Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle (our news outlet) will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce Homie, Tiffany.
Tiffany Louise, Life Coach, Therapist and Speaker
Q: Explain your job position.
A: I am a Life Coach, Therapist, and Speaker. I have been working as a clinical therapist for over a decade, and a year ago I launched my own coaching practice! I work with individuals who are looking to up level and make changes in their life; whether it is in the area of relationships, health & wellness, work, you name it. I am a behavioral change expert, so I help people shift into living the lives they have dreamed of. It is the greatest job on the planet. Sometimes when I hop off of a coaching skype session I feel like I could burst from happiness.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: Honestly, a lot of my creative expression comes from a deep desire to share things with people that will help them, lift them up, show them a new way of thinking. Certain people, books, and experiences have literally altered the course of my life. You know those books that you have read so many times the whole damn thing is highlighted and warped because you have been reading it in the bathtub? My dream is to create amazing content like that. I want to create content that I would want to consume myself. I want to believe in my brand so much, if I wasn’t me, I would want to follow myself on social media and read my own blogs, and one day buy my own books…and I am incredibly discerning when it comes to the people whose message I follow…So really, that means if something inspires me, or hits my heart, I feel compelled to put that message out to the world. So my creative process really starts with listening to that inner voice. Sometimes I get a strong message to write about something or say something and I don’t always know why, but it is that little inner voice that says, “Say this Tiffany, it is important.” And whenever I do, it is always the right thing. I will always, always, always get people reaching out saying that was exactly what I needed to hear.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: My faith. My faith in people, in light, and goodness and kindness. These are our super powers that each of us has within us, and I am motivated to use them to leave a trail of love behind me in this lifetime. I am inspired by the people who are changing the world in big ways: Dr. Brene Brown, Joyce Meyers, Tony Robbins. But I am also inspired by the people who show up right where they are and maybe never leave their city or state but live good, honest, and kind lives that people never read about or see on tv. Kind hearted people, wise people; people who have struggled and overcome…those are the people who inspire me.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I ended up in Chicago because I came to start running the women’s treatment program in an outpatient treatment center in the Goldcoast. I grew up in Wisconsin, but was a dancer so I spent a lot of time dancing in Chicago my whole life. So, I have always felt at home here. Our city has heart. A lot of it. It’s beautiful and full of pretty amazing people.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: My favorite part of living in the city is the wealth of experiences at your fingertips. I can hop in a cab and in five minutes be at a million amazing restaurants, taking a SoulCycle class with a girlfriend, seeing a Broadway show, or running on our beautiful lakefront. The city is so accessible. It is also kind. New York has that culture and buzz, but people will run into you on the street and not give af. I don’t handle that well. I like kind, good hearts, and manners, and we have a lot of that here in Chicago. The downside for me is the weather, but from June to September it is the best city in the country. Plus, I also happen to have a tribe of the-most-amazing-friends-on-the-planet here. The older I get the more I realize your community of people is everything.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: My career has been most influenced by an inability to do anything else. I have been offered a lot of big opportunities to go in different directions in my life, and at the end of the day I simply can’t do it. For money or security or anything else. I would get asked to come in to interview for jobs that other people would jump at, and I’d be like, um, I just can’t. I can’t even pretend that it is something I want. It’s like once you know what you are meant to do, there is no other way to live. That has actually made this path harder. The hustle more real. The sacrifice bigger. But I know it is the right path. And living out of alignment is something I can’t tolerate. This is clearly how God wants to use me in my lifetime, and who knows the different paths I will take, but I know that I know that I know that I’m supposed to work with people this way. I would do this for free. If I won the lottery, I would still do this. Literally someone could hand me a check for a billion dollars and I would still want to do what I do.
Q: What is your experience with Alex?
A: I met Alex when she asked me to walk in a fashion show for a charity our mutual friends are involved in. My experience with Alex is that she is one of those women who is a natural rock star. She is a rock star because she celebrates other women. I have had a lot of life experience with women who struggle to do this because of their own pain. And it took me a long time, but I have learned if I want to lift other women up as my life’s work, the tribe of babes I keep in my circle has to be legit. No room for people unconsciously trying to bring you down because they can’t handle your shine. Alex is a light. She walks up to women, tells them they are beautiful and celebrates them. She gets that this takes nothing away from her, only lights her up more. She really is a beautiful soul and I’m super grateful our paths crossed. She inspires me.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie, Tiffany!