Cambridge, MA, USA.
Dreamer, Writer, Coach.
Tell us a bit about the business that you are creating?
I work with women who have incredible dreams but feel they don’t know how to bring them into the world. My coaching practice focuses really practically on helping women navigate their fears and harness their courage so that they can bring their dreams to life
What are your three core values in your working life right now?
Connection. Ease. Inspiration.
What’s the hardest part of running a business from home?
For me the hardest thing is finding the time. I also work full time outside of my coaching business, so running my business happens during my evenings and weekends. I’ve had to learn to be really efficient and strategic with my time!
What’s the most rewarding part of running a business from home?
The best thing about my work is seeing my clients succeed. I love watching the women I work with discovering their own power - the things they go on to do with that power always amaze me! And the best part of running a business from home: I get to work in my yoga pants.
What fears did you have about starting your business?
What fears didn’t I have? My biggest fear was probably the fear of being seen. I was afraid to put myself out into the world, afraid of other people’s criticism, afraid of my business failing (because then I would feel like a failure). My coaching practice focuses on helping women navigate fear and harness courage because I myself struggled with fear for years and because learning how to harness my own courage has really been the thing that changed everything for me. Including how I show up in my life and my business.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in running your home based business?
For me it’s absolutely been this: have reasonable expectations for yourself. I’m a classic overachiever and building and running a homebased business requires consistent effort and engagement over the long haul. Learning how to show up consistently without overworking myself has been a huge lesson for me.
In moments of doubt, how do you overcome it and lift yourself back up?
When doubt crops up for me I meet it with attention, compassion, and curiosity. I notice my doubt and look for the underlying cause usually some form of fear. And then I meet that fear with a tremendous amount of selfcompassion and curiosity as I gently figure out what it is I’m really afraid of and what I want to do about it.
Who is your support crew if you have one?
I have a small group of friends and fellow coaches from my coach training program whose support I cherish.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?
I don’t know if there can be any one best piece of advice. But I think for me it would be: be willing to fail and don’t let failure stop you from showing up over and over again.
What’s a brief summary of the pathway it took to get to where you are now?
My path to coaching was definitely circuitous. I grew up thinking I wanted to be a scientist and have two degrees from MIT. I went on to work as an astronomer studying near Earth asteroids but I felt like something was missing. Science interested my mind but it failed to engage my heart, so I’ve turned to my coaching work as a way of doing the kind of heart-centered work that matters most to me.
How important is grit, determination and persistence to you in growing your business?
I kind of loathe the words “grit” and “determination”. For most of my life I used grit and determination to accomplish impressive things, but in the process I exhausted myself and made myself miserable. These days I’m still persistent, but it’s the most patient and gentle kind of persistence I can muster. I don’t rush myself. I don’t “do it anyway” if I’m feeling scared. Instead I slow down, I notice, I inquire. I engage with my fear instead of pushing through it.
What’s the hardest thing about being your own boss?
For me it’s been trusting myself to lead the way. When I first started my business I was always looking for another training program, another system to show me how to get my business off the ground. Really, I was looking for someone to tell me how to build my business because I didn’t trust myself to make it on my own. These days I’m pretty uninterested in training programs and courses they definitely have a purpose, but if you trust yourself you can probably figure it out and if you don’t trust yourself no training program is ever going to help.
What sacrifices have you made starting a business?
For me, the sacrifices I’ve made mostly have to do with how I use my free time. I’ve given up my Netflix account. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I spend a lot of my evenings and weekends at home working on my business. But I love the work I do and none of this really feels like a burden.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
The results are what inspire me. It’s seeing the impact this work has made in my own life and the lives of my clients that motivates me to keep going. It’s my belief that this work is important and makes a real difference.
What do you still want to achieve on a personal level?
It really boils down to this: I want to spend my time on things that matter to me and make me happy. What that will look like in the future, I don’t know for sure. Right now it looks like teaching myself Russian just for fun. Someday maybe it will look like thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Or maybe not. I don’t make a lot of firm plans because over and over again I’ve found that you can’t plan for life. I prefer to just enjoy where I’m at right now and to do what feels like fun when it’s time to move forward.
Name one thing you can’t live without each day.
My morning cup of tea.