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Meet Trailblazer Pam Zimmerman-Hopkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pam Zimmerman-Hopkins.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Three things were true in my life; I was bored, thought everyone was watching and completely scared of failing. I was the lady with all the balls in the air that appeared effortless to orchestrate. My story is not unlike so many other women who appear to have it all; a mom, a wife, a worker bee. Up until a few years I worked full time, rising in the ranks of corporate America, I thought I loved working but really what I loved is the idea of ‘doing’. Every single day of my adult life, I worried that people would find out that I don’t have it all together and I felt a fraud in my own skin. I spent my time trying to outrun my feelings by being the doer, the achiever. By being busy. I was in a constant state of doing until I hit a wall. I spent an entire year trying to figure out what to do next; went to a couple of women’s retreats, read ALL the ‘find yourself’ books and took every personality test I could get my hands on. What it all boiled down to was that I was supposed to be helping people and organizing, anyone and everything.
Groovy Life Unlimited was born. I LOVE to organize and helping people find the headspace to clear out all that is not in their lives and businesses for a purpose is life-giving to me. Today, my doing has a purpose and I am never afraid that someone will notice that I don’t have it all together because I don’t and guess what, neither do they. I use my business as a way to bring joy and calm to others, but mostly, I get to feed my love of process and joy of beautiful spaces every day. My life is unlimited and oh so groovy!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Figuring out who you are and how you will best share your gifts with the world is not the work of a single week, month or year. It is an ongoing journey and embracing that is a major key to my growing business. I started out with the intention of helping people get their houses ready for sale and it morphed into organizing closets, pantries, and garages. I still get to do those things but I also help small businesses with process development and people management.

My advice: Embrace change; change is development, refinement, maturing of ideas and desire. The Universe is practically tripping you with clues about what is next, stop ignoring them.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Groovy Life Unlimited – what should we know?
I specialize in helping people and small business clear the clutter; whether that is actual stuff or simply process problems. Helping people identify the problem spots, the source of them and develop a system that creates calm and ease in their everyday life. Perfection is not part of the game in any way, real life is not magazine ready. I strive to help my clients enjoy more of their lives and feel less busy by simplifying.

I am very proud that people trust me to see them in their most vulnerable state. Asking for help is hard, letting me see your ‘dirty laundry’, literally and figuratively can be embarrassing. Vulnerability is beautiful and at the end of our journey together I hope my clients feel seen and heard and have a sense of relief and peace of mind.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
It would be easy to say gender inequality, pay gap, etc., however, in my experience in the corporate world, the single biggest barrier is women fighting against women for a seat at the table. Yes, it is a reality that women are working against patriarchy, however, there is a misguided belief that there are only a few seats available for women and that we must play musical chairs to see who gets them. I strongly believe that by working together, which is an innate quality of women, anything is possible. Collaborate, build each other up, use your collective talents to better the work, the environment, and the culture to become the leaders of tomorrow that never hold seats for just one type of person.

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Headshot: Kim Ventola Photography

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