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Exploring Life & Business with Serah D’Laine of Leadership & Business Mentor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Serah D’Laine.

Hi Serah, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I originally started my mentoring business helping women heal after a “toxic” relationship. To bounce back into their feminine power, they feel they lost + reinvent themselves. To take + create a personal brand that shares their unique gifts with the world + establish financial freedom. How to know their value + their worth + stand up for themselves.
Having managed the challenges that came with being a successful woman in the entertainment industry at 13, having dealt with my fair share of certain [narcissistic] relationship types, I became quite passionate about empowering women. And as much as women ARE already empowered, the truth is, some days, we all need an extra boost. To know that somebody understands what we’ve been through, the powerful essence we truly are + all that we are here to offer the world.

For my clients, as well as myself, I realized the importance of unapologetically owning your worth, your power + creating anything you want in the world by being your most authentic self. And to do that, a woman needs three things. She needs to know how to reinvent herself at every next level, knowing who she is “being” is the creative foundation for anything she wants to build. And two, having a compelling, personal brand image that differentiates her in the market + positions her as a leader to those she wants to help. And three great shoes, Marilyn Monroe said it best, “Give a girl the right shoes + she can conquer the world”. So if you want bigger goals, get better shoes.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being a woman entrepreneur or executive is not easy. It’s portrayed to look glamorous, especially with social media making you look like a celebrity but rarely does anyone share the truth behind the tears, the ulcers, the stress along the way. You have to learn how to lead yourself on the days when no one is around to pull you out of your darkest moments. I had all that “glamorous” in Hollywood at 13 years old. While on the outside, all seemed like I was living a life most people dream of – celebrity lifestyle, red carpet events + fan mail – on the inside, I felt numb, alone + disconnected – like I was living someone else’s script.

As much as Hollywood was where I learned the foundational skills of psychology, emotional mastery + personal branding, I didn’t yet know the skills to really get out of my own way, to manage all the not nice things that came from my inner voice. All I knew was how to “fake it till you make” it. But at the end of the day, that still felt like I was out of touch with the real me, “that’s not f*kin authentic” is what I started thinking… Hahaha! I was spending so much time portraying characters in stories written for me, getting paid to be someone else, that I wasn’t asking myself if I was ok.

No one knew I was silently struggling with the verbal + emotional abuse of living with my grandmother everyday before auditions. No one knew I drank Pepto on the way to a movie set some days when the ulcer it caused started burning.

I turned to drugs + alcohol just to feel alive. That ultimately lead to a near-death experience (NDE) that changed the trajectory of my successful career. It sent me on my soul’s journey to deeper self-mastery + personal awareness. To know myself at the deepest, most spiritual level, learn the skills to always be better so nothing could get in my way. Because all “fame” means nothing without a life, you are inspired by.

So when I started my second career, as a self-leadership + business mentor – of course, I used my own tools I learned but there are some days you just don’t want to do the work, you don’t want to show up as your “best self + slay it”. So I would stay off social media on the days I wanted to sit in my own sh*t. No one knew the chronic body pain, the migraine, the stomach aches. Certainly, no one knew the times I had to battle the parts of me that sounded like my grandmother’s voice in my head or the constant struggle with the other part of me that says, “it’s not good enough, do it again better”. Or the one that reminds me I’m not smart enough because I didn’t go to college for this.

By the time I hit 6-figures in my second career, I learned that no matter what level of the game you’re in, you could be just starting or just hitting eight figures, the internal struggle is the same. At every level. You think another woman is ahead of you by her bank account, but in her mind, she may be struggling with the same self-doubt as you do. Sometimes it’s worse the more success you’ve had, you feel like you have further to fall. Your negative beliefs crank up the volume, your body reminds you that you cannot push without loving all parts of yourself. It all comes back to who are you being, you have to have a healthy sense of self.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I now leverage my expertise in human behavior to teach high-performing female entrepreneurs + executives to break patterns of self-sabotage + design a polished their brand image to match their expertise, so they can increase their profit.

I teach my “Self Aligned Leadership Strategy™ (S.A.LE.S) method that uses the most efficient science-based exercises designed for women who have realized that their next level of business growth will require a new level of “HER”.

I work with leaders + their teams through one-on-one mentorship, group virtual classes or my signature courses, “Lead like HER”, Power of Becoming, Launch to Lead” + Destiny Mapping Hypnotherapy”.

I believe women owned, inspiration driven businesses set a higher standard towards inclusiveness, empathy + collaboration while ultimately elevating the local economic growth + I’m grateful everyday to work with powerful women who want to break through any limitations so they can have freedom of choice + fulfillment of changing peoples lives in the world.

Can you say something about why you came to Texas?
I am so excited to be in Texas, I keep joking with people saying “I am not bringing any politics with me. Hahaha! I love Austin and Dallas vibes. I have to say, I love how nice people are here, just a genuine, good people. And so polite. I love that brunch is like a MAJOR thing. Moving here as really ignited a new sense of creativity in me + bringing my branding + leaderships skills to the women entrepreneurs + business that want to see their business skyrocket by investing in their female leaders.

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