my interview is LIVE… and I don’t hold back!

my interview is LIVE… and I don’t hold back!

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed for RTL podcasts, a top French-speaking radio podcast.

The interview is now LIVE on RTL Podcasts and Spotify.

In this interview (in French), I don’t hold back…

I share personal stories about self-limiting patterns that used to hinder my success in relationships, life, and work. 

I reveal how the Enneagram has helped me significantly transform these self-limiting patterns and beliefs and transform my relationships, my confidence, my career, and my business. 

When used well, the Enneagram is one of the most powerful and precise tools of personal and professional transformation I know. In combination with coaching and other modalities such as shadow and part work, the Enneagram will help you:

  • Identify and move past your main self-limiting patterns in the way of actualizing your career goals.
  • Improve your personal and professional relationships.
  • Increase your self-esteem and confidence.
  • And much more.

This is why I often use it with my clients to help them move past their self-limiting patterns stopping them from reaching their career and life goals. 

> > If you understand French, I encourage you to listen to my interview (Base 4) and to the interviews of the eight other types. You will learn a lot about yourself and the people in your life.

>> If you want to discover your Enneagram type, the self-limiting patterns holding you back, and how to move past them, you can do an Enneagram Typing Interview with me. I have a few spots available for those before July 22, when I’m taking my summer vacation in France, Email me if you want to learn more.

Your purpose… (and why I was quiet)

Your purpose… (and why I was quiet)

What is your purpose?

Like my clients, it may be…

  • making a difference in the lives or careers of your employees, students, patients, or clients
  • supporting the environment, diversity & inclusion, health, art, architecture, children’s education, girls and women’s empowerment, real estate, or anything else.


But have you considered that…

  • being an amazing spouse, a good parent, or grandparent that leaves a legacy in your children and grandchildren’s life,
  • or bringing happiness and joy to your circle of friends and family 

could also be part of your purpose?

What if BOTH categories were an integral part of your purpose or “sacred work” as my colleague Beverley Barnes calls it?

Your purpose–what brings meaning to your life–, can take many forms. And some of its forms are all too often ignored. 

For many of my clients, whatever their gender identity is, being a good parent or a good partner, is as important to them as making a difference in the world with their work.

It’s why, when I help them clarify their purpose in my Land the Career You Love coaching program, we look at the holistic picture to ensure we integrate it all. 

Career and purpose coaching need to be holistic to make a true difference in people’s lives and ensure fulfillment at ALL levels, not just at the professional level disconnected from the rest.

It is also the reason why in the past eight months, I have been quieter and not sharing as much. I’ve been putting attention to another important part of my purpose and sacred work while continuing to serve my 1:1 clients. 

As you probably know, a BIG part of my purpose is to help high-achieving leaders discover the work that reignites their passion and makes a difference. 

Well, I recently realized that there is another part of my purpose that is as important. This is being an amazing partner and deepening the relationships with my loved ones. 

I had always known it was important to me, but I had never considered it part of my purpose. So, I would spend a lot of time on this part of my life, but I would dismiss it as outside the scope of my purpose or my “work.” I would feel some kind of guilt that I would spend so much time on it at the expense of what is supposed to be “real work and purpose in the world.”

In the past few months, I realized that being an amazing partner is an integral part of my purpose and calling. It is not outside of it. It is IT. When I spend time and energy on it, I’m actually living my purpose and doing my sacred work in the world.

  • Do you know what are the components of your purpose and your “sacred work’?
  • Do you dismiss anything that does not look like what society tells you should be “work” or “purpose”?
  • Do you hold a holistic view of your purpose?

I’d love to hear your insights. Comment below and let me know.

I’m baaaccckkk!

I’m baaaccckkk!

I’m back writing to you after a few months break… 

I’ll give you more updates soon–including why I’ve been silent–as well as inspirations and tips on your path to finding and living your career calling

In the meantime, I want to share a celebration. 

Yesterday, for the first time, I had the honor of speaking on a French Enneagram panel virtually hosted in France by Cecile-Flora Lefevre. The Enneagram is a powerful transformation system that I use with my clients. On the panel, I shared–in French–my personal journey of transformation using the Enneagram.

I have spoken on countless English-speaking and/or American-based Enneagram panels led by internationally known experts–including Beatrice Chestnut, Uranio Paes, Ben Saltzman to name a few– but it was my first time sharing in French with fellow French and French-speaking Enneagram practitioners.

SO GOOD!

Bridging cultures and languages is part of my mission. It’s why I love supporting clients from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and countries. 

What are you celebrating?

Comment below and let me know. I’d love to cheer you on. 

