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Six months ago today I made some pretty awesome lists, including:
People with mystical awesome powers
Things I want to do before I die, and
Things I want to do someday
I emailed one of my dream mentors and had lunch with her one week later. This blew my mind. I am eating a salad with my dream mentor because I emailed her and now I get to ask her for advice on how she did it. What? Seriously? Was this for real? But wait. It gets better.
Next, I emailed four women on my People with Mystical Awesome Powers list and boldly asked if they’d want to do a weekly call for support and accountability. They all said yes.
Then, I started taking my Things I’d Like to do Before I Die list seriously. I turned it into a schedule, a plan. I prioritized things and started actually trying to make these things happen. What? Seriously? Again?!
Finally, I took all of the “someday” items and threw them away. Who has time for Someday?
Today marks the weekly call group’s six month anniversary. And man have we been through it. Through “Give Up Weeks” and “I can’ts” to “Can you believe its?!” and “You did its!”, this group nourishes belief, permission, love, accountability and encouragement within each other. The name is fitting — The Calling — as each woman is working towards finding the work that she has no other choice but to do. Soul-led work. Heart-led passion. It’s elusive. It’s tricky. It’s exhausting. It’s life-affirming. And it’s a privilege to watch these strong, beautiful women see and then step into their gifts.
But you know one of the best parts? I only knew (well) one of the four women when I emailed them. Here I was, a stranger on the other end of an email. Asking for their time. Blasphemy! Their time! And they answered the call. All of them. All of them!
I believe we each need to make a vow to support ourselves — to surround ourselves with the people who see us, really see us, and who will help us walk in the direction which we seek to go. They listen when things aren’t clear. They hold you accountable when you don’t deliver what you say you would. They send you notes of encouragement on those really tough days. They offer proofreading and website critiques. They send a video of the sunrise, just because.
These are the women of my life. And I am so blessed, so grateful. All because of a few crazy lists. And some emails.
Who is on your list? Jot it down. It sounds a little silly, but if you could have a weekly call with 3-5 folks who inspire you, who would they be? If you could have any dream mentor in the world, who would it be? And if you knew, would you email them? Put yourself out there? Ask for their time? What do you have to lose?
I believe that once you have an internal vision of what you seek, once you say what you need, what you want, the path becomes more visible, the clues pop up all around you, the support is within reach, the email appears, and you can answer the calling with a resounding YES.
Congrats Elle! Keep up the awesome!
Chuck Close on creativity
The rest of this quote is glorious as well:
"Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere."