Today is my birthday. And it feels significant.
It’s been two years since I shared – also on my birthday – about my deep sense of exhaustion and depletion following the three years of challenge after challenge that followed our move from the US to Israel in 2011. About my lack of energy or desire to do anything. About my fear that I would never have any motivation to do anything again.
After moving to Israel, not only did I lose my support network and years of social collateral, but I lost myself. Really, really lost myself. I was so consumed with trying to hold my family together through all the upheaval and changes – and I did a really good job of that. But my underlying sense of who I was, my confidence and belief in myself, my sense of belonging and identification were so seriously challenged by the transition to a different culture and everything we went through that I emotionally kind of climbed into a cave to regroup. And because the cave felt so safe, I contemplated just staying there.
But you know, fear grows in the dark. So as safe as it was, it didn’t feel good. I knew I was avoiding being who I was put in the world to be and that feeling kept pushing its way toward the surface. I would push it down again and again, and it would keep pushing back up. Finally after my birthday a couple of years ago, I knew it was time to stop making excuses to myself and to take some baby steps in a new direction.
It’s been an amazing two year journey from where I was to where I am now. It’s been a process of learning to love and nurture myself at a deeper level, reclaiming and owning my gifts and abilities, moving from the emotional safety of staying out of the light and being willing to show up as my true self in the world.
It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to build and strengthen spiritual muscles, some of which I let atrophy and others I didn’t know existed at all. These spiritual disciplines have taken consistent consciousness and effort to maintain, and there remains lots of room for growth. Yet I look at my life after these two years and marvel at how much better it is in every way – I’m healthier, I’m calmer, I feel more at peace with myself and the world around me. It’s because of all this inner work that I’m now able to share myself and my parenting approach in a broader way despite what sometimes feels uncomfortable.
And it’s so incredibly appropriate that tonight, on my birthday, I’m launching my first Leadership Parenting webinar ever. As much as my intent is to be of maximum service to you, it’s also a gift to myself to share my roadmap for building a strong and connected family. I truly believe that no matter where you are coming from, no matter how hard your background or how much you’re struggling right now as a parent, you can learn to be compassionate and kind and powerful and influential in your family – to be an effective leader – from a place of love for your children and for yourself.
So I invite you to join me on this 16 week Leadership Parenting training workshop series. It will be a journey of self-discovery and insight, along with practical suggestions on how to apply leadership concepts in your daily parenting. The webinars will be accessible by computer and by phone, taking place live on Sunday nights (Israel), 8:30 – 10 pm/ 1:30 – 3 pm EST. The first hour is my presentation and the remaining thirty minutes is for your questions. If the timing doesn’t work for you, you can still participate at your own convenience by watching or listening to the recordings.
To join, all you need to do is send $200 via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll email you a confirmation along with a link to register. Once you complete that, you’ll automatically be sent an email with details to access the webinars and after each webinar, you’ll receive a link to access the recording.
I’m looking forward to this shared journey of exploration and learning with you!