We all seek to create or contribute to work that aligns with our inner principles. When we contribute to something that matches our sense of morals, we are approaching our working from a pure, authentic place while simultaneously encouraging growth and balance in ourselves. For architecturally-trained preservationist Rachel Prinz, this means using readily available resources to achieve her goals. She does this in her work, by creating architectural projects that use local resources and traditional building techniques, as well as in her internal life, by turning within and finding strength and a positive perspective from her own reserves.
Rachel is an architecturally-trained American author, designer, preservationist, documentary filmmaker, artist and speaker working primarily in sustainability and preservation research and architectural engagement. Rachel has served as a preservation commissioner in Taos, as the host of the UNM-Taos Sustainability Institute, and as co-host of TEDxABQWomen. She has given multiple TEDx and Pecha Kucha talks on modern applications of vernacular design and critical regionalism, landscape preservation, pattern languages, and photography and epicanurism. Rachel gives presentations, tours, and lectures and has writes articles that integrate archaeology, architecture, place, culture, and emerging trends in sustainability. Today I talk with Rachel about the work she does and the importance of using sustainable resources, how she learned to let her intuition guide her, and how she is able to see one of the biggest challenges, a loss of eyesight, as a blessing.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode:
- Rachel’s tips for persevering and pushing forward even when you’re feeling lazy or apathetic
- How to use others’ criticisms as a way to develop fearlessness and strength
- How Rachel is able to adjust her perspective around devastating news to use it to her advantage
More About Rachel
Rachel learned to turn inward for strength at a young age. As a schoolchild, she “drove my teachers crazy. I was curious about everything.” Rachel was always asking for more knowledge, and this led her to being ostracized for her curiosity and eccentric interests. Instead of being defeated, she “developed a bravery from being considered weird.” As she got older she came to use this bravery as a source of strength and a teaching tool for others; “I could use my fearlessness to show people how to be fearless.”
This fearlessness came into play a few years ago, when Rachel received the devastating news that she was losing her eyesight. This information is particularly catastrophic for someone seeking an architectural license, a feat that demands long hours and constant use of eyesight. Initially, Rachel was devastated. Her dreams of becoming an architect were dashed. But she turned to that inner fearlessness and found strength. And “it’s work,” she admits. “It’s coming up against the wall and saying ‘I have to find a way up, over, or around this. No one else will do it for me.’” Today, Rachel sees the loss of eyesight as a gift. It has taught her to “not take for granted what could go away tomorrow.”
Rachel’s solution seeking attitude is reflected in the work that she does. As a preservationist, she is always looking for ways to make her architectural projects sustainable, locally sourced, and created through traditional techniques. When somethings goes wrong, breaks, or loses its efficiency, she can easily and locally find a fix. This approach mirrors her attitude about life: “We’re trying to create something with our lives when we’re working in alignment with our highest good.”
I struggle with remnants of an eating disorder, so any practice that makes me want to nourish my body and soul is a delicious thing!
Practice listening carefully.
Check Out the Links Mentioned in This Episode!
Do you Have External Success but Something Internal is Missing? Take These Tips from Feminine Leadership Expert Nina Simons
Todays topic is Leading from the Heart, and hopefully by then end of this show you will be inspired to take your leadership to the next level. My guest today is president and co-founder of Bioneers and founder of Everywoman’s Leadership. Nina Simons is an award winning social entrepreneur and visionary thinker. In 1990 she co-founded Bioneers, which for 25 years has connected thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Nina is also co-editor of the anthology book Moonrise: The power of women leading from the heart which addresses how women and many men are redefining the leadership landscape across a diversity of perspectives, generations and ethnicities.
On the show I talk with Nina about creating the conditions for deep listening, creating inner spaciousness, relational intelligence and lots more, all as contributing factors to truly leading from the heart and discovering the power of the feminine. And, Nina has generously given us the first part of her book Moonrise! Get my FREE chapter of Nina Simons’ book now!I love the book because it brings over 30 women’s voices to the topic leadership. and I think you’ll really enjoy my guest’s insights on the show today – we talk about her epiphany, I ask her a question she’s never been asked before, and we hear about her superpowers for success, including how loving her body is part of her daily ritual.
- Learn how to develop feminine leadership skills to lead a balanced life!
- Check out our interview with renowned women’s leadership expert, Nina Simons!
- Do you feel your feminine voice is lost? Check out Nina Simon’s journey to accessing and empowering her feminine voice!
- Learn how to move from ‘doing’ to ‘being’: A conversation about the importance of the feminine with Nina Simons
- Why we must encourage a feminine perspective into world leadership: A conversation with leadership expert Nina Simons
Links mentioned in podcast:
Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, Nina Simons’ Book
The Burning Times, Documentary, Donna Reed 1990
The Athena Doctrine, John Gerzema