maybe you did too…
I knew i wanted to be an entrepreneur from an early age.
I had no shortage of business ideas growing up, including everything from:
Selling railroad spikes and sea shells on the side of the road (a.k.a Antique Stand)
Hometown newspaper (each one handwritten and delivered by yours truly)
The traveling jeweler and candy bar seller all-in-one pop-up shop
Trampoline and jump rope routines business (as in, just come watch us jump on the trampoline)
The classic lemonade stands (oldie but goodie)
Cleaning people’s houses
And finally… my own first jewelry business making REAL jewelry with an online shop.
In high school, I met a chiropractor named Jenny Bruck who got me all jazzed up about health and wellness. I already loved Biology and Health class and could not get enough of such topics! I waltzed up to Jennifer and told her that when I grew up, I wanted to stand in front of people and educate them just like her!
Then I ventured off to college for Health Education and started dreaming of being a health and nutrition coach / teacher for. I was admittedly naive enough to think that clients would just to me the second I opened my doors on something and I was also foolish enough to think that teaching was somehow an easy gig...
I quickly learned after college that in order to pay off said education, one usually requires a J-O-B. Where better to gain experience in the health field than by working for Jenny? So, I approached her and her husband for a job, and my wish was granted!
Then, I launched out of New Hampshire and traveled to Charlotte, NC where I worked for two more chiropractors, and got a crash course in waitressing (which I weirdly actually enjoyed…). I also worked for a vegan health food cafe as a waitress and pastry chef. Deciding the South was too hot and slow for my pace and cool nature, I jet set back to New Hampshire and worked for two more chiropractors, and a health food store… which is where I got to do a whole lot of cooking and where I met my husband, Jason. That’s another story for another time.
Jason was moving to North Carolina to get his own adventuring in and I was heading to France to cook and care for an elderly American couple. We stayed in touch throughout my travels and when my work with them was complete, I decided that it was a good time for a fresh start. So…
Naturally, I moved to North Carolina AGAIN to see if Jason was “the one”. Turns out, he was! After lots more waitressing, a couple more chiropractic offices, and working at an organic mattress store, turns out North Carolina was NOT the one, for either of us.
We ventured back to NH where it all went full circle for both of us. Jason went back to painting houses with his old man, and I went and worked for Dr. Jenny again.
The thing about working for Dr. Jenny is… you really can’t be in her presence and NOT following your dream. She is just one of those kinds of people. It’s hard to sit there and watch someone else making their dreams come true each and every day when you have some buried inside of you that need to be let loose!
I somehow convinced Jason that we should start a business of our very own, or maybe he convinced me? I am a little fuzzy on the details there. All I know is that it was our “5-Year Plan” that became our 6-Month Plan as soon as we set it into motion. We started an organic mattress store in Amherst, NH which ran successfully for 4.5 years. It was a great business model and served a lot of people with something that was lacking in this area. When we decided to close our business and I was considering my next options (Chapter 2 of my story, so to speak), I went and got my real estate license. It was empowering to learn, to study, and to pass a test and make myself feel accomplished. The actual practice of real estate though? Not for me. Through that experience I met a real estate company that hired me to do their social media, and then other people asked me to do their social media, and their newsletters, and edit things…
I just kept saying, “YES” and saw a common thread. Business owners are overwhelmed, stressed, and in desperate need of a clone. What if I could help them?
Sometimes I look back and regret having gotten a degree in Health Education. Sometimes I regret not knowing what I wanted to do sooner. That’s how we learn. Each and every experience brings us closer to who we are supposed to be and become.
I am justifying my student loans by spinning and saying that I am helping people with their health after all, it’s just the health of their business and their mental state :)