Three months ago, I was sitting in my New Jersey apartment feeling unsatisfied with life. It felt like my life wasn’t going to change or evolve and I would be in that place for the unforeseen future. That narrative remained true until I decided to write my own story, design my own life, and create my own truth.
A friend recommended traveling to the city for a three hour workshop called Vulnerable AF at a place called Lightning Society. I cultivated new superpowers and immersed in a culture that opened my mind to a new reality.
I was seeking a more authentic existence and spaces to fully express myself. Once I discovered it, a seed of possibility was planted. I knew my dream was possible.
I designed a life plan including aspirations of the self, relationships, love, finance, and work. If actualized, I would find myself living in my new reality.
I outlined practice areas that would enable me to realize my aspirations. I set the declaration, made the commitment to go all-in, and got on the path to manifestation.
I made a decision, and chose to continue deciding each day, that I no longer accepted the current state. I hadn’t physically moved to the city yet, but in my mind I was already there. I spoke as if I lived there. I eliminated any thought of lacking or negativity or not being ready. I lived from the future place of possibility.
I developed a mindfulness practice that came natural to me. I found myself meditating for 30-60 minute intervals several times throughout the day. I visualized my body surrounded by a soft bubble. In the bubble, it was my space for me to be. Just be. The people, situations, and things that typically take up space in my life were in the visualization. I acknowledged them, and I gently nudged them out of my space. “This my space.” I found myself suspended in water where all distractions fell away. I was there – nowhere – surrounded by everything and nothing.
I began journaling with a new intention. How is what I am doing today bringing me closer to my goals? Why didn’t I do what I committed to today? Why? What becomes possible when I don’t show up for myself?
The life plan I designed articulated June 1 as the date I would be living in the city. As I neared the end of May, there were a few financial elements of the plan that had yet to fall into place. I continued to live as if I was moving to the city. I terminated my lease in NJ. I had an apartment in NYC being held for me. I reminded myself I was surrounded by abundance. I knew I would be presented with what I needed when I needed it. Two nights before June 1, I had a dream about a sequence of events that would ultimately lead to me moving to the city. I awoke with a loud, “Aha!”
Over the next 36 hours, I watched the universe carefully pick me up from my apartment in Princeton, NJ and gently place me in my new home in Brooklyn, NY.
I experienced the magic.
Knowing what becomes possible when I give myself permission to take up space, play big, and live from that future-facing conversation has me wondering, “What becomes possible now that I experienced the magic?”
I settled into my Brooklyn apartment.
In the first four days, I signed four new clients. Life began to expand.
I found my way to the East Village where a group of people I never met were running a popup shop for empathy. I hadn’t been to a popup shop for empathy.
I made new friends, shared vulnerably with compassionate strangers. I had an opportunity to heal through some life events that I would have typically kept to myself. Surrounded by a supportive community had me feeling aligned and connected with my humanity.
It’s as if the universe knew I was entering a major life transition and she conspired to have me collide with the popup so I would have what I needed upon my arrival.
She’s like that.
I experienced authentic connection at the popup. Rather than sticking to the basics there was an invitation to go deeper. We shared how we experienced each other. We shared what was coming up for us in the moment. We shared our feelings. Life challenges. It was a healing space. The Empath Popup was a social experiment. The team is now spreading the love globally with their first Empath Online Popup this week August 16-20th.
At the popup, I met my future accountability partner who invited me the enlightenment studio, Three Jewels, where her and I meet weekly to cultivate a deep sense of ourselves. We began the engagement with a conversation dedicated to values. We created the container for our partnership and now operate through the governing principles of the social contract.
I began to explore new communities.
I met a mystic at a potluck who I now meet regularly to talk about life, consciousness, and dance in the exploration of possibility.
I connected with an artist who invited me to a picnic in the park. We did yoga, shared snacks, sipped juice, sat in a circle, and exercised our imaginations.
The opportunity to connect deeply with healthy male role models is something I shared at the popup. That same day, an elevated, purpose-driven man arrived to the popup who is deeply involved in the men’s community. He run men’s circles from his homes, and we are now cultivating a one-on-one relationship. He invited me to break bread at the first coed Dinner Confidential at the founder’s home where I met another cluster of extraordinary humans. I am currently exploring those relationships.
I am grateful for the opportunity to traverse a few of the dynamic pockets of this city.
Last week, I was having coffee with one of my new friends from the popup. She inspired me to invite all of you to an event of sorts. As I reached out to each of you one-at-a-time I realized the power of what I was immersed in.
I arrived to NYC three months ago only knowing one person. Now, I am blessed with the opportunity to invite you to an intimate gathering.
I thought, “I am a founder, surrounded by creators, makers, entrepreneurs, and this certainly feels like the way.”
Founder’s Way is born.
Founder’s Way is an intimate gathering of humans having future-facing conversations coming from a place of possibility. It’s a space to strengthen social ties, bridge unlikely connections, and explore the future.