Today we’d like to introduce you to Bridget Boland.
Bridget, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was a burned out medical malpractice litigation attorney when I turned to yoga for stress relief. I fell in love with the practice and the benefits it provided me. I also dared to admit I didn’t want to practice law. I dreamed of writing books. I took a leap of faith and went back to grad school for an M.F.A. in creative writing. I needed a way to make an income to support my writing habit so I did the Forrest Yoga Teacher Training and built a full-time group classes and private personal yoga practice helping others become more aware of their hearts’ desires and dreams and supporting them in bringing those to life.
I added to my skill set by getting a certification in shamanic energy medicine, along with training as both a birth and a death doula. I like to joke that I work in arrivals, departures and everything in between. My passion is helping people source their lives from their connection with Spirit, however they perceive that. I offer group and private coaching programs for personal transformation. I also use the same tools from my coaching and energy work – meditation, sacred ceremony, visualization, ritual – to aid writers in writing and publishing what I call “illuminated manuscripts” – books that shed new light on the human condition and encourage conscious human spiritual evolution.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been more of a long and winding road! Law school and my years practicing law felt like a sharp detour but I learned some terrific organizational skills and logical, analytical and critical thinking skills that have served me incredibly well, especially in my writing and editing business. Plus that background lends me both a certain practicality – I don’t come across as totally “woo woo” – and a credibility – people seem to respect the dedication and effort it takes to become an attorney and I think they sense that I bring that same dedication to my work with them.
Struggles along the way include being engaged in a really dynamic, constantly morphing business. I often feel like there’s no “road map” for what I’m creating in and with my business, and there’s certainly no clear hierarchical “ladder”, like you get in corporate America.
I’m also a single parent so there’s always a tension to find the right balance between giving time to my business and devoting time to my son.
Another challenge has been taking my own advice and following what I tell my clients: to make time for my own writing. I wrote an published a novel, The Doula, in 2012, and I just finished a second novel featuring Audrey Hepburn. I sometimes have to juggle client work, parenting and my own writing but I never let myself forget that my writing is my creative outlet and its necessary for me to tend to it as well as to my business and my child.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Modern Muse offers clients a sacred, safe container in which to dare to dream and acknowledge their hearts’ desires and a clear, practical and energetic pathway to achieving those desires.
My informational coaching programs aid individuals and groups ready to evolve, expand and grow. I use shamanic energy tools for clearing limiting beliefs, vision questing, ceremony, meditation, and ritual to help people shift from wherever they are now and move into the lives they dream of living.
For writers, I support them in seeing their projects as a sacred contract or agreement and help them write and publish their stories through practical editing support, clearing limiting beliefs or fears about putting their stories onto the page or out into the world, and setting deadlines/accountability for project completion.
I’m known for my ability to see the very best in my clients, to focus in on their highest potential, and for supporting that vision while compassionately holding them accountable for achieving it.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Chicago is such a vibrant, dynamic and open-minded city. There’s a lot being offered, especially in the realms of mindfulness, spirituality, health and well-being. I recommend getting involved in the communities of like-minded people – seek out yoga studios, wellness centers, networking organizations, spiritual communities. These are all places where I’ve made incredible connections – and found both clients and “power partners” who refer me business.
- Single energetic clearing sessions (75 minutes) are $350
- A package of 3 sessions is $1,000
- Website: www.bridgetboland.com
- Phone: 214-682-1207
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My photo: Beatriz Terrazas