We recently connected with Miranda Mitchell and have shared our conversation below.
Miranda, appreciate you joining us today. Often outsiders look at a successful business and think it became a success overnight. Even media and especially movies love to gloss over nitty, gritty details that went into that middle phase of your business – after you started but before you got to where you are today. In our experience, overnight success is usually the result of years of hard work laying the foundation for success, but unfortunately, it’s exactly this part of the story that most of the media ignores. Can you talk to us about your scaling up story – what are some of the nitty, gritty details folks should know about?
For so many years I believed I had to “put myself out there”, “listen to the experts that have already done it”, and constantly invest in others’ ideas in how to “make it happen”.
I had always been aware of the feeling of struggle and resistance and had always believed that this was part of the process. It was this struggle and resistance that meant that I was “doing it”. It was this hard feeling of pushing against something that created the growth in my life and business. The determination and perseverance is what made me feel like I was succeeding.
The truth is this is what a lot of people believe that success is based on. I used to tell myself that “nothing in life worth having comes easy”, and it was because of this belief that my life was truly hard, draining and exhausting. This burned me out emotionally and physically. I had lived my entire life in fight or flight and making things happen for me through sheer grit and determination.
My awareness of this belief took me a long time to digest and implement into my life. It all started when I started yoga. Yoga gave me the opportunity to not only release tension and pent up emotions in my physical body but it gave me the opportunity to get out of my head and into my body. I started to slow down and notice when I was living in reaction rather than deliberate action. I started to be honest with myself in different areas of my life that were not fulfilling me or inspiring me any longer and started to make changes, and I started to look within rather than externally for all of the answers that I was looking for.
This is where I feel that people are misaligned and unaware when it comes to business.
It has always been personal growth that has impacted business growth for me. Every time I invested time or money in myself is when my business grew. This is because I was truly learning about myself. I wasn’t comparing myself to others or looking to others to show me how to build and create a business that fulfilled me and my desires.
When I found Human Design it truly was the beautiful bow that surrounded my gift of life. When I learned about my own personal energetics it was yet another layer of awareness of myself. I learned about where I had created beliefs about myself and why, I learned how to feel into what is true and right for me so that I was being authentic in who I was and how I wanted to support and help humanity as a whole, I learned how we are all not alike in our energy so that I stopped comparing and most of all I learned to forgive and accept myself.
Human Design helped me own my inadequacies and fears with love and acceptance AND it helps me on a daily basis love myself through them. These shadows are also a gift and are here to help me step more boldly into my purpose – which is not what you do – but who you BE.
This journey of learning about myself and looking internal rather than external is how I scaled my life and my business. It has opened me up to collaborations and trust in others and it has created ease, fun and sustainability in all areas of my life.
My mission and vision for my life and business is to bring the awareness of Human Design on a global level so that WE ALL are working together through self-love and awareness. We are all designed to work together and support one another so that we are all in alignment and thriving through personal awareness and connection. The more we love and accept ourselves the more we can love others.
Miranda, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
I guide and teach Human Design to Conscious Leaders so that they learn and implement Human Design into their life through their own learning of self; as well as teach Human Design to those that want to know and bring it into their containers.
I offer 1:1 private Intuitive Sessions for those that are just starting to learn about Human Design so that they can learn and connect with their own personal energy. This helps people start the process of aligning energetically so that they release the expectations and conditioning of society. These can be offered as a one off or a bundle for continued learning and support with implementing their chart into their daily life.
Through Aligned Living Academy my business partner; Analena Fuchs and I offer a Human Design Certification for coaches, professionals, and entrepreneurs so that they have the opportunity to bring Human Design within their containers to their clients and colleagues We truly believe that the more people that are aware of and utilize Human Design will create more impact for humanity so what better way to do that than educate and guide others in bringing Human Design into their work.
For those that have experience with Human Design we also offer our High Level Mastermind; Depth. This is for continued community, support, growth and in areas such as Human Design, Gene Keys, Business, Conscious Sales, Collaboration and so much more.
We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.
From a young age I have always been wandering. I knew that there was always more for me but I wasn’t quite sure what that was exactly. I did know that I was not happy where I was growing up and I needed more. I know now that I was struggling because my mother was struggling, but at that point in time I just felt like I wasn’t supported or taken care of. My mother was wonderful when I was younger but as I grew older she became distant towards me. I had believed that it was because she had so many children to take care of (she had 4 total when I left), but I believe now that it was her own trauma of when she was 15 that had her “give up” or let go of me at the age of 14.
I moved out at the age of 14 with a lack of self-worth and self-love. I was always looking for external validation and support’ maybe because I didn’t have that throughout my life. My biological Dad was not in the picture and my Dad ( the one that adopted me) was not around often because of his work schedule. I was basically raising myself, went to bed when I wanted, went to school when I wanted and spent most of my time by myself when I was home. There was no connection with my mother. I did not have a relationship with her at all and when I did try to talk to her about something that occurred she tended to side with the other person or put the “blame” on me. I closed off to her very quickly and knew she was not there to support and guide me in my life.
There are many (too many) experiences that I found myself in that were toxic and proved to myself that I was unlovable and not worthy. I found myself drinking and using substances to “forget” about my life and make it through, to being promiscuous in trying to find love, to being in abusive relationships that broke me down even further. There were many time that I wondered why I was even here, what was the purpose and even considered suicide, but for some reason or another I would always gather my courage and move on.
When I found yoga I started to slow down and become aware of where I wasn’t happy in my life. I started to look within myself for guidance rather than just moving through life with no direction. I started to make decisions rather than reacting through life. This is when my life started to really shift. I started to truly love myself and forgive myself for what my life was previously. I knew deep within me that my life was for me and that my purpose was to share my stories and uplift and inspire others in creating the life they want.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
The lesson I had to “unlearn” is that ” it was me against the world”.
Since I was alone and started my “adult” life at such an early age I had the determination and drive to create a life for myself, and I believed that I had to do this alone. I did not trust others, and only let them know a part of me, not the whole me. I had the persona of strength and confidence and would and could do what I put my mind to.
It was this energy of me against the world that helped me raise 2 boys on my own, put myself through college with consistent recognition by being on the Dean’s List, worked and took care of the household. Everything was on my shoulders and I was doing it – even though I was burning myself out and eventually would cause health problems.
The fear of others leaving me, letting me down or telling me that I was not good enough kept me at arms length from everyone I met. My relationships and friendships were shallow (on my part) because I was always ready to “pick up the pieces and move on” when things went wrong. This kept me in a life that was very lonely and full of struggle.
After I started doing yoga and healing my beliefs I recognized that I was the one that was making my life so hard, so I made the conscious choice to open up, follow my gut and step into “the messy” (I like to call it). This is where my persona of strength crumbled, I opened up to relationships in a new way, I let myself receive and ask for help and I let myself become vulnerable. Vulnerability was so much harder than being strong, but I knew I had to learn to trust others to be able to move into a life that was more sustainable and fulfilling.
Today I have taken that backstory of “me against the world” to the exact opposite. When I found Human Design and started to get to know myself on an energetic level I realized that everything that happened in my life was for me. I recognized where I held beliefs and why and I was able to create a higher potential of my purpose. It is now my vision to support and guide others in healing and personal energetics so that we can create a better world. I now thrive in connection. I love every single individual for who and where they are in life and I support those that want to learn about themselves and their personal life themes in life.
Life is beautiful.
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