I made my first million!
This is my favourite time of the day… just before the sun goes down and the shadows are long. I love the calmness of the late afternoon and the feelings I get when I look at the lazy ocean as it hugs the shore. It has a completely different feeling now, at dusk, than morning or the middle of the day. It soothes my soul and I easily drift into other realms.
Sitting on the cosiest day bed on my huge balcony with the colourful shaggy rug, soft and luxurious beneath my bare feet, the giant tree with glossy green leaves just to the left that towers and overhangs half the space, filled with faerie lights, right now soothes my soul as well. This is my favourite place in the world.
It was a dream come true when we bought this massive villa in Moreira, with the gorgeous, meticulously tiled crystal blue pool and lavish gardens on the Costa Blanca of Spain. This cove just in front of my view is unreal with the aqua and teal waters that gently lap up onto shore. The Mediterranean itself is just the best really. I can just see our yacht from here, out on the water. We are taking her out tomorrow, up the coast and into Barcelona for a week before we head further up the Mediterranean coast for work, and pleasure of course.
Everything is ready to go and now is just the perfect moment to enjoy the rest of this beautiful day with hubby, out here in the balmy air, with my Spanish wine, olives, jamon, crusty bread and garlic. I really can’t think of anything better for this moment, well at least until the sun sets and the scattering of clouds in the sky light up like a majestic fire of reds, oranges, fuchsias and even purples. It’s almost unreal the way the colours pop and move through the sky, like a sultry seductive dance that you can’t look away from.
Nothing left to do but enjoy the moment. I’ve closed my laptop for the day, after checking my accounts. I really did nothing in regards to ‘work’ today but the daily balance just keeps going up and up with the last figure at $47,962 for the day. Usually it’s around $15k a DAY, but I am in the middle of launching a fun branding program, that popped into my head last week, so the number is higher of course. It’s almost unbelievable how I can open my laptop up at any given time and see 5 figures each and every day. It wasn’t long ago that it was sitting at an average of just $3k-$8k a MONTH – now I make more than that every single day!
What a crazy, fun, wild, exhalating year it has been.
You see, this all changed back in March 2019.
I remember when I decided that NO, I am not available for inconsistency, for lack, for scarcity, for holding myself back anymore. That’s it. I drew the line in the sand, and I decided in that moment and every moment from then on that I get to choose every detail of my reality. It is my reality and I have everything available to me. So, I chose to stop holding back and step into my full power. I unleashed myself. I’ve always worked hard and I always kept going, but this time was different. I stopped over thinking and just made choices from my higher self and went with it no matter what the outcome. I stopped focusing on money and just started helping people.
I also used to spend a lot of time doing what my soul wanted like going to the beach and hanging with my kids… but there was a part that wasn’t fully soul aligned because I had conditions. I was doing it in a way that was wishy-washy or I did it because I wanted an outcome. You know the whole “I’m getting a pedicure because it will make me abundant” thing. Yeah, that was me. It was half-assed bullshit. All of it and I was in denial. I was too busy worrying about everyone else, what they thought, what they were doing, how they worked their magic and attracted abundance and it kept me from fully focusing on myself. FUCK THAT SHIT.
I made the decision to BE the person who is abundant, who is magnetic, who is insanely attractive – I am hot AF and I turn heads where ever I go. My energy is magnetic and people can’t look away.
I decided that I am the person who is seen, who is famous, who is VIP as fuck, who is on the cover of magazines because of course she is. AND yes I was.
March 1st the magazine came out. The GCGIB magazine that featured me on their cover. I know it’s crazy to think that I was a covergirl AND I had a double feature spread inside as well as a couple of articles that I wrote.
Then I found out I was a finalist in not 1 but 2 women in business awards.
All the hard work and showing up over the years was starting to show out in the physical world all because I decided this is who I am and that is all I need to do or be, ever.
March 22nd came and off to the gala awards I went, dressed all fancy like in a purple sparkly dress. I won you know. I wasn’t sure I would but at the same time, of course I did. And everything changed.
This was the point that I realised that I really did have power over all things in my reality and this was just the beginning. That decision to BE myself, to be the famous Steph, to be the number one expert in branding and doing it from alignment are all real and true because I decided.
I chose it and got out of my own way.
I kept on keeping on no matter what but really it was much
easier than that.
I decide it was so and, it was so.
I walked MY path and the universe rearranged itself around me. I didn’t have to do anything but BE me and do my thing – whatever that happened to be in each moment.
I moved and played with the energetic and physical, the spiritual and mental and, of course, the emotional. I was a complete person. I was fully 100% me.
After the cover and the awards, I started receiving emails and calls from other publications, Forbes, Huffington Post, Inc and so many others. They all wanted to talk to, interview and feature The Branding Chick! Yeah, that’s me. Steph Zahalka, the Branding Chick.
I was on podcasts and I was interviewed, and I was asked to speak at events, even internationally, to talk about my unique approach to branding. I was blowin’ up baby!
I love branding, I love strategies, I love design, I LOVE ART (I am an artist through and through) and I love helping people succeed and level up. I am also intuitive, I just know things and I can see designs and strategies and marketing and funnels all done in my minds-eye as I talk to people, to my clients.
