I married my high school sweetheart. He was a charming boy with a love for adventure; staying out late, riding motorbikes and was always the life of the party. He was the fire to my water, the risk to my rules and was always surrounded by people. With our marriage, I inherited a “Papa Jack.”
Papa Jack was the first person to call me an anchor. At first, I thought it was an insult. I equated the term “anchor” to “ball and chain”. It was years later, he gently explained the term to me over a cuppa coffee at the kitchen table. It went something like this…
“We all need anchors in life” he stated as he held his strong hand in a fist and pulled it downward toward the table. “You see, when things get a little crazy, we need that person who can ground us and hold us stable.”
Papa Jack was the definition of anchor to me. I witnessed this hundreds of times, sitting at that same kitchen table, listening to his stories of life, going to war, raising kids and grandkids, raising animals and farming. I met him in his later years, after the intensity of life had settled a little and his gentle wisdom had risen to the surface to be shared with anyone who would join him at the table for a cuppa coffee*.
His wisdom guided us for many years, as we raised our own kids and moved through the various trials of life. The Anchored Parenting program is based on how I have used the concepts in my personal life and in my work as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years.
I also used the concepts of being anchored as I built, established, and grew my business. When the world seas were stormy with changes in the economy or when budgets were tight, I returned again and again to these key concepts. Returning to a place of stability and subsequently finding my strength, I captained the ship of my business and led our team through many changes. I know that the world needs more leaders, we need leaders who know how to captain their ship and how to create stability no matter what turbulence life brings. The Anchored Leadership program brings these concepts into your business. Whether you are a solopreneur just starting out or an established business with a full team, Anchored Leadership will help you go to the next level.
*a cuppa coffee is not the same as a cup of coffee – a cuppa coffee is shared. It comes with wisdom, truth and vulnerability. When you sit down to a cuppa coffee with someone you bring the truth of yourselves together and you will walk away a better version of yourself