During this time (and always!) it is so important to support the local business in our communities. Plus it’s great for the economy too! We are constantly inspired by the ambition and resilience of local business founders. We feel that the risks that they take lead to innovation and help in moving the world forward.
Inspired by these entrepreneurs and their stories, we recently chatted with Kirsten Rock Keogh – founder of Mindful Lila – Coaching & Healing, about being an entrepreneur, running a local business while also running a family, and any advice she has for other local businesses!
What is your business about and why did you start it?
During my time as a Finance Manager, I found my strongest skills were focused on people rather than data. I wanted to give my time and energy to listen and support them to the fullest. I have always had an interest in self-development and from 2019 I started my journey to practice as an instructor for healing/meditation and later as a Happiness/Life Coach with neuroscience.
The purpose of my business is to partner with clients and support them in a journey of self-discovery and help them overcome any life challenges. I want each person to become the hero of their own story.
What do you love about your business?
I feel rewarded when I see people feeling happier and more fulfilled with life. They utilize different tools and resources to take control of their emotions and mind and are able to overcome life’s challenges with more ease.
I especially love working with teenagers – they love to connect and bring a creative energy that inspires me. They have a great ability to think outside the box and I enjoy supporting them in unleashing that potential.
How do you manage your time between running a business and a family?
It’s not always easy balancing work and your personal life – sometimes I need to put boundaries in place for my own time and say no to networking events or meeting a friend for dinner. I like to plan as much in advance so that I keep my calendar well organized. I also try get up around 6am each morning as I believe in the importance of a morning routine and giving time to myself. This is when I would try exercise; meditate or read my book – I feel more energized and mindful for the day ahead.
Any piece of advice to other small businesses owners or anyone wanting to start their own business?
Starting your own business is often a learn-as-you-go process. Have lots of patience and shows yourself kindness when you come across hurdles – it’s all part of the learning experience and it’s wonderful to have taken this leap. I believe that we need to balance passion with wisdom. Passion will keep you jumping out of bed each morning, but the wisdom will help ensure you’re going in the right direction. Do your market research and look for a business mentor that can help launch your business with a bang.
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