A Passionate Life Coaching Professional
I created the Self-Realization Foundation in 2008. It began as a dedication and labor of love in remembrance of my mother who was my best friend, mentor, and inspiration. After years of struggle, determination, hard work, and much sacrifice, while giving her all to her three kids, my mother began pursuing her own life-long dream of becoming an actress by working in local community theaters. She genuinely enjoyed the journey she was embarking on. Unfortunately, it was cut short due to a terminal breast cancer diagnosis that led to her premature death.
My mother was my best friend, my mentor, and an amazing woman. Watching her succumb and slip away was the most painful experience I had ever gone through. Nevertheless, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had a mother who not only managed to rise above a profoundly dysfunctional and tumultuous background, but also triumphed over two challenging marriages, all the while staying true to herself and working hard to build a prosperous life for myself and my two brothers. She was such a positive, loving, and inspirational force in my life! Because of her love and guidance, I have always been an independent woman with the inner drive to pave my own way for myself. Shortly after my mother died, I was so lost that I gave up in a sense and allowed others to influence me into what they thought would be best for my life. The path I began to follow was more about living according to the standards of society and pleasing others instead of finding my own purpose. I realized; however, that it was actually pushing me further away from what was in my heart, and I felt a deep longing to do something to honor my mother's spirit and give back in my own way all she had given to me.
I was so lonely and depressed that I decided to start my life over and begin with a clean slate. I knew I had a lot of soul searching to do so I quit my job and let go of my entire lifestyle including all material possessions, family, and friends. Unfortunately, being as naïve and downhearted as I was, I ended up going down an extremely shocking, dark, and hazardous path. I found myself in a controlling and abusive relationship with a man who, unbeknownst to me at the time, had many issues of his own. As much as I did my best to lift him up, I had lost my own footing in my life and before long I was stuck in his lifestyle of poverty and desperation. I even at my lowest point found myself homeless with this man!
What's important to know is that I would not be the person I am today if it were not for all that I have seen and experienced while keeping my head on straight and my eyes wide open! Throughout it all, I was able to remain empowered enough to continue forging ahead with my goals. Little by little I was pulling myself back up by first applying another of my innate skills and becoming a self-employed cleaner and organizer as I continued to grow this coaching business. Even though it took me 8 years to get out of that relationship, it did help me to realize how resilient I really am! I am grateful that I was able to keep my personal integrity intact in order to help myself move past that threatening and confining time in my life. As difficult as this journey has been for me, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. All the things I have gone through have helped me to further develop myself as well as expand my understanding of life and others by always remaining true within my heart. I have also used my trials and tribulations to my advantage and have become an even more self-aware, emotionally intelligent, and enlightened person. I have since reached even higher potentials than ever before in my life!
I am proud of who I am and what I've set out to do. Therefore, I have dedicated this business in honor of my mother because she instilled in me the courage, strength, and determination to be confident and true to myself no matter where I may be in life! In fact, my aha moment to becoming a professional life coach came from a comment my mother made to me many years prior during a poignant conversation we were having near the end of her life. Even though we came from an Italian background and her own mother was an exceptional cook, it was never one of my mother's fortes; however, she wanted to do something special just for the two of us, so she decided to prepare a nice dinner. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bit of a culinary disaster. I knew she was disappointed, so I assured her that it was a delicious meal and I loved it. At that moment she turned looked at me, sighed, and said, "Giselle, you have always been my biggest fan."
As my mother pointed out all those years ago, it has simply been my nature to want others to succeed and more importantly feel good about themselves. My desire is to be able to assist women toward their own empowerment. Those that want to create more fulfillment within their lives. I believe all of us at any time have the ability to choose what is best for ourselves. The hardest part is getting started and making that solid commitment. I have experienced firsthand how draining and isolating it can be to realize that you want more for yourself, but you have no idea how to go about making it happen. The coaching support I give is the foundation for women to gain new perspectives on who they are and the natural abilities they possess. From this inner development they can then create a life that expresses their true essence.
So, why not finally make that solid commitment to your own happiness today and get in touch with me?! You really can: Take Charge of Your Life…It all Starts with Yourself!
Self-Development Coach & Confidant