I’ve Turned Madness Into Magic & You Can, Too
Hey There, I’m Paolina. And if you’re like me, it seems the more life experience we get under our belts, the more complicated and multi-layered, and, quite often, mired in madness we become. Who we really are and what we really want can get buried under who we’ve been and who we think we're supposed to be. There are so many voices – including those in our own heads – whispering “you can’t do it” or “you’re not enough” or “who do you think you are?” And even when you do start to shine and feel your power, then those voices whisper, “you’re too much” or “dim your light” or “who do you think you are?”
Here's a Bit of My Bio
My childhood wasn’t all bunnies and bon-bons. Some of it was great, some – like being raised by a mom with a mental illness and then becoming caregiver to a younger sister with a mental illness – wasn’t.
I paid my way through college, sometimes working three jobs at a time. It took my six years, but I did it. First in my immigrant family to earn an advanced degree.
My love of words led me to start out my career as a writer for a major daily newspaper. I love helping to tell other people’s stories. Professionally, I succeeded in roles in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds…and in a host of different industries. I climbed the ladder and rose in the ranks to Marketing & Media Executive levels with corner offices, big paychecks, people, power, headaches (and imposter syndrome) to match.
Relationships never came easy for me. At 45 years old, I finally met my imperfect perfect match, and he’s been everything I never even realized I needed (or deserved).
I’ve always been a “doer” – a “multi-tasker” – a “spinner of plates” - the girl who “gets it done”! I’m a published author, have won awards…AND I’ve been dismissed, laid off, and even fired.
I’ve Overcome So Many Challenges To Get To Where I Am Today
I'd Love To Share Shortcuts I've Learned To Get You Where You Want To Be Sooner Rather Than Later
I started Madness To Magic because life happens, and we can get caught up in the day-to-day madness and lose sight of the very magic that life really is. It’s easy when we get dismissed and knocked down to just give up. I’ve experienced it often. But I’ve learned how to not only bounce back, but to use it to propel me forward. I know how to tap into the power in me. I believe too many of us are playing small. Throughout my whole life, “Be Bold and Mighty Forces Shall Come To Your Aid” has been my mantra. Now it’s my mission to help others shine their own lights.
Who Am I? Here's What Others Say....
“Paolina Stopped The Bleeding”
“I connected with Paolina during a time of major life transition. My sister had recently died, and I had just moved to California from a BIG publishing job in the Chicago area…”
“…Dropping my life and moving to California was my only choice, if I was going to live with myself. My elderly mother needed care, and she needed me. After I moved, I started doing a little freelance consulting when I had time, but work wasn’t coming easily. I really was struggling with my identity. Who was I now if not an ‘executive’ with a healthy paycheck? No kids, no husband, and only two living family members – one with little time left. What would matter and who would I be after my mother was gone if I didn’t have my big career? I lost my confidence, my hope and my perspective. Paolina stopped the bleeding. I walked away from just our first conversation with a new hope and perspective I hadn’t had in months, and the journey continues. She really got me. And made me laugh. And didn’t speak ‘self-help’ nonsense to me. She pointed out things that I had become completely blind to, and handed me some new tools to start the journey. She knew what I was experiencing, and helped me begin the process of finding myself again. If my story sounds like you, Paolina Milana is the life coach you need. You’ll be just as glad as I am to have her help you remember who you are and move forward to an even better you.”
Founder and CEO, Marketing PR Pros
“She Truly Is Magic And Makes Connections You Can’t See”
“Paolina was my first phone call in the middle of my personal crisis. She stayed calm and talked me through a clear path to take. She helped me find my center and take steps from there…”
“…It made the world of difference, and I’m certain it transformed the situation. For anyone finding themselves in the middle of madness, she truly is magic and makes connections that you can’t really see on your own to get you back to a place of peace. I so recommend her as a life coach.”
