| CHRISTAL FUENTES |
I love everything that Christal is about, and her website The Ladies Coach is just incredible! I really resonate with her message around everything in our lives coming down to ‘a relationship’ because it’s so aligned with my belief that everything and every part of our lives are connected. Whether it’s the relationship with have with ourselves, our beliefs, our past, or with others, it’s so important to become aware of these connections or relationships so we can perceive them in a new light and make positive shifts, which is something that Christal is so amazing at!
Christal is the Founder of The Ladies Coach. She lives and BREATHES her belief which is that you can’t find fulfillment in life WITHOUT mastering the art of relationships! Coming from the hospitality industry, Christal always loved being able to service people and finding ways to cater to each guests individualistic need…. with that said, she wanted to do more than catering to guests spending MILLIONS of dollars in the casino! … SO she QUIT and followed her curiosity of the coaching world and what she found was truly amazing!
While taking on clients one-on-one, she noticed that not only were they mostly women, but no matter what goal they wanted to achieve, or problem they wanted to resolve, it ALL came down to “A” relationship. Whether it was the relationship with themselves; with others; or a belief they had physically, spiritually, or financially.
Upon figuring this out, she wanted to be able to reach more ladies because the truth is… WE ALL are connected and go through the same problems and she felt she could best do this online.
FAST FORWARD… (finally, to end this novel). She Founded The Ladies Coach, which in short is TLC. It truthfully just sounded cute to her as most people think of Tender, Love and Care which is EXACTLY what she wants to give each and every lady who comes onto this site.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JUST GO FOR IT, AND START LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE? WAS THERE A TURNING POINT OR AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU REALISED YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE CHANGE?
I think it was an accumulation of the choices I had to make daily and still have to make to this day. There wasn’t one moment where I stopped everything and lived my passion. I learned passion and inspiration happened naturally when I allowed myself to follow my curiosity. And what lead me to that point was thinking about what my life would be like if I DIDN’T live a life I loved and I couldn’t even fathom the thought so I decided to do whatever I could to be IN-SPIRIT (inspired) which was where my curiosity lead me.
HOW IS YOUR LIFE DIFFERENT NOW AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Everything I do, I ask if its catering to the bottom line… which for me is PURPOSE.
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST FEAR OR BLOCK (EMOTIONAL, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE, AND HOW DID YOU BREAK THROUGH IT?
At every stage of my life there are new fears/blockages that are significant and play a huge role in my growth and journey, one of which I discussed in a recent article I did about 2016. 2016 was definitely a growth year for not just me but I think for most, but it also made me go deeper spiritually and ask myself if I’m living in congruency and if I’m truly being the best I could be.
HOW DID OPENING UP AND ‘BEING AUTHENTICALLY YOU’ AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU OR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM?
What I often say is, “You can fool the world, but when you think you can fool yourself is when you cause the most pain to yourself and others.” I make it a point everyday to live authentically and open because that’s the stuff I teach!… and because congruency is what’s most sustainable. When you start valuing yourself/flaws and all, you are able to relate better to others. And the truth is, people connect with authenticity. Even has a teacher of this stuff, it is important I also show my ladies that I too, am constantly learning from my struggles.
DID YOU FACE ANY JUDGEMENTS OR CRITICISMS, WHETHER FROM YOURSELF OR OTHERS?
Oh yes! Especially from family and friends. It hurt a bit at first but then I quickly realized their criticism came from good intention. They were just projecting their fears and restrictions on me because they didn’t want me to get hurt or “fail,” and as much as I love and honor them… my purpose and mission is MY purpose and mission and although people might not understand it, I’m not doing it for their approval. DO IT ANYWAY!
WHAT IS YOUR TRUE ESSENCE? THE NATURAL PART OF YOUR BEING THAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL.
Love, Presence and Openness.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I love that I see the uniqueness/strengths in others. I also love to find what I can learn from people.
WHERE DO YOU FIND BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION?
I find beauty in hearing people’s stories. I find inspiration in coincidences. I find beauty AND inspiration when I see people loving fully!
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO DO?
I absolutely LOVED creating. I remember my cousin and I would make art projects for our family… actually… we made our family buy them! (haha) I also loved performing concerts in our living room, another thing my cousin and I charged for … and it was MANDATORY!
WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND WHY?
So many things light me up! When I’m creating. When I’m connecting with my ladies. When Andrew (my hubby) and I spend quality time. When I see my dog excited and happy. When I see others lit up and excited. When I’m following my curiosity. When I learn something and it inspires me to do something different!… the list goes on and on.
WHEN LIFE GETS BUSY, OVERWHELMING AND THE NEGATIVITY STARTS TO CREEP IN, HOW DO YOU UNWIND AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO ‘JUST BE’?
I move my body. When I get into a negative space, it’s because I’m in “THE” mind. So I do whatever I can to move my body so I can shift some of the restricted energy and get back into a clearer space.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE WANTING TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL WAY OF BEING AND FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN THEMSELVES?
Follow your curiosity and do things (even if they are small things) everyday to cater to your interests. Don’t get stuck in “thinking” mode that you get caught up in the mind. Do things everyday so you can uncover some of your gifts.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE YOU?
Pretty damn good!