Do you believe that you can live the life of your dreams? I think so, and Gabby Bogan does too. It’s not always easy to believe in yourself, especially in a world that tells you to follow your dreams only to beg you to “be realistic” once you reach your twenties. At GenTwenty, we know there’s more to life than that.
Gabby is in the business of teaching you how to design and live your life exactly as you want it. She won’t discourage you or try to change your mind. She believes in you and wants you to believe in yourself too.
She knows what she’s talking about because she’s been there. She’s overcome a drug addiction, worked a 9-to-5 job in the corporate world, and battled self-esteem issues. And she turned it all around. Read on for our interview with Gabby and see how you can learn to live your life by design.
GenTwenty: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Gabrielle Bogan: I am what I refer to as a “lifestyle designer” and life coach for girls in their mid to late 20s. I help these girls realize their inner power so they can design and live the life of their dreams.
I’ve just started my business after working in the corporate world for three years and I am so ready to enjoy the life I have created for myself.
My current location is Pittsburgh, PA but I am hoping to move to Tampa, FL with my boyfriend by the end of the year!
G20: Your tagline is “Live Your Life By Design.” Can you share what you mean by that?
GB: Absolutely. To “live your life by design” is to be able to experience life the way that you’ve always dreamed. It means to live a life that is based on your vision of what life should look like. It refers to the way of living that goes against what others want for you and allows us to fully realize a life that ties to our desires. It is both a mindset and a way of living. We all have the power within us to design a life that best suits whatever those desires may be.
G20: How to do you live your life by design?
GB: I live my life by design each day in the way I allow myself to put my values and desires first. To me, living by design is all about experiencing life to the fullest and taking risks. Savoring life by traveling, trying new foods, and allowing myself freedom of my time are ways in which I live by design. And, even though I still work in a corporate job from 9-5, I find ways to schedule my life so that I am best fulfilling what matters most to me.
G20: What sparked your desire to shape your life into what you want it to be? What drives you to help others do the same?
GB: From an early age I had this instinctive feeling that life was meant to be enjoyed. I knew from age 12 that I wanted to become my own boss so I could travel the world with my soul companion and experience all that life had to offer.
When I graduated college I was hit with this overwhelming sense of negativity. Everyone and their mom was telling me that “life is hard” and that I was living in a fantasy world for wanting to live life by own decree. It took me a while to get back to a place where I was thinking from a positive place and going through this journey made me realize there must be other twenty-something girls who are going through the SAME issues as me.
This is how I began to shape my life into what I wanted and also how my business was born.
G20: Why is life coaching such an invaluable resource for those who are struggling to find their way or the confidence to pursue their dreams?
GB: Well first off, I hired a life coach when I was going through my quarter- life crisis phase and it was probably the best thing I ever did for myself. Previously, I had gone to a therapist to try to work through my issues, but I never quite got what I needed from it.
Working with a life coach allows you to dig deeper and take massive action in a way that a therapist can’t really do. A life coach holds you accountable for the commitments that you make and they actually have the power to help you create a whole new mindset.
The strengths they help you to uncover within have the power to guide you for the rest of your life.
G20: You recently shared a post on 5 questions that helped you overcome your drug addiction. What was the greatest lesson you learned from that experience and how do you apply it to your life now?
GB: I’d have to say that the greatest lesson learned from overcoming my drug addiction is knowing I have the power to conquer any negative circumstance. Throughout my life I have been the type of person who creates unnecessary struggles, but each time I was able to pick myself up off the ground and push forward resiliently.
I use this same valor to push through fears that come up for me as I make my way outside of the comfort bubble that’s surrounded me for years.
G20: With your coaching services and group support sessions, who are you talking to?
GB: I am talking to that mid-twenty-something girl who is stuck in a job she absolutely despises. That girl who stares out the window each day yearning for something more and knowing that life has so much to offer. The one who tries to stay upbeat and positive but always finds that others try to bring her down.
I’m also speaking to the girl who has been through some tough shit that wants to move forward in a positive direction, but maybe doesn’t know where to start. And, the truth is I know this girl I’ve described, because I was her just two years ago.
G20: Share with us some of your favorite blog posts that you have written.
5 Ways To Live Life Outside Your Day Job
Make Your Dreams A Reality With These Creative Methods
Being A 20-Something Girl
G20: Who (or what) inspires you to be your best self?
This may sound like a cliche answer but my boyfriend really inspires me to be the best woman I can be. From the start he has looked past my insecurities to see me as the woman I wish to become and is always challenging and supporting me in becoming that person. I love him for that.
I am also lucky to have this wildly passionate ambition that drives me to become the best version of myself when I am in the right state of mind.
G20: Lastly, where can we find you on the web?
You can visit my website at www.gabriellebogan.com and connect with me on these social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
P.S. Don’t miss Gabby’s post on “5 Strategies To Take Baby Steps Towards Your Big Dreams!“
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