My mission is to help people live a more inspired life.
Hi, my name is Debbie LaChusa. I’m in my fifties and I’ve spent most of my life striving for success. I had a make-it-happen approach to life and business. While I did experience success, I also experienced frustration and burnout. And, I’m pretty sure I drove the people close to me crazy with my attempts to control everything.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve discovered when you can get out of your own way, and learn to follow what I call “inspired ideas” your life truly shifts. You achieve success easier, and often on a grander scale. You experience more peace. And you find true happiness.
Inspired ideas are those little breadcrumbs the universe leaves for you.
They come in the form of thoughts, synchronicities, and even people who show up in your life. When you’re so busy working to make everything happen on your own, it’s as if you have blinders on. You don’t even see these breadcrumbs. You’re too focused on doing it your way, and getting to wherever it is you think you’re supposed to be going. In so doing, you miss out on the flow of life. And, you can easily miss your path. You often find yourself working way too hard and not getting the results you feel you deserve.
Learning to Let Go & Trust
When you learn to let go of control and trust the universe, everything shifts. You can call it God, higher power, your higher self, whatever you want. It’s that force greater than us, that has our best interest at heart. It’s as if you’re following a guided path and getting help along the way. Much like a river flows effortlessly. It may still have to travel miles to get to the ocean, but it easily makes its way. It flows over or around obstacles. Its path is diverted. But it eventually gets where its supposed to go.
Your life, and your business, can flow in the same way.
But you have to allow it. You can’t keep jumping in and trying to take control. Instead, your actions follow your inspirations. Ideas come, you take action. You focus on the present moment. It’s not that you don’t have goals or intentions. You do. But you allow the path to those intentions to be fluid. In so doing, you experience a magic that simply is not possible when you’re trying to control everything.
I’ve lived both ways. I’ve run my business both ways.
I’ve experienced success both ways. However, in the last 10 years, I’ve learned it’s much more enjoyable, productive, exciting, and peaceful, living an inspired life. I get more done with more ease. I save time not doing things that don’t need to be done. I meet people and find myself doing things I never would have otherwise. It has enriched my life in so many unexpected ways.
My Blog: Writing Imitates Life
In my blog, Writing Imitates Life, I write about the little inspirations I have every day. Thoughts that show up, pointing me in a direction. Things I observe, that carry meaning. Little ahas that shift my perspective. And, the results I experience from doing what I’m inspired to do, instead of simply checking things off a made-up to-do list.
From Type A to Type Ahhh.
As a former Type A, perfectionist, control freak, it hasn’t been quick or easy to shift my approach to life. But I also I know if I can do it, then anyone can. After suffering burnout repeatedly during my 32-year marketing career and developing a bunch of health issues related to that stress, I can see I was a pretty extreme case.
Now, however, I feel extremely blessed to have a passive income business that supports me as I move in a new direction. I don’t think it’s any mistake that after years of trying to create passive income with limited success; it finally showed up when I let go of trying to make it happen. When I learned to follow the inspired ideas that were showing up, and trust they were leading me where I needed to go.
For years I’ve felt a calling greater than marketing.
I just wasn’t clear what it was. And to be honest, I’m still not totally clear what the end game looks like. What I am clear about is my job right now is to encourage others to live a more inspired life. And, to do that by blogging about my journey. Challenging others to step back and think about how they’re living. And raising questions for others to contemplate.
The next chapter.
I’m pretty sure I have another book in me. So, my guess is this will lead me to the message for that book. As someone who loves teaching, I also wouldn’t be surprised if more online courses are in my future. But for now, I’m not concerning myself with that, or trying to make it happen. I’m trusting in the process and serving as I go.
I hope you’ll join me on this path.
I invite you to subscribe for blog updates so we can travel this inspired path together. I challenge you to contemplate your life. Are you living the life you want? Are you doing the work you know you’re meant to do? If not, are you open to discovering what that looks like?
Because whether you’re 15 years old, or 50, that is your birthright. And this is your one life. I encourage you to live it well. Live it inspired.
P.S. My dogs, and the pet therapy work they led me to, have been a big part of my learning to live a more inspired life. That’s why you’ll see them around the site, and why I often write about the wisdom they inspire.
My Formal Bio
Debbie LaChusa is an author, blogger and online teacher. She worked in marketing for 32 years and ran a successful coaching and consulting business for 19 years. Formerly known as The Business Stylist®, she’s the founder of The Business Stylist® Marketing Academy which offers online courses in marketing, branding, and business development for independent coaches and consultants. To date more than 11,000 students have enrolled in her online courses.
Debbie is the author of three books and the creator of six blogs. She has spoken to audiences across the US, in Canada, and Australia, and has shared the stage with celebrity teachers from The Secret. She and her businesses have been featured in national online and offline media including Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes.com, CNBC.com, Inc.com, Home Business Magazine, and Yahoo! Finance.
Married for 36 years to her high school sweetheart, Debbie is the mother of two adult children, and two golden retrievers—named Hope and Faith—who are certified pet therapy dogs. She’s a former marathon runner, a fraternal twin, and a volunteer and board member with Love on a Leash, pet-provided therapy.