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Rise Up! Newsletter

July 2013

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Beware of nouns! They can become self-identifying labels; nouns identify and make sense of much of the world. But when nouns lead to rigid self identification our beautiful brains stop being active participants in change; they can lockdown and concretize, losing the power of creativity, of thinking "out of the box," of exploring ourselves, the world. How we define ourselves determines not only who we are, but how we see the world and others. The world is in a great test of shift, transition and even transformation. This is no time to get STUCK."

~Dr. John Schuerman, PhD

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Message From Bobbie:

At Rise Up, we say, "How we Define Ourselves, Defines our Entire Reality." We define ourselves as mother, sister, daughter, nurse, lawyer, teacher, wife, widow, entrepreneur and much more.

Each noun has the ability to either free or box us in or to terrify, concretize and limit us. Self-defining nouns drive us towards or away from our highest and best purposes.

Verbs, on the other hand, are action words. They move us away from the limitations that often come with being boxed in by nouns of self-definition. Fear rises when these boxes are questioned. Can we see that they may no longer serve us? We fear the inevitable change that new definitions bring. The irony is that fear itself is destroyed when we change rigid definitions of ourselves into creative, open, life-giving actions.

Featured Journal Entry:

Nouns versus Verbs

"It took me a long time to allow myself to say I was an artist. It seemed pretentious. Van Gogh and Picasso were artists, so how could I call myself that too? But once I had my first professional show and it went very well, I was happy to claim the title, artist. Yes, a noun for sure; and I started defining myself that way."

Sienna is a long time Rise Up! participant who uses all of the tools she has learned at Rise Up! in her life. She shared her personal story at a recent event with fellow artists.

"There was only one problem," she told us. "Art for me meant oil painting, big heavy canvases of rich color. The irony was I stopped being truly creative, and started living a definition: limiting myself and not growing with my art. The art world was moving in diverse and exciting directions, but I had found my own niche and market and I was making money. I felt, honestly "safe" in my oil-painter-artist box. But then the unexpected and horrifying happened. My beloved husband died suddenly. His death shattered my safe reality. All I did for a year was cry. But when the crying stopped, but not the ache, I had to find new ways to live. My safest and most beloved definition, "wife," was gone.

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Take Sienna’s advice and study the nouns that define you. Write a list of those NOUNS (ones chosen and ones others chose for you but you have to admit you’ve accepted) ASK yourself: "Do they all still work for me?" "Are there any I now choose to give up?"
  2. With your list on nouns in hand ask yourself: "Can I make these nouns which have become labels (mom, sister, doctor, psychologist, assistant etc.) into living actions that take me out of safe boxes into a bigger and more alive process with purpose?"

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About Bobbie

In 2011, on a beautiful ranch in Santa Ynez, California, Bobbie created her "Rise Up!" movement as a means of empowering women to create the lives, relationships and careers that they were meant to have. It was named after Bobbie’s ability to find possibility and opportunity in the midst of change and even crisis. Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops that she has done since 2008 Bobbie has helped participants reach their own epiphanies. Read more...



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