In my early twenties I went to the south of France to visit my grandfather and his wife and I fell in love with everything about the region.
The weather was mild and sunny and pleasant. The landscape was out of a Van Gogh painting. The general vibe of the people was relaxed and peaceful. (I know, why wouldn’t they be in that environment?)
The sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, the hills, the cafés, the bakeries, beautiful people all made up a life of pleasure embracing us in abundance everywhere I looked.
I recall my grandfather driving us from St. Tropez to Monaco, driving on winding coastal roads in his BMW. The road was sometimes on the edge of a 500 foot drop, and I was afraid he might go off the road (without guardrails) and yet at the same time, thought I had just gone to Heaven, so maybe if I was going to go, that would be a good way to do it. Thankfully, I just experienced my own version of Heaven.
The three of us went out for lunch one day at a postcard-perfect picturesque restaurant where my sense of pleasure in food and drink was elevated yet again. We sat on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. Françoise (my grandfather’s wife, and yes, there are many of us in France who share that name) ordered a whole fish baked inside of a thick salt crust. The waiter brought it out on a rolling table, and with a mallet-type tool, cracked the very thick salt crust which revealed the steamy hot fish inside as the waiter lifted it out to serve. In that moment I experienced a traditional south of France delicacy which I can still taste today when I think about it. The beauty of the whole experience lives with me still.
In addition to the fish, I was introduced to my first glass of rosé wine… and I never forgot it. I remember its beautiful color. I sipped its dry, crisp deliciousness. It was a perfect complement to the astoundingly fabulous fish, and the whole experience was enhanced by the high vibe of the French Riviera.
So, now fast forwarding to my branding photo shoot this past April, Melissa Schollaert, the photographer, asks me to share some things that I do that feel on-brand. Immediately this south of France experience popped up. Aliveness and radiance swelled up inside of me. My mind however went straight to “maybe I can portray yoga” (since I’ve been in that world for 20 years), but the rosé wine experience won out as you can see from the photo.
Why do I share this with you?
Because in true Feminine Power fashion, living and leading on brand will almost always catalyze your growth experience and bring forth a delightfulness in the moment, no matter what you are doing. There is a sense of possibility, openness, expansion, confidence, curiosity, non-attachment to form, that allows for the unleashing of your potentials. And it is there, you’ll recall, where all that you can be and want to be is waiting for you to show up and claim it.
The experience, even when new, feels like second-nature. Your inner wisdom is peaceful, effortless, empowered, timeless, and impactful.
My photo shoot and branding experience unfolded the Feminine Power way. It was fluid, feminine, focused, and magnetic. When you choose to do life this way life becomes expansive, non-linear, exciting, empowered and relaxed even as you accomplish great things.
The focus In Feminine Power is generative and co-creative. So here are some questions for you:
These are the questions I come back to over and over and over again.
These questions allow me to play. When I’m co-creating, the yearning itself becomes pleasurable and fun… and this is the whole point of living and leading on brand with YOU.
To explore how you might live and lead yourself on brand, schedule a time here.
I can’t wait to speak with you!
Françoise Everett, MS is a facilitator, feminine leadership coach, author, speaker and lifestyle business owner. She works and supports women entrepreneurs and women who hold leadership positions by unlocking their inner wisdom, feminine power, and hidden richness.