Barbara Techel gently guides women to creatively tap into their intuition and to connect with their True Self to live a more meaningful life. As an author and SoulCollage® & workshop facilitator, she enjoys encouraging and inspiring others to listen deeply and capture what it is that matters most.
Most women will relate to Barbara’s story of being afraid to be who they really are. When she was younger she chose to hide rather than face other people’s judgments or non-acceptance.
She shared how exhausting it was to try to wear all those masks.
It was in 2006 that Barbara’s dachshund Frankie became paralyzed and that ultimately lead to profoundly changing Barbara’s life forever. The little red dog who rolled through life in a wheelchair helped Barbara to overcome shyness, let go of worrying what others thought and find the courage to stand tall in who she is.
It was ground-breaking work that Frankie and Barbara did, as they visited over 400 schools in Wisconsin and many more via Skype. She had no idea she could be a speaker and this helped her to grow in confidence.
It was her second disabled dachshund, Joie’s unexpected death, that had Barbara pausing and listening to a new whisper in her heart, one in which she was feeling called to help guide women to their own soul”s intuitive knowing so that they too could live more meaningful lives.
Barbara’s books include two memoirs: Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s Gift and Through Frankie’s Eyes – One woman’s journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way, and a children’s book series, Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog.
As this wonderful interview was part of my one year book celebration I asked Barbara how “Wiser and Wilder,” had made a difference in her business or life. She cited Chapter One, A woman’s Way that talked about how all business choices affect family, health, values, and lifestyle because they are all inter-connected. She said, “I really resonated with that idea! I wanted to live my life where I’m weaving in my creativity as part of who I am. Reading your book, it was just so validating, and it helped to free this part in me. My work needed to be about making a difference in the world.”
Barbara supports women though her Soul Collage workshops, talking stick workshops and connecting people with nature.
Barbara ended the interview sharing a quote from a book by Joan Anderson called, “The Second Journey”. She said, “It really speaks to my heart and I hope it will speak to your listeners’ as well”.
“Nothing happens over night. Developing a relationship within the unknown takes time. In doing so, the secret is granted the greatest gift of all- Clarity. I have come full-circle, yet again. I must always be willing to journey forward, spiral into the center, and then back out again. Then, and only then, will I be whole and touched with all that I am.”
“This is what I want leave the listeners with: You continually are in transition and to be open to that. It’s about going into the center and going back out again. That’s what life, and the circle of life is all about.
You can reach Barbara through her website: www.joyfulpaws.com
This Podcast Episode is a part of the one year birthday of “Wiser and Wilder, A Soulful Path for Visionary Women Entrepreneurs.”
“Thank you for writing the book. There’s nothing like it. I’ve not come across anything like it out there about how a woman deals with their emotions and how they have to weave that, not only into their basic functions of life, but their business as well”. Barbara Techel