I woke up suddenly.  The image wouldn’t leave my mind. During my vivid dream, I had my arms in the air and was yelling, “It’s My Turn”! over and over again. It was so real and I was very caught up in the frantic emotion of it all. It had the elements of a “Once Upon A Time” story. And none of the elements of an “Achieving Goals” story. And then I woke up.

But what did it mean? I couldn’t get the image and those words out of my head. They haunted me and kept entering my brain even when I tried to focus on something else. It was as if there was a person standing in front of me demanding to be heard. How could I ignore this and go on with my day?


I decided to do what I’ve been trained to do as a coach – listen, and sit with it. Give myself time to feel and experience it. It was my intuition that was tugging at me and expected me to heed the message. But the message wasn’t clear.

It would have been great if I received something very specific and actionable – but I didn’t. How should I interpret this vague exclamation of frustration in a way that would have meaning to me?

I had already been through a painful layoff and had struggled to reinvent myself in this new career. I thought I had arrived and made it through.

So, there I sat. Quietly pondering the “It’s My Turn” message and then it hit me! I had made it through alright, but that was about it! There was so much more to do. Other women needed me. My message resonated with so many women, but they don’t even know that I have this very personal message for them. I don’t know their address, I don’t know where they work, I don’t know where they are in their own life. I don’t know where to find them.

It was truly my “once upon a time” moment! The moment when the story changes –  when you expect big things to happen. How could I stay true to this story line? I had to commit to finding other women for my tribe.

So, how do I reach them? I have to put my message out there. I have to see who can be helped by it. I have to risk being vulnerable and tell my story. I have to want to make a bigger difference.

I realized I am being called to play a bigger game.


My awesome, local, close circle isn’t big enough for this new vision. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE this local, close circle of friends and colleagues. But it’s no longer enough – my intuition is telling me so. I need to reach more of you. We need to work together –  those of you who are ready to get what you want and deserve. I want you to stop simply existing, or living for the weekend, and truly LIVE full out every day.

I work on this myself every day and I hope you will join me. This work is definitely a journey and not a destination.


You see, my mission in life is to help other women live an inspired life WHILE having it all!

I see the eyes of other women light up when I share my CRAVE© process with them. They can see the possibilities for their own life. They see it is a non-threatening way for them to find their joy again, really grow, and thrive – all while not jeopardizing what they already have. That is, unless they WANT to threaten what they already have. My CRAVE© process works that way too!

My catalyst for change was that painful layoff. Based on my experience, my message for you is to focus on you NOW. Don’t wait for the catalyst. Be ready for it! Know what you want and when you want to pull the trigger. Don’t let someone else decide for you. And if they do, make sure you are ready.

I help you create a soft landing by planning your next chapter – while you are still fully engaged in your current one. You can take the lessons learned from your current chapter and bring all the great lessons forward and leave the things you simply accepted but that didn’t truly benefit you behind.


So, how about you? Are YOU called to play a bigger game? Are you satisfied with your contributions in life so far? Do you have the elements of your legacy in place? Is there something big you want to do but are scared?

The reward of playing a bigger game is so much greater than the fear of not taking that step. Trust me! AND your own intuition!

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We can find all types of reasons (read excuses!) to remain exactly where we are. But how would you live your life if you were told you had less time on this earth than you thought?

As you get older, time only flies by faster, while your runway gets shorter. Your need to “stick the landing” is even more critical. You won’t want to play around without focusing on exactly what you want to accomplish. If you do, you’ll never get where you want to be. I don’t want to be harsh, but this could be the wake-up call you need. And if so, then I’m fine being the one to deliver it to you.


Here is how I walk you through the steps to living that inspired life, WHILE having it all:

Through either my one-on-one coaching or my online course with group coaching, I teach 5 elements

to creating your ideal life   –  


  1. You have to CHOOSE – choose to put yourself first and choose to do something that really inspires you daily.
  2. You have to REIMAGINE – make it real by having a visual of your life with the thing you want the most already in it.
  3. You have to ACT – when you know what you want, you can create a plan to take inspired action.
  4. You have to VALIDATE – know what you are feeling when you start to take action to stay on track or adjust the course.
  5. You have to ENJOY – find a way to celebrate the little wins by planning and scheduling your celebrations ahead of time.



If my message resonated with you, I hope you will stay connected with me and other like-minded women on our journey to that Inspired Life.

We can do this – TOGETHER!

We can empower each other and lift each other up when we stumble or get stuck.

It’s all about COMMUNITY. A community of women who are not your co-workers, your family, or friends. It’s about those who are in the same boat, who understand what you are going through, and who want to make a difference in their own way.

Learn to embrace the community and use it for support when things get difficult and complicated.

I’m here for you. Become part of my tribe and we can all be here for each other. I welcome you to take that step. Sign up below to take my quiz to see where you are today. You will become part of my tribe and we’ll have opportunities to discuss how to respond to what you learned from these insights.

How ready are you to say “It’s My Turn To…”?

I’m Tina Meilleur and a Leadership and Business Mentor, author and speaker. I am also the facilitator of a Women’s CEO group. You can learn more about my story here. I am also the founder of Design Your Success and the Academy for Business Success. My mission is helping high achievers match their desires, skills and experiences with success on their terms. My “It’s My Turn” program and CRAVE™ process are systematic approaches for making simple “tweaks” or orchestrating a total reinvention. I am the author of Your Next Chapter: Five Steps to Creating the Life of Your Dreams to help others build anything they want into their life. I have a CPA designation in the State of Louisiana and received my MBA from Tulane University in their Executive MBA program. I’m a highly sought-after mentor, life coach, female CEO facilitator, business strategist/coach, and speaker. You can reach out to me at Tina@DesignYourSuccess.com.