Well, 2020 has been intense and in the same breath inspiring.
In the Chinese language there are two symbols that create the word “crisis” –– danger and opportunity.
After a year of personal deep loss and grief last year (I lost my father, my dog, and my brother within a 6 month span), I was ready to come up for air. Then just when I was ready to catch my breath another wave of grief crashed over me and the whole world in 2020.
As a radical act of deep care for myself, I went into my “creative cocoon” to tend to my heart, spend time with my family, and heal.
I'm not hiding, I'm healing.
The world is hurting.
The weight in the air is heavy.
Yet this discomfort is necessary. It’s a wake-up call for change and growth. And when we grow, there will be growing pains. #whosaidadultingwaseasy
In these last few months I’ve never felt so lit up, inspired, enraged, sad all at the same time. I’m inspired to create something new in my work as we collectively grieve and imagine the new world we want to live in.
It’s important you know where I stand. I take a stand for justice and inclusion. I'm committed to creating safe, trauma-informed spaces for myself and my clients to be seen and supported. Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIAP love is love, all bodies, abilities, neurodiversity, and religions are welcome here.
And I'm human, imperfect, messy, learning, finding my voice and my place as a multicultural black woman. Which is why I intentionally chose to be quiet online as a form of self-care. So I could process, heal and speak from my own truth rather than the sea of voices.
I’m not hiding, I’m healing.
We need to honor our capacity. We don’t have to rush, react, resist what’s being called of us in this revolutionary moment. We are being called to pause, to listen, to learn, to advocate for what matters most. For me, that's honoring our humanity. Every beating heart matters.
In this episode with my amazing right hand Michele, I’ll share what’s been happening in my world over the past year and what bright new and inspiring things are on the horizon.
What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!):
- I share the profound losses my family and I have experienced
- My personal healing journey and the critical support I’ve received that has allowed me to do it
- The biggest lesson (and gift) that this time has given me
- What I’ve been creating inside my “creative cocoon” plus a sneak peek of what’s to come
- How Michele and I are both processing Black Lives Matter and the recent events around racial equality
- What “leading with love” really means for me, and a special invitation I have for each listener of this podcast
FIND full show notes here: jadahsellner.com/176
Check out the episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify (or wherever you listen to podcasts). As you’re listening, take a screenshot, share your favorite takeaway and tag me on Instagram and Facebook with #leadwithlovepodcast.
However you find yourself relating to the world, responding to the news, showing up or not showing up on social media… take care of yourself today and always.
Being human is messy and magical.
Nourish yourself in gentle and compassionate ways.
Give that sweet child inside of you the comfort, grace, and deep care she needs.
Find a childhood picture of yourself.
Whisper I love you.
If she’s tired, let her rest.
If she’s feeling creative, let her play.
If she wants to connect, let her celebrate.
You are enough just as you are.
So whatever this year means to you, let it be enough. Let it be triggering. Let it be joy.
And above all, let love in again and again.