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When Chronic Illness Uncovers Your Inner Power

Carrie Baquie (Bach-E-A) is a Chronic Illness Coach who empowers women who are sick & tired of being sick & tired to get unstuck so that they can reclaim a life they love even if they have been urged to accept the status quo. She partners with her clients to help them shift from surviving to their vision of thriving using a holistic approach that integrates wellbeing at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

Carrie Baquie (Bach-E-A) is a Chronic Illness Coach who empowers women who are sick & tired of being sick & tired to get unstuck so that they can reclaim a life they love even if they have been urged to accept the status quo. She partners with her clients to help them shift from surviving to their vision of thriving using a holistic approach that integrates wellbeing at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

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Carrie Baquié

Chronic Illness Ally


Well, hello, and thank you so much for being here for another episode of the No Mercy business podcast. I am your host Emily. Woodruff. And I’m so excited to share. Harry Baquie with you today. Harry, why don’t you go ahead and tell our listeners a little bit about you and your business?

Unknown Speaker  01:39

First, thank you so much, Emily. I am a chronic illness coach who empowers women who are sick and tired of being sick and tired so that they can get unstuck from all the things that are holding them back, the hard stuff, the fear, the isolation, the overwhelm, so that they can get back to a life that they love. So I do that with a holistic approach, helping to integrate wellness at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

Unknown Speaker  02:07

That’s great. So how did you how did you get started with your business?

Unknown Speaker  02:12

Yeah, there’s always a backstory isn’t there? So I I’ve been navigating chronic illness for over 30 years, but in the last four years it I got really, really sick. I had simultaneous brain injury, Lyme disease and mold illness and for good part of those four years. I didn’t know what the problem was. It was a mystery illness and I I had lost a lot of functionality I lost cognitive ability I lost. I became hypersensitive to light, sound and motion. Got really exhausted, systemic pain, running down my arms and lightning bolts, my legs and lightning bolts. So it was a really consuming illness, and very, very scary. So being in that I felt very alone. I felt what I was talking about how I help others is I felt the fear, I felt isolation, I felt the dark darkness. And now I found a way to thrive. And I want to share that I want to share the way to thrive I’m I’m not here to tell anyone else, what their thriving is, but I’m here to help them get to their version of thriving, if that makes sense. Yeah,

Unknown Speaker  03:29

no, and I love that and initially when we connected. My first response was I never knew that chronic illness coaching was a thing. And I wish that I had reached out when I was going through my issues. But at the worst points I was in a pretty serious car accident like 12 years ago and had to kind of take a step back on a lot of my courses and couldn’t finish all of the work and had to have like, you know, medical notes to get me out of class and to get me out of work and all of that sort of thing and it was really difficult and a lot of them. A lot of the things that happened then still impact me Now thankfully, I don’t have to have excuses to leave my work anymore. But I’m at that time it was very overwhelming and it felt like you know, the friends that I had it felt like they just didn’t understand and didn’t try to understand and very, very alone feeling. So it’s it’s neat to hear other people. It sucks that other people go through similar things, but it’s neat that there are people who are turning it into a positive and making it something that you can share your resources, share your experience, be able to link arms and hopefully kind of pull some people out of some dark places just speaking from my experience, you know?

Unknown Speaker  04:46

Yeah, I’m so sorry that you went through all that really, there’s so much of the invisible ask aspect of being sick of not feeling heard, not feeling seen not feeling like anyone gets it. And so I do feel like I’m filling a bit of a gap in the offerings that are out there and so I’m right there with you. This is this is so needed, and I’m so excited to be able to offer this kind of service to especially women.

Unknown Speaker  05:15

Yeah. So how do you know how do you know when somebody is ready to reach out to you for for this type of coaching How would a person decide that they’re ready to seek a coach?

Unknown Speaker  05:27

No, I think there’s the there’s an important aspect of believing that change is possible. So it doesn’t have to be a big, big, shining light of hope. It’s just this belief in the possibility and the readiness to change because ultimately, you’re going to need to shift your thoughts shift your feelings, feelings shift the way you behave. And it may be small baby steps, but there will be change because that change is going to allow you to transform your experience of chronic illness and that’s that’s the goal.

Unknown Speaker  06:06

That’s great. How do you how do you use your skills and your experience or your joy to to portray that to your clients? And how do you work that into your specific niche of work?

