Today we’d like to introduce you to Cleonie Mainvielle.
Cleonie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 2013 I was feeling overwhelmed as a mother, wife, and full-time employee. My home felt like a never-ending list of chores, and life was repetitive – work, cook, clean, nurture, and repeat.
I felt extremely guilty for feeling this way and resolved to reclaim my time so that I could reclaim my life. Over the course of several years, I researched and applied productivity and organizing techniques which allowed me to successfully realign my time and energy with the things that made me feel happy and whole.
Fast forward to 2016 when I attended a journaling workshop, something I would have once felt too overwhelmed to fit into my hectic schedule, I uncovered my desire to start my own business around productivity and organizing. However, the steps required to move from business concept to execution felt daunting. I knew I needed accountability partners, support, and resources. So, when an opportunity to join a Mastermind group presented itself, I took it. The Mastermind approach was exactly what I needed and I launched my business within 6 months of joining.
Now that I run a business while continuing to work full-time, manage my household, and nurture my relationships; applying productivity and organizing strategies are critical to my success. These strategies have been so incredibly successful that I recently added the roles of President of the Federal Toastmasters of Boston as well as co-leader of my daughter’s Girl Scouts Troop.
Although my plate continues to be full, it is now filled with activities that make my heart sing. Each day I invest my time and energy into activities that excite and energize me, and I want more people to have this experience.
I strongly believe that it is possible to always have time for the things that are important, enjoyable, and inspiring and I started my business to teach people how.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My road to becoming an entrepreneur has not been smooth. Instead, it has been filled with self-doubt and fear, which was a total surprise because I always considered myself a fairly confident person.
However, after launching my business, I realized that I had always played it safe by only engaging in activities I was sure to succeed at. Now that I was starting my business, I had to operate outside of my comfort zone.
Thankfully, I had the good sense to take daily steps towards my goal despite my feelings of doubt and fear. I actually used these self-defeating feelings as a road map for what I should work on next and created a learning plan around my insecurities.
First, I joined a Toastmasters Club to build confidence around public speaking so I could share my message with those who needed to hear it. A Toastmasters Club is a nonprofit organization designed to help individuals become better communicators through leadership training and public speaking practice. There are groups and chapters all over the United States and even across the globe. Now, I am President of the Federal Toastmasters of Boston.
To build confidence around my knowledge of the various organizing and productivity strategies, I joined and completed classes with the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and earned my Professional status.
By developing and delivering workshops and running my Mastermind groups, I was able to test my approach to productivity and organizing to ensure it not only had a unique flair but resonated with an audience.
Another challenge was scaling my business at a pace that was respectful of the various roles I play in my life (mother, wife, employee, sister, daughter, friend, etc.)
Since I am incredibly passionate about my business, Inspired Outcome, the idea of spending all my waking hours working on and in my business excites me. However, I don’t want my passion project to be built on broken relationships, missed moments, and financial struggle. Therefore, it has been important for me to set boundaries and limit the number of clients and events I take on.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Inspired Outcome, a productivity and organizing business, specializes in helping overwhelmed women find freedom in their day to dedicate time and energy to activities they find important, enjoyable, and inspiring.
With a strong belief that social problems stem from personal challenges, my 25+ years of experience working with programs that address the health, educational, employment, and housing needs influences my work.
My education in Psychology and Social Work provides me with a pragmatic understanding of basic human behavior and motivation, allowing me to effectively work directly with clients to help them overcome individual challenges.
Where my clients may see a brick wall, I see possibilities and opportunities to make small changes that will lead to big gains. These changes are taught through my mastermind group, individual coaching, and workshops.
I am most proud of my Mastermind group because it is my most popular program. Over a period of 4 months, 5 individuals commit to using their experience, resources, and intellect to help each other be better in the way they approach and achieve their individual goals. I serve as the group facilitator keeping everyone organized and on track by teaching time management and productivity strategies.
What were you like growing up?
While growing up, I was driven and focused on excelling academically. I had high standards for myself and would work tirelessly towards achieving them. Now that I look back, I suspect that this has a lot to do with the fact that I am an immigrant.
You see, I was born on the island of Jamaica where I grew up in a middle class neighborhood. However, I spent most summers in the country where I witnessed extreme poverty.
Living in these contrasting worlds and understanding that my family was only 1 pay check away from experiencing poverty, motivated me to stay focused on my education so that I could create a financially stable life.
When I migrated to New York, where I lived for a short time with my aunt, uncle, and three cousins; I became intimately familiar with what life looked like when not lived in survival mode. I admired their approach to living and used them as a model for mapping out my journey towards success.
To achieve the level of success I wanted, I found it useful to keep my physical space organized and created systems and strategies to help me stay focused.
My focus and motivation contributed to me earning my License in Practical Nursing right after High School, a profession that my aunt had dedicated her life to. I then used my skills acquired through my nursing training to obtain employment at a local hospital, which helped to satisfy my desire to help others while financing my college degree. Following in my uncle’s footsteps, I graduated from College with my Bachelors in Psychology, becoming the 1st in my immediate family to earn a college degree.
When I grew dissatisfied with the level of influence I had on the public policies that affected the children and adults I worked with, I returned to school to earn my Masters in Social Work, with a concentration in Administration and Social Policy. I now have over 16 years with the Federal Government, helping communities and local governments prevent and end homelessness.
- Website: www.inspiredoutcome.com
- Phone: 617.529.1751
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inspiredoutcome/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InspiredOutcome/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cleonie
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