Today we’d like to introduce you to Priscilla Stephan.
Priscilla, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I wish I’d grown up knowing what I wanted to do. At times there were too many options (ballerina, astronaut, or classical pianist!) and at other times distress in thinking that what I loved didn’t pay as well as the lifestyle I was accustomed.
My path has been unchartered and paved by perseverance and a knowing that if I just kept going, I’d find my way. For the first 10 years of my professional life, I was a Program Officer for international environmental organizations including World Wildlife Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.
While I was following my passion post-graduate school, I found the field challenging on my spirit and I burned out. I missed using my creativity and found myself opening up my first business: importing fashion accessories from Brazilian designers (I’m originally from Brazil). I didn’t expect to enjoy entrepreneurship and I found that I loved it and hated it at the same time.
I loved creating and generating opportunities and connections and I had no idea what the highs and lows of entrepreneurship felt like (ouch!). I found myself quitting the environmental field and, after 3 years, closing my accessories business. I learned that identifying your self-worth with business success was a scary trapping of entrepreneurship and the feeling of “failure” that came with closing that business took several years to transmute into a positive.
During that barren period, I moved back to NYC and spent 5 years trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I temped, took on full-time positions that were the antithesis to my natural gifts (investment banking anyone?) and I was summarily fired from 2 jobs in 9 months leaving my confidence and ego in the toilet yet again. I knew I needed to take a break and was fortunate to be able to take a nine month work sabbatical to do some healing, take some self-development classes and figure out what was next.
In the process, I learned about nutrition school and became a health coach. My desire to heal my relationship with my body and to food opened up a career as a health coach. I was ready for entrepreneurship again without the burden of having to carry an inventory. This business was 100% online and I loved it. I did it for 3 years while knowing that there was a missing piece. By “accident” I came across a modality of work that allowed me to do deeper work with clients and to help them live their purpose in a way that was very fulfilling to their spirit.
I was able to do intuitive readings for people and realized that I had a special gift to tap into the soul of the person’s business and to provide precise, practical and aligned guidance on their next steps going as far as channeling people’s marketing plans in great detail. So I rebranded my business into intuitive business coaching and I’ve been loving it for the last 4 years. Today I work with conscious women entrepreneurs who feel called to leave the world a better place through their business while operating in their zones of genius.
I believe that once you know your innate gifts, you find a business model that supports the lifestyle you desire and you align your business with your values, you get to create more and work less (hello ease!). I now work with healers, conscious entrepreneurs, coaches and purpose-driven entrepreneurs that know there’s a better way to live, do business and to leave their mark without losing themselves or their sanity in the process.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been bumpy as hell. I’ve gone through 3 very painful career changes and each change left me wondering if I would ever figure out my next step. They also gave me an opportunity to do inner healing and to build my personal confidence.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My clients come to me because they want to bring the soul back into their businesses. They have a hunger, and a knowing that they are meant to do great things with their gifts and they want to build a leveraged, joyful and profitable business. A business, rich in meaning that allows them to operate in their zone of genius, be themselves and to have a blast in the process. My clients also love that I teach them to trust what they know rather than to follow any one formula.
We each have a soul path to follow and infinite soul wisdom within ourselves to guide us in living our highest expression (our purpose) in life. I help them tap into their knowledge, guide them intuitively to what’s true for themselves and to stay true to what matters most to them. I truly believe that trusting yourself is your greatest asset and skill for life and business.
What were you like growing up?
I was always socially shy AND loved attention. I’d dance in the living room for my parents to watch, I played the piano and was nicknamed “little Mozart” in high school. I always loved to travel, astronomy, the arts, nature and reading.
- Website: www.priscillastephan.com
- Phone: 9176837252
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/priscillastephan/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/priscilla.stephan.1
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/sweetpathgirl
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