With the launch of my new website (thanks Kelsey from Lapin Design!), I've been meditating on the type of work I want to be involved in and more importantly, what I want to put out into the world.
One of the (perhaps) more obvious ways I've been doing this is by being clearer in my yoga and movement classes about setting intentions. When the instructor asks the class to meditate on an intention for the hour or hour and a half class, I've really been taking that seriously. As a believer in the potency of movement, I think it's powerful to literally move with your intention. I've been asking (and answering) these types of questions: What kind of clients do I want to work with and why? What do I want to feel when I achieve x, y, and z? What would be my ideal day-to-day routine? What am I willing to sacrifice? Part of this involves, I think, being open to creative possibilities, meaning, the work may come in unusual or unexpected forms.
Another way I've been trying to gain clarity is by being self-reflective. I've been looking at my resume and LinkedIn profile from as objective of a standpoint as I can and finding which interests of mine have stood the test of time. Some of what I've seen in terms of categories includes: film, feminism, dance/movement, healing, Anthropology, research, and, through it all, working with people.
I've also been looking at past writing including an application to a graduate program I did not end up attending. For a while, I totally disregarded the intentions I had set for that program. When I decided not to go back to school, I wanted to break free from that idea entirely. Now, however, I'm at the point where I want to integrate seeds of ideas I've had (if they still resonate) rather than brashly start from scratch. Plus, I've been reading and hearing a lot lately about the importance of putting your ideas out in the world to let them manifest rather than holding them so close and essentially suffocating your inspiration. So, with that being said, I want to share a passage I wrote from my application that speaks to how I see my background in user & design research/consulting blending with my passion for wellness & spirituality:
"Additionally, I see myself bringing mindfulness and spirituality to my work in consulting, helping clients refocus their thoughts and better connect with themselves, their co-workers, their customers, and the world at large. I want to push companies and organizations to think beyond immediate needs and towards long-term sustainability for themselves and the world at large. I believe companies could deeply benefit from taking moments to pause, reflect, and re-evaluate what products and services they are putting out into the world. We live in an increasingly rushed, multi-tasking world where slowing down and reflecting is often not valued. While I do not think that immediate, gut instincts are something to ignore, I also believe that cultivating a proactive, rather than reactive, approach in business and in life leads to longer-term success and well-being (Vaillant, 2012). I have seen many clients get so caught up in their heads that they seem to forget they are whole human beings, referring to bathroom breaks as “bio” or “biological” breaks as if their bodies are merely along for the ride. I hope to pass on the importance of self care and mindfulness to business clients by teaching how simply taking the time to be in their own body can be centering and grounding during difficult moments at work. In fact, countless research studies show that incorporating mindfulness in the workplace helps with innovation (Harvard Business Review Staff, 2014), leadership (Bruce, 2014), and flexibility (Williams, 2014)."
In my head, the connections made/make perfect sense, but I'm working on expressing and articulating myself and my vision clearly so that one day, it actually happens. If any of this resonates with you, please reach out. I would love to hear your thoughts and what you're working on both personally and professionally.
Bruce, J. (2014, March 11). Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster - Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/janbruce/2014/03/11/become-a-mindful-leader-slow-down-to-move-faster/
Harvard Business Review Staff. (2014, March). Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity - HBR. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2014/03/mindfulness-in-the-age-of-complexity
Vaillant, G.E. (2012, October 30). Triumphs of Experience The Men of the Harvard Grant Study. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Williams, R. B. (2014, October 11). Wired for Success: Will Mindfulness Become Another Self-Help Fad? Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201410/will-mindfulness-become-another-self-help-fad