A Unique Approach Bringing Personal Development to Meet Your Wallet!

For a life you lead, setting you free from life leading you!

What do you identify with?

I feel like I am waking up from a life that has happened to me and now I feel lost to who I am, what I want, and how I am going to survive the next chapter in my life.

I have this nagging question and overwhelming doubt of – “Can I change my financial life?” “Something has got to change!” & “I have no idea what to do or where to start.”

I have been in the same career for so many years and though my income has had small steady increases over time, I don’t know how I am going to survive my next chapter in life.

I have made minimum wage my entire life, I just can’t seem to get ahead and I constantly wonder how other people make so much money.

I have been struggling with the question – Why is it that the rich keep getting richer and I keep struggling to make my bills?

I can’t do more than what I currently do because I am limited to what I know how to do and I cannot seem to get ahead while doing it.

I feel like I have had a good life but my finances just don’t seem to give me more than what I need today.

I feel like because my family has never made a lot of money, it is my destiny to be just like them.

I have a good job and yet I still feel like there is more out there for me and have no idea what that is.

I have made millions but find myself broke and wondering how to get back to where I was and how to keep it this time.

Allow me to also say: You are not alone and there is NOTHING wrong with you!


Life tends to fall into place as we grow and evolve. The needs of today are what became important in the moment. This evolution has been perfect… up to now!

NOW… This strategy, the strategy you have been living up to this point, is no longer working for you. You are in the evolution of your next chapter and it is in perfect timing. I know it doesn’t feel that way but trust me, it is, and it is never too late to begin writing it!

Changing your core subconscious beliefs around money, wealth, and success is the key to unlocking your full financial potential. Beliefs in identity, worth, and dreams.


There is so much more to changing your money state than creating a budget, getting out of debt, & watching your spending. Though they are important, its the psychology behind why you keep recreating the same scenarios no matter what strategy shifts you make and identifying the vision for who you are as a person, what you want in your life, what legacy you want to leave that are key components needed for lasting financial change.  

The Financial Alignment Academy created by Lead Life by Design helps you to identify the psychology, vision, and strategies needed to align the way you make and handle your money. Together they catapult you into creating consistent financial and emotional growth over time. 


I am Shiela Wood and as a Finance & Success coach, I help individual align the way they think about and manage money.  We then go into aligning the way you make and manage your money with who you are, what you want for your life, and what your mission in life is.  

I know embarking on a new finance journey can be daunting, frustrating, and down right scary.   


My proven system guides you into consistent financial change. 

Two Ways To Work With ME  

Personal Attention


This One-to-One program helps you identify your individual challenges, blocks, and needs through personalized virtual coaching sessions and select homework to help you accomplish your defined goals.

Maybe you are only looking for some practical guidance on structuring your current household financial plan. Then Phase 2 information and personalized coaching may be the only part you need.

Maybe you have a current household plan but feel like you are stuck where you are and cannot seem to move into financial abundance or prosperity. Then, based on our conversation, I would guide you to the phases that best suite your needs and create a coaching plan to help move you into your next financial chapter.

This structure is designed to look at what part within the 6-phases to financial change you are needing the most at this time.


Financial Alignment Academy


This course allows you to go through the 6-phases to financial change at your own pace with a built-in accountability system to maximize your success. Each component is drip released based on the completion of each associated exercise. It offers multiple ways for support through personal coaching with me at a discounted rate; through the Hot-Seat group coaching program by application; and through the live Q & A sessions within the private Facebook group. 

This structure is designed for the open-minded person who is really good with self-reflection but needs that little extra help to get them past the blocks they do not see for themselves.  

I am here to help!

What do I mean by
“6 core phases of financial growth?”

During my financial journey I realized no matter how many times I implemented strategies to get out of debt, plan for the future, create a spending plan I was never able to maintain it.  I recognized my self sabotaging patterns would recreate my situation over and over again.  It wasn’t until I realized the psychology perspective and self worth limiting beliefs that I was able to begin thriving in my financial life.  This is when I began combining my mindset work with my strategic strategies.  Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the overall program was born. 

Phase 1

Money Mindset – The first is understanding what your belief system actually is about and around money, where it came from, dispel the power it has over you and determine if your “why” you want to improve this area of your life is bigger than the challenges that will inevitably come up for you

Phase 2

Psychology of Current Habits and Restructure Strategies – The second phase is about the practical exercise to see where your money is actually going; where you are with your debt; how you can budget where you are and where you want to be in one format; and then break all that down into a two money day cycles while keeping more in your bank account. Each component will home in on your psychology around each subject.

From this point I then realized my career path, though financially rewarding, was not my passion in life.  I also realized I had no idea how to identify my passion because I really didn’t even know who I was at my core.  I didn’t know what I wanted my life to look like let alone know how to get there.  I also started looking at what I was learning about business and began implementing those strategies into my personal life.  This is where Phase 3 & 4 began. 

Phase 3

Identity& Desires – The third phase looks at your personal values, character, personal life intentions, mission, and helps you get in alignment with all three.

Phase 4

Vision Passion & Worth – The Fourth is to define your dream life.  What do you want your life to be in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, retirement; What lights you up and how is your passion in alignment with your identity and desires; What value do you give in all areas of your life; what skills do you have and where does your self-worth lie? This phase is about getting clear on your vision passion and worth so you can move to making money in ways that is in alignment with who you are at the core.

Once I got clear on who I was, what I valued in life, what I wanted my life to look like, & figured out what lit me up as a person, as a women, and as a professional I then began looking at all my options on how to make more money in my life.  Phase 5 took a full 30 days to really brainstorm and feel in my heart and soul.  It was so enlightening to me.  The opportunities just began showing themselves to me and my instincts were heightened with every opportunity I found for myself.  Phase 5 was a life changer! 

Phase 5

Money Opportunities – The fifth phase helps you get clear on your life’s direction in making money!  It answers: What you really want to do with your life, what kind of money do you want to make, what does your heart tell you to do, and finding money making ways to get there while staying in alignment with who you are and living your passion and mission.

Once I really got clear on where I wanted my professional life to go I began looking at the path to get there.  I found and truly understood the need for a roadmap.  A need for direction and grace with myself.  I, like many others, am fed by instant gratification and if I had held onto my limiting beliefs that were discovered in Phase 1 or had not taken the time to see my true value and worth in Phase 3 I would never have stepped into this life I have created for myself here in Phase 6.  This roadmap with a clear vision in front of me is the answer to changing your life.  You have to be brave enough to do something different than you have always done things; be someone you have never been before; and step through the fear your inner voices present to you as learning opportunities rather then barriers!  Phase 6 helps you keep the light in front of you with clear directions and steps to take to get where you want to go. 

Phase 6

Your Road-map – The sixth is to define what you need to do to get there. What skills do you need to gain; what gaps do you see between where you are and where you want to be; what are you willing to do to keep moving forward.






“Thank you Shiela for teaching me how to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life. I didn’t know I can do it. I was lost and hopeless. You believed in me before I believed in myself. Starting with budgeting, managing money and paying off credit card debt. To opening my eyes to new possibilities. You guided me on where to stay focused, provided the steps to see my value and slign them all with what I’m passionate about.
I now have the vision of what career I can create for myself based on my true passion.
In addition, Shiela, you helped my personal development and pushed me to review my interactions with my supervisor.
You compassionate and empathetic approach made me feel safe and kept me engaged. I appreciate all you’ve done, with gratitude.”

Emmy Barraco