Every Ending is a New Beginning!

In the last year and a half, many of us have experienced some of the most dramatic shifts we’ve ever seen, both individually and globally. You already know from my emails and blogs that I’ve been poised in the “in between,” slowing down, taking inventory, reflecting on where I’ve been, and allowing my world to be a blank slate in order to determine where to go next, when resisting the temptation to arrive at any final answers and solutions.

Believe me, both 2020 and 2021 have been exercises for all of us to maintain a sense of presence and patience with “what is”.

Over the last couple years, which have included my fair share of fumbling in my darkness and engaging in a bit of trial and error to figure out where I want to be, I have been asking myself the same questions a lot of other people are asking: “What are my next steps in life? What do I really want it to look like? Where do I want to focus my energy and attention? What nourishes me and brings my creative spark to life?”

I’ve finally come to a few conclusions I’d like to share with you—especially those of you who have been on the Women For One journey with me for a long time (I’m so grateful for you!).

When I started out, nobody was necessarily talking about the power of truthtelling in the women’s empowerment sector. I’m honored to have witnessed the ripple effects of the space we’ve co-created. I’m grateful for the emergence of movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, which serves to emphasize the social and cultural significance of women supporting one another to speak their truths. I am also humbled to have joined women from all generations to rise up and claim the power of our personal stories to effect change in far-reaching ways and for many generations to come. In addition, I’ve had the pleasure of talking to some of the world’s greatest thought leaders and changemakers—Dr. Maya Angelou, Arianna Huffington, Ram Dass, Glennon Doyle, Elizabeth Lesser, and dozens of other incredible human beings who are shifting the world, one truth at a time.

Throughout the past decade, I have been amazed by every single woman in this global community. I have learned that I, and all of you, are so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for. As I move through all the necessary steps to complete this transition, I look back on the last decade with an enormous amount of love, pride, and gratitude. At many points throughout my life, I’ve followed my gut, even in times of uncertainty and fear. I have always trusted that if I leaped, the net would appear. Now, I know that it’s time to leap again. I’m genuinely excited about the new chapter I’m about to write!

Now that I’m finally at the end of that cycle, I have a newfound clarity I’m overjoyed to share with you.

I feel like I’ve come to that proverbial moment of seeing the clouds part and watching the sunlight stream through. This is why it brings me both a sense of joy and bittersweetness to announce that I’m bringing my work with Wf1 to its completion. 

In closing this chapter, it’s time to move forward and into a new vision for my life’s work. What this specifically means is that Wf1 will no longer be accepting new Truthteller stories. Of course, that doesn’t mean the thousands of stories that have filled our website and social media are just going to disappear. Of course not! The Truthteller stories we’ve shared over the years deserve a permanent home, and to that end, all of them will be archived so that you can share links and continue to be inspired by one another’s courage and remember what a difference your truth makes.

While the Wf1 website and social media will be transitioning into my own personal brand, I will continue working with women to further the process of transformation, truthtelling, and ensuring that all women have opportunities to make life happen on our own terms. Please know that I will continue to offer retreats, workshops, and my courses to all of you.

Wf1 has fulfilled an important purpose by being part of this watershed moment for women across the globe—and for that reason, I know my work with Wf1 is complete. That doesn’t mean the work is ever done. As I continue to watch the news and consider everything from the accessibility of safe abortion and healthcare, to the continuous relevance of the #MeToo movement, I know that my work with women and truthtelling is the work of a lifetime. It will never be over. It will simply continue to transform. 

As we transition into 2022, I know it’s the perfect time for birthing my vision of my new work in the world. Since you’re already a vital part of the Wf1 community, you’ll be the first to hear about any updates about my offerings and thoughts. I see my next chapter as an opportunity for every single woman to rise into a greater sense of purpose that extends from our personal lives to the world around us. I can’t wait for you to continue to leap and be part of the journey with me—now and in the future. 

 

Big love,

 

 

About the Author | Kelly McNelis

Kelly McNelis is the founder of global community, Women for One, a speaker, coach, facilitator, and bestselling author of Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman. With more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit and small-business consultant, Kelly empowers generations of women around the world to build the relationships, community, and confidence they need to achieve their wildest dreams. She finds daily inspiration in spending time with her husband and children in her home outside of Seattle.

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8 comments to "Every Ending is a New Beginning!"

  • Peg Rodrigues

    Excited to see what develops for you in 2022. Thank you for leading the way with WF1

  • Roxanne

    Best of luck, Kelly, and continue to shine your light!

  • Missy

    I’ve enjoyed the “Your Messy Self” emails for quite some time and have shared with thousands in my network. Hope you continue with something similar.

    Best of luck with your new developments and can’t wait to see what you do next.

    • Women For One

      Hi Missy, thanks for reaching out! It’s so good to hear that you enjoy our Messy Notes. Not to worry, we will still be sending them out as usual. Thank you again for the support!

  • Mary Barras

    WOW! Kelly, I’m happy that your journey is continuing. I’d love to know more about how you’re going forward, what you’re going forward with, & if you’re including people to help you. 

    Best,
    Mary