Professional Coach / Business Owner / Coach Trainer & Certification Supervisor / Tango Dancer / Seamstress / Fountain Pen Lover
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Maria is CTI faculty and a role model advocate of "there's another way to live."
Roots & Home
I'm a hybrid (Spanish dad, Italian/English/Polish Mom), bred in Spain, now living in Spain after 16 years abroad
IN ONE WORD
I can tell very quickly if someone is lying to themselves, like "this isn't you", and then guide them to connect with what is true for them.
Different way to do/be your business (brand consistency all the way!!)
Top 3 Influencers
Kendall SummerHawk and Denise Duffield-Thomas
Most impactful book/podcast
Calling in the One - Katherine Wood Thomas (so many self-development lessons and insights beyond "finding in the one"!)
For SHITS & GIGGLES
Hanging out in the kitchen with Ellany Lea, talking to my brothers and family
I used to BE scared OF...
Not being able to make money
F*ck this shit moment
Being layed off by my company and being left by boyfriend at the same time
Advice to 13 year old self
Keep doing what you like and keep traveling
Best advice received
"Pack your stuff before you leave." (for relationship closure)
I am a full-time coach, a coach's supervisor, and a tango seamstress.
I say RAWFEM, you say...
Photo courtesy of Chauveau Photography
One of the Hardest moments in your life?
Investing in a $15k/yr coach and not making any money 15 months into the program
How did you overcome it?
Found the courage to fire her and decided to build my business my way
Who’s your tribe?
My 8 closest friends from my leadership tribe (the Koalas), my family, Ellany Lea, some of my coaching training friends
What do you wish you stopped doing a long time ago?
Second guessing myself and thinking I don't know "enough"
After A shitty day/month/year, How do you keep going?
Walking by the sea usually resets my shitty day, or talking to a friend
who/What changed your direction forever?
The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and Kendall SummerHawk
Hardest part about being a trailblazer / first generation?
Not having a role model, and always felling like the weird one
Sacrifice made to get here? Sacrifice NOT willing to make?
Conventional life (stability, fitting in) / My integrity and my peace
Growing up, money was _____. Now, money is _____.
Saving and fun / Fun and power
ABOUT HER BUSINESS
What is your business about?
I help women entrepreneurs take their business to the next level without selling their soul
What stage is your business at?
Where do you get support? Or do you do it all yourself?
I have a group of like-minded money, marketing and soul business owners mastermind, a mentor, Ellany Lea, an accountant and tax person, and friends
Do you have employees? If so, What do you look for?
Integrity, excellence, heart and committment
How did you overcome your fear of selling?
By changing perspective, and seeing how selling is really about connecting, creating relationships and helping people make a decision
What should you do less / more of, but don't?
Thinking less / Executing more with better systems and more consistency
biggest high and most challenging low in your business?
High: Working with high caliber premium clients / Low: Being super excited about something I created and then hearing crickets
Your advice for new / growing / peaked entrepreneurs?
New: Have enough enough money in the bank or a paycheck to not have to worry about making money in the first 3 years of your business / Growing: Own your expertise, do not second guess it / Peaked: Keep the love for your business alive, by changing what doesn't make you feel great.
Networking, how do you?
I don't! I start one-on-one and then I grow a relationship with the people I really like, they become referrals or fans / supporters of my work.
biggest leap of faith you’ve ever taken in your business?
Big money investments, like CTI's $15k Leadership program, Kendall SummerHawk's $5k CMMS program, hiring a $15k/yr high end sales coach
How many hours a week do you work on / in your business?
20h/week ON my business, 10h / week IN my business