It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I am many things…as are we all. I am a white, able-bodied, cisgender female. I am a mother, a wife, a leadership coach, a daughter to an ailing father, a speaker, a champion and an advocate. I’m tired and I’m on fire. I’m optimistic and I’m fierce. It’s where I’ve been and where I’m going.
I am this and that.
Q. What is your work?
A. My area of focus, in terms of my writing, speaking and client work is in around the Imposter Complex. I work with people to move them beyond what is holding them back personally and professionally. I’ve created the Step Into Your Starring Role methodology which includes The Starring Role Playbook, Spotlight Sessions, illuminating retreats, and most recently, a weekly live show called In The Spotlight with Tanya Geisler.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. After some time away from it, I have fallen back in love with the book that I’m writing.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Professionally-speaking, coming back to the book was scary. I was 100,000 words in and was severely stalled. I knew that to make my way back to it, I would need to look the book straight in the eye and be prepared to burn it to the ground to start over if I couldn’t find the love for it again.
Luckily, it didn’t come to that.
I’m more in love with it than ever.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. It has taken me years of doing my own work to have the confidence to say THIS truth: I am doing exactly what I have always dreamed of doing. A robust coaching practice, interviews and conversations that matter to me, a speaking career that takes me where I want to go…it’s all right here. There were plenty of blocks…but once I got that they were of my own making, well. Here I am.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Every single stumble is going to be worth it.
Every bit of self-doubt, disappointment, and insecurity; every flubbed line, failed test, and hurt feeling is a teacher. As is every bit of joy and delight. Embrace it all.
You don’t need to have it all figured out. (Hint: you never really will. And that’s okay.)
Your job is to be more of you. Never less.
Ride it out, Sugar Love. The view will be breathtaking.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. My mother, who passed away when I was 32, had a mantra that I hold close and dear: “Don’t postpone joy.”
So I don’t.
And I hope you don’t either.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Recognizing the sublime privilege of this life. Every time I pause to notice the grace, I am stunned. And motivated to rise up to meet my own road.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I’m loving Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall pose). I was taught it during a period of acute stress and the paradox of doing more by doing less is one that delights me.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I talk about finding your Brand of Joy. “Joy” being synonymous with the value that we personally hold most dear. For some, this word might be “freedom” or “success”. For you, it might BE “abundance”, or “flow”. But it’s our own word for what we each experience as fulfillment and resonance. And then, once we have identified that one word, our job is to discern the values that support it. So, for me, those values are generosity, connection and gratitude. And when I am operating from there, the joy flows. And that, to me, IS abundance.