We had the good fortune of connecting with Paddy Rasmussen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Paddy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to help people transition so they could fully engage in life again. . I didn’t want them to feel like they had to do it alone. I created my service to help them through the process, to break it down in steps so they didn’t feel so overwhelmed & burdened. I want to be their Advocate and help them through the process.

What should our readers know about your business?
New Beginnings, Helping People Move Forward is a re-creation service that helps people make transitions following the loss of a loved one, a divorce, relocation, or downsizing. We are an all-encompassing service, assisting individuals in moving beyond loss and change by providing tools and guidance to build a new foundation. We have developed a step-by-step process working side by side with our clients helping them to rebuild and reconnect with life. Our core philosophy is to be compassionate and empathetic while providing much needed strength and guidance. I.have a client that was a hoarder. At first, she blamed it on her husband but then realized that she was part of the problem. I have helped her organize her whole house, creating order then re-designing her Master Bedroom and now we are about to start a Kitchen Re-model. She recently lost her husband yet is still moving forward because she knows that’s what he would want her to do. I am very proud of her for continuing to take action and move forward. Owning your own business is never easy, you have to be passionate about it! It’s difficult yet rewarding. Hard work and perseverance, lots of networking, and building strategic alliances while gaining referral business. I was stuck in the Waiting Room myself for over five years after the loss of my husband and father. I realized it and have re-created and re-designed my life. Now I help others with practical tips and experience. I wrote a chapter, Getting Out of the Waiting Room” in the book, “From Resilience to Brilliance”, which became an Amazon bestseller in July of 2018.


A Peaceful Transformation

Healing after loss can take many forms including organizing and refreshing your space. Utilizing a professional space planner/designer adds a layer of relief knowing that you are in good and experienced hands as you transform your space and mentally adjust.

My client inherited his family home and wished to update it and make it his own. Understanding his passions in life were determining factors in the direction we would take. The first, and most important step is to organize and declutter before beginning the design process. This allowed us the freedom to explore and develop a plan that reflected the potential functionality of each area. We created a peaceful space with unique touches by incorporating his personal style and defining characteristics.

Clean lines and modern style were the foundation of this remodeled bathroom. It reflected his love for sail racing and provided an underlying ocean water feeling. The focal point was a stunning piece of permanent art created by combining an existing window with vertically placed tiles that simulated the ocean waves. Incorporating the perfect blue accents, wave hardware on the cabinets, and quartz countertops pulled this space together.  

“Paddy has a keen eye for materials and is creative about choosing tiles and elements that work with the overall design. Contractors were efficient and professional, and Paddy was hands-on from design concept through building out. The results are fantastic!”

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Tour the Botanical Garden, Old Town Scottsdale for boutique shopping & to check out the oldest dive bar, The Coach House then pub crawl the rest of the night, Hike Camelback Mountain, & another day hike McDowell Mountains to Tom’s Thumb., A horseback ride then to Tee Bones Steakhouse or Rustler Rooste for the food and city lights by South Mountain, Wrigley Mansion for the 280-degree view and to have a drink in the newly renovated bar, Jamies. Then to JG Steakhouse at the Phoenician for the city lights. Phoenix is known for its Sonoran Mexican food, in particular, The famous one is the Tee Pee where past Presidents have dined. A stop at the Stockyards where the bar is authentic western. A half-day visit to the Heard Museum to see the art and culture of the Southwest. A stop at the Compass Room for the revolving restaurant with a 360-degree view. Eat at the Orange Sky seafood restaurant at the Talking Stick’s Resort for the view of the valley For dessert go to Hillstone’s on the patio and have a decadent hot fudge sundae.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
After reading the book, “Second First” by Christina Rasmussen, I realized that I was stuck in the Waiting Room and needed to figure out how to get out so that I could fully engage in life again.

Website: www.helpingpeoplemoveforward.com
Instagram: newbeginnings.hpmf
Linkedin: linkedin.com/pub/patricia-rasmussen-11-37b-319
Facebook: New Beginnings, “Helping People Move Forward”
Yelp: New-Beginnings-Helping-People-Move-Forward-With-Their-Lives

Image Credits
Photographer Patricia Thornham

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