Hey, there! You know, I can hear you right now. For many, it sounds like this:
- What do I want to do next?
- I’m not sure, but I know it’s not this.
- I want to give back, make a difference, use my talents, gifts, and skills…
- When is the right time to take The Leap?
- How do I take the leap?
- What if it doesn’t work out?
- I can’t leap because….
- Why don’t I ever do what I dream of?
- I really need help getting ________ done!
- I can’t let people know what I’m really passionate about because….
Do you work in a job or career you want to leave, but you feel trapped?
You feel like you have to stay because of finances, or your family and friends don’t support your decision, or you don’t have the skills to do The Thing you really want to do, or you don’t feel confident to make the leap.
Or, you aren’t sure what The Thing is yet…. ??? Dang, that’s frustrating, isn’t it?? Maybe you’re a Stay At Home Mom anxious to start your business. Maybe you’re retired. Or resigning. COVID-19 has changed many people’s perspectives about how, where, and when to work…. Maybe there’s something you yearn to do, but….
You stay where you are. You don’t do.
You don’t take the next step.
I get it. I was there, too.
Maybe you need to heal. Maybe you need to grow personally. Or professionally. Or both. We all have something we need to tackle. What’s yours?
I’m convinced what began happening to me in 2010 was leading to today – teaching & supporting women like us – and girls 10 – 17, who are ready to discover clarity, ready to make changes…. ready to slay goals.
Here’s my story and how it can help you…
I began blogging in 2009 and by 2010, was reading everything I could about running a successful business. I was (and still am) passionate about learning as a process and teaching as a process. I wanted to provide training to teachers. But I wanted more.
In 2011, I wanted to leave public Education – to teach and train as a small business owner.
By all accounts, I was successful in my current career choice. I served honorably in the U.S. Navy – in a nontraditional, male-dominated role with less than 1% of women doing what I did. I earned multiple college degrees and had worked in public Education for 14 years – as a classroom teacher/resource teacher/mentor. I had also earned multiple teaching & training credentials. I didn’t attend ‘teacher school’ so additional professional development was essential to my teaching success.
Despite a solid career path, I was frankly, bored. And frustrated. I had matured enough to know working for someone else’s agenda and on their schedule did not suit my personality or my future career goals.
During those 14 years, as I taught middle, high school, and college-level students, I also created and facilitated training for 1,000’s of fellow educators and administrators – at the school, regional, and state levels. I felt ready. And most who knew me would’ve agreed:
Robin’s got skills and confidence. She’s ready.
But I wasn’t.
Despite being organized, knowledgeable, capable of creating and curating, presenting and facilitating, and requiring no supervision, I was still lacking a key ingredient.
I was ambitious, a self-starter, passionate about what I believed in, and comfortable solving problems. I created a business name, created a business plan (sort of??), filed the paperwork to make it legit. I thought I was ready.
But it turns out – despite developing lots of skills, I was missing the most important ingredient for my new goals and desired success. I wasn’t ready because the one thing I most needed, I didn’t have.
I lacked the self-confidence to make the leap.
I would’ve also told you then that I lacked resources. But truth is – if I had had the confidence, I would’ve found the resources, because I am – by nature – resourceful.
But I didn’t.
I didn’t leap. I didn’t take the chance. I didn’t map out a plan (completely) and abandoned the plan I had started.
Turns out, without confidence and someone to guide me through the process of figuring out my what, why and how to get where I wanted to go, I was paralyzed by fear.
I needed guidance and had none.
I needed skills but didn’t know where to start.
I needed a plan but didn’t know how to create it.
I felt defeated.
And really, really angry.
Does any of that sound familiar? It was horrible. A low point in my adult life.
Flat-out painful, cutting Right. To. My. Core.
But I found my resolve, did what I had to do (for me, that day), and returned to the classroom to teach high school students for what would be 4 more years.
I struggled most days. It was physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausting. But I learned so much more about learning, teaching, and coaching teenagers during that time. My life experience gave me new perspective. It was, looking back, where I was supposed to be during that time. And those kiddos…. oh my goodness, the impression they made on me.
But in the fourth year of my return, five words changed everything: Sisters, I found a lump. It was a simple text message but anything but simple.
Our youngest sister’s diagnosis rocked our world. Aggressive breast cancer. Mom of three. 34 years old. Everything was wrong with this picture.
It was late 2014 and I wanted to leave the classroom for the final time. I needed to cope, but wasn’t. Life at home was challenging. Overwhelmed, exhausted, angry and depressed, my writing voice fell silent and I stumbled into mixed-media art. I didn’t know how to help our baby sister. I didn’t know (yet) how to help myself.
