By Mandy Holmes / Photos by Claudia Johnstone
She wasn’t always an expert in relationships and it’s been a rocky road to get to where she is today but Selina Schuh is helping women embody the love they want and become their own knight in shining armor. Born and raised in Switzerland, Schuh moved to the US to study Montessori Education while teaching almost every grade level throughout the country. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English and German literature and a master’s degree in journalism she went on to work for several online learning companies while living in Phoenix, eventually landing a journalism teaching job within Maricopa Community Colleges.
With a 25-year teaching background, Schuh fell in love with working with college-aged students and adults thanks to their ability to self-motivate. She enjoyed her students but things at home were not as enjoyable and she found herself divorced. It was at that moment, 10 years ago, that she began looking at relationships differently and embarked on a deep journey of personal growth. What started out as a conversation amongst friends about ways to radically change their relationships morphed into seminars outside of her day job and eventually evolved into what is now her successful relationship education company, Empowered Living Strategies (www.empoweredls.com).
Within Empowered Living Strategies, Schuh works with women on an individual basis or in group settings who tend to feel stuck or frustrated in their relationships. They may be single or dating, but don’t seem to be able to make the deep connections they are yearning for, or they are in a long-term relationship, yet are struggling to create a stronger connection. Schuh puts an emphasis on personal relationships and applies tactics she has personally used that have proven results along with her own curriculum she has created. Her signature Empowered Living vision board workshops are one of her most popular ways women connect with each other to feel empowered.
“It’s no secret that having clear goals makes achieving personal and business objectives much more likely and being clear on what to pursue creates peace of mind,” she shares.
During a vision board session, participants gain clarity about their professional, relationship, family, financial and health goals. In addition to in-person classes, Schuh offers online support to help her clients.
Inspired by people that take action to change their life for the better, Schuh encourages others to radiate happiness outward and impact the planet in a positive way.
“We all have the ability to create significant change, but not everyone is willing to do the work. When people meet the challenge, I’m really inspired,” she explains. “I have a group of friends that own and built their businesses out of nothing. I continue to be inspired by their willingness to show up for work on a daily basis, despite all the obstacles they face. They are powerful change-makers.”
Taking the step to leave her full-time job and steady paycheck behind to create Empowered Living has proved to be the most significant accomplishment for Schuh. Aside from her businesses, the self-proclaimed “supportive mentor” is a proud mother to a high school senior and wife of eight years with a passion for travel. Although desert life is quite different than the green hills she grew up climbing in Switzerland, Schuh proudly says, “I love that we have foothill preserves in the middle of the city and I’m an avid hiker.” During the cooler months, you will often find her hiking Dreamy Draw near her home in Phoenix.
When she’s not climbing mountains or tackling relationship summits, the quiet woman behind Empowered Living is developing a telesummit series with her colleagues focusing on female business owners and how they want to integrate their partners and family members with the goals of their businesses.
“So often, as business owners, we work many hours, and have little energy left for anything else. However, we started our businesses to build a better life for our families and the question becomes, how to bring those two areas of our lives into balance,” she says.
The fall and winter months will be busy with vision board workshops since people are starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions and intentions for 2019. With a packed schedule of workshops for individuals and couples, Schuh is busy promoting Becoming Your Own Knight in Shining Armor: A Guide to Love that Feeds Your Soul, her book she released last year that uses daily practices backed by science, spiritual wisdom, and decades of her own experience to guide readers to create the love they desire.