Getting off the Hustle Hamster Wheel and going on a Digital Detox Retreat

This is part 1 of a 2-part series

When I arrived to Finca Exotica in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, it wasn’t just a digital detox retreat I needed. I needed a detox from all the noise, bad habits and subconscious patterns in my life.

I want to start this blog off by saying, yes I realized how privileged I am that when I hit a wall I could book a plane ticket to another country and turn off my phone for a week.

 I debated going on a digital detox retreat for several weeks, unsure how I could step away from my clients and workload. 

The yoga deck at Finca Exotica where I found phone-free zen

The yoga deck at Finca Exotica where I found phone-free zen

But in the end, I realized that a healthy dose of self care and the time to re-evaluate my priorities would be the best gift I could give myself. So often when we are under stress, we feel guilty for taking time out for ourselves. I realized that for months I have been operating in a state of overwhelm, and after talking to more women I’m realizing how common it is to feel this way. 


Reasons to go on a digital detox

  • Going through a life transition and needing time to process 

  • Inability to stop checking your phone for work-related matters 

  • To recharge from burn out 

  • The desire to tap in and remove yourself from external influences 


We are bombarded with messages from the time we wake up until the time we go to bed. Our phones help us stay connected while also creating constant FOMO and comparisionities. And as women, we have more opportunities than ever for choosing what path we want to take in life, but that can also lead to decision fatigue and the nagging feeling that we are dropping the ball somewhere else. This juggling act is exhaustive. 

Most days I pick up my phone over 200 times and use it for an average of four hours a day. That adds up to 5,824 hours a year. When I shut my phone off, I realized just how much space it takes up in my life. What exactly am I checking for that I think is so important? Sometimes it’s for connection. But most of the time, it’s to distract, sooth, escape or channel anxiety. 

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Our phones have become a socially acceptable addiction. What else could you spend this much time doing without family or friends hosting an intervention?

I promise you that none of us are going to look back on our lives on our deathbeds and wish we had spent more time on social media. 

In the last year I moved to a new city, closed a business and started a new one. As I put in long hours and lots of hustle to make it all work, my body began showing signs of stress. I struggled to make it through the day with less than four cups of coffee, which did little to help my taxed adrenal glands. 

The main problem with being glued to social media all the time is that our thoughts are constantly being interrupted by a lot of ego stroking, comparison traps and feelings of FOMO. If you truly want to make a change, it’s so important to step back from all the noise and tap into your own intuition. 

So that’s how I found myself on a plane to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, where I swapped my phone for some good ole’ jungle bathing. To find out more about how this detox went down, stay tuned for next week’s post and podcast. 

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PODCAST S3. Ep. 6 From Starving Artist to Thriving Artpreneur with Michelle Gomez

If you’re struggling to make money with your creative business, personal development can be a game changer for getting unstuck.

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In today’s episode, Michelle Ivette Gomez dispells the myth that artists have to struggle financially to do what they love. By learning to value herself, set boundaries and accept failure as feedback, Michelle now helps women artists turn into artpreneurs so they too can do what they love.

As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, Michelle views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.

After having founded her own successful art business, she serves as a Launch Strategist for Womxn identifying Artists wanting to launch their own art businesses by coaching her clients on business strategy and emotional intelligence so they too can do what they love (and get paid for it).

On Today’s episode we are discussing:

  • Why Failure is Feedback for the Next Step

  • Course correcting vs. giving up

  • How to level-up relationships & find support

  • How to go all in when it feels scary

  • Why alignment often takes several iterations

  • Honoring your boundaries in work and life

  • How to get results by being consistent

  • How to tap into your creativity by scheduling a weekly date with yourself

  • How to be heart-driven instead of ego-driven

PODCAST - S3; Ep. 5: When Business Partnerships Go Bust with Thomas Luginbill

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Sometimes success can create blind spots that ultimately pave the way toward failure.

Whether it’s red flags in a business partnership or some kinks we haven’t quite worked out in our business model, sometimes failure is inevitable even when all signs point toward success.

On today’s podcast, Thomas Luginbill shares how his first venture, a solar panel installation company, ended with a failed partnership and lawsuit after years of rapid growth. As the Director of Entrepreneur & Innovation at the College of Southern Maryland, Thomas now shares what he’s learned throughout his entrepreneur journey so that his students can avoid similar mistakes.

