Meeting Danielle Kort is like smiling from the inside out. She is young and vivacious for sure, but there is depth in her being and a purpose to her life. These are the qualities that are pushing her forward from a career in fashion design to one as a life coach. And aren’t we lucky because those who work with her will be able to tap into the wonderful energy that transformed her own life. Here is my conversation with Danielle …
MKG: You grew up in Nebraska. Did you always want to be a fashion designer? Did you picture yourself in New York City?
Danielle: When I was about 10, I started to think about being a fashion designer. It was all I wanted to do. My mom told me I was good with design and when I was 12, she supported me by buying me my first sewing machine. From that moment on, I didn’t stop making outfits. My entire family lives in Nebraska, but I always knew that I wanted to live in New York. Always.
MKG: The story of your move to New York is remarkable. How did it unfold?
Danielle: I knew that I would major in fashion design and the big question for me was where I should attend school. I decided to stay in Nebraska to attend the University, so that I would have those four years with my family. But as soon as I graduated, I moved to New York City. I found my roommate on a roommate website and my mom helped me get settled. She was nervous for me but I had a sense of peace and I told her: “It’s going to be fine.”
MKG: I am a spiritual thinker and believe that our thoughts create our reality. I know you feel the same way. Tell me about how you live your life and how the book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, changed your destiny?
Danielle: The Secret changed my life. It was the first of many numerous books I eventually read on the topic of the law of attraction. After reading the book I began practicing getting into ‘the knowing place’ and consciously focusing on what I wanted to create. I felt that I had guidance from the Universe, and using steps like visualizing and writing down what I wanted, allowed my desires to manifest into reality. I started with visualizing the job I wanted, wrote down the specifics, and eventually met the woman who would become my boss at Calvin Klein and create a job for me. In addition, I visualized living in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. I pictured the exact layout of a studio apartment; lofted, quirky-style space with floor-to-ceiling windows. I literally lived there in my mind and said to myself how grateful I was to have my own chic space! I was specific but not attached to the how or the when it would happen.
MKG: You enjoyed many successful years working for Calvin Klein. What made you stop and devote yourself to life coaching? Do you still want to be involved in fashion and fashion design?
Danielle: I was very happy with my work at Calvin Klein but something was stirring inside me: something was missing. I tried to push it away but this feeling continued to surface and I felt that I was beginning a spiritual search. I meditated and in the quiet I asked questions until the answers came. Eventually, I signed up to take a life coach training program called Accomplishment Coaching and even manifested the money I would need for the course. I love working in fashion but I feel like the inner work of life coaching is where I am meant to be now.
MKG: In a few months you will be certified as a trained life coach. And in March you will be planning an event in New York City. Tell me about that.
Danielle: It will be called: “Inside and Out: A new kind of Forecast for Women in Fashion.” Tailored to younger women in fashion, there will be several guest speakers, each with the purpose of empowering the women to embrace who they are so that they can move forward powerfully. In addition, it is important to start asking the bigger questions of the fashion industry and encouraging women to take responsibility for their actions and decisions. In a way, I will be speaking to my younger self; I wish I had understood the importance of self-love and the impact my beliefs had on myself and others when I first started working in fashion.
MKG: As your experience with life coaching grows, where do you picture yourself and what do you see yourself doing?
Danielle: I really want to be a vessel for the Universe. I want to convey the message that we are all powerful creators. Whatever we picture for ourselves can become our reality and whether we say we can or cannot, we are right. I still find it incredible what visualization can do as well as our words: When you say “I am …” it is truly a declaration of who you are creating yourself to be.
Don’t we all feel empowered? ~ Melissa