Trina Martin helps women to step out of the shadows and live a life they deserve; achieve career growth and know their worth in relationship.
In this inspiring interview you will learn what triggers, motivates and inspires her, and why she is where she is today.
Trina, can you briefly share a bit about what you do and who you help?
I am a transformational coach, inspirational speaker, and soon to be published author. I am also a US Naval Officer with nearly 30 years of service. I work with women who know there is more to their life, but are stuck with their own limiting beliefs, trauma or lack of self-confidence. As a result of coaching with me and reading my book, women are empowered to create the life that they deserve, be true to themselves, move past shame, achieve career growth and know their worth in relationships. The women I work with go from watching others succeed to stepping out of the shadows; from pleasing others to caring for themselves; and from not being invited to meetings, to being the boss.
How did you get to this point of women’s leadership and empowerment? What triggered you into this career path and what about it inspires and motivates you?
I am the youngest of four children. I have the largest age difference between me and my siblings. I was raised by a verbally abusive mother. Daily, she would tell me how I was ugly and lazy. My mother was not nurturing or loving. She made my childhood very traumatic for me. As a little girl, I knew I had to get away from my mother and I knew the only way to do it was to succeed. My childhood made me very driven to succeed. I became a type-A person who was always striving for better. I became self-sufficient and resilient. I did get away from my mother by being the first person in my family to go to college. I joined the military and I have been around the world. I am passionate about empowering women who believe the negative things that others have told them, women who feel that they are not worthy of better, and women who living a life that they are not happy with. It inspires me to see these women transform into the women that they were created to be.
You talk about failing more times than you can count. Can you talk to this, how it’s an essential part of the journey and perhaps give us an example of a failure and what you did next?
I have come to learn that failure is a part of life. It is not what happens to you in life, but how you deal with it that builds strength and character. Often times we look at failure as a setback, but it is a setup for better to come. We just have to change our mindset. Failure teaches us lessons that we otherwise would not learn. I moved across the country for a new job with my then four and five year old children. The job was not what I expected and my life seemed to be in shambles. Nothing was going right in my life. I decided that I wanted freedom to live the life that I deserved and never let anyone determine my future. I created a strategy for my life so, that I could live intentionally.
What steps should the women reading this take, to get clear on what their dreams are?
I always advise my clients to get still and look within themselves to discover who they really are. What are your passions? Make a list of all the things that you are good at, then make a list of the things you love to do. Look at both lists, what is the thing that excites you? Is the thing that excites you align with who you are and what’s important to you?
Who inspires you?
My children inspire me. They make me remember that life is worth living to the fullest.
And what’s your #1 piece of advice for women feeling like achieving their dreams is the impossible?
I want women to keep striving not matter what. You are enough. All you need is within you. My favourite quote is: “ It always seems impossible until it is done.” by Nelson Mandela.