In today’s episode, we’re covering:

  • Why it’s easy to overlook problems when you're making money

  • The pitfalls of growing too big too fast

  • What to do when a business partnership ends in dispute

  • How life after failure can be liberating

  • Why not asking for help is a form of arrogance

PODCAST S3; Ep. 4 How to Find your Why and Keep Going

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The experiences that shape us often serve as the catalyst for taking big steps in our lives and finding our purpose. But what do you do when those experiences are difficult to share?

On today’s episode Jason Demchok, a modern-day Tibetan Buddhism lama who works with busy professionals, shares how his desire to find a solution for his crippling panic attacks and depression led him on a quest around the world to transform his health. He has dedicated two decades of his life to studying Buddhist philosophy, positive psychology, and holistic health.

As an authorized teacher of Tibetan Buddhism Jason now helps busy professionals and leaders stay relaxed and focused so they can achieve their career and life goals.  As a result of turning his life around, Jason serves as a guide for individuals to achieve an optimal level of focus, balance and peace in their lives. In addition to using time-tested mindfulness, concentration, and contemplation techniques, he also uses his vast understanding of exercise, foods and herbs, to support his clients in restoring their body to a healthy place.

In today’s episode, we are discussing:

  • The importance of breathing

  • How to calm your mind when nothing else is working

  • What to do when following your bliss doesn’t work out like you thought

  • How to find more fulfillment in your everyday life

Learn more about Jason here.


PODCAST S3; Ep. 3 How to Get Out of Comparison and Build an Authentic Personal Brand

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If you’ve ever been caught in a comparison trap and aren’t sure how to create an authentic brand, this episode is for you. Today I’m speaking with Wave Wyld, a Toronto-based personal brand photographer on how she reinvented herself and built a business that reflects her core values.

Wave operated a wedding photography business and after 10 years experienced creative and business burnout that led to her going back to school to complete a degree in kinesiology. After she completed her degree, she enrolled in a yoga teacher training program, which helped to transform her life. She became a dedicated yoga teacher and picked up her camera to take photos of other yogis. Her passion for photography got reawakened and in fall 2018 relaunched her photography business with a focus on creating personal brand imagery.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What to do when making money feels for hard for you but easy for everyone else

  • How to stay in an abundance mindset even when times are tough

  • How to quickly bounce back from rejection

  • How to cultivate self trust to make better business decisions

  • How to stop being weird about money and own your prices

  • How to pivot at any stage in your business or life

  • How to shed what’s no longer working and manifest your deepest desires


PODCAST S3; Ep. 2: Taking Financial Risks that Pay Off with Karissa Littlejohn

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In those moments when your back is up against the wall, every entrepreneur has a choice: to keep going or give up. Sometimes just the decision to keep going can lead to unexpected paths even if it’s a destination you didn’t intend on.

Last year Karissa Littlejohn quit her day job to produce luxury destination retreats and personal development programs for high-achieving women that combine self-care with unique travel experiences. Since launching She Flies Solo in 2016, Karissa has produced dozens of successful retreats, brunches, workshops and events to build community among professional women.

Making her business profitable though required several pivots along the way and leaps of faith. When Karissa saw an unmet need in the travel industry to create experiences for busy healthcare professionals to make time for self care to avoid burnout, she launched The Nurses Travel Network, quickly selling out two Nurses Week destination retreats in Bali and Nurses Takeover Thailand. Through her partnerships with influencers and industry partners, Karissa is now expanding the Nurses Travel Network to include year-round events and retreats to bring nurses together around the world.

In this episode we discuss:

When to take a leap of faith and when to stay grounded

  • How to leverage debt to invest in your growth

  • Listening to your gut + knowing when to take financial risks

  • How to find the sweet spot in your business to increase cash flow

  • How to build relationships with influencers + grow your brand

  • Why running out of money is good for clarity

  • How to find a new niche when your niche is saturated  

PODCAST S3; Ep. 1: How to Get Out of Debt + Write a Bestseller with Tyler Wagner

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When Tyler Wagner dropped out of college he was $80,000 in debt and he didn’t exactly have a plan for how he’d recover financially. 

