We had the good fortune of connecting with Maribeth Decker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maribeth, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Some of us take longer to transition to their own business than others. I’m one of those people. I’m now an intuitive animal communicator and healer. Before that, I worked for others all my life. Well, until I didn’t. I’m retired U.S. Navy and retired from an association.
In my last years at the association, I felt called to take a different path, to explore skills I had not focused on before. I took classes in energy healing and became a Reiki Master.
It was then that my dogs started communicating with me. Out of the blue. Timmy and Eddie were the first to contact me. Both had passed on, but made their presence known so clearly, I was astonished. They connected intuitively, mind to mind, through visuals, hearing and “just knowing.”
My rescue dog, Tibor, pushed me into animal communication when he shared what his life was like before he became part of my family. I didn’t even know animal communication was a “thing.” My friend Mary had to explain it to me.
As I shifted to working with animals and their people, I fell in love with what I was doing. Connecting to animals and working with people whose hearts were so open was a joy. So I pursued this gift from the Universe.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am an intuitive animal communicator, medical intuitive and energy healer. I like to say that I work with people who love their animals as much as (or more than!) the humans in their lives! We focus on behavioral, emotional or physical issues, including helping through their animal’s transition.
I was not a natural entrepreneur like my kids! After meandering around trying to get my business off the ground for a few years, I realized I needed to get schooled in running a business. So I went to a incredible program for entrepreneurs and continue to work with coaches who help me move outside my comfort zone. And support and celebrate my wins!
A mindset change about marketing was super important. If no one knows about you, you will not get to do the thing you dearly love! So I embraced authentic marketing, focusing on people who feel their animals are part of their family. My ideal clients are animal lovers who, whether they know it or not, are already connected intuitively with their animals through love.
I’m so proud that the second edition of my book, “Peace in Passing: Comfort for Loving Humans During Animal Transitions” became an Amazon #1 new release in pet loss grief. This second edition takes guardians through the journey of their beloved animal’s decline, sharing mindsets, real-life stories and alternative therapies that might help them through this heart-wrenching period.
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?
Being transparent, I have been lucky enough to be stationed at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and Treasure Island in San Francisco (five years total). My daughter Andy was born three weeks before the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989! But I’ve spent enough time in Southern California visiting family and friends to share this:
Visit the beach! The Pacific Ocean is the most awesome ocean I’ve met! I’ve experienced it from the California perspective, Hawaii perspective and Japan perspective (thank you, Navy).
Drive the Pacific Coast Highway! Find places where people are surfing. Look for tidepools and find out what creatures live there. Get on a boat tour and go searching for whales and dolphins. Watch for seabirds and sea lions!
As you’ve guessed, I’m animal-oriented, so I’d suggest a, visit the Los Angeles Zoo (it’s accredited). And The Gentle Farm and Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita. Both are incredible sanctuaries.
And there are so many wonderful parks and trails in Southern California. Go with people who know the trails, or check out California Parks and Recreation resources or commercial outfits that provide guided tours.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to Deborah Kevin, incredible Supporter and Publisher at Highlander Press Books. https://highlanderpressbooks.com/