This week I started my new group coaching program and had our first collective call with two groups of awe-inspiring women. I want to tell you all about them. I want to gush and share and pour my heart out about how great it feels to be in the company of women, to engage in real talk, to open up and set our sights on what we most long for and want to create and offer the world.
But of course I’m not going to tell you a darn thing, not only would that be totally unethical, it’d puncture the sacred container.
So instead I want to tell you about three other women, you may already know who they are, but their work is really on my radar this week, is really rocking my world and I want to shout out to them.
We’re friends. We talk each other off ledges. We met when I was asked to edit an article of hers for an online magazine I was co-running. Her article was called Vaginal Weightlifting Class and being the only woman on the team, naturally, I was the vaginal expert. We went on to edit and give feedback on each other’s work for months before meeting. We’d send each other long, rambling, ranting emails and when one would come in, we’d stop everything we were doing to go read it. Pen pals, falling in friend love.
She’s called a social acupuncturist because she intentionally stirs shit up, pokes where it hurts and challenges culture. She’s a creative revolutionary and I adore her. Go, let her make you uncomfortable and fall in love with the mess of being human. You can sign up for her weekly guts here.
Liz DiAlto is offering women an alternative to feeling inadequate at every turn. The beauty, fitness and personal development industry’s insistence on selling inadequacy became utterly exhausting for her. I sure feel solidarity in that! She’s so radiant and sexy you want to be jealous of her but you just can’t because her massive heart and brimming energy just pull you in and make you love yourself.
We met a year ago, she was a client of mine. She launched a new site and a new program in the spring and is out to have every woman feel at home in her body. She’s a crier. We actually got to meet in person at our friend Kate’s wedding this past summer and we both kept welling up over and over and then laughing at our sensitivity. I trust criers, they know their heart and can hold mine. This week she launched a new round of #ishineyoushine. Check it out, it an elegant and beautiful movement.
Danielle LaPorte. The high priestess of desire and a brilliant inspiration to humans everywhere. I’m at a bit of a loss at what to say about her, there’s so much. But we’ve become dear friends over the years and she’s as real, inspiring, loving and generous and she seems to be from afar. Incredible depth and alignment of integrity, this woman embodies.
While I’m impacted by her all the time, this week it’s about her new app she just launched, Conversation Starters. I downloaded it because she’s my friend and I love her work. But I have no interest in apps. I don’t download apps. I have a strangely resistant attitude toward keeping up with technology. The other day my boyfriend lovingly threatened to post a picture of my compact disks to facebook saying ‘Chela’s catching up with tech!’
So I got this app because of course I’m going to get this app. And then I used it. And then the questions opened up a conversation at the dinner table that had my 6 year old ask for forgiveness about something he’d been holding onto and I asked for forgiveness in return. My fairly new partner was moved to tears when answering a question which in turn moved my father to tears. At the end of the evening we all felt that we’d gotten to know each other so much more, even though we weren’t holding back before. The next day my sister-in-law and I cracked right open with each other and she was excited to download the app to open up and deepen intimacy with my brother.
What? Seriously? From an app? Yep. Because that’s how Danielle creates, she somehow manages to infuse intimacy and heart into the most accessible of mediums. So if you don’t have it yet, I totally recommend it. I also see it as a great ‘way in’ to cultivating connection with people whom you may not feel comfortable diving into the depths with, but want to. It’s like this no pressure fun thing to try and next thing you know, everyone knows themselves and each other way better.
So that’s my woman love list for you. Just for the heck of it, go spread some love, tell someone you appreciate them or share their light and work with someone who’d get value from it.