Those of you who are self-employed in client-based businesses know what a huge deal this is. So since it is Late Summer in the Chinese Five Element System – a time of harvest and gratitude, I want to take a moment to reap the harvest of seeds I have been lovingly planting for years – despite lots of fear and doubt along the way. Because, my friends, the crop is very, very sweet.
I used to be afraid that my transformational magic only worked in a one-on-one setting. I was afraid that if I created a group program like all my mentors were encouraging me to do, my clients wouldn’t get exciting enough results. They need me - and lots of me, I thought.
Which is probably why I waited until the very last minute to create my first group program – when my private practice went to a waiting list and I had to either leverage this stuff immediately, lose some really awesome potential clients, or overwork myself by continuing to see everyone who came to me privately.
In fact, three months after the program finished, I received this email from one of the participants who just (gratefully, finally) lost her J-O-B:
I had one night where I slept only 3 hours because I was up thinking and worrying about it all. . . And then, I wasn't scared anymore. I was excited. I used some of the tools you suggested and was able to reframe my fear into a vision of opportunity--an opportunity to shine, to get out from behind the computer and be able to fully dive into creating a business that helps people and allows me to further explore my interests in health and sustainability.
And so I just wanted to let you know that even though we no longer have a close business relationship, I still use the tools you gave us during the 6-month program. And I know I'm going to make it.
That 6-month program morphed into a year long program so it could be completely aligned with the cycles of the earth. It’s now called “The Year of the Wild Woman” program, and it includes five, in-person retreats, daily emails, bi-weekly Wild Woman Wednesday group coaching sessions, and a few private sessions with me.
But what’s really amazing is the way the women have taken ownership of this community and begun co-creating the program with me. They decided to utilize the alternate Wednesdays to meet without me and cowork on their individual business ventures. (So smart!)
And then something truly beautiful happened. One of the women in the group is a chef. We’ll call her Jackie. She’d been wanting to launch a pop-up dinner series at her house for months but was putting it off because her garage needed to be cleaned out before she could use it as a commercial kitchen.
So this weekend during our retreat, another woman said, “Ok let’s do it, Jackie. When can we come to your house and clean out your garage?”
“What?” Jackie’s eyes opened wide. “Really?”
“Yep,” the other woman said. “If that’s what needs to happen for you to move forward on your vision, let’s get it done.”
This conversation turned into a whole “barn-raising” element of the program that I never could have envisioned on my own. When I saw what was unfolding, I re-arranged the schedule and made space for each woman to ask the group for what she needed in order to be successful on her goals over the next 10 weeks (the length of this particular module). One by one, they put dates on the calendar to clean garages, go through belongings of a deceased spouse, swap childcare, exercise together, and much more.
Boy was I wrong about private coaching being the only way to get results! The community has become the most life-changing aspect of the program by far. Thank you, my eight, brilliant pioneer wild women for co-creating this magical tribe with me. The year of the lone wolf is over. It’s time for the year of the wild woman!
The next Wild Woman Summit is November 6th-8th and although there’s been a big bump in registrations over the last week as I’ve done a few local speaking gigs, there are still spots left on full scholarship! We’ll spend a weekend in the beautiful redwoods of central California connecting to our inner wildness, clarifying our vision, and creating the work we love! Some of the current tribe members will even be there to share their stories and meet you. Won’t you join us?
What type of wild woman are you?
Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!