I’m Carly, and I’m a Do-er

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

Molly-Sig211


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Carly, Do-er, self-push-er, and Elevate 2014 Sister

Carly is a do-er and activator who lives by the phrase, “Don’t you ever wonder how far you can push yourself?” She pushes herself daily by working towards her concurrent MA/MBA degree, leading the Pittsburgh Local Levo chapter and competing as a flourishing tenor drummer in a competition bagpipe band all while holding down a full time job. Her free time (haha!) is spent snuggling with her doggie-child, Nessie, connecting with others on Twitter (@carlyraepgh) and binge-watching HBO and Netflix with a glass (or bottle…) of wine..

 

 

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My name is Carly, and I am a do-er. I DO things. I make plans and I activate them. I figure things out and make them come to fruition.

My entire life has been guided by logic and action, and time flew by as quickly as I checked boxes off my to-do list.

Suddenly, it all caught up with me and I began to drown in the productivity. Something was missing but I honestly couldn’t put my finger on it.

I spent 10 years working towards my goal of working in television and video production. After all of the classes, shows, and edit sessions, I landed a position at an amazing company in downtown Pittsburgh.

But soon I wasn’t feeling fulfilled by the work.

Was I willing to switch careers and throw 10 years of hard work down the drain?

It took me two years to say that statement out loud.

When I finally did in a Find Your Passion Work group session, Molly responded with, “I understand that. But is it worth staying in an unfulfilling job for another 10 years just to honor your hard work from the past?”

No.

Sudden realization:

It’s okay to move forward, and to identify and connect with what I really want out of life.

(tweet this gem)

 Fast forward a couple of years… The Holiday Council in 2012 helped me outline a handful of goals I wanted to work towards that ultimately led 2013 to be an amazing year.

 

  • I started grad school and began working towards a concurrent degree: MA in Mass Communications & Journalism and MBA.

  • I began focusing on a more healthy lifestyle that included making exercise a consistent routine and eating foods that nourished my body instead of only satisfying my cravings. This led to losing 20 pounds (woo woo)!

  • I rocked a challenging year at work that included many inter-company transitions and added responsibility.

  • I brought Levo League to the city of Pittsburgh and have been leading the local organization since our launch in June of 2013.

  • I competed once again as a flourishing tenor drummer with a local competition bagpipe band.

  • I put myself out there and began a fulfilling relationship that has helped put life in perspective and has taught me valuable lessons about myself.

 

While I certainly began do-ing, activating, and feeling fulfilled from the productivity, it still felt like things weren’t connecting. The pieces of the puzzle were still strewn all over the table.

 I didn’t need to overhaul my life, but to figure out how to bring the various pieces together. After drinking the Stratejoy kool-aid for so many years, it just felt right to jump into a long term program at this point in my life.

Enter Elevate Mastermind: I was insanely nervous about connecting (or not connecting) with so many women and the spiritual, woo-woo-ness of the retreat.

 

This do-er has never been one to woo-woo. But the Ojai retreat changed all of that.

I now have 13 soul sisters who know me much more deeply than many of my closest friends at home.

I feel them cheering me on from their various corners of the continent and hope they feel my support for them.

I cherish personal dance parties as a morning or afternoon pick-me-up that transport me back to the magical yurt when my eyes are closed.

I treasure the symbolic ring we were gifted and work to embody the meaning behind the Labradorite stone that was specifically chosen for my journey this year.

 This do-er now actively practices woo-woo and has found that it helps her connect to herself, to others, and to the work she enjoys activating and sending out into the world.

Here’s to basking in all of our woo-woo goodness and making 2014 the best yet!

 


CarlyHeadshotWITH LOVE FROM

Carly, Do-er, self-push-er, and Elevate 2014 Sister

Carly is a do-er and activator who lives by the phrase, “Don’t you ever wonder how far you can push yourself?” She pushes herself daily by working towards her concurrent MA/MBA degree, leading the Pittsburgh Local Levo chapter and competing as a flourishing tenor drummer in a competition bagpipe band all while holding down a full time job. Her free time (haha!) is spent snuggling with her doggie-child, Nessie, connecting with others on Twitter (@carlyraepgh) and binge-watching HBO and Netflix with a glass (or bottle…) of wine..

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