Anne Ortelee is a certified astrologer, radio talk show host, astrological and business writer, public speaker, and business coach. She has an extensive business background, strong speaking skills, and previous teaching experience. Ortelee has a solo internet podcast radio show, Anne Ortelee’s Weekly Weather. She is also a podcast co-host in the program called The Astrologer and the Alchemist.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?
Before school age ~ Savannah, Georgia gave me a love of beaches. Pittsford, NY ~ school age. Oldest of three children born to a doctor and a nurse who believed the most important thing was for their children to be happy. Always had oodles of people laughing and gathering in our house plus dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, and geese.
Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
In kindergarten, I stood up to a repetitive bully. It caused a conflict with a nun when I wanted to be in the May Parade. She said, “No! Little girls who punch boys are not like Mary!” That led to a lifetime of fighting bullies including talking someone out of robbing me at gunpoint and sending my first boss in NYC to jail for stealing 10 million dollars from the SBA by testifying at her trial.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
That endings always indicate new beginnings.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
People questioning other people’s dreams. I actually help people follow their dreams, which, often includes teaching them how to take on the “dream bullies” in their lives.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
I had a very difficult, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic boss who hated strong women when I was working in Sales. He replaced the man who hired me the week I started. He would tell me I couldn’t do something to get a sale or close business. I would do it successfully. He would say, “That’s not what I wanted.” During that year-long struggle, I realized how strongly I reacted to being told no. It taught me to pause and ask the question:” Do I actually WANT to do it or am I just reacting to being told NO?” I closed a $130,000 deal. He fired me the next day. I came away from that experience and started my own business. I learned the Maya Angelou quote the hard way! When they show you who they are, believe them!
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Recognizing we are all together on earth on our individual journeys ~ separate but together. Supporting each other, sharing joys and laughter while stepping up to help when needed makes the journey so much richer.
What is your morning routine?
9 ish. Make Coffee. Feed the cat. Print my calendar. Prepare for my appointments with good music playing.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
More consistent taking care of myself time. I tend to be very busy so carving out chunks of times for me ~ especially an afternoon nap or walk by the river ~ to just slow down, connect with myself and nature.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
My first Sales Manager in 1979 introduced me to a planning tool called GOSPA~ Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Plans, and Activities. Every month, we would meet with our GOSPA binders and review them. It was a living document that adjusted as new things came in, shifted, completed, or changed in focus. I still prepare a GOSPA every year on my birthday. And every year, I meet the Goals set out. As he used to say, “Your attitude determines your altitude.”
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
Be Here Now by Ram Dass. In addition to the book, I read the bibliography which was amazingly enlightening and instructive on my spiritual path.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
My mother used to say “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.
My favorite manager said, “Your attitude determines your altitude.”
Maya Angelou “When they show you who they are, believe them.