From Blogger to Book Author with Trish Walker

Trish Walker self published author

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Inspired by her 50th birthday, Trish Walker decided to try 50 new things in her 50th year and blog about her experiences. A short time after completing her goals, Trish was encouraged to turn her blog into a book. She took to the task of self-publishing with the help of people in her community. From there, her business has expanded to include intuitive coaching and speaking engagements where she helps others learn how to rock their next decade.

With a few certifications up her sleeve Trish also offers intuitive coaching and officiating services. She is a certified Life Cycle Celebrant, Master Reiki, Energy Master and Holistic Health Coach. Committed to helping people live extraordinary lives, pushing beyond their boundaries and being vibrant human beings for themselves, their families and their communities.

Trish works with individuals who want more for themselves; to heal the past, celebrate it and move forward powerfully.

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Check out Trish’s book, ‘Oh Honey…I’m Just Getting Started!‘ on Amazon

About Trish

I grew up the youngest of five children in middle-class New Jersey. As a female and as the youngest, my life path wasn’t always encouraged. I realize now how much my voice was “quieted”. Also being a part of a male dominated family brought with it a new set of challenges. These are ones that are still being overcome today. I am that “one” in my family. The one that is changing things up. Boy are they mad! 🙂

I went to business school then on to nursing school and finally completed a bachelor’s in Health Sciences. I’ve done the corporate bit. I worked in both the pharmaceutical and the medical device industry traveling the country and the world. I had the immense gift of living in Belgium for a few years during this career.

When my son was born, I realized very quickly that I wanted to be home with him for his younger years. He was my “one and done”, so this was my shot at bonding with him. Fast forward a few years and it became very apparent that if I didn’t find something for myself, we would both be very unhappy. This began a journey of the big “what am I here to do?”.

My journey brought me to get my Reiki Master, my Holistic Nutrition certification, a Life Cycle Celebrant (wedding officiant) license and to my current Energy Mastery Practitioner certification. As a lot of us do, we go to every conference, training and speaker in the hopes that they give us our “answer”. With my toolbox, I give my clients the tools to figure out that answer for themselves. We all have the “thing” inside of us of what we are here to do. The journey may be the only thing we come here for but the answer is always inside of us.

What motivated/inspired you to start a business?

I knew that I didn’t want to go back into the corporate world. I wanted to bring my gifts, certifications, etc. out into the world while still having a flexible business that I could be here for my son to nurture him before he is out of the nest in a few years. The flexibility has it’s ups and downs. For instance, I just booked a client for 7:00 PM tonight.

When did you launch your business?

Right before I turned 50, I decided to do 50 New Things in My 50th year. This turned into a blog then a book and has launched a whole branch of my business where I speak around the topic of “Rocking Your Next Decade”.

My business was officially formed a few years ago when my book was published. It has evolved into so much more than the book. I work with clients as either an intuitive coach, energy healer, wedding officiant and even as a sometime background actor in TV and movies. When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them that I create magic in my client’s lives. I bring them clarity so that they can step into their next right aligned steps.

In your book “Oh honey, I’m Just Getting Started!” you take readers on a journey as you try 50 new things during your 50th year and encourage others to step out of their comfort zone – what inspired this book?

The night before my 50th birthday, my brother called and said “congratulations you are half dead”. Wow. Insert laughter here – my family is from New Jersey and can turn on the snark. This comment came very soon after the sudden death of someone whom I am connected to. I was also working with a coach named Jesse Brisendine who had just completed 1,000 new things in one year. I asked Jesse if he would mind if I borrowed his idea and tailor make it to me.

As I talked to others who were turning the big 5-0, I heard a lot of folks saying that they were too old or that it was too late. I took that moment to decide to do life differently. My biggest thought is the best way to honor someone who has passed away is to live a life that they would be proud of. That was my inspiration.

After you made the decision to write a book what steps did you take to get started?

When I decided to do 50 new things, I also decided to blog about it. I didn’t even have a book idea on the horizon. The blog and doing the 50 new things was such a huge step for someone who had been at home raising a child. I finished my 50, wrote my blog and went on my way. About six months later I was at a business conference and was sitting with someone telling them about my blog. I got the, “oh wow, you really need to write a book with that”. Bingo!

