What Makes My World Go Round...
I’m Sandra Stachowicz, Founder of Awaken Inner Goddess and I’m on a mission to heal the world one book, one woman at a time. I set women back on the path of self-discovery, adventure and true, authentic happiness, ALL on their own terms through the transformational power of books.
I help them find and own their UNIQUE voice that growing up they felt they didn’t even have. I help women speak their own individual truth so the message in their book spreads like wildfire. I teach them to dance like no one’s watching and write like no one’s reading. The end result? Soul-aligned books that are truly life-changing and fly off the shelves!
I gently guide them (and occasionally, whack them in the head with the uncomfortable truth!) to show up powerfully and confidently as the bestselling authors that they already are without shame or apology. For me, it's all about transforming the world one book, one woman at a time by giving women the courage and the confidence to get their transformational book published in with ease, peace in their heart and grace.
I’m a free spirit, intuitive, psychic (clairsentient, clairaudient, clairvoyant - that's a lot of clair- if you ask me!), healer, individualist, non-conformist, adventurer, polyglot, North African food-lover, gypsy at heart and most of all, I believe the most transformational book you will ever read is the one you… write yourself! I am committed to making the world a better place one book at a time. Let's get that book of yours written, shall we?
being yourself is always more than enough to write a transformational book. you do not need to have it all “figured out” to write a life-changing book.
There was this fierce, fiery coach with a fuck-it-all attitude, who was innocently incarcerated and admittedly got out of jail after serving two years in prison. She went on to publish a book that became a bestseller overnight. She charged an exorbitant amount of money for her one-to-one coaching program that I had no way of being able to afford!
But as with all things in life, I had to trust that my intuition was right, so I jumped on a call with her. She probed deeply into my career and I hesitantly admitted I was a coach and an international bestselling co-author.
“No, you’re not!” I raised my eyebrows. What do you mean I am not? I just told you I was! Her attitude was not quite what I expected out of this call. I was a little taken aback.
“You are a bestselling author.” In my mind, I could almost see her leaning back in her chair. She was evidently pleased with herself.
“But…,” I wanted to object. “I’m not an author. I’m a CO-author. I co-authored a book with 13 other business owners. I have no book of my own.” I thought that something got lost in translation. I felt I had no right to say I was an author if I had a shameful ‘co-’ to my name!
“I see you as an author, not just a co-author. You are a bestselling author, Sandra.” Tears welled up in my eyes.
The coach clearly touched on a sensitive subject and made a point. There’s a seed of truth in every lie and her lie held more truth than the lies I told myself. Her lie was stronger than my truth. All along, I had lied to myself that I didn’t have what it took to write a bestselling book! Still, she could see past all the illusions and deep into my soul. She knew I had all it took to make my dream happen and her belief in me was more than enough.
And so, I made a vow to write out loud!
From the time I could read and write, and especially after I got a copy of Anne of Green Gables in my little hands, I knew I wanted to become an author. The character Anne Shirley was a personal hero of mine. She was an out-of-the-box thinker. An outsider. A dreamer. She was an orphan. She was highly imaginative and eager to please. Besides, nobody wanted her. I thought we could be friends.
When I was nine-years old, my auntie and my granny encouraged me to read one of my stories in front of the whole family. Each one of my sisters took their turns and read aloud the stories they scribbled down in their journals. Each one of them got five zlotys (the equivalent of £1) for a job well done!
When it was my turn, the whole family looked at me. I was paralyzed by fear. I wanted to share my story so badly yet, I was afraid of rejection. I was afraid they would judge and criticize me. I was afraid they would ridicule me.
I shied away. I refused.
That little girl decided it was wrong to make money by bringing joy to other people’s lives. She decided she would never make money from her unique talents. She decided to no longer pursue becoming an author. She decided she didn’t have the special gifts required to make money by sharing her stories.
She decided that no one would pay her for her skill set. She decided that she wasn’t creative enough to make money. She decided she would never ask for money simply because her stories were not good enough.
