We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Living the life that is most in alignment with your personal growth, today. We all grow and evolve over the seasons of life, so when I coach my clients to “success”, I start by checking in with their true needs and wants. So many times, expectations and strong opinions can come in our direction; making it difficult to decipher our own voice from that of society’s. Success is applying your time, energy, talent and skill into the life and career you would feel most fulfilled in.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Michelle Gomez Coaching, LLC., is a consulting firm focused on empowering more and more women to personal and professional success and fulfillment. As a Latina, I focus much of my energy on elevating WOC to positions of power and influence. I have a unique approach to working with my clients, whether it’s healing from the mother wound and reconnecting with your inner-feminine, or approaching a career change – my unique approach of combining life and career coaching strategies, gives my clients access to two modalities at once. I’ve working with women of all backgrounds and different industries, and have been honored to be a witness to their success and healing journeys along the way. I am most proud of, thus far, being an award recipient for my work, being invited to Harvard University in 2019 to speak at the LEAD Conference (Latinas Empowerment and Development Conference), listed as one of the Top 20 Career Coaching in 2020 by TalentLMS, and being featured on television shows like The TrendTALK and magazine articles alike. It was not easy to get here, and I’m still growing and learning every day. My business grows as I grow, and it’s been the most grueling – yet beautiful – journey so far. I have overcome personal and professional challenges along the way through mindfulness, faith, and unwavering support by my husband and children. I’ve learned that women CAN be successful at work and at home. I’ve learned that we all have a gift to share and we can use it to make the world brighter. I’ve learned that you don’t to compromise your personal values for success. I’ve learned that all pain and trauma can be alchemized and turned into something beautiful for your higher-self. I’ve learned that I have so much more to give than just career coaching; I’m offering women a chance to live free of their own inner-critic.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend coming into Southern California for a week (and we weren’t in a pandemic). I would spend the following days with her: Monday and Tuesday – Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks visits, while enjoying all of the offerings of Anaheim and Downtown Disney. Wednesday – Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles, to visit all of the landmarks and tourist sites (i.e. Hollywood Blvd., Griffith Park Observatory, the Hollywood sign, eat dinner at SUR in West Hollywood, and have drinks at TomTom. Thursday – Hermosa Beach, would definitely take her to the ocean, and have lunch on the pier. We could lay out during the day, and hit the night life near the pier at night. Friday – Temecula, would spend the day wine tasting by hopping from one vineyard to the next, and getting in some naps and pampering sessions while we are there. Saturday – San Diego, we would spend the day walking through Balboa Park, visiting Old Towne San Diego, and Little Italy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Growing up, I didn’t have many role models to look up to, so I felt a burning desire to become someone I could be proud of someday. I wanted to make my family proud. One of the most influential women in my life has been my grandmother, Mamita Martha. She constantly pushed me to have a plan for my life; always reminding me that self-sufficiency is important. She constantly reminded me that education was the doorway to independence. It’s because of her that I became the first college graduate in my family. Mamita Martha has celebrated me every step of the way. I also want to recognize my amazingly supportive, and patient, husband Mark. It’s not easy being married to an ambitious woman life myself. Mark makes it look easy. He has celebrated every successful milestone, encouraged me when I was down, and has done so without skipping a beat with our daughters, Mikala and Maddie. I don’t know if perfect marriages exist, but I can attest that he is the perfect guy for me. I couldn’t have gotten this far without his partnership, support, and love.