How Joan Got Her Groove Inspired & Activated Through Renewing Self!
Who is Joan? (Family, career):
Joan is a renewed woman, a Queen who chooses to experience life with God by becoming more of her wholesome self, showing up, being present and engaged in all her assigned, appointed and chosen roles. She is a wife to one loving husband, a mother of 3 lovely children, a Life Coach with Princess Princessa by Alabastron Network Trust and an Entrepreneur with Falcon Heights Hotel and Maiyan both located in Nanyuki
What motivates you?
It was during my journey in Renewing Self that I got my biggest K-Tcha! That “It is great to be me!!”
I Joan will praise thee; for I Joan am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that Joan’s soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14)
Reminding myself this truth everyday…gets me activated! And gives me the everyday good courage and inspiration to keep showing up
And with spiritual confidence, I finally can summarize it to “Doing Life with God”
What have been some of your challenges, and what have you learned from them?
One of my biggest challenges was separating perfectionism and excellence. I had them so muddled up that I thought they meant one and the same thing…
I went through life in pursuit of perfectionism in everything I did, myself, everyone I met or interacted and the more I tried to gain this perfection, just got me so tired, disappointed, resentful, angry & finally collapsed out of fatigue!… So I went through life in pursuit of perfectionism in everything I did, myself, everyone I met or interacted and the more I tried to gain this perfection, just got me so tired, disappointed, resentful, angry & finally collapsed out of fatigue!… It was so exhausting and such a vicious cycle.
It was at Renewing Self that finally my eyes opened to the truth about the difference in both...
And I choose from that moment forth to pursue excellence “to do the best within the circumstances” and expect the same excellence from those I love and around me. This K-tcha! Made me exhale & take time to experience life and the beauty in all my relationships. Be it with God, my family, friends, colleagues….
Second biggest K-Tcha! Was that I am a woman of strength…not a strong pillar! With strength I know my limits, what I can influence, what I am choosing and hence let go of trying to control everything or everyone and surrender for God to take control. For when He is in control, in His strength I can do far more than I ever imagined or dreamed of….
If you had the chance to start your career over again, would you still venture into the line you are in? What would you do differently?
I have made peace and come to realize that my life journey so far prepared me for such a time as this. At first I was really conflicted why I spent years in study for one thing (Engineering Mathematics) and end up in life doing something totally different (Life Coaching and Hospitality).
The K-Tcha! Where I made peace came through my continued interaction with Alabastron programs where I did Mission to Upscale (now Purposeprenuer Academy). I discovered that through my in-built ability to learn I was able to gain knowledge, skills and experiences in the various fields I studied or worked in and they all prepared me for my mission and the work I do. It was also during Mission to Upscale that I discovered my mission, my passion which is in equipping teenage girls with their Girls New Cool: Confident, Focused, Beautiful and Fun
How did you get to know about Alabastron Network Trust?
I got to know about it through a business colleague at the time. I was trying to come up with a business idea that involved her but every time I talked to her she would bring up Alabastron and how I needed to do it. Out of exasperation and to just get her to listen and put it to rest; I decided to attend one session. In Renewing Self, I got the opportunity to sift through and find out my personal core and important values which are essential in being myself, in key relationships being healthy and to be fully engaged and activated in business or work The truth that I heard that day was so profound and so personal…that I signed up immediately and it turned out to be one of the most Inspiring Life Changing decisions I ever made!
How did your interaction with the renewing self-help you?
(See from no 3 above)
- I now see in full Living color! (In all shades of fuchsia, barracuda green, burnt orange...e.t.c)
- I am having an awesome relationship with God and experiencing life with Him!
- I am having healthy relationships with my loved ones and those around me!
- I got my Voice back and it counts!
- And Life is beautiful and worth living!
What are some of your fears and how do you manage them?
Something I learnt in Mission to Upscale (now Purpose Clarity) …if you have prayed about it and still know in the Spirit it’s the right thing to do...Then DO IT AFRAID… God has got your back! (2 Chronicles: 15)
How do you define success?
As the fruits of the Spirit I experience in the quiet moments alone. It reminds me of a verse in the Oriah poem referenced in Renewing Self:
“I want to know
if you can be alone with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments”
To what do you most attribute your success? What would you say are key elements for starting and running a successful business?
In Renewing Self, I got the opportunity to sift through and find out my personal core and important values which are essential in being myself, in key relationships being healthy and to be fully engaged and activated in business or work, there needs to be alignment
In business, it is the mission (“Why do you do what you do”) and the values (“Who are you and the people around you being as you do it”). This keeps me inspired to keep showing up, being present and adding value to the work and the people around me. It also keeps us focused as we define new vistas and provides us with clarity on the journey.
What advice would you give to women about awakening and activating the dreams within them?
Start with knowing thy wholesome self, thine inspired groove and then you will be able to healthily show up in all your roles & spaces! And Renewing Self program is absolutely the most inspired way to get you started. It is indeed a beautiful Safari journey that begins with the program and keeps going and going…ENROLL FOR CLASS