Transition Woman Maree Lipschitz answers Ten Questions.
Earlier this year I was looking for an inspiring, intelligent, savvy, warm, communicative woman to speak at the annual International Women’s Day fundraiser I put on for my local community of women. I shared this need in my women’s group and my dear friend Tammy suggested a woman called ‘Maree’ who works at an organisation called ‘Pathways’. I googled Maree and Pathways, both of which on the screen were very impressive, and then called Maree from my bed where I was in the throes of morning sickness (at night). It didn’t take long for me to know that I had found the woman I was looking for and aside from the nausea (which of course I was able to tell Maree all about), we had a wonderful, hearty exchange. Maree Lipschitz is one of Australia’s best ‘Transitions Coaches’ for women. She is a specialist speaker and coach in female rites of passage and she offers Group Mentoring, Webinars, Events, Seminars and Personal Coaching to assist women and girls to rediscover their purpose, reclaim their power and recreate a luscious life. Maree is also a Senior Facilitator of Working Mothers’ Forums for corporate working mums; Pathways into Womanhood residential programs for 13-15 year old girls and their Mums; and Let’s Talk Growing Up puberty weekends for 9-12 year old girls and their Mums. She is passionate about helping women and girls navigate with grace and ease through the major transitions in their lives – menarche (puberty), motherhood and menopause. Maree lives in Bondi Beach, with her husband Martin and children Emily 17 and Elliot 12. She also loves singing, walking along the beach and making fabulous meals out of whatever is left in the fridge. WonderWomen is also very blessed to have Maree on board as a WonderWriter so you can read her monthly posts on all things woman.
I am ever so happy to have Maree answer this month’s Ten Questions.
What is the essence of being a woman?
The essence of being a woman is that we are so connected to the earth and to natural rhythms of life. We ebb and flow, we are soft and strong, we nurture and nourish, we place love before all else.
What do you feel unites women?
That we all have a uterus and a menstrual cycle – an internal cauldron of power and intuition and wisdom. We understand birth, death and rebirth because we live it every month.
How do you stay strong, assertive and feminine?
I’ve learned to trust in myself and my inner voice (particularly now in menopause). I look after myself, I associate and gather with strong women who I admire and trust. I allow myself to have beauty and pleasure in my life – to wear jewel colours and soft, sensuous fabrics, to sing, to dance.
What and who inspires you?
Women on the forefront of women’s spirituality – Joan Borysenko, Christiane Northrup, Meggan Watterson, Mama Gena, Anique Radiant Heart. Women who stand up for things that matter to them no matter what. Women who are making it easier for the next generation to be a woman who can have a family and have a creative and a spiritual life as well.
How do you live your life so it has meaning?
I do what I am called to do – I listen to my inner voice even if it means I’m scared or I’m not sure where the money’s going to come from. I work at what I’m passionate about – with women and girls to feel valued and loved and worthwhile.
What contribution would you like to make to benefit humankind?
I know my life purpose is the reclamation and celebration of the three major life transitions of women – menarche, motherhood and menopause. I’d love to inspire women to understand how profound these transitions are and to reap the benefits of celebrating each passage.
How do you stay calm under pressure?
I breathe, tell myself not to take it personally and take time out to walk, dance, or run it out of my body. I deliberately live life more slowly now in my fifties to cope with the stress of the city life. I walk in nature – the beach or a park – to fill myself up with peace.
How do you move from dream into action into completion?
I imagine the end result in my head – in colour and sound and video. I do a monthly plan of what needs to happen that month. I keep the end goal in mind even if it takes longer than I want/think.
Three words to describe how you maintain a life balance.
Meditate. Move. Gratitude.
If you could ask any woman one question, what would you ask?
Will you please love your body exactly as it is?