We covered a range of topics in June; visibility upper limits, visibility lessons for business, women’s empowerment and more.
Below is where you can scroll through everything we shared and catch up on all the goodness. So grab a cup of tea and let’s get into it!
FROM THE BLOG
‘…if you’d asked me before doing the ‘I am fully expressed’ work whether there was much room for movement in this area, I would have said no. I felt good about my self expression.
And the shift that’s occurred has been in the form of a refinement, or redirection, rather than a radical 180 degree turn around. What it has done – and this has made all the difference in the world – has been to bring my method of self expression more fully into alignment with my visibility desires.’
‘…this week, we’re taking our inspiration from Coco around being a woman who is visible in both business and life. The lessons I draw from her include:
- think about what your ideal customer actually wants, as opposed to what people are telling them they want (particularly if your industry is dominated by men and the customer base is all women)
- don’t be afraid to give that to them even if it initially seems ‘too different or unusual’
- be prepared to be your best brand ambassador – walk your talk and let yourself be seen being unashamedly you
- dare to assume your customers deserve the very best of life and that ‘the best’ arises from your willingness to really see them and understand their needs…’
‘”If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson and Aboriginal Activists Group, Queensland
What do you think of that idea?
Personally I’d like to see it used as the guiding principle for anyone who feels called to coach, mentor, and/or support, motivate, empower, inspire, or facilitate healing for other people.’
SPEAKING UP ABOUT
Speaking Up About is a new initiative we’re starting here on the website, to feature the work of our community. We know you have things to say and we want to help you get the word out.
The first article is by Charlotte Kanyi, ‘I didn’t know I could say no! Stand your ground. Get the birth you want.’
Here’s a snippet;
I can feel the fire rising in me, burning through my silence and hesitation. I want this fire to touch her, to warm her heart so she knows she is loved and supported. I want this fire to light the fire in her own belly so she finds her courage to speak her deep desires. I want this fire to fan the flames of her own passion so she rises up to claim her desires. I want this fire to ignite her own passion for herself and her birth so she can make it happen her way. I want this fire to blaze a trail for us all to follow as we collectively transform the face of birth and the path to motherhood.
We started the #amplifyawoman initiative a while back but after a few months, it became clear that we needed to simplify and streamline the process, so I took it down for a while to see how we might do things better.
Here’s what we’ve come up with; if you’ve been speaking up about a topic on your IG account and would like some help getting the word out, tag us in the post you’d particularly like shared, and each Saturday we’ll add up to 10 posts to our stories.
So start tagging us and let’s work together to raise women’s voices!
WHAT WE SAW
When They See Us
It’s difficult to find the words to describe the experience of watching this. It speaks to so many of the visibility issues we try to address here at the School of Visibility. being visible for all the wrong reasons and invisible when we wish to be seen. Having a narrative written for you. If you have Netflix, do yourself a favour and tune in.
Our favourite IG post
There’s a lot going on in the digital world. So, when we come across a great post, we like to share it. We also love to be alerted to any great posts so feel free to tag us when you see something great. Here’s where you’ll find us on IG and here’s our FB home.
The background to this month’s post is this…
We have a section in our signature program ‘A Visible Woman’ called ‘Whose body is this anyway?’
We talk about disconnection from our own bodies, about taking up space as women, and about the societal conditioning which encourages us day by day, minute by minute to put a man’s needs first.
We work through these issues because if you want to be visible as a woman in the world, you have to come to terms with just how much conditioning you’ve received about your body. About what is and isn’t acceptable and about how it can and can’t be treated. You’ll never be authentically visible if you’ve not cleared out the influence of layer upon layer of objectification that society has constructed around women’s bodies.
I saw this post right about the time we were working through those lessons in the mastermind version of ‘A Visible Woman’ and it felt particularly synchronistic. For that reason, and many more, this is our post of the month by @_equalityandchange_.