She decided she wasn’t good enough. No one made that decision for her!
But today she made a different choice. Today she submitted the final draft of her book to her editor. Today I grabbed her little hand as I screamed from the rooftop:
“It is my birth-right to be paid thousands of dollars for my unique talents, for being of service, for doing good in the world, and for bringing JOY to other people’s lives!”
Your book is not in your heart just to TEASE you. It’s there for a reason…
As soon as I realised that things started shifting for me. I am now the Founder of this incredible company designed to support women like you on their journey of becoming published transformational authors. For the first time in my life I feel like I have found my calling. Deep down, I always knew I wanted to write.
I just forgot. I forgot what I came here to do.
Sometimes a moment of clarity shines so brightly you have no choice but to walk into the light! Well, I had no choice but to write out loud. It wasn't easy but it was certainly worth it! That's what I want for you too!
So my question for you is this:
What's Stopping You From Writing A Transformational Book?
Your partner, mother, kids? Pope? Lady Gaga? It’s NOT that you can’t make decisions on your own. It’s that you WON’T. Asking for permission stems from your inner need for approval and validation and is one of your patterns. Permission granted! Best of all, it’s your OWN!
I can't, I have kids. Your kids are not an obstacle. You ARE. If you see them as an obstacle they will HINDER you from getting your book published. If you use them as your motivation they will help you stay on track, regardless.
I don't have the time. Guess what? Neither does your dream of one day writing a book! Time is not guaranteed to anyone. Death is. Death will come anyway and will swallow your dream of “some day” writing a book and will turn it into NEVER…
I'm not ready. Being ready is NOT a state of being. It’s a choice. You can choose to be ready now.
I don't have the money. Money will NEVER ever solve your money problems. That’s because money is NOT the root cause of your money issues. You ARE. Ouch! Do you often catch yourself saying “I can’t afford it”without giving it much thought every time you’re about to do something BIG? How does it feel to not be worthy of your own attention or desires? What are you trying to avoid by keeping yourself small and not getting your book published? The “I can’t afford it” no matter how valid is just one of the hidden patterns running your life and UNTIL you break that pattern and do something differently NOW next time you will catch yourself saying “I can’t afford it” without an end in sight.
Only you can write the silly story of your life. No one else can do it for you, just as no one else can die for you.
Thanks for stopping by.
It's Not That Your Are 'Not Enough’ Of An Expert. It's That You Believe That You Are. It's The Belief That's Wrong, Not YOU!
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As far as tongue-twisting goes, I have a masters degree in Applied Languages and Translation where I specialised in English, español and Deutsch (now, don't fall off your chair but I also speak polski, italiano, catalán and العَرَبِيَّة with varying degrees of Erfolg). I also studied Tourism Management but only for a year as I was so bored I wished someone would kidnap me so I could go on an adventure! I'm a licensed Massage Therapist where I specialized in ayurvedic massage which adds a wonderful layer of knowledge about body-mind-soul connections into my work. So you can probably tell I love languages, adventure, business and freedom...
I have also been a featured speaker in The Business Woman’s Guide to Success and worked with one of the biggest names in the industry, including John Assaraf, Sonia Ricotti and many others. My story was featured in a follow-up book written by the author of the New York Times bestseller and Wall Street Journal The Laptop Millionaire about how inspiring women have escaped the 9-5 and become successful entrepreneurs. I co-authored an international bestselling book with Vickie Gould titled 'Rising Above' featuring 13 stories from entrepreneurs all around the world who shared their inspiring lessons and wrote a bestselling book “Leap Afraid: How To Turn A Devastating Series Of Events Into The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You”.
I started out in the corporate world where I worked in customer service, hospitality, marketing and communications for 5 years with some of the biggest brands in the world. I’ve also used the online marketing space to completely transform my own business and position myself as an expert in my niche.
I do things a bit differently...
