We had the good fortune of connecting with Elisa Robyn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elisa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Every step forward in my life and career has involved taking risks. My first career was in geology. I left home to earn both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and entered a world run by men. I often worked on well sites in the middle of nowhere and was the only woman for miles around. When I left that career, I returned to college to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, in which I had no pre-requisites. I had to fight to be accepted into the program since I did not fit the profile of the typical graduate student. While I knew I could do the work, it was quite a risk to change majors at the Ph.D. level. I earned that degree in four years and then started job hunting. All I could find in the beginning was part-time adjunct work at several different institutions. Eventually, a job opened up at a local art college for the Chair of a department focused on obtaining regional accreditation for the institution. I had never been a full-time faculty and knew very little about being a chair and nothing about accreditation. However, I knew there were books and websites on the topic, and people I could ask. I applied for the job and was hired and spent the next two years making sure that the institution would be accredited. We were. After that, I applied for the job of dean of arts and science at a large urban community college. It was unheard of to move from a small private four year to a two-year institution, especially at that level. I was hired and was successful. I repeated this pattern when I applied for a dean position at a private university. Again, this was a risk. And I was hired and was in that position for several years. Most recently I left my secure position to start my own business in an entirely different area. I am working with individuals to help them find, embrace, and live their soul’s craving. I decided a wanted to have a way to reach more people, and working as a radio host. My life has led me from risk to risk to risk, each an adventure, and powerful experience.
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 now have a private practice and consulting firm as a consultant using my education (Ph.D.), experience (Academic Dean), and training (astrologer) to help people find, embrace and live their soul’s craving. I left my secure career in higher education to start something that is decidedly out of the norm, something that helps people in an unconventional way. In order to start this, I worked in my higher ed career until I built a foundation of financial security. I have an impressive resume in that world and turned down opportunities to rise higher to listen to my own inner craving. I am proud of both of those decisions; to work hard in one field and then to walk away when I was done. Every experience in my life, everything I learned through study and work, supports my encore business. I understand budgets, management, marketing, program development, leadership, and PR. While nothing was easy, everything was rewarding. I found that if I approached challenges with a “there is always a way” attitude I was able to deal with any issues. I have been called a pirate because of that attitude, and in fact, I sometimes wonder aloud “how do we Prirate this one?” I am proud that I have tried and succeed at so many things that I had no training in or preparation for. My brand is focused on Inspiring a Renaissance of Spirit in others, which I do through my work and my life. My story is one of adventure and risk-taking that has opened doors for me and others. And while I am an astrologer and a psychic channel, I am grounded also in physical and social science. I walk with a foot in both worlds and can guide others to find and trust their own inner wisdom.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would start with a quiet evening at home and a bottle of wine so that she could adjust to the altitude, we could plan and catch up. The next morning we would start with some great coffee and load up the car for a drive to the mountains, probably Durango or Pagosa Springs, or Crested Butte to start, where we have a condo waiting for us. We check-in and go for an easy hike and possibly take a yoga class. We spend the time talking about our lives and possibly planning an article based on our conversations. We check out the local eatery that night, though we also buy food to stock the condo. We spend each day hiking and turn the trip into a road trip so we can explore new towns and out-door areas. In each town, we try a different small eatery the serves vegetarian food and good wine. We visit small shops, especially re-sale shops since we love to buy unique clothing items. We head back to Denver and attend a concert at Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater. One night we make sure to find a place to look at the stars, especially the Milkyway. We might also attend a wine tasting and possibly sign up for facials. In the end, we would be guided each day by our hearts, exploring new areas, learning new things and have great conversations.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is a great question, and there are so many people to thank! So much of my courage has been supported by my best friends, Dr. Cindy Miles and Dr. Barbara Shears. I also owe a great deal of thanks to my astrology teacher and guide, John Joseph. And of course, my dad, who passed away several years ago, who always believed in me.