I love this quote from the always articulate, learned, wonderful, clear Brene Brown. As I’ve been speaking with clients during our Personal Brand workshops, I find their voice lifts, their mood is elevated, their eyes shine and their thoughts crystallise as they talk about what truly drives them toward the ‘unexplored adventures ahead’.
‘I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.
Your armour is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armour could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.
Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.’Brené Brown
Whether it’s being the support for those giving support, to be the voice of nature in the built environment, to help women-led businesses find their audience, or to be the well of wisdom and deep soulful energy for young women as they forge their career, find their voice or prepare for parenthood, expressing a true passion will always bring about change in the world. As you follow your heart, your energy assists, decisions are made more easily, you’re alert to opportunities, collaborations, clients.
Join me for a Personal Brand Workshop. Together we’ll delve deep into what you want your personal brand to be, say and do. A personal brand adds depth to your business and services, to your products and sales, to your clients and customers. A personal brand can be the vehicle for moving from your career into your passion. It can be the place you explore what your next step looks like. It can be where you try on a different direction to see if leads to a deep connection – with yourself, with your passion or with your next phase. I ask questions that reveal where your energy, interests and values are best directed and how to find an audience or like minded tribe to connect with, lead, or support.
Natalie, a workshop alum writes:
“As a new start-up, Jude’s workshop was definitely needed. I had a vague-ish idea of what I wanted to offer and where my strategic direction was going, but I had trouble pinpointing the finer details of my’ personal brand’. Through her fine-tuned process, Jude was kind, caring and patient… able to break through my rambling and pull out some gems of information for me to focus on.
I think of her workshop as an anchor to a fly-away kite (which would be me). .. an excellent basis to expand upon as my brand develops.”Natalie Olsen, Strategic Copywriter (Natalie Olsen Copy + Content)