Have you been to your Salon this week?
Not the salon that gives you a bang trims and some foils. This salon is a place where women find pathways, support, accountability, and community. A safe place to make things happen that have been sitting in their hearts and heads for far too long.
I have been a part of the So, Do It! Salons since last year in February when Kelly Pratt launched this wonderful society to help women achieve their “IT.” We have just started our new winter session and I thought it would help to take you along with me on the journey to truly get the feel for a salon society.
To be clear, here is a dictionary definition of the origin of the type of salon I am referring to:
“An assembly of guests in such a room, especially an assembly, common during the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of the leaders in society, art, politics, etc.”
The assembly in my salon are women who lead with their intelligence, their intention, their hearts and their determination. They often find themselves isolated in business or by other circumstances and need a place to share ideas and develop something they keep coming back to, but never seem to get off the ground.
We start with a set of ground rules including respecting each member’s right to speak, refraining from criticism and sharing comments of value only when asked to do so. Kelly is our Salonnière and facilitates, mentors, and educates as she guides each session.
Each salon has up to 9 members, including the Salonnière, which allows everyone time to speak and listen. In my past salons there have been wonderful achievements with books being written and published, art shows completed and presented in galleries, new businesses directions found, and websites published. Some of the intentions in new salon include: refining a screenplay, becoming a photographer, researching and writing a family history, and launching a play production.
One thing our salon is NOT – it is not elitist. Women from all walks and all backgrounds are invited to the community which includes a thriving online component to keep resources and support flowing.
I will keep you posted on our progress throughout our salon now that we have all made the first step to bravely say out loud what we want to realize in this world.
Susan Vagnoni Murphy is a writer, marketing expert and owner of The Humane Marketer, actress and is a founding member of the So, do it! Society. You can learn more about Susan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanvagnonimurphy/ and http://TheHumaneMarketer.com