Elevate Is Magic

It’s the start of new blogging goodness here at Stratejoy!

We’re bringing back real time stories from real life women.

This time I’m tapping the incredible ladies of my Elevate Mastermind group to share their dreams, fears, successes and failures with the Tribe.  Not all of them will be writing (since it’s totally not a requirement of Elevate!), but as I found out at our retreat — over half of them identify as writers!  And after getting to known their sassy selves and incredible stories over 4 days in Ojai, I knew we’d all benefit from hearing the ups and downs of their year of ELEVATING!

We’re going on a introduction binge this week — getting you familiar with with the ladies you’ll be hearing from this year.

After that, I’ll be writing early in the week and we’ll be featuring an Elevate Writer each Thursday.

Please join me in lovingly welcoming each of these brave souls!

They are going to be cracking their hearts wide open for us, to remind our entire Tribe that we are never alone.

XOXO

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DeeHeadShotWITH LOVE FROM

Dee, 27, a former Stratejoy blogger and current Elevate 2014 Sister.

After exploring many, many options, Dee’s settled in sunny Orange County, CA, where she can see the ocean from her window, hears the waves crashing at night and takes long walks on the beach with her boyfriend. Literally. She’s a Media and Content Manager by day and a Napa Cab drinker by night who thinks cheese is usually the answer and that yoga is all it’s cracked up to be. She is hooked on her new life. It’s not all figured out. It never will be. And that’s become the best part. Shout at her on twitter @deebuzzing.


 

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I’ve always been one to act on a hunch.

I’m reckless, according to my parents.

A free-spirit, always looking for an adventure and a chance to grow, I say.

I was born and I was raised on a working farm in rural America. I’ve since gone to college at a major university and moved to various cities around this country, finally landing in southern California last year.

People everywhere.

But those roots, man, they are deep and my heart and soul live in open, quiet space.

So naturally, when I came across Molly’s Elevate Mastermind program, I was drawn to the photos of the canyon retreat, the California weather in January, the wood, the wildlife, the land.  I’d been considering joining a yearlong program for self-reflection and get-serious-style life-planning. I’d noticed the sales going on all around me and I thought:

“Hmm, yeah. That could be just the ticket. That might be the formula that would bring this all together for me. 2014 is my fucking year! Right?!”

And then,

“Hell yeah! Molly is the bomb, this program looks like the bomb, and — HELLO! — a retreat in beautiful nature. Sign me up, thank you very much. Ah! Something to look forward to! This retreat will be everything I need!”

Because if you take me to the country, magic will happen.

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Open space, light wind, squirrels, a yurt. I just knew sparks would fly. I knew I would have the time to go within, meditate, journal, eat wholesome foods, contemplate.

I mean, that is all I needed to make this year the absolute best year ever, right? I had a hunch.

Hunches can be strong and they can be right but they’re magic because they might show you things you never knew you couldn’t see.

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The Elevate retreat gave me something I have a bone deep belief we all need: a shared sisterhood.

Not just a weekend in the woods with my journal, but a group of soul-searching, like-minded women with whom I could connect to in a way that is beyond typical social engagements or relationships built around shared circumstance. I didn’t need to stare at a tree and channel Buddha anymore.

I needed a tribe.

After years of the transition into the woman I am becoming, after building an external life that feels pretty damn good, after finding a love, finding a career, finding my health, I had to find these women.

They were the missing piece.

They were the magic that would allow me to, in a word, Elevate.

And, haha, I thought a retreat and me were all I needed. Ha. Hahaha.

Dee

These women, after long days of travel, walked into the room and made my heart explode. In an instant I felt validation for everything I’d ever felt and would ever feel.

I felt understood without saying a word.

I knew, they knew, Molly knew — that we weren’t there to look into a mirror at ourselves for four days.

We were there to look at each other and in that calm and deep safety, uncover the knowledge that imagining what we can do and what our lives can look like, stirred in with support and inspired accountability, is a mighty potion that creates reality.

I mean, yeah, it sometimes felt awkward.

Like when we had to choose our bedmates before knowing their last names and like that time I spontaneously started crying in the yurt.

Like that first time we had to dance together in a circle.

Oh and also like that time I admitted how many people I’ve slept with and that time we talked about our in-laws’ sex lives.

But, come on, awkward for a second but mostly… magic.

It doesn’t happen when you stare into a mirror. Maybe a little, like bunnies out of hats and stuff. Affirmations and writing pages and chatting with your guru are all well and are all oh-so-good.

But now I can say with absolute conviction that magic happens at the point when we have looked deeply within and are ready to step out onto the stage in front of people with all we are and all we bring.

Magic comes to life in rituals, symbols, actions, gestures and language.

It appears when we follow a hunch, giving credit to our intuition.

There was open country, light wind and a yurt — a magic, magic yurt — but there were also

  • Rituals: daily silent hour and an equally important daily happy hour
  • Symbols: the gifts of personally-selected stone rings, tokens of our individual journeys and talismans to bring us back to the clarity we found in Ojai
  • Actions: planning and calendars and accountability and hugging and laughing and channeling our guides
  • Gestures: reaching out to one another with a comforting touch of the hand, a high five or another pour of the wine
  • Language: finding the words we needed to express all we dream for ourselves and for each other

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Magic is a gathering.

Magic is where we come to understand, experience and influence, yes, ourselves, but also all those around us and allow them to understand, experience and influence us.

To the women of Elevate 2014, you are my magic.

You are insight, expression, exploration, deep beauty.

You are my activation and you are my celebration.

You are kindness, real love, and we are a tight braid of connection.

And you are major fun! Major, major, sit-around-a-campfire-and-tell-secrets, gab-over-breakfast, text-each-other-on-the-daily, share-recipes, talk-about-guys, throw-back-your-head-and-belly-laugh kind of fun.

You challenge me and you’ve helped me launch.

You are free-spirited, big-dreaming, never-gonna-quit people. You are enough. You are forgiven and you are capable. You are all, each one, the real deal. I had never met a single one of you, yet I vibrate with certainty that I’ve always known you.

Molly, I know that you are hell-bent on our success, not just this year as you guide us, but forever as you watch us try, fail, grow, and flourish. You are a compass.

I have a hunch that the Elevate Retreat set the stage for a performance that will blow our minds.

After all, magic is in a hunch.


DeeHeadShot

WITH LOVE FROM

Dee, 27, a former Stratejoy blogger and current Elevate 2014 Sister.

After exploring many, many options, she’s settled in sunny Orange County, CA, where she can see the ocean from her window, hears the waves crashing at night and takes long walks on the beach with her boyfriend. Literally.

She’s a Media and Content Manager by day and a Napa Cab drinker by night who thinks cheese is usually the answer and that yoga is all it’s cracked up to be. She is hooked on her new life. It’s not all figured out. It never will be. And that’s become the best part. Shout at her on twitter @deebuzzing.

 

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