January 1st, 2018
Grace gulley - building a community while building yourself
CYL was founded by Grace Gulley, an empowerment coach and community architect who’s on a mission to help women create a life (and business) they love and don't need an escape from. The CYL community was started as a potential avenue in which to make some creative female friends, and rekindle her creative ambitions. It quickly turned into something far greater than imagined, and set Grace down a new life path. Through this community Grace has discovered her own love of creating genuine connections. She has also gained confidence in herself, and built a network of amazing ladies and developed lasting friendships. Her biggest hope is that this community can do for others what it has done for her.
It was incredible to be able to sit down with Grace and talk about why she ACTUALLY created CYL. I quickly realized it started from when she was lost and didn't know what her purpose was. Something that many of us are either dealing with right now or have dealt with in the past. But Grace made some dramatic changes in her life to try and shake things up. After moving to the “woods” of Portland and realizing that it was really just another city to be lonely in, Grace started to focus inward on the things she could control.
But nothing came easy for her. Every time she felt like something was working, there was another breakdown around every corner. Nothing felt right and nothing seemed to stick. But as she created CYL, and continued to battle doubt, there was a growth that was forming through sheer persistence. Every detour created a different door, that molded CYL into something better. The journey was certainly a rollercoaster of anxiety, but things were happening. Grace is now at a point where she is working extra hard on herself and on her business. A balance that she knows needs to lean in the direction of herself. For Grace, success for CYL will happen. But it was finally finding inner peace that was the last piece of the puzzle.