Ali Jones - CEO and Found of Cyphter - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Ali Jones – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet CEO and Found of the tech start-up Cyphtr Ali Jones…

I met Ali when she invited me as guest on her Instagram series “Friday Night Live” and we hit it off. I was so excited to chat with her again and have her share her incredible and honest journey with you.

From Executive Producer Assistant on big-budget films to tech startup founder & CEO to marketing consultant, Ali Jones lives in Louisiana where she’s balancing raising her toddler, hosting her IGTV series Friday Night LIVE, and helping entrepreneurs leverage emotional intelligence into their social media marketing to genuinely connect to their ideal client and enjoy making content without the burnout.

Ali is a mom of a 4-year-old and a big furball. She’s been happily married for 5 years. 2020 was a tough year for Ali in more ways than one…her son tested for Oppositional Defiant Disorder which required the whole family to learn different parenting methods in tandem with anger management and Montessori techniques. This along with her husband’s job loss and Covid diagnosis made the end of 2020 very difficult.

Even with all of the drama that 2020 has brought, they are still an extremely happy family that loves to go hiking, biking, and always look forward to another day in this blessed life. They are grateful for their community support and learned to just love each other fiercely through it all.

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You can listen to my conversation with Ali Jones at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

As a founder of a startup, I’m wearing all the hats while prepping to hire my team. I developed a platform that allows you to follow up with everyone you meet via email the moment you meet them. I wanted to start this company because I have a passion for connecting people. I’m am also a marketing consultant with a focus on emotional intelligence and social media branding. I create quarterly marketing plans in addition to leveling up my client’s social media profiles and content strategy. As far as why I became a consultant, I never planned on doing this work, but I was getting asked to consult for authors and speakers and really enjoyed working with people that had a message and motivation to impact others. Marketing is something that I’m always thinking about, learning more about, and can’t stop talking about.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Willpower is my greatest business strength and the only reason I have made it as far as I have. There are many hurdles to starting your own business, and the only way I’m able to have made it over them is by convincing myself to keep trying no matter how many times I fell down before.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I need to continue my education on my personal and business finances so that I can better understand when I can delegate and scale.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

I wish I would’ve believed in my own potential sooner and stopped the whole “fake it till you make it” mantra. I wasted a year and a half on stage competing with other startups for the attention of investors in hopes of having the funds to hire developers because “only smart people that are good with math know how to code.” Eventually I gave developing a shot and was able to develop my platform in 4 months and ran over 100 successful demos without having to sell of portions of my company to investors.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Balance comes after you find what’s most important to you. You can’t sacrifice the things that make you happy in hopes for a more successful tomorrow. Happiness is wanting what you have, and success is having what you want. If you give up the things that make you happy, then you’ll never want the things that you have tomorrow if you sacrificed the best part of your life today.

Where can we find you online or on social media?


Ashley Watson - Pretty Organized Chaos - Business Savvy Mama

Ashley Watson – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet CEO and Social Media Expert Ashley Watson…

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Ashley Watson is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who’s leaped from small business owner turned virtual assistant to her current position as a social media expert. After spending more than 15 years in the hospitality world growing her knowledge of exceptional customer service, media marketing, and learning first hand what it takes to build a brick and mortar business from the ground up, she loves offering knowledge, experience, and creative services to her clients.

Ashley lives in Columbus with her husband and two boys. Theirs is a home full of Star Wars, music, and football! She’s been married for eight years and with her husband, for almost 11! She met him in Arizona where she had her first son. Then they moved to Colorado, where she had her second son. Now they are living back in her native Ohio to be closer to family and raise their boys.

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You can listen to my conversation with Ashley Watson at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I started this business to help support the back and of busy entrepreneurs. After owning several businesses in the last 10 years, I noticed that this was the one thing I struggled with as a ‘soloprenur’. I always had in the back my mind this idea that one of my businesses will be around fully supporting entrepreneurs. And after starting out as a VA I quickly turned to social media management. I know I will help run the back end of the business and I do all the sales and client communication. I have a Business partner now who is our operation manager.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Taking the time to always learn. I never want to be the smartest in the room. And I have a lot of pride in the time that I carve out to keep learning. I continually make time to grow and strengthen my business and my team.

