28 min

Finding Your Passion – Even When It’s Not the Dream Career You’ve Achieved with Elena Armijo Teacher Turned Entrepreneur

    • Entrepreneurship

What do you do when you’ve exceeded your wildest dreams? In the case of Elena Armijo, who grew up in Texas dreaming of an opera career, you get honest. She was traveling the world and performing at the top of her game, and yet feeling totally depleted, overwhelmed and unhappy. It was time to take a fearless inventory – which Elena did with the help of a life coach. Through the process of uncovering Elena’s most authentic skills and interests they also uncovered the fact that coaching was her calling. It’s been eight years now and she hasn’t looked back!

Today Elena’s successful practice focuses on bringing her creative perspective to some decidedly non-creative fields, like tech or finance. She works with high-achieving leaders who are feeling stuck or in need of career redirection. Using a range of modalities, Elena helps reignite passion and focus clients on the journey ahead. Solopreneurs especially benefit from team support – but first have to blow up the myths about going it alone.

You’ll hear Elena’s top tips for anyone feeling burned out or constantly overwhelmed, starting with the simple act of pausing, taking a breath. Her unique approach to coaching not only incorporates a deep connection with creativity and empathy but also invites us to explore the kind of sustained commitment that is truly transformational. In an exciting new development, Elena has formed the C-Suite Collective, a group of coaches and other healers working in a range of modalities to foster not only optimal performance but also a holistic sense of fulfillment, connection and integration over the long term, within the workplace and beyond.

Elena has poured all the high-octane smarts and creativity that drove her international opera career into a powerful coaching methodology uniquely her own. Click here if you’d like to learn more about this entrepreneurial dynamo and the C-Suite Collective online network she has brought to life. You can also find Elena’s podcast, In a Manner of Speaking, here.

Click here to listen to, rate and review this or previous She Turned Entrepreneur episodes.


Here are key takeaways from the conversation:
• Even when you’ve captured the gold and managed to reach your ultimate dream status, it’s important to listen if a voice in your head says it’s no longer the right fit.
• Stay open. You can’t predict where wisdom will show up – from whom, how or at what moment!
• Is fear a secret driver in your life? Coaching can help to unblock false beliefs and uncover assumptions that do not serve.
• You are not necessarily predisposed to coach in an area where you have previous career experience. To the contrary, coaches are often more effective (and less bogged down by personal history) working with people in completely different professions.
• Feeling overwhelmed? Slow way, way down. You can’t uncover problems until you secure a little quiet amidst the noise.
• Solopreneurs should not operate solo. Assemble a team of trusted advisors, paid and unpaid, who can support and extend your goals. Don’t go it alone!


Here’s a quick look into the episode:
• How Elena became a licensed appraiser at the age of 17 – an entrepreneurial stroke of genius on her father’s part that has resonated in her ventures ever since.
• Even in the pursuit of her opera career, Elena brought a good dollop of pragmatism, acquiring a teaching credential as a backup should her singing not pay the bills.
• With her career soaring, Elena was on the road for 10 months of the year. She was seeing the world and living out her fantasy – until burnout set in. It was time to reassess and ultimately to make a change course.
• While working with a coach, trying to figure out her next professional steps, Elena fell in love with the industry itself. That was eight years ago and she’s been loving her coaching career ever since.
• When fate comes knocking: About the unexpected encounter with a life

What do you do when you’ve exceeded your wildest dreams? In the case of Elena Armijo, who grew up in Texas dreaming of an opera career, you get honest. She was traveling the world and performing at the top of her game, and yet feeling totally depleted, overwhelmed and unhappy. It was time to take a fearless inventory – which Elena did with the help of a life coach. Through the process of uncovering Elena’s most authentic skills and interests they also uncovered the fact that coaching was her calling. It’s been eight years now and she hasn’t looked back!

Today Elena’s successful practice focuses on bringing her creative perspective to some decidedly non-creative fields, like tech or finance. She works with high-achieving leaders who are feeling stuck or in need of career redirection. Using a range of modalities, Elena helps reignite passion and focus clients on the journey ahead. Solopreneurs especially benefit from team support – but first have to blow up the myths about going it alone.

You’ll hear Elena’s top tips for anyone feeling burned out or constantly overwhelmed, starting with the simple act of pausing, taking a breath. Her unique approach to coaching not only incorporates a deep connection with creativity and empathy but also invites us to explore the kind of sustained commitment that is truly transformational. In an exciting new development, Elena has formed the C-Suite Collective, a group of coaches and other healers working in a range of modalities to foster not only optimal performance but also a holistic sense of fulfillment, connection and integration over the long term, within the workplace and beyond.

Elena has poured all the high-octane smarts and creativity that drove her international opera career into a powerful coaching methodology uniquely her own. Click here if you’d like to learn more about this entrepreneurial dynamo and the C-Suite Collective online network she has brought to life. You can also find Elena’s podcast, In a Manner of Speaking, here.

Click here to listen to, rate and review this or previous She Turned Entrepreneur episodes.


Here are key takeaways from the conversation:
• Even when you’ve captured the gold and managed to reach your ultimate dream status, it’s important to listen if a voice in your head says it’s no longer the right fit.
• Stay open. You can’t predict where wisdom will show up – from whom, how or at what moment!
• Is fear a secret driver in your life? Coaching can help to unblock false beliefs and uncover assumptions that do not serve.
• You are not necessarily predisposed to coach in an area where you have previous career experience. To the contrary, coaches are often more effective (and less bogged down by personal history) working with people in completely different professions.
• Feeling overwhelmed? Slow way, way down. You can’t uncover problems until you secure a little quiet amidst the noise.
• Solopreneurs should not operate solo. Assemble a team of trusted advisors, paid and unpaid, who can support and extend your goals. Don’t go it alone!


Here’s a quick look into the episode:
• How Elena became a licensed appraiser at the age of 17 – an entrepreneurial stroke of genius on her father’s part that has resonated in her ventures ever since.
• Even in the pursuit of her opera career, Elena brought a good dollop of pragmatism, acquiring a teaching credential as a backup should her singing not pay the bills.
• With her career soaring, Elena was on the road for 10 months of the year. She was seeing the world and living out her fantasy – until burnout set in. It was time to reassess and ultimately to make a change course.
• While working with a coach, trying to figure out her next professional steps, Elena fell in love with the industry itself. That was eight years ago and she’s been loving her coaching career ever since.
• When fate comes knocking: About the unexpected encounter with a life

28 min