That is why I am so fucking great at what I do and why I nail designs the first time. I use my intuition, my soul. I access other realms with ease and what comes out is not only soul aligned for me, but soul aligned for my clients and they see instant and massive results from working with me.
I do not just approach branding in a practical sense and it’s not just design work… oh no. I come at it from the energetic level and extract the true essence, purpose and soul of a person, their message and their business and create from there. That is the place that they need to come from… themselves, from their soul. And that is what I design and mould and help them to create – exactly what is inside and needs to be materialised on the outside.
I am highly sought after of course. The waiting list to work with me is at least 6+ months out. My logo and branding designs start at $25k but that’s low end. My clients are mostly high end and if they aren’t yet, they come to me because they want to be and they know that working with me, being in my energy will level them up to that status fast.
April was the start of my first real consistent 5 figure months and it just kept going up from there. I had 8 soul aligned gorgeous ladies sign into my high-level private mentoring program that month and all of them experienced massive results straight out of the gate. We were all levelling up together and it was incredible.
I hired a team of badass designers and assistants as well as my PR team, my social media team and of course my amazing team at home that do all the things for me.
All of my programs bring in 5 – 6 figures during a launch. My following has grown exponentially and super-fast. I went from a consistent 4k following on Instagram to 200k in just a couple months. This has been a wild ride. So wild in fact that when we leave tomorrow on the yacht, we are meeting up with a celebrity in Monaco to talk about branding their new fashion line. Holy shit right!
But that’s because I continually went in, chose to be that person and decided that fuck yes, I AM the go-to person for celebrities, VIP’s, billionaires, badass entrepreneurs that are out there killing it but are ready to have a deeper connection to their brand and have their brand connect on multiple levels and dimensions to their aligned audiences.
My days, you would think, would be filled with just being busy all the time, but I actually have more free time than ever! I spend massive amounts of time just having fun! My family and I get to do so much, see so much, experience so much now.
All because I decided to stop being a pussy and go all in.
I decided to just BE me. To dance in life the way that I dance at the clubs – all the mother fucking way in!
Insane really to go from an investment property and 1 house on the Gold Coast to 2 more investments, including the villa I am sitting in right now in Spain, and my dream home on one of my favourite Gold Coast beaches. Let me just tell you how amazing THAT house is. (That house that I manifested back when I did Jessica Caver Lindholm’s millionaire mirror visualisation in 2017.) I saw that house clear as day, every little detail of it. I didn’t realise that I was actually seeing a real house. My house. Which, by the way, found ME randomly after we returned from the US in August. So, of course I bought it.
I love how easy life is. I remember back when I used to complicate things for no reason. Funny really and hard to imagine ever thinking like that again. Let go baby, ride the wave like you’re on an 8-foot surfboard on a steady right that rolls for days. It is so easy to manifest whatever I want, like magic.
And it gets easier and easier.
All because I simply decided it was so.
Because I believed it and surrendered to the magic of it.
Speaking of magic, my daughter is really eating up all of my old magic books and tools. She is a natural. Of course. Master manifestor right there, which is no surprise. Jay is just as fabulous and so much fun. His soul shines out of his always smiling eyes and to be around him is just pure joy on tap. Hubby is my soul mate in all ways. When we are together, we are unstoppable and the sparks…. Intense to say the least – even after 20 years it just gets better and better. We are the yin and yang to each other, and it has been this way through many many lifetimes together.
My friends are all totally soul aligned as well. I used to be so afraid of letting go or losing people or worrying about what they thought. The outside validation and need to belong was strong, but I decided that I am enough. I am perfect and I am enough. Just me, my soul and I and that is all I will ever need.
That choice and decision really lit a fire in me and letting go also cleared the space for my soul mate clients to find me and find me fast. They came out of nowhere as if by magic and signed me up. They were all, and still are, overjoyed to pay me and work with me and just be in my energy.
I love being me and I love that I can decide and choose anything I want, and it falls into my lap or I walk into it like it was always there waiting for me to claim it.
The universe rearranges itself for me, because I decided, and I allow it to.
Everything always works out for me, no matter what – it always works out, because I decided, and I allow it to.
I trust that the universe has my back, always, because I believe it and I allow it to.
No doubt – total trust – complete surrender – belief in myself & my soul – always.
THIS is the reason for existing and the joy of living.
If I can do this, what do you think you can do?
Anything you want baby!
Simply decide and allow it to be.
Steph Zahalka is the founder and CEO of Jungle Branding Co., a premier award-winning brand agency based on the Gold Coast Australia, serving clients across the globe.
Recent winner of the prestigious Female Entrepreneur of the Year Stevie Award 2020, Steph is a brand strategist and designer who has been featured on the cover of a nationally recognised ‘women in business’ magazine (GCGIB) and regularly appears on podcasts and events around the Gold Coast as a speaker, panel expert and interviewee where she reveals her unique process for building a wildly in-demand brand for ambitious entrepreneurs, modern CEOs, influencers, thought leaders, and service-based business owners.
Steph believes that, when done right, branding is the door to connecting with your people, your audience on a deeper level. Human to human connection that makes your audience ridiculously obsessed with not just your brand, but YOU and your vision that ultimately makes a positive impact on the world.