We had the good fortune of connecting with Christie Federico, M.Ed. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think of risks as something where the experience and/or outcome is uncertain and there is potential for a loss, but also potential for an even greater gain. The potential for the greater gain makes it worth taking the risk.
Risks play a huge role in how I live my life and the fulfillment I get from my life choices. A life that is too comfortable, easy, and predictable doesn’t interest me. I want to feel alive and invigorated as often as possible, and in order to do so, I need to take risks. The risks I take vary in the degree to which I fear a loss or negative outcome of some kind. For example, when I was intimidated to start dancing bachata in public, there was a slight fear I’d be bad at it and perhaps embarrass myself. The fear wasn’t intense and thus dissipated very quickly. I also wanted to dance really badly, so any sort of risk was worth it to me. I could fear temporarily being bad, or I could gain a new hobby and community I love (and I have).
This year, I’ve started creatively expressing myself in new ways. It has been more risky than learning to dance bachata because I’ve invested a lot more money into it and it has been more vulnerable for me to be seen in these new ways. I went into this new path with an open mind, knowing it felt right to explore but not knowing exactly how it would turn out. I knew there was a possibility of not making back the money I invested and not even liking these new creative outlets, but my desire to be fully expressed and my inner knowing signaling that this was right for me no matter the outcome made the risks worth it. Not to mention all I’ve gained from following the intuitive nudges in this direction: greater confidence, new connections and skills, and so much more.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’ve been running a life coaching business since 2017 after becoming a licensed associate counselor. I work primarily with women, helping them find their way home through pleasure, play and creativity for a life of joy, connection, and meaning. I believe my unique personality and use of humor, sexuality, and creativity as tools for healing set me apart from other coaches in the field. I’m really proud of the practice I’ve built and the safe, nonjudgemental spaces I’m able to offer to people looking to be their best, most powerful and expressed selves.
The journey to where I am now has not been easy; I don’t believe entrepreneurship ever is. Staying connected to the reason I do what I do (in a nutshell: to bring joy and healing to others and raise the collective consciousness) has helped me overcome any challenges that have come my way. So has constantly checking in with myself to make sure I’m remaining in alignment with the direction my soul is meant to travel. That has helped me pivot my business a bit as well, focusing more on play and creativity. I firmly believe both are necessary for healing and becoming fully expressed and I’m excited to release new offerings related to these topics to the public very soon!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Venice is a special, quirky vibe that I would recommend to anyone. There are endless possibilities for a fun day there: take a surf lesson; skate down the beach; shop on Abbot Kinney; have an intimate dinner on Rose Ave. And maybe some Salt and Straw to end the day – their lemon coconut flavor is divine.
Anyone who visits should experience a PCH road trip for a sunset hike in Topanga. I would also definitely recommend a bachata class or social at 3rd Street Dance in West Hollywood where I dance weekly, and a trip to Joshua Tree.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to recognize Melissa Pintor Carnagey of Sex Positive Families for all the support and encouragement she’s given me since the first day we met in our online coaching program. To navigate the wild entrepreneurship journey at the same exact time — with very similar ebbs and flows — as someone else has been a deeply special experience. There have been many professional and personal challenges that I’ve come across over the years and Melissa has always been a true friend who has supported me through them. She has without a doubt contributed to the success I’ve experienced since starting my business and I am a better person all around because of her love and friendship.
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