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3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I would say starting to collaborate with other entrepreneurs to help each other grow.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Start out with confidence in your pricing. You know your worth and there’s no need to second-guess yourself. Not everyone will be your ideal client and that’s OK!

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

To put in your calendar for your time off or your one on one time with yourself. Doing whatever makes you happy outside of work. To bring you back to a calm and positive state. This will only help improve your time as a mom and as a wife and as a person!

Where can we find you on social media?


Kristen Westcott - Business Growth & Systems Strategist - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Kristen Westcott – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Business Growth and Systems Strategist Kristen Westcott…

Kristen has had a major impact on my growth during my business pivot. She has spent the last decade in the legal and education fields supporting leaders and students in the areas of goal setting, productivity, and project management. After recognizing her true passion lies in serving entrepreneurs, Kristen honed her skills as a Director of Operations. She quickly noticed that what was holding many business owners back wasn’t a lack of drive or ability, but a lack of foundational systems that could support the day-to-day operations of a scaling business. These days, she spends her time helping online coaches, copywriters, and service providers scale without the frustration that massive growth often brings.

When she’s not making life easier for business owners, Kristen is married with 2 daughters (ages 4 & 6) and a husband in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Her daugthers both love Disney (and their favorite shows rotate so fast she can barely keep up).  And like many Canadians, Kristen’s husband is hockey obsessed. 🤣

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You can listen to my conversation with Kristen Westcott at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I am a business growth and systems strategist. I help online entrepreneurs (mainly coaches and service providers) cut their work hours in half without dropping the ball on their client work, losing revenue, or having a huge team to manage. I love helping people see that there’s no one right way to build a business that no one “guru” has the secret key to success … there are many ways to be successful and you get to determine your path (and take your lifestyle and circumstances into consideration as you choose!)

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Planning and coaching my clients.

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3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

Marketing and visibility.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself?

To be more confident in my knowledge and skills and start TAKING ACTION before investing in more courses and programs.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should! Learn where to let go and where to say no,

Where can we find you on social media?


Luana HueSing - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Luana HueSing – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet the Maui Realtor Mom Luana HueSing…

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Luana is a real estate matchmaker and problem solver who helps home buyers and sellers achieve their goals in their time-frame, without pressure. Just great service! 

Luana lives on the island of Maui in Hawaii with her blended family of 3 boys (22, 15, & 12 yrs old) and a 2 yr old grandson. These days they spend a lot of time at home due to Covid. Prior to Covid, her 15 yr old was in cross county and paddling. Her 12 yr old was in football.She believes it’s actually been nice not having to rush from one practice field to another. 🤣

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You can listen to my conversation with Luana HueSing at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I’m a licensed real estate sales agent. I love helping my clients find the home of their dreams and build wealth. I don’t have a college degree. But I wanted to make the kind of income that required a degree. I was tired of living paycheck to paycheck. When I researched different careers and their incomes that required a degree, I started thinking about what options there were for me to earn that kind of income without a degree. Real estate is what popped into my mind. Which as crazy because this was in 2008 when the real estate world was crumbling. 12 years ago, I prayed and wrote in my journal “One day, I want to be a real estate agent.” 2 years ago, that prayer was answered and I became a licensed realtor.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

I like to build connections with my clients and potential clients. I take them from confusion to clarity and confidence. I use social media to do that as well as provide helpful tips and education. Whether someone chooses me as their realtor or not, if they learn something new from me that helps them make one of the biggest purchases in their life, that’s a win for me.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

Confidence.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Stay focused on the goal. It’s so easy to get distracted with other projects or ways to make money. I’ve learned that entrepreneurship isn’t a sprint. It’s a learn as you go journey.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

I’ve learned how to better manage my time from listening to your podcast. I used to wake up 30 minutes before the kids needed to be up and ready for school. I always felt like I was trying to catch up and keep up. But now, I wake up at 4:30am which gives me 4 hours of quiet time to get work done before the day gets busy and hectic. This new routine has helped me feel less stressed and be more focused with my kids during the day. I’m also less distracted when my husband gets home from work. It helps family time be more intentional and meaningful because my mind isn’t thinking about work that still needs to get done.

