We had the good fortune of connecting with Ravynn Shanell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ravynn, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I never intended to become a life coach, it sort of just found me! I have been stuck working at a desk job for 16 years. I occasionally drove for Uber to supplement my income, being the head of my household. I feel that my life and schedule pushed me toward starting my own business. I was stressing at work one day feeling like I did not have a plan or true purpose, until one day I decided to take an online personality test. (INFJ-T) After figuring out my personality type, it suggested that the types of careers I should lean toward were counselor, therapist, and psychologist. I considered going back to school and becoming a psychologist, but being a single mom I knew this would be a challenge I could not face during that time. The very next day, my first rider was this woman who I connected with instantly. I asked her what she did for a living, and she told me she was a life coach. I have never heard of a life coach, we exchanged information, and shortly after I signed up to start my journey. Becoming a life coach has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Not only has it been a role I’ve naturally done my whole life, but it allows me to help people find and align to their purpose as well. I have always been determined to prove to myself that I can create the life of my dreams.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I help creatives who feel stuck or unclear about their greater purpose, find clarity on how to take the next steps in life by encouraging a shift in mindset to encourage self-love, increase productivity, and achieve self-mastery. I’m not too sure what other people are doing, but my clients know when they come to me they feel revived, refreshed, and ready to take on their day. We always focus on the positives, learn new ways to create boundaries, and overall re-establish the connection to self by improving our inner language.
I am so proud of my clients and the connections I have made thus far. I absolutely feel aligned with this path, and plan on expanding this dire need for wellness, especially in my community. I am excited about the people I will continue to meet on this journey and am eager to expand, and encourage prioritizing mental wellness. I currently have a Habits PDF Guide on my website and plan on creating a Nutritional Gut to Mind Guide in Late Summer, Early Fall.
I am continuously learning and engaging with different methods and tools to incorporate into my current practice. I am so proud to say I will be a certified Hypnotherapist by 2023.
Being a single mother of a child with special needs has made this journey a challenging one. I am where I am today because of the support of my community and family that has believed in my determination and drive. I’ve been suffering from depression since I was a teen, even more so after having my son. It was always something that held be back and kept me stagnant. I had to find my anchor, and surrender to my ego and ask for help from my friends and family. Whether that be expressing my emotions, or asking for help with my son.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned, that helped me along the way is to create healthy boundaries. Centering my WELLNESS first, not just my self or my ego, but what I feel aligns with truly being well. Once I did that everything else got scheduled around that, and I feel in control and get to prioritize what I want to do, based on how I wish to feel.
I want the world to know that “You are Worthy” no matter who or what is telling you, you are not. You are. It is truly a miracle for us to even be here. You are worthy to have someone truly hear and understand you. You are worthy of feeling the way you feel, You are worthy to keep going and pushing through life’s setbacks. You are worthy to be happy, You are worthy to see your dreams come true!
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?
I don’t get out too much, due to my busy schedule but when I do there are a few things I like to do! Since I do have a hectic life, when I’m “off” I like to do relaxing easy-going things. Especially if it involves nature. If my best friend wanted to spend time with me for a week and was open to me planning the entire trip. I would plan to start whichever day, hiking near the beach in Malibu, and grabbing brunch at Malibu Seafood. If my friend was up to a mini trip, I would ask to drive up to Santa Barbara Zoo and enjoy the beach after. (I love the beach!) I love being outside and exploring, I haven’t been to any local botanical gardens so I would to experience something new together.
Aside from the beach, I would visit some Local Farmer’s or Flea Markets, depending on the day, and would even be open to going downtown to visit the last book store for some deals on books then stop for food and/or produce at Grand Central Market.
At night I typically would make it more intimate and spend time cooking and vibing at home, but if we were feeling spontaneous, I would plan for us to go out for a quick outing to The Running Goose in Hollywood, or find a local bar.
Again I am big on wellness, and R&R, so I would book an appointment to get our nails done at BonLierre Nail Spa in Santa Monica, followed by a quick stop at House of Intuition for some crystals or incense. I have not been, but I have heard great things about Float lab in Venice and would love to try out this sensory deprivation experience.
I love giving gifts, so of course, I would love to give the gift of health and wellness! Towards the end of my friend’s visit, I would stop by Nappily Naturals for some herbs and HomeGoods located in Los Angeles.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to take the opportunity to shout out the strong women, and mentors in my life.
Firstly, to my mother who has always supported me and my decisions to live against the grain. For helping support me by watching my son to allow me to work or take a rest.
To my son’s grandparents for taking my son, and allowing him to have a space in comfort
To Kelly, for being an anchor and emotional support during my challenges in motherhood, and for also encouraging me in my business and affirming my interests and creditials.
And Trish for mentoring me, and lighting the way on this path to becoming a Life Coach.
Brandon Hicks Solomon Henry