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This date means so much to me. People always leave me the loveliest comments and send me the nicest messages about how I inspire them. How they hope to live the life I live one day and that they leave reading my posts, etc., etc. I wanted to take a moment to write about the significance of this day because I sincerely believe anyone can do what I’m doing and I want to shed some light on my journey so you can see what was happening behind the scenes.

Two years ago:

It was a crisp Saturday morning in New York and I was up at 8AM. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m perpetually late. This Saturday, though, was different.

It was my first day at NYU and I was so incredibly excited to take my first life coaching class. After two years in a graduate program for teacher training (when I knew I didn’t want to be a teacher), my energy was depleted. I spent the whole summer after graduating feeling both like a failure for having a master’s and no job, and feeling hope that there had to be something better. Sometime that summer, I learned about life coaching and I instantly knew it was my next step.

At this time, I had 5 amazing clients who were paying $0/hour. I was working 6 part-time jobs in addition to coaching 5 hours/week but I was so excited about this new venture that I didn’t even care. I was going to do whatever it took to become a life coach.

Fast forward a year later:

It’s the Monday after my sister’s bridal shower, and I wake up in my parents’ home. My emotions are all over the place:

I’ve just quit 2 of my 3 part-time jobs to give my business my full-time attention. At one job, my boss pulls me aside and sternly tells me that it’s not good etiquette to leave a job without something else lined up. I internally roll my eyes because I’ve already made the decision I’m never working for anyone else again.

At my other job, my mentor says “Well, you have savings, right?” Over our company-bought Chop’t salads, I lie and say, “Yeah, of course!” The truth was I had absolutely no savings, about $600 in the bank, and around $8,000 in credit card debt.

The lack of cash flow was tough. I felt like I had hit rock bottom and ended up having to borrow money from my parents’ for three months worth of rent.

It was tumultuous time for me, to say the least. On the surface, I was living the entrepreneurial lifestyle of attending events, flying all over the place, working with a business coach, and an energy healer (all amazing investments – no regrets at all!) but my business wasn’t actually making any money. I had not a single client. In natural life coaching fashion, I was in the part of the journey where I was beating myself up for not being worthy of coaching others. I was actively working to “fix” every part of my life before I started taking on clients again. This was one of the biggest lessons of my journey: there will always be something to fix so waiting makes no sense. You will wait forever and a half if you wait for things to be just right.

 

Fast forward to today:

I woke up to the quiet hum of humming birds zinging through the forest, of ducks quacking, of the wind rustling leaves, and of our lake’s gentle waves. I woke up a bit later than usual, but that’s because I’m still in Maine. My love and I have been here for 18 days after we were invited to extend our vacation two days before we were meant to go home – something that I could not have done if I were still working for someone else.

I make myself a pot of tea and sit outside to write this.

It’s the 15th, so it’s payday in my business. I immediately email my coach to let her know she can charge my debit card (paying for things in cash feels really good at the moment), and I pay the rest of my bills due this week. I actually feel like an adult because money is no longer a source of drama in my life.

I have an almost full practice with 8 trailblazing, female clients who inspire me so much. I love meeting with them and helping them create visions of their ideal life & business, and helping them achieve those visions. This literally warms my heart because I finally feel like I’m consistently doing what I’m meant to be doing.

I excitedly look up flights to Ft. Lauderdale – where I’m going for part of October to immerse myself in a Mindset retreat and to facilitate my first Getaway VIP Day in Miami.

Things feel really great but as always, there’s room for improvement! I’m in the process of hiring a long-term assistant, I’m working on consistently blogging, streamlining my lead generation processes, and regular human things like eating well and getting enough exercise. Even with these “things” to work on, I feel like I’m in a really good flow with life, and I know it’s only going to get better.

My message for you is: keep going.

If you told me two years ago that I would be sitting at a lake house today, doing my life’s work with clients whom I love and who love me, and who value my work and pay me what I desire, I would have said “Yeah, that’s the plan!” with a nervous smile. I didn’t know how long it’d take, or the wild journey I’d be on to get here, but if anything, I was committed to my dream and in the end, that’s all it takes.
A dream.
A commitment to that dream.
And moving forward in the direction of that dream.

 

With love,
Alionka

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