The check-ins end, but the journey didn’t. In hindsight, those first six years were preparation for the next six, which would turn out to be far more intense and transformational in every detail. Like parts one and two of an archetypal hero’s journey, the first installment is my coming of age story and the second, my spiritual awakening—self esteem raised to self actualization; the embodiment of unconditional self love and liberation.
The book didn’t happen and the relationship didn’t last, but both served as catalysts. With w2k we set the intention that we wanted to redefine success and to support one another in designing and achieving meaningful, fulfilling lives; when I met Elizabeth I declared to the Universe that I wanted to THRIVE—to live bold, free and truthful.
Call it the babe effect—her light inspired me. Saucy and self aware, I found myself longing to shine like that too. To drop the doubt and denial, turn on and turn it up. No more apologizing for who I am or what I choose to experience—Free to be.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. … As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”— Maryanne Williamson