• Catherine Hansen MD, MPH


We live in a world that has expectations of us and those pressures, some subtle and some overt, have been with us a long time. Likely our entire lives. The pressures imposed on us from the adults who raised us, the teachers who schooled us, the friends who bullied us, the employers who pay us, the media that surrounds us and even our family who has come to see us a certain way, continue to inform who are and define who we hope to become. We are in constant evaluation of how we are being perceived and shape-shifting ourselves into the form we think will get us the highest regard. We function according to these invisible rules each moment of each day. It used to be that our survival depended on conforming but now it’s the way we seek to find love and acceptance.

Many of the women I work with become quickly shut down by the external noise just as they tap into a natural flow that would help them articulate their guiding vision for life. They are derailed by the voice saying, “you’re not enough”, “that’s not possible for you”, “that’s too big” or “not yet, you’re not ready.”

As women, we have become overly attuned to that voice and it keeps us focused on things that don’t really matter. It implores us to expand our vision in unnatural ways with lists or tasks that would make us feel more worthy, more accomplished, more loved. The inner dialogue distracts us from priorities that, if fully blossomed from within, would have us transformed into full expressions of our true selves (the women we came here to be).

If you sense a restlessness or yearning that is not fully realized, those whispers are telling you it’s time. It’s time to listen inward. Carve out space. Sit in silence. Expect nothing. Observe the resistance. Acknowledge the persistent whispers that it can’t be done or it’s the wrong time and release them. Bless them. Smile. Breath. Extend love to the playful child within who wants to dance. Play with her. Let her sing.

In your clearest moments, your deepest desires will crystalize and, with practice and perseverance, you will be able to follow them through without fear. You will stay in your confidence and power, feeling abundant and grateful. Let them take form as you smell their beauty and sense their greatness. Don’t block the excitement that slowly wells up when you stop pushing it down. That excitement is the knowledge that you are on the right path and to follow it. Run with it. Enjoy it. It’s the flint of possibility that’s ready to be ignited. It’s the flicker of curiosity that needs your fuel. It’s the flames that need patient fanning. Follow it. Feel it. Don’t fear it.

After you sit with this desire long enough that you can actually see it in your life, put pen to paper and describe it. Dismiss the inner critic and create the story of your dreams. It’s a depiction of your deepest yearning, the seeds of your potential, the sun beams of your vision and the reality that is already yours.

As women we don’t let ourselves feel our desires because our mind gets in the way and fear creeps in. We constrict under the external voices that remind us we have kids to care for, partners to please, jobs to do and dishwashers to empty. It’s not until we liberate ourselves from these barriers that we can really see, feel and touch the unrealized potential of our existence as powerful women on a planet that needs our help.

You must do it on your own but you can’t do it alone.

The Empowered Women’s Circle is here to sponsor your vision and fertilize your growth. We are prepared to hold space as you set specific intentions, fulfill on personal goals and metamorphose naturally into you. The real you. The you that feels authentic and aligned. The you that just is.

Imagine what it would mean for you and for the generations that follow if you decide, today, to own your life, extend your gifts, share your knowledge and act on the inner yearnings that are bubbling inside you.

Our Circle shares structured elements that, when practiced daily, incorporated into a disciplined routine, held up for examination, re-evaluated through reflection & shared for others to see, will be the fertilizer inviting each woman to germinate, blossom & grow.

Join our growing wellness movement for like-minded, health-conscious women. Everyone is welcome, especially YOU! Learn more about Blossoming with the Empowered Women’s Circle at https://www.ewcircle.com/diamonds!

And share your vision with us: EWCircle.com/community

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