Stephanie Soper grew up in Rhode Island, and currently lives in Washington D.C. where she does intuitively-guided emotional healing. Previously she was an education consultant, which included leading a project for the State Department's Office of Overseas Schools that designed academic standards for the American Overseas School. Her three childhood dreams were to be telepathic, an artist and to be a doctor. Though not a doctor, she does help people heal. With the addition of her newly-revived habit of painting, she is living out all three of her dreams. She begins: "I've been ruminating on the idea of daring to dream in the weeks since I first encountered Whitney's website. It made intuitive sense to say dare to dream instead of just dream, but I kept wondering why dreaming requires daring. Seems like a thing we all do naturally, right?"
About a year ago, Janna Taylor, a Manhattan entrepreneur, told one of her stories in the entry If You Get Defensive, You're Getting Close. In this post, she shares her thoughts on the myth of The Handless Maiden. As with the myth of Psyche, The Handless Maiden chronicles feminine psychological development (e.g. she preserves her uniquely feminine nature even as she makes something happen). Note too that while some tasks along the journey can be delegated, some cannot.
Several months ago, my friend Kathleen Stone introduced me to Manhattan entrepreneur Janna Taylor. Knowing of Janna's pedigree and track record, I was surprised to read that she had initially been defensive when people suggested she open her own tutoring business. I had unequivocally believed that if people saw possibilities for us that we couldn't ourselves see, we would be grateful and excited. Yet as I reflected on my own life, I found that this has not always been the case. But here's what I discovered -- the more defensive I become, the closer I am to identifying my dream. Having pinpointed defensiveness as a bane, but especially a boon, to daring to dream, I've asked Janna to 'tell her story'. May you be as encouraged as I was.