Joey Garcia – “By removing mental obstacles, everything flows”
“By removing mental obstacles, everything flows”
By Fati Gorezi
Joey Garcia is a Relationship Expert, Wellness Consultant, Social Activist and Writer who is dedicating her insight, creativity and wisdom to help people to expand joy and success in love, work and life. In her previous careers as a corporate executive, journalist and educator, she met many people who felt stuck and unhappy. This encouraged her to start a new career in Coaching. Her mission is to empower women to shake free of self-imposed obstacles and rise up into the lives they imagine for themselves.
How did you first get into the business you are working in today? What inspires you every day?
I began coaching because people kept asking me to be their Coach and to help them navigate tricky workplace issues, tackle salary negotiations, guide them through divorce and the post-divorce re-invention process or to support their spiritual journey. As a ‘Soul Mindset Coach’ my business is to empower women to shake free of self-imposed obstacles and to rise up into the lives they imagine for themselves. I accomplish this by coaching women to develop and sustain a ‘Soul Mindset’, that is, thinking beyond the limitations of the wounded ego. I have coached hundreds of women and teens from around the world. And, for more than 22 years I have written a weekly relationship advice column that reaches 300,000 people online and in print, so everyone has access to ideas on how to live a soul-called life.
As the founder of the ‘Belize Writers’ Conference’, I also take writers on vacation with literary agents. Writers often feel intimidated by agents because agents hold the key to publishing deals for those who do not wish to self-publish or to publish with a hybrid press. By vacationing together, friendships are forged, deals are made, and Writers gain an inside look at the book business beyond what is customarily available. I also provide publicity services to authors. Publishing a book is a wonderful milestone. Ensuring that your book reaches people who will benefit from your book requires an investment in publicity services. It brings me great joy to help authors get the TV, radio, print, and online publicity their book deserves. I’m inspired every day by the life I am blessed to live. I’m creating my best life in every moment, by every choice I make. What a privilege!
Have you always been passionate about what you do or was there a specific situation/moment that triggered it for you?
I’ve always been a passionate, creative person living from deep gratitude for the privilege of being alive and having the option to play on this planet. As I push myself to expand further and accomplish my goals, my self-trust grows. Each of those moments triggers more joy, energy, creativity, and greater self-trust. It attracts amazing opportunities. I’ve been included in two new documentaries, produced by actress Sharon Stone and directed by Emmanuel Itier, about healing and transformation.
Do you have a global mission when it comes to women’s empowerment? What do you want to achieve?
Although I live near San Francisco, I was born in Belize and have been working there since 2004 to elevate literacy and literature. My teams and I have trained more than 500 primary school teachers and provided free summer schools to over 1,000 Belizean children. In April 2017, I founded the ‘Belize Writers’ Conference’, the first event of its kind in Belize. I also established the first fellowship for a Belizean Writer in the history of Belize. My writer’s conference is open to writers from all over the world who want to learn directly from literary agents who are our faculty. The event also serves to inspire Belizeans to tell their stories so that Belize can be included in the international literary canon. Currently, it isn’t.
What one tip would you give to women who feel like they can’t achieve their goals because of gender inequality in their business?
Imagine yourself as a soul—a being with no gender—and see if the problem is really what you believe it is. That’s a powerful exercise that I created to help myself. I dropped out of university to accept a position as ‘General Manager of Public Relations’ for the U.S. and Canada for an international engineering firm. I was one of two female managers in the entire corporation and the youngest. To do my job well, I focused on being equal. I addressed discrimination from the standpoint that it was an opportunity for education.
My other advice: Always engage in “carefrontation”, before confrontation, and be sure to get training on how to confront others skillfully. The women I coach no longer fear confrontation. Through my ‘Soul Mindset Coaching’ they have learned how to release problematic beliefs and open their minds’ so they can speak with clarity and receive the results they desire.
Is there one thing you would wish more people would know about or accept when it comes to female entrepreneurs and women in business?
A business coach once told me that being an entrepreneur would require me to work harder than I ever had. What he didn’t say – and what I found to be true – is that it’s mostly editing beliefs that no longer serve me. By removing mental obstacles, everything flows. If it doesn’t, remember you are not alone. Reach out and ask for support. Ask the universe, ask your mastermind group, ask your friends, ask a stranger, ask one of the talented, amazing members of the ‘Global Woman Club’.
Tell us about your experience with the ‘Global Woman Club’ and being a Speaker at a Global Woman Event. Why did you get involved and why do you think that women’s empowerment and global connection is important?
I was nominated for the ‘Global Woman Influencer Award’ and attended the GWC Summit event in New York. It was an inspirational, uplifting experience with vibrant, wise, open-hearted entrepreneurs from all over the world. The following Monday I attended the NY Club’s breakfast event and joined GWC. I’m thrilled to announce that I am now the Director of the ‘GWC San Francisco’, opening in early 2019. I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone through the Golden Gates of my beautiful City by the Bay!