Today I am pleased to welcome a fellow multi-passionate entrepreneur, Naomi Goodlet. Naomi shares with us her personal healing journey and down to earth wisdom.
Naomi's latest project is INVINCIBLE which she co-created with Tahlee of Sonesence. INVINCIBLE will teach you how to:
* Tap into your true spirit
* Uncover your heart's deep desires
* Kick bad habits for good and
* Be INVINCIBLE every single day
In just 3 powerful weeks.
This incredible program is open for enrolment until tonight, Friday 10 October 2014 midnight AEST. Don't miss out!
On with the interview! Welcome Naomi!
Who are you and what do you do?
I am a multi-passionate entrepreneur. I’m a mindfulness crusader, anxiety hacker, spiritual rebel and best-selling author. After living with severe anxiety for nearly 10 years, and trying every known treatment under the sun, I healed myself using mindfulness in 2009 and have made it my mission to spread the word about its healing power.
On top of this I run an Instagram account called “Wholefood Adventures” (and have plans to branch out into a recipe website soon). I also aim to launch my first digital magazine next year.
I am one of those people that has too many passions and ideas and not enough time to see them all into fruition. I have another two books planned and a number of e-courses too!
Oh and I’m also the mother of a toddler!
What do you love most about your business?
I adore working with people to transform their lives, I love writing and I also have a natural ability to bring people together and lead a community.
So I pretty much everything except analytics and seo!
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received and how it has influenced your life.
During my Spiritual Healing training in 2006 I gained so many incredible insights and I experienced a rapid and intense (and positive) shift in my energy. The outstanding piece of advice from this training came from Lorraine Webb, Director of The Adelaide Healing Energy Centre. She said: “It just is.”
She was referring to our habit of judging things in our lives as good or bad and how that can have a detrimental effect on our wellbeing, allowing us to hold onto things that are seemingly negative and then experience unnecessary stress as a result.
This has been life changing for me. If something unexpected or “negative” happens in my life, I simply remain open and declare that “it just is”. Often I find that an occurrence that I could have perceived as “bad” has actually been a tremendous gift or even turned into something positive!
How do you deal with your inner critic?
We get along just fine. In the past I used to suffer with self-doubt but not anymore. I realised that remaining under the spell of my inner critic was just keeping me trapped in stagnation, and I wanted to move!
The only way for me to forge ahead towards my goals was to ignore what my inner critic was saying and trudge on anyway!
What has been your greatest challenge in life?
It was my own healing journey that led me to want to coach and help others. As a teenager I had crippling anxiety and panic attacks that became worse into my 20's. I was on anti-depressants at a young age and was in some form of mainstream therapy for about 8 years, still my anxiety remained, in fact it had gained power over me. I stopped leaving the house unless I really needed to, When I did go out I became paranoid about being close to an exit 'just in case'. I would sit awake in bed at night trembling, crying and wishing my anxiety would leave me alone!
In 2005 I discovered meditation, which changed everything. I forced myself to get my butt to a weekly class despite feeling anxious and it completely changed my life. I learnt about the power of the present moment, the magic of guided imagery and the capacity for self-healing that was already within me.
In 2006 I became a qualified spiritual healer and meditation teacher and even though anxiety was still a part of my life, I was no longer afraid of it. Then I discovered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and it helped me get over those final hurdles to become anxiety-free. I was amazed at how simple, yet effective ACT was for me so I decided to become an ACT practitioner as well. I absolutely LOVE helping people discover mindfulness, tap into their spirituality and life their best life!
If you could give one crucial piece of advice to an emerging artist/creative artista/entrepreneur, what would it be?
Don’t believe the internal voice that says you’re not good enough. If you let it stop you, then you’ll probably never start putting your work in front of people.
Don’t be afraid of being judged. Don’t be discouraged by criticism. Believe in yourself and others will be attracted to your passion.
How do you overcome creative blocks or periods of procrastination?
To be honest, this is not something that I struggle with all that much. I am always bursting with ideas that I can’t wait to let them out. Some days though, I’ll set out with a particular goal and end up switching tasks because I’m just not resonating with what I’m writing or it’s beginning to feel forced.
I like to flow wherever my own energy and mood takes me. Sometimes I’m rearing to go and dive deep into a big project and other times I just write down lists and ideas to run with later when I’m feeling up for it.
Because I love my work SO much, I rarely procrastinate BUT if I do, I never fight it, I just use it as an opportunity to recharge and come back full when I’m ready.
What other roles do you have in your life?
First and foremost I am a mother. My precious daughter means everything to me. Motherhood is not something that comes naturally to me, but when you have a dependent child you have no choice but to show up for your children. Everyday I show up for her, even if it’s hard, even if I’m bored out of my brain reading the same book or answering the same question over and over when I’d much rather be writing a book of my own.
Even though I say that I don’t have in-built mumma skills like many women do, I do actually enjoy being a mother. My daughter gets me moving, reminds me to get out of the house and not to take life too seriously, and most importantly she pulls me out of my mind and in to the present moment..
Short and Sweet
Favourite song: The Royal We – Silversun Pickups
Favourite quote: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr
Favourite book: I have many but I think that The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris is by far the most valuable.
What is your number 1 self care tip? Accept your situation. Don’t fight with it.
Your role model/s? Ellen DeGeneres is my absolute hero. She is in perfect alignment with her values, such a huge inspiration.
Thank you so much for being this month's Gutsy Woman, Naomi. You have taught me how essential mindfulness practice is!
Naomi Goodlet is a bestselling author, mindfulness crusader, spiritual rebel, acceptance & commitment therapy ACT-ivist, anxiety hacker and blogger at naomigoodlet.com
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