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Women Entrepreneurs: Life Lessons From Anita Roddick

I still wear a favorite t-shirt from the Body Shop even though it is raggedy and has quite a few holes.  I still wear it for one reason and that is the bold, bright and beautiful quote on the back of the shirt.  This quote is by Walt Whitman and reads:

 

“Re-examine all you have been told…Dismiss what insults you soul”.

 

This quote and the other values that Anita Roddick and The Body Shop exemplified have long served as inspirations for my life. 

 

I had the great pleasure of hearing Anita Roddick speak in Vancouver in the late 90’s.  She walked on stage, wearing a funky understated outfit and totally captivated the audience of over 2000 women.  She modeled her personal values and essence to me by standing fully in her powerful presence.  It was clear to me then as it has been in the ensuing years that she “wore her skin well”, that she knew who she was and what she stood for and that this “knowing” informed all of her actions.

 

I attempt to live my life and operate my business in the same way; from a sense of knowing who I am; from a foundation of a clear vision and the values of integrity, authenticity, freedom and respect; from understanding that one’s heart and soul need to be nourished through their life and work as well as their work meeting the needs of their clients; from an understanding that one’s uniqueness  is an attribute to be brought forward and exalted, not hidden.  I love the quote by Anita Roddick’s mother (page 33, “Business As Unusual”), “And my mother taught me how important personalities are in business.  She made me realize that you can’t be a nondescript person or you will have a nondescript product.  Be special she would always say.  Be anything but mediocre.”

 

So, my encouragement to you as a woman entrepreneur is to go forward boldly and courageously in your life and business and be special, be anything but mediocre!  If you would like to explore these teachings further, join us at the Westin, Whistler BC, October 17-19th, 2008 for “Fire, Ice & Lipstick: THE Business Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs”.  Attend and you can also participate in the Starlight Soiree & Awards Dinner, honouring socially conscious women entrepreneurs who embody the spirit of Anita Roddick in their life and work. For more info click on:

 http://www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com/fire-ice-lipstick-retreat08.htm

 

namaste,

 

Zoey

 

Zoey Ryan

coach . catalyst . shakti sage

life & business coach for women

"Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business"

www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com

www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com

604-323-3700

 

 

“My vision, my hope is simply this: that many business leaders will come to see a primary role of business as incubators of the human spirit, rather than factories for the production of more material goods and services.” - Anita Roddick, Founder, “The Body Shop”

Quote and Question of the Week: August 28, 2008

“When we step out of the battles, we see anew, as the Tao te Ching says, with eyes unclouded by longing” Jack Kornfield

Question of the week: how do you step out of battles in your life?

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan

coach . catalyst . shakti sage

life & business coach for women

“Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business”

www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com

www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com

604-323-3700

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for August 27, 2008

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

Can’t you just feel the changing of the seasons? At least we can here in the Northern Hemisphere. It is starting to feel cooler in the evenings and the evenings are coming sooner. Summer annuals are fading, and the hearty fall perennials are becoming more visible.

For women, the shifts and changes into fall can have many meanings. If one is a mom, with kids still in school, September can feel very much like the beginning of a new year. For other women, fall is truly a time of harvesting. We will be talking more of the changing seasons in September.

The Tao Te Ching speaks a lot to seasons and nature. This morning in my meditation, I read a couple of translations of verse 67 as follows: “Compassionate towards yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world” (“A Thousand Names For Joy: Living in Harmony With The Way Things Are” by Byron Katie) .and the last verse of the second translation “Venture with love and you win the battle. Defend with love and you are invulnerable. Heaven’s secret is motherly love” (“The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu” translated by Brian Browne Walker)

I think that the phrases “motherly love” and “compassion towards yourself” are saying the same thing and capture the essence of self-care!

In life coaching, I suggest that women spend time regularly going inward, going inrageous to root out those thoughts, self-limiting beliefs and old stuff that might prevent you from “giving yourself love and compassion”. It is kind of like pulling the weeds out of a garden or pulling out old plants that no longer fit in a garden transformation.

So, this week, your self care enchantments are about “pulling some weeds” and mainly about being loving and compassionate towards yourself.

Self Care Enchantments for the week:

1. Make a list of 7 old thoughts or beliefs that no longer serve you and create some type of “ritual” to let them all go. Some pretty standard ones are “I’m not good enough”; “I’m too fat”; “I don’t deserve that” etc. One ritual that other women have enjoyed is to write the seven “weedy” thoughts down on the left side of a sheet of paper with the opposite statement on the right ie “I am good enough and I know this because…. And then give examples of how you have been “good enough”. The final piece of this ritual could be tearing the left weedy side off and burning it, or adding it to the compost while saying “I freely and fully release these old thought patterns as they no longer serve me and I let them go, allowing for fresh new compassionate thoughts to come in”.

2. Write about self love and compassion in your journal. Go inside and ask how you are doing in this area. Ask yourself “what does ‘compassion towards myself’ mean to me.

3. Create three new ways you can give yourself “motherly love and compassion” and weave these into your life.

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.”

– Native American Proverb

Please share about your learning and exploration with these enchantments in the comments section of these enchantments!

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan

coach . catalyst . shakti sage

life & business coach for women

“Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business”

www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com

www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com

604-323-3700

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for August 7, 2008

Inrageous/Outrageous Self-Care Enchantments for This Week

Building on the discussions about summer energy, poetry and living in alignment with nature and her cycles, this month we will weave in some of the teachings of the Tao Te Ching.

Being brought up in a Western family spiritually grounded in Christianity, I wasn’t exposed to the Tao until my 30’s while on a spiritual quest following a family crisis.  Do you find that crises often lead to spiritual growth?  It was after reading “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel that I decided to go deeper with the learning about the Tao.  This may be a funny way to deepen learning, ie from a very enjoyable novel, however it worked for me!  Since that time, the books that have helped my western mind understand the Tao have been “The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu” translated by Brian Browne Walker, “Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life: Living The Wisdom of the Tao” by Wayne Dyer and “A Thousand Names For Joy: Living in Harmony With The Way Things Are” by Byron Katie.

Byron Katie’s book I found to be particularly powerful.

 As a life and business coach, the women I work with are often challenged to find a balance or equilibrium between making conscious and strategic changes on the one hand and allowing the gentle flow of life on the other hand.  Another way to describe this dynamic is seeing the balance between striving towards change and being drawn towards your future.  The Tao seems to be very helpful for the second part of this equation.  The Tao reminds us that life is like water, it resides in the low places, over time it carves out deep valleys and can move mountains, and it is hard to grasp.  I have found that the more I try to figure the Tao out, the more complex it becomes and if I allow my entire self to be open to it, I “get” it more easily.  So, the self care enchantments for this week are about honouring the Tao of life and the Tao of you.

Self Care Enchantments for the week:

1.  Read something about the Tao Te Ching, you can pick one of the books above or simply do a quick search on the internet.

2.  Ask yourself how your life is or isn’t like the Tao?

3.  One of the dominant themes of the Tao is about flow and water, so this week, spend lots of time in the water!

Share your thoughts with us on the pow blog!

“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in beauty and joy each day.”

– Native American Proverb

namaste,

Zoey

Zoey Ryan

coach . catalyst . shakti sage

life & business coach for women

“Coaching for your heart & soul and the heart & soul of your business”

www.positivelyoutrageouswomen.com

www.entrepreneurialsuperstars.com  

604-323-3700

 

 

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