But he knew he wanted to be a speaker and author so he sought out opportunities to grow his network by reaching out to conference organizers and volunteering. What resulted was key relationships with high-level entrepreneurs and writing “Conference Crushing,” a book that has helped thousands of people maximize their time at networking events. 

In today’s episode we discuss how Tyler paid off his debt in 2 years and the business failure that paved the way for Authors Unite where he now helps people write, publish, and market their first profitable book.Since starting Authors Unite, Tyler has helped 250+ people become profitable, bestselling authors. 

In this episode were talking about:

  • How not to let debt define you or hold you back

  • How to build a network with high-level entrepreneurs when you’re just starting out

  • How to bounce back when business partnerships fail

  • How to get out of a mindset rut after a failure

  • How to identify and leverage your core genius to start over


2018 in Review: A Year of Disruption

When 2018 started, the word I picked to represent the year was clarity. But when I look back on my life and business over the last year, the word that comes to mind is disruption. This year I moved my life and business to Miami from Central Florida and embarked on a 3 week trek through the Himalayas. The biggest lesson I learned is how important it is to focus on ONE thing that’s working in your business and scale it instead of trying to do five different things that excite you.

This was a year of personal growth but as you’ll see below my business took some big hits this year that forced me to restructure. I achieved several milestones such as losing 35 pounds, hosting two retreats and establishing my business in a new, bigger market.  

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But moving and traveling disrupted my revenue streams and while my events and retreats were growing, I came to a point where I had to focus on my 1:1 client services to build a better foundation for my business. In the end retreats and events proved to be unpredictable and required a large amount of time and resources. Luckily I spent the majority of 2018 building a strong network, especially with female entrepreneurs, so when I launched my copywriting and content strategy services in November I was able to build a new client base relatively quickly.

2018 marked my second year in business and my first year as a full time entrepreneur. Financially this was my most challenging year and the fact I’m still here feels nothing short of miraculous. I wanted to give you a real, honest year in review because there is so much that goes on behind the scenes of entrepreneurship that is rarely talked about. I’m on a mission to change the conversation about failures so that we can remove the shame and fear that block so many of us from going after our dreams. That’s actually the theme of Season 3 of the Who You Know Podcast coming in mid January! (If you want to be a guest, apply here.)  


Q1 Jan - March: Strong Start, Weak Foundation

Total revenue: $12,206

When 2018 kicked off I was still in the process of figuring out what I wanted my business and life to look like. I had four retreats planned for 2018 and envisioned a business in which I would travel around the world to host events and work from anywhere while maintaining a very low cost of living in Daytona Beach. At the same time I also craved community and to be in a place where I could learn, feel inspired and put down roots. I had visited Miami in the fall and instantly connected with the amazing entrepreneur community. After spending some time feeling this out, it was clear that moving to Miami was the best place to grow my business. Just how to make that transition, however, wasn’t clear.

Our fire pit at Workaway Weekend in Seaside, Florida.

Our fire pit at Workaway Weekend in Seaside, Florida.

At this point all the revenue in my business was coming from the Workaway Weekend retreat I was hosting in February, which sold out. I knew then that I would need to generate more revenue from other offerings, so I focused on creating strategic partnerships for Idea DInners but was reluctant to go full steam on the dinners without deciding on where I was going to be geographically. Without sponsorships or increasing the volume of the dinners, the profit margins were very low. Between planning and promoting a retreat, job hunting in Miami, launching the Who You Know podcast and a rebranding my community for women I had little time to focus on my 1:1 services. In Q1 I also launched my first online program, which consisted of video content from a retreat I had hosted the previous fall. I had anticipated to make $1,000 on this offering but only brought in $100, which did not even cover the cost of the videographer I hired. This made me realize that I needed a better funnel, opt-ins and to focus on growing my online community before launching anymore digital products.

Workaway Weekend was held in Seaside, Florida, and was absolutely magical. From the women who presented to the incredible $1 million mansion we stayed in, it was an amazing weekend and lit my heart on fire. The retreat brought in about $6,000 in profit and was my first profitable retreat after hosting 3 that had broke even. I saw this as a sign of what was working well and had the most potential to grow so I planned another retreat for June as a well as a retreat in Costa Rica for January 2019.

