented #rebelgirl #climateaction
You are compassionate to everyone else through your work, but how is going on looking after yourself?
I know, we're only mid-January, but February is right around the corner. The month of love. Speaking as a woman changemaker and entrepreneur to the other rebel-girls out there, I want to make February the month of loving yourself first, knowing that if you do, you'll make more positive impact.
Whatever your age, I know that as a rebel girl you feel joy when you are disrupting the status quo to make change happen in ways that are meaningful to you, for people and planet.
You’re not afraid of hard work, in fact, you’re more likely to burn-out before you give up. And that is exactly the problem. As rebel girls, when we take this approach to life, we limit the good that we can do. We end up being stuck and not making a difference, which is the very thing that we’re trying to avoid.
This is your greatest rebel girl adventure!
February is the month of love. If you genuinely want to make more positive impact, then your greatest adventure for this year is to love yourself first. To learn to flourish, instead of burning out. In the words of Anais Nin, "Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage...The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Life is a process of becoming..." It's time to celebrate yourself.
This approach is backed up by the work of Barbara L Fredrickson, in her exploration of positive emotions. As you create a deep resonance of positivity around you, you will unfold a path full of joy and connection with others; you will deepen your resources for overcoming challenges; you will create the conditions for new ideas and solutions for positive impact.
As a problem-solver for people and planet, love is in fact at the heart of your social mission, so now it's time to learn to live love as your social mission in the everyday.
It’s not selfish, or woo-woo! We know the courage and persistence it takes to keep showing up to make positive change happen in our work, to start and run businesses.
There has never been anyone like you before, so honour yourself by speaking your truth, celebrate your unique blend of creativity and bring your solutions to life. Make this space for yourself and you'll make it for others too.
It's time to change perspective because where do you want your rebel girl adventures to lead you? If you really want to get there, it is time learn to love yourself first, so that you can open up with joy. Make time to nourish your soul and nurture your spirit to overflow with light into every space. Recognise how to be all of you, head into each day knowing that you can find your way forward.
Love yourself first this February with I Am Unprecedented® wellbeing practice
Speaking from experience, it's time for loving yourself first to be the starting point for your adventures. The next programme starts 1st February. Knowing how busy you are, the I Am Unprecedented® 21-day programme ‘picks your pocket’ by absorbing activities into your normal routine.
Find out more about the I Am Unprecedented® wellbeing practice for rebel girls and women who move mountains.
#iamunprecedented #loveismysocialmission #rebelgirlsadventures #rebelgirl #disruptive #globalcitizen #entrepreneur #innovation #loveyourselffirst #flowinactio
Here's wishing that adventure is stalking you in 2019!
Be inspired by the story of the Dancing Cow from Mary Poppins. May you move and be blessed with falling stars and dancing feet.
May #love for yourself and for others be at the centre of your adventures.
May #loveasasocialmission guide you forward each day to protect the planet.
And join me for a January Adventure in my I Am Unprecedented practice to set up your #rebelgirladventures for the year ahead.
#iamunprecedented #rebelgirladventures#rebelgirllifestyle#womenwhomovemountains#loveyourselffirst #adventurers #love#creativity #joy #wellbeing #entrepreneur#weareallconnected
Hi Everyone, I hope you've all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to unfolding a new year full of incredible moments.
2018 was a rollercoaster! The Universe came knocking, kicked me out of my comfort zone and demanded that Ioving myself was the starting point of every adventure. So I've been taking the time to revisit my coaching programmes to be absolutely true to what that means in practice.
I'd love it if I could share my I Am Unprecedented® practice with you starting 6th January for 3 weeks at just 45 chf per person, to set you up for the year ahead so that loving yourself first was the starting point for your adventures too.
I know so many of you as rebel girls and women who move mountains, and the courage and persistence it needs to start and run businesses and problem-solve for the planet. Where do you want your rebel girl adventures to lead you this year? Make sure that getting there involves love, joy and connection.
It's super easy to do, you'll receive a guided set of intentions and activities (easily absorbed into your daily routine) each week to complete in your own time.
Let me know if you'd like to join :) on this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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A privilege for me to work as part of the UNCTAD team to present the Start-Ups & Scale-Ups for SDGs event at the Palais des Nations on Thursday 15th November 2018 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW2018
I have had the great privilege of working all week with the 12 #start4sdgsyoung entrepreneurs to support them in their preparations for today's @UNCTAD pitching event. You can see them here...and a bit of me...live from the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva #GEW2018 this afternoon.
To wrap up Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, I'll be running a wellbeing workshop @Soft-Space Geneva for women entrepreneurs 14.00 - 15.30.
I Am Unprecedented® is a wellbeing session for women entrepreneurs, reconnecting you to your creativity, light and energy, so that you are nurtured and rejuvenated for your ‘entrepreneur’s journey.’
With positive practices that centre you on your strengths and give you practical tools for facing the challenges of leading positive change, you will build self-care and self-compassion techniques designed to support you in the day-to-day of living your life purpose.
Come along to network, learn and celebrate as women in business on 17th November. Sign up via https://www.facebook.com/events/2166381723413921/
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