Our mission is to:
We recognize that many of you - like us - are late bloomers and may be starting over again, perhaps only now hitting your stride in life and becoming more fully who you are meant to be.
Camille is our vision of how to be life-long learners, financially independent, in community, living on purpose and acting with intention.
I have been a writer of some sort since the age of 3, when I first discovered a book of children's poetry (which I memorized cover to cover). I had numerous "favorite" books, but two of them that spring to mind are Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. I couldn't articulate it at such a young age, but I did intuitively grasp the psychological and even spiritual nature of these strange tales. I think these and other childhood stories colorfully illustrate the way our levels of consciousness work and the way the material world meets the non-material world - especially for women.
I loved reading and writing so much that, in college, I designed my own major in a tiny liberal arts school to include communications and journalism and went on to write for newspapers, magazines and (eventually) online publications such as Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Divorced Moms, Elephant Journal and Maria Shriver.
After college, when I worked in the Office of Communications at MIT, I sometimes led workshops and discussion groups designed for staff. Little did I know at the ripe old age of 27 that this experience woud be a precursor for a life coaching career in my 50s. All I knew then was that I LOVED it!
People often ask me how I transformed my life after a divorce and some rocky years as a single mother of three. They ask how I went from being an at-home mom for 14 years into prime corporate positions during the worst economic years since the Great Depression and then pivoted into a coaching career.
And the answer is simple. I leaned heavily on life-coaching books. I bought spiral notebooks and dutifully did ALL the exercises from start to finish. If there were exercises I particularly liked, I would go back and do them over and over again. If there were exercises I did NOT like, I would go back and try them again. I did the work...because I had to. I had to create a new me from scratch because the old me was pretty broken. I had to reach way down deep and, essentially, pull a rabbit out of a teapot. Or, to put it another way, I had to dust off and pick away at years of life's sediment to uncover my spirit again.
I found "tools" - coaching tools that, when used properly, work miracles. And, I am dedicated to sharing these powerful tools with as many people as I can.
With the tools that you learn in our events, courses and retreats, you will develop super powers. Seriously! Your life will transform, sometimes slowly, sometimes abruptly - but you will, at some point, find that you have tumbled through the looking glass and that your life has magically evolved into something miraculous. And then people will be asking you, "How did you do it?"
Personal Retirement Plan: To continue life and meditation coaching and practicing as a Reiki healer - while adventuring around the world with my family and friends.
I am a Penn State graduate with a degree in Human Development with a minor in Sport’s Medicine. My career has spanned working as a Head Start teacher, running several family businesses, working in the pharmaceutical industry as a Compliance Manager, being a co-founder of Camille Co (a business built around supporting women create financial independence) and founding Crown to Roots Reiki and Meditation Practice.
COACHING: My life purpose dramatically changed direction after experiencing an emotionally devastating divorce that took me years to fully recover from. As I traversed the challenges of not only surviving post divorce but creating a path that allowed me to thrive, I became passionate about supporting women walking a similar path.
If you are in the midst of a major life transition and know in your soul that you are meant to live a fulfilling, exciting and abundant life but need a little help getting there, I can help. I have been there, and I have helped women find their way through to the other side.
MEDITATION: I had the incredible good fortune to have a horseback riding instructor who taught me to meditate when I was 12 years old. Through meditation I was able to find the relaxed parts of my body and mind and tune in to it instead of the chaotic, stressed out part of me. I also learned to listen – to myself, to the horse, to the energy around me which allowed me to be present and connected to each of these things. My meditation practice is the foundation of my mental health. Just as I exercise for my body – I meditate for my mind. I strongly believe that everyone can benefit from a daily mediation practice and that it is easier and more accessible than most people realize.
REIKI: I found Reiki through grief. I had lost my dad and was struggling to manage the pain of losing someone so close to me. Through Reiki I found a way to release a lot of the trauma and sadness. I experienced the energy shift and clearing through my sessions and began to heal in unexpected ways. I became devoted to the practice and became a Reiki master so that I could share it with others.
I am a PARENT of 3 great young adults who have taught me everything important about life. I have a profound respect for kids growing up with today’s challenges. As well as the challenges parent face in raising healthy, happy, intact people while trying to stay healthy, happy and intact themselves.
My goal as a LIFE COACH, REIKI THERAPIST and MEDITATION COACH is to create a safe place for healing from trauma, releasing anxiety and fear, moving past grief and mourning, managing intense emotion through therapeutic energy healing and meditation.
Personal Retirement Plan: Help women uncover their passion and find the confidence to own their financial independence.
Why am I here? I was intrigued by the idea of starting and working in a business that was outside of the mainstream corporate world. When my friend Lee Sears approached me about a business that focused on working with women through both online courses and in-person retreats, I was hooked. I reached out to Carolyn Bilyak Farkas and the team was formed. We felt our goal of starting a business that would create a thriving retirement lifestyle was too fantastic to keep to ourselves. CamilleCo was formed so we could invite every women to take this journey with us. We’re having fun while working and no longer fear an unstable, unexciting future - which is an amazing gift.
So - Who am I? I’m a 57 year old widow with two amazing daughters and a granddaughter for whom I am totally smitten. I spent years (and years) in the corporate world before realizing it just wasn’t where I was going to be successful - or achieve my definition of success. I now run my own company in the foodservice industry. Stepping out on my own was a big risk and I’m so thankful that I took that risk, even though it came at a time when my husband was shakily employed and battling addiction issues. Working from home allowed me the flexibility to help him and be available for my daughters. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was beginning my quest to a balanced life. For me, life balance must involve family, work, travel and service.
Now - What do I bring to Camille? I’m an entrepreneur and not afraid to take a risk. I’ve had my own business for over a decade and come from a family of small business owners. I have a passion for travel and have organized small group trips to, among other places, France, Ireland and Namibia. I have run events of both large and small scale. I’m excited to put these skills and passions to use and build a community of women who share the goal of life balance and self-discovery while proving that our current age is the best age of all.