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Q2 April - June: Making the Leap

Total revenue: $3,221

This is where the disruption really started. I knew moving to Miami would be expensive so I did everything I could to create opportunities for myself and build relationships. The value in the home I owned in Daytona had been steadily increasing and I knew it would continue to do so. Selling it was my last choice. So I spent Q2 splitting my time between Daytona Beach and Miami. This is where I got super creative. I started finding house sitting gigs in Miami and got a side job managing an airbnb property, which had a room for me to sleep in. When in Miami I was attending every networking event I could and I joined a mastermind with Miami female entrepreneurs where I made valuable connections that were so key to moving here.

My Miami Beach apartment is my happy place.

My Miami Beach apartment is my happy place.


I also was accepted into Scale Up Miami, a four-month training program for businesses that were ready to scale. At this time I had launched Feminine Infusion for my retreats and events for women and was also trying to launch Idea Dinners in a new market. It began to be apparent that I needed to choose between scaling Idea Dinners or building out my community for women, which I envisioned having an online education component that focused on business and mindset. I was throwing a lot ideas up on the wall, trying to figure out what would stick in a new market. I applied to Miami’s Babson WIN Lab and I was a finalist which meant I had to pitch in front of a room of judges. I pitched Feminine Infusion as a global online education and events platform for women but did not get in the program. At the time, I was disappointed but now I see it as a huge gift and a great learning experience because my business model has changed so much.


I was spending a lot of time strategizing HOW my business would make money in the future instead of focusing on how to generate revenue in the present moment. I picked up my first 1:1 client at this time, which I severely undercharged for my services. During this time things got super tight financially and I cashed in my 401K to stay afloat and begin getting my house ready to sell. I knew as long as I was in this limbo of not really living in one place that my business would suffer, so it was time to put my house on the market. I had three offers on my house the first day it went on the market and two weeks later we closed. I was on my way to Miami and had no idea where I would live. I sold everything I owned and made the drive south. One week later I got the keys to the dreamiest beachside apartment that was more perfect than anything I could have imagined.


I hosted Workaway Weekend again in June but had a difficult time filling it. Looking back it probably had a lot to do with the fact I accidently scheduled it on Father’s Day weekend and hadn’t grown my audience of women who could afford $2,000 for a weekend retreat. I lost $1,500 on hosting this retreat. It’s normal for event planners to lose money on events every now and then but because this was my sole source of revenue in my business, it hurt.


Luckily I had about 6 to 8 months of runway from the sell of my house to support me while I settled my business and life into Miami.


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Q3: July - September: A Dumpster Fire

Total revenue: $3,196

It became clear that I was going to have to focus on my 1:1 services or get a job if I wanted to make enough income to sustain myself in Miami. Yet I couldn’t give up on my dinners and retreats. I spent all of July promoting and planning my Costa Rica retreat and organizing my first dinner for entrepreneurs in Miami. And this is where I started to really freak out. Nothing felt like it was working. While so many women were interested in Costa Rica, no one was ready to the pull the trigger and put down a deposit. Worried I would lose even more money,  I ended up canceling the retreat and losing my deposit. It was also difficult to fill my dinner in the dead of Miami’s summer and I quickly learned that pricing a dinner at $120 would still be a hard sell for my small audience of entrepreneurs. During this time I also got into a contract dispute with a joint venture partner, causing me to lose out on income I had anticipated from referral commissions. I learned that I should have hired a lawyer to help structure our contract. My dinners and retreats had been designed to help experts and potential clients build relationships and I have a proven track record of converting leads for my event partners. But after this experience soured, I decided that instead of focusing on promoting other entrepreneur’s services, I needed to focus on leading my audience to my own services.

My first Idea Dinner in Miami

My first Idea Dinner in Miami


I was really throwing up everything on the wall at this point, exhausting myself to oblivion trying to promote my retreats, dinners and content marketing services. I worked on creating content for my Tell Your Truth retreats and intensives as well as a marketing plan but found myself paralyzed with fear at the idea of taking any more risks or trying anything new. I began bartending at a local brewery and picked up an event marketing client, but it still wasn’t going to be enough. My runway was getting shorter by the day. During this time I had a few public crying episodes. I had gotten myself to Miami but I had no idea if I was going to be able to stay here. The fear I felt was more than at any other time in my business. I thought many times that I should just go get a normal job and even interviewed for several that never went anywhere.

