If you like stories, here's a piece of mine.
it involves my car, some big life changes, and stories of women i kind of made up.
I was recording a last minute video entry for a financial grant contest at a business conference I had attended that day.
I had only 120 seconds to share my vision for a women's retreat with a mission for removing the societal barriers that keep us from so much of the community we need with one another.
I imagined three women wrapping up their work days in order to arrive at this retreat as strangers, but only for a few more moments.
The first closes her home office door and soon finds kiddos dancing underfoot with a day's worth of happenings eager to be shared.
The second, waves through the glass window to her colleagues before heading down the corporate elevator and starting the walk to the parking garage where she usually begins her evening commute.
And then, the one who thanks her girlfriend for taking her last client so she can clean up her station and head out early. She'll return the favor for that friend on her daughter's recital day.
I remember sitting in my car a few years ago.
I had left my job the year before.
My heart was sad, my mind uncertain, but my soul was at peace. I had no idea what I'd do next. I knew that I had to first clear my plate and create space for new opportunities and direction.
It was, like, a really uncomfortable season.
I hated how my mind made up stories of what others must be thinking about me. I wasn't volunteering, We moved to a new house, and I had resigned from an organization others were eager to be part of.
I can't say I knew much in those days, but 3 things were true...
I had never honestly considered how I wanted to be fulfilled professionally.
My mental health needed tending and healing.
Women have unbearable pressure, lack of support, and little time to dream.
The hostesses and guests sharing, in one way or another, how they're giving their gifts to the world. It felt like I'd found a portal to a world I hadn't known existed. One where women are believing in themselves, their passions, and then living life together accordingly.
The Creative Analyst Podcast will be a place for the women I dreamed up in those 120 seconds. A shared space where our paths converge, and our differences will be what lend us stories to encourage and educate together.