Big or small, shared celebrations help you increase your well-being and become more magnetic to good in your life. It’s why this is the first thing I have my private clients do in our 1:1 sessions.

Isabelle 

How kind are you being to yourself?

How kind are you being to yourself?

How kind are you being to yourself?

Really.


As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent eight weeks traveling in France and Mexico this summer, for a combo of vacation and remote work. It was one of my 2021 intentions coming true and I loved it.

What I have not told you is that It took me two full weeks to readjust to my life in California after all this time away. During those two weeks, I had not much desire to do any work stuff except my clients’ calls. 

I noticed last Saturday how hard I was on myself because there was business stuff that I had not done yet or important emails I had not followed upon.

Then, I realized how during those past two weeks, I was just not in an emotional and mental space to focus on my business as much. It is not that I was “lazy” or “unproductive” (as my inner critic wanted me to believe), it is simply that my system—emotional, mental, and physical—needed time to reset and reintegrate into my life here, after such a deep connected experience in my native land. I needed integration time. I’ve noticed over the years that the longer and deeper the experience is, whether travel, retreat, or training, the longer the integration back will need to be. And it is important to honor that. There is no bypassing it. This is a natural process, as natural as the change of seasons or the blossoming of a flower.

Being kind to yourself is giving compassion for that part who needs integration time, instead of judging it. Would you judge a flower for the time it takes to blossom? or the seasons for the process it takes to go from one to the next?

Well, now I feel at peace with exactly where I am at, what I’ve done and what I’ve not done yet. I feel relaxed about it and know that all will be done in its natural timing. My energy and motivation to invest in my life and business in California are back. They just went back naturally when I was ready, without forcing it or trying to make it happen. As things happen in nature. Organically and effortlessly.

  • Are you letting things unfold in their own natural timing or are you forcing things to happen before the timing is right?
  • Are you going with the flow of the river of life while taking the necessary actions you are called to take–this does not mean being passive–, or are you trying to push against the flow of the river in your life?

The second option is exhausting, will make everything hard, and will often not get you where you want to go. Rather the opposite.

Wishing you kindness and compassion towards yourself.

With love,

Isabelle 


Photo: In Her Image Photography 
 

I’m scared and excited

I’m scared and excited

“I am both scared and excited.” This is what I told him.

I just hired a new mentor to support me in the expansion of my thought leadership and the message I am here to share in the world.

And it’s a big investment… bigger than what I’ve done in the past. 

But it feels right. 

I am in the phase of expanding my business and my visibility to the next level so that I can touch more lives. I know I am being called to help more people worldwide. The people I am here to serve are waiting to hear my message. 

I also know I need support to do that. I cannot do it alone. 

I am both excited and scared. I am stepping outside my comfort zone and into the unknown…
…and I am moving forward despite the fear.

Because I know that if I don’t, I will regret it. 

This is what happens when you want to make a big change in your career or your life.

You cannot do it without fear. Fear is going to be there every single time.

I guarantee it. I’ve done it so many times. There is always fear. 

What matters is your ability to feel it and do it anyway, and not back out, not surrender to the fear.

This is key. This is an essential skill to move towards the life and work you love.

You are going to have fears. If you expect not, you’ll stay stuck forever where you are.

Even more so when you stretch outside your comfort zone, whether it’s changing careers. hiring a coach or mentor to support you, or investing in your growth and development. 

I’ve done it many times in the past 10 years. I would not have a successful business and work I love without it. 

Many times, I stepped outside my comfort zone…
…after I was laid off from Yahoo!,
…when I decided to start my business.
…when I hired my first business coach.
…when I decided to stay in the US despite all the obstacles. 


I did it over and over. 
I’ve invested over and over in coaches and mentors. Because I knew that without that, I would not fulfill my dreams and desires.  
I would not be where I am today. 

Don’t be fooled. If you think my success and me doing the work I love is pure luck. It is not. I’ve had a team of support and have invested in myself…. and to do that, I had to go over my fears every single time. 

What about you?

 Do you have dreams and desires to fulfill? Are you waiting until you don’t have any fear to act? 
Are you letting the fear in the driver’s seat of your life? 
Do you back out on your dreams because of your fears?


Here are two ESSENTIAL ingredients to create the work and life of your dreams:

  • Feeling your fears, being willing to face them, and to move forwards with them. 
  • Having a team of support to help you in the places where you get stuck and can’t figure it out all alone. As my mentors say: “Getting help is not being weak; it’s being wise.”

I’ve done it over and over. This is why I know the courage it takes for you to do it and the courage it takes my clients when they decide to work with me.

I am walking the talk.

Are you?

Isabelle