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If you live in the United States of America, you have access to a gift known as “free enterprise.”
According to Study.com, a “free enterprise system is an economic system where a government places very few restrictions on the types of business activities or ownership in which citizens participate. This type of system is often referred to by others as a free market, or capitalism.”
Why do entrepreneurs love this? Because we have the ability to create a business of our choosing that provides value to others through products and/or services while simultaneously making a profit, as long as it’s legal.
When I think about this beautiful gift, it’s easy for my mind to also think about the featured entrepreneur for this month. She created a very unique business that is currently thriving, in part, because she centered the idea on her abilities, and figured out a way to capitalize on them.
Today’s blog topic is my interview with Multitalented Harpist/Vocalist, Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, Composer, Healer, Vibrational Catalyst and Coach Cheryl Angela.
Yes, that is a mouthful, but she has built an entire career around these talents, and those titles represent how she can provide value to those with needs relevant to what she offers.
I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl in person earlier this year in April at an event. We were introduced by Business Strategist Shaun Arron Cassidy – a phenomenal strategist whom we both had the opportunity to work with. My first impression of her was that she was very down-to-earth, smart, and easy to connect with in conversation. I knew from our first meeting that she was someone that I needed to feature in my blog because I knew she had something special to share with my subscribers and loyal readers.
Cheryl Angela has been playing the harp for 20 years. She does everything from private coaching and performances to therapeutic sessions that help people to heal from physical and emotional ailments, to resolving their pain and unconscious patterns that are creating limitation in their lives. She has one of the sweetest spirits and simply has an overall phenomenal presence about her.
Without further ado, let’s learn from an extraordinary entrepreneur… Cheryl Angela.
Nitara O: How old were you when you first started to play the harp? And what was it that inspired you to want to play in the first place?
Cheryl A: People usually assume that I started playing when I was a little kid. I wanted to, but it didn’t happen that way. My family is from Belfast, Ireland. And my brother, my parents, and I moved to England when I was just a child. Had I stayed in Ireland, I would’ve been able to play the harp because there were so many people who played the harp there compared to how many were actively playing in England.
Nitara O: So this made it hard for you to find someone who knew how to play the harp and who could teach you how to play it?
Cheryl A: Precisely. And I didn’t get my hands on a harp until I was 19.
Nitara O: Wow.
Cheryl A: Yeah.
Nitara O: But at what age were you wanting to play it?
Cheryl A: At 4 years-old. At that age, I remember talking about it. Pretending I was playing it. It was really in me. It was a huge thing for me. I played other instruments in lieu of it, but once I actually got myself through “harp,” the other instruments fell by the wayside. With the exception of singing. I also moved to the United States shortly after I started playing the harp, so I did have some gap in not playing and having to take it up again.
Nitara O: When did you first discover that your music can heal people and transform lives? Describe that. Paint a picture.
Cheryl A: Being an instrument for healing… is something I started before I started to play the harp. As a kid, I was highly intuitive. A visionary. I would see things about somebody, or about their life, that most people wouldn’t ordinarily see that would bear out to be true for that person. It was a blessing and a challenge at the same time. It made me feel a little different. A little odd at times.
Nitara O: Isn’t that how everyone feels? Like the “odd duck” amongst their peers.
Cheryl A: Yes, very true. And of course, my intuition – my gift – is the thing that people come to me for now. I learned to embrace that side of myself. When I got to my teens, I became interested in the ability to heal through energy. I realized I had a natural ability with that. So I started getting these lists of people and animals that needed healing. I would pray for them, and then I would get these reports that they got better. That was my first encounter with healing. I didn’t really have any formal training. But as I got into my twenties, I took classes like Reiki.
Nitara O: And how did the harp “play” into this, so to speak?
Cheryl A: So I knew the harp was always soothing for people. I was pursuing this spiritual path. Energy. And healing. Meditation. Yoga. So when I started learning that music can heal, it became a natural combination for me. A transition that made sense. I love helping people. I love making a difference for people. I love being an instrument to help people to heal themselves, and the fact that I can bring music into it – one of my big loves and passions – it’s just absolutely amazing. I did my formal music and healing training in 2006. When I was in that training, we had to intern and I wasn’t living in San Diego yet, but I interned at a hospice in San Diego. I saw the difference in people right away. Saw how they shifted. How they were relieved from pain. I went from that to taking on private clients. Public events and facilities.
Nitara O: When did you start your coaching/consulting/music therapy business full time? Has this always been your career or did you have to transition from one career to this one?
Cheryl A: I’ve been a coach since 2011. Before that, I was a teacher. Thinking back to what happened around the ages of 18 and 19… I trained as a Montessori teacher. I started to go to college to get an education degree because I just love kids. My goal was to change the way education was done. So I left college and went to pursue a Montessori certification instead, which is what brought me to the States. With a teaching background, coaching was a fluid transition.
Nitara O: Then you ventured into the land of entrepreneurship.
Cheryl A: That’s right. When I moved to San Diego in 2009, it was post-divorce. I really had to build my business from scratch. I left everything behind. I had my son with me. So I’m this single mom having to support my child. And I have a very unusual business that I’m doing. With healing, healing through music, and music performance. San Diego isn’t cheap… and I somehow had to make it all work.
Nitara O: Lack of money can be a scary fear and obstacle, but you pushed right passed that.
Cheryl A: I didn’t have a choice in my mind. I initially didn’t have much, but my car and a few things that I brought with me. I had to learn a lot about business. Sharpen my entrepreneurial skills. Learning as much as I could from other entrepreneurs… thought leaders. I got more passionate about businesses and entrepreneurship.
Nitara O: What is it that you love about what you do?
Cheryl A: I love seeing people thrive around their gift. I focus a lot of my coaching on helping entrepreneurs who want to make a difference and businesses that are mission-driven. That’s what lights me up. I bring healing to the table. I focus on the person and helping them resolve the unconscious blocks and limitations that are showing up in various areas of their life and business. And I bring what I learned along the way as an entrepreneur. It’s all very rewarding.
Nitara O: Cheryl, I want to thank you for sharing a part of your journey as an entrepreneur.
Cheryl A: It was my pleasure. Thank you for having me, Nitara.
Cheryl Angela is a unique force to be reckoned with. Not only did she not use excuses for moving forward when she could’ve easily done so, she has one of the most unique businesses with something truly special and genuine to offer her clients — and to the world in general.
Today’s LESSON is to never limit your creativity when pursuing your dreams.
FUN ASSIGNMENT: (1) Write down a list of your abilities, or anything, about yourself that you constantly receive compliments from others about. (2) Write down a list of 5-10 activities that you enjoy doing and are naturally good at doing. (3) After reviewing both lists, determine what actions that you can take in order to utilize your talents and abilities more effectively and more often within your business.
Cheryl Angela is a Multitalented Harpist/Vocalist, Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, Composer, Healer, Vibrational Catalyst and Coach. She lives in San Diego, California. If you’re in need of her services or would just like to learn more, please contact Cheryl at 406-223-9037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nitara Osbourne owns The Infinite Writer Agency, LLC, which provides content to producers, publishers, and entrepreneurs seeking help with developing their life stories into nonfiction books and movie scripts. Ghostwriting and content writing services are provided for clients as well. If you’re an accomplished entrepreneur, and are looking to tell your story, contact Nitara Osbourne. InfiniteWriterAgency@gmail.com.