ABOUT YOUR PHOENIX IS RISING
How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become Personal Empowerment Specialists?
To answer this question, it’s probably best that we share with you a defining moment, and resulting “compelling story”, that brought us to where we are today – coaching women like you on exactly what to do to stop sabotaging yourself and step into your Divine Femininity.
That defining moment in our lives happened in about 2007 – about a year after we got together. We live in a peaceful, happy home with teenagers who actually talk to us. We all play and laugh and dance together. So our friends have always wanted to know what the secret to our success was. Everyone we knew wanted to know how we were able to coexist with each other without arguing and fighting all the time. So let us tell you a little about our backstory.
Let’s start with me (Donna). I was raped 3 different times in my life and ended up in the state protective custody at 17 years old. I had horrible self-esteem and even tried to commit suicide. I was a happy positive person, but I seemed to always attract the predators and even though I had some positive people in my life, I still felt like a victim always. My anxiety and depression made it hard to function without pills and drinking. I left a volatile relationship before Norma that was filled with emotional and financial abuse. While he never hit me, he made life miserable. I thought it was my job to make him a better person and so I spent 12 years in that relationship, trying desperately to make everyone else happy. I tried everything to keep his temper cool and I kept telling myself that I would be happy once the kids were happy. That was a fool’s errand – it was the other way around. Once I was happy, my kids were happy.
I never really got to know my father before he died, and I also found my mother dead when I was only 12 years old. I’ve had a history of really good relationships, but not fulfilling relationships. There is a difference. I never experienced the fighting and financial abuse stuff, but I hadn’t found my person. Sure, we had the successful relationship on paper. From the outside, we looked like your average happy family. But on the inside, it was empty so I chose not to settle.
When we came together, the reason we knew this was the right relationship was our comfort in the “pregnant silence.” We can be in the car with no music, complete silence, and nothing needs to be said. We don’t need to fill that space because nothing is missing. There’s a warmth and love that is just there. And that’s what we want to help other women find for themselves.
A lot of women (ourselves included) have felt that they were not enough. If they could just get a better job or clean the house better or lose weight or look sexier or be taller – if I was just this extra thing – then I’d be worthy of a good, solid partner or I would be worthy of friends or lovers that adored me. We teach women that they are whole as they are. Then they can attract others who are as whole as they are. A successful relationship is taking both whole circles to create that Venn Diagram that grows. These diagrams work for friendships, romantic partners, and families.
After helping many of our girlfriends navigate their relationships, we started teaching women everywhere how they can do the same: we watched their confidence soar! We have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of our professional lives to helping other women find that fulfilling relationship with the people who balances you – the one who understands and embraces each other’s “brands of crazy” or their tribe.
Since then, we’ve worked with many private clients and shared our story in front of countless groups. We are living our dream of living our life without apology; and we have created Your Phoenix is Rising System™, a series of 10 important personal development steps in 10 weeks every woman needs to apply to feel more confident in who you are right now in this moment, embrace who you are deep down inside, and find relationships that are worthy of you. We know that there are ashes from your past but now is the time to dust it off and rise into your greater self-awareness. It took us years of classes and workshops to get to this point, but we have cut that time down and delivered this knowledge to you in a 10 week individualized program. You true life starts now!
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HEAR FROM OUR HAPPY CLIENTS
I am so grateful that I started this journey with Donna as my Life Coach!!
Donna has a gentle, but firm nature and because of this I always feel safe when being vulnerable, and this allows me to stay true to myself when we speak.
During each session she always has a way to highlight my strengths when sometimes all I tend to focus on are my weaknesses.
Because of Donna I can honestly say I have found a stronger voice within and have finally become an advocate for myself!!
Donna and Norma… I wanted to take a moment and share what a blessing you two have been in my Life. I can’t think of two better people to base a Love off Of. When I looked at my old relationship, it was your relationship that opened my eye’s to what Love really looks like. With your help, I was able to navigate my way out of a horrible situation and step into the most beautiful Love I’ve ever known. The Love of self. Now that I love myself, my world has opened up and I found my “Norma” and Love like I’ve never known. You are and were a pivotal role in my healing. I could not have gotten to the other side without you. You both are so welcoming and kind. You always put the needs of your friends and other’s right up there with your needs. My heart is full and I’m truly happy. I’m humbly grateful for You both. You have changed my Life! Thank you for changing the world One Heart at a time. All my Love.
I have known Donna and Norma for years and during that time they have helped me so much in dealing with and figuring out my personal relationships. Three years ago, my husband was suddenly arrested and overnight I was a single mom, attending college and trying to make ends meet. My marriage had been less than healthy. I have had a few relationships over the years and often have made very bad choices in potential partners. Every step of the way, through every rough relationship, Donna and Norma have been there for me. They have guided me, helped me keep my priorities straight, reminded me to focus on the important things. Through that focus, my choices have gradually gotten better. Read More
I met Donna and Norma at a very bad time in my life. I was 37 yrs old, and a recently divorced mother of two. Having a disabled child puts a huge strain on a marriage, and ours was no exception. After thirteen years together, my husband left me for another woman, citing my weight gain (from an 8 to an 18) as his reason for “no longer loving me.”
Needless to say, this kind of blow would be tough to overcome for anyone! It’s pretty safe to say that I lacked confidence in myself and had no idea of my self-worth for many months. Read More
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