THE STATE OF AMBITIOUS WOMEN
I researched almost 400 accomplished women throughout the U.S.:
- Women are unapologetically ambitious (91%)
- Many women feel overwhelmed personally (81%) and professionally (73%)
- Many women know they need self-care but feel like they are alone (67/68% respectively)
ONLY 36% OF WOMEN ARE LIVING THEIR DREAMS
While my research for this project happened right before the COVID-19 pandemic, an Intentional Pause™ couldn’t be more timely. According to a survey from the professional women’s network, AllBrightt, women are emerging from these unprecedented times with a career shift on their minds: One in four women are setting up their own business going forward and over 60% are planning a complete pivot altogether.
The worldwide economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic has been labeled a ‘she-cession,’ with women being the most negatively impacted by the current recession. Not only are many losing their jobs, but they face the compounded stresses of home and family life shifting so rapidly. As women, we tend to be the buffers and take on all the anxieties of the family. And if you are a woman of color, it’s double trouble. Oh, and then add in all the social unrest!
2020 has created a health (physical and mental health) challenge for women.
Innovation is bred in the most challenging of times! I believe for our lives – this is no different. What if we all emerged out of this stronger, healthier with a new sense of focus and also fulfillment?
THE NEEDS & SOLUTION
I learned women like us need three things:
1. Permission to pause. Yes, stop. Not for a spa day but to do the hard work of contemplating ideas to move forward with intention. So we can work intelligently towards what we want.
PERMISSION IS NOT ONLY GRANTED,
I’M TELLING YOU PAUSING IS ACTUALLY REQUIRED.
2. Tools to help 1) Effectively dream and decide what is needed for our own personal fulfillment beyond commitments to our family and career. 2) Craft the personal strategies and practical steps needed to focus on achieving the life we desire.
DREAMS AND SUCCESS DON’T JUST HAPPEN.
THEY REQUIRE INTENTIONAL EXPLORATION AND PLANNING.
THAT’S WHY I CREATED A DREAM WORKBOOK.
3. Strategies to face and move beyond fear. Fear is a powerful emotion we all are battling. The irony is we feed the fear every time we question our own power.
FEAR CAN BE REPLACED WITH FAITH.
WE JUST NEED TO BE CONSTANTLY REMINDED
I want to elevate the pause to the place it deserves in our lives. I created The Intentional Pause™ Project to help Actify™ more dreams and want to share the five steps with you that I unpack in my Dream Workbook. It’s time for us to be intentional about our future.
FIRST CREATE A SPACE
In your solitude you create yourself one dream at a time. (link to solitude quilt) You must carve out time and a space in your busy life to unplug and be with your thoughts. This is foundational to Actify™ your dreams. I even created a line of gift quilts to help you pause.
1 PAUSE TO AUDIT
Examine your life — how you spend your time, your spiritual, physical, professional and psychological self. I apply my F.O.R.E.S.T.™ framework so I insist you examine your Fears, Obstacles, Relationships, Emotions and Self-Talk. Are you focused and fulfilled?
2 PAUSE TO DREAM
Why is it that when we become adults we stop dreaming boldly? Your dreams are important and take intentional exploration. Grounding yourself in your purpose and what you are uniquely positioned to do are important inputs. So, ask yourself, “what sets my soul on fire?”
3 PAUSE TO ACTIVATE
Be intentional. This is when your life audit and dreams collide. What are your goals and action plan? What do you need to prioritize in your life to start moving towards your dreams? More importantly what do you need to give up?
4 PAUSE TO FORTIFY
Yes, you can set goals and lay out a perfect plan – that increases success. But a huge piece is the emotional plan. What inspiration and motivational scaffolding are you putting in place to fortify yourself when things get tough? What is your plan for turning fear and discouragement into faith and resilience?
That’s right I made up a word! You must Activate AND Fortify your dreams. What rituals do you need to put in place to help you organize and live your life with your newfound intentions. What quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily pauses should you put in place to make it happen?
CREATED TO HELP YOU FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
A journal + planner with 25 exercises to help you powerfully reflect, build intentional steps toward your dreams, and create a solid emotional plan to fortify your journey. Irresistibly designed to inspire you to dive in.