We had the good fortune of connecting with Caitlin Goehring and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caitlin, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Take hold of your own life. See that the whole existence is worth celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious.
The rivers and oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is fun,
everywhere there is joy and delight.
listen to the existence and become a part of it.”
Ah, beauty. I can’t help but take a deep breath and feel a sense of peace when I hear this quote, which is why it had to be my choice to share. This quote brings me back to a truth of human existence: our interconnection with nature, the peace that is found when we breathe and connect to the rhythms of nature, when we allow ourselves to experience lightness and joy. Joy, laughter, allowing the exuberant and excited inner child to come out are some of the brightest and best moments that we can find ourselves in. Our society tells us that as we get older, we must lose our imagination, we have to give up childish dreams, we have to study something profitable so that we can make money and make “real life” decisions. We’re fed an idea that to grow up, we have to lose our creativity and fun. It doesn’t have to be that way – joy is everywhere. The spark of play, of creation, is everywhere. Joy is within you, where you are. This isn’t a bypass of the challenging moments in life but it is to say that joy is there too, even when it may not seem recognizable at first. But it is there – and it can be found, especially when we take in nature’s wildness, and begin to see and experience ourselves as a part of existence.
I love this quote and what it brings up in me, because it fully encompasses what my healing process has uncovered within me. At a young age, my father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and after a harrowing two years of sickness, passed away. I suffered from depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts for a decade through my teenage years, until I became 100% committed to my healing, wherever it led me. It took years until I was able to bring joy into the situations in my life that felt entirely robbed of it, and in the process, have reclaimed my life in a new way. For me now, my most important commitments are a commitment to finding joy, to playfulness, and to connecting with existence.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business, Of the Stars, is my holistic healing practice where I support my clients with astrology, Reiki and energy work, and my other intuitive gifts. It was by no means a linear or easy route to get here – my business started with a different name, Blooming Planet Wellness, where I focused on health and nutrition coaching. I had finished a holistic nutrition & coaching program where I studied anatomy, nutrition, regenerative agriculture, and transformational life coaching. After a few months of health coaching, I found that my clients were seeing success which excited me, but that I was burnt-out and not enjoying the work that I was doing with clients. Often, we would show up to sessions together, and then dive into something else completely and bringing in their astrology in the process – which both lit me up and created sessions that were more impactful and resonate for my clients.
During this time I also began co-leading a successful monthly women’s circle in San Diego named New Moon Collective, where I presented the astrology & led a short workshop on how to work with the energy. It was obvious to me that I needed to redirect, and so about 8 months after starting Blooming Planet Wellness, I shifted from health and nutrition coaching to full-time astrology work. About 6 months after that I began my Reiki Master training and introduced energy work and healing to my offerings. This journey threw me into the darkest nights of my own healing process. My body and my energy shifted by nature of my Reiki process, and coming off of hormonal birth control after my body being affected by it for years. I tore my business down and built it up again from scratch. I gave over 70 birth chart readings and invested into my studies, and learned graphic design. I worked through the gnarliest creative blocks that I’d experienced and developed a closer and kinder relationship with my creative self. I called myself an artist for the first time, and overcame many blocks that I had towards running a business and showing up consistently for myself. I mean, it was 2020 and I was shifting my business – it was not going to be an easy process at all, but the lessons were invaluable. Over 160,000 small businesses closed in 2020, and I’m so grateful that my baby of a business made it to see the light and growth of 2021.
Now, Of The Stars offers astrology, Reiki, tarot, and MInd-Body-Spirit health consultations. I hope to add in more support for my clientele with herbalism and herbal products in the future too. My business operates off of my values of equity and healing for each individual, for the collective, and for the planet, and for this reason I give back a portion of the proceeds to different organizations that provide protection, services, or healing to the environment & humanity. I see my business as it’s own entity that gets to operate in and impact the world in whatever meaningful ways that I choose. I want my business to operate with compassion and empathy, with responsibility and care for the ecosystem that I and we are apart of.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Love this question! Traveling is one of my greatest passions & I love to explore and be a tourist in my own city.
My ideal San Diego week would include:
Balboa Park – you can’t beat it’s beauty and the endless options for entertainment within the park
Hillcrest or Little Italy Farmers Market – my personal favorite market, and I think the largest in the city. San Diego has more farms than any other county in the US, so there is an abundance of beautiful, fresh produce and talented creators and vendors at this market. A must for anyone wanting to experience a true taste of being San Diegan.
A night out in OB – watching live music at Winston’s, probably ending the night in a drum circle. OB is where I fell in love with San Diego and is a favorite chill, local experience.
Dinner at Buona Forchetta – authentic Italian with gluten free options that are actually delicious. Located in South Park, this location has a patio reminiscent of Europe and truly the best gnocchi and pizza that I’ve eaten outside of Rome. Of course, the meal isn’t complete without a bottle of Italian wine & a luxurious dessert (may I suggest the Tiramisu?)
A trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a trip up the coast to North County – the drive along the ocean just north of Torrey Pines all the way up to Encinitas/Leucadia has been a pastime of mine when I want to feel the ocean breeze and be reminded of the beauty in my area. My usual stops include the Self-Realization Gardens, Flashbacks for cute vintage clothes, Ironsmith for coffee, Eve or Plumeria for a delicious vegan meal, and a sunset viewing at Moonlight Beach.
Kate Sessions Park would be an ideal picnic afternoon, to watch dogs run around and enjoy the view of the bay and the entire city. Boochcraft, a local hard kombucha brewer, is my picnic drink of choice, and Mexican food is preferred.
Speaking of Mexican, a visit to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without getting tacos or quesadillas from Tacos el Gordo in Chula Vista, which would make for a great meal after a walk on Coronado island.
Windansea and Hospitals Reef beaches would be where I take my guest to hop in the water or to watch the sunset or both, followed by an energizing meal at Trilogy in La Jolla. While in La Jolla, I’d also stop by DG Wills bookstore and Pannikin to have a chill book and latte moment.
If I have a guest that is particularly active, we’d hike Cowles mountain or take a morning yoga class at Riff’s studios or on the beach.
For a brunch day (because you have to have at least one, right?) I’d go to Breakfast Republic – but for an any-day breakfast, our spot would be The Mission in North Park or Parakeet Cafe in Del Mar/La Jolla.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Although I’m blessed to have a number of people in my life that are behind me and have been incredible support to me, I want to shoutout today all of the people that’ve believed in me along the way, that could see my vision and impact. The friends along the way that I gave readings to and said to me, “Caitlin, what you’re doing is impactful and you need to start charging,” the circles of women who held space for me as I shifted my business to reflect what I really wanted to do but that seemed too out there for the rest of the world. Sometimes, it takes another person to reflect back to you your uniqueness and your gifts for your to fully see, love, and embody them.
Photography by Lauren Pollard, Madeleine Javier, and Sean Levitan