FAB Woman in the Spotlight: Caroline LeeComments Off on FAB Woman in the Spotlight: Caroline Lee
I am delighted to shine the spotlight this week on one of our new Community Managers, the uber fabulous Caroline Lee. She will be managing our PFW community in Markham and Lindsay and bringing her skills and expertise to grow our tribe.
A little bit about Caroline before you meet her…
Caroline was born and raised in England and moved to Canada at the age of 19 to spend a year experiencing life in another country. That year has lasted over 30 years. During that time Caroline has worked in the corporate sector, retail, sales and the media, but people and leadership have always been her passion. At age 34 she undertook her B.A. in psychology followed a few years later by a M.Sc. in Leadership. She considers herself a lifelong learner with a passion to share her experiences, knowledge, education and wisdom. The desire to see more of the world called her once again and most recently she spent 6 months working with children in Africa and Thailand.
Caroline has a private Life Coaching practice, currently serves as a trainer of professional development programs for corporate executives and has previously worked with the incarcerated women of the Lindsay Detention Centre.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Caroline!
What drives you?
I’m driven to teach and share knowledge that I glean from being a life-long learner of personal development. I embody thinking outside the box and breaking the rules of programming that has limited our thoughts and beliefs in ourselves. We are meant to be so much greater than we allow ourselves to be and I am driven to encourage others to challenge beliefs and opinions that don’t align with their beliefs. Teaching comes naturally to me and I love to create stories and scenarios sprinkled with humour to explain a situation or lesson. My favourite topics encompass personal development, empowerment, financial independence for women and the freedom to live life on our own terms.
What are the 3 words best describe you?
Outgoing, passionate, maverick.
What are you most passionate about?
I have many passions and they vary from travelling, coaching, teaching, real estate, interior design, nature and all things beautiful. However, one passion that I have lived my life by is to live authentically. That means living a life according to what makes ME happy, not what others dictate is the ‘right’ way to live. It hasn’t been easy and I have experienced some very difficult and hard lessons, but it’s those ‘lessons’ that gives me much needed insight with my clients. I have already been where they are, or where they are potentially going and therefore I am able to create clarity for them, which after all, is what they seek.
What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is to live life to the fullest and be the BEST version of myself. That means breaking through the self-imposed limitations my mind creates and truly experiencing the manifestation of my dreams, passions and life’s purpose.
What has been some of your best lessons learned from taking risks and following your dreams?
It was a big risk when I left home at 16 and another huge risk when I left England at 19 to come to Canada. Once here, I conformed to a life of having a job, a house and eventually a husband. The marriage lasted 7 years and at the end of it I was left broke and broken. In 2012 after the breakup of another relationship I needed to recharge and regroup so I travelled to Thailand and stayed there for two months. I came back refreshed and renewed ready to start a new chapter. I haven’t looked back since.
With risk comes failure, and that’s a good thing! I hear so many people say, “I failed at my marriage, I have had multiple failed relationships, I failed when I didn’t get the promotion etc.” I believe it’s those very failures that create the backdrop for what we DO want and allows other possibilities to bring true happiness. Every experience is an opportunity for growth because we are either growing or dying. Why stay in a situation that kills you slowly just so that you can say you haven’t ‘failed’? Following your dreams often means leaving things or people behind and that’s ok, because who you are meant to be and what you are meant to be doing is on the other side of failure.
When you fall out of balance or feel discouraged – what are some of your tips & strategies to get back on track and reconnect with your fabulous self?
I listen to Abraham Hicks to ‘re-member’ that I am part of source energy and that my vibrations dictate the outcomes in my life. I write in my gratitude journal giving thanks for all the things that I am grateful for that day and I also meditate to quiet the chatter in my mind.
What has been your biggest personal/professional accomplishment to date?
After my divorce 8 years ago I lost both my houses and was left with debt because my husband loved to spend more money than he earned. Those houses were paid for by me (not us) and were supposed to be my financial security and pension for my future. I didn’t know ‘how’ I was going to get back into the property market but I was determined to acquire real estate again. Since then I have purchased 3 houses, all of which have rental income. Out of my experience emerged a passion for financial independence and freedom and I want that for all women.
What are you most excited about right now?
For 2018 I have developed a series titled The L.I.B.E.R.A.T.E.D S.E.L.F. This series focuses on topics critical for women who have lost their identity and sense of self. Every month through a workshop, meeting, seminar or retreat topics identified as the acronym of L.I.B.E.R.A.T.E.D S.E.L.F will be examined, ultimately culminating in an identity that is LIBERATED and FREE from constraints.
What might others be surprised to learn about you?
I come from the school of hard knocks. As the saying goes, “Never judge a book by its cover.” I am the epitome of that.
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