This week's Warrior Women Interview is with the magnanimous Andrea Olson! The creator of amultitudeofthings, a community of individuals dedicated to embracing their possibilities and crafting lives they love. She recently launched Possible to Probable where she works with individuals as a personal dream manager, drawing on her background in law and a multitude of things in between.
Tell us about how you got started on this path.
My path actually began about 15 years ago when I left the practice of law. I hated being a lawyer but had been so focused on getting an education, getting the right jobs, and doing the right things that I didn’t even realize that I knew absolutely nothing about myself – which came as quite a shock when I finally mustered up the courage to leave the law behind.
Those first few post-lawyer years were incredibly painful as I tried one thing after another in an attempt to find the “one thing” that would make me want to jump out of bed every morning. Not only did I doubt myself, but my insecurities were reflected in the eyes of my family and friends. No one really understood what I was up to or what I was trying to accomplish. After all, how could anyone leave a lucrative career without a backup plan?
At the time, I’m not sure I understood what I was doing either. I just knew that I had to continue doing things my way and letting things unfold as they should. Looking back, I can see that I was finding my way – and myself - one small step at a time. I experimented and played with all kinds of things, from real estate investing and lobbying to selling antiques and designing children’s socks.
What I ultimately learned is that I have a multitude of things that I like, enjoy, and want to experience and that my life will probably never look ordinary. I will always be on a journey of discovery, trying new things, and making my life my own.
Who directly participates in your work?
My work was born when I realized something significant during the course of my own journey: people were secretly admiring me from the sidelines. Who knew??
At first, this came as quite a surprise. I had no idea people felt this way until they started quietly seeking me out to ask how I was able to do what I had done. They expressed concerns about their lives because they wanted to do too many things or because they didn’t know what they wanted to do. They were looking for a way to pursue their possibilities or become reacquainted with them but they didn’t know how to go about it.
Launching amultitudeofthings was a response to this discovery. My work is now focused on helping people embrace their possibilities and craft lives they love.
What is the most beneficial aspect of your work on this journey?
I think the most beneficial aspect of my work is something I initially discounted as having any value since it seems so natural to me: I am able to gift people with inspiration and allow them to see their impossibilities as possibilities through the lens of my own experience. I’ve walked in their shoes. I’ve asked the same questions. I’ve felt alone and a little bit wackadoo for wanting more. I am also able to offer unique insights as result of having had careers in law, real estate, and higher education as well as starting numerous entrepreneurial initiatives.
Describe your current big project or dream and how you are bringing it to the world.
My current big project is my Possible to Probable program. I’m working with the most marvelous clients to help them take their possibilities to probabilities. In changing careers multiple times and working on big, diverse projects, I discovered something so obvious it is often overlooked - in order to make something happen, you actually have to do something.
Possible to Probable focuses on doing small things consistently to put you on the path to where you want to go. I just love it! It is so fun to see what people are able to accomplish when they actually take the first small steps.
What keeps you doing this work with joy and gratitude?
It sounds kind of corny but I love knowing that I’ve helped someone in some small way. When I get an email from a subscriber thanking me for the words they needed to hear or a comment from a client who is ecstatic that they’ve sold their first product, I am over the moon.
What is one thing you suggest women can do to move forward in their personal journey with integrity and wholeness?
In order to have possibilities for life and discover the authentic you, you’ve got to play. When you play, you approach opportunities with joy and don’t hold any expectations about the outcome. You are merely there to enjoy, experience, and learn about yourself – which is the whole point of it all anyway. My advice? Play with opportunities. Play with experiences. Play with jobs. Play with hobbies. Who knows where it will take you?
Please share some final words for our sisters in community.
Take the time to know your multitudes and honor every sweet facet of yourself. No one else will do this for you. I promise it will be totally worth the effort.