For most of us, 2020 has necessitated some serious plot twists. I’ve found the past month a critical time to turn inward and reevaluate not only WHAT I’m doing, by WHY I’m doing it. I signed up to participate in “not your momma’s values” depth coaching from Erica at The Creatrix Within. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far.
1) What my values are and what they are in crisis, wasn’t the same. It was helpful to get clear on how both were showing up, and how to create a stronger sense of alignment within myself.
2) Values aren't set in stone. We’re often taught that our values should be the absolute core of who we are and should never change. They should guide us through all things. The truth is they do change. If you’ve gone through any sort of transformation in your life - and hopefully you have - they’ve likely changed.
3) Just like many people renew their vows, we should renew our values at least every decade because our brains and bodies develop along the way. As we move into adulthood our brains are in a specific stage of development. When we start our own or differentiate from our families as full-blown adults, they are in a different stage of development too. As we age... you guessed it, a new stage of development. I'd be worried about you if your values stayed the same your entire life.
4) Our individual values are heavily informed by, if not dictated by, our family and overarching cultural influences. It may be time to shed the values prescribed in from your momma, family or early communities. Your chosen community now may have more influence over your individual core values.
It was a refreshing process that helped me come into closer relationship to myself as I am now. Erica provides the right about of structure, flexibility and support to reset your values, create a new vision, and craft actionable steps forward. I’ve participated in and led values-based action-planning sessions hundreds of times. The heart, soul, artistry and clarity she provides as coach and facilitator is truly a gift. I recommend checking it out and creating a collective new set of values and vision for 2020!
I also love watching the women around me flex their multidisciplinary muscles.
Erica is a creative strategist and consultant with 18+ years of experience driving and supporting enterprise-wide strategic change initiatives and business transformation efforts, with an emphasis in Information Technology. She's had a strong passion for improving the health and sustainability of organizational systems by supporting people and organizations through change, as well as coaching work that enlightens, inspires, and helps global stakeholders to maximize their return on investments. Erica's an accomplished artist in multiple mediums, thriving on working collaboratively to design creative solutions. Find her on
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