Hi. I’m Carlana. I’m a writer, storyteller, coach, conversation starter, and business maven. Through this space and my work, I help women excel in business or professional pursuits without sacrificing their self-care and general well-being. This may look like
- helping women thrive in their career and business
- working with them to start and grow value-added businesses through a range of business services and support
- teaching them that self-care and wellness should be built into their lives and not treated as an accessory
- showing them how to deepen their relationship with themselves by focusing on their emotions and general needs
- reminding them that they are their best thing and worth the nourishment needed to thrive inside-out
Helping women excel professionally and flourish personally is part of my life’s work. I’m all about women being financially empowered and believe we all win when women thrive economically. I use my fifteen years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner to help them navigate the sometimes tricky and turbulent terrain of business so they start strong, grow strategically, and bring value to those they serve and the communities they engage with.
But life isn’t all about making money, getting a promotion, or landing deals.
As women, we need to make space for self-care, wellness, and just bringing in more joy and sweetness in our lives. Many of us women drop the ball here. We become so focused on excelling in professional pursuits that we neglect ourselves. So we become lopsided; really strong in one area, yet failing to thrive in another. Perhaps you can relate? I know I can.
I used to think I could grab joy and sweetness along the way. I never thought to make it a focus and become intentional about it. But in 2014 life hit me really hard and I had to rethink what was important. Since then I’ve become a self-care advocate and I work with women who want to care for themselves without feeling guilty or indulgent.
So that’s the focus of my work – partnering with women committed to slaying their business or career goals and intentionally nourishing themselves whilst doing so.
Open-hearted conversations are a big part of how I work. Since 2015 I have created scores of events that brought people together to talk about issues on a personal, professional, and societal level. Journaling and writing is also another part of my method. Writing is a very powerful and accessible medium for reflection, growth, and transformation and I put it to use whenever I deem it most appropriate. And as a Certified Journal Therapist, I work women who want to use journaling and creative writing, to heal, grow, and experience personal transformation. Over the years I have developed workshops, workbooks, and curriculum to achieve this. I have facilitated private workshops for groups of friends, schools, domestic violence, and religious groups. My content and services are woman-centric in nature because this is the audience I am called to serve.
Doing this work in incredibly important to me. I’m a survivor of trauma and abuse and I’ve had to walk a long road to healing. As a child, I experienced sexual abuse at the hands of multiple abusers. The stain of that period of my life lingered well into adulthood. I grew up, got married, and experienced physical, emotional, financial, and psychological abuse at the hands of my ex-husband. Landing in the operating room to repair the bones he broke in my face from that final beating was the ultimate wake-up call. I had to take control of my inner and outer healing and rebuild my life and develop an identity that honored who I am at my core.
Where I’ve been and who I am becoming became the catalyst for FemmePowered and the focus of my work. I know first hand what powerlessness, despair, and shame feel like and I also know what it is to transcend these stories and come out on the other side. I know what it is to walk the highs, lows, and in-betweens of entrepreneurship and still keep going against all odds. I bring all of me and who I am to my work and I think my clients appreciate this.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope we can work together. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions, would like to work with me, or wish to connect. You can do so using the form on this page.