I've helped so many people get where they want to go - from 8th graders to retirees and everyone in between - I can't even count them anymore.
I know what you might be thinking ... hmmm ... well, but she's gotta be special, someone must have just carried her along, she looks like a privileged lady with no worries, plenty of money and a big family full of people who care.
Ummm ... no.
So, why should you trust me?
Because I know what it means to struggle and have hardships, and I have persevered and made an amazing life despite all odds ...
- My father died when I was 12. Then, my mother died when I was 16. My sister came to live with me, and I raised her as if she were my own.
- My aunt threw me (and my baby sister) out, just eight months after our mother died ... a day after I turned 17. Why? Because I wouldn't tell her I lied when I had actually told her the truth. Her pettiness ripped our family apart.
- I was first in my family to go to college and had no one to show me the ropes so I had to go it alone.
- I have an auditory (hearing) processing disorder that was un-diagnosed until I was well into my 30s.
- I've seen pennies in my bank account when the bills are due. I made hard decisions to keep a roof over my head.
- I've had people lie about me and to me. And on more than a few occasions, those lies were under oath.
- I've been punched, closed-fisted in the face, by a cocaine-addicted-alcoholic-partner.
- I've been depressed. Grief-stricken. Abused. Sad. Mad. Angry.
- I've procrastinated the heck out of some things, thinking that I didn't deserve happiness ...
- And if all that wasn't enough for you to know that I know what it means to struggle, up until 15 years ago, I'd pretty much self-sabotaged almost every single relationship I'd ever had because I didn't think I was lovable.
And despite all that (and more!), I came out of it in an amazing way.
And I was able to do it because I asked for help.
- I raised my younger sister. Alone. But people pitched in when I needed them to.
- I worked three jobs just to make ends meet. But my supervisors knew my struggles and made sure I had better sections and a workable schedule.
- I took a lower paying job for the tuition benefit so I could go to college.
- I got four degrees. Became a Social Worker. An Attorney. A Notary. A Certified Ethics Trainer. An Empowerment Coach.
- Since 2007, I've been splitting my time between Europe and the US.
- For three years, I was a Belgian Resident. I still have a flat there, friends there and split my time about 50/50 on two continents.
- I've built multi-million dollar companies for others and ran one for 10 years before I walked away from it all to be here for you.
I'm stronger and smarter and more driven because of all those terrible things that happened to me.
Resilient. And you will be, too.
I used those experiences to help myself grow. And you will, too.
Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I got to work. I planned more. I dove in and dedicated my life to building MY. LIFE. A life that I wanted to love, one that made me happy. One that meant I lived on two continents while working full-time, running a business and going back to school. And maybe you will, too.
Above all, I had support from people that knew more than I did at the time.
That's what you need.
Support from someone who knows your struggles.
And a plan from someone who gets giddy and giggly about a to-do list.
And accountability - gentle accountability from someone who cares about you as a person. Who understands your "WHY" and helps you figure out your "HOW".
That's me. I'm your girl.