This shouldn't be a long post, because the event is over now. To describe the amazingness of my weekend at Waihi Beach for the Women Who Get Shit Done un-conference would be akin to rubbing salt in the wound. I'll stick to a general description and hopefully encourage you to apply one day. There won't be another official WWGSD event this year, but watch out for lots more in 2018. If you are even slightly curious about this kind of stuff I recommend you start following their Facebook page to stay in the loop and not miss out on announcements.
Happy 1st birthday to the gorgeous members of Magnetic Hub. Doesn't it feel amazing to turn 1 again? An age where you have become aware of your surroundings, you are starting to move on your two feet and gaining independence. Your personality is shining through and you are improving your communication skills everyday. From the ages 1-7 years old our root chakra is most active. That's the chakra at the base of your spine. The deep red root chakra symbolizes family, security and a primal connection to the earth. When I think about the first year of Magnetic Hub's life, I visualize deep red roots burying into the Earth. Each root represents one of the brave women who joined the community, found a new family unit and breathed the sigh of relief; 'I've found my place here'. The red roots of this chakra are very feminine, stemming from a place of femininity and fertility. The power to create life and birth new ideas, relationships, and to inspire others in the process, is Devine femininity. It's so uniquely you. So, on this beautiful milestone for Magnetic Hub, I would like to light a candle to the feminine power of the membership. May the deep red roots continue to grow the foundations of this incredible community.
Guest blog from Rachel, Founder of Magnetic Hub.
Our April topic at meetings will be about setting well-being goals. I’m simultaneously excited about this topic (nice and light, productive) and terrified because I am truly BAD at setting goals in this area of my life. So it should be an interesting month of conversation – and I’m hoping to take away some real inspiration from others and actually get started on chosen new habits.
I did some dusting today. I know, shocking.
Well, in my defense I also considered storing the mop in the loft today because it was so desiccated and forlorn-looking from lack of use that the sight of it depressed me no end.
So there I was with a damp cloth in my hand after having wiped something (don’t even ask) and I just happened to remember how dusty the bedroom furniture looks. So almost on auto-pilot I went to said room and started to wipe things. The dusting is irrelevant here, the key word is auto-pilot. I didn’t think about it too much, I just did it. I was home alone, with no-one to perform for, no-one to listen to my tirade about domestic chores being unfairly tipped into the woman’s domain.
The great challenge to just be ourselves...first we have to know who that is.
It's really tempting to create this blog as an enormous collage of perfect, on-point quotes from people like Brené Brown, Dr Seuss and Charlie Chaplin. Go and google authenticity quotes and see if you can resist getting lost for ten minutes (minimum!) in the images tab.
Of course, I have done this for you. But, I paused at the point of inserting a million images and crediting all the clever people who have come before us. I took a moment to think about how this blog should be different to the others out there about being yourself. I found it slightly ironic that my planned topic about authenticity could easily become an outsourced collage of other peoples' words. I think the key lesson here is that I stopped, I took that moment.
Back in October I played a part in organising a national hui held in Raglan. A well-known Maori midwife, Heather, was invited to close the afternoon with a workshop topic of her choice. She spoke about identity and cultural competence - what she had to say was raw and uncomfortable for many of us to hear, but she held the room with her powerful voice. Everyone listened.
She closed with two questions that I will never be able to forget.
A dear friend said to me a couple of days ago: tell me honestly Rach, is your trip as amazing as your photos make it out to be?
As you all know, I left Nueva Zelanda over six weeks ago, bright eyed and excited to land in South America for two months of travel
Yesterday I jumped out of a plane in Taupo for the Cancer Society. It was a fundraising event - raise $800 to jump 12,000 ft and $1000 to jump 15,000 ft. I raised $1070 with the generous support of my friends, family and colleagues (go ahead you can still donate)
As I sit down today to reflect on the past month, I have found myself being drawn to a beautiful poem written by Judy Brown.
The Magnetic Hub Leadership team was introduced to this poem by Leader Michelle Howie last month.
Have you ever created or completed something amazing - a feat of bravery, major organisational change or maybe a magnificent piece of art?
Have you then experienced the feeling of putting this incredible achievement out into the universe to be recognised for the beautiful, awe-inducing thing that it is?
Holding your breath, has the universe responded positively? Have those around you clapped you on the back, offered you a promotion, awarded you with a prize, or sent your art work into the best sellers list? Have they provided you with external validation for what you have created? Saying yes, this is amazing, keep doing it, we love it?
And then. Once all the glory of this validation rubs off, have you been left with a feeling of terror? A feeling deep within you that questions whether you'll ever be able to create something EVER AGAIN that tops what you just did.
I'm Michelle, based in Hamilton, raising two boys, a ginger cat and many vegetables. I have been involved with the work of Magnetic Hub since March 2015 and consider it 'home' in many ways. Accustomed to leading female-only groups, I continue to be energised by the beautiful wisdom that unfolds from women in a room, talking together. Read my musings and learn about our work - newsletter sign-up below... Enjoy. Michelle x