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What is your business & why that field / service/ product?

My business is called Fit Like a Girl.  I am a certified personal trainer and I help my clients who have been left frustrated with their weight loss and fitness goals create healthy, sustainable habits and reach their goals while feeling confident and badass at the same time.  

My mission with Fit Like a Girl is to break stereotypes of what it means for a woman to be “fit”; I want women to know that we can still be sexy and feel pretty while being strong and total badasses!

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What inspired you to start your own business?

I initially did not set out to become a self employed business owner.  

I started Fit Like a Girl as a blog and Facebook page for my own accountability for my own fitness journey where I discovered weight lifting and I loved how I felt stronger and more confident.  

I obtained my personal training certification in 2016 as a way to help my friends with their fitness goals and learn more about working out.  Fit Like a Girl became my “side hustle” along with my full time career as a veterinary technician. Over the course of 2017, I discovered I had a strong passion for what I was doing and loved helping others with their fitness and health goals.  So I worked like a mad woman to take on personal training full time in the early months of this year, I took that leap of faith and I’m not looking back!

 

Do you have a go to quote / motto?

I have several quotes that help keep me going and I repeat to myself all the time.  My favourite is one I just found online: “beautiful girl, you’re meant to do hard things so believe in yourself”.  When I feel like I am overwhelmed, I just remember it’s not supposed to be easy but I can handle it.  

I do also have a quote for my business that I have turned into a hashtag and include in my business logo which is “Live, Train, Love & Fight”  It was my motivation when I was starting my business, in my martial arts training and when I was going through my multiple knee injuries and surgeries over the past three years.  

I want to have each of my clients find their own meaning in this phrase, but what it means for me:

Live is to live your life to the fullest and live without regrets.  Living so that you don’t look back one day and wish you’ve done more.  

Train is in reference to learning and growing as a person as well as working out and enhancing fitness.  

Love means to love your life, your body and yourself.  Love yourself no matter how you look or where you are at on your own life and fitness journey.

Fight refers to fighting for your rights, fighting for your goals, fighting disease and bad habits.

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What’s a personal goal of yours to accomplish? 

I have so many personal goals it’s hard to pick just one!  One that always stands out for me is to go back to competing in martial arts, specifically Ju Jitsu.  I suffered through some bad knee injuries and had two surgeries over the past three years. I have had bilateral ACL reconstruction in September 2016 and then a meniscus surgery this past March that have sidelined my martial arts training and competing.  I am slowly coming back to training, but I’d love to feel the rush of competition again and give myself something to train for.

 

Do you have a professional goal or set of goals for your business?

Again, so many goals I want to accomplish!  For my clients, I want to help them achieve their health and fitness goals, whether that be losing 5, 20, or 50lbs, improving their health, having a better relationship with food, making healthier choices, feeling less achy and painful, whatever those goals may be.  I also want to help them find their confidence. I want to help them feel unstoppable, strong and sexy. I want to break down the barriers of women in fitness and help women know that we are strong, both mentally and physically.

 

Why do you love being an entrepreneur?

I still have a hard time classifying myself as an entrepreneur!  I recently had a friend say something about me owning my own company and I remember saying “well not really” it was just a knee-jerk reaction and she looked me and said, “well what the hell do you call it when you have your own business with a company name?!” I laughed and said she was right, I just never really thought about myself as a entrepreneur or the “owner of a company”.

But what I love the most about owning my own business is that I am in charge, haha!  I love to make my own schedule, even if it means I am busier than I want to be, I know that I made myself busy and that something to be excited about.

 I love being able to form family-like relationships with my clients and being there for each step of the way in their journey.  I laugh with them, I cry with them, I celebrate each win with them. Many may think I am just a personal trainer, but I find there’s  so much more to it than that. I am really in the business of transforming not only their bodies, but their minds and life.

 

Did you ever have a time where you wanted to give up? How did you overcome that feeling?

I am still what I could classify myself as a “self employed infant”, because I am still so new to all of this so there is so much I have to learn and struggle through.  I do classify myself as a determined (some would call stubborn and controlling haha) person and I refuse to give up. That being said there are times when I think to myself, “I have no clue what I am doing, I have no idea what it means to be a business owner”  But I just put on some of my best boss babe music (I mean, that’s why Beyonce exists right?!) and write lists like a mad woman to figure out whatever problem is in front of me.

 

What’s your best boss babe moment? 

