Women in Wellness: “Make self-care non-negotiable” with Vanessa Petronelli

Kristin Marquet
Oct 10, 2019 · 7 min read
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Make self-care non-negotiable. Traveling, busy schedules and summer events can put you out of your routine, which makes your self-care practices all that more necessary. Take those baths, go on your morning run, get enough sleep, read your favorite book.


Vanessa Petronelli is a trance-channeler, international spiritual teacher and speaker who supports high-performing leaders, celebrities, and influencers in achieving greater personal and professional success through spiritual fulfillment. For over a decade she has helped transform and inspire thousands of lives around the world from the inside out, powerfully helping people to become more impeccably aligned to themselves, their missions and sacred leadership. Helping Others Find your Purpose for Greater Fulfillment is Petronelli’s motto. Her events such as, “Enhanced Success: Where your creativity, soul, and bank account join forces to propel success,” and others have helped individuals align with their true self, sending them on a path to stronger success enhancing all aspects in their lives including career and lasting relationships. She currently works with a few of Hollywood’s favorite actors and was featured in Hollywood Life, Sweety High, Home Business Magazine & Women’s Magazine !

Thank you for joining us Vanessa. What is your “backstory”?

Along with playing with Barbies and My Little Pony, as a kid, I was drawn to anything related to UFOs, ancient Egypt, alien species, metaphysics and parapsychology. Little did I know, that even as a kid, I had a strong connection with the Divine and my Spirit team.

Childhood friends would often seek my advice and I’d always find ways to intuitively help them with their problems without the need to have gone through them myself.

AT AGE 14, I HEARD A “VOICE” SPEAK THROUGH ME.

The voice was strong, audible and clear. It told me that I belonged in the entertainment industry and that getting involved in this industry would be an important part of my life’s purpose. I trusted this guidance immediately. Deep inside I knew that there were truth and love behind this message.

I was inspired by the chance that I could have the ability to influence many people around the world in a BIG and positive way by entering this industry. All while still doing typical teenage things like attending high school, going out on dates, becoming the prom queen and then receiving a university education.

Over the next 10 years, I sang in a pop group, started an event promotions business, walking on red carpets, worked on film sets and did photoshoots, walked down runways as a model during Fashion Week.

But the longer I was doing this work the more misaligned it felt because I wasn’t able to really speak my truth and share my fullest expression of my Soul in a way that I had once dreamed of and believed that this industry could provide me.

So I left the entertainment world, and everything that it offered, in search of doing the thing that I knew I was BORN to do on this planet.

Once again the voice returned telling me to focus on my own healing, spiritual growth and helping people. It was during these years that I chose to commit and dive deeply into my spiritual and personal growth. I worked with many different mentors, healers, and teachers and became fully devoted to the evolution of my soul and my consciousness.

Slowly, my spiritual gifts reactivated. I started to see auras. I did powerful energy healing with my hands. Energetic transmissions with my voice. It was overwhelming, but I finally felt so aligned with what I was destined to do all along. I even received my yoga and mindfulness training certification, did a post-grad and built my current business from the ground up.

I finally realized what my purpose was — to help people to connect to the essence of who they are. To fully align with that part of themselves and to express that to the world in the way that is most true and aligned for them.

I started to work with many leaders, artists, visionaries, entrepreneurs and influencers from all walks of life. I offered online and offline classes, events, workshops, retreats, and one to one work.

As more and more people came to seek my help, I realized I needed to break through my shell to be able to change more lives on a global level.

For the past fifteen years, I have been committed to regularly working on and transforming my own life, developing my skills as a leader and business owner, and diving deep into my personal and spiritual self.

I consider myself a student for life and have invested in myself on a regular basis so that I can remain on the cutting edge and be fully resourced to support those that work with me.

As a result of my own personal and professional transformation and working with people from all walks of life, I have also developed my own method called, Quantum Coaching, combining my coaching skills, intuitive insights and channeling abilities, to help create expedited breakthroughs and life changing results with my client’s in a shorter, more accelerated period of time.

Through this work, you become a more fulfilled human being that is aligned, embodied and living out your sacred Divine Plan.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?

Set healthy boundaries.

As much as you want to make yourself available for people during the summer, there will be moments you might need to take some time and space for yourself. Or you might need to request that certain topics be avoided at family picnics or gatherings — like politics or relationship status. ‘NO’ is a powerful word when it comes to honoring your own needs.

Meditate.

This is something I recommend doing all year round, regardless of how busy you are or not: meditate. Give yourself the gift of calming your mind and body by setting a timer for 5 minutes each day to sit still, close your eyes, breathe and connect to your mind-body-soul.

Make self-care non-negotiable.

Traveling, busy schedules and summer events can put you out of your routine, which makes your self-care practices all that more necessary. Take those baths, go on your morning run, get enough sleep, read your favorite book.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Burning yourself out, overpacked schedule, ignoring my self-care

When I first started out with my business, I focused solely on serving my clients and fulfilling my mission. And after several years of that, I got burnt out. I was coaching over 90 clients each month, ran workshops on most weekends and taught yoga and meditation classes each week and hardly had enough downtime for myself, my friends or my family. Once I had the realization and healed my body, I shifted my entire lifestyle, mindset, and attitude around my work and neglecting myself in the midst of it. Self-care is always my number one priority over anything else.

When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

I believe that the more individuals can awaken and align themselves with their highest version of themselves, the better our planet will be. That includes not just mentally and physically, but spiritually as well. I teach people how to tune in to their inner authority and sovereignty so that every choice and action they make is one that is sourced from their soul.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My husband is my rock. Without him, my business and mission wouldn’t be possible. He believes in me and supports me unconditionally, especially on the days when things are rocky or uncertain. He brings stability to my life. And not to mention that he’s the world’s best tech support person.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

Definitely sustainability. We can no longer just do whatever we want, however, we want to and expect our planet to thrive, let alone survive. For too long we’ve ignored the reality that we are all interconnected. Being out of alignment in one area will affect the other. Thankfully there are many entrepreneurs and organizations coming up with creative and impactful ideas to help us get our planet back on track.

What is your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

Self-care

No matter what is going on in your life, always take time each day for self-care.

Allow yourself to be supported

Don’t try to figure everything out on your own. There are always people that can do things better than you. Get your ego out of the way and let support in.

There is no single blueprint for success.

No matter how sexy it might be to seek out the perfect five-step formula for success, you always have to let your intuition be your ultimate guide. Yes, learn from others’ successes and learn the best practices, but know in the end that you are the CEO of your life.

Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be?

Oprah Winfrey


Kristin Marquet is the founder of FemFounder.co, TheSplendorStudio.co, and DEFTMagazine.com.

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Kristin Marquet

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Publicist and author based in New York City. Founder and Creative Director of FemFounder.co, Marquet-Media.com, and E-Nixi.com.

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Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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