Brenda Louie of InspirAction Coaching

This week I had the great pleasure to meet with yet another entrepreneur but this time, there was a twist.  Brenda Louie of InspirAction Coaching has not been in business for the usual 5 years that I look for.  She does however have a story to tell that I thought was too important to pass up.

I asked Brenda to tell me about who she is.  “Well, I am a woman that has come from many experiences in life starting from childhood, and those experiences formed me into the woman that I am today.  Who I am is somebody who connects well with others at a more intimate level.  I stand for removing negative patterns of being.”

Brenda has 2 siblings.  Her brother is 11 months older than her and her half sister is 16 years younger.  Brenda is from a split home.  “My parents split when I was 5 years old.  My father was really abusive to my mother.  I don’t think he realized it but he was an alcoholic.  He was mentally and emotionally abusive to my mother.  I didn’t put that together in my life until later on when I was married.  With my husband I found out that the cycle of abuse followed me.  I realized that I married my father.”

Brenda left her husband after 18 years after having 3 beautiful daughters with him.  “I knew even before I married him that I wouldn’t be with him forever but there was patterning there that I was used to.”

Brenda went on and told me all the details of her decision making that I feel might be too private to tell here.   She did however end off by saying that “I didn’t shed any more tears after that day.  I cried for years up until the day that I left.  He made me feel that I would always be this single mom with 3 kids.  No man will ever love me.  No man would ever want me.  I was unfit.  And my life is so beautiful today.”

Because of her life experiences, she decided to start a coaching business targeting called InspirAction Coaching.  “The reason that that was so relevant is where I come from in my life.  I needed to find something that inspired me.  If I can inspire others into taking action and to move them into reaching more happiness or fulfillment  I believe that’s what my life purpose is.”

Brenda is starting a 6 week workshop “Geared for women who are motivated in moving past old ways of being.”  For more information, click here.

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Shawn Bearman – The Businesswoman – Part 2

In my last post I introduced you to managing editor of Tidbits of Vancouver Newspaper and business coach, Shawn Bearman.

Seeing as this blog is about how business owners started their business we concentrated the bulk of this interview on her coaching business.  I am still getting to know Shawn but what I do know about her is that she is a tough, no holds barred coach who gets results.

I asked Shawn how she started her business.

“My coaching business I started in 1995.  Inside of coaching there is a whole world of  things that people just don’t know, and if they knew, they wouldn’t get stopped any more.  I did some really good work there but I put that business on hold to go and work for Landmark Education.”  Shawn put her business “on hold” for a year because this was such a great opportunity.  This year quickly turned into 7 where she got trained by some of the best coaches in the world.  “I was committed to staying there until I could go anywhere, do anything and work with anybody and be effective and powerful.”

After Shawn left Landmark, she restarted her business and she “created a whole new set of distinctions called ‘Reclaim Your Power’ to give people a plan of what to do when they are disempowered or in the blahs or when they are just not doing what they know they should be doing.”  When she restarted her business, Shawn realized that she wasn’t going to be able to run her business as she had in the past “so I created a distinction called the Dharma Added Effect where for every client that comes to us and pays cash, we allow ourselves one client who pays in hours which we then allocate into the community. So 50% of our clients pay in hours instead of with money.  There was one man who broke his leg and our Dharma clients went to his house and walked his animals for 2 months.”

Shawn Bearman is not only the founder and CEO of Radical Ideas Coaching; she also is the Managing Editor of Tidbits of Vancouver and one of the Community Partners with Rapid Time Networks (Burnaby).  “Just to tell you how Tidbits started, it’s a very interesting thing.  My business partner at Tidbits was one of my business clients when I started Radical Ideas and he brought me Tidbits to look at as a possible venture for him.  Clients were often asking me to review things about their business.  Because, as a business coach, it’s just one of the things that I do.  When we met (to discuss Tidbits) he said that the only way that I’ll take this on is if you become my partner.”

Thanks you Shawn for letting us get to know you.

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