1. Faye, tell us about yourself. This question always gives me reason to pause; as each day it feels as if I am someone new based on lessons learned, experiences from the previous day and even the weather or if I have meditated/practiced any yoga that day.A more nuts and bolts answer: In hindsight, a trend setter. Having been raised in a traditional family where the women work in some low level job, get married and have kids, I started out following that model and broke it when I chose to divorce after 21 years in a marriage with 2 children. So for the first time in my life truly being on my own I was now single parenting, working full time; I decided to go back to school for massage therapy in addition to everything else that was going on in my life! From one decision my world has evolved into me realizing my potential as an Intuitive Transformational Empowerment Specialist; a human GPS for emotional, personal and life guidance. An International speaker and educator utilizing my years of training and personal one on one work incorporating modalities such as: EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Strategic Intervention Coaching, Access Bars, Reiki, Massage Therapy, Raw Foods, Yoga, Sound Healing, & Relaxation Meditative modalities to ingrain a sense of positive energy flow within each client or group.
2. Tell us about your business. My business is a healing practice. What started out mostly as massage therapy has evolved into integrated modalities being customized to what a client requires. Depending on the day and or the client, we can be looking at EFT/Coaching sessions, Access Bars/Reiki/Amethyst Bio Mat, Yoga/Meditation, Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation/Healing. An exciting development with the crystal bowl meditations was my recently released CD: Crystal Bowls for the Soul! Feedback has been outstanding as to positive experiences with increased sleep, an ensuing of peace.A recent appointment example: Client was involved in a car accident one year prior to our session, had been in constant pain for that year. We originally decided they needed to have an Access Bars Session while on the Amethyst Bio Mat to help delete the old “stuff” in their brain and to ease some of the pain. In speaking with the client once they arrived, we decided to work with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) while they were on the bio mat. Not only were we able to release a ton of held stuck negative emotions surrounding the accident, the client left with no pain! Cookie cutters don’t apply here. Every client’s needs are customized.
3. Why did you start your own business? I don’t truly know if we start our own business or we choose something different from what we have been raised to know. When there is a deep yearning for something different rumbling through our minds, we begin to search for answers; as we come to those answers we see different possibilities and then decide how to proceed.
4. How did you choose this particular niche? After being in the corporate world for far too long and having a deep sense of knowing this was not the way to be, I began looking for something that would allow me to give back in the world. Having been adept at back rub contests between friends as a kid, I believe the information was there but took awhile to be seen. I guess I was a closet healer!5. What do you like most and least about being your own boss? Like most: choosing when to work and with whom I want to work. Like least: paperwork!
6. What personality traits and skills are needed to run a business? Staying focused when required. It can be quite easy to just want to not handle the business basics. You get to be the boss looking over your shoulder as if you were in a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) and the boss/employee. Being able to switch gears on a dime also helps.7. What has been the most difficult part of being an entrepreneur? Feeling guilty about taking time for ME. When you are an entrepreneur you always want to be available for your clients. The reality is, that does not serve anyone well for the long run. The most important thing you can do for your business is to take YOU time, consistently. It feeds you on a spiritual level and gives you the energy you require to keep doing what needs to be done.
8. Do you have any resources that you have used to build your business that you would recommend? A large part of the evolving and expansion of the business came in the form of education. Areas where I was either challenged or had a desire to learn more. Also being aware of what the clients were requesting and I didn’t yet have training in. This created the space for the interlacing of modalities so that if say “x” didn’t serve this client, then we could go to “y”. That’s the nuts and bolts aspect. The deeper aspect came from doing A LOT of personal transformation work. When funds were low, tapping into as many free resources as were available to help open dark spaces internally. Then taking bigger plunges and doing organized programs. As you expand, you bring that to your business. No one escapes looking inward.9. Do you have any tips to share on promoting yourself? Smile! No one wants to hang around someone who is grumpy. Have lots and lots of person to person conversations. Ask for referrals from happy clients.
10. What other advice would you like to share with someone starting their own business? You owe it to yourself to try. Fear of losing a paycheck kicking in? Start part time developing your business, then when you feel comfortable in at least having a foundation built, move into it full time. IF for some reason it doesn’t work out, you can always find a different arena to play in or go back to a J.O.B.11. How can we contact you to learn more about your products and services?
12. Is there anything else you would like to share? Create your own because you feel passionate about what you are choosing. If you are going into this just for the money, you will soon feel as tied down as you did with an employer. Know that there are always avenues for expansion, you just need to ask yourself: How does it get even better than this?!