Courtney Taylor is the founder and CEO of Gratitude Secrets, an intuitive counseling and holistic healing business. It pairs her background in Clinical Social Work with gifted psychic abilities, to provide a unique experience for her clientele. Working closely with crystals and Reiki healing, she is able to clear energy and guide clients in areas of love, relationships, career, finance and their destiny life path. Courtney has helped hundreds of clients around the world and has been featured on several world-renowned psychic networks.
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
That’s a good question! I always knew as a little girl that I wanted to do big things. I mean… BIG. I went from wanting to be the Prime Minister, to being a lawyer, to wanting to be a psychologist. No matter what I dreamt of, it always involved change on a macro and micro level. My passion is and has always been people. I knew that by starting my own company, I would be able to be a part of changing someone’s world.
Tell us about your business.
Gratitude Secrets is a holistic experience that includes four key aspects. Through consults with clients I use energy healing and crystal therapy, which I think compliments the growth of each person. The basis of what I do is intuitive counseling with psychic insight.
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
Yes! I offer new clients a reduced rate for your first session along with a special gift!
I’m a certified Reiki Master and teacher. I specialize in Distant Energy Healing. I also have an educational background in clinical social work and culture. I also work and have been featured on the top psychic networks and have read for clients worldwide including celebrity personnel.
Where is your business based?
I’m currently located in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Gratitude Secrets is remote and I connect with people all over the world!
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
You know… it all happened SO fast. I started doing readings when I was much younger as a side project/hobby. My clientele started growing and it sort of just grew into a business. I think to this day, I’m still putting the finishing touches on things. It is constantly growing and evolving, which makes this so much fun.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
I feel so lucky that most of my clients come through word of mouth. Someone will work with me, will have a great experience and recommend me to someone they know. I also get many of my clients through social media which has been extremely helpful!
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
Knock on wood… I haven’t had an major challenges so far. I feel that the only thing I really had trouble with while getting Gratitude Secrets off the ground, was proving my credibility and gaining trust with the right kind of clientele. I wanted people to see that there was proof in the messages I was relaying and trusting the guidance I was passing along to them.
How did you overcome these challenges?
In order for others to trust me – I have to trust myself! It took me a moment to sit with that and come back to the whole manifestation circle. We attract the energy we put out. I started trusting and believing that things were going to work out for the best and they have. I feel so blessed.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
I preach self care all of the time. I also preach “acknowledge and release”. I want my clients to sit with their emotions before releasing them. It is absolutely so important. I encourage everyone to find their “safe space”. I have a little spot by the lake close to my office. I very often sneak off to mediate by the water when I need to decompress for a few moments. It’s my happy place and my place of healing.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I’m very unique in the way I approach my consults and the work I do in my sessions. I admire my competitors and we learn so much from each other – we do! I feel blessed that not only do I have the gift of knowing but I also have the gift of healing through my clinical educational background in social work. I bring so many different aspects to my work that it makes me and Gratitude Secrets a unique service.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
Even in the line of work I am in, I have moments of weakness. We are all human and sometimes it is a good reminder when trying to stay centered. Someone I work with closely in this field gently reminded me that it’s okay to have to slow down and take breaks, that we are human and can only do so much. One of my flaws – I’m always trying to save the world!
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Go for it. Follow your heart and dream big. So many people get stuck in the dream and don’t put anything into action due to fear. Push that fear to the side, release it and trust the universe. It’s ok to fall, you will get back up.
What are your favorite business tools/resources and why?
I love, love, love Later – a social media app that posts to Instagram. This is where I do most of my posts. It is helpful to be able to schedule posts in advance. Time saver for sure!
I also think Fiverr has been a life saver. It has been a great resource in finding freelancers to do small jobs like help with logos and small design projects.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
Danielle Laporte is one of my mentors. I’m currently carried away in her latest book “White Hot Truth”. It is a MUST read for all spiritual gurus. So encouraging, so empowering and such an easy read. It will give you all of the feels.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
I am looking to expand my clientele base! I love what I do and being able to reach more potential individuals to work with, to empower and to help welcome gratitude into many more lives, is exactly what I want for my business and where I am headed.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
So excited! I’m currently working on a digital course that I hope to have released by early fall. It will work through a lot of the techniques that I teach on loving yourself, forgiving those who you won’t get an apology from and how to shut doors that need to closed so better ones can be opened. I’m thrilled to be able to offer this, so stay tuned on my social media accounts for release dates in the coming months!
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