I’m now into the third month of running my own business. The time is flying by and I don’t feel as though there are enough hours in each day! I am really enjoying this new entrepreneur life and am finding it more challenging than any other job I’ve ever had. I’m learning about putting yourself out there, and while I do this for clients, it’s much harder to do for yourself. I’ve been busy networking, meeting with other entrepreneurs, and selling myself! In addition to all this, because I’m working from home, there’s a whole new balance between home and job that I am learning about – more to come on that another day!
Today I am interviewing my good friend Claire Matthews for my Female Entrepreneur series. I’ve known Claire for over a decade now and in that time, she got married, had two kids, started her own business, separated from her husband (also our good friend!), and became one of the top yoga instructors in the Grimsby-Niagara area. Claire was our co-MC at our wedding and tells it like it is. That’s one of the things that I love about her. She’s strong and fiercely independent and runs her yoga studios (yes, there are two) as if she’s done it all her life. Claire is someone who knows how to put herself out there. Today, we’re talking about yoga for kids and how she turned her passion into her career.
Kelly: Was yoga something you have always done?
Claire: I began yoga about 12 years ago because it was trendy and available close to where I lived. The classes were enjoyable at first, but about 4 classes in, the magic of it all really hit me. I had been coping with chronic neck pain from a car accident from many years earlier. The advice of my doctor and physiotherapist at the time, was to ‘find a way to cope’. I just accepted the pain for a long time, until that 4th yoga class when the daily pain began to dissipate. I have done yoga non-stop ever since.
Kelly: Tell me about the turning point for you when you decided to go from teaching yoga in your basement to opening your first studio? Continue Reading…