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Meet Stephanie Dawn of Sacred Life Services in Playa del Rey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Dawn.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am enjoying my life every day, making more money than I ever thought possible as a free spirit, activist and artist some 25 years ago when I first moved to California. I feel blessed to be raising my two boys in Playa del Rey and living the quintessential active California lifestyle. Having been raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, living in California is a dream come true. I fell in love with it as a girl, but never imagined I would live here. While I originally moved to Santa Cruz to learn to surf, I quickly fell in love with an organic farmer and moved to the Coachella Valley where I got the full-on education into vegan, organic living, spirituality and yoga, massage and essential oils! I had officially arrived in the land of fruits and nuts I like to say. After three years on and off the farm, traveling and selling organic fruit, I moved to Los Angeles. Originally, I came here to act (so cliché!), that dream ended with the death of a dear friend of mine from AIDS. His death precipitated my spiritual studies in earnest. I studied for 6 years and became an Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner in 2001 from the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City. After working with many artists and women seeking their soulmates initially, I landed in the realm of birth with the pregnancy of my first son. This led to the creation of the Sacred Birth Workshop, helping parents to prepare the sacred landscape of parenting and birth. I taught for 6 years in Los Angeles and New York. In 2010 I began working with birth professionals online around the world to teach them Sacred Birth Work, so they could share it with their clients. After studying business for the entire year of 2010, I realized I needed to offer business coaching to my mentees, and began to work as a business coach, in addition to the other types of coaching I was doing, as well as embedding business coaching into my programs. In 2014 I launched myself as a Sacred Business Coach, helping visionary women to birth their sacred medicine into the world and double and triple their income.

In addition to my business coaching practice, I am now leveraging these skills with my new business, helming a large global network marketing team of Health and Wellness Guides who offer organic non- GMO superfoods for athletes, weight loss and optimum wellbeing. I am also very near the completion of a book about the sacred nature of birth.

It is titled ” Your Sacred Birth, A Visionary Guide to a New Birth Paradigm”. This book distills all of my Sacred Birth Work teaching of over the past decade and half and is a love letter to moms to be around the world.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think any entrepreneur would ever say their journey has been smooth. There is an enormous amount of personal development that happens on the path to being a successful entrepreneur. There is a lot of grit on the journey and many many leaps of faith. I have had failures and successes and because I know that everything is not what is seems, I am adept at going beyond appearances to determine what is going on in any given situation. I am grateful for my years of spiritual study that has helped me to navigate the unknowns that come with entrepreneurism. I couldn’t imagine living any other way, to be honest. I have long known that I wanted to be my own boss and I appreciate that I have had to acquire so many skills set to be successful. I have many superpowers! What is not my superpower I hire someone else to do.

The biggest challenge I have had to face recently is that my mate was not on board with my vision for my life and my business and we are now separated and getting a divorce.

So this has been a tough year, but I am so excited by the future and what I can do for my boys with all of my ventures. They will travel around the world with me and learn to become global citizens.

Sacred Life Services – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a Sacred Business Coach, I work with many women who are in the birth and health field in the US and around the world. I have been a long time birth activist, seeking to transform the dominant paradigm for many years now. Unless you have given birth, or know someone who has, you probably wouldn’t have any idea that things are as bad as they are. We in the US have one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world and our infant mortality rate is also abysmal. Obstetric violence happens to women giving birth daily.

Our cesarean birth rate hovers around 35%. To me, all of this is unacceptable. It is because of this background that I am uniquely skilled to support midwives, doulas, yoga teachers, health coaches, various health practitioners, speakers and authors who have important messages and what I call “sacred medicine” that is theirs to deliver to world. I am an expert strategist and coach. I catch the vision of my clients and I “midwife” them as they fulfill it. I feel blessed to be able to do the work I do and I love helping women to succeed financially. It’s thrilling. After a recent health crisis, I am embarking on a new and very prosperous entrepreneurial foray into the superfoods industry. A longtime self-described “organic freak” thanks to my life on the organic farm, I now enjoy helping women to create radiant health and wealth, so it’s double the fun of my Sacred Business Coaching practice. This income is on track to replace my coaching income in a year’s time, which will allow me to consult periodically and finish writing my book about the sanctity of birth.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as the ability to create a life that truly works for me. With my coaching I help my clients to understand that the way forward must match how they resonantly feel inside. I coach them to go for that “full body yum” sensation. I believe that pleasure and what feels good is a guiding principle to success in the new paradigm. Do we sometimes have to do things we don’t want to do to succeed? Yes, but over time, those tasks diminish as we find others to help us that enjoy doing those tasks.

I value highly self-care, spending time with my children, making delicious and nutritious meals and being with friends. I also enjoy travel for business and pleasure and I do so often. I leave next week to support a VIP client at a luxury resort in Sedona and I am taking my kids to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for Christmas.

Success to me is enjoying my work when I am doing it (I work about 5 hours a day, four days a week) and having the time freedom to do all of the above. I also enjoy being recognized by my mentors and colleagues that appreciate my “sacred medicine” and acknowledge me. This allows me to know that I am in alignment and on the right track with my life. I feel blessed to be creating work that is unique to my history and skill set and that is making the world a better place. I think we all need to be asking of our lives “how can I help?” and then being about the business of doing it.

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