Shawn Haywood, Ph.D. works with people who wake up already overwhelmed at the day ahead, sometimes even aggravated, with an anxious pit in their stomach, wishing for some free time, sound sleep, and some gosh darn peace!

She teaches individuals how to remove stress, overwhelm and frustration, and how to reclaim their life by crafting a 6-hour workday, spending plenty of time honoring themselves, and taking lots of down time.

Meet Dr. Shawn Haywood!

What inspired you to launch your web-based business? I wanted to be and feel free and teach others to do the same. I believe firmly in the power of working less and making more! 

What do you love most about having your own business or your work? I love getting to care deeply for others while teaching them to create more fulfilling, calm and abundant lives.

What is the most challenging part of being a businesswoman? Keeping up with technology and sales is typically one common ongoing challenge of having a virtual business over the past 20 years.

What is your favorite way to unplug from work? Travel and hiking with my amazing husband and pups! We live, work, play and travel fulltime in our Airstream camper so we get to have a ton of amazing adventures in our lives!

What are some of your proudest accomplishments? Having developed a heart that extends unconditionally is my favorite accomplishment. And in this, relinquishing several sandbags of anger and anxiety from my ‘past life!’ Also, learning to become a speaker has been extremely joyful!

Shawn Haywood PHDWhat three web tools can you not live without? Highrise (CRM software), my virtual assistant, and social media platforms.

Do you have any professional role models? Wow! There are so many. Most of my role models are spiritual teachers. Dr. David R. Hawkins has had the most powerful and profound impact on my life as a whole.

What are some risks you have taken that resulted in positive outcomes? Hiring my own coaches has been huge! Also, trusting my intuition can still feel risky, but always turns out favorably!

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date? To let go and surrender—at all times. Having the deep knowing that things will always work out is key to my ability to remain calm and focused.

What tips would you give other businesswomen to maintain work/life balance? Planning is so key. Most business owners don’t create or use a functional strategy. I have a document I use to write my tasks every day. This is so invaluable and allows me to stay rooted in a 6-hour workday.

Also, delegate, delegate, delegate! Letting go of the reins can be a major struggle for women business owners.

Shawn Haywood's homeWhere’s your favorite place to work from? Our traveling home!

Are you part of any mastermind or networking groups? If so, which ones? eWomen Network – this is a really lovely network of fantastic women.

What is a quote you live by? “Surrender all things as they come up,” by Dr. Hawkins.

What is the one book that you recommend other female entrepreneurs read? Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by Dr. Hawkins, and Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

What has helped you grow your business? Taking time religiously every morning for meditation, journaling, reading (with my hubby), and body movement.

What has been your best business investment? Reading spiritual texts and business coaches.

What does your typical day look like? Meditation, journaling, reading (with my hubby), body movement, then breakfast. After I determine my rule of 3 for the day (these are the top strategic initiatives for a given day based on my strategic plan). I practice the strategic execution and do client calls, followed by resting, relaxing, and body movement. Then dinner with Hubby and more relaxing.

What advice would you give your younger self? Surrender! Everything will be perfect!

What is the #1 piece of advice would you’d give to someone who’s aspiring to run a web-based business? Learn and grow personally, the rest can be learned and executed naturally. Also, plan and delegate!

Learn more about Dr. Shawn Haywood by visiting her website at and blog, and following her on Instagram.

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