I spent August 2017 - Sept 2019 in a Director's MBA Program at the University of Westminster in London, England.
My Portfolio for that program can be found here:
I was asked to create a Career Develop Plan that focused on the following:
A critical evaluation of my personal vision and personal brand
Discussion of my aspirations both immediately and following the MBA (for the next five years)
Clarity of scope for the time plan for my future professional development
I have decided to capture that here. My immediate next steps are getting 30 days of Authenticity out into the world as well as the publication of my first book - Crown Jewels: The Akasha Records
I talk about both here:
I dive a bit deeper down below
My Personal Brand: Just Maria
Through my work in this MBA program, I have realized that my mission statement is about embracing and loving myself, just as I am, exactly as I am. I had previously defined that when I launched this website, but I hadn't consciously connect the dots of the larger context.
The personal statement I have on the main page of this site still holds true:
"I once had a job interview where the CEO of the company pulled me aside after word to provide an unofficial mentorship opportunity. She told me to stop selling myself short, to never say "I just" do this or "I just" do that. Well, this site is a celebration of the exact opposite. It's about coming to terms with who I am and stepping into my own skin. Growing into knowing that I am Enough, just as I am, and hopefully a similar recognition for any and all who happen to come across these pages."
I absolutely love that years ago, before I was as awake and aware as I am now, I was still able to tap into this. Even if the conscious awareness of it wasn't fully there as it being intricately linked to my life path.
My Aspirations and Vision:
I have been struggling with identifying my "what's next" for awhile now. What I have connected to recently, is that I don't need to have the entire future figured out. I just need to have my most immediate next step. A re-occurring mantra that I have found myself connecting to is "hold the vision, trust the process."
So what's my vision? I want to help everyone see that they are enough, just as they are. I want everyone to love all of themselves, what they've previously judged as "good" or "bad" - literally everything. I want to help guide and lead.
How am I going to get there? By trusting the process, following my intuition, completing what I feel drawn and called to, and knowing/believing that everything will become more clear as it's meant to.
What is my immediate next step? The launch and the release of 30 days of Authenticity for Intention Inspired and the publication of my first book, Crown Jewels: The Akasha Records. The concept behind 30 days of Authenticity is the following:
"What if we spent 30 days in a state of acceptance? Not with how we think things should be, what we think we are lacking, how we can’t do something, or aren’t ready for XYZ, but really in a state of authentically making peace with exactly how things are - exactly the way they are. What would happen then? Hoping to spend the next 30 days exploring that with you.
"30 Days of Authenticity is about making peace with exactly who you are, just as you are. I am navigating the waters with you as we work through the challenges and waves that life throws against us, sharing tools and tips that have helped me along the way. I am by no means a master at any of this, I’m just a fellow person on this crazy journey called life. I would love to explore it a little deeper with all of you by engaging with you in each daily session throughout this course with commitment."
The goal is to ideally have the 30 days of Authenticity and Book One of the Crown Jewels launched hand in hand.
That's my immediate next step, as to what follows? All I can say at this point is that I have a feeling that this is just the start. As long as I continue to be open, trust, and hold on to the vision that I have. As long as I continue to listen and act, I honestly believe the rest will unfold as it's meant to.
In 5 years time, I would love to be a New York Times best selling, internationally known published author who is hosting events, developing series, workshops, masterclasses, concerts and retreats. I really just want to be authentically helping in any way that I can. I want to help everyone remember and tap into the core of who we all are. Remember that we are all incredible human beings, deeply lovable for simply just being.
Clarity of Scope, Timeline and Plan:
2019: Completion of 30 days of Authenticity and Crown Jewels: The Akasha Records submitted for publication
2020: Travel (to tap into future inspiration), Crown Jewels Book 2: The Royal Heart and Crown Jewels Book 3: Completed and written
2021 and Beyond: TBD
I know that ideally I should have more of a concrete plan here, but in all honesty, a year ago, I wouldn't have been able to tell you that I would write a 30 day series for Intention Inspired or that I would currently be seeking publication of my first book. Part of my own personal development here is to just surrender and trust, put my planning nature aside (which is very difficult for the Project Manager in me - prior to the MBA program - that has been my career path for the last 10+ years). What I am realising though, is that I am being guided, even now writing out these words, and recording these videos for the 30 days of Authenticity (what is happening in my present moment). So as to what the future holds, and what the definitive timeline and plan is? I honestly don't know, but I do know that if I continue to go within, listen, surrender and trust, amazing things can happen. As long as I hold true to my vision: to get everyone to embrace every single aspect of themselves, just as they are, and continue to embrace all of me, just as I am.