When I decided to then turn my blog into a book, I had the blessing of having some cool people in my town who do exactly this. My editor Stacy has a company called The Memoir Midwife. She took my blogs, helped me edit it and voila, my book.

Can you speak about your experience self-publishing your book?

Again, I was super blessed to have a good “pit crew” here in Park City. I had an editor and a book designer who both had already self-published books. They walked me through the process and held my hand. I’m currently writing my next book and intend to self-publish that as well. It’s a lot of work getting your work out there but there are so many resources these days to help with all of that.

What’s your number one tip for people who want to write their first book?

Get that first draft up and out. “Barf it up” as I so delicately put it. I literally just told a client that he has a book in him whether he wanted to believe that or not. I made him get off the phone and go to TJ Maxx and buy some blank journals and just start writing. It doesn’t have to look or sound pretty. Just get it up and out. You go back later and pretty it up.

You gained some good PR traction with your book, how did you prepare for this type of visibility?

I would be lying if I said I prepared. I’m the kind of person who just does it. I don’t study for speeches, or interviews. I prefer to just jump in. One thing that I did do was to hire a woman who helped me with a book landing page. This was somewhere that I was able to direct people to when I was interviewed about my book.

How do you keep yourself accountable towards achieving new business goals?

I work with a coach, Sheevaun Moran, who is very good about keeping me on track. I’ve gathered a tribe around me of like-minded folks who are also entrepreneurs and we are very good about keeping each other accountable. It takes a village….

How are you leveraging your social media channels to gain new clients?

I use my Facebook Lives and Instagram posts to write about things that are important to me and to my clients. I discuss client wins and challenges in the hopes that I connect with someone out there that needs to hear what I have to say.

Have you hired out for assistance with your business? What motivated you to do this?

I have hired marketing, and web design help and use a coach. Although I coach others, I need a back-up myself. I also have an energy healer that I work with to keep my energy clear so I can help others.

What advice would you give to someone looking to hire a life coach?

Talk to people. Get referrals. Jump on the phone with different coaches and see who resonates with you. Go to events. I’ve had people come up to me at events and say, I want what you have. It’s all about the energy and how that person feels to you. If their energy is low, how are they going to be able to help you?

Has running a business gotten easier the longer you’ve done it?

Hmmm, good question. It depends on what day. There are days where I am ready to ditch it all and run back to corporate but that’s when I call in my tribe. They are very tuned into me and seem to know when I need a check-in call.

Fear often holds us back from taking action towards our true desires. When you feel fear creeping in and trying to keep you in your comfort zone how do you conquer this?

I have spent too much time letting fear hold me back. I’ve really learned that the joy in life comes from feeling the fear and doing it anyway. I’ve become a big fan of Mel Robbins and her 5-second rule. She simply says when fear is stopping you, say 5-4-3-2-1 and jump. It’s so simple but it works.

Have you ever had the thought “no one will pay me for that”, if so, what are the steps you took to overcome this?

I think we all have that fear at one time or another. Baby steps. Just get yourself out there. So timely with my client tonight because we also talked about this too. He didn’t know what to charge for his psychic readings. “Listen” for your number, meaning what price feels right to you? If you go to low, people won’t get value because you will be emitting that energy. So yes, I have had those thoughts and just kept marching forward.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out and struggling to gain traction?

My biggest gift to myself in my entrepreneurial journey has been to realize that I can’t do everything and that it is okay to ask for help. Hire a coach, hire a VA, hire a person who specializes in what you need help with. If we run around trying to do it all ourselves, we won’t have the time to get our gifts out into the world and help as many people as we possibly can.

Any final words of wisdom for starting and growing a profitable online business?

I’m a big advocate for starting with your energy first. If your energy is not clean, you won’t be able to succeed in business. Same goes for money and relationships – if your money is off, you won’t be profitable, if your relationships are off, you won’t have a successful business. Start with the basics and go from there.

Another thing that I do is theme days. For instance, I pick Monday to do my social media presence work. Tuesday is for client work. Wednesday for content etc. Time chunking is where it’s at. If we try and do too much at once, again, nothing gets done.

Have fun. Take time for that self-care. If you are on vacation and feeling guilty because you are not working, do a Facebook Live that day. You did something for your business. Be authentic….

Where can people connect with you?

Website: www.trishwalker.us
IG: @trish.walker1
FB: Trish Walker

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