A lot has happened since I launched my coaching services in the middle of July. In fact, so much goodness has come into my life that I’ve decided to keep this coaching party bus going. (Beep Beep!)
Here’s an update on how my services have changed. After my brief update, I’ll tell you about four other things that have happened since my last update.
When I coach someone, I’m all in.
I get to know you on a very personal level. I think about you all the time. I coach you but I also customize my approach to your personality and chosen field. I become a co-collaborator and you get the very best of me. Thus, instead of selling my time by the hour, I now offer my coaching services on a monthly basis.
I can be your Creative Business Coach with Heart for one month, two months, or longer. That means, we’ll meet face-to-face online, communicate via email, review homework assignments (it’s the good kind of homework), and, most importantly, we will assemble a plan that you can use to evolve your work and guide your decisions moving forward. (YAY!)
You can view my new one-month and two-month plans — or email me to set up a time to discuss exactly what you need. Is it a hug? Is it tough love? Is it a form of accountability? Is it simply a tender ear? I got you.
Here are four other things that have happened in the last couple of months:
1. I’ve helped more than a dozen women achieve some real life goals.
I’ve been a cheerleader, guide, advisor, friend, and coach to women who work in food and other creative arts. I’ve helped them bring structure to their work and take their work far more seriously. And these women… gosh, these women… have blossomed in a way that’s so inspiring. I asked several of them to tell me what it was like to work together and here’s what they said:
“Maggie is a natural leader. She is brilliant, kind, and supportive. Maggie’s guided me through this journey with specific details, helped with plans and prioritization, and encouraged me to believe in myself and keep going even in moments when I feel overwhelmed.”
“Working with Maggie as my coach was exactly what I needed to refine my vision, recognize my true skill set, and understand myself better. She asked tough questions in a compassionate way–questions that I never would have reflected on before and that absolutely pushed me forward to pursue my passion.”
“Maggie’s helped me look at what really makes money and focus in on that instead of spreading myself so thin. The financial spreadsheet she helped me make has completely changed the way I look at and make decisions.”
“My vision is so much more vibrant and clear now, thanks to Maggie!”
2. I’ve learned that the heart of it matters when building a business.
When someone experiences issues while making something from nothing, there are often blocks that have very little to do with the actual work. I think that’s why I have focused on labeling myself as a Life and Business Coach. Because it’s often the “life” part that has blocked or stalled or stopped the “business” part.
If you want to make a business and life that you love–and, I mean, don’t you?!–we need to talk a bit about everything. In between where you are and where you want to be is the heart of the matter. And the heart of it matters, probably more so than anything else.
We’ll spend a lot of time digging into the heart of it while we advance your personal and professional goals. So now I call myself a Creative Business Coach with Heart. Sometimes I use an emoji: Creative Business Coach with ❤️
3. My next cookbook launched everywhere for pre-orders (including Amazon).
My coaching business bubbled to life from the writing of my second cookbook. In A New Way to Food, I found my way to self-love and self-acceptance. During that process, I reconciled a lot of tough stuff from my past and unblocked all the opportunity in my future. I feel clear and free and open in a way that I haven’t in the past.
To feel this open has allowed me to flow with the universe. I didn’t set out to become a Creative Business Coach with Heart. After writing this book and finding real wellness and unlocking so many blocks, coaching found me. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share my story with you here and in this cookbook. I think it’s the sort of story that will show you that even after a lot of tough things happen, there’s room to forgive and move on and create a life that’s full of joy, satisfaction, and service.
A business is, after all, a service and that’s something that I think about–for me and for you–constantly, because how you serve others is how you live. It’s a direct reflection on who you are.
4. I have learned so much about the 95% of our brain that we do not use (a.k.a. the subconscious).
During my downtime, I’m learning a tremendous amount about how humans make decisions and why something might be difficult to overcome. I’ve learned that much of our life’s programming comes from our very early childhood, from birth to about age 10. I’ve learned that events during that time — or even what seem to be brief, inconsequential moments — have a real impact on how we live our life as an adult. I’m bringing these lessons into my coaching.
I’ve also spent a significant amount of time honing my inner voice. Your inner voice is your gut, your heart, your intuition–or somewhere between all three. It’s the little voice that tells you when something seems wrong or when you absolutely must do something you love asap. As I continue to hone and listen to my inner voice, I hope to bring some of those lessons and activities into my coaching, too.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019.