Avanti Women's January WonderWoman - Michelle Hamelin

Posted by Avanti Women Dec 29, 2017

What‰Ûªs your Story?

I was a United Way poster child. That isn‰Ûªt something one would strive to be. It means I came from a difficult background and through the support of United Way programmes, turned things around. I came from a home life of a widowed, alcoholic, depressed mother who physically and verbally abused her kids… but not bad enough for us to be taken away. Not even when she attempted suicide.

Most people wouldn‰Ûªt realize that was my home life because I was the kid who got great marks, was president of the school band, and worked in a library shelving books and running children‰Ûªs programs. Eventually, I put myself through college, then university, and then I got my master‰Ûªs degree. I am always working on myself to be better.

I am happily married ‰ÛÒ we just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary ‰ÛÒ and have twin girls who are 16 years old. I support a local dog rescue and last year, adopted one of the dogs we were fostering: Brody.

Today, I am still sometimes plagued by my mother‰Ûªs voice in my head telling me I will never be good enough, even though she died over 10 years ago. Her voice and criticism is what I have to overcome every time I try something new. I have to remind myself that I am enough and I don‰Ûªt have to be perfect.

What do you love most about the work that you do?

I love working on shifting someone‰Ûªs mindset, moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. When someone moves into a growth mindset, they realize that their big goals are achievable. They realize that making mistakes is part of the journey and not a massive failure at the game of life. Setbacks are part of the learning process and are useful feedback mechanisms. Confidence blooms because it isn‰Ûªt about being perfect, it is about trying something new, knowing that you aren‰Ûªt limited to your current abilities and knowledge. You can learn something new and become a bigger and better version of yourself.

What do you value the most in life?  How do you prioritize what is most important?

I value my family the most. I structured my businesses so that I could schedule my time around my kids. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to take their kids to school and pick them up at the end of the day, so I treasured the seven years I was able to do that. Now, they are busy teenagers with school, clubs, and jobs, so I do my best to be available to them. On the surface, I might comment about being a chauffeur for my kids, and I wouldn‰Ûªt give up a minute of the time we have together.

If you had to give one key ingredient to your recipe for success, what would that include?

Just one? When you set big goals, tell someone what they are to stay accountable. There is magic in having accountability to your goals.

How do you know that your service/product is actually working? 

I get regular feedback from my clients during our calls or by email if they can‰Ûªt wait for our scheduled time! Even if they didn‰Ûªt get all excited about their progress, their reports on how they are doing towards their goals tell a fantastic story.

If you could give advice to your 20 year old self, what would you say?

You are enough. Don‰Ûªt be afraid to try. Make the mistakes, brush yourself off, and don‰Ûªt let those mistakes define you.


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