The End of my TEDxCherryCreekWomen Journey
The day is over, the stage is empty, and I can now call myself a TEDx speaker. This truly has been a journey, and as with most, it went in directions I never could have imagined! It put me in front of dozens of colleagues, friends, and family members with vulnerability and courage. The constant practice and training helped me hone in on my own idea and the impact I wanted to have. It helped me get even more clear about the business I want to create and what’s important to me about that creation. In the end, I wasn’t able to walk onto that stage due to the very real pandemic we are all facing and a positive Covid-19 test just two days before the main event.
Being a speaker for TEDxCherryCreekWomen has been a dream and like most dreams, the things I walked away with were unexpected. The unity, support, and inspiration of working with Michael Jenet, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Christy Belz, and Becky Migas was invaluable. Getting to practice and encourage the fierce women speakers in this group is an experience I’ll never forget and feel like I gained a whole new sisterhood. There is power when humans come together and there is a special magic that happens when incredibly vibrant, fierce, and unapologetic women come together. This is a gift I’m carrying forward along with the commitment to support and carry forward their missions because we are always stronger and better together.
I did not get to walk onto that TEDx stage but I did get to have my talk heard, and even my video placed in front of the stage for good measure! This simple little gesture will continue to bring me laughter and massive gratitude for the potency one small act can have. This has been my greatest learning and gift from the past weekend. It is the small moments of knowing we are seen, we are loved, and we are supported that matters. This has been my lesson in being, having, and doing enough.
As a big dreamer it is easy to get lost always wanting more. From the moment I watched The Greatest Showman and the song Never Enough was sung, I resonated with the feeling of never feeling satiated with my place in life. No matter what I accomplished or the success I derived, I always wanted something bigger, something more. Not getting to step onto that stage, yet having an overload of love and support around me, I had the opportunity to really see all of the enoughness in my life. I am loved by many. I had people all over the world watching my recorded talk and sending me love from their country. I had the immense pleasure to sit with a friend through one of her darkest hours and let her know she is not alone. I got to not just speak about Rebel Leadership, but to role model it.
For many, disruption and rebellion speaks to chaos and bandits and misfits. The Rebel Leadership I speak of is disruption of complacency, mediocrity, inequity, greed, and selfish systems and processes. By not showing up on that stage, I was disrupting the idea that my dream was more important than the health of others. By choosing to stay by the side of my friend I was disrupting the idea that protecting ourselves is always the better choice. I was standing in my values of always choosing to sit with someone in the darkness, because I know that’s one of the reasons I came here on this earth. My disruption is letting go of conditional love and replacing it with radical love.
This journey with TEDxCherryCreekWomen has been monumental for me. The TEDxCherryCreekWomen team has far exceeded my expectations and it truly feels like I’m walking away with a whole new family and group of souls committed to creating the world we want to see. We are a group of humans who role-model through our actions, big and small. It is not our uniqueness that matters to the world, it’s how we utilize our unique gifts for the sake of humanity to bring unity within diversity.
This is how a REBELUTION happens. One soul, one act, tons of radical love. Together, anything is possible.
With Tons of Love,