Meet Marine Leclerc: Life Coach and Founder of Attitude Organic
Tell us about yourself and the work that you do?
I am a sustainable lifestyle mentor and a life coach for activists. In all honesty, my journey as an entrepreneur has been quite a ride! When I moved to Malaysia in 2016, I realised that what I thought was the norm in our day to day lives such as accessing clean, natural products, as well as recycling, would also be accessible and the norm in Malaysia too. Little did I know that I could not recycle whatsoever when I arrived. I was shocked and that’s how my idea to build a sustainable marketplace and blog was born. I created Attitude Organic to give access to eco and ethical knowledge and products to everyone from all around the world.
A couple of years in, the sustainable blogging niche was a lot more than a niche. More and more resources were out there and the problem seemed to be very different: the issue around people not knowing how to navigate through all those resources started to become a very common feeling. Overwhelmed and guilt was submerging people. While having a conversation with a dear friend of mine, while I was living in Singapore during this time, I received a very clear vision: I wanted to be an eco mama! I wanted to hold people’s hands in their sustainable transition so they can reduce their impact on Mother Earth, whilst also enjoying the beauty of the ride. It’s a gorgeous experience when we give ourselves grace throughout the way.
After 6 months of sustainable lifestyle mentoring, working with change-makers and activists, I came to realize that just like I did in Singapore, activists were burning out for their mission. They were running on an empty tank, letting their anger, frustration and over-responsibility eat them alive, and that was all but helping them build the beautiful world they wanted to see. Trying to get people on board from such a dark place is not efficient whatsoever. Thus, taking care of themselves was a necessity that they completely ignored (myself included). I now focus on helping those beautiful souls to re-prioritise themselves. To do the inner work so they can share their mission from a positive mind, a loving heart and a healthy body. Therefore, I created Marineflows to coach activists 1:1 and offer them the deep transformation they need.
Can you tell us about some success stories you've had with your business/product or anything of which you are extremely proud?
I am very proud of one of my clients, I won’t share her name here to respect her privacy! At the beginning of our work together, she was having a hard time prioritizing herself. Her NGO and business needs were always coming first. She could not let go of some team members that were no longer the best addition to the team, she could not build the team that could allow her to work less than she was (which was way too much). It was also difficult for her to receive the money she deserved and pay herself first. After 3 months of working hand in hand: she had her dream team, working with her ICA, paying herself first - she was wayyyy less worried about money and most importantly, she had finally booked the holiday she dreamt of bringing her daughter to. I am so proud of her for doing the inner work (mindset, emotional, subconscious and somatic work) and so honoured to have witnessed such a transformation from the inside out.
What is one motivational quote that has inspired you in your journey? Do you have any advice for other women who are working towards starting their own business?
I don”t have a motivational quote in particular. However, I know exactly what’s helped me show up and reach my level of success. The first thing is to find your tribe, you don’t have to be alone. I have what we call a wolf pack, a group of women who gather every couple of weeks to mastermind. We became such friends and I could not imagine doing it all alone again as I did in my first couple of years in business. The second shift for me was to allow my entrepreneurial journey to be a self-development and spiritual journey. As soon as I started prioritising myself and taking all challenges as an opportunity to grow on a personal level, I rose. That’s where received coaching enters the game. Investing in myself changed my life and my business.
What are some ways you practice self care and how does it help you in your life and career? Do you have any tips for other women to stay balanced?
I love my morning routine, it helps me take care of myself before I jump into the day. I wake up, I start with a 10 to 20 minutes meditation depending on how much time I have. Then I prepare my coffee and read in bed, that’s my favourite part. I then get prepared while listening to my manifestation script. I write my exact vision, including my end goal but also how I want some projects I work on to succeed. I recorded it like a meditation. Once ready, I sit in meditation again before I go to work. I contemplate the person I wanna be today, how she would behave and who she would serve. I connect with my essence and then I am good to go. Incorporating more feminine energy like those meditations and tuning in to my intuitions has revolutionized how I run my business. There is a time to do and serve from masculine energy for sure but I made those practices a daily commitment to stay balanced and happy.
What are some long term goals you have for yourself or your business?
Once I have taken my two businesses off the ground, marineflows and Attitude Organic, my sustainable lifestyle community and mentoring program, I hope to have them run with me doing the coaching and supervising the team. The idea is to have enough time on my hands to build and run a sustainable centre where I welcome women victims of domestic abuse for very affordable rent and educate them around sustainability. I’d love to allow a strong sense of community there, where we’ll get to grow our food, be self-sufficient, live on green energy and so on. It’s a big dream of mine!
Is there anything else you want people to know about you, your business, or any projects you are working on?
If you are an activist, a change maker or a conscious biz owner and you’re struggling with exhaustion and over responsibility, it doesn’t have to be this way! I can help you free yourself up from difficult emotions, negative thoughts and over responsibility so you can change the world with a clear mind, a loving heart and an energized body. You deserve self-care and self-love. I know this because I have been there. I burnt myself out trying to convince people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. I felt like I had to save us all from climate change to the point I would work ALL day and night on growing my presence on Instagram to get people to care. I have been fighting with my friends and family about what they should eat or not weekly. I was so exhausted and what for? Me being angry, tired and empty was leading me nowhere! Once I started doing the inner work, it all clicked for me.
My 1:1 coaching program is not like anything you've seen or heard of before. Activists and change-makers are very different from other individuals and business owners. We have different needs and beliefs systems. We see the world from a different angle, our struggles come from a different root and we need a very different type of support. That’s where I come in! Together, we’ll do the inner work so you step into the calm, thriving and powerful activist you can be.