I turned to my spirituality during this time and began going to Sadhana at Kundalini Life Miami in the mornings at 4 a.m, where I did yoga, chanting and meditating with a community of yogis. This helped me move through so much fear and start trusting myself again to make the right decisions in my business.


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Q4 October - December: Getting into Alignment

Total Revenue: $7,372

In October my business was disrupted once again by a three-week trek through the Himalayas in Nepal. In many ways this trip couldn’t have come at a worse time. By November I was on target to be completely out of runway. But this trip had been a dream of mine for so long and I had been training for 9 months to make it happen, which resulted in me losing 35 pounds. I also had already paid for most of the trip. I spent the majority of the trek suffering from altitude sickness to the point I was forced to be medically evacuated back to Kathmandu. There’s a few things I learned here: 1) I will ensure my business has steady revenue and passive income before taking that much time off again. 2) I spend so much time as an entrepreneur taking risks and feeling uncomfortable that I don’t feel the need to do the same on my vacations. While I love a good adventure, I would be more than happy if my next vacation included nothing but a pool and books.

But there was a big metaphorical lesson in my trip to Nepal, which is when you go past your edge, that’s the moment when something breaks through. In my case it was a helicopter that came to save me after 5 days being unable to hold down food. October was basically me learning how to walk through fear and learn to trust.

Walking through all my fears in the Himalayas

Walking through all my fears in the Himalayas


When I came back I was out of runway, which meant it was time to pivot and FAST. This forced me to think about what I could do NOW that would generate income and help me pay my expensive Miami Beach rent that was due in just 10 days.

So I canceled the dinners and events I had planned and starting promoting a $50 bio special for the month of November. I reached out to the groups of entrepreneurs I was already connected with and was blown away with a flurry of requests. I also got over myself and started cold calling people. It was terrifying but when it comes down to impending homelessness or calling people, you quickly get over yourself and pick up the damn phone.

In November I wrote 16 bios and signed on two dream clients for my PR and Content Creation package. I was still coming up short on bills and my laptop died so that meant I had to rely on credit cards to make things work.

In December I built off that momentum by doubling my bio prices and got several referrals for websites and copywriting jobs, including my first corporate client. By doubling down and focusing on the one thing that was working and owning my value, things quickly turned around.

I’m sticking with an overall timeline here and how events unfolded. What I’m leaving out is the emotional rollercoaster ride the last few months have been, the incredible amount of miracles that happened, and how I walked through fear during these twists and turns. I am still building out my 1:1 services and know that I’ll need to establish retainers and sell my bigger packages to sustain my business in the long term but I have more faith now than ever that things will work.

What I want you to know is that there might be a time when you have to make decisions in business and life that put logic and reason at odds with each other. I’m not going to tell you that if you just follow your heart everything will work out. I’m also not going to tell you to give up on your crazy idea because you don’t have every piece of the plan figured out. In the end it’s about trusting your intuition and knowing that sometimes you have to disrupt your business, pivot or do something that feels like walking backwards so you can propel yourself into a new level of growth. There is a reason and season for everything. Trust yourself and trust the timing.

Q4 Investments


If you are looking to gain clarity in your business by developing a content marketing strategy that aligns with your deepest desires and goals, check out my intensives or the Who You Know podcast to hear stories from entrepreneurs who have done the same.


Season 2 Finale: Life after Transformation

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What happens after your make a big transformation in your life? Feminine Infusion and Idea Dinners Founder explores that question in this season finale of the Who You Know Podcast. Taking active steps to change your life can put you on a new path and create momentum for doing even bigger things. But even when you reach a goal or hit a milestone, there can still be setbacks and challenges along the way. 

In this episode Lacey reflects on the changes she's made in her life and where she is in this moment. She also reflects on her takeaway from all the guests who have been featured on the podcast this season and advice for taking action in your own life. You'll also get a sneak preview of Season 3 of the podcast that will launch early next year. 

