I have been both immensely blessed and challenged by life, as would be expected by anyone still spluttering after more then half a century. And truth be told, the older I get, the more blurry that line becomes between challenge and blessing.
It has taken me this many years to figure out that hope lies in accepting life on life’s terms, whether I like it or not. Liking reality is not a prerequisite to accepting it.
Life reveals itself as magnificent when I let go of the tight grip of my expectations. The more I allow life on life’s terms to flow through me, the more awed I am by that which evolves through me, as me.
The Chinese believe the second half of a woman’s life is a time of liberation, a time where a woman no longer prioritizes her obligations to others, and instead rediscovers her self. They call this Second Spring because it is symbolic of new life and a shift in opportunity; far more poetic than any comparable western nomenclature.
This has been a time of inspiration, expansion, discovery and finding my authentic and unapologetic voice. Where my life is today is such a radical departure from the life I had 4 years ago, I am still whirling from the reconfiguration, and yet I know, with every fiber of my being, this is what I am meant to be doing.
The gateway swung open as a result of my understanding that pleasure and power were synonymous in a woman. The moment I aligned with the depth of my pleasure was the moment I awakened the depth of my purpose. This knowledge ignited a singular exploration at this juncture of my life: the immensity of what it means to be woman.
Through my projects I hope to support women in becoming fully embodied, unleashing their feminine essence, wielding the power of their feminine heart, and birthing all aspects of their lives, just as I have and continue to do.
Sometimes it is harder for us to claim our greatness then it is our flaws. I feel this is especially true for women.
This is an invitation to champion female empowerment. It’s time to shift, no matter what age or stage, into our full potential and embrace all the opportunities that come with it.
Browse around, comment and reach out if you wish.
I welcome support, if you feel called to.
Love, Catherine O.
Special thanks to the beautiful women who dedicated their time and expertise. Amy Fox, Grace Van Dien, Ryann Werner and Katie Shaw, without your midwifing skills, this site would still be a figment of my imagination. I love you all.