2017: A Year of Healing + Hope
Together we overcame burnout, fought through anxiety and gained vision beyond our blind spots to become transformative leaders in our communities, amplifying our impact along the way.
AND there’s still work to be done.
This year proved to be a turbulent, emotionally charged fight for women’s rights. Starting with the women’s march in January, ongoing efforts to undermine women’s health rights, and rounding out the year with hashtag heard around the world – #metoo.
Women are still fighting to shatter the glass ceiling both in political and corporate roles. With the uphill battle we’re facing, it’s easy to feel like we’re not strong enough to get to the top.
And yet, we’re rising.
Strength needs resistance to grow.
In “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu shares his philosophy on strength.
“It’s like muscles that have to be exercised in order for them to be strengthened… You learn, not theoretically. You learn when something happens that tests you.”
We grow from the experiences that test our integrity and values. We heal when we reflect objectively and determine what memories mean for our futures. We get stronger when we no longer allow our stories to be silenced and instead enable them to amplify community impact as we saw with the #metoo campaign.
Don’t let the hurt in this world dim your light. Instead, be the light.
In the coming year, we’re calling on our glow-getters to help heal our communities near and far. Let’s make 2018 the year we look within ourselves to act with courage. Together, we can develop strength in our capacity – individually and as a collective – to make the most uplifting impact on our world.
We must look inward to determine how we can uniquely contribute. Whether the goal is to lobby for safer gun measures, start a disaster relief fundraiser or organize a movement for peace, if we want the world to be a better place, we must first better ourselves.
We’ve had to do a lot of self-healing in 2017.
We created the Glow Effect to solve this need. We call it the #GiveGrowth model: empower yourself to empower others. True fulfillment requires us to heal our own feelings of scarcity to find that we can be radically generous, sparking the light so desperately needed in our dark world.
We grow ourselves so that we can lead from a place of integrity, vulnerability and strength.
We too endured 2017 tests. We decided to put international travel on hold for the year, radically change our leadership programming, release team members and gain new ones. We endured what felt like betrayal, scarcity and insecurity. Because of and despite this, we persisted, accomplishing more than we thought possible.
Together, with our global tribe, we hosted three nearly sold-out events. Even more incredible, because of the radical generosity of Adena M. Smith of The Fields Silver Smith Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, we’re rebranding our events to GIVE GROWTH (previously “EmpowHER”) and serving our glow-getters in the Bay Area and Orange County!
**Be sure to save the date for February 8th! We’re hosting our last Los Angeles event for the year!** (Stay tuned for more details in the New Year!)
We absolutely could not have done this without you.
From the very depth of our beings, thank you. It is because of your light that we all continue to thrive.
With love and glow,
Amanda, Saren & Elena
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