Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenlyn Kolleen.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
“Is 50 the new 30?” “What role do midlife women have to play in shaping a new world?” These are the questions that are on my mind right now.
A few years ago I wrote a book, it’s a workbook actually, called The Art of Turning 50: A Woman’s Guide to Initiating Herself into Her Most Authentic and Radiant Life. I was on my own inner exploration about aging and purpose and wanted to use this important threshold crossing – turning 50 — as a line in the sand between my old self and my new self. I did some research and consulted my mentors and women elders and discovered that around 50 a woman steps into a new archetype. She leaves the Mother and the Maiden and becomes the Queen.
As with all archetypes, you must initiate them, or they remain dormant in your life. So I set out a process to initiate myself that involved my tribe of women friends, my sisters. Ultimately, this process turned into the book. I wanted women to know that they could activate this inner queen and live life in a radiantly powerful way.
Three out of the box things about me:
1) I’ve been kissed by a wolf at a sanctuary where he was rescued. Wolves can’t be domesticated, but they can be socialized, and many are quite social!
2) I’m going to India for the third time this Fall with my women’s group, and we plan to volunteer at an elephant hospital.
3) I’m an avid learner of esoteric systems, such as the Enneagram, Human Design, Gene Keys, Astrology, Numerology and the Cards of Truth. I use these systems in my work with women to put their uniqueness into words so that they step deeper into their true self and do what they are meant to do.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are two big challenges a woman in her 50s often faces, and I was no exception: reinvention and health challenges. By the time we get to be 50, our bodies often need an overhaul in the form of detoxing, cleansing, re-building, strengthening, and calming our nervous systems. Whatever we have done up to now, we must pay the piper. I talk about this in my book. There’s a reckoning that happens with aging.
Personally, I had chronic headaches and uterine fibroids. It didn’t fit my values to take medications or have surgery, at least not as the first step. I did what I knew worked: I set my intention for help, and an expert showed up at a dinner party with friends. I had done a lot of anti-aging and natural medicine work, but this health coach represented a new paradigm. She asserted that if the body made it, it could un-make it. Without knowing it, that was my prayer. Eight months later, I have no headaches, and my fibroids are shrinking on their own and I believe will be gone by the time we are finished with our work together. I am deeply committed to invincible wellness, as that is what will enable me to do what I came here to do.
The second challenge in midlife is reinvention. Some call it an identity crisis. In The Art of Turning 50, I write about the importance of keeping a flexible identity as many outer changes can happen at this time: kids go to college, we get laid off or retire, or we get burned out and quit, or we get divorced or have to deal with death. There are also inner changes, many of which have to deal with our health as well as the psychology of being out of, what I call, The Mating Game. On so many levels, this is a big time of transition. For some people, 50 is a time of spiritual death and rebirth. It’s not something to be afraid of, but it is something to lean into and surrender to.
I was no stranger to reinvention: I have been reinventing myself throughout my entire life. I call myself a skin shedder. I’ve had about seven different careers from fundraiser to lawyer to film producer. My current role as a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher and a women’s empowerment and money coach and facilitator of women’s work came after years not knowing and struggling to find my purpose. When I turned 50, it found me, and my company, Evolving Sisters, was born. Now I am able to help other people find theirs.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Evolving Sisters – what should we know?
Evolving Sisters is my company with a mission to stand for women in claiming their power—spiritually, emotionally, and financially—so that they can lead confidently and live their true life’s purpose and serve the world with their gifts. Writing The Art of Turning 50 launched me into a thriving coaching practice where I work one-on-one with women (and a few good men) in three different ways:
1) Women who are reinventing themselves: Something in them has shifted or is dying, and it can be really scary or disorienting. Many women seek my support as they navigate endings and create new beginnings. I find that these women have an enormous amount of wisdom and are healers and guides in their own right. They need their own support structure as they come into a new level of personal power, freedom, and self-expression.
2) I also work with women in their 30s and 40s who want mentorship. Usually, these women are working through their conditioning and trying to find their purpose, as they really want to make an impact on the world around them. I’m proud of these women who are beginning the habit of investing in themselves and consciously taking on their growth. What would the world be like if we all did that?
3) Money and business! I love this area because there’s some skin in the game. These women want to offer or already offer some kind of personal service – such as an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher, nurse practitioner, shaman, self-love coach, or food addiction coach, to name a few — and want to create a sustainable income doing it. They are highly motivated. I teach a system that works and also support them through the mindset issues that arise with putting yourself out there with your own work. It’s so vulnerable that it becomes a spiritual growth practice.
We are living in a time where more and more women are called to be healers in some capacity. That is because the world needs it. And the next three-four years will prove it even more. I also run the Sovereign Leadership Academy for women. It’s a place where women can reinvent and learn the distinctions of leadership and sovereignty (personal power) that will deliver them a new life and the tools to pay it forward.
As part of my Kundalini Yoga and Meditation practice, I offer virtual 40-Day meditation programs focusing on prosperity, self-love, and a calm mind throughout the year. My website has the latest offerings, and The Art of Turning 50 website has a few free gifts, including two meditations for visitors. Feel free to enjoy them.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have many mentors: from an iconoclastic genius who figured out how to balance my brain ten years ago before it was cool, to a teacher who read my facial features to help me discover who I am, to many women mentors who taught me what it means to be a feminine leader. I also have a big tribe of women without whom I would not be successful or sane. I also want to thank the Soul of Yoga in Encinitas for being my home studio where I practice and teach. It’s such an eclectic and welcoming place for all types of yoga, and it feels like home.
And, then there are those 4-legged beings whose unconditional love pulled me out of dark places so that I could stand in the light more fully. I get really happy when I talk about them.
Finally, I want to pay homage to the women entrepreneurs who serve the collective rising of the feminine every day and who shatter glass ceilings all the time. They are a force giving us all permission to not settle for less than what we want and for the feminine principle that everyone gets to win.
- Website: KenlynKolleen.com and www.TheArtofTurning50.com
- Email: Kenlyn@EvolvingSisters.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenlynkolleen/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvolvingSisters/
- Other: http://bit.ly/KenlynYouTube
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