Welcome to Unpause Your Dreams™

Unpause Your Dreams™ (UYD) is a career & small business coaching agency just outside of Charlotte, NC.

UYD was created in 2020, by Charlene Ridley to empower people to take charge of their lives, stop waiting for “someday” to live their dreams and take action to dare to live NOW.

UYD offers 1:1 & group coaching, workshops and events (virtual & in-person).

Whether enrolled in coaching for career or business goals, UYD clients transform their lives forever.

They believe they can have whatever they want, attract more opportunities, experience greater life satisfaction, increase their income & long-term earning capabilities, improve their quality of life & expand their influence.

I am Charlene Ridley.

Coach. Strategist. Speaker. Wife. Mom. Lover of God, life and people.

I started my journey in 2000 writing resumes to help friends and co-workers set themselves apart & get higher paying jobs. Over the past 20+ years, I developed a knack for recreating myself, trying new ventures and living out my dreams.

I’m a serial entrepreneur, started five businesses, got an MBA, served on non-profit boards & held at least a half-dozen corporate positions. I’ve been a FINRA licensed trader, a career services professional at local college, real estate broker, and most recently a strategy & analytics manager at a Big Four firm.

My favorite part of every experience has been working with people.

Leading. Developing. Strategizing. Empowering them to reach their goals.

So, I’ve technically always been a coach. But in 2016, I made it official and coached my first group program with almost 200 participants. It was an incredible, life changing experience, not just for them but for me too.

In January 2023, I left my corporate job to pursue my new dream of career & small business coaching full-time.

My prayer is to have a lasting impact on everyone I meet. Everyone deserves to achieve their dreams and I am using everything I have learned to lead the way.


1:1 Coaching

Recognized by Influence Digest as one of the top 16 coaches in Charlotte, NC in 2023.

Career & Business Coaching is a fully customized, highly interactive experience that is offered in a 3 month container and is best suited for those with career development goals, those looking to transition into new careers or exit corporate America and those looking to start a new business. This coaching includes:

  • 12 – Weekly 60 minute coaching calls or in-person meetings
  • 12 – Call recordings (if virtual & desired)
  • 12 – Weekly HW Assignments customized to your individual needs
  • Messaging Support between calls

Group Coaching

90 Days to Dream is a rigorous group coaching program that is offered 3 times a year. In this program clients choose a career, business or life goal, create a strategic plan and go all in to make the dream a reality in 90 days. Included in this program:

  • 1 – Workbook
  • Dream Strategic Plan (DSP) Development & Review
  • 12 – Weekly 60-minute group coaching calls
  • 12 – Call recordings
  • 2 – Guest Speakers Masterclasses
  • Slack Messaging support
  • Community

Enrollment starts Monday, February 12, 2024.

Next group starts March 4th.

Unpause Your Dreams Creative Studio

Now Open!

The Unpause Your Dreams Creative Studio is a 2200 sq ft space offering 12 photography sets, a podcast room & class/seminar space for 50. This space was designed for women & girls to dream and create. Whether it’s content creation, brand shoots, podcast/webinar/video recording, or setting the stage to speak and teach workshops–the UYD Creative Studio has space for you. Located just of 77 in Charlotte, NC, 15 minutes from Uptown, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill.


Photography Rental $125/Hour

Podcast Rental $75/Hour


Are you a speaker?

If you don’t have a stage yet, create one. The UYD Creative Studio is just the place for you to launch or grow your speaking career. Share your knowledge and expertise with 50 attendees by hosting a workshop, masterclass, seminar, empowerment event, training or team building event. The space is equipped with a projector, screen, WiFi, 10 tables (8 for guests & 2 for food/beverages), and seating for 50.

Upcoming Events

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