Q: What is your business?
A: Guided Transformations is a healing partnership of skilled practitioners who take a team approach to finding and facilitating the connection between your authentic self and optimum health. Our mission is to demystify information about the body's energy system by providing the education and resources necessary to comprehend how the energy system functions and impacts health. We provide the self-help tools, healthy living strategies, and energy system balancing through various therapies that help clients achieve and maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I did not have a typical childhood. I cannot sum it up in a few sentences, but you will be able to read about the impact it had on my life in my upcoming book
Q: What was your inspiration to become an entreprenuer?
A: I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Right after high school I sold Avon door to door, and have been part of several MLM companies. Before I became a nurse, I was in sales and marketing for nearly 20 years. I was planning on starting this business after I retired, but I was handed the opportunity to move up the starting date when the hospice I was working for closed. My husband who is also self-employed encouraged me to start my business instead of working for another healthcare provider.
Q: What do you most enjoy about what you do?
A: My favorite part of being self-employed is having control of my schedule.
Q: What has been one of your biggest accomplishments?
Returning to college at age 43 to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a nurse.
Q: What's an example of the work that you do?
A: I am a Healing Touch Practitioner and reflexologist. I use those modalities along with guided imagery and meditation to help my clients increase their level of health and well-being. A large number of my clients are older adults who have tried traditional medical model interventions such as surgery and medications, and continued to have issues. As a holistic practitioner, I help clients connect to their natural healing abilities using a mind, body, spirit approach.
Q: What does a day-in-the-life of YOU consist of?
A: We are early risers who start every morning with a meditation routine and energy exercises to balance the body. I see clients for individual sessions, do group presentations for stress management, attend networking functions, write a weekly blog, market the business and all the other typical small business functions that need doing. I also manage our home, market our rental cottage and attend the functions of our 9 grand kids. Sometimes I’m amazed at the number of things that get done in a day.
Q: What entrepreneurial hacks have you developed to stay focused and productive in your day-to-day?
I’m pretty self-motivated. I make a list of things I want to accomplish by the week and then prioritize. I further break that down into what tasks can be done in the car, my home office and studio. My best hack is using Siri to take notes for topics I want to blog about or not forget.
Q: How does being an entrepreneur affect your relationships with your friends and family?
A: My family loves it! My children and step-children are all grown and have kids of their own. I’m able to flex my schedule to help with the grand kids and attend programs and athletic events. My friends are supportive too.
Q: How do you achieve work-life balance?
A: We plan our getaways and vacations first and keep weekends for ourselves.
Q: What’s the single most important reason for your success?
A: The support of my husband has been amazing. He’s my biggest fan and cheerleader.
Q: What’s the biggest thing you struggle with as an entrepreneur?
A: Marketing has changed in the last 15 years. Learning how to use social media has been my biggest struggle.
Q: What did you learn from your biggest failure?
A: Every day is a new day…keep trying! I try to look for the lesson in the experience.
Q: Looking back, what’s one thing you wish you understood about entrepreneurship before you ever got started?
A: The hardest thing for me was moving from a having a regular paycheck to an irregular paycheck. I understood it was going to happen and take time make money, but I struggled with it mentally.
Q: What was the best piece of advice you ever got? The worst?
A: The best piece of advice was to believe in myself and my abilities.
Q: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done as an entrepreneur?
A: Sold bras at an outdoor event, and measured women in a portable, home-made dressing room I made with PVC pipe and shower curtains☺
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