Saying No To Opportunities

Yesterday marked my first workshop of 2022. It was so wonderful to kick off the year in alignment with my values.


Let me explain…


Towards the end of 2022, I noticed that whenever I was booked to facilitate a ‘Successful Grant’ writing workshop, I would feel a physical repulsion towards it. I was deeply appreciative of the opportunity but that reaction gave me the awareness that it was not aligned to one of my top values in life ‘making a difference’.


The difference I feel called to make is around supporting women to move up or move on in their careers and overcome the thoughts, beliefs and emotions keeping them small. The workshop simply isn’t fully aligned with my vision.


I have committed to running 5 more Successful Grant writing workshop in 2022 which I will of course see through to completion with integrity. Having also set the grounded action of not accepting further invitations. This creates a space, an opening to have more of what I do want in my life. Now that’s exciting!

It can be challenging to say no to what we don’t want but even more challenging to say no to things that are ok for something more.

The question I asked participants at the end of the workshop was, “what was most valuable from today’s session?”

👉 The question “what am I yearning for?”

👉 Separating our connection and intimacy between small and big human – I need to focus on them individually.

👉 Consideration of changing values/having the confidence to change too values.

👉The process to reflect and extract values, see how the past ones transform in the future.


If you missed the 1hr Design & Align – Values Workshop you can access the replay here for 7 days.
As we embark on 2022, I want to leave you with some inspiration today from John O’Donohue.
For A New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

Keep opening up,


PS Catch the 1hr DESIGN & ALIGN – Values Workshop replay here for the next 7 days.

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