Welcome to the That’s What She Said interviews –an exciting series to learn about the woman behind the business. You’ll be meeting amazing women who are sharing their gifts with the world through their work. These are the people who inspire me with their creativity, heart and tenacity.
I want you to know them too.
Meet Molly Morrissey
Molly Morrissey is a traditional astrologer and guide for professionals and entrepreneurs seeking a deeper sense of understanding about themselves and the unique arc of their lives. She uses traditional astrology and coaching to help you see how you’re perfectly designed for the work you are meant to do – AND perfect for the current challenge you find yourself facing.
I first met Molly when she joined my In Your Element group program a year ago. What I love and respect about Molly is that she always shows up. She knows what she wants and she takes a lot of personal responsibility to achieve it (hello self-leadership!). Whenever I meet someone that committed to themselves and their dreams I take notice. I’ve always been interested in astrology but was only familiar with the surface-y stuff we tend to hear about. After having two seperate sessions with Molly, I’m now completely intrigued–Molly was able to translate what was happening in my own business in a way that affirmed my next course of action. It’s been extremely helpful to have her connect the dots for me. I know you’re going to enjoy getting to know her!
You can learn more about Molly here.
What She Said . . .
1. I encourage women to build their business by being in their element. What’s your element?
My element is the place where I’m able to swing back and forth between the big picture and the salient detail, between intuition and logic, between dreams and pragmatic plans, between surrender and discipline. My element is the place where discernment lives. Being an interpreter of sorts, I have always loved moving between abstract ideas or information – the type found in art, maps, drawings, charts, and plans – and our physical, measurable reality.
I love holding inspiration in one hand and an operations manual in the other. I spend my day separating signal from noise. I most love being in this place in service of another person, helping them see the underlying patterns and finding the key that unlocks themselves or their situation.
2. In what ways has self-leadership played a role in you growing your business?
I see self-leadership as building and maintaining the courage to be one’s self.
It’s been the MOST important key to the growth of my biz – and maybe the best gift I can give my clients, too.
From the early days of realizing I wanted to incorporate alternative methods into my work, I’ve had to calm the internal gremlins and continually build my courage. In the midst of telling my pharmacist father I was going to be an astrologer to the struggle carving out a niche where astrology can continue to reclaim its intellectual and non-“woo-woo” heritage,the seminal moments have been those tiny seconds where I have chosen deep courage in myself. While having a graduate degree in leadership and communications has served me well, the strength has needed to come from my heart, with my reasoning skills acting supporting my courage and faith.
3. From your early twenties to today, how has your relationship with yourself changed?
My twenties and early thirties were filled with travel and doing, reacting. I got around! While I’ve always been extremely intuitive, I took that connectedness for granted. Though I was very intuitive, I had no self-awareness.
The last ten years or more has seen me slow down dramatically. That slowdown has been physical (I no longer travel professionally) but also internal. I’m able to observe and listen to my internal voice and see my emotions, intuition, or thoughts for what they are: information. So, now I HAVE a relationship with self, which deepens as my experience unfolds and my heart strengthens.
4. What are the three most important decisions you’ve made in your business so far?
1. To go for it – to believe that I could be successful serving others as a traditional astrologer and coach, to participate with all my discipline, faith and the best of my ability.
2. Committing to rebuild my business into an online entity after we left Seattle a couple of years ago. This decision included hiring you, Jac! I now have a business that won’t be lost the next time we move.
3. The decision, re-made weekly if not daily, to have faith in the unfolding process and to know that an entity much wiser and grander than myself is ultimately driving my ship.
5. What disappointment has given you the greatest gift?
My business failing after we left Seattle two and a half years ago.
In Seattle, I had a part-time business that was slowly growing through in-person networking and referrals. Once we left and I was no longer there to nurture those relationships, the business fell apart. I was so crushed – I somehow though it would continue even though I had no blog or way to keep in touch with people.
I knew that if this biz wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing, I had to give it my very best shot before I could walk away. I became determined to uncover every damn rock I could find before I was going to give up.
I dug into learning how to foster an online business. I’ve finally had to learn to be an entrepreneur and to learn marketing. This journey has led me to a much deeper understanding of my own work – and a much increased ability to serve my clients well, learning to listen to their needs and offer up just the right solutions. These days, I feel much more deeply connected to my clients, to my business, to myself. I’ve now got a solid foundation and it’s exciting to see the business growing again, in an entirely more sustainable way.
6. What do you wish you had known when you first began your business?
That I was making the decision to become an entrepreneur and not just a practitioner. I had no idea what being in BUSINESS actually meant and was quite resistant to learning at first. I don’t come from an entrepreneurial family. While it’s been a tough road to hoe at times, I’ve met some of the most amazing people and wouldn’t give up the journey for anything. I’ve found being an entrepreneur absolutely suits me. If I’d had a better idea I might have gotten here sooner or with less heartache – but like I always say, it all happens perfectly.
7. What’s in your “biz tool kit” that you use every day?
Vision, Strategy, Tactics: I check-in with my vision, daily, and use it to set my quarterly or monthly framework for priorities, which then produces the weekly and daily to-do list. The tactics shift all the time as I move through the process of letting an idea unfold. The tactics are always prioritized from the vision or strategy.
Astrology: Of course! Whenever I am a little down or confused, I check-in with my natal chart or my yearly charts – or whatever chart is appropriate. I’ll often see new patterns or correlations as a situation is unfolding or as my understanding shifts. Sometimes I simply see my natal chart in my head, sort of being my cheerleader, saying, “You can do this! Look, it’s right here!” I don’t actually use it for timing much anymore, but it is so helpful for continuing to deepen my understanding of myself and the way life works.
Support relationships: I have a few people that I check-in with on a regular basis. Some are more for emotional support, some are for structured biz accountability or strategizing. It’s become a crucial aspect of my success! Inside this category, I’d also put the daily self-care regime that I have. Nutrition and almost daily exercise are the most critical support relationships that I nurture.
8. If you had $10,000 to spend on your business right now, how would you use the money?
No hesitation here. Finish my formal astrology training with my teacher, master astrologer, John Frawley. While it sounds like astrology training, it’s actually training in discernment, history, philosophy, and the nature of things. Really, it’s life training.
And I’d hire someone to help me with social media.
9. What is your six word business memoir? (Adapted from Smith Magazine’s Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure)
Always learning, cultivating faith and discipline. !
10. What special project are you working on right now?
I just re-launched my website after a year of re-building and re-tooling my biz. Now I am focused on developing my writing: getting it out there through my blog, outreach and what will eventually become a book. My writing is partly academic, partly creative. I have always struggled with my creativity, so this aspect is my main focus this year. If you’re curious to see what I come up with, I’d invite you to subscribe to my site right here.
A Special Give-Away!
To celebrate the wonderful work that Molly is up to in the world she is giving away a 60-minute Vision Session. If you’ve reviewed, filled out worksheets, or meditated and still aren’t sure exactly how to move forward, this session will help you see the underlying patterns at play. You’ll walk away with a vision for your truest course.
To enter the draw please leave a comment below for Molly. A winner will be chosen on Thursday, February 27, 2014 and will be announced here on the blog.
Molly Morrissey is a traditional astrologer and guide for professionals and entrepreneurs seeking a deeper sense of understanding about themselves and the unique arc of their lives. She’ll help you to get your intuition and logic working together so you can see where your influence lives and steer a true course. Click here to find out more and say hello!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Hannah Pasquinzo –you’re the winner of the Vision Session with Molly!
Over to You!
What questions would you like to ask Molly about astrology, entrepreneurship, or even re-launching a business? We’d love to hear from you!