One year ago I would not have called myself a CEO. One year ago I was riding the hippie trail, wearing colorful clothing and working from home. I made my own skin care, my own food and I spent great amounts of time experimenting with essential oils, different vegetables and shea butter.
No, I didn’t smoke pot or march on Washington, but I did beat to the sound of my own drum. Then I had a whirlwind year. My passion for these natural things I was coming to love and learn and experiencing the benefits of I decided I would share with the world. I quit my job and started working from home full-time as a holistic health coach. As I shared knowledge and helped people lose weight and break free from prescription medications I saw first hand that their biggest struggle to eat health was in having the time to make the food.
Our society is fast paced. We race from place to place, commitment to commitment. Barely taking the time for self-care, let alone constantly preparing meals. So, I began cooking for the people I coached. I wanted to see them succeed so I started delivering the meals to their homes and workplaces.
Word got out. I was practically forced to move into a larger space to meet the demand. I was terrified at first to have the commitment of a commercial kitchen, but I bit the bullet. Turns out I quickly out grew that space and quickly outgrew the ability to deliver all the meals. I set up pick up locations at a local yoga studio and soon I outgrew that as well.
I’ve now had to open my own restaurant and juice bar to have the ability to truly help as many people in the Myrtle Beach community that need help. You can still find me with my nose pierced and my peasant shirts flowing, but suddenly I have a slew of employees. I have monthly rent, huge overheads and weekly payrolls to meet. I have inventory to keep up with. I am a CEO.
It’s been a fast and wildly colorful ride from hippie to CEO and I wouldn’t change a second. I wanted to share some things I’ve learned in the process of a fast transition from the carefree world to the entrepreneurial world.
Follow Your Passions
My path wouldn’t have been as fast as it did if I wasn’t passionate. I ate, slept and breathed helping people. I spoke about it, posted about it, tweeted about it non-stop, not because I saw it as a way to get rich quick. I saw it as enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding.
It Can Take Time
This experience happened quickly once I started the forward flowing steps, but it was more than 35? years in the making. I’ve had jobs in massage, banking, (add some more?) I didn’t start on this endeavor until I was (age). We aren’t born radiating our passions from our skin. We build passions over a lifetime of ups and down, experiences and living. My story involves many years spent living an unhealthy lifestyle and I only learned my passion when I learned to take care of myself.
Ask for Help
I’d still be working from home, coaching a couple clients if I hadn’t reached out for help. I didn’t know a lot about business so I hired a business coach. It was an expense to take on, but over the past year I’ve watched how quickly this investment pushed me to keep building, keep getting bigger and it made the new things such as dealing with permits, taxes, articles of incorporation and more much easier to navigate.
When I began outgrowing myself, I asked for help in the form of a part-time employee. I hired Danielle and with her help I was quickly able to make her full-time and now have her helping me through every step of building the restaurant.
NOTHING would have been possible if I hadn’t just asked for help.