Lost and Finding

PHEW! It has been some time since my last blog post and I write this with a bit of trepidation. Let me give you a snapshot of how this came about because I have realised that standing in your truth and telling your STORY is what brings shifts to you and the world. I write this in a bit of shame as a person, coach and facilitator steeped in the nuances of STORY and yet have been stifled in this chapter of my own. So, here I am, opening up to this story, this story of anger, frustration, sadness, love...

FEAR

This has been a tragic week with a lot of significance around human suffering and the long road we have come and still have to go. I have battled to make sense of the events so I have written a poem about what I feel is at the core of all these events: FEAR   Dark Man’s Feast   Come, take shelter and rest at my table, Lay down the weight of your weariness, Let this Supper feed and cradle, A head and heart steeped in ceaseless worry   Come, a seat remains open on my left, The right sits...

Character

Click-click-click-ding-whir, click-click-click-ding-whir. The rhythm and sound of the typewriter is hypnotic, it brings a sense of absolute calm mixed with a bubbling excitement. My grandmother had a beautiful typewriter that formed the beginning of my love for words. It was definite, once a letter was embossed on that sheet of paper it would be forever living in the world. Over the past few years I have searched for the RIGHT typewriter that could rekindle that passion and I found two that inspire me.   One is positioned at the entrance of my home, it sits perched on the mantle as...

The Introduction

I am currently busy with the incredible Coaches For Freedom (CFF) that will be conducting a workshop with PPF for Youth Day. I had all my points mapped out for this blog and decided to park it because something quite profound emerged through this period and this blog aims to honour the EXPERIENCES of life and not the illusionary structures of SHOULD BE. Perhaps this also speaks to the Story. A Story always has a moment where the Hero or Protagonist struggles with a ‘crisis’ that sets the tone for the chapters ahead. Perhaps this is my struggle, my animal...

Power of Story: A Preface

The only way of describing the sensation is a crumbling, a fall, a feeling of disintegration and being suffocated by the debris after an explosion (or perhaps an implosion) after tirelessly building this structure brick by brick. I stood rooted and trembling as I heard the words “I think this relationship is over” – BOOM! There is nothing like heartbreak to provide you with a magnifying glass to look at who you are and the stories you have created about yourself, the relationship and the world. It’s no wonder that the musical gifts of Adele are so moving, she invites...

A Beginning

I suppose Beginnings are as difficult as endings or perhaps they form a continuous circle depending on our position in time and space. I have been deliberating on the Beginning of this blog and what this space COULD, SHOULD and WOULD stand for. What would THIS voice bring to the world? What would this voice serve for others and me? I stand at a precipice, a decision point that I feel will set the tone of the work I do and what I (and by extension The Empowered Studio) stands for. Brand: a word that speaks to Identity of a...