When I first started having people come to me for advice.  Whether that was just to ask some fitness and health related question or when I had people seek me out to train them.  The best moments for me are referrals. When I have one of my clients say they referred me to a friend or coworker because they love working with me, I’ll think I must be doing something right.  

What platform do you find most success / interaction from?

I find Instagram (@fitlikeagirl.ca) and Facebook (facebook.com/fitlikeagirlca).  I am slowly trying to understand the algorithms and keep up with the changes. I would like to build up my website and blog more.  

 

Work-life Balance: What you do you do to destress? What is your must-have moment of the day?

Since I am still a newbie at being a business owner, I am still working out the kinks of a work/life balance.  Since I work mostly in the evenings, it can get hard during the week to spend valuable time with my husband, but when I get home in the evenings, even if it’s late, I try to spend as much time with him as I can and turn “off” work mode.  

I also love to be outdoors and try to escape to the mountains whenever I can.  This past summer, we went several times to the mountains for hiking, camping, backpacking, etc.  I enjoy being able to work my schedule out so I can take the time to head to the mountains, be without cell service and just adventure with my husband and friends.  

For de-stressing, I make sure I squeeze in my own workouts and keep up with my fitness.  Whether it’s in the morning or between clients, I put on my headphones and try to focus on myself for even just 45 minutes.  I also have been making more of an effort to prioritize my martial arts training, so I try to go to classes when I can and focus on improving my skills.

What are you looking to learn from other YEGBOSSBABES in the Community?

Anything I can!  I love meeting other badass business ladies and hearing their experiences and knowing I am not alone in this crazy journey of owning a business.  

 

Find Jackie on Instagram or on her website.

We are so happy to have been given this opportunity to collaborate with one of the newest event venues in the Edmonton area, The Whitewood Barn. This venue is unbelievably beautiful and is unique to the area. Owner, Chris Rickie, is a huge supporter of our community and we could not have been more spoiled by her hospitality. This Fall Market was a huge undertaking and was made so successful by our giving community and two of our co-founders, Amy Bender & Kayla Kaliszuk. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to make this our most successful Market yet with over 900 RSVP’d customers.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and we are excited to plan more Markets in the Edmonton area in 2019!

For more information about The Whitewood Barn, click here

We have now been in business for 1 year! We got to celebrate with some members of our community at Central Social Hall. Check out some photos from the event courtesy of the talented Nicole Constante! We were very honoured to have Justine Martinson, owner of Lipstick Empire, to speak about her journey as an entrepreneur. Thank you from everyone here at YBB for your inspiring message! A big thank you to our Ambassador, Jocelyn, from the Virtual Effect for emceeing our event and all of her hard work she put in to making our Birthday so FUN!

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I did the pros and cons in my head, and I said a quick prayer. Then I jumped in with two feet into a multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunity. Why? Well, it happened something like this: I tried the product, I loved the product, I couldn’t help telling others about the product. Sharing about it felt natural, orders were coming in organically, and then it dawned on me:

This is working without me even trying … what would happen if I went all in?

Friends, this shift in perspective was the best thing I could have done for myself and for my business. Owning it—setting out with intention and purpose—makes all the difference in business (and in our personal lives too).

I’ll talk goal setting, Facebook workshops, vendor events, and classes another day. Today I want to focus on the core of a thriving MLM business and share with you my top 5 tips for keeping yourself motivated to stay the course.

Know Your “Why”

You can only commit to something you feel deeply passionate about. For me, it’s my kids. I wanted to stay at home with Penny (6) and Max (3.5 … and that .5 is very important to him, so it must be honoured!) I also knew I was leaning into the right opportunity because the company’s values, philosophy, mission, and vision aligned with my own.

Come back to your why when you feel discouraged. Put pictures on your walls, sticky notes on your mirror, or recurring alarms on your phone … whatever it takes to remind yourself that what you’re doing matters.

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Personal Branding

Let’s keep it real Boss Babes, there are plenty of other people doing what you’re doing. So what will draw people to you? Your personal brand. You’re unique, gifted, and your story matters. Infusing your brand with the essence of you is what sets you apart from the other reps promoting the same or a similar product or service as you. No one else can bring what you bring to the table. No one. I mean that.

Only when you share who you are (rather than what you do) can people like and trust you. Establish a personal relationship with your market and they will find their way to you to get the product or service you love so much and share so authentically. Don’t just inundate social media with product shots—that’s what everybody else is doing. Be authentic, do you instead.

