I always feel frazzled when December gets here. How about you? I can't be the only one wondering where all the time has gone! This is always the busiest time of year around here. The house is in full on “Christmas Mode” and I'll be 28 at the end of the month. Today Grandma Mary hosted a dozen ladies for their monthly Red Hats gathering. It's always a gift to spend time with these women who have known me my whole life and have known each other twice as long. I hope for community like this one day.
November was both a time to heal from October and the time to make progress on my career. I’ve been spending time determining my limits and articulating what it is that I really want to spent my energy doing. As I've been working on those tasks I realized that it's been a little while since I introduced myself and I don't think all of you are up to date. Here is a little about me as of today.
I am an Applied Anthropologist and I have a startup called Sapient Living. My main goal with my work is to resolve obstacles that hinder sustainable progress. Presently I am working to bolster the Modern Masculinities Movement in an effort to heal the programming that keeps men away from and in opposition to sustainable action. I support the work of coaches, content creators, speakers and facilitators who are successfully championing these and other sustainable causes by providing them with a variety of mentoring and consultation offerings.
I also work to raise awareness of and provide alternatives to synthetic chemical toxins in everyday consumer products. As a woman with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and other health challenges it is important to me to create safe and supportive spaces for everyone to live and work.
My third area of work is in food. I invented the Sapient Diet to heal my husband Thomas's arthritis and we have followed the plan together for over two years with great results. Together we work to create and test recipes while also finding new cooking styles. Ultimately I want to write a complete guide on how to eat delicious, ethical, sustainable food all the time.
I enjoy stepping back and making sense of the whole picture, going beyond the scope of the project or obstacle at hand. It is rewarding for me to help a group or individual strategize, problem solve and achieve their goals. I enjoy helping a team understand the ecosystem their ideas exist in, making the best use of the current movement of ideas to help hasten progress effectively.
There is nothing I want to be more right now than an Applied Anthropologist, but there is still a lot to learn and room to grow. I feel like I am somewhere between a sage and a diplomat in my thinking, but it's like I'm always stuck in the planning stages of my work. Ideally, my next steps will include a larger network and many more collaboration opportunities. I appreciate making and sharing new connections and I am looking forward to taking on new clients starting in January.
In preparation for some of the opportunities ahead, I'm doubling down on my self care. I am eager to work but I don't want to get burnt out ever again. Starting today I have new health insurance and I'm optimistic that establishing care with a new team will help me get ahead. I'm ready to make more progress on my health!
Here is a link to a mood board called "Dear Mrs. Claus" that I created for a Christmas themed project a few years ago. I love looking at it and I thought it might also make you happy. What are some of your Winter holiday traditions? Are you working on manifest anything into your life in time for the new year? Hit reply and let me know what you're up to.
Love + Light
My name is Rebecca Elizabeth Webber and I am a practicing anthropologist working to show humans how to achieve their sustainability goals.