Crystal Mckenzie is a transformational life coach dedicated to empowering women.
She told us that, “My profound passion lies in helping women recognize their inherent power, unlock their boundless potential, and embrace the unique gifts they possess. Essentials in my life include health and fitness, mental well-being, and fostering deeply connected relationships. These aspects are not only integral to my own life but form the foundation of my coaching approach, enabling women to thrive holistically while building their dreams. My zest for life extends to an obsession for travel, immersing myself in diverse cultures, and embracing thrilling outdoor adventures. My life’s story is one of relentless determination and an innate drive. I was born with an unyielding spirit that has propelled me to rise above adversities, continually propelling me towards my aspirations and dreams.”
What were your initial years of growing up like? Tell us about your life before starting your corporate journey/venture/initiative.
I was raised by a single mother, whose relentless struggle to make ends meet became a pivotal source of inspiration for my journey towards creating a successful life with a profound impact on others. Witnessing her resilience fueled my determination to break barriers and pave a path of triumph. I proudly became the first in my family to achieve a college degree, and my thirst for knowledge propelled me to attain not one, but two master’s degrees. Before establishing my coaching business in 2019, my professional trajectory led me through the realm of mental health, initially as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and later as a Nurse Practitioner working with children. It was during this time in the healthcare sector that I truly comprehended the extent of suffering in the world. I was driven to guide individuals beyond mere survival, empowering them to embark on a genuine journey of healing and flourishing. In my 20s, I endured a traumatic marriage that ultimately culminated in divorce. This challenging chapter served as a catalyst for seizing control of my life and shaping my destiny. I emerged from this experience with a powerful lesson: everything unfolds for us, not against us. By mastering the art of transforming our mindset and perceiving opportunities within our pain, we gain the strength to navigate any circumstance.
Tell us something about your initiative/business. What is it about and how is it helpful for people?
My business is about partnering with women in a highly personalized manner to help them connect back to who they really are, find their voice, and build unstoppable confidence. It is from our true self that we find healing and create and impact the world.
While the global pandemic of COVID-19 is associated primarily with adversities, it has also brought about a true boom in startups, with successful entrepreneurship in many countries. The pandemic has impacted all of us in one way or another. Would you like to share your experience on a personal and professional level?
The pandemic was a crazy time for me as I was living in Singapore as an expat and was in my first year of business. I personally struggled with my mental health during this time, but was still able to show up in my business and serve my clients. This was a very challenging time for many and I don’t think everyone has fully recovered from that time period.
What has been the response of the users/consumers towards your venture?
I have had nothing but positivity and support regarding my business and my services. I think more and more people are becoming aware of how powerful coaching is and how much we can accomplish with the right guidance.
How has your life changed because of your initiative/venture?
Everything has changed. The journey of building an online business and personal brand has been the most significant personal growth journey of my life. It has also provided some of the most beautiful moments of my life too. Business is often a mirror. It shows you everything you do and do not want to see about yourself. We must have the courage to face what’s within so we can continue to rise!
Do you have anyone who is the biggest support system in your life? Please let us know.
I have a bit of an unconventional response here, but it would feel disingenuous to provide any other response. My ex-boyfriend was my greatest support system from day one of my entrepreneurial journey up until our recent split. Although we have gone our separate ways, I cannot deny the amount of support and encouragement he provided which I am forever grateful for.
Would you like to share with our young budding women entrepreneurs the change you would like to see in the world if given an opportunity? OR Share a motivational message for the audience/women who are reading this.
Stay true to who you are and consistently check in with your priorities and values. Pay attention to your mental health and do not suffer alone. Finally, go after your biggest dreams, break the glass ceiling, and pave your own way!
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