Ellen Stoehr Design
freelance creative director \\ designer


Thoughts become things


This is an opinion blog

about typography, design, and the challenges or innovations across different projects as entrepreneur but it also hosts personal challenges, wins and opinions.

May you learn from my findings and lessons. Proceed with caution.


My Lady Lean In Circle

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Are you a part of an intimate group or community? Like, I’m talking #VULNERABILITY -level intimate? A group where you can be ugly, angry, cry, yell, laugh, fart, being completely unapologetic for showing up as your truest self? I have been fortunate to be a part of many intimate “tribes” through the different seasons of my life. The one I’d like to highlight today is the most recent  : :  A dear friend of mine [@sylvielakshmi] asked me if I’d be interested in co-facilitating a Lean In Circle starting in October 2018, ending in May 2019. #isaidyes and BOY am I so grateful I did. For those who don’t know, Lean In Circles are defined in a picture above.

This week, I am grateful for our small group of 6 amazing women for a couple different reasons:

  • 1 \\ I feel heard, valued and empowered in this group. You guys make me feel like I can do ANYTHING. Thank you.

  • 2 \\ I feel held accountable for my monthly goals, and inspired by everyone else’s goals! And I treasure our conversations that happen when someone fails at completing a goal (which happens often), because failure is okay, but it’s important to understand why it was a fail.

  • 3 \\ I feel so comfortable and safe completely exposing myself AND FELT THIS WAY SINCE DAY 1. 

Why is this relevant? Because I want this feeling for EVERYONE. I want everyone on planet earth 🌎 to be able to have these different pockets of safe spaces with people who love you just the way you are. On the other side of that coin, I encourage you to BREAK TIES with tribes that do the opposite: Put you down, discourage you, make fun of you, treat you differently when you try to change or evolve. Lastly, I highly recommend facilitating or joining a #leanincircle, especially if you really NEED to work on yourself, personally or professionally. Small groups are BEST.

Thank you Lean In [@leaninorg]. Thank you women AND MEN across all my tribes for loving me as I am — You know who you are. I love you back.

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