Colleen Gallagher is an international speaker, published author, world traveler, educator, social media guide, and retreat facilitator. She is passionate about empowering business leaders to use their voices on social media to create freedom and impact. Gallagher’s mission is to educate and empower people so they can make a massive impact upon humanity by simply being them.
Where did you grow up, and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in Livonia, Michigan, outside Detroit. My childhood was very ordinary. Two parents and myself; I played volleyball, basketball, and softball. At age 14, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and this shaped my life tremendously. I was introduced to the injustices of our health care system, I was told I’d be on medication for the rest of my life, that it be challenging to have children without being on medication, and I was made fun of for many years because of the scar on my neck.
Cancer played a life-altering role in my life because it was painful and caused trauma.
This experience is what allowed me to have a perspective of valuing life differently.
Cancer led me to profoundly desiring to be in love with every aspect of my life.
Cancer let me know that I’d take risks to live the life of my dreams then settle for an average life.
Cancer gave me the courage to overcome the fear of the unknown verse living in a complacent life.
Cancer changed my life tremendously by rooting me into my spiritual practices.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
That relationships are the foundation of living a fulfilling and meaningful life.
That tapping into your creative abilities and spirituality will offer you a life beyond your wildest dreams.
Not everyone deserves to hear your goals because they will not be able to meet your dreams.
What are the harmful recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Budget your money.
Things take time.
Set five-year goals.
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?
A dark period was when I co-created being in an unhealthy relationship dynamic with a narcissist as I was emotionally co-dependent. At this time, I didn’t know I could get pregnant without changing my thyroid medication, yet I’d been off the medication for three years. I ended up with an unplanned pregnancy, and I chose to let the child go within six days of knowing. I told this man it was a miscarriage as a child was something, he deeply desired, yet he had many relations with other women. Two months later, I went no contact after he told me he had visions of a silver pole going through my head to start my journey of healing.
This story birthed my third book, An Uncompromised Life, where I share twelve golden lessons revealed by compromising my Soul to please someone else over doing what was best for me. The primary lesson is that sometimes awful, traumatic, and heartbreaking things occur in our life so we can grow into our full potential. Also, the lesson that Western Medicine is not the end all be all in diagnosis. The real gift in this all was my book and learning after letting my child go within six days of knowing; the Soul was a girl named Ella, whom I will be adopting in my life.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Investing in education through institutions, mentorships packages, coaches, and reading books.
What is your morning routine?
I don’t like this question when people ask me. Because a morning routine is sacred, and it’s something each individual needs to figure out for themselves. It’s something that evolves as you grow and develop as a leader; you discover new rituals. Or you may be aligning to a specific goal or achievement that requires new routines to take place. I think it’s important to stay open to new ways of being and understanding the world, and then you can integrate things into your life as you feel called and led.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
My biggest habit I have pursued is writing that has improved my life. From writing a book a year for three years now, my fourth book will be finished in 2021. Writing has transformed my reality in ways I couldn’t imagine. Writing is so powerful because you start to see what language patterns you are using consistently. You begin to see how you truly create your reality with every word, and when you look back, you see how your life has manifested exactly as you wrote it.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
To be productive, you must become good at saying no to things that do not align with your mission. As you grow, you will start to say no more than yes because your time becomes more sacred to focus on you and your connection to your Soul mission.
Also, I think it’s essential to be productive; you must be excited about what you’re working on. If you are not happy, you’re doing the wrong thing and need to put yourself in an environment where you are excited.
Also, with being productive, when you say yes to do something, you must show up and be fully present to do the task at hand to move the mission forward.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani influenced my life because that was the first book I read when I was in a corporate job working in New Zealand. This book gave me the belief my life could be different that I could become the creator of my reality and create my freedom lifestyle.
This book led me to receive the download or idea that I needed to write my first book, Live Your Truth. In this book, it is what allowed me to truly heal myself from cancer by being on medication for the rest of my life. As well as knowing I could get pregnant without medication from Western Medicine. This book was the creation of a five-strep journey to bring people into wholeness, hope, and love. This book influenced me because it was the start of my life’s work of starting my journey to living into my purpose and changing people’s lives. Now I have three books, and we just signed the deal on January 11th, 2021, for this book to now go through Morgan James Publishing.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
Love always wins.
Create an adventure of your life.
Get comfortable with the unknown.
Build Sustainable Relationships and Connections.