Our Vehicles, Ourselves

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When my old van finally told me it was time for her to retire recently, I took my time looking for a new car. Ever realize how many options there are out there? Narrowing down my choice based on what I wanted to feel like, what I wanted it to look like, how efficient the gas mileage and reliability helped (thank you Consumer Reports!). Yet, there was still the choice decision of what the car’s image said about me…or what I wanted it to say about me.

Our presence speaks volumes about us before we even say a word. How are you showing up?

A Heroine’s Journey

Of Self-Awareness

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Full circle. A spiral, really.

The heroine’s journey is back INto herself. The foundation of confidence, presence, and wisdom as a Feminine Leader is Self-Awareness.

self-a·ware·ness (a definition)
/ˈˌself əˈwernəs/
noun
1. conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires: “the process can be painful but it leads to greater self-awareness”

Lots of airtime around this topic these days, yet it’s not common to meet those who model it with Integrity and Courage.

Self-Awareness is not only knowing, but owning, our Strengths, Talents, Wisdom, and, what makes us uniquely Brilliant…

It is masterfully knowing the areas of our Shadows. The bad, good and ugly parts. Our reactive tendencies and patterns that hold us back, keep us quiet, or self-sabotage.

And once identifying them, allowing them (and the fullness of Self) to be seen, heard, embraced, loved.

The reasons why this is so rarely seen in our leadership is exactly why we ache and yearn for it. It’s why we identify, trust and connect with those who show up with courageous vulnerability.

The Volatility, Uncertainty, Constantly Changing and Ambiguity of these times are asking for us to step forward in this way.

Yes, it’s calling us into our own Heroine’s Journey.

Full Circle, dear one.

Back to where we came from and forward into the unknown.

Fighting our inner demons and dragons and feeling our power growing as we continue to heal and let the old patterns fall away.

It’s time, Sister. Let’s keep taking steps, together.

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Leadership Magic

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Leadership Magic – my Theme for 2018

It’s a topsy-turvy, sometimes High, sometimes low world right now, right?

The optimism and clarity I felt on New Year’s Day and even the 2nd were exhilarating and I was excited to return to “work” from my short sabbatical.

Yet, today, after waking early to an inspiration that I recorded before falling back to sleep, the rest of the day has taken me in circles. Back into spirals of grief, forward into the thrills of new meetings and opportunities on the horizon, then deep into self-critical stuff. Probably all before I finished my 2nd cup of coffee!

Well, I’m back into the swing again here, after honoring my feelings and listening to intuition…and ready to get into it!

So, what is Leadership Magic?

It’s the inner glow you have when you are:

  • Self-Empowered
  • Self-Authoring
  • Self-Loving
  • Self-Valuing
  • Self-Responsible and
  • Self-Aware

We’ll be playing with these areas and defining the concepts as we move throughout the first quarter of 2018.

SHINE is still my signature though, as it’s the foundation for true Leadership Magic.

I’m just playing deeper with the concepts of the intrinsic light that we have and so often dim or turn off due to fear, failure, or to “fit in”.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Leadership Magic begins with Power. And to turn on your Power, it’s essential to have a Vision. To be Open to Possibilities. To TRUST. And to be Present, showing up with a radiant Presence.

Lots of emphases here as we can’t get where we want to go without these basics.

So, here’s my take on each of them. Enjoy!

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It’s All About Magic ?

Let’s Create Some

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I love Magic. Magick. Magik. All forms of it. All stories about it. All songs too!

During the Holiday Season, we talk about the Magic of gift-giving. The Magic of Believing. The Magic of Joy and Miracles and Beauty and Health and Well Wishes.

And, I’m here, saying Magic is a year-round thing.

That’s worth repeating… Magic is a year-round thing.

It’s with us all the time. It’s IN each of us.

So let’s remember to Tune in. Turn on. And, Turn It Up our Magic. It’s in every one of us.

Happy December from us all at DeborahLeeAnn.com and Authentic Leadership Academy and Consulting!