Brooke helped me to find my OWN authentic power. Many people who claim to be leaders want people to be like them; however, Brooke inspired and encouraged me to be myself. Brooke’s perceptive nature helped me recognized unhealthy patterns and she supported me as I explored the ways that I had been limiting my full potential.
Brooke always brings compassion and deep empathy to our relationship—willing to sit with me in discomfort, without having to fade it, or fix it. I’ve left jobs that were “fine”, but didn’t harness my full potential, and relationships where I wasn’t seen or understood, because Brooke helped me see that that I am deserving of an exceptional life. Life will find ways of limiting me and bringing me hardship—why would I allow my own decisions to contribute to those limitations? Brooke reframed the notion of “change” from the antithesis of safety, to an opportunity to build something greater. She has supported me in developing a growth mindset, and I couldn’t have overcome the many personal, professional and academic challenges I’ve faced without it.
The most transformative lesson I’ve learned was the practice of listening to myself without judgement. When I was able to be honest with others and myself (which is sometimes harder), only then, was I able to move forward in a direction that ignites my power and was authentic to me. I want to feel like I am living a life that is truly my own, and with Brooke’s support I’ve achieved more personal, professional and academic success than I could have imagined. Brooke has shown me the importance of nourishing myself, and how that enables me to nourish others. I now know that the greatest gift I can offer the world is myself—my talents, my perspective and my voice.
- KR, J.D. Candidate