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Courtney Taylor | Toronto | Push Forward!!

Hi! I’m Courtney, and I've been blessed with the gifts of clairaudience, clairvoyance and mediumship. I’ve welcomed my guides into my life since I was a little girl and I can confidently say that I’ve never feared the messages I’ve received. I actually like to think they are my own superpower. I’m a Master level Reiki healer and specialize in distant energy work. Most of my clients aren’t local, and with the beauty of technology, I can run my sessions over the phone, through chat or over Skype. My readings are unique, and I have an extremely individualized approach to how I work with my clients. Each one of my sessions include all four components of my model - psychic insight, counselling, energy healing and crystal therapy. Most practitioners only include one modality per session, but I believe that each component is equally important as the next in providing overall care. My goal is to not only give you insight and predictions into what’s coming next and validate what has happened in the past but also to give you the tools to handle what’s coming your way. I have clients that come to see me for everything ranging from questions about their relationships, career, finances, business ideas, connecting with individuals who have passed and even helping people here who are palliative and are struggling to transition to the other side.

I grew up a dreamer, so much so that I tattooed that word on my wrist to look at every day, as a reminder that no dream is ever too big. I often think back to where I started and growing up I had a lot of challenges. Like most people today, I struggled with anxiety, depression, bullying and other hardships that left me feeling vulnerable and ultimately defeated. Finances for me were always tight, but I worked hard to make sure I had what I wanted and what I needed. The fear of being an entrepreneur kicked in when I thought about job security, working capital and the start-up costs required to take the business off the ground. I had many roadblocks that often felt like dead ends, and there was always a fear of failing and the what if’s. However, when we pull back fear, we find anger. Always. Anger is the birthplace of fear. But where was anger going to get me? Or fear for a matter of fact. Nowhere. But a dream? Now that can get me places.

While I was completing my undergraduate at Brock University working towards a unique degree in Popular Culture, I had an extraordinary opportunity to go out to Los Angeles to work in the entrainment industry for a PR agency that represents high profile celebrity clients. On paper, I had absolutely everything I ever wanted, but I wasn’t serving my purpose and went to work every day feeling like it was a chore. I left California, I dropped my career that I worked so hard to build as a publicist and I soul searched for days which turned into weeks. Through my pros and cons list (I’m such a list girl!) I realized that I was missing the feel goods of helping people, that save the day kind of vibe. I went back to school for Social Work and almost instantly felt like I was at home. I looked forward to school just like I look forward to talking, interacting and guiding my clients every day. It never feels like a work day in the life of Courtney.

As I grew older, I started using my gifts more and more with friends, family and colleagues. I never took it seriously until I started getting an incredible amount of feedback and referrals from the people I was connecting with. I was later headhunted by the largest psychic network and my career has not been the same. It never gets old for me - when a client comes back and tells me a prediction comes through or that I was “spot on.” I’m like a kid in a candy store each time, and I blow myself away with the things I sometimes know too! I just don't know how I know some of the things I know but I can't make this stuff up. I have some super exciting projects in the works that I’m excited to be launching very shortly. A highly requested digital course will be coming this spring, as well as my small clothing and accessories line that will be in partnership with various charities. Stay tuned!

What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture or to make significant changes in an existing business?

How did the idea for your business come about?

-I’m getting emotional just thinking about this. I heard about a Spiritualist church and decided to give it a try one Sunday several years back. This community gets together once a week to provide healing, mediumship and features a guest speaker who talks about various hot topics, relating it back to spiritualism. We often talk about karma, the circle of life, how to use your intuition and many other empowering subjects. It was my first experience, and I remember so nervously walking in. The first song that was played to raise the vibration was Let it Be by the Beatles, and I began crying - it was the weirdest thing. Feeling everyone's energy collectively was a feeling I couldn’t even begin to describe. To feel so connected to a variety of people from different backgrounds, it was exactly what I needed at such a crossroads in my own life. The speaker that day sought me out and passed along messages in front of the congregation and told me that I needed to start using my gifts professionally. I cried most of that day and couldn’t figure out why. I felt like a sponge that was collecting water, and I was ringing myself out. It felt SO good. I talk in analogies a lot - my clients always tease me! It was a healing moment for me, and the rest was history. I opened up after this experience and began to trust the information from my guides. I needed that personal validation, and I got it. It entirely was the moment that everything changed for me.

