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Meet Trailblazer Dawn Allison

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

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dawn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was one of those kids who noticed the details. Growing up in an unpredictable environment, it was helpful to observe behaviors and patterns in the adults around me. By observing them, I could shift my energy appropriately, making myself smaller–not be noticed when necessary–to stay safe. This ability to predict behavior patterns, to “know” the outcome before it occurs, has grown into one of my superpowers.

Combined with the ability to feel frequency from a person, a situation, I can forecast an outcome with startling accuracy. As a Creative Strategist and Consultant, my clients will ask me to “read” someone or a situation—for example—before signing a contract, before being a creative project, before taking on new business partners. This could be in any situation since I advise for personal concerns as well.

I’m an Aries, and Aries rising, but have a twelfth house Piscean moon with my mercury in Pisces in the twelfth house. Translating this from planetary geometry into pragmatic terms: I problem solve by breezing past the mental hesitation and fear that–for many people–would typically shut down a highly creative solution. I tap into the energy of fun, forward movement, excitement, but also work out the step-by-step approach needed to implement the solution. Creative ideas go nowhere without an actionable plan.

The plan gets worked out with my client. We create a very doable strategy. Steps that can be taken daily, so as to focus on each piece, instead of the overwhelming amount of work that has to get accomplished. The brain always wants things to be as simple as possible. Breaking down the mountain into small segments–each with a great vie–feels encouraging. With this approach, the view gets appreciated during the climb.

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?
Discomfort is the price of admission to an exceptional life. Ask yourself what you want. Do you want to be the most outstanding version of yourself? Do you want to get out of bed excited about creating your day? Do you want to impact everyone you meet in an effortlessly meaningful way? That means breaking the habit of being your old self.

Learn the backstory to exceptional people: you will find many, many challenges and adversity. You have to be willing to take risks, set aside what you know, be vulnerable, be transparent in your communication, be enthusiastic, be disciplined. IT TAKES EFFORT. But you can do it because becoming an empowered, exceptional being of love is your birthright. STEP UP AND CLAIM IT. Put down your phone. Start a gratitude journal. Look in the mirror and say “I am powerful. My heart is full of compassion for myself and all who I encounter.” Practice daily until you feel it. Put your phone on airplane mode 30 minutes before bed and visualize all the positive things you want to bring into your life. Doing this before sleep is powerful, You’ll prime your subconscious for incredible dreams.

Focus on you until the focus is you. Start right now. Because wherever you are is the perfect time and place to begin.

We’d love to hear more about The Well-Grounded Spirit.
I’m grateful to have found a way to channel my creative background into my work. I studied art and French in college. I worked in France before moving to New York, where I worked as a fashion photographer’s assistant, did some acting, was in a band. I completely understand hustling three jobs to make it all work. It’s a beautiful and maddening life at times. And certainly worth it. Because if you don’t swing, you miss 100 percent of the time.

Watching so many creative friends and peers burn out from a lot of self-made chaos, made me realize that systems and a certain amount of stability is integral to success. You can’t keep burning the house down–you’ll have no space in which to create. I thought that fire was glowing up my creative drive but saw in time how exhausting it was. There are many ways to become inspired and harness that energy. It doesn’t have to be through pain, drama, and unpredictability.

After leaving New York, I spent time in Atlanta, and then Chicago. Both cities provided more calm. Time for going inward and reflecting what I’d experienced. I studied Neuromuscular Therapy, Medical Qigong, Hypnosis, Reiki. I learned about meditation and gratitude. I discovered plant medicine. All of these practices became woven into my coaching and now, consulting practice.

The Well-Grounded Spirit was a risk in some ways. I had never branded myself before moving to LA. I had always just worked with my name and professional letters behind it such as: Dawn Smith, NMT or Dawn Smith, PPC. I had never even pushed my social media or paid for advertising since most of my clients came through referrals.

I knew in LA, I could begin to brand more of who I am as a coach and consultant. Having lived and worked in NY, Chicago, Atlanta, I couldn’t draw attention to my intuitive skills. LA actually searches for professionals with this skill set. It’s one of the many things I appreciate about the locals: much more open to highly creative self-expression and outside of the box thinking.

With this in mind, I became the Well-Grounded Spirit: emphatic, but pragmatic. Vision with strategy. I also help my clients improve their own intuition with personal strategies and hypnosis. Hypnosis is super helpful for anyone ready to re-pattern old habits into natural strengths. Your drive, your focus, your passion is waiting to be harnessed in your subconscious. Let’s set it free.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Yes, definitely. I had young parents, so it felt more like older siblings. My grandparents who helped look after me, died tragically when I was 10. At that point, I felt like it was all up to me in terms of guidance and sorting out my life. I learned to read when I was 3, so has strong critical thinking skills at a very young age.

The books I read very early on weren’t children’s books. I was always attracted to mystical thinking, ancient sacred sites, especially anywhere with pyramids. I slowly processed advanced concepts and philosophies while other kids were watching cartoons. I could get along with everyone but quietly felt like I was from a different star system.

Fortunately, my parents bought me a bicycle. It gave me significant freedom, and the ability to release so much just by pedaling. Cycling has been such a part of my life to this day: freedom, problem-solving, meditation, staying fit all happen while riding.

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Laurie Hernandez

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