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Life and Work with Susan Golicic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Golicic.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
On the outside, I had built an incredibly successful life – a secure career as an engineer then logistician then university professor with a strong reputation in my field. I also had a busy social life. But on the inside, I didn’t know who I was and was afraid I would never find happiness. I was in my 40s, my second marriage was failing, I was burned out from working 70+ hours a week for several years, I no longer knew how to have fun, and my mother, who had always been my biggest supporter, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and had little desire to recover. I experienced my ‘dark night of the soul’ and was depressed. I knew I had to face what had become of my life in order to be strong for my mom; I had to be brave enough to take off my mask and see who I really was, re-engage with my inner child, and learn to love who I was.

So, I started on the journey of dealing with what I had created for myself and healing it. I needed to learn who I was and to love that woman. I did a lot of personal development to discover what I really needed and wanted in my life. I reached out to others for help and support. And that led me to take better care of myself, valuing all of the aspects of my wellness and pursuing what I was passionate about – helping other women believe in themselves and go for what they want! I got a coaching certification and through that really discovered my purpose as well as met my business partner.

Becoming a life coach has enabled me to embrace my vulnerability, express my authenticity, create healthy and deeply fulfilling relationships, and realize my “why”. My passion is to help others empower their inner strength to be authentic and adventurous in their lives so that they don’t have to go through the pain I did. And so Uninhibited Wellness was born. I didn’t specifically set out to be an entrepreneur, but have found that these types of small businesses cause the ripples that will spread… and I’m on a mission to spread happiness, fulfillment, and empowerment for women as far as possible!

My journey is ongoing; I work on my development and my business every day. I want to be the best I can be for myself and everyone in my life. I want to walk the talk. So part of that work is sharing my story with others so that everyone can know they are not alone and that others are supporting them in their journey.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a bumpy road, and there will continue to be potholes. Life is a roller coaster – it is up to you whether it is a thrilling up and down or not! I grew up not knowing how to communicate, which contributed greatly to my two divorces. I had to really learn to have the courage to be vulnerable and open up to people about how I felt. I also grew up accomplishing things just to prove my worth to people – I didn’t feel I had it inherently. I looked confident from the outside but on the inside, I wasn’t. I worked with coaches to explore those feelings, come to the realization that they weren’t true and let go of limiting beliefs about myself. And even after becoming a coach, I’ve stumbled into past behaviors because they were conditioned in me for so long.

I’ve worked for a few large organizations in male-dominated fields. Through that, I was not authentic to who I am, taking on a much more masculine persona to try to be successful. That was exhausting! In my current position, I work on being as authentic as I can be, even if only with a few people at a time. As an entrepreneur, I’ve struggled as well. We have been in business for three years and are still very much a startup, evolving the business model and our service offerings. This is sometimes very frustrating – we know we can help people and it seems so many simply don’t want that. Through all of this, I have tried to practice patience, perseverance, and acceptance for where it is believing that the seeds we have planted will begin to grow.

My advice for women is to give themselves the credit they deserve and to embrace their amazingness – as early as possible in life. And if they need help with this, get it (like I did)! It is important to go after your dreams – they can be achievable and make life so much more fulfilling. Another piece of advice is to get rid of any toxic relationships. We tend to hang onto bad relationships too long. It is important to set boundaries for what is acceptable and what is not and to know your deal breakers. And if anyone has deal breakers or regularly crosses boundaries, they don’t really care and need to be left behind. Our confidence, self-worth, and happiness are deeply affected by our relationships and our behaviors in them. YOU are not worth damaging that in sacrifice for someone else!

Please tell us about Uninhibited Wellness.
At my business, Uninhibited Wellness, we help career-minded women live an inspired life through adventure! What does this mean? We help them re-vision their lifestyle and work through any risks to accomplish it! After completing our adventure trips and coaching programs, they feel more confident, have more life balance, have the power to live healthier and have a stronger impact on those in their life.

Women often put everyone else before themselves and end up exhausted and burned out. We at Uninhibited Wellness are the go-to, trusted source for helping them take a break and create a healthier, happier lifestyle to accomplish all of their goals.

We are most proud of the impact we have had on our clients. It is incredibly fulfilling to know we have helped people be more authentic and confident in who they are, take charge of their personal and professional life, create stronger relationships, eat healthier, be more adventurous and find more joy in their lives,

I personally am proud that a book I have written on the adventure and its impacts will be published this month (June 2019)!

What sets us apart from other coaching businesses is our expertise in relationships, nutrition, and holistic wellness combined with the foundation of adventure. Whether it is a personal development vacation trip, individual one on one coaching, dining experiences, or workshops/presentations, we approach all of these through adventure. Adventure has the power to change the way we perceive obstacles in order to overcome them in the pursuit of what we want and need in life. Additionally, we maintain a network of preferred wellness providers in various modalities of health and healing so that we can easily recommend a trusted resource if we don’t provide a service you someone needs.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Society and the workplace in the United States have been historically developed by men for men. That has contributed to the lack of equity we experience and see in leadership. And additionally, most men are not even aware of the gap that exists (a great example I was told was to think about the lack of awareness of right-handed people for how hard some things are for left-handed people). For this to change, we need to engage men just as much as women to work on this. Additionally, we as women need to let go of the beliefs that we are not good enough to lead – beliefs that have been conditioned again because work and success norms were established by men.

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Susan Golicic, Uninhibited Brands, LLC

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