HILLARY PETERSON, FOUNDER TRUE BOTANICALS
Hillary Peterson, Founder True Botanicals
What is it to be a woman? What does it mean to embody femininity?
When I think about being a woman, the first thing that comes to mind is the amazing experience of pregnancy and of raising children. For me, Femininity is also about an energy that is connected to nature, the source of life, to romance, to the power of being your authentic self.
How has being in community and in circle with other women empowered you to integrate your challenges and fears in order to live in a more authentic way?
Understanding other women’s stories on a deep and personal level have helped me to see myself more clearly and to appreciate that we are all on our paths, trying to bring as much love, peace, and happiness to our lives and to others as we can. It is not always perfect and that is okay. I once read a book by Naomi Rachel Remen that perfection is the boobie prize. I couldn’t agree more and it is so wonderful to embrace my imperfect, authentic self in the presence of other women doing the same.
What attracted you to the WMN SPACE community?
How has this community influenced the evolution of your relationship with yourself?
The minute that I first visited WMN SPACE, I felt grateful that my daughters will raise children in a time where this kind of support is available. I felt extremely supported by my friends when we had young children but we did not have this kind of community to join that would support our emotional and spiritual growth at a time when it would have meant so much.
When and how are you willing to be vulnerable?
When I am out in nature, my heart and mind feel wide open. And with my family. We have spent so much time together over the years that it feels so easy to be myself and vulnerable. And definitely with other women. We are all sharing this road as women and it is so wonderful to let down my guard and really share my experience.
In the WMN Circles what negative and/or positive beliefs and patterns have you identified and shifted, for your personal growth.
I think that the biggest shift that I have experienced in women’s circles is my perception that success is about professional achievement vs personal peace and happiness. I am prioritizing taking care of myself more than I ever have before.