Attending the ‘Scaling The Summit’ workshop opened up my mind to the possible!
Yesterday I had the privilege of spending a day with three business experts and had the benefit of their life experience and advice… me and 59 other women! We had all been invited to be part of a ‘test group’ for this new dynamic trio of Linda Davis-Carr, Andrea Callanan and Emma Van Heusen presenting their take on how to upscale our businesses.
Each of these women have been incredibly successful in their careers, faced difficulties along the way, made huge changes and sacrifices and after a lot of hard work, carved out their own successful businesses.
Andrea was our MC for the day as well as leading on the ‘Mindset’ section. Andrea did an amazing job of building the energy in the room with her infectious passion. Even the shrinking violets succumbed to her demands for us to shout “Hell Yeah” to her motivational questions.
Three sections were covered during the day… Linda was on ‘Business’, Andrea on ‘Mindset’ and Emma on ‘Marketing’. This blog isn’t an account of what they talked about… you’ll have to book up on their workshop to find out! What I will say, is that the women in that room had the opportunity to assess how far they have come and start to believe that they can achieve their dreams for the future.
‘The Triple Threat’, that is Linda, Andrea and Emma, talked candidly about their own experiences in business, their fears, worries and the good old ‘impostor syndrome’ that so many of us seem to suffer from.
One of the most poignant parts of the day was during Andrea’s Mindset section. Now, I’m a very open minded person when it comes to ‘the mind’ so I was looking forward to this, but I appreciate it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. We were asked to stand up and put our hands by our sides. When then did some breathing in time to Andrea clicking her fingers. The energy in the room shifted and we were all receptive to her every word. As she clicked 1,2,3,4… 1,2,3,4, Andrea started to talk about our memories, asking us to go back to a time when something amazing happened. A memory that made you feel like you could do anything, a memory that we could see, a memory that we could feel.
As I stood there breathing in and out, a few visions flashed in and out of my mind, but there was one memory that came back to me, so I went with it. It wasn’t anything to do with the kids, or my husband, or my job… it was just me. I thought of the day when I had made a massive decision in what was undoubtedly the biggest crossroads in my life. You know the one, where which ever decision you make, you know your life will never be the same again. I won’t go into what it was about, that would take all day, but the overwhelming feelings I had was that I could do anything I put my mind to. I did it once and I can again.
As Andrea continued to talk us through the exercise, I was unable to stop the tears from pouring from out of my closed eyes, it really was that powerful. As we came out of the meditation, I looked around to see that so many of the other ladies were feeling the same! Tissues were passed around as we gathered ourselves together and it was clear to see that Andrea was also clearly affected by what she had just witnessed… lots of women in one room connecting with their emotions.
We did many other tasks during the day that made us think about how amazing we are… and if we didn’t think it at the beginning of the day, by the end, we were starting to believe it. It’s not something that will happen overnight, it has to be worked at but undoubtedly, having a tribe of women to support you like the ladies in the room is only going to help. Sometimes, just having somebody else saying that you are capable, you are valuable and you can do whatever you want to do is all you need to give you the push to do it.
What I came away with at the end of the day, was the thoughts that I had been playing around with the last few days were now confirmed. I want to get back to blogging, and build this little corner of the internet called ‘Tales of a Mother’s Daughter’. I want to create a place that shares information on all the things I like to talk about and feel passionate about. I want to work with companies that support women in all things ‘wellbeing’ or produce amazing products that make women feel good – shoes, bags and make up are obviously top of my list! This is all going to take time and hard work, but other people do it, so why shouldn’t I? If you have the drive, you can do anything.
The blog I started last June about our little girl’s Autism story had already started to evolve and despite being neglected for the past nine months while I up-skilled as a Social Media Manager, it’s time to get back to it. Time to get a re-brand and create an awesome website and go with it. It will take time and I’m not going to pressure myself into doing everything tomorrow (which is usually how I think)… I need to plan, make shit loads of lists… but I can make this happen.
As women, we are all daughters, and a lot of us are mothers too… and what was highlighted yesterday is that we all have our tale to tell, so lets tell it!
Until next time….
Love and hugs xxx