Sacred Feminine rituals for everyday life
I don’t usually take over Sarah’s email list, but since we’re launching our first program about Work & Money, I’m crashing the party to officially introduce myself to the community, share my story, and talk to you about what it’s like to do my Soul’s Work inside of a business that I don’t own (and that’s run by a Priestess!).
I am Kelly Taveras, Managing Director of Sarah Jenks International. In July 2022 I left a career that I spent 12 years building as the Vice President of Communications for a national trade association and joined this incredible team.
Here’s how it all went down.
Back in December 2021, I was feeling BRITTLE. Three kids under 5, huge job, insane logistics and schedules for me and my husband. I had no idea what I could do to feel better in my day-to-day life — no idea how to manage it differently. There was nothing obvious to adjust in our schedule or environment. And somehow from the outside looking in, things looked perfect.
Leaving my job felt like a non-starter — I had worked for more than a decade to get to where I was, I had a master’s degree in my specific field, our family structure relied on my income, and my work was a HUGE part of my identity. I’ve never been interested in staying home full-time with the kids — but even so, having kids and two executive-level working parents is just super fucking hard.
I talked at length with my partner (he was just as stressed as I was) about what could shift and we realized that the only way out of this situation was to go IN. That moving things around in our environment would be like rearranging chairs on the Titanic. I was afraid to do the inner work that I needed to do to figure out what I actually wanted because I was sure it could not exist within the structure of family life. But I decided to go for it anyway.
I walked into the Winter Solstice Temple with Sarah Jenks as a participant knowing no one and feeling super nervous. I sat in a circle with 40 women and I felt the collective magic and power of women gathering for the first time. In ceremony (which by the way, I had never sat in before), I started to peel back the layers of conditioning that kept me feeling stuck and small. And over time, I started to remember what I am actually here to do.
I kept working through Sarah’s programs, stayed vigilant about my sacred morning ritual, and I worked with my executive business coach on the work side of my overwhelm. While there were parts of my work that really did work, my job was draining my energy. At the end of each day, I felt SO crispy. I decided it was time to find a new job, one that energized me instead. I wanted to feel JUICY.
I was super resistant to the idea of abandoning my career (in the organic food & farming industry) because I had spent so much time building up my expertise that I couldn’t fathom wasting all of that hard work. At one point I even thought that going for my Ph.D. was my next step. Nevertheless, I decided to keep going deeper to figure out what I actually wanted my work in the world to feel like.
My coach brought me through an exercise in the spring that began with writing down a list of everything I love to do. It was such a hard list to start writing because I felt like I hadn’t done anything on it since before I became a mother. And because I did not recognize anything on the list (besides supporting a team, and strategic planning😉) to be something that I could find in a ”legitimate” career.
In one of Sarah’s lessons inside of Holy Woman, at the same time my coach assigned me that list, she had prompted me to write a list of what I needed to THRIVE. The synergy was nearly unbelievable.
My lists included things like – spontaneous travel, creating sacred space, hosting incredible dinner parties, making magical moments for my family and friends, being in community with smart, fierce women, and taking incredible care of myself (like, hello Spa days). It also included supporting a team, strategic planning, being creative, writing, and bringing women together to feel their own magic.
Fast forward to now — through incredible signs, synchronicities, and big leaps. Through hard decisions, uncomfortable growth edges, and insane trust in myself (and in God, Goddess, Universe, source — fill in your blank here, it all works!). Through the mutually sovereign choice that Sarah and I made together to enter a business partnership…
I am so proud to share that I have ARRIVED.
I have arrived in the life I’m meant to live. Doing Soul’s Work that FILLS ME, so much so that my cup runs over and from that excess is where I give. To my partner, my children, my family, and my friends.
When Sarah and I led the first Council retreat in August, the Reunion retreat in September, and the second Council retreat just a couple of weeks ago, it hit me three times over that I am living the full embodiment of that list I wrote in the spring (go back and reread it, it’s hilarious).
And now I know what my Soul’s Work really is. That the things that I desire, that I love, that I require to thrive, the things that were on that list — are actually meant for me. That it’s possible to turn your Soul’s Work into a career. And that you don’t need to be a CEO or an entrepreneur to do your Soul’s Work.
I’m here to create spaces where people gather to feel whole, joyful, and magical. I’m here to help others bring strategic planning and Soul Work together to create lives beyond their wildest dreams. I’m here to call in the women who are ready to find this work and to remember who they really are. This is my unique Soul’s Work.
And it’s taking the most beautiful form, as I step into managing the day-to-day operations and strategic marketing for a Sacred company, led by a Priestess, that helps women remember who the fuck they really are. I get to do my Soul’s Work inside of our company, and I get to help Sarah’s clients do it in their own lives through programs like Holy Woman, The Star, and The Council.
And here’s the other thing — I didn’t abandon anything for this job. In fact, I wouldn’t have the job without everything I learned over the last decade. It’s my evolution.
Before you write off my story as one of those “lucky for her, that could never happen to me” tales, please know that I AM YOU. I don’t have more manifesting magic inside of me than you do. And guess what? Neither does Sarah.
We are ALL the stars of the dark night. There is something unique in me, in her, AND in you. Our magic is all equally powerful, real, and essential for the world to heal. It’s our medicine. It’s our Soul’s Work.
Working with a Priestess is a wild ride. And doing my Soul’s Work is NOT easier than working in a corporate job. I care more, I go deeper, and I’m invested in a new way. I am doing personal development work, WHILE I’M AT WORK, and I’ll tell you what — nothing about it is easy.
But I choose this work every day.
I now live in alignment with my Soul. I’m happier, more joyful. I show up for my life differently and everyone in my orbit feels the ripple of that frequency.
And there are still layers to peel back. I still need to go deeper. And I will keep showing up for myself and doing that work because that’s the path I’m on now and there is simply no turning back.
If any part of my story resonates with you, it could mean that there is something inside of you, buried under layers of conditioning, that wants to come out of hiding. I really want to encourage you to listen to yourself and trust THAT part.
The Star, our new Online Temple Retreat for making great money doing your Soul’s Work, is for the part of you that feels connected to me right now. The inkling. The spark. It’s up to you to follow it. I will be teaching alongside Sarah on 12/9 because you can only teach what you’ve lived 10 x over. I’m so honored to be with you in this program.
I also want to share with you that I will make more money in this job than I did as VP of Communications for a national trade association. I am here to hold that you can do Soul’s Work AND be highly paid. I stand for that.
If you’re ready, enroll in The Star before the cart closes on 11/21 at 9 pm ET.
PS – It’s so nice to meet you 🙂
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