About Magalie René
Magalie is a Conscious Designer, Best-selling Author, and Life's Work™ Coach. Her coaching practice is an extension of her design philosophy that beauty, joy, and purpose thrive in the right internal and external environments. She applies a unique combination of growth-mindset, spirituality, and neuroscience to help clients consciously design rewarding work and lives.
Magalie creates beautiful spaces for a better world through her company Consciously Design and works with educators and parents to design Kid-Smart Spaces™. Her bestselling book "Kid-Smart Spaces: Decorating a Classroom That Changes Lives" supports teachers in creating inspired learning environments that heal trauma, inspire creativity, and encourage academic achievement.
She has been featured in Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine, Good Housekeeping Magazine, and Design Sponge and speaks on topics including interior design, personal development, spirituality, and the pursuit of meaningful work.
I always thought my career trajectory would be linear. I decided I would pursue a career in PR in my Freshman year of High School. I made the choice so early because I'm ambitious and driven by nature. I chose PR because it's a "somewhat" creative field that was still corporate enough to appease my Haitian immigrant parents who wanted me to become a lawyer. #Firstgenerationproblems
Someone should've told me the "s" in somewhat stands for settling.
I worked in PR and Marketing for nearly 15 years creating campaigns for companies like Heineken, Allied Domecq, HGTV, Fidelity Investments and more. But, as a compulsive creative, I always felt compelled to have an artistic side project cooking (including decorating but we'll come back to that in a moment). The lesson there? When you have a calling, life won't leave you alone until you fulfill it.
I chose to listen to the nagging feeling and began following the breadcrumbs. I tried my hand at things I had an interest in and excelled at:
I was a fashion stylist. I became the lead stylist for several magazine editorials and landing a Bloomingdale's catalog in less than 6-months.
I was an event planner traveling the country planning dinners, galas, and conferences ranging in size from 10 to 500+ attendees for 2 years.
I went back to my PR roots (mainly because I was still afraid to fly too far from my comfort zone) but this time as a fashion and lifestyle publicist.
The real turning point didn't happen until I got divorced. Suddenly (and finally!!) settling in any area of my life became intolerable. That realization helped me step fully into my calling as a creative,
I quit PR for the last time, embraced my natural hair (for a girl who straightened her hair at 13-years old to be someone else's version of beautiful, those two things were equally life-changing), and devoted myself to the cultivation of my Life's Work.
It was an exciting time but it wasn't all sunshine and empowerment. I was a little lost and a lot uncertain. Bills were piling up, rent was past due, and I had no idea what to do next. At 31, the life I had meticulously planned for myself was gone.
It was there, in the midst of emotional turmoil, financial upheaval, and loss of identity, that I began my journey of self-discovery.
I began exploring personal development (through books You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, A New Earth by Eckart Tolle, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert) and jumped head first into all things mindset, motivation, manifesting, and spirituality.
I learned that most of the decisions we make are the result of subconscious patterns and that to design the life I wanted I had to live consciously.
I believe the key to living consciously is self-awareness.
When you become self-aware you realize that beauty, joy, love, and fulfillment aren't external things you need to go out and find. They're inherent gifts you get to uncover within - they're who you are. And when you tap into those gifts you discover what you really want (not the stories society, your parents, or your ego say you should want) and make powerful, conscious choices to get it.
Set your intention, create a plan, do the work, and leave room for magic and miracles by having faith. - tweet it!
I took a job in philanthropy at the prestigious Ford Foundation with the sole purpose of finding a truly creative pursuit I could make parlay into a sustainable living. I gave myself 5 years.
As Oprah says "Intention determines outcome." By year 4 I also indulged my passion for writing and became a bestselling author.
I learned what's possible when we go beyond the roles and limitations forced upon us follow our own path. I learned what's possible when we let go of the "shoulds" and leap into the unknown with clarity of purpose, a timetable, a step-by-step plan, and a dash of faith.
That practice is how I landed a job at one of the most prestigious philanthropic organizations. It's how I met an incredible mentor. It's how I took the leap and launched my first business to change the way schools look and expanded it into my company, Consciously Design. It's how I got featured in national magazines and it's how I became a bestselling author. Most important it's how I was led to coach others into pursuing their purpose.
The one thing I continue to do is learn. I'm constantly learning from incredible healers, light-workers, and thought leaders. I'm also learning from you and your stories. We're blessed to walk the path together.
Why You're Here
You may be starting out, starting over, changing course, or seeking ways to take your already amazing life to the next level. Maybe you just happened to stumble upon this website. Whatever led you here, welcome. I want you to know that my mission is to support you as you make conscious choices and take powerful actions to design the work and the life you want. Remember...
You ARE the gift.
I can't wait to see what you create!