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Devon Grilly, Coach on Fire

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I actually found an old journal entry that said: “1/30/16 – Dawning realization: this is my Great Purpose – to help others to find their greatness. To encourage them, motivate, and inspire them to go for it. Plant those seeds and enable them to grow into reality through others. I do not have to do it all myself!” This is why coaching is not a job or a career for me, but a calling. We as a global community need as many people as possible to make conscious choices, and feel that their life has purpose; to be empowered to actually take part in shaping the world that will become. When we feel stuck, there’s a hopelessness that can take root, and I think globally we have too much of that. I have seen the power of the coaching process to open up possibilities and create powerful, lasting changes. I’m super passionate about helping my clients shift into new ways of being.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

I specialize in working with spiritually minded women, who like myself, have followed a career path and then thought- “Wait. Is this it? There must be more!” Women who know in their heart that they are here for a greater purpose and are seeking more fulfillment from their work. I think when we first start out, our priorities are to pay down college debt, maybe buy a house and a car, so we look at the paycheck first. Later many of us start to question whether the paycheck is enough, and whether the next promotion is really what we want to chase after. All too often, we wind up trading away the things we really enjoyed about our jobs by moving into management and away from the creative aspects and lose that sense of excitement little by little. I love working with women to identify the pieces that really drive them and make them feel like they’re on fire, and find ways to love working again.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

I offer a 3-month jumpstart program to move from burnout to living life on fire. I work 1-on-1 with undivided attention for a total of 9 hours of coaching by phone or video call, with lots of support in between. Clients also gain access to an incredible program for keeping track of goals, graphing metrics, session summaries and tools for continued momentum between sessions.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Growing up I really admired my grandmother (Nana) – she had such a legendary life as a first generation American who was only educated through primary school yet went on to be the top manager of the shoe factory she worked in, commuting long hours from Middleboro to Boston each day. She and my grandfather built their own house, and sent both of their children to college and somehow had time to make her own clothes, cook homemade dinners and go to the kids’ sports events. She instilled in me an understanding of the value of hard work and a love of making things. If she made you some soup or a crochet blanket, you knew that every moment was filled with intention and love, and it really came through in what she created.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

The ocean. I love Moonstone Beach down in RI- there are amazing white stones everywhere which make it a little hard to walk but awesome to sit and take in the beauty.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

Scheduling time with friends who can really hear me and hold space for whatever is coming up, reading a really good book, and daily meditation.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Mainly through writing, whether journaling or for my blog. I love crochet and making things for people, and I’m starting to rediscover drawing and painting.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron: It wasn’t about what I thought it would be about! It helped me to “learn to stay”, as she calls it. To be more present both in and out of meditation, and to let go of judgment.

Favorite Movie and Why?

The Lord of the Rings (altogether, but the final one stands out the most) – I read that trilogy so many times the paperbacks I had actually fell apart. I just loved how alive the whole world was, it really engaged my full imagination.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“Braving the Wilderness doesn’t require you to CHANGE who you are; it requires you to BE who you are.” – Bren√© Brown

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Making the decision to walk away from my teaching career after 11 years, honoring my needs rather than “toughing it out” to retirement. I think that was the first time I chose myself over comfort, in an absolutely terrifying and satisfying way.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

I am enough.

Advice to Younger Self?

Stop trying so hard to be what others want you to be, or what you *think* others want you to be, and just BE.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love my ability to switch between dorky/silly nerd and super deep soul-searcher.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Show up completely and leave the masks at the door. You’ll be so glad you did.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

I typically require a discovery call or chat first, but for SheBreathes members I’d like to offer a 1-hour complimentary coaching session to dive right in to what we can accomplish together.