I AM A CONNECTOR. I CULTIVATE AND SUPPORT REAL, RAW, AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS.
FOUNDER – LET'S BE REAL COMMUNITY CREATOR– CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE PROGRAM BLOGGER – LET’S SIT LOOSELY WITH THAT HAPPINESS CAREER PLANNER SENIOR EQUITY ADVISOR COMMUNICATION MENTOR COMBAT FITNESS LEADER SEXUAL ETHICS EDUCATOR
When I sit down to write why I have started Let’s be real, my fingers rest on the keyboard and I wonder what I could possibly tell you in a couple of paragraphs that would help you understand my passion and purpose.
I would say this project was born when I decided to take a sabbatical from work, taking some long service leave to purely work on my mindset and happiness.
I had struggled in my last posting from environmental depression – basically I felt that I had been bullied for a couple of years and I was trying everything I thought I knew how to deal with a situation like this and work through the process to resolve. I have 18 years of military background, I am qualified as a Senior Equity Advisor, communication mentor, workplace behaviour advocate and I could not solve my own work crisis.
There was part of the puzzle missing and I was at a total loss on what that was. I felt I had failed.
After jumping through military hoops and speaking to psychologists it took support from outside of Defence that helped me flip my mindset and conquer my current situation, this empowered me to want to make a change. Empowered me to want to change military culture.
On reflection I do believe that I have been building the foundations for this project for many years. My wonderful emotional intelligence that has me very much in touch with my emotions and being totally ok with them. Supporting members of the military through my many roles but talking to spouses to help them understand the psyche of a military partner. I did train my soldiers from my heart. I worked with teams on a unique level always looking how I could empower each member. My non-military unconventional style of training, leading and supporting led me down this path, I truly was an am a unicorn hidden in camouflage. I always had the feeling like I was the square peg in a round hole; being feminine and owning it in a masculine world. I felt and do feel blessed that I chose to join the military and the amazing journey it has given me.