I was in business for 12 years already, as a vocal coach for singers. But I really outgrew that business, although at the time I did not know that. Because of B-School, something started to shift. It was like I gave myself permission to finally close a big chapter in my life and start a new one. Before B-School, I felt like I would never really get where I wanted to be. I was exhausted and for more than two years I felt really stuck, thinking “is this all there is?” I thought teaching voice was the only thing I was relatively good at. It seemed like the only thing I could do. I felt stuck, depressed, exhausted, bored, burned-out – you name it.
People around me lost interest in what I did years ago. I felt like I was doing something that wasn’t even described as a “job.” It made me feel worthless, weak, stupid. And also scared, because I needed to bring in some money so desperately. I really felt guilty for not succeeding while my husband was working his *ss of to pay the bills. It felt like something was wrong with me.
Since B-School, I quit my former business and started a new one (I did not think about this, it just happened naturally). I feel more authentic than I’ve ever been. Although I’m just at the beginning of my new adventure, I feel like a completely different person now. I am more of who I was supposed to be and a lot less of who I thought other people wanted me to be. You could say that B-School kind of saved my life.
Before I even could name my new business, or even call it a “new business,” I started getting clients. And since this new business came to life, I haven’t done any real marketing. My clients naturally became “ambassadors” and just brought in new clients. In the last few months I had so many clients, that I didn’t find the time to even work on my website and marketing.
After finishing B-School my income did increase 300% in that same year. I have never made that much money in my life in such a short time. And this year, I plan to earn at least a five-figure income. Within the next five years, I dream of a six-figure income to beat my husband (ha ha!). But most of all, I want to give back to my community by supporting refugees in Belgium and Northern France, because that is my biggest purpose next to empowering female entrepreneurs.
I transformed from being a depressed, exhausted vocal coach with an anxiety disorder, into an online marketing geek with triple the energy, excited to get out of bed every morning, to get to work and feeling like the sky is the limit. Anxiety? I feel my stress levels rise, but it’s very manageable. Depressed? Not at all! Exhausted? Sometimes, but it’s the good kind: from having an active, productive day, instead of doing a lot without getting any results.
There is one thing. After a few years down the line working as a vocal coach, I stopped singing. And I started to lose my life lust. Everything became kind of grey-ish. Somber. Serious. I lost the thing that I loved most in my life: singing. And whatever I tried, I failed at getting it back. I felt like a complete fraud.
And then B-School happened, and I started a new business, a new adventure, and everything changed. I started singing again. It felt better than ever before. And singing helps me cope with whatever happens in my life, and it clears my mind, so it even helps me in my business, because I’m much more focused and alive.