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

Hi Caitlin, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My personal philosophy behind everything I do in my life, my business, and what I hope to impart to my clients is captured by this Elizabeth Gilbert quote:

“Do whatever brings you to life. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

As a multi-passionate person, this speaks to my heart and soul. I’m constantly striving toward living in ways that bring me to life whether it’s pursuing my own passions or helping my coaching clients dare to go after theirs. My interests and passions ebb and flow, shift and change, which is, in part, what it means to be multi-passionate. This quote reminds me of the importance of leaning into these natural tendencies rather than feeling like I/we should fight against them.

For my wedding and elopement coaching clients, this means breaking the mold of tradition when it feels right, helping them to follow their instincts, their hearts, and to create a marriage celebration that is authentic and deeply meaningful to them, even if no one else “gets it.”

Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My business and tagline is founded on the philosophy “Be unwilling to settle for less, the world craves your authenticity.” As a Life Coach for the multi-passionate at heart and Wedding & Elopement Coach for couples who want to break the mold, I help my clients shift their view from all the limiting thinking and beliefs that leave them feeling they can’t create an outside-the-box life or marriage celebration, to instead asking themselves, “Why not?” “What would be the most authentic expression of myself/my relationship?” And as their coach, I help them create that type of life, or that type of marriage celebration. 

I believe that what sets me apart is my conviction that when multi-passionate people are pursuing their passions, rather than believing their passions are frivolous, they have the ability to not only change their lives, but change the world around them, in ways they could never imagine. I believe that multi-passionate people are highly creative problem-solvers who see the world in unique ways. As multi-passionates, we each possess a one-of-a-kind perspective because of all the various interests and skills we’ve pursued and acquired throughout our lives. The world needs new ways of thinking and tackling problems, and I’m here to help multi-passionates do that by embracing who they are and, to borrow from Elizabeth Gilbert again, “…whatever causes a revolution in [their] heart[s].” For a multi-passionate person, not pursuing their passions isn’t really an option if they want to live a fulfilling life, so what I do as a coach is also very much about personal well-being. It’s important to me that I “live it to give it,” meaning I’m dedicated to creating a life that is fulfilling to myself through actively pursuing my passions, so that I can help others do the same.
I also believe that a marriage celebration can be more than what we see on Pinterest. It can be an incredibly powerful opportunity for self-expression, to start your marriage in the most intentional and thoughtful way without getting distracted by things that, in your heart of hearts, don’t actually matter to you but are pressed upon those planning weddings or elopements. I’m all about taking the “shoulds” and have-to” out of wedding/elopement planning. I also believe that taking a day to celebrate love, in any form, is an act of rebellion for the human spirit, as we find ourselves in such a heavy time in our history. We can acknowledge what is happening in the world, fight for change, and find ways to celebrate the beauty in life. In most cases, I don’t believe in “either-or” but “both-and.” It’s a hard time for wedding/elopement planning due to necessary COVID-19 restrictions, but I’m here to help couples find their way through while keeping themselves and their families safe.
I’m excited to share that this year my friend Emma Veritas (https://www.wildauthenticity.com/) and I began collaborating on a podcast called “Full Heart Free Voice” where we read books that inspire listeners (and us) to live with a full heart and a free voice. Our current read is “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. In true multi-passionate fashion, I jumped at the opportunity to paint the cover art for our podcast.
Nothing about business is easy, it’s a beautifully complex thing. What I’ve always done when faced with challenges is identify my blind spots, areas where I have more to learn, and seek out the information I need to fill in the gaps. It’s an ever-evolving process, plus with all of the challenges life can throw our way, I try to maintain a mindset of flexibility and an openness to change.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friend were up for a little road tripping around the state (sans COVID-19 restrictions), I’d first give them a great few days in Fort Collins where I live. If they were here in September, I’d encourage them to visit during New Belgium Brewing’s famous Tour De Fat costume bike-parade, festival, and general shenanigans… also, my unofficial “favorite holiday.” I’d take them to get fresh pastries at La Creperie; ride our bikes down to the funky indie movie theatre Lyric Cinema for drinks, lunch, and a film; check out our newest brewery in town, Stodgy Brewing, for some patio goodness; and head up the Poudre Canyon for a show at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.

Then, I’d take them for a few hour drive to the central part of the state, to visit some of my favorite spots near Buena Vista (where I got married), stay at the Surf Hotel overlooking the Arkansas River, and check out live music in the Ivy Ballroom venue in the hotel. And over the next few days, we’d take a drive to Aspen Ridge, go for a hike, and weather permitting, we’d rent the giant eight-person paddle board for an afternoon from our friends at SUP & Cycle in Twin Lakes.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have been incredibly fortunate to have so many people in my corner along the way and I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to two of those people, whose support has quite literally made my business possible and kept me going in the hardest moments.

I am forever grateful to my husband, Justin Reynier who has believed in me in the moments I did not believe in myself. He’s been there every step of the way from enrolling in a life coach training program to launching, (and re-launching) my business, and supported me to leave a full-time job to pursue my passions. He is without fail, the first person to celebrate my successes, encourage me through setbacks, challenge me to keep going after what I want, and hear me out on all my “crazy” (my word, not his) ideas.

I also owe so much to my business accountability partner, Michelle Turner, a fellow solo-entrepreneur who has become an invaluable sounding board, consultant, and person with whom I can share all of my goals, aspirations, trials, tribulations, as well as wins and celebrations of small business ownership. Michelle’s business, Word Forward (https://thewordforward.com/), offers editing, writing coaching, and manuscript consulting. We have different businesses, and I think that’s why we’ve created such a powerful partnership. She offers me a perspective that would likely be a blind spot for someone in the coaching industry, and because of her knack for the written word, she’s helped me on many occasions get to the heart of what I really want to say. Our relationship is one built on trust and true belief in each other’s mission in this world. I can say, without a doubt, I would not have had the success I’ve had with my business without her support, advice, feedback, and encouragement along the way. She recently played a pivotal role in helping me bring a new idea to life: a free step-by-step workbook for multi-passionate people, called “Finally(!) Start Your Passion Project(s).” (Available for download at https://caitlinbosshart.com/)

Website: https://caitlinbosshart.com/
Instagram: @caitlin_bosshart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caitlinbosshartlifecoaching/
Other: Podcast: http://fullheartfreevoicepodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Free “Finally(!) Start Your Passion Project(s)” workbook: https://caitlinbosshart.com/finallystartyourpassionprojects/

Image Credits
Adam Garland, Justin Reynier, Megan Verros, original art by Caitlin Bosshart

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