On this episode of Master Your Genius, Coach Keith Cornies dives into living in the moment with realtor and co-creator of the ‘Stand In Me’ movement, Carmen Smith. As a wife and a mother of two, Carmen has had her fair share of ups and downs, especially as she balances home life with the busyness of real estate and empowering women. One particularly low moment actually caused her to make a simple, yet life-altering realization: life is a gift.
Upon learning that she carried a gene that significantly increased her risk for ovarian and breast cancer, she decided to have a preemptive procedure to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes and later, a double mastectomy. As she underwent these procedures, and as she processed the risks of her condition, she bonded with a friend who had also been diagnosed with stage threebreast cancer. When her friend died, Carmen dealt with depression and survivor’s guilt that would lead her to the epiphany that she had survived; she was alive and she had a purpose.
Carmen’s purpose is to empower lives. She empowers her clients at work when she helps them to realize their dreams as homeowners. In her spare time, she empowers women to love themselves as a leader in the ‘Stand in Me’ movement. With her partner Stephanie Kennedy, she works to help women realize their best selves through self-care practices of meditation and discovery circles.
These exercises allow participants to create stillness and learn to be well within themselves. Healing, in this sense, requires that she (and women in the movement) would be still and practice those things that bring her back to herself.
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