A guest speaker, a thought-provoking film and a melting pot of different values coming together through people seeking to be heard, seen, and inspired. It's what Suburban Sandcastles is all about and at 31 events and counting, I know now what my first business coach meant when he told me 'Business can be your biggest pathway to spiritual growth'.
He was right. And he also wasn't. Because motherhood has, and continues to be, my greatest source of growth, because it's been my greatest source of pain. In facing the parts of myself that I find hard to handle, through my fertility journey and my children, I have come to love more of myself. There is a richness here, a magnificence, that in those moments that I truly get glimpses of it, it's so bright it's blinding.
Dr Shefali Tsabary calls it 'parenting as a portal to consciousness'. It's not the easy road. But it's a road paved with gold. In our event 'Dream, Girl' this week, all about female entrepreneurship and women in business, no one was talking about motherhood beyond the standard 'it's hard and it's a juggle' type-scenario. And yet how are the challenges of motherhood not calling us to step and become more of who we are? How is the entrepreneurship that motherhood requires of us any different to the version of entrepreneurship we see celebrated in the media?
Because as a culture we revere a very narrow version of 'success'.
What if we woke up tomorrow and once again had reverence for the remarkable role and responsibility of motherhood? Not only for how we raise our children, but for how we are given the golden opportunity, once again, to raise ourselves and not hide from our wounds?
It's what we want for women. For mothers. And for our children.
Like in business, there's only a glass ceiling if you believe it is there, in motherhood, it's a drudge, a drain, and exhausting if that's the story you subscribe to. It's either tiring facing up to, and keeping up with what your child is seeking you to awaken within yourself, or it can be enriching. We get to choose - and yes at times that truth certainly feels like both a blessing and a curse!
The world around us, and our children, are polishing us to be our truest, authentic selves. Sometimes it's uncomfortable and downright rough, that process. Oh so tempting to run from, even. But what if you dance with your resistance? Lean into the discomfort? Ask yourself why you're being setup to feel what you do, or perceive what you perceive? What then?
You get to choose, so what will it be?
We are putting together the final touches on our next two courses, Reimagine Motherhood and Aligned Parenting and we want your input - register your interest here.
Bridget Wood is Co-Founder of Nourishing The Mother and a lover of life and connecting people to themselves through wisdom, introspection and quality questions. Bridget is also the Director and Events Manager of Suburban Sandcastles. With an insatiable appetite for knowledge and a desire to understand the bigger picture of human behaviour and how the world works, Bridget is on an inspired path to learn more deeply who we are beyond the limitations that we, and our society and culture, place upon upon us.