I had a fabulous time interviewing Sandi Somers for episode nine of the She Knows ShiFt podcast! Sandi has transitioned from a career in theatre to film making and most recently to a somatic practitioner and meditation facilitator. Each of these has distinct skills and has required that Sandi continuously remake herself!
Sandi grew up in theatre, her first love, where she developed a close-knit community. Eventually her heart led her in a different direction, film making, and she packed her bags and moved across the country. The transition was difficult. I loved how Sandi spoke of this time in that she was able to separate her new pursuits or the content of what she was doing from the very important relationships she had formed during her time working in theatre. She was able to maintain those relationships and use them to assist her in a successful transition to film making.
Along the way; however, she lost sight of who she was even though she enjoyed working in film and she was engaged in many activities of self care – meditation, exercise, yoga, retreats. She refers to this episodic approach to self care as ‘soothing the moment’. She never allowed herself to fully recover her true self. The transition to film making did not allow her to experience a sense of deep calm as she remained on high speed all the time. With the pandemic, she decided that she had to stop letting her head control the rest of her – body, spirit, and soul – and she needed to get rid of the stories she was telling herself about how she had to live.
When she spoke of how this allowed her to start to come across as her authentic self, her comment about authenticity being scary really struck home. In male dominate professions where she had always worked it was not easy to let authenticity shine through. In owning her own vision and strengths she was able to accept that she didn’t need to know everything and she could let others bring their expertise forward.
The last thought she left us with was that if your heart is calling you to do something, you need to listen. Doing a little every day to move you in the right direction is the key to success. At the end of the day, consistency is so important.
Let me know what you think. I really look forward to speaking to you about your next transition and guiding you through the journey in knowing your own shiFt!
Don’t miss the last episodes on the She Knowns ShiFt podcast:
- She Knows ShiFt Podcast Episode Eight – You are not your CV! with Dr. Susan Brien
- She Knows ShiFt Podcast Episode Seven – Defining your Personal Brand with Dr. Elizabeth Cannon
- She Knows ShiFt Podcast Episode Six – The Sweet Spot of ShiFt with Vania Grandi
- She Knows ShiFt Podcast Episode Five: Have you learned or achieved enough to transition?