APRIL 22nd, 2014 ... A date written down in bold purple ink in my notebook.
It was the day I promised myself to live the life I want to live.
A commitment. To let go of the life I was living for others, and the limiting beliefs I had placed on what was possible.
It was the moment that began the thinking that started the Women Creating Light project journey.
And I am so grateful of the process. I've had the chance to meet such a wonderful, talented and inspiring group of women. And the honour to be able to capture each of their unique spirits and the light that each of them holds, has been amazing.
Brigid's story is the last of this WCL series. But as the cliche says, she is certainly not the least.
Brigid started in the world of personal training and fitness, but knew she wanted to expand to incorporate other ways of practicing body health such as yoga, mindfulness and stress management. She now is a Life Coach for Lasting Change where she works with people to let go and embrace the fullness of life. She is also one of the driving forces behind Yogapalooza, an outdoor yoga festival that combines movement, laughter, music and meditation.
This lovely human is a partner in crime with another of the WCL ladies, Alicia. Together they have created Own It. Rock It. Make It Happen a series of workshops that guides others in living well, nourishing body and self, and improving relationships with food. Very inspiring and motivating stuff!
Her newest project is called Breathing Room, a lovely (and free!) program that delivers 5 minute meditations to help women give themselves a moment to let go of their to-do list and reconnect to themselves. Something much needed during this busy & stressful time of year.
I want to take a moment to share a warm hug-filled THANK YOU to Brigid and all the other women (Alicia, Josie, Abigail, Lisa, Amanda, Martina, Sondi, Lindsey, and Tonya) who have joined me on this project. As well as everyone who has taken the time to follow along and read through their stories.
Although this series has ended, it will be continuing in a different light.... to be announced later this winter!
You can read through all of Brigid's heart-filled answers and her thoughts on living with authenticity and the power of laughter:
What drives you? What's your mission?
I am driven by a strong desire to help women step into the fullness of life. Women have so much to offer the world, and yet we often make ourselves small in response to negative messages from the outside world, and from our own minds. My intention is to help women move beyond their perceived limitations and shine their unique light.
Change is hard, but with practice, we can learn to navigate it with grace and emerge stronger, more beautiful and more authentically ourselves.
Was there a key/favourite moment in your journey so far that has made it all worth it?
I have favourite moments all the time! For me, the sign that I'm on the right path is the number of times I find myself saying, "I love my life!" - which is really, really often. Having healed many of my own limiting beliefs, I now enjoy a depth of experience that I once scarcely knew was available to me. Seeing women change before my very eyes and begin to plug into the joy they've created for themselves is such an uplifting experience. Witnessing women letting go of what no longer serves them, seeing them open up to joy and allow their lives to become an expression of their soul…that's what it's all about.
What is your favourite way to nourish your body and/or soul?
I benefit greatly from my regular yoga and meditation practices. In addition to these, laughter nourishes me on such a deep level. Whether I'm watching a funny movie or practicing laughter yoga, it's powerfully healing.
When do you feel the most beautiful?
I feel the most beautiful when I am lit up by love. Whether that's when I'm spending time with my wonderful partner Keegan, or leading a heart-centred experience like yoga, meditation, or coaching, it's experiencing love's energy that makes me shine.
If you had advice for the next generation of young women, what would it be?
Give yourself the gift of time and space. You don't need to figure it all out now.
Let yourself be drawn to whatever opens your heart, and everything will reveal itself.
"Make the small decisions with your head, and the big ones with your heart." - Emily Keith