2019 Molly Franken

I am a Mentor, Human Creative Partner and Writer.
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I have a special connection to the following:

Recovering Human: A Return to the True Nature of Self

Recovering Human is the idea that all of us are recovering from the hard stuff of simply being human. Life. None of us get through it unscathed. In fact, the condition of being human, is the one tried and true source of our connection. 

At the same time, many of us, have stepped further and further away from ourselves, from the truth of our human nature. Humans are fallible, and we have learned to deny our fallibility, and with it, our vulnerability. We fear that if we can't be perfect, or if we show too much emotion, have needs and wants of our own, that others may catch onto the fact that we are, indeed, human! 

 

It's easy, over a lifetime, to lose the deep connection to ourselves and to others along the way but it's time for us to recover these parts of ourselves, to regain the strength in vulnerability and the courage in fallibility, along with our connection to each other, and the natural and living world around us.

Recovering Human is about returning back to our truest and deepest selves. It is about digging in, doing the life changing work of letting go of our armor of protection, setting down our swords of defense, slowing down long enough to look ourselves and others in the eye, and moving towards all that is human and alive within us.

Conscious Boundary Work

Boundaries are a buzz word we are beginning to hear of more and more. While the concept is becoming more popular, we are left experiencing a gap between logical understanding of the idea and actual boundary practice. We are missing the vital page of the map that enables us to get from Point A to Point B. This missing link allows for the gift of living authentically, without guilt or shame, creating loving and compassionate containers for ourselves as individuals, as well as understanding resentment, fatigue and anger can come as a result of not fully recognizing, learning or utilizing conscious and healthy boundaries, in our lives or in the lives of those around us.

 

Learning to set a boundary or simply saying 'no' is not enough. We must, first, learn to have a deeper understanding of the Self, to begin moving forward in aligning with who we are, what we want and our most core values. Recovering our human! Then, we can begin to understand what boundaries are, the wealth of information they can provide us, our beliefs and patterned thinking around them, the ways in which conscious boundaries can support what is most important to us and how we can begin finding, exercising and maintaining conscious boundaries within our lives fully.

 

Conscious Boundary Work is on a soul level. It is a way of living. It is a North Star and a tether back to who we are. Conscious Boundary Work is not a strategy or a plug and play system. It's personal, it's dynamic and it touches every area of our lives.

Chronic Illness Support

Chronic Illness can feel like an incredible limbo, a purgatory with repetitive loss, accompanied by grief, fear and anxiety to match. 

 

With illness that has no end, strengthening our coping tools and mechanisms can feel very difficult, even near impossible. The moment you may finally find your mental, emotional or physical footing, another wave of hardship can level you. Because of this, chronic illness often puts you in a state of constant flux. 

 

We have been taught by society that when hardship or loss occurs, there is limited time and space for grief. If grief takes longer than deemed allowable, we are often expected to keep it to ourselves. So, what does this mean for the chronically ill patient who experiences loss over and over again? Where within the confines of chronic illness does a person have the space for repetitive grief? And, on what time table? Where, when and how can emotional healing and work take place for the chronically ill? 

 

Many chronically ill patients do not have the ongoing support of their family and friends, and those that do, may find it harder and harder to communicate their needs, fears and hardship as time progresses. Support is needed. Finding community, patients and those that understand can be a life vest in an otherwise tumultuous sea. Chronic Illness Support provides a space, an understanding and a working toolkit of how to continue moving forward in life, not by overcoming grief or succumbing to infinite loss, but by honoring their presence in your life and still living fully, side by side. 

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ABOUT ME

When we do the work, we reap the benefits. 

Hi! I'm Molly. I am a writer, mentor and creative partner. I'm also a certified coach. I specialize in human things. I have previously worked in the tv & film industry, as well as the non-profit sector. It is on these paths that it became clear that story - the human story, the hero's journey, the universality of truth and connection are what I most wanted to explore in this lifetime. I have been living with a chronic illness for a decade, considering it my biggest challenge and my best teacher. In my downtime, you can find me reveling in nature, reading a library's worth of books and deep diving into the discovery of all things human. I hope the intensive work and reflection I've done along the way will help guide you along yours.

 
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