In awe of her courage

Last week, a woman named Cheri reached out to me after participating in the virtual, mini Shero’s Retreat. Her story was powerful.

She recently became aware of great fraud in her marriage. Put simply (and without revelatory detail), her husband is not the man she thought he was. Now, she is facing divorce and a BIG reorganization of her life.

Trouble is, she’s not ready. Even if circumstance was supporting immediate divorce (which it’s not), she’s not ready.

She recognizes the old has to go, but she doesn’t know what the new is. She’s largely lost herself in that marriage. She can no longer find her own ground, no longer hear her own intuition.

So she reached out to me to investigate the Shero’s Retreat as a means to discover, define, and give birth to her next self, her new life. When the time comes to walk away from her husband, she wants to be ready.

That alone inspires me, and I live to support that kind of empowerment.

But here’s what left me in awe:

Her husband controls their money. He’s taken great care to keep her dependent and, as she says, “I’m not a victim…. but I’ve been a volunteer.”

When she expressed her deep commitment to herself and her passionate belief that the Shero’s Retreat was right for her, I got concerned for her. How would she access this opportunity if her finances were under wraps and guarded by someone NOT invested in her best interest?

Her solution? She would play the game with him one more time in hopes he would pay and if he didn’t, she’d take on personal debt (even without an income) to ensure she had this opportunity. Nothing was going to get in the way of giving herself this gift, this chance to soar.

I’ll tell you, I am deeply humbled by her faith in my journey’s wisdom and the Shero’s Retreat as a vehicle for that wisdom. But besides that, I am in awe of her courage.

Is she scared? Yes.

Is she nervous? Yes.

Can she see how this is all going to turn out? No.

But she knew that if she didn’t find a way to take this opportunity, she’d sink deeper into disempowerment and hopelessness. The “cost of not” outweighed the “cost of.”

So Cheri will be joining us for the Group Shero’s Retreat next month. And you better believe it’s my personal commitment to support, in every way I can, her rise from the ashes.


How about you? Are you letting someone or something stand in the way of the support you need to soar?

Registration for the Group Shero’s Retreat closes in 8 days. Take inspiration from the story above and let’s have a conversation. I’ll help you get clear about where you are, where you want to go, and how best to get there (even if it has nothing to do with me or the Shero’s Retreat.) I’m here to help you, in whatever way I can.

Get the ball rolling, and empower me to support you, by filling out the application for the Shero’s Retreat here.

If you end up joining us, you’ll be in good company for sure!

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