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Meet Suzanne Reilley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suzanne Reilley.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
You know, my story is a non-linear one. I think in each stage of my life, I kept following what felt like the next best step, the right thing for ME. I’ve considered med school, worked at Johns Hopkins in obesity research, worked as a personal trainer in a gym and in people’s homes, I’ve done part-time gigs, I’ve learned about digital marketing and written product launches and had fun with other marketing projects. Sometimes looking back, it feels like a random mish-mash. In hindsight, I wouldn’t change any of it. Each and every experience has had a part in shaping where I am, and who I am today and it really does all seamlessly fit together.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Ha! Smooth road, that’s funny. When I finished college, I wasn’t sure what was next and worked in a bike shop for 6 months. At a later point, I knew clinical research wasn’t right for me and I struggled to uncover what was next. I struggled with that mix of certainty and unknowing. Further down the road, I was getting great results with my personal training clients, and my inner wisdom spoke up and let me know there was more… a different evolution of that for me. Over time, and through a lot of introspection and trial and error, I stepped into more of a professional coaching role, going deeper with people to ask, “What do you really want in life?” I can see that there were challenges as I stretched myself in these growth phases and also challenges in the darker transition times. Looking back, all these experiences were perfect, and led me to a deeper, and truer place for me to be.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Well, I’ve found a way to mesh all of my talents and interests into a few, aligned professional endeavors. I work full time on the Digital Marketing Team for iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. iPEC is a highly regarded, world-class coach training school and it’s an honor to be on that team. I also chose to take my natural coaching ability to the next level through their 9-month intensive Coach Training Program and will be finishing that around the end of this year. With that, I’ll be a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.

My website, www.suzannereilley.com offers simple, effective tools to build a happy, healthy relationship with food, and permanently live at your happy weight. Through that project, I offer virtual products and high-level coaching to help people uncover the root of their challenges and make simple, sustainable changes that lead to lasting results.

It’s so rewarding when people take that huge sigh of relief and say, “Suzanne, thank you… I’m actually excited to try this again. You just de-shamed the whole process. I feel so comfortable talking to you and confiding in you.”

It largely comes from listening to that specific person, seeing and incorporating the unique and personal things that they’re excited about, and honoring all the other aspects of their lifestyle.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Wow, great question. How do I define success? I’m successful when I’m utilizing my highest gifts, in the way that I enjoy most. I’m successful when I trust my intuition and follow the path that’s right for me. I’m successful when I fall in love with the process, and let money, health, and results be a byproduct. I certainly keep an eye on how things will align with the end result, but the thing is, the majority of our time is spent in the process. In the day to day, the creating, sweating, the problem-solving. If we’re only living for the award, the smaller pants size, the “popping of the champagne,” there can be a lot of life that’s unhappy or unlived. The more I can connect to things that bring me passion, joy and fulfillment in the day-to-day, the more successful I consider myself to be.

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