Like so many of my friends and colleagues, I’m going through some major changes right now, both personally and professionally. A lot is shifting within me and around me. It feels as if the energy of the old ways of doing and being are moving out – making room for new possibilities and opportunities.
I’ve been doing a lot of journal writing and working with many of my favorite oracle decks. I’ve also been taking a multitude of walks on the many nature trails that are available here on Cape Cod. It’s a highly-reflective and contemplative time in my life right now.
And what I’m noticing, having turned 50 years old back in May, is the reality that my physical body is changing. I’m moving into a stage of life that is often defined by the medical world as perimenopause. It’s that “in-between” stage of unfamiliarity and unpredictability – which is nature’s way of getting you prepared for a new way of being. And this change is triggering quite a lot on an emotional level – which is rippling out to the many other parts of my life, including my professional work.
My business is in metamorphosis mode at the moment, moving into its next phase of evolution. And the irony is – it’s reflecting many of the same energies that are congruent with the physical changes in my body.
The last time I went through a major shift like this was when I first became pregnant. My body went through tremendous change during that nine-month period, which filtered out through the lens of my more emotional self.
Moving into the role of “mother” changed everything for me, including the direction that my career was taking at that time. It’s what led me into my self-discovery work with moms and its what inspired my book, Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery – which was accompanied by a beautiful deck of 54 journaling prompt cards based on the phases of the moon.
The image you see here (in this blog post) is one of the many images that were created exclusively for my book and journaling card deck. It shows a woman in deep contemplation, pondering her life and the direction its wanting to take in that moment of reflection – while being gently comforted by the light of the moon. Her journal sits open on her lap, ready to catch any insights that come to her during her time of deep questioning.
So here I am again – in a period of life where I’m being called into a phase of deep questioning and profound shifts, wondering where I might go next in the many aspects of my life – including business. Where will this inner journey take me this time?
Because I work primarily with women who fall between the ages of 40-60, the subject of menopause does come up in our coaching conversations. Whether we like it or not, it is a reality of life. And what I’m coming to realize is – it’s nothing to be afraid of or confused by. It stands to serve as another beautiful and very natural opportunity to move toward the next evolution of self. It’s the pathway to a new beginning that requires a significant level of grieving – making peace with what’s wanting to be left behind so that the space can be cleared for what is wanting to emerge next.
As it relates to my business, I’m doing a lot of clearing and letting go, making room for something new that keeps knocking at my door. The funny thing is – when I go to open the door, nothing is there – simply because it’s not ready to be seen yet. But I feel it – and I’m looking forward to the moment when it finally reveals itself. There’s an element of mystery about it that feels really exciting! But it doesn’t come without a level of discomfort. Quite frankly, I have no idea what will emerge – and its the unknowingness that feels unsettling.
Can you relate to this in any way? Could this be happening in your life – or even in your business?
Are you going through business menopause?
If so, I’d love to invite you into a beautiful and very sacred space with me as we embark on an inner journey to discover what it is wanting to emerge within you – and within your business. This is a unique business visioning program that takes you through the phases of the moon as you connect with the many aspects of yourself, both internally and externally. To read more about this rich and provocative experience, please visit this link: Moonlight Business Visioning
For now, I’d like to leave you with this English proverb, “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
Here’s to celebrating the next evolution of you and your professional work! 🙂