Be Intentional: Take a Moment Before You Say Yes or No

Being intentional and authentic goes beyond branding. Being intentional about what we allow into our lives (and what we don’t) matters. Saying yes to one thing means saying no to something else. When we say yes to Netflix we say no to answering emails, planning our social media feeds, or spending quality time with family and friends. In the same way, saying yes to our businesses means saying no to personal time (or at least some of it).

We all get 24 hours a day, so let’s use them to say yes to the things that matter, to the things that lead us to our ultimate goals. Let’s say no to the things that distract us from our vision for ourselves and for our families.

The tricky part is identifying which opportunities will help you further your goals, and which ones won’t (it’s not always as clear as choosing between Netflix and business planning!) So I caution you to focus and make decisions that serve you best—this looks different for everyone. Your true friends will understand your journey and support you. Your family will thrive because your time together will be intentional, quality time. You can do this. It’s up to you to choose.

Personal Development: Work on You, Boo!

I’m sure you’ve seen the meme:

“Your vibe attracts your tribe.”

There’s a deep truth to it. Energy attracts like energy. So think about the kind of team you want to lead … who is it made of? What are your people like? What traits do they have?

Then look in the mirror. Do you have the traits you’re looking for in others? Do you practice the habits you’d want them to practice? Walk the walk. Leading by example is imperative in network marketing, just as it is in any endeavour where you hold influence and a place of leadership.

Thriving MLM’s know that their greatest asset isn’t their products, it’s their people. So soak up all the opportunities for personal development on offer. Attend your company’s conventions to learn from and be inspired by the best. Allow yourself to be fed. You’ll become not just a better network marketing professional, but a better leader and a better human being. I would also encourage you not to wait for the annual convention to work on yourself. Personal development is an ongoing process, and as you personally grow and develop, so too will your business.

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Own It

MLMs are like any other business: Treat it as a hobby, and it’ll pay you back as a hobby. Treat it as a business, and it’ll pay you back as a business. Shifting my perspective from hobby to business took time and thought, and now, having a bird’s eye view on my team, I also see that process unfolding in others. It’s a choice everyone has to make.

By definition you are a business owner once you have signed up just one person to use your product or service.

What is holding you back from calling yourself a business owner? An entrepreneur? It’s easier (aka less scary) to see it as just a fun thing you do on the side, for kicks. I’d like to challenge you to unpack your thinking.

  • Would you like this to be more than just a fun thing?

  • Is it possible for your business to bear fruit for you and remain fun? Why or why not?

  • Would you like to go beyond having your products paid for through this business? Why or why not?

  • What fears can you identify when it comes to owning your own business, and what resources can you tap into to support yourself through this process?


Whether you recognize it or not, you’re a Boss Babe. Time to own it.

What do you think? What holds you back from going all in with your business? What keeps you motivated when things get hard? You are welcome to agree or disagree with me—whatever your view, you are welcome here.

To connect with me and learn more about my business with Young Living Essential Oils, please visit my website, www.myyl.com/lizagudelo  or find me on Instagram, I’m @fabuliz_agudelo.

*Photo credits: Michelle B., Beau Photography, Dusty Dawn Photography

Beau Photography: https://www.facebook.com/JCBeauPhotography/

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Photo by Shantal Marie Creative

Hello! My name is Shannon Vizeau and I am a family and children’s lifestyle
photographer. Although I have only been in business for myself for 2 years,
photography has always been a constant in my life. I remember in seventh grade
learning how to use a darkroom to develop film, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I
have always been creative and loved drawing but there was something about seeing an
image come to life in a photograph! Time passed and I ended up going to school for
Graphic Design and Fine Art in Medicine Hat, Alberta – although my focus wasn’t on
photography, I took as many classes in photography as I could during that time. I then
went on to take Technical Theatre at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Through all of my
years of schooling, I never really felt like my heart was fully in it, and I floundered a bit
after graduation when I moved home. The one thing that I never gave up on was taking
photographs. I packed around my Dad’s old Canon TLb film camera, taking photos
where ever I could. I think he has given up on the fact that he will never get that old
camera back! 😉

Realizing that I should really be an adult, I got a job. So once again throughout my
different job choices over the years I never felt content or that it was what I was meant
to be doing. I wanted to be doing something creative which lead me to getting a job at a
Photo studio in West Edmonton Mall, I loved it! It wasn’t your classic portrait studio and I
could feel my creative side starting to resurface. Sadly the company didn’t last long, I
was able to find another photography job but on the editing side of things. Fast forward
to 3 years ago, I was off work on maternity leave with my second child. I had been
taking photos here and there for friends and family, never thinking I could actually go
anywhere with it. After a lot of encouragement from my husband, friends and family I got my business license upgraded my equipment and Shannon Vizeau Photography was
formed!

