Reclaiming Our Personal Power
Over the past few weeks we’ve heard so much about The Great Resignation, as millions of people across industries and levels have quit their jobs.
It feels like the collective has turned the volume all the way up, on something I’ve been seeing the past seven years in my work:
There is a kind of deep satisfaction that only happens when you walk out of a job that you can no longer stand.
You reclaim your power over your own life.
Suddenly you see possibilities you did not see, you are willing to take risks you didn't think you could, you are TIRED of what you've put up with in the past and you say "no more."
After a year and a half of the strain of this pandemic, we've seen a massive collective shift in our perspective, our priorities, our possibilities. We're looking at our old jobs and so many are saying:
“Actually - no. I am not going back to that life.”
Whether you are intentionally seeking a different kind of job or pursuing your own business - this moment is absolutely about moving towards more autonomy, freedom, and creativity on your own terms.
I made the choice to leave the workplace in 2014 when I quit a job, nine days after I started.
I remember being terrified that I would lose my professional reputation after quitting a job so quickly. I remember thinking it would hurt my ability to support my son. As a single mom, I remember feeling desperate and lost.
I felt a certainty with every fiber of my being. It lit a fire under me that only said "Get out of there now", and I never looked back.
It was at that moment that I somehow knew I would become an entrepreneur, something I had never considered before. I somehow knew would never have another job again.
I made this decision with many privileges: a master’s degree, no student debt, some financial help from my parents to get started, a solid skillset I knew would support me - even if I didn't understand how.
I was also guided at every step by my intuition that this was my path.
Here’s what I knew:
I knew this in my bones and with every part of me. This realization was sudden and unexpected. I can only tell you that my intuition came through loud and clear.
Sometimes, you just gotta burn it down and leave it in the past.
It's the only way the new version of you will rise and create a new beginning that has you at the center, owning your power - guided, trusting, thriving.
If you find yourself at some phase of this moment, here are some considerations and action steps for you:
The clarity will come. The uncertainty will fade. The next steps will get easier.
You will get through this, guided by your intuition with trust and real support. ❤️
Reclaiming Our Collective Power
Where the words above are about reclaiming your individual power, these words below are meant to bring some context to how we reclaim a collective power - so that these same burdens don't fall so heavily in the shoulders of our children in the next generation.
The fact that we find ourselves in this position, in this Great Resignation, is no accident.
This pandemic has placed a spotlight on the inequalities and outrageous social and economic injustices we face.
Womxn in the workplace have suffered loss of employment at huge rates - undoing the progress of decades. In exchange for our expanded productivity at work, we receive low pay + awful or no benefits, suffer through high health care, housing and child care costs, high student debt, toxic work environment and the micro and macro aggressions that BIWoC experience everyday.
Even in the face of a crushing global pandemic, at a national level - the "barely-there" social assistance - compared to other industrialized nations - sent a clear message that our government has many priorities, but a fair shot and our well-being are nowhere near the top of that list.
The coldness and politicizing discourse that has turned the (truly) collective shared experience that has been Covid-19 into a circus of hate and conspiracy theories where people stand on principle in denial of science has cost many thousands of lives and been absolutely soul crushing.
For over 40 years we have been increasingly seeing the 1% of this country expand their wealth at the increased expense of the bottom 99%.
It's no wonder we feel like we have to save our own selves. It's safe to assume no one is coming to save us.
Some people believe that is the ethos of this country: Everyone out for themselves. I beg to differ.
I have to. This is my home. And the world I want to be a part of is very different. And I trust my role in moving it in a different direction.
I believe that a reclamation of our own (true) power leads to burning down old systems, leads to creating economic and political structures rooted in justice, compassion and humanity.
I believe It starts with a womxn who can suddenly hire four people on her team and pay them a living wage. A womxn who decides to run for office and actually stands by her principles and values. A womxn who finds an opportunity to make a massive impact and solve a problem in her community. A womxn who owns her voice and inspires thousands to recognize that we're not in a zero-sum game - that we can all prosper.
Because our true power has us root in the TRUTH that a path that would have us only looking out for ourselves is based on fear, scarcity, and smallness. I know that when we heal ourselves, recognize our Shadow, lean into vulnerability, sit with our stillness - go all the way in on an intuitive life, we are called to integrity. We can no longer stand by and pretend that we are not all connected. We are called into our own humanity at a level we never have before - and we recognize that there is no reclaiming of true power that ignores that we are part of a community and we are in this together.
And I know many times these stories start with one womxn saying "enough is enough", getting mad as hell, and quitting a sh*tty job.