Suzanne W., Founder/Designer, Rank & Sugar
“As A Coach, She Will Kick You In The Arse”
“In my experiences with Paolina, she has been caring, motivating, supportive, insightful, intensely honest, and most importantly loving. As a coach, she will kick you in the arse and hold you…”
“…accountable! She truly wants you to be the best you!”
Michael V., CEO, MV Enterprises
“Paolina Reminds Me I Have So Much Value, And I’m Worthy”
“Where do I start?! A little over a year ago, I was introduced to Paolina Milana. She has proven to me over and over again, what I have known all along. Life is so much better with a coach!...”
“…Everyone can benefit from someone who can be called upon to discuss ideas with and converse with and look at us as an individual, and see the greatness within… that we have long ago lost sight of. Whether it be our self-worth, or what we have forgotten that we know, Paolina has a way of bringing it out from the depth of our souls. She sees the value in us and helps me to see the same. She has helped me in a personal way by helping me to document my life in writing, with vision boards, recordings and chapters of my memoir. She has helped me to run my company with a new vision and remind me of the knowledge I know has value but has become so mundane that I take it for granted and dismiss it. She reminds me I have so much value to my own real estate clients. She has picked up the pieces where I fall short to get me to my goals… She has even helped me to believe in myself that I am worthy to love… The last year, for me, has been the best input that I have ever had because of this lady. I have looked at me in a very different way and as a result it has renewed my future vision. I have seen life unfold again. I have gone from hopeful to grateful! Paolina is a multi-faceted strong life coach in the most compassionate way and like a good workout, you don’t even realize the leaps and bounds you have made until you have seen the results that have been conquered. I am so confident in her ability to spend time and sort out direction, timing and results. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!”
Marlys V., Owner, Vance Realty Group
“She Helped Me Set Aside The Self-Doubt That Was Holding Me Back”
“Paolina has been a wonderful coach -- and cheerleader -- as I transition my career from television writing/production/management to a position in the non-profit or corporate world…”
“…She has helped me realize how marketable I really am, and to set aside the self-doubt that was holding me back. In our work together, I’ve learned a lot about myself and explored a variety of career possibilities to hone in on the type of position that would be the best fit for my interests and financial needs. If you’re willing to be an active participant in your career transition process and put in the thought and effort to learn new approaches to finding your dream job, I highly recommend Paolina!”
Lisa F., Producer/Writer, National Geographic
“She Made Me Feel Like I Was Worth A Million Bucks”
“I sought out Paolina for some advice on a business proposition I was offered. She went above and beyond in research. I’m sure this is her superpower! Her expertise helped me think about what I wanted…”
“…to do, structuring my goals in a way that I’d never thought of before, helping me focus on the things that really mattered to me and how I could achieve them, seeing my true path and the direction I wanted to be going. She helped me clearly see this new business proposition wasn’t in alignment with my goals or my heart. If you are so lucky to come across her path, be open to what she has to offer. I am eternally grateful for her generosity, cut-through-the-crap, yet kind-hearted way she made me feel like I was worth a million bucks.”
Stephanie F., The Essential Midwife, LM & CPM, author.
As Your Coach, I'm Both Comfort & Kick Ass
THAT’s what you get when you coach with me. Because I know the power that’s in you – the energy you’ve been giving away to everybody but yourself. I know what it’s like to get to the top, only to realize that maybe you’ve been climbing up the wrong ladder. I know how it feels to have it look from the outside in as if you’ve got it all together, when deep inside, you can’t shake that something’s missing. I know when what’s needed is a shoulder to lean on, and when it’s a bit of an arse-kicking that’s best serves us!
Stop Playing By Somebody Else’s Rules
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Coaching Programs I Offer
Your life isn’t a fairytale, but you are the hero of your own journey. Take charge of your own destiny, tell your own story, and confidently learn to write the next chapters of your life.
Even the strongest among us need a little help at times. Whether it’s your job, your relationships, your “everything” or your “I haven’t a clue” -- I believe my coaching programs and workshops will meet you where you are, help you find the magic in the madness of your circumstances, and, ultimately, will help you get to where you want to be. Why not book a free discovery call with me? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.