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After having my son, I was able to stay home full time. I feel incredibly lucky to be able
to do this. I went back to work after I had my daughter, so this has been a pretty
amazing experience being home with him. Not always easy, don’t get me wrong! There
are tough days for sure. I don’t know if it’s because he’s my last baby or because I can
see how fast time is going, I want to document everything, all the little details. I started
doing a 365 day project and I focused on different lighting in my home throughout the
day. Using my kids as my subject, something clicked. I started creating interesting
images for myself that made my creative heart sing. I began wanting to translate this to
my family sessions. During that time I also attended a workshop called ‘Life Unposed’
hosted by Shantal Marie Creative. Meeting Shantal, and the 4 other photographers was
such an amazing experience. Not only did I learn a lot, make new friends in the industry,
but it reaffirmed the type of images I want to create – ones with connection and
emotion.

I had the chance to be a part of a newborn photoshoot a little over 6 months ago, not
only was this photo shoot for one of my very best friends, but she is also a very talented
photographer. I was a little nervous to say the least! But that photo shoot is one that I
am very proud of. I captured the emotion and connection I had always wanted to portray
in my photographs.

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That’s why I love photographing families and children. Capturing those little moments
and details is so important. Laughter, joy, (sometimes tears) little hands and feet, a
small caress or a sweet little hug. I know as a Mom I will love looking back at all the
photos of my kids and remember what it felt like in that moment. I love having the ability to capture these memories for others.

I have a lot to learn on the business side of things, my creative side takes over and I
forget that there’s a whole other aspect to this whole entrepreneurial world! (insert face
palm emoji here!) I often have to be reminded that it can be a slow growth. I just get so
excited to take photos that I want to be doing it all the time! So, slow steps keep working
hard and pushing forward. It’s easy to want to just give up at times. Being so new in the
industry professionally, I have moments of self-doubt quite often, moments when I feel
like an imposter. Why would people get me to take their photos when there are so many
talented photographers out there?!

‘What if I fall? Oh my darling, what if you fly’- Erin Hanson.

I often think of this quote when it comes to my daughter but it speaks loudly to me also. In times like this I pick up my camera and keep going. I go back to my 365 project and take photos for myself. I am lucky that I have a lot of support, my husband, friends and my photog tribe. They push me to keep going. I love learning so I am constantly watching videos, reading or taking online courses about different aspects of photography.

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Instagram has been a really fun platform for me to share my work. I really enjoy being
part of the photography community, seeing other photographers work is a great
motivation and inspiration. I know that there are still a lot of tips and tricks I can be using to boost up my presence on Facebook but honestly my days go fast and I can be a bit of a procrastinator. It’s hard to focus everyday on all aspects that are required to run a business from home. Blogging, live posts, stories, editing, updating my website…it can
become very overwhelming, especially when you have a 3 year old asking you to play
all day! The mom side usually wins out which in turn means late hours into the night
trying to catch up on work. Times that I really need to focus, grandparents are usually
more than happy to occupy my kids’ time 😉

I am so happy to be a part of this YEGBOSSBABES community! It was such an
awesome experience being at the Spring Mixer. Meeting other women running their own
businesses was an inspiration. Knowing that no matter what industry you’re in there are
always struggles but in return there are successes, and that’s something to look forward
to. ❤

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me!

Instagram – @shannonvizeauphotography
Facebook – Shannon Vizeau Photography
Website – www.shannonvizeauphotography.ca

Tipsy Tuesday is brought to you by Monika Social – a presenter at our upcoming Marketing Workshop [SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST OPEN]. Thank you Monika for sharing your feedback so far on the new Instagram TV app! View this video below for quick tips and tricks she has found using this new app & ideas on how to get started and ideas for content you may want to share. We know Monika will be sharing more about Instagram TV on her platform and hopefully with us again soon on Tipsy Tuesday! We hope to hear from you about your Instagram TV experience so far on our social media platforms and on our NEW Facebook GROUP!

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