A close friend of mine once said this to me as we were sitting by the pool having a heart-to-heart.
As the warm sun shone down on my face, I cocked my head. Hmm. ‘Very uncomfortable.’ I thought. It was uncomfortable, but also an opportunity for me to dig deeper.
Why did I resist leaning in so much?
The answer was straight up. Leaning in was just plain hard for me. I had a lot of stories wrapped up in doing things on my own - the hard way. I used to choose independence, hard work, doing things on my own – a more masculine approach to life and business.
I am not exactly sure where this came from, but my hunch is a combination of my competitive gymnastics background, my resistance to fully embracing my feminine nature, and the need to prove I was strong, bold, fearless and fine doing things all on my own.
It used to work. I found some personal power and strength living life this way…until I got really tired, pretty overwhelmed, and a little lonely.
This ‘solo’ way of living also started to feel exhausting and I noticed so many of my friends and family were creating a supportive and team oriented focus at home and in business.
How did I miss this?
Slowly but surely, I began to practice leaning in.
What I mean by this is I began creating various kinds of support systems in many areas of my life, or leaning in to the ones that were already there.
A supportive partner.
A business coach.
A mastermind group.
A strong circle of women I call my sisters (my biological sister included).
Two amazing young men (my sons) who always have my back.
A couple's group.
A couple of kick-ass interns.
My team (personal and professional) is growing fast and it feels amazing.
Summer Solace Series #5: Lean In
In Today’s Summer Solace Series #5 Lean In:
- Learn the most important facts about support, accountability, and love.
- Deepen into why we make more progress towards health and happiness with a sacred circle holding the space for us.
- Read the myth buster about your so-called 'biggest obstacle'
I have learned that for me to become my best self, I need some support, some reflection and some accountability.
I lead circles of women all over the world. These international retreats, women’s programs, and online courses support dynamic and empowering results for the participants, myself included. (read about some of them HERE)
Women (and men) thrive with support. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that with the support of a sacred circle of women, the rate of acceleration towards our intentions is more than tenfold.
Transformations happen quicker. Breakthroughs occur more often. Follow through is fierce and fabulous... and our resistance recedes (phew).
What if you too, realized that your obstacles in reaching your highest potential or your greatest happiness and even your best self were not caused by your own shortcomings or lack of personal work or vision, but rather that you just need to lean in more.
What if your best self could emerge more gracefully with a sacred circle of women holding the space for you, believing in you, and keeping you accountable?
- Improve your relationship to your life and your health through customized practices that nourish you from the inside out.
- Overcome personal obstacles by developing an intimate partnership with your mind and body.
- Live empowered in the way you create your vision and find your personal freedom.
Welcome to your Journey to FREEDOM You can create a life steeped with inner listening, intuition, and living for your highest good.
You can replace those old ways of being that are totally outdated in your life, and no longer serve you in who you want to be today.
You can sculpt your life, your schedule, your eating and your self-care practices to match exactly what you are intending for yourself.
You can put yourself first in your life, restore your life force and have more to give back.
Come join our intimate sacred circles of women who are consciously supporting each other in crafting a life that is about coming back home to your best self.
Here are 2 opportunities for you.
- The Fall Full Moon Women’s retreat is September 16th-18th. This live circle of women is set in a beautiful and restorative setting complete with a harvest moon, hot springs, delicious organic food, and a circle of women up to a similar mission.
- The Sisterhood Circles year long Health and Happiness (virtual) Focus group begins September 27th + 4 great bonuses if you join us before September 18th, 2016
What is YOUR story about support, receiving and leaning in?
There is still time to join us.
The Summer Solace Series is my late summer offering for you to explore your own true nature with respect to health, happiness and inner peace. My intention with the Summer Solace Series is to make our journey of the feminine feel a little smoother, a lot more whole, while staying deeply connected to ourselves, as women.
During the late summer weeks, I will be sharing some of the gems from my work with women in the groups I lead all over the world. I will share with you some ways where we can begin to create a loving and female approach to our eating, and our bodies with tastes of some of the myths and archytypes I work with that provide a little extra support.
As we transition into the last part of summer, we energetically prepare for a transition into a new school year, another autumn season, and a time to begin a new pulse that works well for what we are intending for ourselves.
I have also created the Summer Solace Series to share with you some samples and nuggets from my upcoming women’s circles that are beginning in September (one live full moon weekend retreat, and one virtual women’s focus group) with tastes of some of the most potent themes and practices.
Just like the sweetness of a ripe August peach, The Summer Solace Series is my late summer treat for you. A harvest filled path into the last weeks of summer, a taste of the Sisterhood Circles Focus Group and Full Moon Women’s Retreat weekend that begin this September as well as some summer savoring secrets that will keep you satiated.
Please join me in these intimate restoring and practical upcoming women's circles that will support you in creating a happy and healthy life you love.
The Yoga of Eating ~ Full Moon Weekend Retreat Joyful Journey Hotsprings September 16th-18th Just A Few Spots Left
Explore the female relationship to food, body and soul through daily practice, ritual and a sacred circle of women. Reconnect and restore your mind and heart in the majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with a retreat designed for your health, nourishment, and body-mind-spirit connection.
Soak in the sacred waters of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, enjoy the delicious organic home cooked meals, and share in the sisterhood of connection and ritual.
(Yurts and Mountain Lodge Accommodations )
Your restoration and revelations await you.
The Health Wise Sisterhood Circle ~ 2016
The Health Wise SISTERHOOD CIRCLE is an intimate sacred circle of women who are consciously supporting each other in crafting a life to love.
4 great bonuses if you register by September 18th:
About Sue Van Raes...
I'm a Nutritional therapist, food psychology expert and Lifestyle Coach.
My mission is to help heal the feminine through food, mind-body connection and pleasure. Learn more here.
In our work together we will dive into deep healing for the body and soul while I offer you practical, potent teachings that will open your heart to trust, your mind to possibility and your body to its organic wisdom.
I am chock full of resources for you including INSPIRING content and a wide range of support to help you find your way in all things food and body.
Feel free to read more about me and how I can help you HERE