Talkin' 'bout a Revolution

December 09, 2016

There seems to be a popular consensus that the year 2016 has been one giant dumpster fire. Even me sitting here in my rah rah coaching hat agrees. 2016 hasn’t been the kindest for a lot of folks. Losing Bowie and Prince and gaining a Trump presidency is more than enough to disrupt an entire universe.

While I totally get the cynicism, I’m slowly directing my energy to what can I do in 2017.

I am probably the biggest Prince fan you will ever know. I’ve loved him since I was 7 years old. He has single handedly been the biggest influence and guidance in my life. There’s a reason Prince has the top spot on my Board of Directors. His loss has been tremendous.

What I’m taking away from he and David Bowie’s unbelievable exits is this: fearless authenticity.

It’s time to stop hiding. Be your true, funky self. Break out, let go, rise up, face the fear, say yes, say no. Have the courage to be different. Use your outside voice.

We need who you really are more than ever now.

Do it for the rebels. Go crazy. Punch a higher floor.

Shortly after the election, I publically discussed my own sexual abuse, something I swore I’d never do.

Others came forward and talked about their sexual assaults for the first time, too

A few nights later, I went to dinner with a group of women friends and few I didn’t know. Many spoke of their own assaults. They had been threatened and shamed into believing it was their fault, as I was – not only by the perpetrators, but by their family and loved ones.

We’re living in a divisive culture where our attackers live with little punishment when we do tell. Maybe a few months jail time. Maybe some fines. Now they can have the highest office in the land.

I do not want to live my life hiding in the shadows of victimhood.

My scars are deep, but they will not be my name.

Our voices have the capacity to change a life. Words are power. Let us use our outside voices and help others do the same.

Imagine what we can create when we embrace our authentic selves and speak up.

Maybe I won’t start a revolution, but that word is on my Core Desired Feelings list for 2017 – along with thriving, electric, lion-hearted, funky, creative, visible, forward and all-in. These words reflect how I want to feel and how I want to show up in the world.

I’m ready.

What words come up for you as you look towards a new year? Thinking about your own revolution? Let’s connect.