What were the most significant initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?

In my line of work - the struggle is always around skeptics and people trusting the messages I pass along to be accurate. My spirit team (which always have my back!) usually give me something that my client can validate so that the connection is identified. That could be a name, a specific date, physical features or could be as random as a phone call they may have had before we connected.

There will always be skeptics, and that is something I absolutely cannot control. I’m also the first one to confront it head-on. I very often do live Facebook events and have one or two people who pop in with a negative comment. I’m not afraid to speak up, that's for sure!

Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits?

How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?

I’ve always been very fortunate in this department! My mom has been my biggest fan and has pushed me outside of my comfort zone since as young as I can remember. She always said that I talked about being the Prime Minister when I was a little girl. Full of life and full of drive. Not everyone is going to understand my gift and being a psychic as there is just so much stigma around what a psychic is. At times I find it difficult to discuss the exciting events and milestones that are happening in my career as there have been some individuals who are skeptical. It’s something I’ve learned to accept, and I know now who my go-to people are who will give me the feedback and validation. It was absolutely a lesson for me - no doubt! I learned a lot in growing my business about who was going to be on my team - really be on my team, long-term.

I think most entrepreneurs can relate that with building a business comes less time for social events and time with friends. This was a challenge for me as I’m such an extrovert. I’ve been so driven and focused on my brand that I feel disconnected at times. I preach on the daily how important self-care is, that feel good time, even if it's short and sweet. Looking back, I would have taken my own advice sooner! I truly believe that to be successful we need to have balance.

What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?

It sounds so simple but honesty.

I often have to apologize on behalf of other advisors in this line of work who have created hesitancy and doubt for some people who have been misled or given false hope. My policy is to always shoot straight as I’m protective by nature. I will never paint a picture for someone if I'm not sure of it and I take my role very seriously. I had a new client call me about a relationship about a year ago and was not open to hearing that I was very concerned for her safety and that I wanted to help her form a plan. She hung up on me because she was determined that she was not being abused and that she was going to marry this individual. A few months later, I got a call back saying that I was right and that he was now facing serious consequences for hurting her physically. That is never something I want to be right about. There are certainly tough parts of my role, but on the other side of this, honesty has brought a lot of long-term clients and success. The connections and relationships I’ve built with people all across the globe are absolutely incredible, and it always comes back to the same feedback - I trust you. Those are the best words a girl could get in the line of work I’m in and I’ll take the huge compliment!

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?

That’s an easy one - patience.

I had so many ideas and was excited - of course, I put EVERYTHING into this. I could have been a lot more productive if I took smaller steps and that is guidance I want to give anyone who takes on a project or who is just starting out on their own entrepreneurial journey. It’s not a race.

What advice would you give to an upcoming young and old entrepreneur locally and internationally?

No matter what challenges come your way, push forward. Energy is such a powerful thing, and we can put a plan into action. I encourage you to slow down and listen to your intuition and inner truth. We all have that and can access it if we get quiet enough to listen.

-You don’t have to do this alone. Ask for help and seek out resources. EVERYONE is deserving of their own story. I never thought owning a business was possible while I struggled with finances and my mental health. Never let anyone tell you different.

-Surround yourself with people who love you through the highs and lows. If a person doesn’t support you, you don’t want them around anyways. This has been my biggest lesson. And most importantly, accept that it is what it is. Take baby steps. Not every day is going to be easy or flawless.

Baby Step!!


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