S2; Ep. 14: Stop Doubting and Start Manifesting with Shauna Altes

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Are you tired of letting doubt run the show? If so, today's episode is all about how to open yourself up to creative possibilities and bring your dreams into fruition. Manifesting isn't always as easy as just changing your thoughts and today's guest Shauna Altes, founder of Maple Box Kids, shares how she's manifested more than $14,000 for a Kickstarter campaign to launch her business, investment to scale her business and her dream home. 

In 2011 Shauna began her career in the wedding industry, owning her own wedding planning company . In 2013 she expanded and founded a floral company and built the business to create events for multiple weddings a weekend all over central Florida. In the midst of weddings every weekend her two little boys were growing fast and she craved time with them. She was overwhelmed with the amount of clutter that caused stress in her home. She wanted to simplify and dig deep instead of wide.

She made it her mission to remove the clutter from her life and to keep only the things that brought deep joy and satisfaction, and she designed toys, stories and experiences that made quality time with her boys easier and impact on the environment minimal so she could focus on the joy of spending time together.

This is why she created Maple Box Kids and The Radiant.org to help bring clarity and connection into others lives.


S2; Ep. 13: Eating with Intention - Sabrina Dora-Lopez

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Slowing down and taking time to create beautiful meals that tell a story is a passion Sabrina Dora-Lopez has brought to life as a personal chef in Miami. Her unique approach and incredible knowledge of herbs and foods with healing powers is what we are focusing on today! By transforming our relationships with food we have the power to make authentic choices and eat with intention. Not only are we discussing our mutual love for food but we’ll also be talking about:

  • The power of alignment and how to stay the path when facing challenges

  • How shifts in life can lead to innovation in your business

  • How to create connections and community through storytelling

  • Why getting creative with food could help lead to your next big breakthrough

Connect with Sabrina here or @vestafoods on Instagram

S2; Ep. 12: The Transformation of Motherhood with Jaime Nolan

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There’s no doubt about it, having kids can change everything. As women it can be complex to navigate the ups and downs of motherhood while giving ourselves permission to live authentically, follow our desires and create an identity outside of our role as parents. On today’s podcast Jaime Nolan, life coach and mother of three, gives the real deal on her own transformation as a mother. In this episode we are discussing:

  • Why making the decision to have kids isn’t always black & white

  • How to surrender your plans while being intentional about your time and energy

  • Why mom guilt never goes away but how you can make peace with it

  • Why you can’t have it all but you can create space for your own pursuits and work

  • How to avoid the parent obligation trap so you can have more time for what truly matters

  • How to define your own identity outside motherhood

  • How to slowly build a successful business as a new mom

Connect with Jaime here or @jaimenolan on Instagram!

S2; Ep. 11: Reinventing Yourself and Failing Forward with Candis Hickman

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Obstacles in life can turn into opportunities for starting over and reinventing yourself. When Candis Hickman moved to the U.S. from Australia in 2011, she gained a life partner but the move also mean professional sacrifices and the loss of her credentials as an occupational therapist. Through determination and belief in herself Candis set out to find her voice and forge a new career path in the spotlight. Now as a personal branding and digital marketing coach in Miami, Candis helps women define their unique stories and become known.

In today’s episode we are discussing:

  • How setbacks and failures can be the springboard for a new beginning

  • How to let go of who you were to become the person you want to be

  • How to dream bigger instead of settling for “just enough.”

  • Why you should quickly respond to inspiration and intuitive ideas

  • What you gain from failing and how to turn it into a new opportunity

  • Why spirit matters more than strategy

  • What to do when manifesting only gets you halfway to your dreams

Candis Hickman believes that becoming known is every woman’s birthright, and that each of us has the potential to make an unforgettable impression on the world. But to become known in a noisy, judgemental world takes authenticity, courage and a distinct sense of style. This is why Candis teaches spirit-led female entrepreneurs how to create their stand-out brand with a unique blend of creativity and soul. 

Born and raised in Australia, Candis started her career as an Occupational Therapist. When a move to the United States in 2011 resulted in the loss of her professional credentials, she was forced to reinvent herself. Working a minimum wage job at the mall by day and posing as a socialite by night, Candis set out to find her voice and forge a new career path in the spotlight.

With zero on-camera experience, she landed a role as the host for WJYS’ Urban Access TV. From notable interviews with music icons Ice-Cube, Twista & Sway Calloway, to George Kotsiopoulos of E!’s Fashion Police & Nazr Mohammed of the Chicago Bulls, Candis slowly established her personal brand in the local market, proving that good branding can triumph over formal business training.

