by Sophie Lippert, sophielippert.com
Does this scene sound familiar?
You wake to your alarm, yawning as you roll over and reach for your phone. Immediately, you’re bombarded by information from the world around you: emails that need your attention, matters that need to be tended to, people who need to be checked in with and taken care of.
And, just like that, you’re off and running—in “GO! mode”—even before leaving your bedroom.
The rest of your day follows suit. You feel so busy that you barely have time to catch your breath, kiss your loved ones, or share a meal with a friend. The idea of taking care of yourself feels completely foreign and unattainable. You come home at the end of the day and collapse—literally, energetically, or both!
It’s likely you’ve had days like this.
Days when your “daily grind” feels obligatory and dry.
Days when your routine feels like a rut.
Days when personal responsibilities loom large, and personal satisfaction is missing.
Days when the pursuit of fulfillment simply doesn’t feel like an option.
Do you feel me, female entrepreneurs and solopreneurs? Do you feel me, moms and business owners?
It’s one thing to have a day like this every once in awhile. But, as busy women, it is so easy for a rhythm like this to start feeling normal. In some pockets of our culture, it’s not even a questioned reality! Instead, society models lives that are depleting and dissatisfying. (Cue all those tools that we commonly use to “check out.” It is just me, or is it crazy that we’ve designed a culture that necessitates numbing out from a regular day of living?)
But this is where it gets exciting.
If you’re reading this, it’s very likely there are many ways you don’t live your life based on normalcy. So many of you in the Women with Moxie community are shaking up the system—in an incredible way! By refusing to settle with complacency and tiresome careers, you challenge the status quo of chronic dissatisfaction and disconnection.
By designing and curating work that serves both you and your community, you refuse to be limited by the narrow-minded narratives of what is “right,” “normal,” or “acceptable.”
By saying NO to boredom and lack of fulfillment, you say YES to a wide-lens view of life!
How exciting is that?! And it gets even more empowering. Because remember: every decision you make about the way you live is a choice.
So, Moxie women: you deserve a huge thank you.
Thank you for choosing to do the important work that is uniquely authentic and aligned for you.
Thank you for choosing to listen in and listen out—to your internal wisdom, and also to what benefits your communities and the greater good.
Thank you for choosing to be courageous, and to stand in your truth.
Simply by making these choices, you are shifting the paradigm. You are a cultural creator and innovator—no matter what your field of work is!
One more reminder:
It’s okay to be you.
It’s okay if you don’t always make the “best” decisions.
It’s okay if you don’t always feel ease and joy when serving your professional and personal networks.
It’s okay if you sometimes struggle, get afraid, or numb out.
All of these things are what make you human. And your humanness is what makes you most precious, vital, and exceptional.
So, all you moxie-filled women: let’s keep making the choice to show up—for each other, for our careers, and for ourselves.
Let’s keep lifting each other up, exemplifying a new paradigm for work, and modeling a way of being that is filled with freedom and fulfillment.
Are you with me?
Post in the comments below if you’re ready to co-create this world!
Sophie Lippert, www.sophielippert.com
Sophie is a concert pianist, piano teacher, writer, and business consultant. The thread that unites all of her work is her love for helping people connect more deeply: to themselves, to their communities, to their talents and passions, and to their work. Sophie teaches piano to kids and adults of all levels and backgrounds in a beautiful studio in downtown Portland. She also has an active concert calendar as a professional classical pianist in Portland and beyond, including a February 2019 performance with the Seattle Philharmonic at Benaroya Hall! For clips of Sophie playing piano, find her on Instagram.