Carol Stringham, an empowered woman. She’s taking the elevator all the way to the top. She has gusto, passion & excitement in her purse, questions, answers & realizations in her back pocket, and encouragement, motivation & leadership in her heart.
She’s not sure what’s waiting for her, but one thing’s for sure, if it’s not great, she’ll make it great!
An empowered woman she is. One of her favorite verses by Peter Bolland is “Empowerment is not acquiring the power you did not previously have. Empowerment is uncovering the power you had all along.” If you ever have the chance to meet her, you’ll ‘get it’ in the first 5 minutes.
Living in Newcastle, working as an occupational therapist helping parents and handicap kids at this one school since 1981, enjoying life with her husband Scott for 32 years (and their 2 adult sons) …she is now ready to retire. Moving on from a job she’s had for 27 years without anything set up can be a little scary, but she’s jumping into it. She’s jumping off the diving board, into the water, into the unknown space. With courage & enthusiasm for what awaits her and knowing all too well that “Whatever is Required is Always Present” ….she’s going to the top.
Carol used to be drawn to drama.. all ways, all areas, all the time. She no longer gives any of that her attention. She lives from her powerful heart space, staying open to the practices of gratitude and being present. She enjoys her current more peaceful life, continually looking toward things of beauty and peace to fill her days, her thoughts, her moments. She recently wrote a signature story, including the teachings of Toni Stone and on how they changed her life. She says with a happy tone, “It’s time to refresh things”.
It was through Toni’s courses & training that Carol learned to let go of the ‘little girl’ who was running her. It may seem like is was easy, but it wasn’t. There were times when it was oh so painful. She found herself withdrawing because the ‘little girl’ didn’t want to play the game, which would then leave her alone & empty. Through the course work, she realized allowing the ‘little girl’ to run the show, was the cause of her great loss and suffering. She learned running away was no longer the answer and that when she got out of her own way, she KNEW who she was! And that’s a powerful place to be!
Toni’s training’s were filled with radical & quirky assignments, numerous accountability games, and pages and pages of homework. This opened Carol’s eyes to new ways to be & ways to see her world differently. She was able to take responsibility to direct her life with the purpose of who she was born to BE. “The courses were outlined with incredible tenacity and linguistic precision to awaken and strip away the unseen patterns and beliefs that were running me” she joyfully reads from a journal.
Carol has been leading Women’s Groups for 30 years. There were times when she had 3 different groups happening at the same time.
*Creating space for transformation, freedom and self-love.
Miracles occurred in this place again and again. Miracles the women may not have been prepared for & in ways they never dreamed of.
The Women’s Group is an opportunity to come together and polish the rough edges, accept all the disowned parts and find the joy that may have been hidden behind some lies. There’s something about gathering with other women with an undertaking to transform oneself. It just happens. One woman’s story could be a catalyst for someone else’s AHA! moment. Transforming miracles abound.
It’s a beautiful thing.
Her desire to expand and be more magnanimous and to breathe life into Toni’s worth, to share it, teach it, live it, has given her the vision for a workshop she’s creating to hopefully offer in the Spring/Summer time frame.
Her workshop will speak to how language shapes your life. Looking at who you think you are compared to who you want to be, recycling the old stuff, and recreating a present that is no longer like the past. It’ll be full of the principles, tools and affirmations around examining your thoughts along with exercises, homework and partner calls. It’ll be a transforming practice, a time to tap into one’s self-confidence, to create relationships and to live by what’s found in the book “What I Say is What I Am” by Toni Stone.
If you’re interested, email Carol at: Gristmillcove2@aol.com
She’ll leave us with, “Remember how important life is and don’t take anything for granted.”
Now take the elevator to the top & make it great when you get there.
Carol’s interview and write-up submitted by Tracy.