Stepping into Your Power

Perhaps you’ve been waking up early, driven by some nascent desire to weave your wisdom together into a legacy.  Who are you to have a “legacy”?  You are the culmination of all that you have seen, experienced, created and lived, that’s who.

If you find yourself drifting off, wondering about the purpose of your life so far and how you will incorporate this body of knowledge into your current reinvention, this article is for you.

Radical Shifting Undercurrents Lead to Synthesis

At 49, I learned how to drive a motorcycle and took it out into the mountains west of Seattle. Speeding down country roads at 60 mph, I began to see possibilities stretch out before me….

(Trust your visions for the future, even when they are in the embryo stage.)

At 50, I got the courage to enroll in writing classes and dedicated space for listening to my own voice. I began the process of writing my inspirational and practical articles about “Experiments in Living – Tools for Reinvention”. After moving to Chicago, I started the Midlife Reflections for Women Meet Up Group, which eventually grew to have 76 members and a vibrant community of evolving sisters.

Inspired by locker room chats with women in transition, one day I just posted my idea for a Meet Up group online.  Within 48 hours, 60 women had signed up! Like hanging on to the back of a dragonfly, I ran with the idea and discovered how to lead our growing group by osmosis.

(Listening to and trusting our intuition is a skill we can cultivate.)

At 51, I began to embrace my own empowerment and experience a new level of prosperity. After 20+ years as a Writer + Life/Career Coach, it hit me that I had literally coached 1000’s of clients on their journeys towards clarity, balance and synthesis.  I had (and have) a gift for helping clients unearth and move forward towards realizing their life’s work.

(Our true insights/abilities linger beneath the surface – we just have to “see” them.)

Now, at 53, after hearing how my pragmatic/soulful solutions inspire others and effect change, I feel called to teach large numbers of people how to integrate Creativity + Prosperity, Intuition + Logic. By creating the Tools for Reinvention – Experiments in Living Course,  I finally give voice to my late night ramblings.  I accept my role as a Pragmatic Mystic.

(From a seed to a forest, the process of listening to our inner callings and cultivating our visions is our “spiritual homework”.  Exploring our passions takes courage, but it is worth it.  Taking this Road Less Traveled can bring us unexpected joy, integration and satisfying, “full circle” moments.)

Freedom to experiment, evolve, grow, risk, climb, question and synthesize.

Do you have dreams that feel completely out of reach?  Do you ever wonder how you can go from your current iteration to a new version of your evolved self?  There are practical/creative tools that will help you access your innate gifts and incorporate them into a total reinvention.


Each experience in our lives leads us to the next.  The path to our futures has been laid before us.  All we have to do is show up and take the first step.

From Sidelines to Center Stage.

“In order to become leaders, we need to have faith in ourselves. We need to inspire people and share the confidence we have in our own abilities. We need to swallow our fears and begin to make decisions based on our visions and goals.” Sue Shellenbarger – The Breaking Point

In this moment, I give you permission to make your own mark on the world, to create the reality that you dream of living, and to unearth your true potential.  You may not feel that you need permission, but many of us do.  We are so responsible in our lives, after all.  The journey towards self exploration feels like something we should have done at some earlier point.

It is not too late.  In fact, it is exactly the right time.  The world needs to hear what you have to say about business, politics, health, philanthropy, the arts or your community,  Perhaps there is another topic or cause that reappears during your quiet reflection, when your family is fed, the bills are paid, and the kitchen sink is clean.

Stop.  Listen.  Engage.  Act.  

Today is the day to step into your power and unleash the dragon within.  Add your voice to the choir.  Don’t worry about the outcome or the long term implications.  Just trust in yourself and in the process.  Know that you are a seed about to grow into a forest.

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