We had the good fortune of connecting with Keveney Evanne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keveney, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
In the past, I never would have considered myself to be a risk taker or particularly courageous. So, it became especially curious to me that one of the first comments I repeatedly hear from strangers, after they read my book or hear me speak, is how much they admire my bravery and wish they too were willing to “risk it all to follow their heart”. To make a long story short, four years ago I left a decade long legal career after my dog had a seizure. I knew with every cell of my being that the only way to save my best friend was to save myself—which meant leaving my salary and security; taking extreme ownership of my life and decisions; and diving deep into the real work we humans are here to do, the soul work. At the time, it didn’t feel like taking a risk; it felt like choosing to live. It didn’t take long before I realized it was the best (and coincidentally most profitable and healthiest) decision I’ve ever made. I’ve now learned that what some might call “taking a risk,” is what I refer to as “following my gut”—and it always pays off in amazing and abundant ways I couldn’t have ever imagined! The most recent “risk” (at least that’s what my friends and colleagues are calling it) I took in business was in July of this year when I deactivated ALL of my social media accounts—business and personal. In the past, I’ve taken lots of breaks and even unplugged completely for weeks at a time. However, my soul was calling for something deeper this summer. While this move may feel risky or scary (perhaps even ill-advised) to some entrepreneurs or business owners, I feel free and excited. I haven’t looked back for a second and have no plans to return to any of the platforms. I’ve built my business through word of mouth and client referrals, and unplugging from social media has allowed me to focus even more on the people, relationships, causes, and business that matter most to me—and in a way that feels authentic to me. Once again, following my gut (or taking that risk depending on how you look at it) is paying off in big ways for me personally and professionally. There’s a very real reason why trusting your gut is age-old advice.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a grounded Soul Awakener; I facilitate the soul work for folks seeking a higher version of Self. I combine universal law and spirituality, ancient healing technologies, cutting-edge science, and writing to unlock the soul’s mission and create unlimited success for humans that want to live prosperously and serve as a force for good on the Planet. Most often, I work intimately with clients through intensive experiences (VIP days or weekends, both in-person and virtual) and focused retreats throughout the country. In less than four years, I’ve built a business beyond my wildest dreams—I’m serving people in a way I feel great about every day; I’ve published my first book, Lawyers, Lies and Labradors: One Woman’s Search for Truth; and I’ve created more success in health, love, and wealth than I ever did in corporate America. Truth be told, I did it all by following my gut (i.e., taking actual action in the physical word that aligns with my intuition) and learning to trust Spirt/God/Universe or whatever word you fancy. Sure, there’s been hard work involved (Law of Sacrifice), and I’ve made some mistakes (some much more expensive than others)—after all, the past IS for learning. The best advice I can offer other entrepreneurs is to always stay true to yourself and do what YOU decide is best. Seek guidance, sure. Talk to every expert you can find, absolutely. Hire a mentor, likely at some point. Share your dreams with those that love you and you believe want the best for you, sometimes. When you’ve done all that, do what YOU decide is best. As my dad taught me, no one—not even your spouse, parent, child, business partner, coach, or BFF—is in possession of all the known facts about you, what motivates (and discourages) you, and what you want to do or create (or not do) in this life. Permission granted to do YOU, friend. This leads nicely into what I’m most proud of and what I’d like to share about my brand and work—I’m completely committed to being true to myself and speaking the Truth (not my subjective truth) even when it’s neither popular nor profitable. Truth is love, harmony, and unity; fear and division are neither real nor true. My commitment to my clients, humanity, and the Planet is to speak Truth and spread Love. By helping folks unlock their soul truth and mission and live in alignment with Love, I hope to leave the world a more truthful and harmonious place than it was when I arrived.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you’ve known me for five minutes, you’ve likely learned that I’m a creature of extremes—give me a tent in the dirt or check me into the penthouse suite, please. So, in true form, the week will be a mix of simple pleasures and luxury—a few of my favorite things include tea, flowers, big trees and tiny white lights, silk scarves, fancy Italian paper, beautiful writing instruments, bodies of water, dogs, yoga, and all things lavender. Kinley, my favorite child/Labrador Retriever, will be in tow for most of our shenanigans. We’ll start the week with a honey lavender latte from Tiny’s No. 5 in West U, then we’ll head to Hermann Park for a walk (assuming it’s between November and March because friends don’t let friends visit Houston outside those five months). Next, we’ll pop into Dromgoole’s in the Village to ensure we have fine stationary and fresh ink for all our writing escapades. Lunch at Bloom and Bee is a sure thing, and there might be an evening splurge of lavender chocolate ice cream from Cloud 10 on Shepherd. The art museum, Path of Tea, and the Astros make the cut too. At some point, I’ll probably drag my friend to a Bikram class—the only space I believe 104 degrees is acceptable. We’ll for sure spend some time at the Houstonian, my home away from home during these times when travel has been limited; the day will be spent in the garden pool, and the evening under the white lights of the big Oak tree. One day we’ll head north to Mercer Botanic Gardens to journal and chat. We’ll certainly venture into Hermès in River Oaks District to celebrate our time together—any excuse to buy a new scarf is a perfect excuse in my book. A night at Brennan’s is a must; I don’t drink much, but when I do, it’s a mint julep at Brennan’s. Finally, we’ll pack a getaway bag and head across the causeway to Galveston—we’ll stay at the San Luis (unless we have serious writing to do, then we’ll be at the Galvez). Splashing our feet in the Gulf every morning and evening is nonnegotiable—salt water heals the soul. One day we’ll have lunch at Gaido’s and the next we’ll do dinner at Rudy & Paco’s. We’ll satisfy our sweet tooth and hit up La King’s for some salt water taffy (or ice cream) on the way back to H-Town. I’ll send my friend home with a custom arrangement from Blooma Flowers.
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I have the best family and friends (and fur babies) a gal could want. Thanks to my dad, you’ll often find my head in the clouds dreaming up my next adventure; my mom and hubby continue to remind me that I still have two feet on Planet Earth and had better take action here; and my Grandma Evelyn with her optimism, love, and incredible spirit continues to be my teacher, my light, and my rock even after she’s no longer with us physically. I wouldn’t be the grounded mystic—equal parts intuition and intellect—if it wasn’t for each of them and their differing views on life. I’m fortunate because many of best friends today have been getting into trouble with me since elementary school—our rural Pennsylvania roots keep me grounded in the big city! Of course, as I’ve stepped deeper and deeper into my soul calling, I’ve gathered soul sisters and brothers throughout the country and beyond with whom I share relationships and experiences that are truly beyond words. Last but definitely not least, my dogs keep me smiling and laughing and present to the magic of every moment—we humans can all learn much from these loving and egoless creatures. Our success is never ours alone, and I am forever grateful for the souls that support and play with me throughout this adventure called life.
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