We asked her 5 questions and she gave us an insight into her thought processes and experiences –
Here are the responses to your questions:
1. I’ve read your books and am up to date with your podcasts and this has always intrigued me – when did you realise your calling was to become a life coach and inspire other women? Was there an ‘aha’ moment?
I started my blog, The Champagne Diet, in 2008. I began it because I knew that I wanted to write a book about my life experiences, and I thought the blog would be a great platform for me to build readership and start sharing my words. Each week, I’d share personal and transparent stories about my relationships, my work, my body image and more. I always related the story back to the reader and shared takeaways and perspective on each situation. Women would respond to me via email, Twitter, and Facebook and share their own stories. I loved that connection and I knew after a few years that I wanted to take it beyond the blog. I thought about going back to school for either social work or psychology, and then the idea of becoming a life coach popped in my mind. To be honest, I don’t even know why or how it happened – I had never had a life coach myself and I certainly didn’t know any. Call it divine intervention, but by the end of the day I had already researched schools, talked to an admissions officer, and had my training schedule lined up. And the rest, as they say, is history!
2. On that note, did you ever think you’d be such an inspiration to other women? How does it make you feel?
I had NO idea! I remember when I started The Champagne Diet, I said “if I could just help one woman I’d feel like a success” and the fact that my books and work has reached millions just blows my mind every single day. I am so beyond grateful.
3. When you’re having a ‘low’ day, do you have a ‘quick fix’ to pick your mood up?
It depends. I try not to force myself out of bad moods. I give myself a couple of hours to acknowledge what I’m feeling – because I think that’s where we can learn a lot about ourselves. I try to focus on self-care, whether it’s taking a bath, getting a green juice, or taking a break from work and watching a Sex and the City marathon. But then I move on from it. I get busy doing something and I shift my focus. I always say, “They don’t serve champagne at pity parties!”
4. Who has been your biggest inspiration on your entrepreneurial journey to date?
Without a doubt, my mother. Though she wasn’t an entrepreneur in the formal sense, she was left to raise my brother and I alone, with no money, after my dad walked out. Talk about thinking on your feet and hustling! She got herself a job, put herself through college while working a second job, and managed to help us succeed in life and encourage us to chase our dreams. She told me a story once about not having enough money to buy a light bulb, so she had to walk around with the same one and move it from room to room for us until she got paid again. Talk about STRENGTH! There is nothing more inspiring than that in my opinion.
5. And finally, I love your Babe Chats and everyone’s mantras so – what is your Power Mantra of the moment?
My current mantra is “Everything you can imagine is real.”
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