What Lies Within
The Journey Continues: The Alpha Epidemic
Choosing the Checklist: Redefining the Alpha
Stuck in the Muck
Manage Your Own Stuff
Quirks Make You Colorful
Be the Black Sheep
Magik in the Moment
The Love Loop
Get on the Better-Than Plan
I Worry That I Worry Too Much
Love Your Label
I’m Weird, and So Are You
Cancel the Comparative Narrative
Get Certain with Uncertainty
Fluidity Not Rigidity
Be Your Own Woo-Woo Guru
Epilogue: Living in Grace - Accepting the Journey
Learn more about Lindy’s Vision: Unconditional Acceptance
The Journey Continues:
The Alpha Epidemic
Hello, my name is Lindy, and I am an alpha-holic. The title of the first book in this trilogy utilized the word “recovering” for a very good reason, as even now I realize that I am definitely not recovered.
So, welcome to the second volume of what is absolutely NOT a series of self-help books. Sure, you might have found it in the self-help section, but it’s so much less about learning a whole bunch of new things and so much more about accepting what you already know and are. In my opinion, self-help books can illuminate your deficits to make you feel like you are more messed up than you really are, like you are not enough and are in need of fixing, and that’s simply just not true. You are YOU-nique, and this is a chance to recognize and cultivate that in and for yourself.
If you’ve read the previous volume, Recovering Alpha Female, then you likely have an idea of what to expect from the layout and content of this book. While the goal is certainly to offer what is needed, keep those expectations in check. As I like to say, Expectation is Resentment in the Making! Instead of believing that you know exactly what you’re going to get out of these pages, keep an open mind and let the words have their own space to whisper to you and provide the meaning you need, rather than the one you expect. Grab a cup of tea, uncap your highlighter, or maybe lay out your “happy pens” and continue to enjoy the journey.
I was (eventually) able to let go of many of my expectations while writing this book, and it has had an authentic influence on the outcome. As many authors will tell you, creating a book is very much like birthing a child. And, like pregnancy and birth, the second “child” is just not quite as scary as the first. I hadn’t counted on this or even realized it was going to happen, but I sure am glad I didn’t stick with my expectation that it was going to be a terrifyingly difficult process. It reminds me that recovering from my Alpha ways is a daily practice and that the more open I am to it, the more I see Grace in my life. My Alpha side still rears its head from time to time. After all, being an Alpha Female is a huge part of my personality. It’s been my go-to and comfort zone for many years.
Recognizing, accepting, and holding space for myself has required a beautiful and much-needed transition. Sometimes embracing this aspect of who I am is a pretty good thing, but it can also feel like a relapse. When it comes to making these kinds of major changes, it’s important to remember that we are recovering, not “recovered.”
The amped & ramped, racked & stacked, more is better, instant gratification culture is feeding an Alpha Epidemic. Our performance based lifestyle appears Perfect on Paper but these standards push us into reaction, judgement, Comparative Narrative, & Alpha Overdrive. This stressful environment cloaks the body in armor, hardens relationships, & allows NO opportunity for self-healing or Magik in the Moment.
Inspiring Grace offers a fresh series of insightful Ah-ha’s blending the masculine & feminine ~ to be strong, yet soft; tough, & still gentle. Accessing this graceful, compassionate nurturing nature allows you to Get Certain with Uncertainty, Hold Space to celebrate Progress, Not Perfection, and transform your Quirks into Colors!
About the Author
Lindy Lewis is an author, a speaker, and an energetic force for women who realize they’ve been pushing too hard to reach the unattainable goal of perfection. She shows others how to live a more creative and colorful life through her books, speaking engagements, and retreats. This is her second book.