Where can we find you on social media?


Jess Copacia - Mom Empowerment Coach - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Jess Copacia – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Empowerment Coach for Moms Jess Copacia…

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Jess is a coach who gives women permission to start putting themselves first! She believes women’s voices often become quieted by mom guilt and society’s opinion of what a wife or mom should look like. This “quieting”  causes women to lose themselves and may lead to unhappiness, overwhelm, stagnation, anxiety and hopelessness. In her Straighten Your Crown program, she encourages women to awaken that inner voice and start taking action to become the QUEEN they were meant to be!

Jess is a mother to two amazing girls, wife, pediatric nurse practitioner and newbie entrepreneur. She would consider her family an “adventurous family”, always looking for ways to get out of the house and have fun! Both of her daughters love playing outside, and are involved in multiple sports. They are little fish in the summer and very competitive board gamers. As a mother, Jess prides herself on making each day a little silly, this may include blaring music while cleaning, having a dance-off or playing hide-and-seek in the dark with glow sticks. She believes the best childhood memories come from the unexpected silly moments, the ones filled with belly laughing and not so much on the ones we weigh so heavily as mothers.

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You can listen to my conversation with Jess Copacia at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I coach fierce mommas on how to stop allowing mom guilt to trap them in a life where their dreams become limited or worse, nonexistent. I use the term mom guilt to explain the phenomena women find themselves in, after checking the boxes off the “life to-do list” and still finding themselves somehow very unhappy. This is because they have allowed their inner badass to become silenced by the fear of not being good enough.

As a nurse practitioner, I have always loved the coaching aspect of medicine. Whether I am coaching a teenager going through chemotherapy, that anxiety is expected or coaching a parent during an illness their child may be going through. I also have always been that person who never turned down a chance to coach one of my friends through a tough time or big life decision. I think I have always had an inner “tug” for the underdog. That individual who needs someone to show them they are definitely not alone. I often tell my clients everyone has “downs” in their life. But it is how you turn it around and use it for fuel that makes life so amazing. My life could be considered blessed from the outside…But I too have gone through things that I would have never predicted.

A few years ago, I found myself with my “to-do list” boxes checked but still unhappy. I was married, successful in my career and had two children but still unfulfilled. I realized that I was no longer REALLY living the way I wanted but living by the expectations of others and giving everything to everyone else. It was through my own journey of straightening my crown and becoming the inner queen I knew was still in there, I realized I could help others do the same thing.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business?

Passion! Without passion for a career there is no meaningful reward. Yes, you can make money in a career that you aren’t passionate about but that career soon becomes a job and you start to resent the work. A career that you are passionate about, fuels the soul and keeps you at your best!

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most?

Realizing the path is winding and confusing. And that’s ok. Again, many of us are programmed to depend on career benchmarks, follow guidelines and our boss to tell us we are doing a good job. However, when it comes to entrepreneurship there is no roadmap and only yourself cheering you on! That was a big adjustment for me and I had to realize my passion is what matters and what I should remain focused on.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself?

Holding back only delays success. The fear of what others may think or judgment, made me play it safe in the beginning. Instead of just putting it out there and being my authentic self, instead, I slowly eased into it. I now realize people crave authenticity.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time?

Intentional planning! Each week I sit down with my husband and go over a game plan. We talk which days I will need more “me time” for getting goals reached. And what time he needs for his week. The children, are obviously the main focus and driving factor in our daily routine but I have learned by focusing on what makes us happy first, in turns makes the family function better as a whole! I feel most parents (especially moms), take that focus and create a habit of ALWAYS making their children come first.

