Tia Fejzo: A Journey of Friendship, Growth, and Self-Discovery
Today's podcast episode is a special one, as I sit down with Tia for our very first in-person recording at her office, a brick-and-mortar space. I invited Tia back to the podcast to revisit our friendship and collaboration, and delve into various topics such as fitness, spirituality, personal growth, business, and life in general, including hypnosis. If any of these topics resonate with you, you're in for an engaging conversation.
As we dive into our conversation, I reminisce about the early days of our relationship. I vividly recall our first meeting at my first house in New Hartford. I had heard about Tia from my CPA and a former client, who spoke highly of her. I was eager to hire her, and after some time, we finally connected in the summer of 2018. Tia admits to being in awe of me, seeing me as a figure she couldn't imagine having in her reality—like meeting a president. She was deeply focused on her work and didn't see herself as someone who could interact with someone like me.
Our initial meeting was memorable, with Tia feeling starstruck and me being unaware of the impression I had made. I recall her hesitancy to hug me due to feeling stinky and sweaty from work, and her quiet demeanor, which made me wonder if she even spoke English. Tia explains that her perception of me as a big person stemmed from seeing me as someone who took care of herself and helped others—a rare combination in her eyes. This realization highlights the impact of our initial meeting and how it shaped her view of herself and her capabilities.
From there, our professional relationship evolved, with Tia joining my team and experiencing significant results, especially during a stressful period of juggling college, work, and family responsibilities. She shares how she initially viewed herself as small, lacking connections, money, and confidence, but witnessing my journey and dedication to self-care and helping others inspired her to prioritize her well-being.
Our conversation takes a reflective turn as we discuss Tia's journey to valuing herself and her work. She recounts the pivotal moment when she decided to raise her prices and set boundaries with clients who didn't value her. Despite initial fears of financial instability, she experienced a newfound sense of freedom and empowerment, realizing the value she brought to her clients' lives through her work.
Tia's journey also includes a profound spiritual awakening in 2022, where she connected with her higher self during a meditation session. This experience brought clarity and a deeper understanding of herself, leading her to invest in self-discovery and personal growth to better serve others.
We delve into Tia's childhood experiences, where she had vivid dreams and encounters with spirits that were both frightening and misunderstood by her family. She shares how these experiences were suppressed due to societal and religious beliefs, leading to a disconnect from her spiritual gifts.
My own journey with spirituality, including visits to psychics and mediums, resonated with Tia's quest for deeper understanding. We discuss the importance of embracing spirituality as a tool for self-discovery and empowerment, regardless of religious backgrounds.
As our conversation comes to a close, I reflect on the transformative changes in both of our lives, from navigating professional challenges to embracing our spiritual paths. Tia's journey serves as a testament to the power of self-belief, resilience, and the profound impact of personal growth on our lives and relationships.
Join us in this insightful and inspiring conversation as we explore the intersection of friendship, growth, and self-discovery.