A few things to have ready before you listen to this audio recording: pen, paper, Kleenex
Once you hit the play button, close your eyes and just LISTEN. Soak it in. Trust that I’ll cue you when to use the pen and paper. You’ll have time. Kleenex as you wish.
Lastly, before we have a listen, you’ll note that this recording sat quiet for 4.5 years and is now the sixth blog post item on Get More Nourished.com rather than the first.
Okay, now you’re ready.
Go for play.
Sara Hefty, Age 32.
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I’ve been told I should write books – as in more than one – about my experiences with these folks.
One day I imagine I will; they’re interesting and surprising.
For now though we will do what I’ve been advised to do in the book Crucial Conversations, which is when emotions run high, start with the facts and present yourself from there.
Introductions then. From left to right we have my sister, Nikki, myself, my Dad (Mark) and my Mom (Jane).
Photography: [ V ] IMAGERY + DESIGN
Location: Lake Wissota Golf & Events
Flowers: Brent Douglas Flowers
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Estilo Salon
Date: July 28, 2007.
Sara Hefty, Age 25.
Here I just wanted to introduce you to the idea of sisu.
Pronounced see-so or sis-oo, it’s tattooed there on my arm. In my maternal grandma’s handwriting. It’s the only tattoo I have – the artist said it would be like a 10-minute cat scratch. He was right. Leviticus Tattoo in Minneapolis, if you’re curious.
Sisu is a Finnish word that doesn’t have a direct translation in English.
I think of it as “strong willed one” and “strength of will, determination, perseverance against all odds” namely because those were the first written down definitions of it I ever saw.
Recently and wonderfully it’s become studied by positive psychology researchers and so the definition has expanded.
Regardless, my 100% Finnish Grandpa always said my 100% Polish Grandma had lots of sisu. Much more on that later. But for now, enjoy this new addition to your vocabulary.
Sara Hefty, Age 31.
Photography by Molly Marie Photography.
And here’s my non-professional real-life freshly-inked selfie from March 30, 2012:
Venice Beach, 2012.
Photograph by Wendy K. Yalom.
Inspiration from Carey Peters.
Styled by … I have forgotten her name but not her influence… or how I won her over… but that is a story for another time… like a time when I make the time to track down her name.
Dress, earrings and bangle borrowed from Spotlight Sister D.
Hair and makeup were done professionally by an amazing team out of a repurposed warehouse on the boardwalk.
Sara Hefty, age 31.
Carey once told me that she had a vision of me. This was during one of our coaching calls – she the coach, me the client. It was a phone session during a group coaching. And what she said to me is that she had a vision of waves washing over me and washing away all of the things that…
… I’m having a hard time recalling her exact words…
… washing away all of the junk and baggage around me… yet, I stood strong, firm, grounded and deeply-rooted to my truth, to my history, to myself.
In that vision, after the waves rolled out, I was standing strong, as myself.
And that’s what this picture represents. Me. Becoming Myself.