Executive. Artist. Entrepreneur.
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.
The Needs & Solution
I learned women like us need 3 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.
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.
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.
I want to elevate the pause to the place it deserves in our lives. I created #theintentionalpauseTM to help ActifyTM more dreams and want to share the five steps (with you). It’s time for us to be intentional about our future.
Kim is the truest representation of what can be accomplished when unrivaled creativity meets world class strategic thought leadership. Kim is dedicated to changing the world one heartfelt human interaction at a time.Julie Tozier, Director of Ecommerce at Motherly
The Intentional Pause is just what the next generation of women need. Kim’s insights are spot on and her solution is adds a creative twist that will be memorable and effective.Tina Wells, CEO Buzz Marketing Group, expert on Gen Z and Millennial behavior
Kim has an extremely accessible and authentic mentoring style that wants to develop others. She is not afraid to use herself as an example which make her advice so impactful. Kim is a lifeline for me!Alyssa Raine, Group Vice President, Brand Marketing and Creative at Walgreens
Kim helps leaders with perspective, getting past their own limitations and the limitations of others. She advises them on how to better take control of their career, set high standards for themselves and how to navigate the people and situations to get there.Sasha Bailey, Director of Global Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, Marriott
First, Create Space
Kim’s 5-step Approach
1 Life audit
Examine your life — your spiritual, physical, intellectual and psychological self. Evaluate your relationships, how you spend your time, your health, your career, your self-talk, and your mindset. Are you focused and fulfilled?
Why is it that when we become adults we stop dreaming boldly? Your dreams are important and take intentional exploration. So, ask yourself, “what sets your soul on fire?”
Be intentional. Choose what you will do and what you won’t do to make room for your vision. This is when your life audit and dreams collide. What will be your focus?
Prioritizing is a discipline. What do you need to prioritize in your life to start moving towards your dreams? More importantly what do you need to give up?
That’s right I made up a word! You must activate AND fortify your dreams. 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?
I am developing a line of quilts (different from my one-of-a-kind art quilts) that will be a daily warming reminder your dreams are important. They will create a space for you and will provide you with affirming messages to help fortify you. They are designed to not only warm your body, but also to ignite your spirit. My Intentional Pause Planner will guide you in my 5-step approach to activate the change you want in your life! Together the quilt and planner will get you on the right path to your dreams.
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