Then, I discovered art could be a healing tool – giving me space to feel and focus – and not asking anything of me in return.
In 2015, I established RobinLK Studios, my home-based studios to make inspirational art and eventually, teach women how to discover and use their creativity to heal and/or grow, too.
My writing voice began to return.
While I was discovering art and its influence on my writing, I also left my classroom, but stayed in Education – becoming an Instructional Coach and Lead Mentor on a technical college campus to work with men and women transitioning from their first-chosen profession (often for 30+ years) into teaching. In this role, I’ve supported fellow educators through mentoring, coaching, and teaching.
I’ve deepened my coaching practice as I guide, support, and teach fellow educators-in-training which has prepared me for private sector coaching as I work with women and girls who are ready to map out their path to personal success. We talk about:
- life changes
- expectations vs. reality
- the struggles that come with making a HUGE life shift
I’ve continued to make art and began creative art journaling in 2018. Through the Creative Process, I figured out what matters to me and why it’s important to me. Helping other women map their path, slay their goals, overcome lack of confidence, and find the deepest level of satisfaction and happiness is at my core.
Most importantly, I learned what was holding me back and what I needed to learn (and do!) to reach my goals.
In 2019, I made a commitment to finding the resources and learning what I needed to know so I could develop my skills and my confidence. Since then, I’ve logged 2,000+ hours that have helped me address four areas I identified as the limits to my growth:
- lack of business knowledge
- lack of financial discipline
- lack of confidence
- lack of clarity
It’s 2020 and I’m teaching women like you and me the process I went through to gain clarity and confidence to follow my heart, fill my skills gaps, and reach my goals.
Now it’s your turn.
I’m showing up for you – to teach you how to do The Thing you most want to do. Creatively. I’m showing up for you – to be your support, your compass…. your guide as you map past your Maybe. Life is too short for Maybe. Right???
Are you ready to show up for you?
If you’re still reading, I’m guessing something resonates with you. Awesome! It’s time to get started. Don’t waste another minute. I’ve already done that for the both of us!
Imagine if you had answers to these questions:
- What do I want?
- Why do I want it?
- How do I get there?
- And most importantly... Am I ready to do ALL that I need to do to slay my goals and crush my success???
Imagine online, on-demand, self-paced courses that would help you answer these questions and put you on your path to slay your goals.
- creative mini courses mixed-media art | creative writing | creative journaling
- real-world, need-to-know courses designed to support adult learners (think: back to school, job upgrade)
- business-focused courses designed for women starting or growing a new business venture
- academic support for teen and tween girls
Imagine a self-assessment tool that would help you start the process.
Imagine a monthly planning tool to help you get on track.
Imagine the support of someone who’s walked your path… felt your struggle and came out on the other side – confident and successful.
Are you ready? Oh, my goodness…… let’s do this!
Hi, I’m Robin Le Roy-Kyle – RobinLK for short -a coffee-drinking, question-asking educator and U.S. Navy veteran who stumbled into mixed-media art in 2015 and never looked back. I write original stories – almost always from “found words,” ask lots of questions – because I’m as curious as a five-year-old – and have never met a mess I didn’t like (also like a five-year-old??). They just seem to find me!
I established RobinLK Studios in 2015 after discovering the quiet but mighty power of words and colors, often blended with textures, layers, and marks. What I do is neither formal nor fancy… neither complicated nor complex… just approachable words and colors on a page… or a box, a canvas, a board….. whatever I can find. Vintage books are my favorite!
As an educator and coach, I’ve served students and peers for 25+ years – teaching and nurturing by asking questions. I’ve used writing for 30+ years – both personally and professionally – to teach, inform, and make a difference in the world. To tell stories and encourage others to tell theirs. I continue to teach, train, and coach academically.
As a creativity facilitator, I teach and coach women and girls how to use the Creative Process to tap into their own wishes, dreams, goals, strengths and struggles.
As a self-taught mixed-media artist, when I’m not teaching or training I spend many quiet hours in my Central Florida studios, creating original art and handcrafted journals designed to inspire and empower.
Often, my creative style spills over into my online writing and online course development, too – as I build content and develop training & professional development materials for teachers and gals building skills and knowledge.
What are you struggling with today? What do you need to learn? Don’t wait. Let’s find out and make it happen….. today! For goodness sake, we’ve got one shot at this life….
Let’s……. Do…… This!!
Let me know if I can answer any questions! Visit my Contact page to send me a message… Always happy to help!
Wishing you creative curiosity and soul-smiling messiness,
Featured: Stampington’s Art Journaling magazine, Summer 2020 issue!