I do things differently because I don't go by any rules, because I lead from the heart, not the head, and albeit that's got me into trouble, this is how I roll. I want us to have a very intimate relationship. What sets me apart as a coach is the fact that I am highly intuitive which is priceless if you're completely out of sync and use my mischievous nature to keep things light-hearted and weave wit into my consultations. Add 'tough love' and battle-tested strategies to the mix and you have a winning combo where REAL transformation and life-changing books happen!
Having a one-on-one coach is unlike anything you've ever experienced before. Imagine having a high-level book coach to guide you through the treacherous terrain of going from blank page staring back at you to claiming a bestselling author status!
Imagine having someone who actually cares about you, your book and believes in the message you have to share with the world and genuinely wants you to succeed because she knows you inside out simply because she has walked in your shoes! You will not get this from group coaching, self study programs or reading a million “how to” books! I will challenge your beliefs, I will be your best cheerleader and I will lend you a shoulder to cry on... It's not going to be easy, but it'll be worth it!
Are You Ready To Get Your Book Out Of Your Heart And Onto The Pages Of Your Book?
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Fun facts about me
I speak fluent English (not my first language), Spanish, Polish (mother tongue) and German, basic Catalan, and Italian, I know a word or two in Tunisian Arabic and Mandinka (spoken in the Gambia)
I'm the middle child and have four sisters (for the sake of clarity, fourth child is NOT middle child - I have two older and two younger sisters). I also have one step brother and step sister.
I can see the outlayer of my own aura (sometimes even other's people's too!) and the orbs (hey, after all, I'm a little woo-woo!)
I practiced shotokan karate for a while
I was voted the best dancer at university - you must know I'm a salsa girl (Poles are called Latinos of the North for a reason!)
I love Arabic music
My favourite form of exercise is pilates (great for your bum! Shhh...)
I'm a dog's lover (sorry ladies, I can't stand cats! Grrr!)
I was born and bred in post-communist Poland
I don't watch TV ever (shock horror!) but I do love independent cinema, especially documentaries and biographies!
I'm a HUGE travel-lover and have travelled to 20 countries: Ireland, United Kingdom (kind of obvious!), Spain, France, Andorra, Sweden, Serbia (where I was taken for a spy!), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Poland (obviously!), Croatia (crossed the border without a passport thinking it was part of the EU when it wasn't!), Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Montenegro, Germany, Austria, Tunisia, Morocco, Gambia and Montenegro
I used to live in Graz, Austria; Barcelona and Granada, Spain; Krakow, Poland and Edinburgh, UK
I consider Edinburgh, UK to be my spiritual home (at least for now!) where I have lived since 2006
I left my home country at the age of 19 (just before my 20th birthday) and have lived abroad ever since
I studied in the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria
I used to work as a cleaner, housekeeper, waitress, receptionist, call centre assistant, customer service, coffee shop assistant, nanny, dance teacher assistant, English language tutor, massage therapist, night manager, marketing communications coordinator and mailroom assistant
I am single (or more technically dis-engaged!) and loving every bit of it although secretly dream (not much of a secret any more!) of having a BIG family and four sons (girls are not challenging enough!)
in case you haven’t noticed yet, I use exclamations marks a lot!!! (We Europeans eat them for breakfast!!!)
December 2012 I quit my full-time job to start my first business, working as a massage therapist
January 2014 I start my second online business
2014-2018 I live on and off as a digital nomad, working from exotic locations around the world
2016 I start my third coaching business working a business coach (I later re-brand as a Transformational Coach)
February 2018 I co-author an international bestselling book “Rising Above”
2018 All my business ventures that worked seamlessly for years, draw to a grinding halt (as if by a stroke of magic!) and I experience what I call my “riches to rags” moment. I subsequently end up temporarily taking up two full-time jobs to maintain my high standard of living. I am getting ready for my quantum leap…
August 2019 I publish my second book “Leap Afraid: How To Turn A Devastating Series Of Events Into The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You”. It instantly becomes a bestseller. Currently working on my third book, “Leave Afraid”, part of the series.