It’s been a surprising year so far in my business.
In March I created and launched the birthing circle, the group process with one to one support from me that I had been longing to create for some time and that is designed for women wanting to launch a project, idea or piece of work into the world – which supports them to birth it.
The Birthing Circle started off as six month process but we’ve recently decided amongst the first group to extend it by three months making it nine months in total! That’s how long it takes to birth something, it seems.
But the biggest surprise for me along the way is the extent to which sharing this process I’ve designed with the group has led (totally unexpectedly) to me envisioning and preparing to birth a whole new initiative of my own.
It is as if as I created this container for the group I also benefited from it myself.
It’s not quite ready for the world yet but by the end of the year, it will be. You could call it a re-brith as though it will involve lots of new content and some different ways to work with and interact with me it will also include my existing offerings (StoryPower, The Birthing Circle, the RedTentOnline recordings) being delivered in a new way.
I’m in the thick of it right now making decisions about exactly how it’s all going to work – you could say I am in the creative mess of it I suppose – this is a place I would so rather avoid where you get stuck in and, as you do, you start to question the great idea you’ve had as you try and put it into practice. Where you think of all the things that could go wrong and wonder if they are insurmountable….
Perhaps you are in this place right now too where you want to run away from your ideas and forget about them because they just seem too difficult?
This time I’m not running. It’s not just because I want to share my experiences with the group (though that is a helpful motivation) but also because I’ve really got the message recently (partly as a result of Julie Daley teaching me to map my process at the beginning of the year) that this place of deep questioning – the creative mess – is part of the process – that you can’t create something new, something you really want to do – without going through the ‘messy bit in the middle’. Brent Brown talks about this messy middle in this edition of Being Boss. I think it’s really worth a listen if you are in this kind of struggle yourself right now.
One things I know for certain, you are in exquisitely good company for the messy path, is the creative path, the very path you MUST walk to birth your ideas and bring the to life.
Until my re-birth is ready you can still find me at www.maryannmhina.co.uk where you can still access my free monthly RedTentOnline recordings. Meanwhile If you are interested in joining a future birthing circle, go here and register your interest -where you can download my Getting Ready to Birth your Idea Worksheet and sign up receive an invitation next time I make the Birthing Circle available