What's going on sunshine?!
Very nice to meet you! Since this is a website and not an actual conversation, let me tell you a bit about me and why I'm building my strategic business coaching with a side of weird and woo. We'll have to leave the getting to know you bit for a call!
First things first, I'm a totally different person than I used to be. I'm actually me now. Not the version of me I *thought* would bring success.
I've known since I was 8 years old that I'm here for big things. The first hint of this was my childhood dream of opening a spa resort. I had notebooks of diagrams, services I wanted to offer, floor plans, vision boards, you name it. How this idea came to me, I couldn't tell ya. But this dream of Paradise Spa & Resort propelled me on a journey that continues to this day.
During my life though, I stopped focusing on that knowing. I started listening to everything else telling me to go to a good school, work hard, get a job, get promoted, pay my dues, and stay the course.So that's exactly what I did. Graduated with dual Bachelor degrees and immediately started working. I enjoyed my job for awhile, before office politics became the focal point and I nope'd out of there.
I went back to school, with my hubs this time!, and got an MBA. See, I remembered that I was here for big things and wanted to change industries and get back to my spa. I graduated with my MBA and began working for a big hotel company. I kept my end goal, Paradise, in sight for awhile, but again lost track.
My hospitality career began in Tennessee; a very different environment than the Pennsylvania suburbs I grew up in. My loud-mouthed, opinionated, strong minded with-some-cuss-words-thrown-in-when-needed self just did not fit in. I was constantly told to "soften the edges." It was during these 3 years that I began to truly lose myself. I was lonely, sad, hurt, and felt like every single part of me was just wrong.
I started to work even more, take even less care of myself, and focus on shrinking myself to fit into this totally different person. Maybe if I could just try harder, I would unlock the secret. I hated waking up and driving the 40 minutes to work. I dreaded certain meetings because I knew I would have to stuff even more of my true self down deeper. Hide the sarcasm, put a mask on, just nod along.
It sucked. (Obvious understatement, but this is still a public website.)
It wasn't until 4 years later, when my husband and I finally moved back north (Rhode Island this time) that my body forced me to listen to my soul. Everything had finally come to a head - 30 years of not taking care of myself and forcing down every emotion took its toll. But, stubborn me, I still waited until I started making mistakes at work and got pulled over for doing 65 in a 30mph zone to speak up. In the fall of 2018, I took a 3 month leave of absence.
Holy hell. I started going to holistic therapy (shout out to my amazing therapist - Sammy, I am forever grateful for you!), started to listen to what my body wanted, and dug into everything. I mean, everything. Family, childhood, teenage trauma, limiting beliefs, stuff that I had always said had zero impact on me. I tried new things - I went to an expressive arts class and learned how to use drawing to express emotions I had no words for. I took classes on chakras and the blinders I had always lived with started to fall away.
It wasn't easy. I cried most days, felt like a failure because I "had to" take time off work, and didn't know how to explain what was going on to the closest people in my life. It was also the most incredible experience of my life. Without those three months of healing, I wouldn't be where I am now. The whole world of Universal support, manifestation, inner knowing, shadow work, and following your own path regardless of how "weird" it seemed opened up to me.
Although I went back to my hotel job after those 12 weeks, I kept my inner knowing alive. I remembered each day that I am here for big things.
When I had the opportunity to leave my job in 2020 (there are beautiful things that came from COVID-19), I freaking took it.
Now, I live my truth every single day. It's not always easy; I'm still human after all, but I'm doing it.
It's been a helluva ride. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. I have learned more about myself in the past 18 months than I thought was left. That's one of the most fun parts of working for yourself and building something brand new and unique.
My purpose, you ask? Be a role model and show others how to step into their power and share their magic.
Right now, that looks like helping overwhelmed online service-based female entrepreneurs stop pulling their hair out over strategy and the how, to build aligned plans and replace their 9-5 salary and open up space for even more magic.
I empower my clients to forge their own paths and stop listening to all the noise from everyone else. I use what I've learned over the past 30 years as a human, a leader, a manager, and an entrepreneur to help you build a strong foundation, focus on the necessities, and stay true to your big dreams.
(If you want to see my history)
Dual Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics
Masters of Business Administration
Certified Associate in Project Management
Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Practitioner II
Guest Podcast Episodes
I love sharing my journey with others to help inspire them and show them the incredible potential that exists for them! Here are a few shows I've had the honor of being a guest on; check them out for a dose of motivation and a chance to get to know me more. (Click titles to listen)
Simply Today Life with Victoria Armijo: Autoimmune Disease and Anxiety
Selling Made Easy with Wendy Vaughan: Following Your Purpose
Classy Career Girl with Anna Runyan: Getting Over Fear
Service Based Business Society with Tiffany-Ann Botcher: Scaling and Sticky Notes
Upcoming Speaker Spot: How to Leverage Your Skill set in Creating an Online Service-Based Business. OIVAC May 19 - 21