Is it your time to claim your creative expression in the world?
Grow your GUMPTION with the GUMPTION Catalyst Circle.
Do you wish you could claim your creative voice?
Do you feel like no one in your immediate community really understands the person you want to be in the world or knows how to support you in claiming your full creativity and leadership?
Have you felt nervous about truly stepping into sharing the woman you've become?
You know you were meant to show up in a bigger way - to change lives with your work and inspire others to step more fully into their wholeness, but something's been holding you back.
It's not your fault. Women have been trained to stay small - but not anymore.
If you are a woman who wants to make her presence known as a writer, creator, performer or leader - it's your time.
Your time to commit to claiming your unique creative expression in the world.
Your time to start taking big steps on a creative project or 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.
Your time to Grow Your GUMPTION.
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, or feel like something's missing from life. 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, or find yourself becoming a smaller and smaller version of you.
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.
I actually had a 5 year journey, starting with being unable to sing without pain. I was an aspiring singer/songwriter, who had just graduated college and recorded an album. My plan was to tour and slowly but surely build my audience. Suddenly, my dreams were over.
When that happened, I inexplicably became 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'll save you the story of all the iterations gumption went through (because there were a lot of them!) Each experiment I tried got me a little bit closer, until suddenly, I had built up enough confidence, health and experiential knowledge that I really did have a breakthrough.
I was invited to perform my spoken word poem, "When I Have GUMPTION" at the Omega Women & Power Retreat. It was one of the most energizing, connected, meaningful moments of my life, using my voice and facility with language to inspire others.
The secret to GUMPTION was in that moment. Looking back on it, I realized I was:
Grounded - I knew who I was and who I was talking to.
Up - I was stepping into the next best version of myself.
Muscle - I was using my muscle, my skills I had developed over years of writing and performing.
Play/Pleasure - I was having a blast, feeling good in my body and excited to be there.
Truth - I was speaking my whole-hearted truth, convicted to the core.
Inspiration - I was inspired by the event, the women around me - and myself.
Om - I was connected to the bigger picture of how I want the world to be, and feeling part of it ALL.
Now - I was completely in the moment, a flow state of personal power and connection to others and my source.
I was fully connected - mind, body, spirit and voice, a true vessel for my unique work in the world.
I believe that every woman can access this state of personal power and expression guided by spirit. I believe that as women, it is our unique opportunity to merge masculine and feminine energies into expression that has the power to change lives. I believe that we're ready to claim our voices in a bigger, yet more grounded way than we ever have before.
Once I unlocked what each letter of GUMPTION stood for, the picture unfolded quickly for me. I could use GUMPTION as a 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 is always available through my physical form. I could use that energy to make progress toward expressing my unique work, showing up when it was hard, and really being able to enjoy the moment when it was my time to step into a leadership role.
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 2018
GUMPTION Catalyst Circle
January 9th - February 27th
The GUMPTION Catalyst Circle is an 8-week program made up of 4-8 women, all ready to claim their creative voice in their own unique way.
No class is ever exactly the same, but each session generally consists of:
- Learning about the aspect of GUMPTION we're focusing on, (we learn a new letter each week) including embodiment exercises, it's correlation in the chakra system and how to conceptually apply it to your creative projects and life.
- Individual check-ins and coaching from me to help you find your way back to taking action when you get stuck.
- Timed writing prompts to help reveal your deepest truth.
- Weekly assignments to encourage you to apply the letter to your creative project & life.
Our meetings take place on Zoom (an easy-to-use, free video conferencing platform) from 7:30pm - 9pm EST. They're always recorded and sent to you the next day in case you have to miss a session.
The class progression looks like this:
Week 1: Grounded
Grounded: Learn tools to ground yourself wherever you are and get clarity on who you are, what you're creating and why, setting a strong foundation for your creative project.
(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. Step into the next best version of yourself and connect to your resilience.
Week 3: Muscle
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! 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
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
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.
You'll leave the GUMPTION Catalyst Circle having infused major energy into your creativity, with more confidence in your work, your voice and your ability to keep up both the self-discipline and joy in your work and life.
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 - during the circle, and in every moment after.
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? Sign up here to be notified when applications open for the January 2018 Circle.