In early 2017 Candis relocated to Miami, Florida where she launched her online coaching business teaching female entrepreneurs how to build their profitable personal brand. Her work has been featured in Time Out Miami magazine, Fete Lifestyle Magazine, Voyage MIA Magazine, The Gifters podcast, and the popular Chicago-based video magazine Glossed & Found, to name a few. She is also the founder of The Miami Girl; a growing community of over 600 creative business-women in the South Florida area.


S2; Ep. 10: Healing Your Relationship with Food / Eleonora Bastos

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When it comes to transforming our bodies, food can be a prickly topic. If you struggling with calorie-counting or restrictive diets then you know how frustrating it can be to find balance. But what if you could get off the diet train forever and eat what you wanted without guilt or shame? 

On today's episode I'm chatting with Eleonora Bastos of The Diet Free Project about how we can heal our relationships with food once and for all. In this episode we are discussing: 

  • Cultural mixed messages that lead to body shame and unhealthy relationships with food. 

  • How body dysmorphia influences our self talk and body image. 

  • The emotional and psychological reasons we over-eat, binge or have hangups about food. 

  • The difference between stress eating and binge eating and why so many of us struggle in this area. 

  • Why you don't need to have an eating disorder to heal your relationship with food and your body. 

  • How stress impacts your nervous system and stifles your weight loss goals. 

  • How to eat for pleasure while staying healthy 

  • How to decide which foods are best for your body 

  • How to cultivate mindful eating habits so you feel satisfied and can avoid cravings. 

Eleonora is a certified Integrative Nutrition practitioner who has decided to dedicate her life to helping people with their health, nutrition and personal development after overcoming 8 years of eating disorders and depression. 

She opened her practice in Miami in 2014, after completing her education at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Since then, she has been coaching women all over the world helping them improve their health and permanently lose weight by simply implementing a few diet and lifestyle changes. 

After recovering from an 8-year battle with an eating disorder and depression, Eleonora decided to dedicate her life to share what she have discovered with as many people as possible to help them overcome the same struggles she had. 

S2; Ep. 9: My Own Story of Transformation - Lacey McLaughlin

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Today I'm getting real about my own journey about the last year of my life in which I lost 30 pounds, quit my job, moved to a new city and launched Feminine Infusion. This is an unfiltered version of my story in which I share: 

  • The root causes of low self-esteem and shame that led to workacholism and weight gain. 

  • Why I left my job before my business was profitable or I had a single client. 

  • Why I decided to focus on my health and happiness for a year instead of work and external achievements. 

  • How I said yes to myself despite financial fears and uncertainty. 

  • Why going to see Tony Robbins created a shift, but didn't change my life. 

  • Why I took a month to face my shadow and work with healers in Costa Rica. 

  • Why my trip to Costa Rica was the inspiration for creating Feminine Infusion.

  • Why moving to Miami answered a calling I had ignored for two decades. 

  • What it's really like to relaunch a business in a new city and start over. 

  • How I used self-love and meditation to lose 30 pounds. 

  • How spirituality helped me deal with financial failures in my business this summer. 

  • How I moved through fear, judgement and anxiety and found confidence and low within myself. 

  • How to believe in unexpected miracles and stay the course, even when everything feels like it's falling apart. 

 

S2; Ep. 8: Leading with Purpose and Intuition with Maggie Gentry

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Finding your own path and staying the course can be challenging in a world with so much noise. If you find yourself torn between what you "should" be doing and how you are spending your time or if fear and uncertainty is holding you back, this episode is for you. Today I am joined by Maggie Gentry for a conversation on how on healing yourself can also heal your business so you can lead from intuition and purpose. Today we are discussing: 

  • How to reconnect to your why daily

  • Morning routines to bring clarity and peace into your work

  • Evolving and changing with your business

  • How to shift out of worse-case scenario mindset

  • how staying present brings creates more opportunities

  • How to release expectations and uncertainty about the future

  • How to show up for yourself on a soul level

Maggie Gentry empowers creatives to Own Your Why® so that you can grow your business intentionally using a custom marketing plan built around your core values. Her unique approach blends business coaching, marketing consulting, and loads of compassion, which allows you to grow your business in a way that feels perfectly tailored to you. She is also the co-founder of Mindful Moments ATX, a self-care event series for womxn working to establish their own wellness rituals. 

