By Lisa Brumm
As I read the Facebook post about who had a story of Women With Moxie and how it has played a part in my current success, frankly I was giddy with excitement to immediately share!
Then I paused. Was it guilt? What was I afraid of, and more importantly, why was I hesitant to boldly share…in writing? I am an extrovert and have identified myself to be a strong leader all of my life as far back as I can recall. A big-hearted optimist with a sharp wit to boot! So here I sat with a blank email with the To: section addressed, the Subject: line titled and a big, white, blank ready-to-write space. The words stuck in my head and no motivation in my fingers to share, openly share with all of the women who over the last two years have offered hugs, support, cheers and love.
Well, it’s been a week and I now have thought so hard about why I didn’t do it freely. It’s because this isn’t about my successes over the last four months, but rather it’s about how I couldn’t be truly happy for myself without first recognizing an unique and talented community of wonderful Moxie women! My true sense of Success (with a capital ‘S’) is a sense of kinship with a group of women who reach out without any pause in their steps. I am one of many who are vulnerable and accepted. I hug. I smile. I laugh. I listen intently. I am me!
What Women With Moxie has helped me achieve is my true SELF. My financial planning business has boomed beginning (coincidentally, by chance or fate?) January 6, 2015. The first Tuesday of a new year with a new release of the stripped down, authentic version of me. I can’t even remember what words I said when my raffle ticket was drawn by Dill for a minute of time at the mic on stage…in front of over 100 women. It really didn’t matter what I said, but the power of emotion that I let out bursting from my heart. The real me; full of love, happiness and the Fearless power of the real me. That feeling is a force in my soul that has not since dwindled. It is growing, it is feeding my confidence to expose the real me, it is stronger each day and wants to embrace (yes, even hug) all who want to hang out with me. My passion for genuine friendship, honor, respect and humor is my new fuel to my business. My door is open and my focus is of service with purpose to anyone who wants assistance to discuss strategies. Allow me to be your financial girlfriend, it’ll be fun together…and full of fearlessness.
Lisa is a financial & estate planner at My Financial Girlfriend in Portland, OR