Is it time to grow your GUMPTION?
Do you wish you could claim your creative voice?
Are you ready to start laying down the foundation for the business you *really* want to start, but keep holding yourself back and you aren't sure why?
Or maybe you support others in the art, healing or communication realms but wish you could make time for your own artistry.
You might be struggling under the demands of being present for your kids when you really want the space to prioritize your own health and creative life.
And it's so common these days to find yourself sick of spending money on courses or "experts" on how to build your business. Shouldn't you be able to trust your own judgment and make decisions from your truth?
If you are a woman who wants to make her voice heard - not because you're a natural show-off, but because you have something important to say in art or business - it's your time.
Your time to commit to completing that creative project you've been thinking about for years.
Your time to start taking the baby steps in your business that will lead to the aligned career you've always been looking for.
Your time to claim your voice, your body, your creativity in service of what's most important to your soul.
My name is Kerri Lowe, some people know me as KAYLO.
I'm the GUMPTION coach.
I help ambitious, spiritually-minded women reclaim their personal power and jumpstart their creative lives through the power of GUMPTION.
What the heck is GUMPTION?
Well, gumption is: "spirited initiative and resourcefulness, boldness of enterprise, courage, spunk, guts, common sense."
And GUMPTION (with each letter standing for something) is a test, method and framework I developed that helps you get out of your head and into your body, so you can take aligned action that feels grounded, bold and guided by the infinite intelligence of your heart, gut, and mind working in harmony.
Because when we make decisions solely from our brain, we often get it wrong.
I've seen so many women (and myself) go after the things they think they "should" do, or would be "smart" to do - but eventually, your body speaks up.
You become depressed, anxious and maybe even suicidal. You hold tension in weird places that you can't seem to let go of. You get injured or have chronic, unexplained illness. You keep secrets because of shame and suddenly you can't sing without pain.
All of the unhealthy scenarios above are part of my story. I had spent almost my whole life hating my body - everything it was and everything it wasn't. A decade of moving in and out of eating disorders and never getting real treatment made my body a battleground, unable to be trusted.
It was painful to exist on every level.
But then I had a breakthrough. Okay, actually, I had a 5 year journey, starting with being unable to sing without pain (as an aspiring folk singer/songwriter with an acting degree - ouch) and becoming obsessed with the word, "gumption."
Something deep within me knew that gumption was the key I had been looking for - that those letters held what was missing from my health, my career and creative life.
I started a blog about gumption - a little closer.
I created a beta course on what I thought gumption was about - a little closer, but not quite right.
I got the gumption to perform a one-woman show, telling the truth about my sexual assault and eating disorders - and healing my voice in the process. Ohhh yes, getting much closer.
I wrote a spoken word poem about gumption - close.
I performed that poem, "When I Have Gumption," on many stages in front of hundreds of women that cried and thanked me, finally feeling seen in their own struggle to be in their body - and their determination to rise above what the patriarchy had taught them about being a woman. SO close.
I journaled and meditated and studied yoga and narrative practice and story healing and what it took to build a business. Closer.
Eventually, I realized that the key to GUMPTION was within my biggest struggle in life and my biggest desire as a performer - being fully embodied. I realized that when I was performing my poetry on stage, I was the gumptious woman I wanted to be. Connected. Whole. Harmonious. Radiant. Each piece of myself, body, mind and spirit working together in the service of conscious evolution.
Each letter of the word GUMPTION stood for something that could be accessed through the body.
G for Grounded
U for Up
M for Muscle
P for Play, and Pleasure
T for Truth
I for Inspiration
O for Om
N for Now
Quickly, the picture unfolded for me. I could use The GUMPTION Test to determine if a project (in business or my creative life) I was considering was really aligned with my whole self, or if it only came from my head.
At the same time, I could develop my GUMPTION through embodiment exercises, becoming more and more aligned with my body's perspective, feeling the power, pleasure, connection and inspiration that was always available through my physical form.
I began helping other women develop creative and marketing projects that passed The GUMPTION Test, including the new narrative podcast ArtistCEO with Shannon DeJong (a story about integrating the business and the artistic self into one being.)
I started teaching GUMPTION exercises to women, helping them access the state of feeling energized, bold and ready to take action (while losing the guilt, the forcing it and all of those hustle it out mindsets that seem to work for men - at least for awhile - but have never truly resonated with feminine cycles.)
To make a container where this learning and creation and community could take place, I started my 8-week GUMPTION Catalyst Circle. A small group online program for women.
Here's what some of them have to say about it:
—Sarah Chowning, blogger, singer and voice teacher
— Janet Pfeffer, writer
— Deborah Zafman, Art Appraiser and Performance Lecturist
— Jen Sterling, writer
You're invited to the Fall 2017
GUMPTION Catalyst Circle
September 20th - November 8th
Wednesdays from 7:30-9pm EST
Every week for 8 weeks, a small group of women (+ you!) will come together on Zoom (an easy-to-use, free video conferencing platform) to experience growing your gumption. Focusing on your current creative or business project/goal, we'll use the GUMPTION framework to make truly meaningful progress, not just busy work progress.
Each week, we'll unpack one letter of GUMPTION, which looks like this:
Week 1: Grounded
Learn tools to ground yourself wherever you are and get clarity on who you are, what you're creating and why. Connect to your identity.
(You'll also learn the 1 thing that you MUST do every day, for a more grounded, joyful and gumptious presence!)
Week 2: Up
Take control of your energy by learning how to refresh yourself at any moment, lifting your mood, waking up your body and making tasks that once seemed impossible feel easy. Connect to your resilience.
Week 3: Muscle
Strong woman, hear you roar! Learn to access your strength by focusing on the unique skills, opportunities and advantages you have just by being you. Build your muscle even further by making a doable but firm commitment around your project. Connect to your strength.
Week 4: Play/Pleasure
Avoid burnout by accessing the play and pleasure always available to you just by being in a body! (It's not dirty, I swear..!) Incorporate feeling good into your routine so you can go the distance and stay radiant, while still making progress on your project. Connect to your heart.
Week 5: Truth
Learn how to receive a "yes" or "no" from your body about what's true for you. Learn tools to notice what thoughts are actually true and need to be addressed and what thoughts are holding you hostage. Speak your uncomfortable or most essential truth to spark transformation. Connect to your self-knowledge.
Week 6: Inspiration
Take the physical mechanics of inspiration (taking in air - and then releasing it) as a model for the feel-good balance in your life of consumption and creation. Use what is currently inspiring you as fodder to fuel your project. Connect to your inspired nature.
Week 7: Om
Feel yourself a part of the bigger picture by connecting to the sacred word "om" and the resonance of your own voice. Gain deep knowledge about the greater cycles of creative process to work with your divine nature instead of against it. Connect to your transcendence.
Week 8: Now
Incorporate all of the GUMPTION practices into the present moment, taking action from a place of personal power, self-acceptance and beautiful alignment with your highest self. Connect to your presence.
Walk away with practices you can use daily to help you become more grounded, know how to energize yourself, use inspiration in a way that moves your goals forward, and have the ability to access your body's deepest truth so you can make more aligned decisions in your creative pursuits - and in every moment.
When you learn the tools of GUMPTION, your life will never be the same.
Reclaim your body, your voice and your creative spirit with the GUMPTION Catalyst Circle.
Think GUMPTION Catalyst Circle might be for you? Set up a 30-minute free mini-session with me to see if the GUMPTION Catalyst Circle is right for you. We'll dive into how learning to access your gumption through your body, mind and spirit will help move your creative projects forward AND test what you're creating against The GUMPTION Test to see if it's truly aligned with your whole self. Can't wait!