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

Hi Teresa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always been motivated by time freedom and having a positive impact on others, yet I love to work. Entrepreneurship has always felt empowering to me. I realized if having a career was going to be sustainable, it better be something that I enjoy doing that also challenges me and pushes me to keep learning. My favorite thing to do is deeply connect with others so I knew that my work would revolve around that. The way that I support and connect with others has shifted over the years and I’ve always allowed myself the freedom to pivot when necessary. I started out in the fitness industry, then shifted to bodywork, and now I’ve found my groove as a holistic healing coach specializing in the Human Design System, Parts Work and Energy Medicine. What I do now is incredibly satisfying and fulfilling and I love making a difference in other people’s lives. Most people don’t feel fully seen or understood and when I’m able to provide and hold space for that experience, it really lights me up. I’m driven to continue learning and growing personally and professionally so that I can show up as my best and most authentic self for my clients.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a coach that’s built my business using the Human Design System as a foundation, it sets me apart because I’m able to individualize the way I coach based upon the client’s unique configuration. We’re not all the same – we’re meant to be different and I teach others how to stand out. I’m not afraid to take risks and stand out in the coaching industry. I know the work I do is incredibly impactful for the correct people because I’m authentic and I’m straight forward. I’m able to help others see the gifts that exist within themselves, have love and compassionate for themselves, and to navigate their lives with more ease and grace. Many of us are told that the best way to succeed in life is to just “be ourselves”. As simple as it sounds, that can be difficult for any of us to do on our own. Human Design provides a way of understanding what “being ourselves” actually means. It is not a belief system, but a body of knowledge that respects our individuality and the fact that we are an ever-evolving species. It was designed to be tested and studied, to be explored and experimented with, to be verified by our own experience. It provides a unique map and a navigation system that can help us to know and love what we are so that our lives become more fulfilling and more our own.

It hasn’t been easy to get where I am because a lot of the decisions I make in my business are not logical. I’ve been successful by listening to my intuition, but that’s hard to explain to others. I’ve had to develop an immense amount of trust within myself.

When I first started learning about esoteric healing, I thought I’d be judged for being weird and I didn’t fully accept myself. I was afraid others would look at me like I was an alien. Now I’m proud of it! I know that my services are only for the people that are open-minded, embrace the oddities in life and are curious about frequency, spirituality, and our relationship to the cosmos.

I’ve learned that the more open and authentic I am, the more the right people are drawn to me. I used to care so much about how others would perceive me for sharing my truth. That’s not an issue for me at all anymore because my authenticity encourages others to do the same. I hope to create a more open and honest world.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d hope they love to be outdoors and came to Phoenix in the winter time, because we have some of the best hiking! I’d also plan for a day trip to Sedona because of the breathtaking views, powerful vortices, and small town charm.

In Phoenix, Glai Baan and Angels Trumpet Ale House are my favorite local spots to have tasty food and drinks.. We could walk around downtown Phoenix and maybe catch a comedy show at Stand Up Live.

I’d love to take them to see some of Phoenix’s local music at Rebel Lounge. We’d also have to stop by La Grande Orange at some point for a pastry and cup of coffee.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My first spiritual mentor, Olivia Halliday, saw me in a way I didn’t see myself at the time. I don’t know that I would be doing the work I’m doing today without her. She’s expanded my perspective and taught me a lot about the nature of the work I do. She’s showed me what’s possible professionally while being an incredible inspiration, support, and beacon of love.

Website: www.howtobealion.com

Instagram: @teresaabrenneman

Other: tiktok @teresabrenneman

Image Credits
Marissa Kay

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