We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire O’Connor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Claire, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Hustle & Grind” Whenever I see memes on social media glorifying ‘hustle hard’ and glamorizing ‘the grind’, I feel it’s so far off the mark—especially for women entrepreneurs. What if the ‘hustle and grind’ mindset is just a clever variation of self-sabotage… a particular flavor of us getting in our own way? How about if we self-cared and self-loved our way to success? What if we got willing and open to receiving the experience of ease and flow? What if—even while doing ‘hard things’—we were committed to the felt experience of being buoyed by a wildly delicious stream of alignment? Imagine what life might be like if we were to continually invite and welcome ease. Imagine what we could do with all the energy that is currently tied up in the adrenaline of hustle-and-grind/fight-and-struggle. Imagine the increased sense of peace and inner softening. When our nervous system is in a state of adrenalized ‘trying’, our true creative power is limited. We are reactive instead of creative… creative in the sense of: ‘What do I want to create right now.’ A calm and stable nervous system allows us to be fully present and powerfully effective. I love Rob Brezsny’s witty advice to cultivate a life of ‘pronoia’—the belief that the whole universe is conspiring to shower you with abundant blessings and open doors.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I LOVE working with women whose gifts are a healing light in the world—and helping them amplify that light so they can touch more lives. My clients are owners of wellness centers, yoga and movement studios. They are healing arts practitioners, coaches, and therapists. They’re all Jedi Masters at what they do. They’re also smart enough to avoid ‘burning daylight’ doing things outside their Zone of Genius… in this case, figuring out how to make their online presence truly reflect that genius. One of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is that the greatest satisfaction and abundance in life comes from spending as much time in your ‘Zone of Genius’ as possible—and less time in the zones of competence and incompetence. Many of us are coming to learn that our Zone of Genius is that place where we feel most alive, doing what we were uniquely purpose-built for. What I do differently in my work is that I really invest my whole heart in elevating my clients. I have the joy of opening my own ‘illuminatrix’ treasure trove—filled with floodlights, beacons, and sunbeams—and expertly aiming them for the highest good. I’m serving _their_ Zone of Genius from _my_ Zone of Genius. I have an insider’s insight for what it takes to be visible, accessible, and successful in the fields of wellness and personal growth. My background includes degrees in Holistic Human Development and Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. I was a bodyworker for 20 years and have been a business mentor to wellness entrepreneurs for 30 years. I also bring the keen sensibilities of a visual artist, colorist, and feng shui consultant—I intuitively prioritize beauty, ease, and people-centered design that is welcoming for both the practitioner and the client.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite place to take friends who are visiting from out of town is the hike to the old Bowen Homestead/stone house ruins on the Yetman Trail west of Tucson: (https://thisistucson.com/tucsonlife/a-helpful-hikers-guide-to-the-yetman-trail-stone-house/article_d6db3bde-5a34-11e9-8650-efa36e1829d9.html) It’s the perfect easy hike—about 45 minutes in and 45 minutes out—and it gives you a real flavor for the special beauty of the Sonoran Desert landscape… radiantly backlit cholla, towering saguaros, fragrant creosote. Everyone falls in love with the desert on this sweet, sweet hike. I also love taking them to the Tohono Chul Garden Bistro where we can sit outside on the patio sipping prickly pear margaritas: (https://tohonochul.org/dining/) Another fave is a leisurely sunset drive on the scenic Cactus Forest Loop drive at Saguaro National Park East: (http://www.saguaronationalpark.com/scenic-drives.html)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The mentors who’ve been most impactful in my life are Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks. Using their toolbox full of playful, body-centered personal growth practices has been nothing short of magical. I’ve studied with them since 2008 and in that time, I’ve watched my life shift from struggle and ‘efforting’ to one of ease and flow.

Website: www.delightdesignstudio.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delight.design.studio/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tclaireoconnor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tclaireoconnor.studio

Other: The website for my spinoff agency for wellness businesses, www.WellnessWebDesigners.com, had its soft-launch in mid-April!

Image Credits
Amanda Rockafellow Cory Fitzgerald

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