14 Feb No More Hiding
I’ve been hiding a part of myself from my business persona. It’s a HUGE piece of who I am, but I’m a little weary of revealing it because I’ve been told over and over never to mix business with person beliefs, politics or money talk. So I’ve been playing it safe. Trying not to ruffle feathers.
I just can’t do that anymore. It feels fake and wrong.
I’ve never been able to sit idly by and watch injustice take place. There’s something deep within me, at my core that burns when I witness inequality or oppression.
Someone recently called me a natural empath. That makes perfect sense.
If you can step into someone’s shoes and have the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, you’re an empath, too.
When I worked in the restaurant business, which was full of daily maltreatments, my nickname was Norma Rae.
I intervened when employees were fired without just cause, when sexual harassment took place and when my co-workers were taken advantage of. I was a voice for those who felt like they couldn’t speak up.
Once I started my own business, I toned that aspect of myself down dramatically. Politics would sometimes come up with clients, but I didn’t engage unless it was someone who I knew and trusted well.
Our country is in an upheaval. It feels backwards and scary.
People are being discriminated against because of their race, gender, religion or whom they choose to love. I must use my voice for good.
That may mean some people may unfollow me. Some people may not want to collaborate with me. Some people may not want to hire me.
And that’s OK.
When one or five doors close, more doors will open. And those doors will present something even better than expected.
My clients are 98% women. I empower them to simplify their lives so that they can step into their power and be the mom,
wife and business owner they’ve dreamed of.
What kind of leader would I be by keeping quiet?
I’ll also admit that I’m a proud a ‘bleeding heart liberal’ as my brother likes to call me.
And liberal isn’t a negative word. If you come to my home for dinner, I’ll serve you liberal helpings of kick-ass Italian food. See? What could be wrong with that?
I believe in;
– Equal pay for equal work
– The right to family planning
– Women know what’s best for their bodies/life
– The right to affordable healthcare for all
– Clean water to drink and air to breathe
– The right to high quality public education for all kids
– The right to love whomever you please
– Separation of church and state
– Our Constitution is a good thing
– People are inherently good and kind
– We are more alike than different
The world is giving you your opportunity to make your voice be heard.
Speak out for the injustices of others.
Be the positive change you want to see in the world
Listen to the opposition. It’s not about us being right or them being wrong. We need to find common ground.
Be willing to get out there to march, rally or protest.
Take small actions like making calls or sending letters.
Lend a hand, an ear or some compassion.
Inspire those around you.
I’m with you no matter what! Together we are truly stronger. Tell me how if feels to let this side of yourself out? Share your thoughts in the comments below.