I love stories. What’s your story?
Former Ice Cream and Candy store owner, turned clean eating health coach! I used to own three very large Sweet shops in the mountains of Colorado pushing sugar to thousands! Sugar and stress ruled my life. Now I’ve done a 180 in my life and I’m trying to help people get healthier, not in the absence of sugar in stress, but right alongside it.
Tell me about your business?
Salt Water Wellness launched just about four years ago in January 2016. I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. A Health coach is a hybrid of a nutritionist, a therapist and a life coach. I help people approach their health from a holistic perspective. Health is so much more than just the food that goes into your mouth or hours logged in at the gym. I have a particular passion in the areas of gut health and mental health. I truly believe all disease begins in the gut and I love helping people get at the root of what’s going on in their body empowering them with the tools they need to truly heal their body and become the CEO of their health
Why did you become an entrepreneur?
I’ve been an entrepreneur almost my entire adult life. Mt first round was as an event planner, my second round was as a restaurant owner and now this third round is as a Health Coach! I think it’s as simple as this. Some people are hard-wired to be an entrepreneur and as much as I’ve tried to work for others, I always end up back in the entrepreneurial world!
Who is your ideal client?
I love working with people who aren’t terribly sick but don’t feel great either. They have some low-grade chronic things going on in their body but their conventional doctor hasn’t been able to help them. Typically these clients are frustrated and therefore they are open to approaching their health without the band-aids of pharmaceuticals. They want to really figure out what’s going on in their body and truly try to heal.
As an entrepreneur, we face a lot of challenges, what has been your biggest challenge?
Figuring out what my true passion within the Health and Wellness space is. I realized shortly into this journey that I didn’t LOVE just doing one to one sessions, so figuring out how to do what I love and get around that minor roadblock was a bit of a challenge. So this is why I’m working on my online course. I found myself saying the same things over and over again to every single client, shocked they weren’t getting any direction from their doctors. So now I’m hoping I can reach a broader audience instead of just one to one sessions!
What has been your biggest accomplishment in your business?
Creating my Five Minute Friday videos and developing a following.
What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself as an entrepreneur?
I have a lot of financial PTSD, so having a small stream of income that doesn’t come directly from my own business takes some of the pressure off. I work 2-3 days a week for someone else so having that consistent paycheck each week alleviates a lot of pressure for me.
What advice would you give someone who just started or wants to become an entrepreneur?
If you are going out on your own make sure you are financially prepared. There is nothing that sucks the creativity out of your passion quicker than the stress of having to get more clients because you’re running out of money. Make sure you either have a nice cushion for yourself or you have another stream of income.
Share one fun fact about yourself?
Even though I’m a health coach I still have a raging sweet tooth!! The struggle is real….
What’s your favorite quote?
When “I” is replaced with “We”, even Illness becomes wellness.
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