We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Ilochi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Paula, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have not always wanted to work for myself. In fact, I thought it was super scary to leave a 9-5 to go into the unknown. However, one day the thought of owning my own business became almost like an obsession! I remember going to bed thinking of it and waking up thinking of it. I started speaking to other entrepreneurs to get a better understanding of what I could expect my path to become but I did all of this while still maintaining my 9-5. I continued like this until a change in my family dynamic forced me to leave my position and I ended up unemployed. It was in this moment I told myself I had to sink or swim and I made a decision in that moment to go full steam ahead and pursue my own business and haven’t looked back.

What should our readers know about your business?
I work with individuals who have experienced romantic, family, spiritual or workplace abuse to set healthy boundaries, rebuild their self-confidence and begin walking boldly into their wildest dreams. I like to say many of use suffer silently, but it’s not time to begin healing loudly. When I work with my clients, I incorporate spirituality into my sessions as well. In doing so, I’m able to help others navigate that inner voice that was given to us to protect us. I help people to see that they have the ability to access and discern when someone means them well or harm and to take necessary steps to avoid falling into the same cycles of abuse. Along the way, I’ve learned the importance of assigning a value to the services I provide. It wasn’t easy to get to the place I am today and I’m still growing as we speak. As a survivor of abuse, I often assume others cannot pay for my services or would not find it necessary to pay for my services but I learned this is not the case! Many people will happily invest in a service that can help them find their peace. Many people will invest in a service that promotes intentional healing from a trustworthy source and I’m so grateful to be able to share in my gifts with others.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were to come in town, we are definitely hitting up some amazing happy hour spots, letting loose and exploring the city as tourists! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Nashay Lorick is an amazing friend of mine who walked along side me on my journey towards healing. I had many other people in my circle; however, our stories were very similar and it helped knowing someone else really understood the pain and struggle I was dealing with at the time as I was coming out of a marriage and suddenly found myself a single mom.

Website: www.directingpaths.com

Instagram: Directing_Paths_LLC

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/paulahughesmph

Facebook: Directing Paths

Youtube: Healing Loudly!

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