I know it says Monday Motivation and I am now finally posting on Tuesday, but that is because I was away at a conference yesterday and I was dead exhausted from all the good information I received. But it doesn’t change the fact that this was my motivation on Monday and what had flawlessly guided me into the week.
This week’s motivation, and my general motivation for the past few months has been from Warrior Goddess Training by HeatherAsh Amara. If you don’t know her or her book you need to open a secondary tab right now and go look her up. Use the links above. I’ll wait.
Right? Doesn’t she sound amazing? Well ladies and gentlemen let me tell you that she is.
I became aquainted with HeatherAsh through my woman’s book club/support group/badass warrior goddess sisterhood YPT (Your Personal Transformation) which I speak a little about here. Each of us takes a month, picks a book, and leads the conversation, and a few months ago Warrior Goddess Training was the pick.
It moved me. It changed me. It was what I needed to give myself the power to make the big decision to go back to working for myself. This book changed my life.
So I have been reading and re-reading this book for a few months now, following on social media, and what pops up? An event in Denver with HeatherAsh. I immediately reached out my girlfriends, “who is going with me?” Only one was available, but we make plans and go.
Now I thought this would be like a book reading or a lecture. I thought HeatherAsh would speak and be totally untouchable. I thought the room would be full, busting at the seams, standing room only. It was, fortunately for me, none of those things.
Instead I was lead to a small room in the back of the shop that help maybe a dozen or so women sitting in a circle. HeatherAsh stood in the middle of the circle, and before I could see her she came over and hugged me. “I don’t know if I am in the right place,” I said. She pulled back and I realized who she was just as she said in the a calm, study, wise voice, “you are in the right place.”
The woman’s mere presence, whose faceless words had done so much to change my life, grounded me in an instant. The next two hours were spent in workshop with her and another writer, the brilliant Sarah Marshank (who I will discuss the brilliance of another day), is discussion and sisterhood. It brought me back to myself and reaffirmed the work I had done while reading Warrior Goddess Training.
At the end of the session, my bold friend said, “Why don’t we invite them to lunch?” We did. They said yes.
HeatherAsh speaks in her book about the way there is learning and connection in generations of women. The tools you need to move and survive in the world can be found in your mothers, grandmothers and passed on to you so you can then pass them along to your daughters. That is part of the sisterhood. I believe this can be found not only speaking to your mother or grandmother, but also to any women who have come before you, walked through their own trials and tribulations, and have come out shining. So to sit and have lunch with two women who are already so open to this discussion that they have published books is an experience wholly unto itself.
Speaking with these woman, likely both in their 50s, remind me that I am still so young and that there is still so much life left in front of me. That there are still trials ahead. That there is still joy ahead. That there is still work to be done. I need to be who I am, and not compromise that, but also change and grow. I need to remember that my journey is mine, and it doesn’t look like any other. I need to have patience with my younger sisters. To cherish my older sisters. To love my sisters who are in connection with me now.
So this week I am going to ground myself, to take life as it comes, to continue to nourish my body with water, good food, and exercise. Have a great week!