I knew I needed a change. On my first day back from maternity leave round II, returning to a job and company I loved – I got the call. My husband called informing me our oldest daughter had to go to the Emergency Room. Whoa, that’s crazy. Yes, it is – but what’s even crazier is… I chose to stay at work that day.
One hour after that call, I stepped into the Lactation Room and my mind racing,
What was happening?
Where was my mind?
Where was my heart?
Fast forward a few months and I’m sitting across from a phenomenal woman that ironically, I met on a phone interview. She had recently made a career change and I reached out to pick her brain. She had a magnet personality, big dreams and encouraged me to take time, and create space in my head and heart for this new journey. The best part, she offered her energy and several times asked me, “What can I do to support you?”
I’ve always kept this quote of Maya Angelou close, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Amanda helped me feel whole again.
When she shared her big dream with me, creating a crew of kick ass women – I instantly knew this would be special. There is a reason our paths crossed, our connection is strong and our desire to build this group and fuel other women is relentless.
Since my career change took place, I’ve met some amazing women that have lifted my awareness, sparked additional inspiration and swooped in as my backup singers for when my voice cracks on ‘The Stage of Life.’ To all of you - a deep Thank You. Through the Kick Ass Lady Club, we’ve found an avenue to help others connect in the same way, grow those connections and help us build a community that will spark, ignite and fuel a fellow lady’s dream. Maybe she desires a career change, a new role, different industry, or perhaps she is starting her own business or growing her side hustle, whatever it is...there is nothing like having a core group around to energize your spirit, build your confidence and laugh with you in all the new moments.
I’m smiling with tremendous joy because I saw the unique spark that took place at the first Kick Ass Lady Club, I felt a jolt of energy and I know these ladies are willing to help one another, add a punch of raw truth and form a group so strong that everyone will wonder what protein bites we’ve been baking in our spare time 😉.
You know who you are, we welcome your energy. Here’s to a new way of connecting - it’s genuine, it will stretch your potential and we couldn’t be more ready for the laughs, grind and relationships to come.
Our energy is only the beginning.
You can find Sarah on LinkedIn.
It all started about nine months ago. I made the decision to leave a job without knowing exactly what I’d do next. I had two kids in two years and worked tirelessly for a company that was experiencing a lot of change. I was exhausted. And burnt out.
I took some time off, and in doing so, opened myself up to meeting new people and learning about new opportunities.
This started my noticing of two things.
First, everywhere where I went – coffee shops, job interviews, and various events – I was meeting a whole bunch of kick-ass ladies. I recognized that many of us were of similar ages experiencing similar challenges – both at home and in the workplace.
Second, I noticed these same kick-ass, driven women doing what I had done. In no simple terms, they were saying in their own unique ways; “I’m done with your rules, I’m making my own!”
They were starting their own businesses, choosing self-employment and charting their own way in established companies.
I recently read the transcripts of Abby Wambach’s commencement address at Barnard College. She spoke of the wolves in Yellow Stone National Park. She explained that in 1995 wolves were re-introduced to the park after being absent for seventy years.
In the wolves’ absence, the deer’s presence grew, and while the deer grazed endlessly on the vegetation, the river banks began to erode.
And, she explained, upon the reintroduction of the wolves to the habitat, the deer thinned out. But, more surprisingly, the rest of the environment changed as well. The deer avoided the valleys and the vegetation in those areas grew. Birds and beavers move backed in, trees sprouted, and the rivers reformed. The plant regeneration stabilized the river banks. The rivers steadied.
What do wolves have to do with kick-ass ladies?
The ladies, like the wolves, have the power to balance our local ecosystem.
The rules they are creating are the rules that will stabilize our environment and allow the living things all around us to grow – both at home and in the workplace.
These kick ass ladies. This space. This club will be our wolf pack. We will laugh our way to stabilization and grow our way to steadiness.
Please join us.
You can find Amanda on LinkedIn.