These are pillars of elegance!
We've been overcomplicating just about everything.
We've gotten lost in the land of 'more'.
We believe if we 'just get to this place' or 'accomplish one more thing' we'll 'get there'.
But there isn't a 'getting there'.
The true 'getting there' is trusting in the journey of your life.
Believing in the possibility of your desires being manifested by allowing them to be revealed, rather than going after them.
Coaching is about revealing what's inside of you already. It's about receiving support to guide you to your inner wisdom and true nature. Not to take on someone's else's techniques that worked for them.
Elegance is about coming home. It's about leaning back... not controlling circumstances and outcomes.
When the qualities of elegance are present in your life, you automatically create more spaciousness. You slim down the clutter and the to-do list, the overwhelm and the sacrificing.
When the qualities of elegance are present in your business, you become stylish, substantive and sustainable rather than burned out.
I have been down this road. I wish I could tell you that my detour wasn't so damn long. But it was!
Here is a bit of my story. I was pretty much born into elegance. It's all I knew growing up in Europe. It was as natural to me as PB&J is to Americans. (While on the other side of the Atlantic we were having butter and Nutella on baguette.)
Born in Paris from a French mother, I come naturally into the world of beauty and simplicity. It's an inner quality we come from. And my father, being an engineer and having great style, also brought extraordinary beauty and simplicity into our lives. And the coolest part about it is that I happen to love these qualities of elegance!
For example, I love setting a beautiful table. I love using cloth napkins. I love preparing simple, yet delicious food. I love making my environment one of beauty no matter how large or small. Elegance is about offering your best quality each moment, from the inside out (not from an external, comparative place).
When my family moved to New York, my life became more complicated. I learned that more is better, and it was the complete opposite of what I had learned growing up in Europe. I adopted these new ways in order to fit in. Yet, as I've grown older, I realize that I love the basics and I'm ready to come home to my roots... roots for which I am incredibly grateful.
I've been on a very meandering journey away from simplicity and sustainability for far too long. Over the last few years, I've been so happily coming back to my true essence of embracing my own style, simplifying my life and business, and slowly coming back to sustainability.
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.