This habit, is what often creates unease or unhappiness in our lives. I believe parents need to first focus on their journey. Making time for personal goals or hobbies brings happiness, contentment, and being present for their children. I always coach that “it isn’t about the quantity of time with your children, it is about the quality of time”. When constantly putting your children first, you show up drained, frazzled, and resentful. And annoyed and the amount of time you spend isn’t enjoyable. By having your own life goals/dreams, you show up more energized, refreshed, and excited to spend time with your children…Making the time spent QUALITY! Kids will always remember how you show up, not how many times you show up!

Where can we find you online and on social media?


Holly Haynes - Side Hustle Strategist - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Holly Haynes – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet side hustle strategist Holly Haynes…

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Holly Haynes is crazy passionate about teaching women how to build a side hustle (insert job of their dreams) without sacrificing weekends and their priorities! She believes strongly that you can create a routine you love and with the right tools create a lifestyle that works without burnout! You can usually find her chatting biz strategy on my podcast “Crush the Rush” and all things wellness (gotta keep that energy up).

She started her first coaching business in network marketing when her twins were 18 months old while working full time. She was excited to start something she was passionate about but overwhelmed with how to make progress in small pockets of time. The traditional methods of working 3-4 hours a day in blocks of time didn’t work because she quite frankly didn’t that kind of time. So she created a system and strategy that works and used that to build her strategic coaching business that exists today!

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You can listen to my conversation with Holly Haynes at the link above. Or get an overview below.

What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I help female entrepreneurs take back control of their time with proven systems and structure to create a strategy that works.I started my first coaching business in network marketing when my twins were 18 months old while working full time. I was excited to start something I was passionate about but overwhelmed with how to make progress in small pockets of time. The traditional methods of working 3-4 hours a day in blocks of time didn’t work for me because I quite frankly didn’t have it. So I created a system and strategy that works and used that to build my strategic coaching business that exists today!

Additionally, I have a 20 year corporate strategy career (a masters in business strategy). I work full time for a non-profit. And most days can be found sharing my experiences as a working mom. And sharing my strategy to build a business while working full time. My mission is to share how you can put together a side-hustle strategy and plan that works for you, without giving up your goals and still focusing on your priorities!

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What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business?

Prioritization and making strategy easier to understand. I do think you can do all the things, just the prioritized and most important ones.

What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most?

Probably Press and PR. I know the least about this.

If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself?

Honestly, it would be to hire a coach earlier. I waited until I was almost 5 years in. I am super dedicated and follow through on all the courses I took and invested in. But coaching just takes it to levels I never imagined.

What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time?

If you don’t block it out, it probably won’t happen. Make it happen! You can be in charge of your schedule. So many people avoid “timeblocking” because they think it is too structured, but I even block unstructured time.

Where can we find you on social media?

Website www.hollymariehaynes.com

Instagram @holly_marie_haynes

Facebook Group Crush the Rush

Podcast Crush the Rush


Amy McBride - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Amy McBride – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet personal stylist Amy McBride…

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Amy is a fellow Columbus resident and mom entrepreneur I connected with via Instagram. She is the as a CPA by day and stylist by choice, Amy is the definition of balancing left and right brain.

With Closet Confidence, Amy helps busy women find their confidence and simplify their lives via their closets. She has always loved fashion and it became a confidence tool as she navigated a corporate finance career and motherhood. Now Amy works with other women (and men!) to create wardrobes that empower them to confidently focus on the things they are most passionate about. She offers both in-person and virtual services including closet edits, personal shopping, and personal styling.  Amy believes that confidence starts from within and a confident closet is a vessel to allowing your best self to show from the inside out.  That’s why her work starts with who her client is as a person and creates a wardrobe that serves her…her body and her life.

