Boxing in Belonging

Having belonging and culture together as this month’s theme caught my attention. The two are related but not the same thing. Questions are popping up in my head…

  • What about not belonging, how does that relate to culture?
  • Is culture shaped by belonging or belonging shaped by culture?
  • What is a simple monthly theme, prompting so many questions? 😂

Last night I remembered a story from my life that brought me back to thinking about Belonging + Culture…

When I was starting my first job as an engineer, my dad (also an engineer) took me aside and told me that I wouldn’t be taken seriously if I was wearing nail polish. At the time I had long nails that I always kept polished. I trusted his advice and stopped polishing my nails.  Because…  I wanted to belong. I wanted to fit the culture.

Fast forward to this morning…

I take my work seriously and all of me belongs – my engineering skills, my nail painting skills, my parenting skills, and all the rest.

My last question for today…

How do we shape culture that doesn’t box in what “belongs”?

Marcia Chadly

Marcia Chadly

vibrant. creative. ingenious. connection-loving.


“I value the three paths we walk in life - self, relationship, and community - and the harmony they create.” – Marcia

I am a Business Consultant for organizations and entrepreneurs using the Mighty Networks platform to host online communities and learning. I am skilled at explaining technical concepts and options in an easy to understand manner, providing clarity and confidence to my clients.

I am particularly known for helping clients translate creative ideas into strategy and action plans to build a Mighty Network. A network that fits their unique situation and leads to increased impact and growth.

Specialities: Mighty Networks strategy, Mighty Networks design, Mighty Networks training, Zoom training, online technology training