Deb Nicholson is a fierce-hearted woman. A Domestic Violence Activist, Leader, and Facilitator for most of her life, she is an unstoppable force.
Except when it came to one teeeeensy part of her life. Which ended up being, like, EVERYTHING.
“I wanted to own myself as a writer. I wanted to do more speaking. And I wanted to integrate my career’s worth of experience in addressing violence against women. I wanted to converge all of these things in a meaningful way,” she says.
So she reached out to me. I remember our first conversation like it was yesterday. The radiance around this woman was impossible to ignore. I heard the DV work as integral to who she was... but it was ONE PIECE of her purpose. In incredibly vital piece, to be certain. But her writer’s heart, the same fierce heart that sat and held and heard the most unthinkably horrific stories... undeniable.
“Tanya really understood my potential and really reinforced that I was already all the things I wanted to be,” Deb said. “It was that one conversation that made me decide to join the Academy.”
Once in the Academy, D immersed herself in the content and in the community. “The Academy offered me so many resources. Because the course was quite intensive and also nine months long, there was the opportunity to somewhat rewire and change my brain chemistry.
“Having someone there to kick me up the backside in recognizing when my impostor complex was creeping in — before I was able to recognize it for myself — has been some kind of miracle!”
This direction, and the reinforcement of her fellow Star Steppers, was, well... appreciated. “The kind of deep connection Tanya provided I think is really rare,” she said. “Having a group of women who can support each other and hold each other up in the way that we did was so valuable. It became a community and a sisterhood. It was far and away the greatest model of self-work I’ve ever done. There was accountability without pressure.”
In the end, the changes Deb experienced were palpable, and the results were unequivocal. “I’m taking my idea of convergence and leading it into integration. I’ve been able to make huge changes in my life, like realizing my dream of moving to France and focusing on my writing.
“The Academy provided all of the coaching that I needed to just go for it. The biggest win of all has been being able to see myself and my potential in the way that others have seen me throughout the program.”
And THAT, friends, is my EVERYTHING.
And guess what? She’s coming back to the Starring Role Academy in 2019.
I cannot WAIT to see what the next year is going to hold for this Warrior Woman. And to JOIN her at her June Volcano Writing Retreat. Check out her retreats here. What's not to love about an all inclusive retreat in a château in the French Pyrenees?
And your next year? What convergence will be leading to integration in 2019 for you? Hit reply. I’d love to know.
PS - You will get to meet Deb, Jenn, Nic, and Michelle as well as some of the other INCREDIBLE Lights of the previous Starring Role Academy cohorts when you join us for a FREE Open House Dec 12th at 7p EST. You can grab your spot here.
The curtains to the 2019 Starring Role Academy are now OPEN and we are almost halfway sold out!
And if you are thinking about it but have some Q's, you can book a private call with me to discuss discuss this TODAY. This is the heart of my work. It's the all of what I do. It is my greatest joy and I already feel a pang as I say that this will be the last year that I run it exactly as it is.
So this year, I'm pouring even more of myself into it. New depths, new levels, all that I have.
Curious to see how the Impostor Complex coping mechanisms of people-pleasing, leaky boundaries, comparison, diminishment, procrastination, and perfectionism uniquely work against you when it comes to self-development work LIKE the Starring Role Academy? I’ll be unpacking this over the next six days on a mini series of Facebook Lives on my business page. Starting TODAY at 10:30am EST. Follow me on Facebook to find out when I’m tackling the one that’s most in YOUR way.I’m starting with a bang with PEOPLE-PLEASING. (My personal brand of IC.)