Amy lives with her husband, son, and daughter who are the best of friends…most of the time! Like any mom, she thinks they are just the funniest humans alive. They love getting outside (especially these days) and exploring the local metro parks. There is always music playing in their home and you can often find them having spontaneous dance parties. The kids are more into our music than kid songs with favorites including Grateful Dead, Beatles, the Band, and Johnny Cash. We also have a 3-year-old rescue pup named Mickey who they thought was a good idea to adopt a month before their daughter was born. He’s probably the most difficult child! 🤣

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You can listen to my conversation with Amy McBride at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I help people find their confidence and simplify their lives via their closet. I believe confidence comes within and our clothing is a tool to allowing our best selves shine from the inside out. Since an early age I have loved fashion and it became a confidence tool as I navigated a corporate finance career. When my kids were 1 and 2 I finally jumped into this business idea that I had been thinking about for years. If I was going to be working and away from my kids it had to be doing something that I loved and felt impactful. Crazy time to start a (side) business? Yes. But worth it. Absolutely. I run Closet Confidence on the side while working a job in corporate finance full time.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

I think passion is so important in running your own business. There is nothing more motivating than the passion behind your why, not money, not success. And running a business is hard so you need that passion to keep you going. Specific to my business I think my greatest strength has been combining all of these aspects of myself and my experiences. My analytical business sensibility, combined with creativity and love of unique and beautiful things, and finally the way I connect with people. I think everyone deserves to feel special. I have really enjoyed being a part of each of my client’s journey to uncover how uniquely special and talented he or she really is.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I think it’s expanding my impact. While I love working with clients one on one and love it, I have often thought about expanding into working with more people. Like in a group setting or in the social media space. I know I need to think bigger if I want to grow.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Who cares what people think? I spent a lot of time worrying about what people thought about my business. Will people get what I am doing? Would my corporate colleagues think of me differently? What if people don’t like my style? Ultimately I want to serve my customers and audience in the best and most authentic way possible. I have learned that I won’t be for everyone, but that is okay.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Oh man, this is a hard one and a work in progress for me. I think the most elusive commodity in the life of a working mom is time! Early on I felt like if I wasn’t at my full time job, I should be working on my business. It burned me out and kept me from being present for that family time.

Now I set aside nights and weekends that are family only. I also think it’s important to prioritize time with your partner. I’ve also learned to leverage the times that I am most productive and creative. For me that’s the morning, so if I want to get a lot of work done I’ll get up super early before the family wakes. I think finding that balance and intentionality of time takes trial and error to figure out what really works for your family dynamic. I’ve also found that as much as it helps to schedule and block time our family needs some flexibility in that schedule.

Where can we find you online and social media?

Closet Confidence Website

Instagram

Facebook

LinkedIn


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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Jen McRae - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Jen McRae – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet artist and jewelry designer Jen McRae…

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I met Jen through the Small Business Moms Facebook group. She is absolutely delightful and I love her blend of creative energy and business sense.

Jen McRae found McRae Design where she creates accessories to wear as tiny works of original work art in her studio in North Carolina. Each piece is one of kind and thoughtfully crafted just for you to shine! Jen’s work can be found online and is featured in over 15 galleries and boutiques in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and more coming soon. And was just named one of top 40 North Carolina gifts to give by NC Tripping.

Jen is a mom of two boys, 11 and 14 and three crazy pups!

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You can listen to my conversation with Jen McRae at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I create hand painted jewelry. It started as an accident. I was an artist and teacher who had a great idea!

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Creativity, creative thought and brainstorming, positivity.

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3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

Email marketing, growing in new areas.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

To start sooner and jump in faster.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Bring your kids along. Let them help you in your business and learn about it. Also time management, making sure to take vacation and really leave work behind.

Where can we find you on online or on social media?

Website

Facebook

Instagram


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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Amy Banocy - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Amy Banocy – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Entrepreneur-Speaker-Bestselling Author Amy Banocy…

I meet Amy through the Boss-Moms community on Facebook. Even through social media, I was drawn to her enthusiasm and positivity. And I think you will be, too!

If you’ve ever wondered if happiness a choice, Amy Banocy says, “YES!” And she has the professional success and personal story to prove it. Positive, relatable and authentic, she doesn’t just view life as a glass half full; she sees it as overflowing with abundance. She has worked hard to cultivate a happiness mindset, rejecting the toxic work environments of her past, and choosing instead to seek out business opportunities that allowed her to support and uplift others. Emotional Intelligence informs Amy’s work as a bestselling author and successful entrepreneur. She’s proof that our thoughts and feelings create our beliefs; our beliefs create actions; and our actions lead to outcomes. This Happiness Guru is on a mission to help women ignite their passion, cultivate a happiness mindset and live in abundance.

