Aimee Bloom: a focus on service

Aimee Bloom

Aimee Bloom

Editor’s note: Aimee Bloom is a Wings intern this year and recently launched Inspired Spaces, an organizing and de-cluttering business. She’s also a special education preschool teacher.

What was the motivation behind being an intern with LifeWorks this year? There are two main reasons behind my participation as an intern this year, and the key theme is service. First, I wanted to give back to an organization that has assisted me in living the life I love and work with others to do the same. Second, I wanted to be of service to myself by becoming more self-aware and accepting, through having a deeper understanding of my patterns and their impact. Since the Personal Effectiveness Seminar, I’ve been hungry for more opportunities to deepen this awareness as well as the courage to take risks. As facilitator Kris King so accurately says, “Awareness without action is bullshit.” When I come to that crossroads now of going down a familiar path that no longer serves me or choosing something new, I’m much more likely to “take the dip” and do something different. I feel so blessed to be a part of this year’s internship where we all get to do some different together.

What is your background with Wings? I started PES in January of 2016 in the last group at the Wings building in Eugene, with a whopping 60 participants. I left feeling inspired by the change I saw not only in myself but of those around me in just four days. I knew this was the start of an incredible new kind of personal development journey. One of the gems in my experience with Wings has been meeting such amazing friends. How better to get to know someone than in a seminar about ownership, integrity, vulnerability, and spontaneity! After PES, I enrolled in  CrossOver, LifeWorks, Integrate, Listening Heart, The Structure of Presence Facilitator Training Seminar and neuro-linguistic programming 1 and 2. This year, I’ve had the privilege of being on the assist team for the new Women with Wings Leadership Seminar as well as managing Grace and Gratitude, a two-day seminar with facilitator and Program Director Sherrie Frank. Both are wonderful experiences that I’m thrilled are a part of these offerings.

What have been some of the impacts of the Wings work in your life? So much in my life has positively changed thanks to Wings. I let go of more than half my personal belongings, became financially independent and debt-free, moved twice, changed careers, left relationships that no longer served me or my partners, switched to a plant-based diet, and started a new business I love! This is just to name a few of the tangible shifts I’ve made with the assistance of the program and its community. One of the most profound impacts has been to start my business, Inspired Spaces. This endeavor encompasses many of the deep soul shifts and realizations that I’ve actualized over these past two years. I feel honored to be assisting others in creating the life they want by organizing and decluttering their environment, so that it aligns with their highest self and truest intentions.

What is a favorite take-away from your time in Wings? Getting to expand my Wings family has been such a joy. Many of my deepest and most authentic friendships have been cultivated from this conscious community. The participants, facilitators, and interns have been “all in.” There’s nothing quite like being in a room full of people showing up fully, speaking accountably, and digging deep.

Favorite quote: It’s a long one and has had the greatest impact in my life: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” —Marianne Williamson

My second favorite would be: “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift.” —Mary Oliver

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