The old one-dimensional female archetypes -- the soccer mom, the starving artist, the successful-but-lonely boss lady -- are dead. Women are creating new, multidimensional archetypes and defying stereotypes.
The most fulfilled women are constantly creating in multiple areas of their lives, whereas burnout often happens when we feel like the routine of our day job is all we have time for. The Archetypal Woman Series is a tribute to inspiring women who rearrange time and space to explore and excel in a range of activities. May their stories encourage you to expand into your own uniqueness for the benefit of you and everyone in your orbit.
Editor's note: Rachel is the boss we would all be lucky to have. Calm, collected, and very wise, she works in healthcare administration. Look out for her memoir, God in Me, coming out soon. She has deep experience across meditative disciplines and has applied them quite successfully in the real world. ~ Mary Margaret
Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do?
I teach leadership courses, work as an executive coach, and write.
I have been in the healthcare industry more than 20 years. My soul calling is blending breathwork and meditation into work with leaders. I offer both group and 1:1 meditation sessions.
We are in a time of rapid change! What encouraging trends are you seeing in your industry?
I am overjoyed that work from home has become normalized. Over the years I have suffered from butt-in-seat focused managers who unintentionally squashed my creativity and motivation. In healthcare it is great that more providers are seeing patients remotely also.
It warms my heart that people are driving and traveling less which is a huge victory for the planet. I also see that the slow life and simple living are being embraced beyond a trend and I appreciate this.
What are some practical tools you use to help manage your time and energy?
Breathing is number one. I love the type of breathwork where you lie down and let go completely, but all of it is beneficial--breath is our greatest friend.
Drinking tea and water throughout the day is helpful, getting up from sitting frequently, walking, meditation breaks, eating simple snacks like dried fruit and nuts. Regarding time, I schedule everything including breaks and project work.
This is the Archetypal Woman Series, where we shine a spotlight on women who are bringing forth new, multidimensional ways of living and working. How would you describe the archetype you’re bringing onto the planet?
I bring a deep calm that surprises most people. I help people renew themselves. My vision for others often extends beyond what they see as possible for themselves. I connect people with possibility and it is what I came to teach. I am a woman who finds joy in a simple peaceful family life. I am very much an earth worshipper as well.
Can you tell us about a woman who has had significant impact on the trajectory of your career? What lessons did she impart?
A former boss, Jennifer Crosby, made a huge impact by showing me that it is okay to make caring for people a top priority. It is such a blessing to support people through major life changes--marriage/divorce, having children, health issues, death, etc. You don’t have to sacrifice having a productive team and results to show care for each person. Being compassionate is amazing and gives such a lift to the soul.
What's next for you? Do you have any projects in the pipeline you'd like us to know about? How can we support you and your work?
I co-host an online community called “Tools for Resilience” which features group meditations and live interviews. We archive the interviews as a podcast. My book, God in Me, a meditative guide and memoir, is in its final stages so I would love support for that. You can join my email list for updates.
What message do you want to share with the world?
Peace is inside you. Get in touch with your soul, love yourself, trust yourself. A simple life with abundant health is the greatest blessing. Bless yourself and others daily. Life is lived each day and you make it incredible. Live fearlessly and give away your love—there is plenty more.
You can follow Rachel on Instagram @reflective_leadership and on her website www.rachellicoach.com
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