Gwen Orwiler

What hasn’t Gwen done? Gwen Orwiler, an emotional freedom coach, author, mother, grandmother, and wife discussed her career background that lead her to what she does now, “I’ve done a number of things and experienced lots of life lessons that have been stepping stones to exactly where I am today as an emotional freedom coach, including being: a phlebotomist/ medical assistant, working for congress, was the director of a statewide legislative advocacy not-for-profit organization, a successful realtor, and education wise (I’m a first generation college student. I have a BA degree in liberal arts that I earned when I was a low income single mom at age 36.  My parents went through the 8th grade and I’m the only sibling to attend college.) As I’ve heard it said, “My mess IS my message.”  When my clients feel fearful that whatever is going on in their lives will shock me or be shameful…I always laugh because there is nothing that they’ve done that will shock me or that I, or a member of my family or friends haven’t experienced.  It was often a very painful way to grow up but it serves me and my clients extremely well now.”

Gwen who calls herself a “Washingtonian” and was born and raised in Everett, moved to Pierce County 22 years ago to complete college and be with her husband, David of 24 years. Although she has been an emotional freedom coach for two years, she believes she has been an intuitive coach all of her life. She shared what she thinks of being an emotional freedom coach, “I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being an emotional freedom coach!!  I’ve struggled with emotional issues and limiting beliefs from my childhood most of my life that have kept me stuck, sabotaging myself and preventing me from living my strongest life regardless of my efforts to gain relief.  I’ve finally found an answer with EFT/ Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping.  It’s a little like emotional acupuncture without the needles.  Gentle tapping on your energy meridian points of your body with your own fingertips.  I’ve gained a lot of relief for myself and I LOVE sharing it with others, watching or feeling their energy blocks melt away!  I’m finally able to make the difference I’ve longed to make most of my life.” Gwen feels the best thing about her current career, “As I mentioned above, with the tool EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or tapping I have emotional freedom literally at the tips of my fingers. My perfect clients are women small biz owners/entrepreneurs who have done everything they can think of to figure it out, read every self help book, gone to every class, spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in therapy and are trying to figure out why they feel stuck and how to stop sabotaging themselves.  They don’t feel good enough, deserving, worthy and they subconsciously keep stopping themselves from living their strongest life. I also love that I’m able to do much of my work via the phone/ Skype so that clients can do the work via the comfort and privacy of their own home or office.”

Gwen and husband David

Gwen discussed what many people may not know about her career, “Borrowing benefits” ” Working on your own issues while someone else is working on theirs in a group.  EFT is a powerful tool alone but if it’s used in a group it increases the benefits exponentially. Gwen also shared what many people may not know about her, I have a life long history of people telling me really personal and intimate things and then telling me in a surprised voice, “Wow, I’ve never told anybody, or I’ve only told a very select few people, that before.”  I believe this is my dharma, my life purpose.”

When asked three words to describe herself, Gwen replied, “Energetic, Passionate, and a Maximizer.  I have very high people energy, I love engaging with others, and focusing on strengths.  I’m extremely passionate about what I do.  I’m a natural “maximizer” (according to Marcus Buckingham, in his book Strengths Finder 2.0, I’m someone who is “fascinated by strengths, mine, or someone else’s. Like a diver after pearls, I search out the telltale signs of  a “strength.”  Having found a “strength,” I feel compelled to nurture it, refine it, and stretch it toward excellence.  I polish the pearl until it shines.  I don’t want to spend my life bemoaning what I or others lack, I want to capitalize on the gifts on which we are blessed. It’s more fun…And it’s more productive.”

Aside from being a co-author of “Live your strongest life,” an E-booklet, Gwen cannot pick just one accomplishment that she is most proud of. “It’s a very long list…I feel that much of my life has been a series of big accomplishments based on the emotional programming I received very early on.  The top five are having and raising my kids, being a first generation college graduate (my parents went through the 8th grade and I’m second out of my three siblings to graduate from high school), I have 9 wonderful grandkids from my great, big, blended family, being with David for 24 years, staying true to myself and following my passion of making a difference in the world,” Gwen stated.

When asked what motivates her, Gwen replied, “Ah-Ha’s motivate me!  When I can help someone who has been struggling to figure it out, it can be everything they can think of to get some relief from: childhood limiting beliefs, trauma, abuse (emotional, psychical, sexual) with the “tapping” and their willingness, I’m able to help a huge majority of women shift their paradigm, relatively quickly, safely, and permanently from a core level!  One of my favorite quotes is by Wayne Dyer, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Gwen shared with us her career goals as well as her life goals in general, “I’d like to grow my business to do more group tapping (in person and via the phone), women’s retreats all over the U.S., and eventually the world to reach and help more women.  I’d like to develop a scholarship fund for the women who are hungry for this work but can’t afford it at this current time and I have a goal to do a project with Oprah one day.”

Gwen’s hobbies and interests include: reading, movies, and spending time with friends and family. When asked what her movie, music, and television interests were, she replied, “I’m a big fan of movies when the underdog wins; make a difference movies, documentaries, and biographies. I’m a big fan of 70’s music! I’m also a huge Oprah fan and anything that is supported by Oprah and her new OWN channel! (Thank goodness for DVR!)” She also enjoys reading for pleasure, “I LOVE reading and learning! To me, my work is my pleasure so reading to learn more and gathering info. to share with my clients is my favorite thing to do!  Inspirational, motivational, educational, philosophical, and psychological material, law of attraction, quantum physics, how our minds work, etc. are all fascinating to me.… I LOVE learning things that will help my clients and I live stronger lives.”

Some events that Gwen would like to promote, “I will be promoting two 90 Day Intensive programs in the near future:  BREAKING FREE: Reclaiming the Power Within to help women clear out the energy blocks of negative childhood limiting beliefs and programming and Transforming Your Money Story, helping women clear out and heal the money story that you’ve learned from your childhood that is keeping you stuck from earning your potential regardless of your want or need to do otherwise. Please go to my website www.yourstrongestlife.com and sign up to get your FREE E-booklet, “Live Your Strongest Life” to be on my mailing list to receive upcoming information.  Or send me an email at gwen@yourstrongestlife.com with questions or comments.  I’d love to hear from you!” Gwen commented to Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com, “Thanks so much Carly for this opportunity!!” Some quotes Gwen would like to share with readers, “The cause of all negative emotion is a disruption in your body’s energy system,” quoted by Gary Craig, Founder of EFT. On the back of my business card: What if you could go back five years and erase a major fear that has always kept you from living? Your Strongest Life (fear of failure, rejection, looking foolish, or being less than perfect.) How much more profitable would the last five years have been without the burden of your fear? Imagine if you don’t eliminate that fear for the next five years – how much will that fear cost you? Fear is expensive…emotional freedom is priceless!”

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com