Author Archives: Jacqui Sjenitzer

Presentation: Mining For Values

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

Mary Oliver

There is so much clarity in recognising what matters to us most, and recognising how that looks and feels in ‘real life’.

Discovering our values is a starting point for defining how we want to feel and what we want to create in our lives. Also the places where we are acting from obligation, from ‘shoulds’, ‘oughts’ and ‘have tos’.

You are cordially invited to come and explore what matters most to you in a reflective, friendly space – this session will be interactive, pragmatic, and immediately applicable to your life.

The session will also include a light overview of Dr Brené Brown’s research into courage and vulnerability.

Presentation: Introducing Rising Strong

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Rising Strong is a strategy and model for failing and getting back up again, based on the research of Dr Brene Brown.

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall.

Rising Strong is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending.

Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and Rising Strong, our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom and hope.

How well do you cope with failing? With criticism? With feeling inadequate? What’s your relationship with feeling your feelings? With courage?

Come and explore the Rising Strong model and approach to start discovering where you ‘get hooked’ by emotion and how to rumble with some of the toughest stories you are telling about some of the circumstances, events or people in your work or life.

This is an introductory session – no experience necessary – just bring an open mind and heart and a willingness to rumble with your thoughts, feelings and behaviours!

Presentation: How To Show Up More Bravely In The Arenas Of Your Life


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This presentation is based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work., who has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010).

The ‘arena’ is a metaphor for areas of our lives where we want to show up more bravely, and be seen, even if the outcome is uncertain. Our arenas could be a difficult conversation, going for a new job, facing bad news, a relationship. When our hand is on the door of the arena, what stops us going in? What has us stay small and play safe?

Come and explore how you ‘do’ vulnerability (defined as uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure) when it really counts, and what holds you back when you really want to move forward.

I’ll be asking you to choose an area of your life you want to show up and be seen more bravely in, and we’ll explore what some of the inner and outer critical voices are in your arena, and how you can nurture a more empathic support section and kinder inner voice to cheer you on.

Yes, it can be challenging facing our inner voices of ‘not good enough’ or ‘not ready’, but I believe it’s worth understanding how and why we may be holding ourselves back on an area of life we’re ready to grow in! It’s ok to be brave and afraid at the exact same time.

No previous experience is needed.