What do you value?
Welcome to our July Newsletter.
I am writing this from a hotel room in Exeter this month, as I am finishing the last part of my counselling course. As I am standing on the edge of this life cycle (that is what I like to call the significant moments of my life journey), I feel the new phase on the horizon: another cycle is about to begin too. I am becoming a qualifying liberation counsellor soon, and I cannot be more humbled, excited and equipped. Eager to start the work in my own capacity and continue it for the charities I volunteer at as well.
I reflect on the tutors I had so far on this journey – people officially in a position to teach me, but also the informal tutors and advisers. I value every person who gave me a tip, made an honest observation, and asked me significant and well-timed questions. I take all those learnings with me as I take them – my mental, spiritual tribe. I also seek new guides to move me forward and continue nurturing the relationship with my wonderful Advisory Board. I chose to remember the kind, giving and compassionate people who touched my heart.
I am so glad to have some of them with me at Voxel Hub too. As a result of two years of Advisory Board meetings, this month, we are publishing Voxel Hub Manifesto – a document which serves as a compass for our work ahead. The Manifesto is a reminder to each and every one of us at Voxel Hub about the values we have collectively committed to and the values I personally hold dear. This is our promise to you and our pledge to ourselves. We have worked on this for two years now, and I feel this work has matured enough to see the public eye. Of course, it is a living document, so we hope that, if needed, it will evolve. For now, here it is:
We are Voxel Hub.
Serving with kindness
Changing with integrity
Moving forward without doing harm
What if it is possible?
Why not now?
Building a business from values and demonstrating them in such a way that the stakeholders can FEEL them on each step of their journey with us is our aim here. I believe (and many wise people confirm) that it is the most sustainable way to build and lead a kind organisation.
So this month, I encourage you to do similar values exercise for yourself as well. List your top ten values and then play with them, prioritise them, imagining a world with or without them. What are your core values, and how can you align your life with them? How can you manage significant milestones, changes and new stages of your life in a way which nurtures your values? What would your Manifesto look like?
My favourite topic this month
This month I am exploring female stories:
Birdgirl by Mya-Rose Craig
The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Unwell Women by Elinor Cleghorn
Woman of Substances by Jenny Valentish
If you have any tips on the topic, please let me know! Thank you!
This month I am focussing on trauma stewardship practice:
- I have updated my personal trauma stewardship daily check-in sheet (summary of the book on the topic) – I use it before and after work to check in with myself, and I am happy to share it with you too. You can download it here.
- I recommend this wonderful book full of Nature-based interventions and practices.
I hope the above resources are helpful.