I am thrilled to have with us a remarkable entrepreneur and visionary, Tricia Livermore. As the Founder and Coach of Soul Business Advisor, Tricia has transformed the landscape of business coaching with her unique approach that blends spirituality, purpose, and profitability. With a profound understanding of the soulful essence behind successful enterprises, Tricia has guided countless individuals and organizations to align their core values with their business strategies. Her expertise extends far beyond mere profit margins; she delves into the depths of purpose and helps her clients create businesses that are not only financially rewarding but also deeply fulfilling. Mystic Mag will try to uncover the secrets behind Tricia’s transformative coaching methods, explore her unique insights on the evolving landscape of business, and gain invaluable wisdom on how to infuse purpose and passion into our own entrepreneurial endeavors.
Can you tell us about your background and how you became a coach and founder of Soul Business Advisor? What motivated you to pursue this career path?
I spent 20 years in corporate America in the banking industry at a large credit card company. I started in the accounting department and then moved to the technology division managing the financials of the largest global IT outsourced contract. I also co-founded a small automotive business at the same time as starting my corporate career obtaining both my CPA license and an MBA in Entrepreneurship. As the CFO, I helped grow the small business to a one million dollar business and purchased a commercial while providing coaching, mentoring and consulting on nights and weekends.
In 2018 I ended my 20 year corporate career and 20 year marriage as I was significantly depressed, was on the verge of an auto-immune disorder and was completely burned out. I realized that everything in my life was draining my energy and I had nothing that was fulfilling and re-energizing my soul. I asked for and received a severance package that lasted a year right shortly after my divorce was final. As I spent time healing myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually I wanted to focus on who I wanted to become and how I wanted to show-up in the world. I decided that I wanted to start a purposeful business bringing together my passions which were coaching, mentoring and supporting small business owners hence the name Soul Business Advisor.
As I learned new tools in my healing process I became Heartmath certified in Building Personal Resilience and spent a year on becoming a Positive Intelligence Mentor which shifted my business more into transformational coaching focusing on women who felt stuck in their life or career and wanted to gain insights on how to move forward. I am also in a formal coaching program with the ICF (International Coaching Federation) to become an Associate Certified Coach.
What type of services do you offer?
Coaching and Mentoring.
Coaching women on life’s challenges who are focused on personal and/or professional growth. The problem I solve is to help them gain insight about their own behaviors through deep listening and reflection so they can make intentional choices in their life. Women want to be seen, heard and acknowledged.
I also provide Mentoring services to female entrepreneurs and to emerging/new leaders. As a co-founder of a business, I created the foundation of the company putting all the systems and operations in place. I know the challenges of starting, growing and managing a small business. I am also passionate about mentoring women move into leadership roles. As a leader of professionals for 8 years, my personal goal was to create more leaders whether it was by title or by attitude.
What role does intuition play in your coaching process? How do you encourage your clients to tap into their inner wisdom when making important decisions?
Intuition is key in my coaching process. Society tells us to think rationally and logically but even the most successful CEO’s use their ‘gut instincts’ when making important decisions. Intuition is ingrained and many of us know how to use it and many ignore it. For those who haven’t really strengthened their intuition, I ask questions about how situations or thoughts make them feel. When a person leans into their feelings or gut feeling, they have the knowledge inside themselves. I just meet them where they are at, for them to notice their own gnosis.
The key is to guide my clients into their own knowledge when they feel stuck around an important decision. I trust that all my clients know for themselves what they want and by being a thought partner do I help them see it for themselves.
What strategies or techniques do you use to help your clients maintain work-life balance and prevent burnout while pursuing their business goals?
I believe there is no such thing as pure balance because if things are perfectly balanced, the smallest situation can tip the scales out of balance. I believe in work/life harmony. I help my clients understand where they may be feeling guilt, shame, bitterness, resentment so they can make new and different choices that shift them into a state of harmony.
For example, I had a client who was feeling like she was headed to burnout, yet all she needed was to give herself permission to take regular breaks between meetings and to create more flexibility in her schedule. It’s about what they have control over and oftentimes people don’t realize how much control they DO have but aren’t giving themselves permission to change for various beliefs.
As a Heartmath and PQ (positive intelligence) mentor, I can share tools and techniques to calm their nervous system when they feel stressed and/or triggered which gives them greater control over their life.
How do you stay connected to your own soul’s purpose as a coach and business advisor?
I receive my own coaching, mentoring and healing sessions from a variety of practitioners. My top priority in my life is to continuously grow, learn, and develop as a spiritual being living in physical form. It’s not always an easy process to live in this 3D world and I find it incredibly important to have others who can support my spiritual growth journey.
How do you maintain a work-life balance as a coach and entrepreneur?
As I said earlier, it’s about creating harmony. Some weeks I may be busier working but other weeks I take more personal time to recharge. I also make sure that I have flexibility in my schedule so that my days don’t become too structured or rigid. I like spontaneity and enjoy doing things at the last minute. I block my calendar for me,f which could include recovery time from a previous meeting. I rarely allow back to back meetings on my calendar because I need that down time for my brain and body to reset – even if it’s only 15 minutes, but I prefer 30 minutes between meetings. I also make Saturdays my day of rest because I noticed a pattern that by the end of the week, I needed some extra time for myself. Therefore my Saturdays are for doing whatever I feel like in the moment which could include meditation, journaling, reading books, outside activities, or simply doing nothing all day but resting when I really need it. I also make sure that I’m doing things that energize me which include wine tastings with friends, deep conversation, painting, playing board games with my family, exercising, eating healthy, or anything that will make me laugh.