We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Boulé and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle Boulé, do you have a budget? How do you make lifestyle and spending decisions?
I don’t use a budget. I create a financial forecast. This is a spreadsheet that includes the expenses for the life that I want to live and the income I need to bring in to live that lifestyle. Then I create that income! This helps me to be in the mindset of living in growth, rather than seeing the limitations of where I am now. And it’s much more fun, inspiring, and effective to do the work from that perspective, rather than seeing how much I can save here and there, which I’ve done plenty of in the past. However, I more than tripled my income in seven months, when I started to think differently about money.
What should our readers know about your business?
My “business” started somewhat unconsciously! I began as a professional contemporary dancer based in New York City, and the work I was interested in was always the experimental work that allowed me to collaborate with different choreographers. So I never had a traditional “job” but was always a freelancer from the get go!
I approached my work with gratitude, after a partner in my 20’s lovingly course-corrected me from self-pity to self-empowerment. This huge attitude shift brought me more dance jobs than I could say yes to in a short period of time, and I wasn’t hustling to create more. However, I always did my best and put a lot of passion into my work, consistently.
Most businesses fail because something convinces a person to quit, and because a person doesn’t know how to move through inevitable challenges with persistence, belief, and consistency. Without knowing this consciously at the time, I didn’t question or lose the faith in my dance career, and that led me to an award-winning international career. I’ve applied these same principles (and so many others I learned from dancing) to create a coaching business that continues to grow exponentially.
My work as a transformational life and business coach arose organically out of interest. In 2008, I started studying energy medicine and psychology in depth, and in my first training (for the BodyTalk system), I heard myself say “I don’t know if I’m going to become a energy healing practitioner, but I know this is going to change my life.” While I continued my professional dance career, I started seeing hundreds of clients in my private practice.
At a later point in my life, I finally acknowledged that I wanted to make more money, so I started studying money and the truth about prosperity. After struggling for years, working a lot and not knowing how to break through my financial ceiling, I finally stepped into a level of abundance that I didn’t know was possible.
My joy comes from sharing this information with others, and guiding them to become the fullest, best expressions of who they are. This alignment with one’s personal truth is what transforms lives, and that resonates out and affects everything and everyone a person interacts with! People are capable of so much more than they realize, and it’s beautiful to witness a person live into that realization.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Right now I’m living in Missoula, MT, after 21 years of being based in New York City. While I don’t have the same access to all the restaurants, stores, and culture of NYC, I have direct access to some of the most beautiful natural spots I’ve ever visited. I’d take my best friend hiking in the Rattlesnake and up to some of the lakes and mountains in the Seeley Swan Valley. We’d eat at The Camino, best Mexican food in town, and shop at Aporta, my dear friend Noelle Sharp’s beautiful store. Some of my other favorite places are Meadowsweet Herbs and Noteworthy Paper & Press. I’d also take my friend to some natural hot springs, of which their are plenty within an easy drive from Missoula.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my parents! They get first recognition because they’ve given me this incredible gift of life, and they always support me in the ways they know best. I’ve also had so many different incredible teachers in my life… all of my dance teachers and the numerous healing and mindset mentors I’ve studied with. There are way too many to name, but my gratitude is huge!
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