It was a whisper at first…

This is not the life I ordered. 

All this sparkle? This success? It’s just a trick of the light… 

Even now, with all that you have, you ache for more. You're retracing steps – forensically analyzing every turn that led you into this seemingly happy life that feels half-lived.

You’re cast in the leading role that was supposed to assure you glory — superhero cape flapping in the breeze, the audience applauding your every move. But they don’t see  your agitated, disillusioned, and downright depleted self. Those sleepless nights, imagining 30 more years of this… wishing for a different story.

Everything you thought you wanted leaves you wanting.

But wanting what?

And what if I told you it’s okay? All of it.

This fear

This endless pushing

This secret sadness

This impatience

This yearning for more

Because here’s the thing. Sometimes the scaffolding we build to reinforce our status quo becomes the prison that entraps us. The safety we cling to is the very thing that holds us captive to dreams that no longer exist. Decisions and goals that might have made sense once just don’t any longer and you haven’t dared admit that aloud…

You see, it doesn’t matter our level of achievement or the specific circumstances we face in life – the most essential human relationship we have is the one with ourselves.

Sadly, many of us don’t have a very healthy or empowered internal relationship. There seems to be an epidemic in our culture of self-judgment, self-doubt, and believing our inherent worth is directly connected to what we do, the money we make, the status of our relationships and family, the appearance of our body, the size of our home, the number of achievements we’ve produced, the opinions people hold of us, or any other number of external factors.

But this is a lie. A BIG, FAT lie actually.

Hi, I’m Barb Wade, and I'll tell it straight.

Too many wonderful, creative, and "successful" men and women find themselves lost. They're so busy  living up to other people's expectations that they've all but abandoned the authentic self deep inside. They bemoan, "I don't even know what I want anymore... but it's definitely not this."

And I say bravo! Because this is the first step toward creating an entirely new reality:

To developing a relationship with yourself based on fierce self-advocacy.

To saying NO to what no longer fits, and saying YES to what you crave.

To delighting in your right to assert your OWN values and priorities, free from societal agreement.

And to treating yourself with the compassion and self-worth you deserve for as you traverse creating what’s “next.”

This commitment to yourself unlocks a new dance with risk-taking where there can be no wrong steps. And from here, there’s no limit to what your richly-fueled self will create…

Unabashedly. Unflinchingly. Unapologetically. You.

I’m starting to discover the origins of my fears and biases, and the deeper motivations behind certain behaviors. I love the way Barb balances empathy and accountability—she is gentle, but NOT easy! She pushes me to question why I think, feel, say and do things, and guides me to author a different path forward on my own terms.

Laura Schreiber
SVP of Training and Communication
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I’m starting to discover the origins of my fears and biases, and the deeper motivations behind certain behaviors. I love the way Barb balances empathy and accountability—she is gentle, but NOT easy! She pushes me to question why I think, feel, say and do things, and guides me to author a different path forward on my own terms.

Laura Schreiber
SVP of Training and Communication
Guaranteed Rate

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