You probably have a few dreams you’ve been wanting to turn into reality. You want to focus on your goals and do whatever it takes!
But you’re not unrealistic and have heard or read that 20% of the population that does set goals, roughly 70 percent fail to achieve them.
And so you keep putting it off, feeling a bit overwhelmed because you don’t know where to begin and quietly wishing and hoping for answers to fall into your lap because you’re tired of telling your friends and family what you’re going to do one day.
Before you know it, years have passed and nothing has changed in your life.
Did I get it right?
Hi, I’m Petra Monaco
I help creatives, multi-passionates, and rebels like you follow their dreams by getting clear on what they want and focus on their goals by creating a plan that makes sense to you and meshes with your personality.
Here are just a couple of things you’ll learn here:
I’ve been a dreamer all of my life before I came a doer. I dreamed about being a top-notch gymnast (spent 6 years training), and a musician (practiced 4 days a week with music lessons). I also dreamed about being a singer and an actress.
My imagination was my escape from reality while living in foster care. Little did I know then that this would eventually guide me here today. But first I had to conquer the doubts, frustrations and overwhelm and it wasn’t until I faced my darkest moment that I started an internal revolution.
A revolution that flipped the finger to all the moments of my shitty past that had kept me stuck and rewrote them to see the purpose, the lessons and discover that while I’m not a unicorn, I’m a Rebel to the untruth we were told all of our lives. And that I had dreams I wanted to follow and turn them into goals I want to focus on.
In 2005, I took my arts and crafts hobbies where I was giving things away for free and turned it into a business.
In 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting because I thought being a CPA would be great for my family. I made the National Dean’s List three years in a row – but this is this important? Because for most of my life I battled the demons of being and feeling stupid and unworthy of sharing my ideas. This was not the first sign that I was anything but stupid, but it was the sign I needed during that time.
That same year, my son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, pivoting my life and my career. He faced many challenges from his (3) liver transplants and there were moments we didn’t know he’d be here today. But he is and he’s, in essence, taught me that life’s too short to just exist and be miserable. And so I went on a journey on how to create a life where I could do what I wanted i.e. have the cake and eat it too!
In 2009, I published my first book finally telling my story about living in foster care and beyond. I have written 4 other books since then, not only because I could or wanted to but to create an income.
In 2010, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling becoming a member of the Honor Society and knew that I could make a difference in this world. It’s amazing and fulfilling work but it will also tax your essence if you don’t have solid boundaries in place.
In 2013, I launched my coaching business and after spending years of helping clients, learning about what it takes to achieve your goals as a multi-passionate, multipotentialite and one who doesn’t like to stick to the rules, I relaunched as the Rebels Den in 2019.
And it seems in the chaos that has been my life, never thinking I’d be able to stick with anything long enough, struggling to find my footing in what I wanted, I have figured out who to mesh and blend my world as a writer, artist, and coach without having to sacrifice who I am!
Following my dreams, taking inspired action and focusing on my goals is my life. I get ideas and when they excite me enough, I make them happen, like my coloring books or teaching pyrography.
I don’t do well with black and white thinking because there are so many ways to Rome and no one journey will be the same. You grow and gain new perspective through trial and error and falling down on your path. What will set you apart is getting back up, again and again!
What started out as my own journey of following my dreams and focus on my goals became something I’m incredibly passionate about.
Before I knew it, other creatives started asking me for advice on how to be more self-disciplined, yet be their wild rebel self every moment without having to stick to rigid schedules that seems boring.
I took on multiple 1:1 clients, successfully helping them get clear on what they wanted and how to make those dreams a reality by turning them into goals to focus on.
I write here at The Rebels Den every day about topics that involve your life, your dreams + goals and career!
I interview people who follow their dreams and we talk about the good, the bad and the shit days that are going to happen but how they keep going anyway.
And most importantly I help clients create the vision of the life they desire by following their own dreams and turning them into goals. I sometimes wear a coach’s hat, and other times a consultant + marketing hat. I meet my clients where they are because that’s absolutely important to me.
And if you’re looking for an easy way of doing things, stick to the safe way of living your life, you know the one they told you would reap great benefits: go to college, get a career and die.
But truly committing to the life you want to create following your dreams and goals isn’t easy. It will make you question your sanity, stir the internal messages that you’ve had tucked away so carefully and it will remove people (friends and family) from your life because they can’t see what you can.
Listen, my first book took 20 years before it became a thing on amazon.
20 years of me talking about what I would do one day while on the inside feeling like a flake. But I didn’t know what I didn’t know and I definitely didn’t know about self-publishing. But the moment a friend told me, it took 9 weeks to finish and publish the book.
And if I could do it once, I could do it again and again. And since then I take inspired (often immediate) action on ideas that come to me. I don’t have time to waste and years to wonder about the what-if’s.
We only die once and it’s our mission to live our best life possible until then.
Someone once emailed me telling me that I shouldn’t write books because of my grammar and spelling mistakes. But what they didn’t realize is that English is my second language.
I’ve had people tell me to get a job because I am after all the parent of a special-needs kid and well you can’t make a good living as an artist.
Whatever messages you may receive internal or external following your dreams and focusing on your goals isn’t going to be easy. It will push you into growth and even change parts of you that other people won’t recognize. But I believe this to be a good thing, because it means you are becoming more of your true self.
You want to live a life that feels good from the inside out.
You want to do the things that light you up like fireworks in the sky.
You want to just be you unapologetically going against the status quo.
And you know that following your dreams and focusing on your goals will take you there.
The work that I do is person specific, meeting you where you are with techniques to master your mindset and strategies to go from dreaming to doing based on my own personal experiences and everything I’ve learned.
I’ve also been featured in The Huffington Post, Badassery Magazine, and the Wild Sisterhood and have done a ton of interviews.
These are the same strategies I use for my life + biz, and to help the people in my community (across my email list and social media platforms).
You can have the cake and eat it too!
We all know that people achieve their goals. We watch them from the sidelines. And it’s time that you stop allowing fear to get in the way because it is a matter of time before the dreams you’ve been following are in fact your reality.
I’m a mother of 3 boys.
I’m someone who grew up in foster care, moved across the ocean from Germany to the United States, a die hard coffee addict and a heavy metal music lover.
Supporting my family and the life I want is my motivation to get myself out of bed every morning. There are things to write, art to create and concerts to go to.