We had the good fortune of connecting with Telma Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Telma, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I look at risks as great opportunities to try something new and get out of your comfort zone to experience new growth. Think about it, every time you take a risk, you are exposing yourself to “danger”. Your body perceives that as anything out of the ordinary. Yet taking a risk is making you choose yourself over the fear. It levels you up, and forces you to embody the person you want to be, courageous and brave.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the risks that I have taken, both personally and professionally. I would not have accomplished any of the running or Spartan races, hiked the Rim to Rim or any other personal goals and I would not be working for myself without taking the risks needed to get here. For me, risk taking is a requirement to get to your dream goal which is why I encourage everyone to consider taking a risk today!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Sure, well to start, I am my business. I am grateful to be a bilingual life coach helping busy professionals maximize time so they can feel productive, energized and open to fully embracing and enjoying their desired lifestyle. I help with awareness, accountability, and time/energy management. Because when you are fulfilled, you can fully show up for yourself and others!
What sets me apart are my experiences and personal story that impacts my unique way of offering perspectives in supporting my clients in two languages. Spanish and English.
I love life coaching and everything I’ve learned along the way, but having your own business isn’t easy. I left the corporate world where I had a lot of process and system knowledge, to become a self-sufficient entrepreneur. I was my own ‘help desk’ and had to slowly figure things out a few times. Once, I managed to break my domain, website, and email. Being an entrepreneur means having to learn and figure out a lot of the building from the ground up with very little construction experience.
I have learned through that humbling process that asking for help, and delegating what you are not good at is an investment not only to your growth but to your sanity. Consistency and patience gets you anywhere you wish to get. The power of community is extremely important and I am grateful to be in a position to support others to reach their goals.
I want the world to know that I am here to help, seeing you win brings me joy and I truly believe that it will result in a better future for you, me and our kids. That is my mission and I hope you join it!
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?
Oh the things you can do in Arizona! OK hiking is my happy place. I would start most days with a hike, different ones to get different city views. South Mountain and Echo Canyon are local spots in the Phoenix area but go super early because it gets very hot June-August. Do not underestimate who you can meet out on the trails. For lunch exploring downtown Phoenix and the cute shops, plenty of places to get coffee or great Mexican food (Cocina Madrigal). If you want a good salad, try the Thai steak salad at Hillstone. If you have more time, Sedona is a great place for a hike and a good meal! You get amazing views anywhere you look and the Devil’s Bridge hike is one of a kind! Flagstaff isn’t too far either and has beautiful views and great food as well. If you have even more time, the Grand Canyon has magnificent views and hiking trails. Road trips offer the space for amazing conversations to catch up with friends, share dreams and grow together. One of the nights should include dancing! Most places offer a lesson the hour before opening depending on the location. Hiking and dancing are activities that when combined with a visiting friend offer a great time and memories.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One of my business mentors says “we are not meant to do life or business alone” and I have to agree. I would not be where I am today without the support, first and foremost, of my husband Ray. Along with my husband, are my mom and mother in law, who are my biggest support system when it comes to my household and kiddos. My kiddos being my fire and motivation to push beyond my limits.
My friend, Erica Lua, who listens to my dreams and cheers me on to get after them, regardless of how big the stretch is! Erica and Crystal Nielsen are the best cheerleaders anyone could ask for. I have also hired multiple coaches and mentors to get me started and going with my business. Clarita Escalante and Amanda Walker helped me get started. Lindsey Schwartz has a powerful community I love to be part of and her mentorship has been amazing for me! Molly Odell helped me make my coaching business what I dreamed it could be by holistically teaching me how to embody the coach I aspire to be. Sonia Saunders and Rachel Luna got me to dream bigger. Jake Kelfer and the teams he creates are the reason my book is getting done this year.
It does take a village, and I am so grateful for mine. The common theme here is to find and surround yourself with amazing people, those willing to invest in themselves, and ultimately share in the community by enriching relationships and the world around you. Those are all of my shoutouts!