There's an epidemic amongst modern women. I've felt it, lived it, endured it, and I am sure you have too. It's what my friend Dr Libby Weaver calls 'rushing women's syndrome' and if you tune in, you might discover that you have fallen prey to it as well. I didn't…
Whilst in North America, it has just hit my favourite season, Fall, we’ve had our first month of Spring down here in Oz. Freesias in the air, ocean getting warmer, sun shining. And a whole lotta action going on over here at MDC Inc.
When I started writing these monthly roundup’s a few months back I wasn’t sure how useful they would be…..but they are some of my most popular posts of the month, and one of my favourites to write. I hope you find something in here that lights you up, peaks your interest, or fuels your soul.
September has been busy, productive and enlightening and I feel like it went by in a blip. Amongst the usual business stuff of coaching incredible clients, doing business and product development, preparing for speaking gigs and starting to plan for 2017 (yes I said it), there were also some incredible events.
I had the absolute pleasure of speaking at the Soul Sister Circle RISE event in Sydney last Friday night (the words divine and magical don’t nearly do it justice). It was such an incredible evening and we are considering taking it on the road later in the year/early next year so stay tuned if you missed out on this one.
I also just returned from Melbourne where I ran a full day Lead Like A Woman workshop for 100 women at one of my favourite companies, GMH, who are working hard to support their women in a male dominated environment. It was a joyful and expansive day talking about gender mindsets, purpose, feminine traits, confidence, personal branding, wellbeing and grit. I still pinch myself that this is my work in the world.
And I found out last week that Lead Like A Woman made the best seller list for our awesome book distributor! This makes me so happy as it means that women are getting the support and inspiration they need to step into their feminine power, build the careers that light them up, and finally learn to lead like women! If you haven’t got your copy yet, hit up Booktopia, Amazon, or your local bookstore in Australia. And if you want to join the businesses, women’s groups and associations ordering the book in the hundreds for their women, then please email me direct.
On the site in September
Here is what I published this month on the blog, in case you missed any of these beauties – I wrote a lot this month – my new schedule of 8-10am writing time each morning is working really well for my creativity.
Feminine in the new balance (one of my most favourite and viral posts ever)
And on the Podcast this month, I interviewed Dr Libby Weaver, and we talked all things women’s wellness. You can listen direct on the website, or on iTunes (and please leave me a quick review if you love it, would be most grateful – 5 stars takes 60 seconds!)
What’s on my radar?
New research was released this past week from Lean In Org and Mckinsey & Co, with the 2016 Women in the Workplace report. Having researched 132 companies in the US employing more than 4.6 million people, and surveying more than 34,000 people, the report outlines the key trends and makes some recommendations on what’s next. Whilst I have the utmost respect for Lean In and McKinsey, I was underwhelmed by the findings, analysis and particularly the recommendations outlined in the report. Most of it fits under the heading of ‘nothing new here’. With all of the resources and access that these two organisations have, I expect more than just more of the same findings and luke warm recommendations that we have all heard before. Disappointing. The report is available for you to read and I’d be most interested in hearing your views. Just hit reply to this email if you’d like to share them with me.
What I’ve been watching
This month it’s been less about podcasts and more about videos and TED talks. Tune in to these if they peak your interest:
Shonda Rhimes: My year of saying yes to everything – this one had been on my radar for ages, but I was yet to watch. Interesting for the story she shares about the year that changed her life. Also interesting to watch to observe how she actually gave the talk and the art of storytelling she used through out. She is one of the world’s great storytellers, so no real surprise there.
Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation – this was the second time I watched this talk and I absolutely love it. Celeste is an award winning journalist and an expert interviewer. In this short talk she talks about, well, talking. And listening, and interviewing and connecting. It’s entertaining and fascinating and you will learn something about how you communicate and why it matters.
Marie Forleo: Super Soul Session on Everything is figureoutable – if you don’t know Marie she is the founder of B School, an online education empire for entrepreneurs. She is pretty freakin awesome and her weekly online show Marie TV is gold. I watched this talk to observe her presenting style, and again, for anyone who speaks or wants to, it’s an interesting lesson in what can work on a big stage like the Oprah one. I have heard her message before, but not the story behind it. Good on multiple levels.
What I’m reading
This past month has been all about deepening my journey into the feminine. Here’s what’s been on my bedside table this month:
Crossing to Avalon: Jean Shinoda Bolen MD – In this exquisite and deeply powerful book, Dr Bolen shares her extraordinary memoir that celebrates the pilgrimage that heralded her spiritual awakening and leads all women down the path of self-discovery. In this account of her journey to Europe in search of the sacred feminine, she unveils the mythological significance of the midlife search for meaning and renewal. This is deeply informing my work at the moment (and the whisperings of my next book).
The Book of SHE: Sara Avant Stover – from the author of The Way of the Happy Woman, comes this relatively new book on a woman’s journey into the heart of feminine power. Drawing on archetypes including Mary Magdalene, the Dark Goddess, and Green Tara, Stover this book guides you on a journey home to psychological wholeness, personal empowerment, and, ultimately, full feminine spiritual Awakening. Truly divine.
For the past month I have also been reading advance copies from two dear friends who have their new books coming out soon. Rebecca Campbell with Rise Sister Rise, just about to be released (October 7), and we recently recorded a new podcast interview to celebrate the launch which will be up next week (you can check out our first interview here). And my gorgeous luna sister Ezzie Spencer has her first book coming out early next year, all top secret and under wraps, but I’ve read it and it’s incredible. More on this to come.
What’s coming up?
October is shaping up to be pretty epic and a little busy if I’m to be completely honest (keeping it real, as always). I am heading to San Fran next week for the Emerging Women Live conference. Completely psyched to have the opportunity hear some of my favourite writers and teachers share their wisdom: Marianne Williamson, Elle Luna, Anne Lamott, Tosha Silva, Tara Mohr and HeatherAsh Amara amongst many others. It’s going to an absolute highlight.
And on my return, I start a string of speaking gigs that will make me get over my jet lag in a hot minute: a full day positive leadership workshop for MGSM (it’s open to anyone, so check it out or pass on to a colleague or the man in your life who needs some development) and four talks for incredible corporate clients. As I said, there won’t be anytime for jet lag!
I have some pretty special things in the works as well, with our new resources site launching hopefully at the end of the month – a whole world of new resources for you on women, leadership, work, career, wellbeing, creativity and diversity, all completely free.
We will be announcing an intimate women’s coaching journey that will start in February and run for six months: in person in Sydney, full days retreats, monthly women’s circle, one-on-one coaching and teachings to support your journey into the sacred feminine. It will be deep, personal and transformative. I can’t wait to share the details at the end of the month. There will be ten places only and one has already been snapped up by the first person I gave a sneak peak to. If you would like advance notice, please drop me a reply to this post and I will give you an early heads up.
And lastly, we are getting so many requests for in person all access events to talk about the things I speak and write about here. So we will be launching a series of MDC events in 2017 and I can’t wait to get to see you in person and talk all things about helping women rise.
As always, I love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me an email and let me know what you’re loving right now, what you would like more of from me, or just to say hi. I read and respond to every single email I receive, so don’t be shy!
Thank you so much for being here.