Who are you and what is your business?
I am Shoshanna French the founder of Simple Spirit. I created an Intuitive Decision Making curriculum, as well as I am a speaker, and a coach.
Why do you love what you do?
I love the freedom and creativity of owning a business. Each day and each client is different. Plus I can follow the energy and create new offerings as I desire to do so. The work of supporting extraordinary people to have great lives is super exciting and in some cases challenging. To be the best coach, trainer, and facilitator I can be requires that I be the best version of myself. I must walk my walk and talk my talk. When I wake up and don't feel like doing my morning practice, I recognize the thought and look at the feelings and tuck those away so I can bring great presence and awareness to my clients.
What is one moment you think was pivotal in making you who you are today? The day I met my husband in 2002. He believed in me and was the rocket fuel many times over the last 21 years.
How did you get started doing what you are doing?
I was in a Coaching Group called "Money Mastery". The coach Lori said, "Each of you will be starting a business before our year is up. Starting thinking about what you would want to do." So I started a business.
Name a time in your life or business when you felt really proud of yourself. What did you overcome to get there and what made you so proud in that moment?
A client invited me to come and speak at Google in DC. I was petrified. Who me? Google really?! To show up and lead took two things: trusting my intuition which was leading me there, and to believe that the universe knew better than I did before I did.
What do you do when you start to feel overwhelmed? How do you notice it and what do you do to support yourself through it?
Usually when I start to feel overwhelmed, I just be honest with myself. Have I been honoring my time off? Am I eating nourishing food? Do I feel disconnected from my purpose? However if I don't catch it right away my thought patterns start to change. 'I'm tired. When is my next day off?' Then my mood shifts and becomes grouchy af. 'You are/this is annoying! I wish everyone would leave me alone.' Then I hit a wall. My driving need is to numb out (food, sleeping, too much screen time). How I support myself through it depends on how quickly I catch that I am feeling overwhelmed. If I catch it when the thought shows up, I usually go exercise and drink more water (or rest). If I catch it when I notice a bad mood, I then usually need energetic support and deep meditation. If I get to the numb stage, I reach out for support. Cause then I have wedged myself between apathetic and exhaustion. Not a good spot.
What is one of your favorite childhood memories and why?
When I was 7, we had the biggest blizzard that hit Denver since 1800s. Everything was shut down for 2 weeks. I loved that we build snow men all day and made igloos. It was one of my last good memories of childhood.
What is one of your favorite movies?
Center Stage - it is about overcoming self doubt and by being authentically who you are, you can succeed in your biggest dreams.
Are you reading or listening to anything right now? If so, what?
We Can Do Hard Things, A Little Bit Culty, Belief Statements - Podcasts Book wise - Ethical Slut, Rich as F*ck, The Wisdom of the Enneagram
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