We had the good fortune of connecting with Alecia Wellen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alecia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I did what most people do, I went to college and climbed a corporate ladder of opportunities. All the while I had a whisper of pursuing something more valuable and more fulfilling, but I didn’t allow time for anything other than making money, paying bills and enjoying free time with friends and family. I obtained a BS in Marketing, a Masters in Finance, various licenses in my field and then came marriage and two little ones. Around my 40th birthday, that whisper grew to a nag and before I knew it I had to really face what was in my heart and intuition. There was something more for me to be doing in order to feel fulfilled and give back to others. Something more valuable with more meaning to it. Throughout my 21 year finance career, I always participated in mentoring programs in both mentor and mentee capacities. In every interaction I found a lot of purpose and many people asked why I wasn’t professionally coaching for a living. I decided to dive head first into that and pursued a dual certification from the Co-Active Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation. I took one step forward and the universe took ten. Before I knew it I had a rapidly growing business and I felt a sense of fulfillment that can only be achieved by following your passion.
What should our readers know about your business?
Alecia Wellen Coaching offers professional coaching, consulting and Reiki to national and international leaders and high achievers looking to leverage their inflection points to reach a higher potential, whether it be in their personal or professional lives. I am seasoned in helping entrepreneurs, executives and small businesses explore where they are now, how they want to accelerate and where they want to go next. Helping individuals and small businesses optimize themselves in times of transition is where I thrive. I have been recognized, and set apart in the coaching industry, for two things: 1. Incorporating Reiki into my coaching practice. It has proven to be an organic complement to my coaching model as a way to deepen the connection to the whole person and ensure the transformation surrounds the mind, body and spirit; and 2. Business acumen achieved through my 20 year finance career. Having a deep understanding of business and the corporate world is another way in which I can relate to and support my clients through their transformation.
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.
Love this question as Colorado has so much to offer! I would opt for a good mix of City and Mountains: Monday: Lunch at Central Market, shopping on Larimer Street and Cherry Creek North with dinner at Union Station’s Mercantile and a night’s stay at the Crawford Tuesday: Tea at the Brown Palace, art exhibit at Denver Art Museum and exploring South Pearl and Gaylord Streets for a bite to eat and shopping the local shops after a sunset walk in Wash Park Wednesday: Sunrise yoga at Red Rocks and a day trip to Boulder with a night’s stay at the Maven Thursday: Leisurely breakfast at Dairy Block, Coors Brewery Tour and Rockies game Friday: Headed to the mountains for fresh Rocky Mountain air and stopping wherever the road takes us on our way to Aspen. Saturday and Sunday have to be spent leisurely enjoying everything Aspen has to offer including Maroon Bells, White House Tavern, Matsuhisa and all the local shops. We would rest up and relax at The Little Nell before our drive back to Denver. I always like to send my guests off with a bottle of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey that we can grab from the distillery’s gift shop on the way to DIA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest supporters are my two girls. Raising young women in this world is inspiring in and of itself, but I know their eyes are watching and their ears are listening. I hope to make them proud and I hope to inspire them to follow their hearts and intuition throughout their lives. If they are going to be a product of a working mom I want them to see me doing all of the things I would encourage them to do: take education seriously, don’t take life too seriously, try everything on, take the scenic route, meet as many people as you can and provide value and service to those you meet. Most of all, be as present as you can be in every moment and look for magic around every corner. I had a former boss tell me once that my career path is not meant to be a straight line. That has resonated with me so deeply and I think it applies to life in general. My clients deserve a huge shoutout as well. Without their inspiring stories and deep transformation I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Ali Vagnini Jennifer Olson