We had the good fortune of connecting with Amelia Broughton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amelia, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
For me, there is less of an end goal and more of an ever-evolving timeline that far surpasses me. I desire to leave a legacy of connection, self-awareness, and self-acceptance that spreads its roots deep into the soil of humanity, our cultural beliefs, and societal norms. In my ideal world, there is no end to the degree to which someone can discover how to be more lovingly and effectively in connection with themself, one another, and the communities they’ve invested in. By the end of my professional career, which personally feels like a lifelong path I walk, I hope to touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with relational and emotional intelligence, and a logical, empirical system by the name of Human Design. I hope to choose my words in such a way that they magnetize people who wish to empower themselves with tools that create fertile foundations within themselves and those they impact. If there’s anything I know of my journey so far, it is that it’s been completely unconventional with exciting twists and turns that have led me to dive into many fields of work such as, sustainability, food and farming, hospitality, yoga, mindfulness, writing, facilitation, management, leadership, and self-development. One stepping stone has led me to the next, and just like I found Relational Leadership through teaching yoga, I found Human Design during a 9-month facilitation course in 2016. In summary, there has never been an end goal for me. There has only been a relentless curiosity about the world and all it has to offer. When one can be more curious about the world than they are set in their assumptions and perspectives, new worlds appear seemingly out of thin air. To be curious is truly a gift that keeps on giving.  

What should our readers know about your business?
My business evolves as I do. It is a living thing, and I treat it as such. I listen to what wants to evolve and pay close attention to patterns and seasonal shifts. My background is a multidisciplinary mixture of relational and emotional intelligence, psychology and sociology, Relational Leadership and Authentic Relating, present moment attunement, group dynamics, intuition, and energetics. Before COVID, I was primarily focused on facilitating my signature workshop, Authentic Connection, that I led monthly in Denver at Archipelago Clubs, as well as various co-facilitating and consulting for organizations and business teams. With the massive shifts that came in 2020, I transferred much of my business online and have pivoted to focus more on clients who are invested in knowing themselves deeply through Human Design. Human Design is essentially a combination of ancient and modern sciences that reveals a unique blueprint for every individual on the planet. When you understand your world’s unique “map” so to speak, you get to liberate yourself from the homogenized conditioning of the world to be boldly who you were always designed to be. Human Design gifts you with a powerful, personalized compass and map to journey through life with. Currently, I’ve combined Relational Leadership, Authentic Relating, and Human Design to offer workshops and sessions that support people in using these tools to improve their quality of life and relationships. It is the most empowering, transformative work I have experienced to date, and I look forward to seeing how it continues to evolve.

Getting where I am today has not always been easy as I have had to carve my path to fulfillment. My version of fulfillment was not something I had ever seen before, so making it up on the fly while desperately trying to “fit in” felt like playing tug-of-war with myself. I’ve grappled with my fears of standing out, being different, and failing. In some ways, I’ve flown by the seat of my pants while facing my inner demons. My biggest lessons have been to trust in the benevolence of life, to keep bravely pursuing what lights me up, to create solutions instead of stress, and to try not to have it all figured out with my mind and instead be curious about the deeper truth of each moment. Some might say my path is deeply inspiring, others may think I’m completely crazy, but regardless of another’s perspective, my sense of delight has been found in the journey, not just the destination. My path has been much like that of walking through an overgrown forest. I’d spent many years trying to walk the seemingly “more accessible” or paved path, but over and over found myself deeply disappointed with my experience. When I found Relational Leadership and Human Design, I felt liberated from the need to conform for the first time in my life. It is this deep sense of permission and empowerment that has guided me to help people thrive with these tools and my gifts. Whether you’re attending one of my workshops, desire to dive into your Human Design, or are invested in creating a team of empowered individuals, you can expect me to bring my passion and excitement for expanding the awareness and perspective of whomever I meet. I believe that with greater awareness comes more empowered choices. My commitment is to be in collaboration as we illuminate and integrate whatever inhibits you from living your best life.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Pending the current state of affairs, I’d recommend that they have their friend take the train from the airport to Union Station. In no particular order, take them to an enlightening event at Archipelago Clubs, and reach out to Everland in Sedalia to see if you can go experience a day of adventure, play, and nature immersion. Make sure to go shopping at Mangata in RiNo, check out the graffiti while you’re out to lunch at Denver Central Market, stop by ReRoot for some plant vibes, and grab an elixir at Honey Elixir Bar as the sun sets. Go grab brunch at The Universal, grab some cheese and charcuterie at Locavore for a picnic at Sloan’s Lake, head down to The Highlands to shop at Rustic Threads, Sol Shine, Perfect Petal before tacos and margaritas later in the day at El Camino. Go climbing in Golden or up Clear Creek Canyon and grab a FireFly NE IPA at Golden City Brewery. Definitely hike the Flatirons in Boulder and go to Southern Sun post a full day of hiking. Check out the Denver MCA to see an exhibit, see a jazz show at Nocturne, and support the vibrant local scene that is Denver. After it all, they’ll want to move here because life in Denver is epic. 

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have overwhelming amounts of gratitude for hundreds of people around the world that have supported my journey so far. My parents, Mark and Kate, are at the forefront of the support team. They continue to believe in my pursuits and passions, encourage me to go after my dreams, and teach me that there is nothing too outside the box to explore. The organizations and communities that deeply impacted my existence, quality of life and leadership capacities are those involved in the former Integral Center, Authentic Revolution, Authentic Relating Training International, and leaders invested in Authentic Relating and Relational Leadership around the world. Unconventional Life, Momentom Collective, Archipelago in Denver, and my beloved Affectionado’s crew have been some of the driving forces behind my endless inspiration, creative impulses, and pursuits in living life to its fullest.  Last but certainly not least, my beloved Jeff Jones, who has been my rock every step of the way.  Our partnership keeps me believing in the power of love, authentic communication, and self-discovery.

I am who I am today because of the communities I’ve invested my heart and soul into. The people involved in all of the above communities and organizations each hold a unique and important puzzle piece within the greater picture of my story.

Website: ameliabroughton.com ameliabroughton.com/authenticconnection
Instagram: @broughtonconnect
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/ameliabroughton-connect/
Facebook: facebook.com/broughtonconnect

Image Credits
Jeff Jones Photography

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