In August, I spent part of a weekend participating in an equine vision journey retreat at a ranch near Evergreen, Colorado, about 40 miles from our home.
Over two days, we spent time with horses, reflecting on our lives and vision-casting for the future. The retreat was part of a year-long marketing mastery course I recently completed.
Through many hours of self-reflection, self-assessments, and feedback I requested from those who know me best, I decided if my brand was an animal, it would be a bald eagle for these reasons:
That last bullet is intentional. I always joke that our home is like the Golden Gate Bridge, which is constantly being re-painted a color known as “international orange.” I enjoy decorating and renovating—keeping things fresh so they don’t go stale.
One of our assignments during the mastermind course’s branding exercise was to put together a branding mood board, and I knew mine needed to include an eagle.
On the first day of the equine retreat, we worked with a medicine wheel, which represents the alignment and continuous interaction of one’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realities.
During my time at the medicine wheel, I faced in each of the four directions, seeking reflection. When I faced east, which represents fire, dawn, and growth, I actually saw an eagle soaring above the mountain tops. It was an electrifying moment I will never forget.
I share this story now, because the equine retreat leader had us write letters to ourselves about where we wanted to be six months later. Mine arrived in the mail a few weeks ago, and I was amazed to read what I wrote:
“Publish a book this year.” My first book was released over four years ago. Heal Forward (working title) is scheduled to be released this fall!
“Live in peace.” Yes. Finally.
“Be the leader you’ve never been allowed to be.” This, too, is happening. I am collaborating on projects with some amazing leaders. What a welcome gift.
“Be sure to make 2023 the year of you!” We are only a fourth of the way through, but so far I am focused like never before on self-care.
My thanks to those who continue to inspire and encourage me to keep moving forward.
Fly high and free like an eagle,