You know how to be a mom… isn’t it time you remember how to be yourself?
Mother, spouse/partner, provider, caregiver, employee, daughter, sister, friend… You regularly fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day from all the giving and taking care of everything and everyone.
And yet, you still find yourself wide awake at 3 am wondering why you feel like a stranger in your own life.
Believe me, I get it. Between kids, job, house, and life it feels like there’s never enough of ME to go around.
That’s why I’m inviting you into Red Thread Circle.
Over four weeks this September, I invite you to gather with a small group of other moms who are ready to reclaim or rediscover the selves we’ve lost, buried under all the caregiving and demands on our time, energy, and resources. We will meet for an hour every Saturday morning, sending you into your weekend with greater access to your inner self.
Coffee, tea, and pastries will be provided.
What is a Red Thread Circle?
There are legends about red threads throughout the world – in some, the red thread is what connects those who are destined to meet and have an impact on each other. In other stories, the thread is a sign of safety and protection from harm. Within a Red Thread Circle, we draw on these legends to create sacred space in which to gather and transform our stories and our lives.
Each of the four Circle gatherings will revolve around a specific theme, and each week you will receive a guided visual meditation and journal prompt to continue your exploration at home.
Theme: I am already connected by a Red Thread.
Transformation: We will begin to understand that stress is a symptom of dis-connection between expectations (our own and externally imposed ones) and reality.
Theme: My unique piece matters.
Transformation: We will explore the tension between not-enoughness (story) vs. “I matter” (reality) and the potential of our Critic to be a great ally.
Theme: I have a sacred responsibility.
Transformation: We will recognize – together! – the underlying stress of not following your true path and welcome your Muse.
Theme: I see the whole and hold my own.
Transformation: You will begin to notice the stress of trying to hold everyone’s piece of the Red Thread while not dropping your own.
4 Saturdays in September
Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 from 9:00 – 10:00 am
Panera Bread Community Room
5 W Rand Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Contribution and Commitment:
Circle is limited to 10 sisters and a contribution of $50 is required to hold your space.
Joining the Circle is a commitment, both to doing your own work, and to serving witness to the transformation of other moms who answered the call to gather.
Most importantly, this is a gift to yourself – a gift of one hour a week for one month that could completely transform your life.
You deserve this gift.
I tried to do the “right” things. I really did. I majored in Computer Science because IT had great career prospects at the time, when all I really wanted to do was write novels. Sure, I burned out of college and ended up adding a second major in English just to deal with the boredom, but hey, I got the degree. I got the job as a web developer. I got married, bought a house in the suburbs, and had kids.
On paper, it looked like the perfect life.
Except that I hated what I was doing for most of my waking hours. I was bored out of my mind, and stressed out because while I was sitting there in my office doing work that didn’t actually matter to me, the stuff that made a difference to my overall happiness kept getting pushed off to the weekend…but by the time the weekend came, I was so wiped out, the last thing I wanted to do was more work. I just wanted to hang out with my family and relax for once. I wanted to snuggle my babies, make a big pot of spaghetti, and write stories.
So I did the unthinkable. I quit my job. And I proved that I could make a living as a writer.
But even then, it wasn’t quite right. I was still unsettled. I still found myself wide awake in the middle of the night fighting off panic attacks, overwhelmed and stretched way too thin from trying to prove that I was the perfect mom, an amazing writer, and have a picture-perfect home (with children and dogs living in it!)
A few years ago, I finally found what I’d been missing: the transformation of my own stories, and the ability to recognize and work with (instead of trying to ignore or fight off) the voices of anxiety and depression in my own head. That transformation has been life-changing for me. Those voices haven’t gone away. I’ve just learned how to relate to them in a healthier way…and that’s been life-changing.
So life-changing that I’m literally changing my life (again). I’ve spent the last year in intensive training to bring these tools, contained within the Red Thread Circle, to you.