Donna Hill is the founder of Road to Rediscovery, a supportive community that guides women to release their pasts and create abundant futures. Donna's work is aimed at helping women to rediscover their natural gifts and passions and her online community is a safe haven of support, strategy and celebration. Stay tuned for Donna's signature program being released later this year.
What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?
I believe that an Everyday Goddess is a woman who knows who she is and exudes a quiet confidence. She’s confident in herself and therefore has no need to put others down or engage in negativity and gossip. She believes that there’s enough good in the world to go around for everyone so there’s no need to compete and be greedy. She lovingly takes care of herself. As she replenishes her body, mind and spirit she has more to give to the world around her.
At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?
I was what you might call a ‘late bloomer’ in experiencing this gradual awakening. I am now 52 years old and I spent the majority of my earlier years trying to conform to what I felt others wanted me to be. I just wanted to ‘blend’ and fit in. I was pretty adept at morphing into the person who would fit in with whatever group of people I was with at the moment. Creating a persona to gain the approval of others never felt authentic, and of course it was unsustainable. In the end it left me feeling like a fraud, drained and more out of touch with my true self than ever before. Tamping down my personality and spirit for all those years significantly delayed my journey to discover who I really am, what my gifts are, and how I can live my life by design and not by chance. While I feel a sense of loss and sadness over those lost years, I’ve come to realize that experiencing this delay in self-discovery has only made me even more passionate about living my life fully and authentically. I have learned the fine art of saying “no” to commitments that I don’t want to make. I have little patience for superficial people and a great compassion for those who are struggling to find their true self and voice.
What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?
I am by nature a nurturer. I instinctively want to nurture and cheer others on towards success in their lives. I can clearly see all of the wonderful traits in family and friends and I celebrate them. The problem was that I rarely gave that gift to myself. As I look back on my life, I realize that not only did I not nurture myself, I was my own worst critic. My self-talk was often harsh and unloving. I would condemn myself in ways that I would NEVER dream of doing to anyone else. Over the years, it has been a slow and methodical process to recognize this self-talk as it was occurring, consciously reframe it into a more loving and generous internal dialog. This conscious effort, along with prayer, created a profound shift in the way I see myself. I have learned to be accepting, tolerant, encouraging and gentle with myself. I’ve also learned how to recognize, celebrate and appreciate my authentic self.
What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?
Self-acceptance, first and foremost. Can you imagine hanging out with someone you really don’t like 24/7? If it’s a person in your life that you feel this way about, you can just stop spending time with them. But what if that person who can never measure up to your unrealistic expectations is yourself? There’s no walking away. Learning to completely love and honor myself was a game changer. By being compassionate to myself, it became easier to be more compassionate and accepting of others. To be truly at peace with yourself is a tremendous blessing.
Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?
I have always been a voracious reader since I was a young girl – books, magazines, anything I could get my hands on. My love of reading opened so many doors for me. I learned about the world, myself, new concepts and others’ opinions through reading books. Reading sparked my imagination and creativity. I could travel the world without ever leaving my home by reading. I am a collector of books and whenever the time eventually comes that I need to cull my collection down to a more manageable number, it’s like “Sophie’s Choice” for me. I just can’t let them go easily!
My nightly ritual is to climb into bed, put my readers on and pull a book from my nightstand. The Bible has been a source of great comfort and wisdom for me. I also love biographies, history, and of course self-help books! J This special time, right before I fall asleep every night, centers and calms me, and lulls me into a peaceful state, ready for sleep.
Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?
I don’t have one. But I can say that I am drawn to other women who are kind and compassionate to others, have a quiet strength, are comfortable in their own skin, and who don’t feel the need to diminish others in order to elevate themselves. These are the women who I strive to surround myself with.
Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?
Learn to celebrate who you authentically are and be gentle with yourself. You are perfectly PERFECT just as you are.
“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia
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