Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chelsea Holden, Founder of Chelsea Holden, LLC, located in Spring, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I love this question because explaining what I do is such a treat! And while I will do my best to put it into words, my work is best understood when experienced. It's like Magic! So I am the Freedom Coach + Sober Mentor! I guide women through my proven method (the Freedom Formula) to help them live a life that feels FUN, effortless, FREE, and abundant!! I typically work with creatives and entrepreneurs who are heart-driven and ready to leave their mark on the world! It starts with having a solid foundation in Self, taking radical responsibility, getting clear on our vision, and removing ANYTHING that is standing in the way of their Dreamiest Life. One of the biggest distractions is our toxic relationships with alcohol, substances, people-pleasing, and soul-sucking work. I help women drop the toxic habits and behaviors, and together we create a plan for SUCCESS to sustain this new way of living to be TRULY FREE! Again, it's like MAGIC!
Tell us about yourself
There is soooo much I could share here, but the main thing I want to share is that in June of this year (2022), I will be 4 years Sober! My sobriety is my superpower! This one decision to remove the toxic relationship I had with alcohol changed the trajectory of my LIFE and opened me up to my greater purpose - to serve women by helping them do the same! Aside from being the Freedom Coach + Sober Mentor, I'm a podcast host (check out Cuppa Chels), author, speaker, wife to my amazing husband of 8.5 years, caregiver for my special needs Sister-in-Law, and mama to my two precious fur babies, Mack and Marley! I knew this life was calling more from me back in 2019 (really for years before then), and my intuition kept whispering to me that it was time to stop drinking. It was my biggest block from realizing and living a life that felt like a dream. It hasn't been the easiest road because giving up drinking was like giving up an identity I had held onto for years. And all the emotions and thoughts that come along with removing this distraction have been a journey navigating.
I wouldn't change this for ANYTHING! Because it unlocked who I really am, allowed me to FEEL ALIVE, and gave me a chance to share this wisdom with the world. THAT is what keeps me going each day! I wake up EXCITED for the work I do and the life I lead, and eager to connect with others. The truth is, we are so deeply supported and loved... but most of us have forgotten, and we walk around carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. The work I do gets to shift this and connect people back to that love and support!!! What could be better?!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is my own transformation. Most people don't talk about this, but entrepreneurship is a straight-up spiritual journey! It will test you, it will knock you down, it will make you question everything about yourself... AND... it is the most rewarding, life-altering, transformative, and powerful journey one can embark on. Every day, I focus on ME first and foremost. This is my foundation, and I always say, "I lead myself to be led by God, so that I may lead others." Without focusing first on me and my connection to my higher power, none of this would be possible. The money, the success, the recognition... that's all just extra! Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can't believe that THIS is what I GET TO DO for a living! #gratitude
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Oh man, like I was saying earlier, being a business owner will rock your world! I think the hardest part is feeling like you're alone on this journey. There are so many times, especially if you work from home, where it feels lonely. But the truth is that there is ALWAYS support out there. I navigate these lonely feelings by connecting with the most amazing people online. I've found some of my dearest friends inside Facebook Communities and on Instagram. Technology is such a blessing for this reason. Having a core group of people, we can turn to that GET IT is key!
On top of that, I have support from my own one-on-one coach! I can't imagine doing business without a coach/mentor. I've tried, and it's like pushing a boulder up a hill... not fun. There's so much power in realizing we aren't made to do life alone, and we could never be alone... we've got our spirit guides, angels, God, the Universe, and people to lean on when times feel heavy. The key is to ASK FOR HELP. It's amazing what unfolds when we decide we are no longer available for the struggle and commit to getting help in whatever form we can.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
There are so many things I'd love to share here, but these are my top 3:
- Make YOU your #1 priority! It's not selfish; in fact, it's the most SELFLESS act you can do! When you fill your cup first, create a morning routine that grounds you, inspires you and connects you to your Higher Power.
- Trust YOUR timing! If you take anything away from this, let it be this. You are EXACTLY where you need to be. You're not behind; you're not failing, you are learning and growing. This requires your love, your grace, your tenderness, and your compassion. Be easy on yourself, my love. Trust your timing and the process, solutions, money, clients, success... will come. Your success is inevitable when you decide that failure is NOT an option!
- HAVE FUN! Look, like can be heavy and hard all on its own... so don't add more pressure on yourself or your business. Ask yourself every day, "How can this be fun?" Once you ask that question, your brain gets to work to find the answers, and then your intuition kicks in and aligns you with more fun! One of my favorite mentors, Gabby Bernstein, says, "The Universe works FAST when you're having FUN!" I believe this to be true; therefore, having fun is standard in my business. When you have fun and make this a core value in your business, you become HIGHLY MAGNETIC to all the inspiration, opportunities, and creative ideas to earn money + create success. I promise!!!
Where can people find you and your business?
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