Hi, I’m Courtney and my love story with Willows Bloom began soon after I walked away from my English teaching business. This was a hard loss for me. I had spent my entire adult life working towards this goal that I had always thought I wanted. Just the schooling alone lasted 6 years and cost more than I’d care to remember. But destiny has a way of catching up with you.
It was on a fateful summer day during a Cancer Lunar Eclipse that I first felt called to dump these 6 years worth of work to follow my heart and intuition to a new life. The only thing was, I didn’t know what that new life was yet.
Unfortunately, my mind got the best of me around this decision. I wish I could say it was a clean break, but I spent countless hours and weeks in a nervous frenzy trying to sort out my thoughts of self-doubt.
Does this make me a quitter if I leave my English business behind?
Will people take me seriously in an entirely new field?
What about all those “wasted” years?
How do I know if I’m doing the “right” thing?
What am I even meant to do?
I felt like I was stepping out onto an invisible staircase floating above a thousand foot drop. Why would I give up something good for an unknown like that?
The thoughts swirled around my head, but I decided to trust and step anyway. Today, I am so glad I did! My life and work have completely transformed because of it. Let me show you how.
In my last business, I always experienced a feeling of urgency. I felt like I was always about to miss my flight and could never quite catch up from the long security lines. I was working as an isolated solopreneur who was overwhelmed by the 10,000 different hats I had to wear. I was always rushing to come up with new content each week, and I remember lying in bed on Saturday night furiously editing my latest video so it would make it out by Sunday morning. It was like I was running a printing press by myself!
It wasn’t just that either. I was constantly dissatisfied with my website and brand design. I would change it one month then be unhappy with it the next. It never felt like it represented who I was as a person, and I only dreamed of one day being able to afford the website designer I saved in my bookmarks bar.
I was an overall hot mess, trying to DIY everything and be a CEO that lived on a shoestring budget. When I look back now, I want to give myself a hug and the key piece of advice I now know – investing in yourself is essential to get the results you want. Come on, Courtney! Most of all, I wish I could tell myself to trust that inner guidance system we call our intuition. There were so many things that felt forced in my business, but since I didn’t know how much better it could be, I just kept pushing forward. Now I know what true alignment feels like.
My pre-Willows Bloom life looked a lot like a wannabe entrepreneur throwing spaghetti at the wall and praying it would stick. I spent hours and hours doing tasks that could be systematized, I created a course no one wanted and launched to crickets, and I looked at others in envy as they grew and I stayed small (mindset issues galore…).
Looking back, I’m so glad I had this experience because it taught me everything NOT to be! I was passionate, yes, but for the wrong reasons. I was pushing and striving and it always felt hard. That’s because I was in the wrong business, I wasn’t aligned with my soul, and I didn’t invest in myself, my mindset, and my systems in order to really create a profitable gig. Poor Courtney, she was trying her best!
When I started Willows Bloom, I decided to take a radical new approach. I slowed down to get ahead. Let me repeat that for those in the back. I slowed down to get ahead. If you’re on the hamster wheel of content creation and wearing all the Mad Hatter’s hats, then I hope your ears are perking up right now because you need this medicine, my friend. There’s an easier way to run your business.
I knew there was a version of myself in a parallel universe, living as a badass CEO in total flow with her business. I wanted to make those two realities collide, so I started off by building slowly, laying the foundation brick by brick, all the while embodying the mentality of my future self.
In my desire to do all the things differently, I also hired an accountability coach, invested many thousands of dollars into courses, read all the recommended books, deep dove into my astrology chart, reprogrammed my subconscious mind, began self-coaching and actually acted on everything my intuition guided me to.
As I took each new step, the path appeared before me. My muscle to trust and surrender grew stronger and it carried me through the blind path of the unknown. I jumped and trusted that the net would appear before me and it always did.
It was this kind of trust that led to the slow unveiling of what Willows Bloom is today. What started off as seemingly incoherent, abstract ideas solidified as I examined my business’s astrology chart and followed my gut, step by step. My obsession with astrology, business and holistic wellness all tied together into a program that I felt could really change people’s lives.
I created a website design based on guidance from the stars, and when I look at it, I feel like I’m seeing a visual representation of my soul. I stepped into a real CEO mindset, hired a VA, created systems and processes, learned how to automate, and saved myself over 30 hours of work a week.
I now have 3 months of scheduled videos and blog posts ready to go. I have a deeper, more profound connection with my audience and a clear understanding of who I am meant to serve. I work on my mindset daily and recognize that all the fear I feel is a wonderful indication of my growth. What’s even more beautiful is that I’ve had the incredible opportunity to connect with other like-minded female entrepreneurs that I honor, love and respect.
I’ve taken chances and I’ve grown. Now, I’m here to help other spiritual, female entrepreneurs take their businesses back by starting over the right way. I help them build the foundations, brick by brick, just like I have. Even more importantly, I use astrology to help connect them with their soul mission so that whatever business is birthed through them feels soul-aligned from the start.
If you’re interested in learning how to build your business foundations using astrology, mindset, systems, self-coaching, planning with your menstrual cycle, creating a consistent visual brand and so much more, check out my AstroBiz Course here.
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