I love leading humans, I always have.
There is something magical to me about the concept of creating something out of nothing.
Usually I work solo. I coach solo and I run my bootcamps solo.
I’m comfortable in front of large groups of people, and I enjoy creating content.
I have done countless lunch n learns for groups of people from 3 to 300 humans. I have presented my work in Victoria among some of the smartest speakers and leaders I could think of. I have been flown to Vancouver to present for the BC Teachers Federation, and my most recent experience creating/facilitating and leading was done in Cranbrook at the St. Eugene’s Resort for 50 top employees for UFCW Local 401. It’s my biggest job to date: I developed a week of content and classroom activities in nutrition, coaching and exercise and I lead these amazing humans for a total of 18 hours of workshop content.
That was was a big win! I loved every min of it.
I did that solo, also.
I have dreamed of collaborating with other humans; I prefer to work at a team than on my own. I thrive when I can sit over coffee or wine and brainstorm ideas --- that is SO my jam.
Competition is dead. Collaboration is the only way to thrive.
But then, I have always thought this. I have never ever believed in competition, I whole-heartedly believe that this world is a place for all of us to thrive.
When Kaihla and I 1st brainstormed this idea I was amped. For me, I had never thought outside the box enough to see how a photographer and a holistic nutritionist/coach could work together – it just never crossed my mind.
What we had going for us was this:
We have similar values in life.
We both want to make a big impact.
Community is important to both of us.
Making humans feel beautiful where they are at is at the base of both of our value systems. Kaihla does this through her incredible talent in photography and holding an unreal space for humans to get vulnerable and real. I do this through holistic living: coaching and nutrition. I too, hold space for people to show up – as they are – not a lot can shock me, and my heart is unconditional. We both write. We both love rawness.
We invited another inspiring human to collab with us; Janne was the perfect fit. She lead ‘worthiness’ talks, and held the space for some amazing heart to hearts and ‘a-ha’ moments with our women. She is wise beyond her years, and a major hugger! We also added another bold soul to our mix; Teresa. And Holy shit people; Teresa has one of the most profound and biggest hearts on the planet. She videoed our whole weekend, she got Kaihla waters while she was out shooting all day on Saturday, and she took care of me while I was in the kitchen crafting all weekend.
This was majorly new territory to all of us. Each of us – strong, independent women – coming to the table with our own expertise, and truly unsure how the whole thing would unfold. I had 100% faith that we would deliver something amazing, but the astronomical success of the whole weekend is still a heart bursting experience for me.
It’s taken me days of processing, and I am only now starting to be able to put words to the whole experience.
This is blog entry #1; I will be writing another entry on the actual retreat and the women we got to host --- it was tear jerking, laughter inducing, and filled with so many hugs, stories and connection that I owe an entire entry just for that.
But in the meantime, I want to say this:
Collaborating made my heart soar. Seeing that each human has something so unique and profound to bring to the table. All of our talents are needed, all of our voices should be heard because without each of us stepping into our wholeness, the world does not thrive at the optimal place it could be.
Let’s support each other. Let’s let each of us shine so bright that the world can not dim us down or shut us up. That’s powerful shit. That’s earth rattling. If we truly want to make a different, we need to do it as a tribe.