Unknown Speaker  06:23

I’m understanding the question, right, I think it’s about like, how do I approach my work with my clients? Yeah, yeah. So a lot of that begins with the deep listening. So many of us are wounded from not feeling heard from not feeling seen. And so the the healing begins, the transformation begins with being heard. And so there’s a lot of deep listening, and I reflect back what I’m hearing from my clients so it’s a conversation that is led and guided by the clients and I am helping her to tap into her inner wisdom, her inner knowing the the wildness that lies within so that she can come to her answers the answers that work for her, because that’s where the power lies. The power lies within her to decide what feels good and right and possible in this moment to move forward.

Unknown Speaker  07:24

That’s great. That is super powerful. Okay, crazy feedback. I think that’s super powerful to to focus on and it’s not something that only can apply to people with chronic illness. So if you’re listening to this and you’re not somebody who fortunately, deals with chronic illness or pain or underlying issues, you know, being able to, to know the the aspects, the areas, the things that you can dive into, that you can plug into in your daily life and change your mindset and just knowing what you are capable of and what you’re able to dig into a little deeper I think that that is really applicable for everyone. But especially important for chronic illness.

Unknown Speaker  08:12

Yeah, I would agree. I would agree that in general. We as a society, individuals within the society have lost touch with our own inner power. And I feel like in a lot of ways we give it away even you know, a lot of I believe a lot of who you talk to and who your audiences as entrepreneurs as entrepreneurs. Getting Started we can give our power away to everyone else who knows better than we do, because we’re just getting started. Right, right. When we get quiet. We actually know when we listen to the whispers and what’s driving us forward. We already know

Unknown Speaker  08:56

I agree

Unknown Speaker  08:59

it’s doing crazy feedback things again, I’m sorry. Um, so you had shared that. Sorry, I was fully prepared and now I’m not um, you had shared about your, your lessons like and how you got in touch with the depths of your struggles that people experience with long term health challenges. Can you talk about that a little bit?

Unknown Speaker  09:32

I’m sorry, can you say it in a different way?

Unknown Speaker  09:34

I’m just how, how you how you got more in touch with with yourself and being able to relate to other people who experienced long term health challenges and and how that encouraged you to pursue this business. I think no, I

Unknown Speaker  09:54

mean, part of it is you and I were just talking moments ago with your own experience. We feel like no one else gets it. We feel all alone. And the starting point for me and in in moving towards where I am now is recognizing I wasn’t alone and that I could ask for help and that my voice matters. So in the, in the in, in reaching out and asking for help. I brought in community I brought in loved ones who were in the wings waiting to help me but didn’t know how I started reaching out to communities that for brain injury and for life and for mold illness for these things that were impacting me. And, and I was seeing a lot of what was being offered and what wasn’t being offered. I was seeing some gaps. I was seeing the holes. There was a lot of how do I say this? There’s a lot of downest there’s a lot of darkness and not a lot of and so my my orientation when I’m helping my clients is not to deny the darkness, but to pull people out of the darkness not Deep in the darkness.

Unknown Speaker  11:19

That’s great. I’m sorry, I just plugged in my microphone to hopefully combat some of that weirdness that we’re getting. I don’t know why I didn’t plug it in before. Um, so, you had also talked about earlier you had mentioned some lessons about learning how you never wanted to work in corporate environments again, how how did that come about?

Unknown Speaker  11:45

Yeah. So as I faced what I thought was the end, it became really clear to me like they ended my life like the end of what I knew, I I I, I it became really clear that I hadn’t lived my purpose. I hadn’t shown up in this world the way it was meant to show up. And so it was in that crystal clarity of like, looking back, because I didn’t think I had a way to look forward that I understood that I needed to be doing something else I need to be serving differently. And I didn’t know if I’d have that choice, but I allowed it to be a driver for me. I it was my kids were a big source of driving my recovery and this need to serve in the way that was most aligned with my soul and my purpose drove me forward towards recovery.

Unknown Speaker  12:50

That’s great. That’s so great. And I do think that corporate America is changing, like if there’s anything good that came out of COVID I think that it’s a lot of business owners a lot of large, seemingly more large companies are adopting more like work from home policies and a little bit of flex time, things like that. And I think that it’s something that we really needed for a long time and is starting to kind of make a change. And with all of these people who, who did spend lots of time at home over the last two and a half years. They’re kind of demanding a little bit more to be able to work with your life, whether it’s because of kids or it’s because of ailments or you know, XY and Z. I think it’s a great change that’s happening. So I’m looking forward to seeing how that will continue to Yeah,

Unknown Speaker  13:42

I totally agree. It’s an incredible evolution. That’s happening and, and it was happening slowly. And COVID made it like jump leaps and bounds forward. Like this pressure point that was like something’s gotta give, something’s got to change.

