Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Sheree Trask. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Sheree, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Being a business owner can be really hard sometimes. It’s rewarding, but most business owners we’ve spoken sometimes think about what it would have been like to have had a regular job instead. Have you ever wondered that yourself? Maybe you can talk to us about a time when you felt this way?
As a solopreneur, there have been plenty of times I’ve questioned whether or not I should just do the “easy” thing and join a team to share my gifts via an established organization. However, as any other rebel-hearted entrepreneur can attest, the idea of having a boss with rules and a set schedule has never been appealing to me. I love the freedom that being my own boss brings, including being fully in charge of who I work with, time to travel and charging my worth (this used to be a hard one for me to comprehend and receive).
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I am a non-fiction book writing coach, ghostwriter and author (my self-help/memoir, Surviving Silence will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble October 15, 2022). I have had the honor of supporting courageous souls in telling their stories for over a decade and I absolutely love this work! Funny enough, however, I never thought this would be my path…
After graduating with a degree in Visual Communications (styling for TV/film) and going back to school years later to study Holistic Health and Nutrition, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime when I was approached by a businessman wanting help to write a book on Autoimmune Disease (my area of study). I’d been writing for a fitness magazine while coaching and although I’d never written a book before at the time, I jumped at the opportunity and said yes without hesitation.
And that’s the thing about entrepreneurship…
Sometimes you’ve gotta jump before you’re ready and trust yourself to figure it out as you go, especially when you feel the “soul pulls” guiding you toward the big scary YES!
That one act of courageous action led me down a path I never even considered…and the rest is history! I’ve been writing with and for transformational leaders with a divine mission to serve the planet with their story ever since.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
For years I felt guilty for accepting money for my natural gifts. Writing came so easy to me and I didn’t think it was possible to be paid to do something I loved so much that felt, in many ways, effortless. Then I realized that’s how you know you’re on the right path.
Find what you love to do and then find a way to get paid for it.
Once I allowed myself to create a business I truly loved, serving incredible leaders doing big things in the world, the next piece was working on my money story. This old story of “money is hard to make and harder to keep” kept me stuck in a cycle of being okay making “just enough” to get by for a loooonnnnngggg time. I was busting my booty for peanuts and found myself feeling resentful because of it.
I had a distorted view of what it meant to be abundant and saw money as something I wasn’t quite sure how to hold and be responsible with. I didn’t grow up with a ton of money so learning how to make my own and then figuring out how to be responsible with it after earning it was a challenge. By working on my money mindset, I was able to see the deeper root cause of my limiting beliefs and finally accept that it wasn’t really about the money at all…
It was about my lack of self-worth due to multiple experiences in my past which told me I wasn’t enough or worthy of my desires. With this awareness, it was up to me to change the story and make myself proud.
Is there mission driving your creative journey?
When I was 19, I was sexually assaulted resulting in an ectopic pregnancy. I was devastated to say the least. As a college student at the time, I didn’t want to be seen as different so instead of speaking up, I tucked my story safely inside where I kept it for years. Until the day it came pouring out of my mouth without warning and there was no turning back.
It was then that I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that I was meant to help others speak up, too. While I had no idea how I was going to do that, I was committed to finding a way to use my experience to help people and that’s the mission I’ve been on ever since.
It took a lot of falling on my face and plenty of failures to find my way…but I never gave up and because of that, I am blessed to do really impactful work that I love with clients I absolutely adore. I am honored to be part of their bravery, holding them through the proverbial birth canal as they create and birth their book baby’s in an effort to make a difference in the lives of whomever is meant to read their story.