I have just spent the evening signed up and tuned in to a workshop on Doing Less by Kate Northrup. Her ideas are novel and interesting and worthwhile and new to me, as I have not yet read her book – although I have followed her for a while on instagram.
She is offering a whole new way for women to do business. In tune with nature and cycles, rhythms and seasons, creativity, rest and energy ebbs and flows. A way where we can achieve business success and importantly also be available for those we care about, and for, and also for ourselves – most importantly.
While reading an excerpt from her book afterwards I was struck by a line she wrote while describing her “Egg Wisdom” – this is a phenomenon she learned about from her mother Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of best selling book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.
Here is the line from Kate’s book “This is the feminine way. The feminine nurtures, heals, beautifies, and improves everything around her.”
I have been doing a fair amount of reading and researching to increase my self-knowledge of late. So it was into this context that this sentence landed. Earlier today I was re-reading the results of my Primary Archetype test from Cerries Mooney (honest business guidance for conscious entrepreneurs).
This clear, simple, honest advice comes from Cerries:
“The best way to grow a business is by using common sense.
By thinking strategically, calmly, and logically.
By dissecting what you need, what you have to offer, who might need it, and how you’ll bridge the gaps between those things.
Most of all, you grow a business by becoming intensely aware of who you are, and how you feel.
If it feels good? Do more of it.
If it feels questionable? Avoid it, and find an alternative way.“
Having taken the test it turns out that I am an Explorer – a few of the points which resonated with me are these –
“You’re on a mission: to find a better world, both inside and out.
You need to follow your heart – no matter what the consequences.
Authenticity isn’t optional for you. It’s essential.
Your greatest gift to the world is inspiring those around you to be true to themselves, and giving us all permission to follow our own individual path – no matter what the cost.
You often have a hard time committing to any one direction.” Yep
It goes on to add that –
“It’s ok if your approach to business is a little scattered.
One of the key challenges for the Explorer brand is focus.”
Much of this is supported by my Enneagram 7 Enthusiastic Visionary type too.
And then Carries says – “The best way to make sure your Explorer brand flourishes is to identify the main thread that runs throughout your work (whatever form it takes), and tie each of your offerings back to the main thread. Don’t worry if the main thread is quite abstract (‘helping someone find happiness on their own terms’ is totally acceptable) – you’ll find that as your business grows, it will naturally begin to find its own way.”
So…. I put the 2 together: The best way to make sure your Explorer brand flourishes is to identify the main thread that runs throughout your work (whatever form it takes), and tie each of your offerings back to the main thread. This is part of the thread that runs through what I do and what makes me feel rich and myself – the feminine way. The feminine nurtures, heals, beautifies, and improves everything around her.”
Do I have the beginnings of some kind of business of my very own? That would be absolutely amazing for me.
So – as I have always used this blog to record and experiment my changing life – I thought I would try something new, aligned to who I am right now. I will post a few of the random subjects that I read about, and see if together assembled in the blog, they start to form some kind of cohesive theme. It will definitely be varied, definitely catered, but also very authentic me.