To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves there lies the great, the singular power of self respect. Without it, one eventually discovers the final turn of the screw: one runs away to find oneself and finds no one at home.
- Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Why I Do This...
I am very fortunate to have found a profession that fulfills me. Trust me when I say that this was not always the case. After graduating from college and moving to New York from Michigan, I worked in the fashion industry for just over 11 years. I had some wins, but a lot of misses. Through those years, I learned a lot about the world and the expectations I have for myself in addition to what I felt others were expecting from me.
What I bring...
Thanks to my past support systems and the hundreds and hundreds of people I have hired, managed, coached and sometimes terminated, I have learned much about how we operate in various systems. These systems can be work, classroom, teams, families, marriages, to name a few. It’s important to me and the people I see to identify and examine how we behave, respond, react in these assorted worlds we inhabit.
What I need...
Well, first I need you to be open. Just by you being here is a huge step. It proves to me that you have hope. Hold onto this. We need it, especially when times are troubled. Brene Brown writes that “hope is a function of struggle.” In other words, when we are in crisis it is the speck of hope that gets us to the other side. It makes us get up in the morning even if we hate our job. It makes us work out even if we are feeling miserable.
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