S2: Ep. 7: Getting Real + Happy With Sara Wiles and Lacey Sites

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Today I'm talking to two women who have a deep bond and special friendship. Remember in middle school that best friend you had who believed in you and when you were both together the rest of the world didn't exist? That is the type of friendship Lacey Sites + Sara Wiles embody. Today Lacey and Sara are discussing their own personal transformations over the years and how their friendship has evolved. By deepening their friendship they've also formed a business. 

In this episode we are discussing:

How to get real so you can form strong, long-lasting friendships.

How to talk about depression with the people in your life.

Why combining friendship + business is essential

How to grow with your friendships as life shifts and takes different directions

Sara Wiles + Lacey Sites are the co-founders of Happy Thoughts, where they give women the permission to finally be happy and the tools to do so consistently. They go live on Facebook every Tuesday at 8:00 PM EST for the Happy Thoughts Show where they empower other women to create success in the midst of happy and not so happy thoughts through sharing their own journeys and inviting their audience to do the same.

S2; Episode 6: Finding Your Soul Sisters with Gaby Guzman and Jaime Nolan

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If you want to fully step into your purpose with confidence, it requires courage and soul work. Doing inner work is key for aligning with your truth and discovering what sets your soul on fire. Miami entrepreneurs Jaime Nolan and Gaby Guzman have walked through the fire of stepping into their purpose now help others realize their full potential. On this episode we are discussing how soul work fuels your personal and professional growth, how to attract soul sisters that support you and how to manifest opportunities that bring you into full alignment with your purpose. 

Gaby's passion is to help women uncover their unique talents, and strategize together on how their personal brand will flow into their businesses and come alive every day on social media platforms.Her soul is fueled by helping women see their vision, step up to it, and tell their story proudly. She does this in true sisterhood - through energy work, storytelling, and strategy.

Jaime Nolan is a health and life coach who is committed to living a life that was aligned with her desires. That meant saying no to what others expected and saying YES to herself. It meant walking down an unconventional path without a road map. Through her own experiences she has created the Fuck Yeah Life program meant getting others outside their comfort zone and taking bold, scary steps to live their best lives.

S2; Ep. 5 Building Friendships with Ideal Clients with Shelley Easter + Joy Rudolph

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Whether you are just starting out in business or launching a new product or service, finding the right clients can be one the biggest challenges.

On Today’s episode I’m talking with Shelley Easter and Joy Rudolph who started as friends and progressed into a long-term working relationship. If you struggle to define the line between friend and client, want to build better relationships at networking events or want to create an offer that’s the perfect fit for your audience, this is an episode you don't want to miss. We are also discussing the power of hosting live events for your business and how to build relationships before selling services.

Shelley Easter has been building brands and websites for almost a decade. She’s passionate about helping women-owned small businesses connect with their audience and thrive online. She loves connecting with and supporting and fellow creatives through Skype chats and in-person meetups. After years of freelancing, she started her business Shiny Acorn in 2016. It was a total shift in mindset, marketing and profit.

Joy provides virtual assisting for visionaries and has over a decade of administrative experience. Since 2014, she's been helping people like you double the hours they have in a day. She'll help you find purpose in the particulars so you're freed you up to execute your big vision.

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S.2; Ep. 4: What You Need to Know Before Joining a Mastermind with Emily Marko

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Joining a mastermind is a great way to build meaningful relationships and friendships, but knowing when to make that investment when building a business can be tricky. Emily Marko and I met in a mastermind last year and our story highlights the support and growth we found through investing in and supporting each other. So how do you know if you are ready to join a mastermind and how can you get the most of your experience? Join us on this episode as we dive into everything you need to know about investing in your own growth and the relationship that can help get you there. 

Emily Marko is a visual storyteller who helps passionate business owners just like you solve complex problems with pictures. Life and business can get messy! Emily's an expert at using visuals to help you capture ideas, build action plans, share stories, and move from chaos to calm.  She's a mix of strategist, coach, and artist, and has been helping clients get clear and take action for over 15 years.