Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Walker.
Michelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
To go back to the very beginning, it all started 7 years ago when I decided to go vegan. To keep myself motivated on my new dietary journey, I started a blog. I wanted to walk my readers through the same ins and outs of figuring out this new lifestyle that I was experiencing as well as share any yummy vegan products or recipes I discovered along the way. As the blog grew in popularity, I started to get more and more questions from my readers about why certain vegan options were considered “healthier” than their non-vegan counterparts. I felt an obligation to my audience to answer their questions with more than just a quick Google search so I enrolled in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a certified holistic health coach. I spent the next year and a half coaching private clients who found great results with weight loss, clear skin, and increased energy following my suggestions towards healthier lifestyle habits.
However, as my own wellness journey continued to grow, I found myself drawn to more than just the nutrition side of wellness. After the initial rush of success with coaching, I discovered I was talking less and less to my clients about food and more and more about, yoga, meditation, and how to create happiness from the inside out. That’s when I decided to sign up for CorePower Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training, quit my day job waiting tables, and start sharing my spiritual discoveries and meditations on happiness with Chicago yogis.
Through full immersion into a lifestyle of yoga, meditation, and eventually becoming a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, I discovered an awakening of my own intuition and began to read tarot cards on Instagram, YouTube, and for individual clients both online and in person. I now get to use all of my trainings in tandem to create a unique coaching experience that involves not only divination but lifestyle, movement, and mindfulness tips to help my clients navigate their situation towards their highest possibility for happiness.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For me, every transition in my business has felt like the logical next step, so in a way it’s been easy. That being said, there were times that I worried I was wasting time and money on previous certifications or degrees as I moved on to something new. It’s only through seeing everything come full circle that I’ve learned nothing is ever a waste of time, it all comes back around to help in some way or another eventually. Even the online certification in digital design I acquired before starting my blog has helped me to control the online presentation of each incarnation of my business. There are no useless talents, only talents you’ve yet to find the highest use for.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Michelle Shea Walker story. Tell us more about the business.
I think the thing that makes me most proud about my company is seeing the difference even the smallest actions can make in the life of my clients. It’s through seeing my yoga teachings, Reiki sessions, and tarot readings through their eyes that I realize how important even the tiniest touch or kindest word of encouragement can be. My biggest mission in life is to show the world more love. We’re so starved for connection that I strive to provide even a tiny dose of that humanity in every area of my life and that bleeds over into my business as well.
It’s healing for me too because we’ve all been through similar heartache even as we’re living different experiences. Their healing becomes my healing with every story they share with me.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has had an amazing role in every aspect of my life. It’s always about being at the right place at the right time. The deeper that I dive into my own faith in the Universe the more I recognize that there are no accidents. Every connection that I’ve made has been because the exact right people ended up in the same room at the same time or because I followed the impulse to say something I normally wouldn’t and it resonated with someone in a way I could never have anticipated. I’m indebted to fate and luck and will continue to be for the rest of my journey.
- Email Tarot Readings $17-$33 (depending on the number of cards selected)
- Intuitive Coaching Sessions via Phone $125-$155
- Reiki Healing Sessions (in person & long distance) $60-$111 (+ 50% off first scheduled session)
- Reiki Level One Trainings $175-$225
- 2018 Zodiac Tarotscopes $33
- Chakra Balancing Kits $33 (currently on sale for $22!)
- Address: Uptown area, Chicago, IL
- Website: www.michellesheawalker.com
- Phone: 3176274570
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/michelleshea
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/michellesheawalkeryoga
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/michelleshea
- Other: www.YouTube.com/michellesheawalker
Professional studio shots: Katie Graves