Episode 45: Katie DePaola
Can You Glow in the Dark? Feeling Perfect in Your Imperfection
Welcome to the 45th Episode of the Curiously You podcast with Professionally Certified Coach and CEO of Inner Glow Circle, a coach training company for female entrepreneurs. In today’s episode Katie and I are discussing if it possible to glow in the dark, and show up each day fully embodied as who you are even though we are all imperfect beings with imperfect lives!
Katie is a recovering perfectionist and shares what it means to embrace the imperfect. She shares her story of experiencing trials in her life that could easily have caused her to shrink away, or give up on dreams, but instead she chose to grow and continue to glow even though times were dark and difficult.
We dive into the disempowering nature of the word “should” and what feels more expansive, as well as managing your way through anxiety and depression with greater ease, tuning into your intuition when making decisions in your life.
You’ll love this episode if you:
Feel paralysed by your perfectionism and want to know how to live with it while working through releasing it. Wonder if you can still glow brightly during challenging times. Feel called to dive more deeply into your intuition, learn to surrender, and trust yourself over seeking validation from others. Time Stamped Notes
She is the CEO of Inner Glow Circle – every day she teaches women all over the world how to scale their soul’s purpose through spirituality, self love.
3:51 Katie has been coaching for a little over 5 years now. This work is very close to her heart and she’s been able to grow and scale her business. She has attracted a ton of amazing and dynamic women. What is their commonality? They tend to be recovering perfectionists. They are learning to – as Katie puts it - “glow in the dark”.
Two years ago, she got hit for a couple of challenges around her health including chronic Lyme disease, which went undiagnosed for 12 years until January 2014. She went through 3.5 years of treatment for the disease. Then sadly, three months after she launched her company Inner Glow Circle her youngest brother passed away in his sleep from an accidental overdose. She also broke up with her ex, to whom she was engaged, and he was involved in the business.
The trifecta of disease, death and divorce was deeply difficult for Katie. And yet her path has been to keep growing and glowing.
7:46 Katie believes that you have to surrender so much to God, the Universe and to yourself. Katie’s company teaches other women to grow as coaches and entrepreneurs. She doesn’t believe in niching as much as other people do, instead your ideal client - and your people - will be guided to you with ease, and vice versa.
There are so many women out there who have been through some really hard times, and who have worked really hard to keep going and glowing. This is the woman who speaks to Katie. There’s been a magical experience for her that she can’t claim as intentional – the women that she is supposed to work with have been bought into her world.
Katie is no longer attracted by perfectionism. She prefers honesty, truth, imperfection and grit. The people in her life whom she has made the most impact upon are those with whom she has been honest. She used to be reluctant to share her trust and so drew a boundary between herself and her clients. Now that more time as passed, she has learned to speak what she terms the “truth truth”, which touches others deeply.
11:36 Katie’s family is very straight-forward, honest, and have minimal space for BS. In some ways, Katie had the hardest time with the death of her brother. Her depression was so bad that she couldn’t function and, in hindsight, a lot of that was because her romantic relationship was out of control simultaneously. Her friends and p