Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.
I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa.
Today we get to meet Ariane Hunter!
Ariane, take it away…
How are you changing the world?
(What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)
Wow, I’m not used to being on the receiving end of these beautiful, yet hugely thought provoking questions – haha! Well, lets see, here goes. I believe that I am changing the world by reminding women of their power, their brilliance, their ideas, their voices, of their leadership to effect positive change in the world and be the steward of their own lives. I want to see a world where women are no longer shrinking, silencing their voices, or hiding behind their greatness.
I believe my assignment in this world is to empower women through their professional lives. It is an area that for so long women have been trailing behind in due to paradigms we have been living under and through our own tendency to play small when it comes to fully embodying our own leadership. I think we need this kind of leadership in todays world, especially now when there is so much at stake. So if I can have just one conversation that is meaningful and changes the way she sees herself and the world, that is a victory in my book towards creating change.
What challenges your heart in that journey?
Sometimes the work feels really big. When you’re so committed to a big idea that you spend everyday trying to move the needle, it can make you susceptible to frustration or doubt that it’s actually working or making a difference.
What inspires you to keep going?
Seeing women make amazing breakthroughs in their lives and work. It is really inspiring to me and reminds me of why I got into this work in the first place. It pushes me to keep raising my own bar and daring to dream big. Also, the women in my family and within my circle inspire me. I gain so much wisdom and knowledge from them that it fuels my own journey.
How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process?
What nourishes and replenishes you?
This year I started, taking “me-day’s” once a week to refill my creative cup. It’s my time to read a book, do a vigorous workout, wander aimlessly taking in the sights and sounds of my neighborhood, or treat myself to a massage. The point is, it’s my day to slow down, unplug and give myself permission to create and be inspired.
How do you experience care within community?
How do others support you in your journey and practice?
I have the best group of girlfriends around and we often get together to have deep, soul nourishing conversations where we can talk about anything from our latest project, challenges we’re facing, or even spirituality at work in our lives. No matter the topic we create a connected space to just be. I don’t know about them but I come away feeling recharged and so expansive.
What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?
Know that whatever you decide to do in your life and in your work has the power and potential to make a difference. You can make a difference in how we talk to each other, by how we listen, how we do business, how we build and create things. In everything we do, we are a model or a teacher for those around us so as cliché as it sounds, we must be the change we seek in the world. It starts with you.
Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.
I imagine a world where no matter how far we come and the successes we have along the way, we are always reaching back to help those who are coming up behind us. As we work to change the world, we are paving the way for those generations to come so it is part of our duty as leaders to never leave each other behind. We must find ways to support and help the next woman attain her dreams so she can also make a difference and so on and so forth.
Ariane Hunter is the career whisperer for career conscious women. She charted her own unconventional career path and helps others to successfully design their own using a blend of modern advice and unconventional wisdom.
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