You’re imaginative, smart, sensitive, and a hard worker. You show up, do what’s needed, and take care of everyone around you. But you’re feeling worn down and stuck…and your mojo is missing in action these days. You’re ready to make some changes in your life, but you’re not sure where to start. Just the thought of adding one more thing to your to-do list makes you want to run away screaming.
You’re in the right place.
Hi there. I’m Victoria Smith.
I’m a life alchemy coach and intuitive guide for women who are ready to create a more soul-satisfying life for themselves. My clients feel they have gotten off track. They’ve lost touch with who they are or even a sense of what they truly need and want. I help them clarify their vision for their lives and move forward with inspired action to create it.
Everything I offer at the Mojo Lab—coaching programs, courses, and writings—is infused with meaning, adventure, and soft wildness. My offerings help women reconnect with their inner wisdom and intuition, as well as the natural world around them, so they will always know where their true north lies. That’s where the real magic and adventure begins.
You’ve grown and changed. It’s time for your life to reflect that. Whether it’s a new spiritual path, a work change, a lifestyle shift, or even a change in location, I can help. Knowing you want to make a change is the first step. Putting together a clear vision of what that looks like and how to move forward is where I come in.
The constantly-on, clamoring, busy-worshiping culture around us can cause us to lose touch with ourselves. It’s no wonder when we feel overloaded, overstimulated, and overwhelmed so much of the time. It’s hard to make the changes we want or even know what our best life would look like when the world is coming on so strong.
Old dreams languish as we deal with the blur of daily life, and new dreams seem like nothing more than the unattainable fairytale imaginings of a stressed-out mind. So we suck it up and keep going. Until we can’t anymore.
I was there once.
It all started with a dream come true.
In June, 2011, I married the man of my dreams who just happens to be the kindest man I’ve ever known. I moved with him to Oregon (aka Nirvana), a breathtakingly gorgeous place I’d been dreaming of living for several years. I landed a great job in my field running archaeology and historic preservation projects. It all fell into place so beautifully, it was clearly meant to be. After years of being a bit adrift on my own, I knew exactly how blessed I was and shouted my gratitude from the rooftops.
We started our new life together with glowing happiness and big dreams. We had a blast, spending our weekends exploring Oregon’s magical coasts, forests, and waterfalls. Work was going great, too. That first year I brought in a ton of new work for the company. They promoted me and handed me a huge bonus and raise. Soon after, they made me a junior partner.
I worked my tail off, proving myself, winning contract after contract, and building the preservation program I was now also managing. I started putting in more and more overtime and with each new contract I won, my workload increased. Soon the long hours and workload started taking a toll. My stress levels grew. I started feeling anxious, having some stomach problems, and had trouble sleeping. So I finally asked the powers that be at work to let me hire staff to help with the growing workload from all the new clients and projects I’d won.
I tried again. Pats on the head and sympathetic noises about company politics, but no action.
Soon I was working weeks on end with no days off. I kept all the balls in the air and just kept pushing forward. I felt responsible to my clients and for cranking out the same high-quality work I’d built my reputation on for so many years. So I just kept delivering, no matter what it took.
Then it all came tumbling down.
After two years, I was a wreck. I developed chronic digestive problems, packed on 20 pounds of extra weight, started having full-on panic attacks, and my joints ached all the time. Whatever time I had off, I spent recuperating so I could show up at work and deal with it all again. I barely saw my sweet husband who watched on with worry from the sidelines, not sure what to do to help. My storybook life had turned into a living nightmare. I’d lost my way.
I tried over and over again to get permission to hire help and lighten my workload. I met nothing but resistance, but I didn’t stop and I didn’t walk away. My long-honed work ethic wouldn’t allow it and the salary was fantastic, as were the bonuses. So I kept going, miserable, exhausted, and disillusioned. My anxiety ramped up to the point I had to start taking prescription medication just to show up to work each day. My stomach issues got worse and I developed an intolerance to gluten.
I spent another season working long days for weeks on end without any time off and carrying a workload double or triple of what was manageable for any human being. Until finally, I crashed…and I crashed hard.
I developed IBS so bad, I couldn’t leave the house some days. I wasn’t able to digest anything but the most benign of foods. My system was so inflamed, I was in constant pain. My immune system was shot, my anxiety was off the charts, and I was in a full emotional and physical meltdown. My body did for me what I hadn’t done for myself. It made me stop.
When we’re forced to stop completely like that, we are given the gift of some much-needed perspective. Mine was like a hammer blow. “They” hadn’t done anything to me. I’d done it to myself. I’d gotten caught up in the responsibilities I’d accepted, maintaining my superstar status in the company (and the lovely salary), and not wanting to disappoint anyone. It never really occurred to me that there was another choice. That is, until the choice was made for me. I was in a serious health crisis and it would take several years to slowly put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
That started me on a new adventure.
That was the wake up call for me and it set me on a rich new path of inspired action and change. I took some time off work and started a long process of medical testing and doctor appointments. I needed the income, so I stayed with the company a while longer by negotiating a significantly reduced workload in a different office. I gave myself time to heal and some breathing room to decide what I’d do next.
My amazing husband and I set out on a quest to discover out how to heal my overstressed mind and body. We researched and followed every avenue we could think of, experimenting with diets, supplements, and health care providers. As I worked to heal my mind and body, I also rebuilt a rich spiritual life in close connection with Mama Nature.
Slowly, the pieces started falling into place and I could hear my body’s needs and my own dreams and aspirations again. As I tuned in to my inner wisdom and intuition about what I needed to be whole and happy, I began to heal. I listened to my soul’s desires and callings and committed to creating a “magical life” for myself ~ one full of meaning, vibrancy, wonder, and purpose.
With that solid foundation under me, I then turned my focus toward bringing my reclaimed dreams into reality. I completed intensive training with the Martha Beck Institute to become a life coach and began planning my exit from corporatelandia. Once all the logistical pieces were in place, I made a big leap toward joy, resigning my position and launching my own dream business, The Mojo Lab. The result has been a new way of living and working that makes me pop out of bed each day in joyful anticipation.
The path here has been my own heroine’s journey full of adventure, two-headed dragons to battle, and sparkling moments of pure wonder. I’m still walking that path today. Every step is a confirmation of how good it feels when you follow your soul’s callings and find your natural stride and direction.
Yes, there is the occasional dragon that pops up and has to be battled…and no, it’s not always an easy stroll with singing flowers lining the path. But I can say with absolute certainty that finding your authentic path and walking it is some of the most soul-satisfying and joyful work you’ll ever do. It’s the choice to face each day with purpose, enthusiasm, and creative possibility over the frantic overwhelm, anxiety, and discontent that is considered normal these days. Screw “normal.”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey, it’s this:
It is never too late (or too soon) to create the soul-led life you truly desire.
If I can do it, so can you. You don’t have to wait until you’re burned out, sick, and miserable. There’s a better way, a happier way, and I can help you find yours.
A New Path Awaits You
Let’s clear the muck so you can access your inner gifts, hear the wisdom of your own truth, and see your authentic path more clearly. I’ll help you to craft a gorgeously true-to-you vision for your life and support you as you take inspired action to create it. I know all the nasty twists and potholes of these backwood trails of life and work intimately, and I can help you navigate them. Just consider me your clarity field guide and wayfinder on this adventure (and I always have trail snacks and tea to share in my rucksack).
Are you ready to get your mojo on?
Then let’s get this adventure started!
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