When I started my business in 2008, I totally avoided calling myself a speaking coach. I had this idea that if someone wanted to be a “speaker,” they probably loved the spotlight and were way more attracted to attention than to making a difference. And I didn’t want to promote that kind of work in the world.
Regardless of our age or life stage, we often find ourselves soul-searching in the question of what is next for ourselves? Often big transitions and transformation requires help and tools for finding clarity. We chatted with What's Next facilitators, Laura Riordan and Linda Lesem about tools and techniques for determining your next chapter.
Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day with a sold out event, stunningly inspiring speakers, surprise music and poetry, and some incredible souls who bravely expressed what it means to be a courageous woman during our first-of-many, moth-style open mic sessions.
There was once a time I walked into my workplace each day in Corporate America with a tight feeling in my chest and a directed sense of what needed to get done. I would run a quick scan to recall who I was meeting with and what I needed to deliver.
In today's times, fear and uncertainty is becoming part of our lives. Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's letter to fear, we collectively wrote a letter to fear together. Dear Fear, we are not afraid to stand up for what we believe in. We are not afraid to be who we are. And, we are not afraid to dedicate our talents and gifts to help make the world a better place, for all.
What a year it's been! As I look forward into 2017 and plan what's next for The Hivery, I looked back to review how far we'd come. As I remembered the journey of this year, tears of joy and pride came to my eyes. The Hivery is on a mission for women and as we move toward a New Year, we are feeling unstoppable.
People often ask how I started The Hivery…where I got the idea, how I knew I wanted to do it. I’ve got my short answer, but the real answer is complicated. The Hivery came from lots of things…like any creative process, it was informed by anything and everything. Let me try to explain.
I am fascinated by this fundamental (and often unmet) need for feeling a part of something bigger than ourselves as individuals. And The Hivery is an expression of my belief in the power of building communities that are based on inclusiveness, kindness, and collaboration.
Back in January, I chose braveryas one of my words for the year. Here we are, just past the mid-point of the year, and I’m reflecting on this word. What is bravery, exactly? How has bravery shown up this year? What will bravery look like as we move through the rest of the year?
Women tell me they LOVE the idea of The Hivery. They're excited by the energy of our space and our members, but they wonder if they fit in. They aren’t whatever it is they think they need to be to come to The Hivery.
Meet Hillary Sloss, a longtime Hivery member and shining example of a talented woman who used her expertise and skills to create something new in this world. Hillary was an accomplished and sought after photo journalist who had a harrowing experience that caused her to leave her career. After much exploration, hard work, and soul-searching, Hillary took brave, bold action in creating Firefly Institute, a photography camp for women.
Melissa Cistaro most loves to write, spend time with family and friends, support local artists and musicians, work with authors and aspiring writers, read, create and re-purpose books. She’s the author of the memoir Pieces of My Mother, which was recently selected as Best Nonfiction Book of 2015 by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.
Last night, we celebrated the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Summer is the season of light and energy, and our gathering was a sparkling reminder of the impact we can have on this world when we each let our unique light shine.
Grace interviews Western Bonime, founder of Marin Fashion Academy, as we prepare for our first collaborative teen program “Fashion Inspiration Workshop” for girls at The Hivery on June 20th through June 24th.
Uh oh. I’m seeing a pattern, here. And it sounds like, “What I'd really love to do . . .”
One of the beautiful qualities of doing anything in repetition, is that patterns emerge over time. And patterns repeated over time, reveal data, right? And data provides insight. So, the study of patterns reveals knowledge and direction, right? I’m a creative brain and a busy mom to two tweens, so I’ve learned that especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s helpful to look at patterns in categories like my work, my emotions, or my finances to show me what requires my immediate attention.
One of our wonderful Hivery members, Lisa Rueff, has developed the board game SPARKED to bring women together to celebrate, empower and uplift each other (a like-minded mission with The Hivery!). The game is inspirational, aspirational, full of heart and soul—made by women for women—and it's an absolute blast to play! You'll have a chance to meet Lisa next Thursday at The Hivery Circle Game Nighton May 10th! In the meantime, join us for our Q and A as we learn about what inspired the game, and what inspires Lisa to create, connect, and be her best self.
Our culture tends to admire individuals who succeed on their own—those who stand on their own two feet or pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But the idea of creating anything in the vacuum of isolation is a myth, and a lonely one at that. I’ve learned not only through my own creative process, but also through life swings of joy, loss, inspiration, and grief, that asking for support is not only helpful, but imperative.