You know those moments when you are able to catch that small voice in your head or feeling in your body that points you in the direction you should go, before logic and or doubt get in the way? When you actually pay attention, follow it, and it works out, doesn't it feel amazing?
I'm working on getting more in tune with my intuition. Sometimes it's as easy as taking the next breath: all the right elements are aligned, and I act without conscious thought and with a huge amount of trust. Other times I struggle, failing to recognize that the struggling is the aftermath of ignoring my intuition.
In this case, I followed my intuition. I met the lovely lady pictured above at the R Street Block Party and Makers Mart last month in Sacramento. I had encountered Sené's sweet family a few months earlier at another artisan market. Her husband, DeAngelo, took my card and remembering me, found my booth at the block party and brought her over for an introduction. We chatted about my work while she looked at the pieces, in particular, the Strata Chest Plate statement necklace.
DeAngelo said, "That piece needs to be on stage," and I agreed, asking them, "Do you perform?"
"I do," Sené responded, "I sing. I'm actually performing next week at Harlows [a popular music venue in Sacramento]."
I was delighted. I love to sing and deeply admire those with the courage and confidence to perform in this way. Before I knew it, my next words were, "Do you want to borrow it?"
I didn't know this woman (or so I thought at the time), and yet without thinking, I knew not only the collaboration was a good fit, but I also knew I could trust her with this beautiful piece I made. It was only later that I realized I actually did know her or at least had encountered her before. Many revolutions around the sun ago, in high school, I danced with a company and we performed in annual productions. Sometimes companies from other schools would guest perform. I remember one year a girl from the guest school sang an amazing rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come." As a shy teen who would only sing amongst others in her school choir, I was floored. That moment gave me the courage to audition to sing at my high school graduation, for which I was chosen. When I made the connection and confirmed with her, we were both astounded and emotional. Was it all a coincidence? Or did my mind subconsciously and instantly make those connections, allowing 'intuition' to surface?
Learning to follow my gut and tapping into my intuition on a consistent basis is a challenge. Sitting in quiet meditation each day has helped. Marie Forleo (@marieforleo) calls it 'natural knowing' and suggests reviewing previous experiences because "seeing that you've had a gut instinct in the past will help you pay closer attention to it in the present." I can look at several past experiences that went south, both in the very early stages of Tula in Bloom and recently, where I had a funny feeling and I ignored it. As I continue to grow this brand and myself as a better business owner and person, making sure I'm aware of and following my intuition is crucial. In this case, doing so created an opportunity for reconnection and a chance for everyone to shine.
Find what makes you bloom.
Check out Sené's music on SoundCloud.