We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Recor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, how do you think about risk?
Risk is so often associated with potential danger or loss. But what if we thought of risk as an opportunity to trust the process and know the outcome will always involve lessons and growth? I think of risk in terms of alignment. I assess the realities of my life and the risk laid out before me and lean hard into what feels right. If the positive potential weighs in heavier than the fear, then I back up to the edge and trust fall into the loving arms of the Universe. And you know what, it hasn’t failed me yet.
Risk and trust played a big part in my career two years ago when cities across the globe shut down. I had been a public speaker and workshop presenter. Overnight, I lost all my income. Add in homeschooling my children as a single mom, while trying to rebuild my income and the odds were against my success.
What did I know to be true? I knew I had rock solid marketing experience and savvy, that I had to be available to my children, and that a traditional 9-5 was never going to support my income and flexible parenting schedule needs. I took a deep breath and I began reaching out to small business owners and offering my marketing services. I got one client, then another, and another.
It was hard. I was scared. I was impossibly exhausted with the demands of homeschooling and providing for my family. That risk and trust put me on the path that I get to look back on now with retrospective pride. I overcame so much in the last 2 years and now have a business I am proud of and get to work with a team and clients that inspire me. The best part? My kids saw everything. They saw the risk, hard work, determination, trust, and hope… and now they see how it is all working out.
What should our readers know about your business?
I call my business VYBE Social Marketing. It’s a vibrational marketing company. I also apply a lot of cognitive marketing. Our clients’ business ethics have to align with our own, they must have a growth mindset and be courageous enough to market their businesses authentically. Inauthenticity can be felt in person, by phone, and definitely in your marketing. Oftentimes, one’s inability to be authentic stems from fear, psychological hurdles, and self-acceptance or lack thereof. I help with that too. The best part of my business is that I have personally practiced everything I consult my clients on. So I, too, get to be authentically myself and speak from the memory of those dark hard truths as we learn to trust life and our business plans. The most difficult challenge to overcome? My victim mentality. Once I did the work to heal my past and rewrite some significant practiced behaviors, I stopped blaming circumstances for my lack of success and started to see my power and potential. The outcome? I’m more successful than I have ever been in my entire adult life; My reputation precedes me because people remember how you make them feel, and when you feel good, you transfer those mirror neurons to others, my clients are happy and successful, and I have streams of aligned referrals because my vibrations and work speak for itself. The number one thing you can do for your own success is to heal your inner dialogue and dissolve the invisible barriers you yourself have created.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a hard-working single mom, so life isn’t extravagant up in here! But when my friends visit there is always music and nature. It heals my soul! When it is the summer in the Rockies there are two MUST-do’s; a concert at RedRocks and a stay in the mountains to enjoy the perfect temperatures, hikes with incredible views, and the uniquely small feel of the mountain towns. When I’m kickin’ it mom-style with my kids, we love hitting the parks near the High-Line Canal. There is usually a stop or two along the way to dip our toes in the South Platte River. We have been loving K-Town off Havana. Reminds me of my years living in Los Angeles. If you are looking for a fun new ice cream adventure definitely stop by SNOWL or hit up Mochinut for boba and mochi donuts. SO GOOD!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
While the work of Jack Kornfield, Don Miguel Ruiz, Abraham Hicks, and Brene Brown played an enormous role in my life journey and success mindset, it was becoming a practitioner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, NeuroLinguistic Programming, and EFT & TFT Tapping that laid the groundwork for my psychology-based marketing strategies. When it comes to grit and moral support of tackling new projects every day and up-leveling our technical knowledge to serve clients, I couldn’t do it without my graphic designer and content creator, Rachel Caffery with Dark Shadow Designs. She has had my back every day! Collaborate y’all! You won’t regret an aligned partnership!
Other: You can also find me as @theabundantparent across all social media channels and www.theabundantparent.com
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