Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sonia Zilberman, Founder of The Rising Journey, located in Washington, DC, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a somatic therapy practitioner, relationship coach, and sacred medicine facilitator helping people cultivate authentic self-expression, intimate relationships, and ease in their lives. I work with 1:1 clients, couples, and groups to break through old patterns, stories, and defense mechanisms within the mind-body construct in order to build a life of deep connection, empowerment, and abundance. My customers are ready to do the deep, inner healing work that I offer in order to step into the life they really want.

Tell us about yourself

I used to work in politics ( I live in Washington, DC) for almost 20 years. For a long time, I knew I was profoundly unhappy in my marriage, in my profession, and in my life in general, but I was too scared to admit it. Because admitting it means I got to do the work to change. And that is hard. But after this transformational yoga teacher training with a great Master, I decided it was high time to get some help. I crawled into a somatic therapist's office, and after man-years of healing, training, and expanding, I started my own practice. And I'm thriving. I have so much love and abundance in my life that I couldn't have even imagined before. I am motivated every day by my beautiful children, by my partner, and, importantly, by my courageous clients. Every session with a client is a deep flow state of connection, healing, and transformation. I can't believe I get paid to do this work!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I get to help so many people find and grow love and connection in their lives. What could be more fulfilling than that? And I get to be fully present with my clients in the process.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Being a therapy practitioner and coach, I love working with people more than anything. And I am really good at it. What I love much less is promoting my work. I know it is important, but it is not my area of genius. Also, all the admin logistics of paperwork, invoices, and keeping track of finances are pretty hard for me. Not knowing how much money will come in every month can also be a bit scary, but I have learned to trust the process and know that if I do my work, somehow, it works out!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Follow your heart.
  2. Invest in yourself and in your business.
  3. Find what separates you from the crowd and trust in THAT.

Where can people find you and your business?


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