Amy has 3 boys, ages 7, 12, and 2 months shy of 16! They definitely keep her busy! Since Covid, their activities have changed, but prior to, it was basketball, hockey, ice skating, and baseball for the boys. One of their favorite things to do as a family is to play board games, with favorites being Sorry, Uno and Trouble. Personally, Amy enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, running and walking.

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You can listen to my conversation with Amy Banocy at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I currently have 2 business focuses, as a leader with a direct selling company and as a facilitator and teacher of my Ignite Your Passion community. 9 years ago, I was working in corporate marketing and I entered the world of entrepreneurship, as a consultant with a direct sales company, because I wanted a way out of my toxic work situation. I also wanted to be in an environment that aligned with my values and positive mindset. In 8 months, I was able to leave that toxic job. In 2 years, I hit the top 2% of the company and at 6 years, promoted again to the top 1%. I now lead a team of about 500 amazing entrepreneurs and love helping them grow their businesses.

This growth and success came at a price though, when I found myself suffering with chronic pain and fatigue about 6 years ago, which led me down a health and wellness journey. I made changes to diet, physical & mental health, self-care, and re-prioritizing my life. In doing so, I became such a happier, healthier person, for me, my team and my family. I have always had a passion for empowering women and realized that so many women around me were experiencing the same fatigue and burnout I’d dealt with and that I could help them. Now, I help hundreds of women, through teaching, speaking and writing in my IYP community and in for other organizations. I believe that happiness is a choice and that the choices we make every hour of each day, will determine our happiness factor. It completely fires me up when someone tells me that they implemented strategies I gave them and improved their life. That, is why I do what I do!

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Motivating and leading

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

Taking ideas from the idea stage, to concept, to launch, faster than I do now.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Don’t ever forget why you started your business and always prioritize self care!

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

I don’t know that it’s so much about balance, because that to me implies a 1:1 ratio, or equal sides. To me, it’s about prioritizing what is important, at that time or season. In my experience, there will always be times when you need to focus more on work and others when you can step back a bit. Identify those seasons and then time manage and create your schedule accordingly.

Where can we find you on online or on social media?

Facebook

Ignite Your Passion Community

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Nicole Simonin – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Health and Fitness Coach Nicole Simonin of Shape it Up…

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Nicole and I met 3 years ago during a crazy YouTube VEDA (Video Every Day in August) challenge. That crazy ride bonded us. And we’ve stayed connected ever since. 🤪

Since 2006, Nicole has been helping women lose weight for the last time. She is an ACE Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, host of Shape It Up Over 40 podcast, founder of Shape It Up, LLC, author of “The No Fuss, No Mess Shape It Up Cookbook”, licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and former professional ballet dancer. Nicole has been featured in Rachel Ray in Season, Bicycling Magazine, Real Simple, MSN and recently at the TEDx Cape May event.

Nicole is the mom to a teenage son and daughter and a dog named Trixie. Her incredibly busy life includes lots of soccer, basketball, school, and fencing.

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You can listen to my conversation with Nicole Simonin at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I’m a Health and Fitness Coach – I’ve always found how the human body works to be fascinating. Really interested in fitness, nutrition and mindset. Initially I choose it bc it was a way for me to interact with adults as my kids grew up and I love helping women feel comfortable in their own skin.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

I am very creative and I like to like huge leaps….if it doesn’t scare me then I am doing something wrong.

Nicole Simonin - Shape It Up - 5 Questions with a Mom Entprereneur

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I think overall I have my biz skill down. Now it’s time to add gasoline to the fire and level up.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Find a great coach and jump in

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

A calendar. Schedule in free time. Block out my days and do a task in the time I have given it.

Where can we find you on social media?

Shape It Up Website

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