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Navigating Loss, Grief and Disappointment These Days

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How are you doing these days? No, really, I want to know. 🙂 Please let me know how I can be praying for you and those you love, because these are strange times, and we could all use authentic answers and sincere prayers.

How am I? Well, yesterday, I held back tears on an afternoon walk through an abandoned SoHo sporting the fashion statement of choice these days- my medical mask. The sun was out after a few morning showers with very little wind, which is usually what us New Yorkers refer to as a ‘perfect day’ to be out and about in spring. (Admittedly, compared to SoCal our bar for ideal weather is pretty low.) I’m not sure exactly when the water works began on this ‘perfect day’, but definitely somewhere between Prince St and Broome St on Crosby. I’m not sure if I should blame the surplus of Retail Space for Lease Signs popping up in my neighborhood or that I was listening to Brené Brown in my airpods explain to me the difference between over-functioning and under-functioning due to anxiety. Spoiler alert: I over-function. Anyone else prefer to swoop in and save the day when things get scary rather than have to be vulnerable about our feelings?

Cool. I’m not alone. 

Also, Brené Brown is the Albert Einstein of emotional intelligence. I highly recommend her podcast Unlocking Us, and also, anything she’s ever written.

Brené (I know we aren’t on a first name basis, but I’d like to think if we ever met we’d strike up a lasting friendship, so indulge me) has a way of saying the hard things with a whole lot of empathy and kindness. And today’s podcast episode was no different. Hearing her share about anxiety felt not only relevant to the times we are living in, but as if she had been reading my mind… my very worried, frustrated, and saddened mind.

We need these types of conversations- helpful discussions that provide us with the tools to invest in our mental health and the space to process unashamedly the multi-faceted emotions we are feeling during this pandemic. We need to know we aren’t alone and that even though C0VID-19 sucks, we can find hope and deepen our faith together. 

Which is why this month at Iridescent Women (the company I co-founded), we are hosting a live webinar with special guest Joy Attmore on the topic of Navigating Loss, along with a workbook to help us process our grief in healthy ways. We’ve all been impacted by the pandemic, and none of us, no matter how grateful and supported we feel, are immune to loss. Some of us have lost loved ones. Others jobs. A friend of mine had to recently cancel her wedding. A couple friends of mine lost out on their college graduations. Many fellow female founders have had to downsize their businesses, and a few have had to shut down altogether. We have all lost our sense of normalcy, and to some degree, also lost our sense of certainty about the future. 

Last month, Iridescent offered our first ever live webinar + workbook: Conquer Your Goals. By all means, it was a huge success with women registered from literally around the world! We are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had, with women not only raving about the resource, but eager to invite their friends to future webinars.

Now, I’m just going to say it. A webinar + workbook called “Conquer Your Goals” sounds a whole lot sexier than one titled “Navigating Loss”. I get it. It’s like when you’ve had a hard day, you choose to watch one more episode of The Office over This Is Us. One makes you laugh as a much needed escape; the other, well… usually involves a fair share of soul-searching and moments that make you choke up. But Alex (my co-founder) and I have felt such a strong conviction to offer resources right now they women actually need. And just as passionately as we feel called to champion women as they conquer their goals, we are committed to investing in women’s wellbeing. 

AND we are equally committed to providing the best resources we can, which is why I am so thrilled to announce that Joy Attmore will be our special guest for the Navigating Loss Webinar + Workbook. Joy is an activist, writer, and author of Broken by Beauty. She’s passionate about empowering women to share their stories and practice healthy vulnerability. And she knows her stuff- Joy has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years, primarily with anti-human trafficking organizations, and is now the Global Care Director at Liberty Church as well as the Director of Treasure NYC. I recently got to hear Joy speak to an entire staff on processing loss and grief during the pandemic, and I was blown away by how honest, helpful, and hopeful her training was! She’s brilliant, and I want as many women as possible to benefit from her experience and expertise.

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So, I wanted to personally invite you to the Navigating Loss Webinar + Workbook on Friday, May 29th at 12pm EST. During this webinar, we’ll explore the stages of grief, how we express loss differently, and discover healthy ways to process and heal. Along with the webinar and workbook, by registering, you’ll also receive access to the webinar recording, a curated list of additional resources around emotional and mental health, and exclusive discounts on other Iridescent resources.

If you can’t attend live, no worries! With your registration, you will still receive a recording of the webinar, plus the workbook.

And when you use the promo code FRIENDS at checkout, you’ll receive 15% off your registration. Feel free to forward this to whoever else you feel would get a lot out of this webinar. The more the merrier! 

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Whether or not you are able to register for the Navigating Loss Webinar + Workbook, please know that Iridescent Women is here for you. We are cheering you on, and we are devoted to providing you with content, conversations and resources that encourage, inspire, and empower you to live boldly and freely. This month, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month we are featuring real and vulnerable conversations to encourage your personal wellness journey. You can click here to read women share their unique experiences, personal breakthroughs and professional expertise to support your mental health.

We are all in this together,

Nicole

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