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Conversations with the Inspiring Kori Gouge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kori Gouge.

Kori, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I fell in love with psychology as an adolescent exploring different ways to transform my own disordered thinking that had resulted in an eating disorder. I was fascinated with how the mind and body worked and how we could bring them to dysfunction when we disconnect from ourselves. I went on to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Outdoor Education as my desire was to help people transform their consciousness through mental and physical endeavors. I later earned my Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication and then managed a non-profit educational program focused on post-secondary and career preparation where I managed a staff of 12 teachers. I loved coaching my staff to bring more of their passion and genius to their work. As I progressed with the company, I knew I wanted to impact people in a bigger way so this led me to quit my job to live abroad for several years and pursue my coaching certification. I now work with creative spiritual entrepreneurs and small business owners who are stuck at a level in their business they can’t seem to break through to transform the way they run their business and life so that all they do is truly a reflection of their soul genius.

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?
The road is winding and just when you think you know the way, you lose your way. For me, I quit my job in the non-profit sector to pursue teaching in Mexico and then teaching and coaching in Costa Rica. I had always wanted to live in a Spanish-speaking country as I had done quite a bit of travel in these areas and fell in love with the people and culture. The job in Mexico was incredibly challenging – from not having the support and resources to do the job to living with two people who got into yelling matches on a regular basis. When I resigned, I traveled solo throughout Central America and completed my Vinyasa Yoga teacher certification in Costa Rica. I met some great people there and decided to look for work there. I then moved myself and my dog to San Jose, Costa Rica. The job didn’t turn out as I had thought and I felt very alone there as my attempts to become a part of the Costa Rican community failed.

To make things worse, my dog who was my greatest companion, died which was absolutely devastating. It was a very difficult period in my life. My best friend from home was of huge support for me during this time. I eventually moved back to my home town of Denver, Colorado thinking it would be better since I had friends and family there. However, I had changed a lot in the three years I had been gone and the transition back was much more difficult than I would have ever imagined. To make things worse, eight months after arriving in Denver, I lost my best friend to cancer. It was hard to believe, honestly. It tested my inner strength and resilience, which luckily had been fortified by all I had been through the previous few years. Sometimes, I look at my story and think, man, that sounds like a country western song – you lost your dog and your best friend and didn’t feel at home in your home anymore? Dang.

Like any good country song though, the story has a lesson. I learned to hold onto myself, even when I wanted to let go, to keep going even when I wanted to give up, and to love even more than I thought was possible.
All of these events make me who I am. I don’t wish them on anyone but I see now they are me.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I specialize in working with creative spiritual entrepreneurs who have reached a moderate level of success in their business and are stuck and feeling frustrated that they are not seeing the results they desire despite all the time, money, and energy they have invested in their business. In our work together, we unlock their gold mine within which transforms their business into being a true reflection of who they are. I am most proud of the work I do in guiding my clients to reprogram their internal systems and structures which provides them with the external rewards of more free time, more impact, more income, and more fun in their business. What sets me apart is that I guide my clients to uncover the gold in their current challenge and use that to fuel them to significant success.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I see every challenge as an opportunity and the opportunity for not just women, but everyone is to eradicate victim mentality from every area of their lives. To reclaim their power in every situation, to speak the truth with everyone, everywhere, no matter what, and to live in alignment with their soul genius. This requires radical internal transformation and a realignment of the divine feminine and masculine within each of us.


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