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Meet Chelley Canales of lighthouse/Haven in Central Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelley Canales.

Chelley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I like to call myself an “almost native” of Colorado since I moved here in 1991. I grew up in Littleton, went to theatre school in Missouri, spent four years in New York City, and eventually, with a heart cracked wide open, made it back home to Denver.

My life has been a series of transformations, of twists and turns that didn’t make sense at the time, but when looking back, made perfect sense in creating the tapestry of my life. I realize now that I was experiencing a series of spiritual awakenings, each one bringing me closer to the truest expression of myself.

The greatest of these shifts happened after a slow burn of four years, finally exploding around this time last year. The inner guidance that I had disregarded and devalued for so long came back with a vengeance, letting me know that if I didn’t intentionally change the life path I was on, I’d be forced into a change that I’d have no say in.

So, I made the decision to jump off the cliff of my life with no plan lined up. In the course of this past year, I went from a career in non-profit (for some amazing organizations, no doubt) to a spiritual entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, blogger, author, podcast host, coach, energy worker, yoga teacher, and YouTube network creator.

My calling with all of this was to provide a spiritual home for awakening souls and to ignite the spark needed to get them going on the journey, actively awake. People are waking up in greater numbers than ever in the history of the planet, and not everyone is equipped with the tools to navigate this process. My goal is to bring the abstract and “woo woo” concepts and terms down to earth in a digestible format for those new to the process of awakening and to guide them towards their soul’s purpose and truest version of themselves.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A new challenge can appear every day! Of course, there is the initial terror that comes with leaving behind a steady paycheck to become an entrepreneur, and then the discovery of how many different apps, programs and tools you need in order to run your business.

There are internal struggles too, like self-doubt, imposter syndrome, analysis paralysis, perfectionism and wearing too many hats and being unable to focus.

Please tell us about lighthouse/haven.
lighthouse/haven is a spiritual home for awakening souls, meant to inspire, build community and provide resources through your soul’s transition.

I specialize in guiding people on their awakening journey. I create content including books, like my upcoming release The ABCs of Awakening, videos and podcasts, as well as through workshops, coaching and courses.

Lighthouse/Haven Network is a YouTube channel I created to highlight the stories of others who have gone through the awakening process. These interviews are called Lighthouse Conversations and they are meant to provide comfort to my audience so that they know they are not alone in this process, and so they can realize that everyone’s journey is going to be very unique to them and that there’s no “right way” to do it. Lighthouse Conversations will be available in podcast form as well shortly.

lighthouse/haven stands apart from the crowd as we specifically want to help a population that is not naturally drawn to all things spiritual but are still looking for guidance along the way. I am proud to provide a lighthouse, and a haven, for the awakening community.

I am also the season four host of Women Who Badass Radio, where I interview high-achieving and inspiring women, digging deep to find out how they created their success.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My grandmother lived with me my entire life, and we were very close as she helped raised me. I remember staying home from school one day, sick, and my grandma came to check on me.

I gave her quite the surprise when she found I was not in bed as I should have been, but rather dancing in my living room, learning the choreography to Janet Jackson’s Escapade, as done by members of the Mickey Mouse Club.

I had been caught!! She acted like she was scandalized for a moment, but then she threw up her hands and walked away. I kept dancing.

I think she knew even then how much it meant to me, and that it actually helped me feel better to move my body and release those endorphins. Thanks for letting me keep dancing, Mamo!

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Top photo by Amanda Tipton. Bottom photo by Ali Bibbo and Michael Jenet.

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