What’s the story behind Courageous Women?

In my last blog I said I would share with you everything about how the Courageous Women feature interview came to be, and how it has been a staple offering from Being Truly Me over the past 6 months.

It all started at the beginning of the year, when I was really getting into my flow sharing my story here on the Being Truly Me blog.  I could see the reaction that it was generating, and I was just writing about stuff and things that were going on in my life.

The stories were real and often resonated with people, and even inspired them, which was a massive compliment.

Through networking and meeting up with other women business owners I would sit and listen to them, and hear about what it was they did, and they would maybe share just a snippet of their story.

My imagination tended to leap into freefall at this point, and I would visualise myself writing and capturing all these wonderful fascinating stories.   I was always left wanting to know more, maybe because I am genuinely a bit nosey, or as I like to call it curious.

What I mean by ‘story’ is the journey these women took to reach where they are now, how they got to be a coach, a stylist, a brand owner, an entrepreneur.  Whatever their position and business, I knew there must have been some driving force, a pivotal moment in their life, some sort of change, or even a crisis, for them to discover their true calling and purpose.

Sharing my story meant that others would often comment about how they couldn’t see themselves doing what I had done, that they didn’t know how to, or didn’t think they had a story at all.

Having my own light bulb moment, I began to think about how I could help these women discover their story and show them how powerful it would be if they shared it.   I could see how all the pieces could fit together, and how it would create fascinating content to share with their readers, their customers and their clients.

Yes, it’s personal, and I think that can be a stumbling block for many.  Sometimes we can be too close to our own story and become overwhelmed by the whole process of what to include, what to say, what not to say, and how best to get the message across.

I know from experience how terrifying it can be to share more personal content, I must have felt every emotion when I first starting blogging, I had no idea how it would be received.  Being able to support and empathise with my clients as they stepped across that same threshold, to reveal more of themselves than they have before has been truly special, and a privilege.

Why call it ‘courageous’ women?

At the time when I was designing this feature I was dipping in and out of reading a few of Brené Brown’s books.  Her words struck a chord with me and what I was trying to achieve on a personal level.

In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart” (Brené Brown)

I was learning about all things that brought light and joy into my life, as well as discovering my true self.  I could see how being authentic and speaking “with all one’s heart” was not only important in every day life, it was something I wanted to reflect in my business.

I had been writing my story for some months, and something in me was yearning to help other women in business do the same.  I was looking to help them get their voice out there.

COURAGEOUS WOMEN became a feature blog post.  As an interview it offered a genuine opportunity for women to share their story, and for me to capture it, and convey what it meant to be truly them in their business.

7 blogs later and I feel enormously grateful to have had this opportunity.

Although I had met all of the women I have interviewed over the past 6 months before sitting down with them, it was an enormous privilege to hold the space for them to open-up and reveal their story to me, and for them to feel comfortable to do that.

So, what’s next?

There is no denying the fact that I have loved every minute of every interview I have published so far this year.  From sitting at my kitchen table, having a cup of tea, and carrying out the interviews, to the hours spent transcribing them, and then crafting the end-product.

For that reason alone, this service will remain a staple offering from Being Truly Me.  That said there are changes afoot to re-brand and re-package this service, so watch this space!

If you are a business owner wondering how you could share your story, to engage with your ideal audience, and show the human side to your business, then maybe I could help you.  Check out my services here or follow me on Facebook to get to know what Being Truly Me is all about.

Thank you to Carol Aplin, Lynne Pomeroy, Lara Lauder, Rosie Withey, Kathryn Price, Claire Doré, & Claire Chapman.

Until next time, be truly you.

 

 

 

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