Unknown Speaker  14:01

For sure, and there’s so many people that like, you just dread going into the office. It’s not that you dread your actual job, but the social anxiety of it sometimes or just the weight of being around multiple people. And that’s kind of now especially since COVID. Two I think people feel that more being able to do your job remotely. A lot of people could before, but it was never realized we were in that position. And I like I say I’m just excited to see where that will continue to go and grow, you know.

Unknown Speaker  14:37

Yeah, a lot of new companies at least at least the corporate that I was working with was afraid of giving the workers the autonomy to be at home because they were afraid that there’d be a decrease in productivity. And you know, in some cases, if people don’t have integrity that’s going to happen but in a large part of the cases with COVID We proved that it was possible to maintain productivity.

Unknown Speaker  15:05

Yeah, agree completely. So why don’t we kind of shift shift gears here who are some people that you like to follow on social media that are listened to so I really

Unknown Speaker  15:15

like to follow? The holistic time coach Becco rich. She is really fantastic. She has a different approach to looking at time and what time and productivity means. It’s looking at the whole person rather than just what you’re churning out on a daily basis. And it it goes, she offers alternatives to the hustle mentality, which so many of us entrepreneurs can get caught up in. And then our followers I’m sorry, you were broken up. Your I don’t know what you’re saying. You’re frozen Am I back? You’re back. Okay. Fix recording stopped. recording in progress.

Unknown Speaker  16:50

I’m so sorry. Can you hear me now?

Unknown Speaker  16:52

Yes, I can hear you.

Unknown Speaker  16:53

Okay. I’ll fix all of this later. Okay, what are some final things that you would want our listeners to know about? You or about your business before we partway?

Unknown Speaker  17:07

Well, I’m just one. I’m so thrilled to be here and I appreciate you. Having me on the show. My business is all centered around helping women who are dealing with long term health challenges, to feel heard and seen and so the most important thing is that if you’re out there and you’re listening and you’re struggling, I am here for you. I see you I hear you and I want to support you and I have two particular ways that I can do that. Very, very easily and both are free. One is a Facebook community called Women Transforming chronic illness. And the second is a workshop coming up on December 1, which is how to survive how to thrive not just survive this holiday season. It’s your first free guide to embracing the love, light and joy of Christmas without sacrificing your, your your health and without having to give up precious time with your friends and family.

Unknown Speaker  18:07

That’s so great. And we will definitely link both of those things in our show notes so that you can access those from wherever you’re at. Where can our followers find you online or connect with you?

Unknown Speaker  18:19

I am Carrie LM back EA on Facebook. I am carryback EA and Instagram and carry back EA on LinkedIn as well. So I’m in those three places and my website is carryback.

Unknown Speaker  18:36

Awesome. Well, thank you so much for your time today. We really really appreciate having you here. Yeah, thank you so much. I’m only recording stopped. Well, that was a little crazy, but it was good.

Unknown Speaker  18:50

It was a little crazy. You feel like you can piece it together.

Unknown Speaker  18:56

Yeah, for sure. For sure. I can cut everything and merge it and stuff and we’ll be we’ll be fine.

Unknown Speaker  19:03

Yeah, I had a pause there. I apologize for for a moment that I had there. So

Unknown Speaker  19:13

I don’t know why my internet is being fussy. I’m in a pretty good spot right now but we’ll get it.

Unknown Speaker  19:21

I love that you’re able to edit it and fix the feedback and whatever, you know, yeah, things were going on. When do you think you’ll put this out there?

Unknown Speaker  19:33

I’m going to try to get yours this coming week because you shouldn’t last week, but with my issues. So once I get everything completed, I will I will scoot it over to you and I I wanted to air before your your workshop goes so that that’s

Unknown Speaker  19:54

that’s awesome. Yeah, so that’s the workshop is next Thursday.

Unknown Speaker  19:57

Okay, yeah, I’m gonna try my episodes release on Tuesdays. So I’m gonna get it for Tuesday and then once I know for sure if I can get everything done this weekend, I will send you an email with the transcript, any show. You know, any anything that I do for social media, and then I’ll send you the fixed audio too, so you can use it. Okay.

Unknown Speaker  20:21

Awesome. That’s fantastic. I will send you the two links, just to make sure you have them. You probably have. I’ve given you a lot but I don’t have I haven’t given you the link for the workshop and I’ll just give you the Facebook group. Link again. Perfect. So if you want to join the group, we’d be happy to have you there. It’s probably

Unknown Speaker  20:41

okay. Yeah, we will check it out. That’s awesome. Cool. Well, cool. Well, thank you so much. I hope you have a good day and an awesome Thanksgiving. Yes. You too. Thank you talk soon. Bye.

Transcribed by

Carrie Baquié

Chronic Illness Ally

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