I’ve gotten to this place of standing in my power and my truth, high-achievement, while also experiencing exuberance, joy and pleasure (we’re talking fully being in my body, present, speaking and doing from my truest self has become my new normal, but even three years ago that wasn’t true at allllll).
PULL UP YOUR CHAIR AND LET’S HAVE A HEART-TO-HEART FOR A SECOND.
Probably since the day I left Saudi Arabia over 9 years ago and started on this healing and reclamation journey, I watched these leaders taking up space, feeling confident and assertive when they spoke, commanding respect and attention, and making an impact by just showing up with their hearts open to love and life. I wanted it all, I wanted it for myself soooo bad. The authenticity, the impact, the ease of being in their body, the belonging, the freedom.
But the longer I spent in the personal & professional development world, the more I learned what I "should do", what I "should say" and what is expected of me, rather than learning how to BE MYSELF and show up as who I truly am. I spent months afraid of failure, of rejection, and so I kept on hiding and playing small. I spent years of wearing a mask pretending while I was not doing okay, years chasing, feeling like it's not enough until I have that training or that certification. So, I kept "running", always trying to prove something to someone. And the worst part was that I tried to do it alone, I felt like asking for help will expose me to everyone how little I know, and how much I was still needing to "figure out" or "get it together".
It wasn't until I stepped into embodiment, somatic coaching and working with the nervous system that everything CHANGED for me. I was BEING instead of doing. Showing up embodied instead of fragmented. Revelling in pleasure instead of pressure. Loving & accepting myself instead of self-loathing for not meditating that day or saying "the wrong thing", having a lust for life instead of sheltering myself. Growing and expanding into my goals instead of shrinking them. Taking focused actions toward my purpose and my biggest goals. Standing in my power and experiencing immense joy, courage and confidence. Asking for help and allowing myself to be supported, the support that now has gotten me further because I leaned into incredible mentors and friends who embody radical generosity.
To give you perspective, I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and was in a fixed marriage at 18. In 2013, I filed for divorce, and moved to Canada, 24 years old and fully covered from head to toe. Today, I am featured on TEDx, Top 40 Under 40, and on Nasdaq as a Woman Leader to Watch. Oh.. and I met Oprah summer of 2022.. It's been wild! My journey continues... but now I get to bring other courageous women and femmes along with me. Let's create magic at the intersection of your professional, creative and personal life!
Trust the journey, trust your process, breathe and show up for today, holding the visions of your dreams knowing that it may just blow your mind away with even more magical things. You got this. We got this.