this isn’t my first rodeo.
I first ventured into the world of entrepreneurship over a decade ago. I spent years hustling to create the business of my dreams – a wellness center where I had an established Naturopathy practice and shared space with a community of other natural health practitioners. I hustled it into existence with sweat, tears & American Express.
And then one day I had this earth shattering realization:
I had created a monster of a job for myself that required every ounce of my energy to keep it going. And I didn’t like it.
I tried to create space for myself. I hired help and scheduled yoga classes into my days. But instead of feeling relief I felt even more stress. Now I was responsible for someone else’s pay & had even less hours in my days than I did before.
So I started to look at what it was that I REALLY wanted. It wasn’t the business I had created. It was the lifestyle I thought the business would give me – control over my own schedule, control over my income, interesting & challenging work doing something I loved, and the chance to make a real contribution to people’s lives.
But I wasn’t experiencing any of that. I was so burned out and exhausted that I couldn’t even enjoy the fact that I was helping people. I was out of alignment and out of integrity.
i knew things had to change. BIG TIME.
And so I went to work. Not by adding more to-dos, but by peeling back layer after layer of my life and getting to the core of what I really wanted & how I wanted to feel every day.
I read books, went to workshops, wrote pages and pages (and pages) of journal entries. I danced. And shook. And drew angel cards. And did a shit-ton of yoga. And walked for hours on end. I cried with girlfriends and cried with strangers.
At times I did the work in a frenzy and at others I napped by the pool all day and ate chocolate. (Actually… that was part of the work too.)
as i did the work i realized some important things.
i’m so not a 9-to-5 gal.
Like many entrepreneurs, I’d set up my business with all sorts of rules and restrictions and confinements. Why? Because that was all I knew. I set the expectation for myself that I had to work 40+ hours per week to show that I was really committed (to whom I was trying to demonstrate this I’m still not entirely sure). Now I know that I need freedom in my life and that I’m most creative and productive when I work about 5 hours per day, breaking it up with walks and naps and dancing and such. And now I know that I can live and work that way and so can you, if you choose it.
i know my stuff.
For so long I took courses and trainings and listened to people who seemed to be farther along the journey than I, trying to replicate what they were doing and follow their experience instead of my own. I even put myself in support roles inside many of their businesses. Somewhere along the way though, I realized that those people were coming to me for advice. They may have been generating massive success and revenue, but they didn’t have all the answers, and I soon realize that I had something to contribute that could really make a difference in their business and in their life.
i’m a healer.
People had been telling me this for years (decades?) and I had been in complete denial. I didn’t want that. Even when I became a Naturopath I had convinced myself that I was nothing like those other “woo” healers. Then I had a reading with a spiritual medium, intuitive and psychic that a friend had recommended. He told me that I was a healer. That I had always been a healer, for 670 lives, in fact. He told me that the herbs and the medicines I had been working with were fine, but that they were not my real gift (inside I had always known this). “You heal with your words” he said. Message received.
A coach I was working with at the beginning of this journey told me, “Just wait a year Rachel. Your life will look completely different.”
Did it ever.
Over the course of that year I walked away from my business. Got divorced. Moved to a new city.
Every few months since then I look back in awe at the trajectory of my life since I started this adventure.
And so it was, on New Years Eve 2016 that I found myself sitting on the beach in the dark all alone. Only the sound of the waves & the wind & fireworks in the distance. And I realized:
I’m happy. Not only am I happy, but I feel really freaking good. I wouldn’t change a thing.
So now I’m here with you. Not to be the guru who shows you “the way”. But to be your girlfriend who has gone before. To share my experience with you & to champion you through your own process of stripping away all the distractions that are keeping you feeling dull, tired, stressed out, over-extended, disconnected. All the things that are keeping you from living the life you want, even if you don’t know exactly what that looks like just yet.
I’m here to support you and push you and call you on your bullshit because I know that there is even more greatness in you that is not being expressed. Yet. I know that you can and will contribute your gifts to the world in a big, big way. But you have to serve yourself first in order to serve others. If you don’t feel absolutely awesome doing what you’re doing, then eventually you will burn out, you will break down, you will quit.
And we can’t have that. Because the world needs what you are here to give. I want to help you live the best life you can because I believe that when YOU thrive, we all benefit.
there’s something better out there for you.
i can feel it. can you?
let’s explore how we can work together.
Here are my credentials (in case you’re into that):
Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy, Trinity College of Natural Health
Master Herbalist, Trinity College of Natural Health
Certified Natural Health Professional
Loomis Digestive Health Specialist
LiveWell Certified Coach
Licensed Desire Map Facilitator
BA in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary: International Studies with a concentration in Africa & the Middle East & a minor in Philosophy of Law, SUNY Buffalo (it’s a mouthful, I know)
Highlights from before I became an entrepreneur:
I was a Director of Operations for one of the largest restaurant franchisees in the country, overseeing 14 million in annual revenue and a team of 350 of the most hardworking peeps I know.
I did everything under the sun for a regional coffee company, including rocking the espresso machine, writing and implementing training programs and operations manuals and hustling some seriously grassroots local marketing efforts.
I’ve also been a bartender, waitress, snowboard shop employee, journalist, $39 per night no-tell motel manager, conference sales manager and event planner.
In the years since ditching my naturopathy practice, I’ve helped countless women entrepreneurs get their message out into the world as a Launch Strategist & Project Manager for online, live event & book launches. I also coach up-and-coming entrepreneurs in DIY launching.
Other random facts:
I’m a small town girl. Like 26 kids in my graduating class small town. Really.
I started my college career as an art student and only gave up doing my own graphic design when Adobe Creative Suite went out of date and I could no longer get the student discount on software.
I was (once upon a time) a pretty fierce soccer player.
I’ve run 1 marathon, at age 38.
I’m a budding cyclist.
I’m about as introverted as they come.
I’m an empath & I’m highly intuitive.
I love to travel.
I now live & love in San Antonio, TX.
I‘m pretty sure I’m the best Aunt ever.
All that to say that I’ve done a lot of things that may seem unrelated, yet have all prepared me perfectly for this current moment, where I get to help you live a life that is full of ease & joy while you do your work in a way that both has massive impact and is massively sustainable.
If you’re feeling called to make a change, come explore how we can work together.
I look forward to connecting with you soon,