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Game Changer Interview: Rajes Pillay

Game Changer Interview: Rajes Pillay

Name of Your Business

Zen Earth.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I have a passion in engaging with people and for helping people and in some way improving their life and wellbeing. The results I see from the feedback from my clients inspire me and gives confirmation that I am making a difference.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

A client who is curious and enthusiastic to alternative treatment and ideas.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

The combination of the application of the highest quality of Essential oils delivered through a unique and effective methodology known as the AromaTouch Technique. Combine this with a meditation leads to a compelling mind and body experience.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

I am South African and grew up during the Apartheid/Segregation era. Apartheid existed in South Africa from 1948 – 1990’s. I was judged by the color of my skin so that meant which school I could attend, where I live, which bench I could sit on in the park, etc. My role model was non other than Nelson Mandela, or Madiba, as he was fondly known to us.  Madiba was the beacon of hope for all South Africans and represented freedom. His life thought me valuable lessons to stand up for what I believe, to see people as human first before the color of their skin or race, to forgive even when you think it’s an impossible thing to do, and to have selfless love and to always stay humble. The sacrifices of Nelson Mandela gave me freedom, the right to vote for the first time at the age of 24 in the first democratic election and have a voice.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

 I love walking in nature. It keeps me grounded and connected to Gaia.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Daily meditation.
2. Taking time off for me.
3. A massage or facial.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I love dancing. I am an Indian classical dancer. I enjoy some Bollywood dancing too and of cause a whole lot of salsa and disco 🙂

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Happiness Becomes You by Tina Turner. It is a book filled with amazing life lessons and deep realizations to recharge your soul.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Shawshank Redemption. There is a short quote in the movie which is impactful and inspiring ‘ get busy living or get busy dying’. These powerful words for me speak of overcoming what we perceive as impossible by daring to dream, stay hopeful and aspire to our full potential.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

” It always seems impossible until its done ” Nelson Mandela.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Even after leaving a high level executive banking career my greatest accomplishment is being a Mom and my daughter, After years of failed pregnancy attempts we were gifted with my daughter. I can’t be more grateful and thankful for her.  She is now 16 years old, a bright, strong, ambitious, courageous and kind human, I am so proud of her.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Take chances, take risks, take the road less traveled, you’d be surprised where it takes you! I am so thankful to have lived in three amazing cities Milan (Italy), Basel (Switzerland) and presently Boston. It’s been a great adventure filled with amazing experiences, great food and meeting super interesting people. Life is way too short … Live a life full of love.

Advice to Younger Self?

You are ENOUGH.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My ability to connect with people this has always been a gift and it has lead to me meeting and befriending some incredible people. And I have to admit my eyebrows 🙂

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

A wonderful group of talented women. A tribe where you feel you belong and an incredible community for networking.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Namaste . I look forward to meeting you all.

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

RENEW FOR SPRING !! To all SheBreathes members I am offering 10% an AromaTouch treatment during April. Contact WeBreathe to make an appointment.
Game Changer Interview: Meg Francis

Game Changer Interview: Meg Francis

Name of Your Business

Meg Francis Coaching.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

My passion is helping others feel empowered to express their authentic selves in everything they do. I find tremendous joy when I see someone find that “aha!” moment. I know the feeling of being stuck in life and I have explored multiple ways to find freedom. It is my mission to guide others to find a similar freedom for themselves.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is women, ages 30-70 who are: going through a transition and unsure what to do next, want to feel more joy in their life, want to experience deeper relationships with themselves and others, are looking for a sense of belonging and connection.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

I use many tools to help my clients. I am a certified Spiritual Sexual Awakening and Healing practitioner, which helps men and women to release trauma that has been held in the body. I teach about Shamanic journeys and perform soul retrievals. I am an experienced intuitive facilitator of healing and have many more tools in my toolbox, including mediumship and card readings. I will use whichever ones are needed for my clients on any given day.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

My greatest role model would be my mom. She was a single mom and has always stayed solution focused in any crisis. By the time she was 25 years old, she was married and divorced with 3 young children. She maintained a 3 bedroom house with a huge yard, worked long hours and always made us feel loved and cared for. She might not have always felt like she knew what she was doing, but she sure looked like it. Though we differ in many ways, I learned how to embrace my inner strength from my mom.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

Western Massachusetts (where my mom lives on 300 acres of farmland)

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Wake up with a smile and a sip of water.
2. Take days off when needed.
3. Dance.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I love big artsy earrings. In addition to that, there is a pretty large craft room in my house, filled with paints, canvases, 2 sewing machines, bins of fabric, glue, markers, and so much more. I love creating…anything.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Tantra Goddess: A Memoir of Sexual Awakening, by Caroline Muir- While reading about Caroline’s life and her experiences with self exploration, I found myself give myself greater permission to explore different parts of me. It made me rethink what kind of romantic partnership I might want (or not want). Having met Caroline in person, I could feel her zest for life that came from a long life of trauma and recovery of self.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Under the Tuscan Sun – There was a time I feared stepping out on my own to run a business. This movie is a great example that anything is possible, but you have to try. And though it might not always be easy, following your passion is worth every bit of struggle. I am no longer trapped by fear.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin. I have worked for many years with women in recovery from addiction and sex trafficking. My specialty is helping women recover from trauma. And in the world of recovery, a lot of people say “when the pain is great enough, they will return.” I can say this is true not only from the people I work with, but from my own life experiences.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Raising 2 empowered young women (ages 22 ands 15) who still come to me for advice, friendship, comfort and snuggles. Many people have witnessed the relationship the 3 of us have and call it magical. I would agree.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Always honor your inner tug. (that thing that keeps calling you to say YES! to life).

Advice to Younger Self?

You will make it, no matter what because you were made to be amazing!

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love my laugh and my ability to remain calm in stressful situations. My sister-in-law once called me the “calming agent.”

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Stay connected! It can help your business AND it can help you grow as a person by surrounding yourself with like minded women. We are all in this together.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I am excited to meet more of you amazing women and to support you in any way I can.

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

Please contact me for a free 20 minute consult. If we decide working together is a good idea, I offer members 10% off all my services.
www.MegFrancis.com

Game Changer Interview: Sandy Spector

Game Changer Interview: Sandy Spector

Name of Your Business

Martha Washington Visits; Beautycounter.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I have so many passions. First person interpretation has always fascinated me and made me very fulfilled to observe (think talking to the Pilgrims at Plimoth Patuxet). And fabric – silk, linen, and wool – have always given me an adrenaline rush. Combine them with bringing Martha’s story to life, and I am able to be fulfilled in a way that is hard to describe. And if you let me loose in one of Washington’s Headquarters (their actual space) without anyone else there? That is the height of fulfillment to me.

I am also passionate about healthy living. It all started when my son reacted violently to food dye at 18 months old. My education began about food ingredients and I told anyone I came in contact with to check their labels, teaching them the things to watch out for. It took 7 more years before I realized that what you put on your skin goes in and impacts your health. So much more information to learn and share! But with personal care products, I had an avenue to earn an income from it with Beautycounter, and for that I am grateful. I joined them for the mission the day they opened without ever trying a product. Happy to report that I am in love with their products and philosophy!

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

For Martha: My visits are ideal for those interested in history, historical costuming, women’s stories, or children who need to be engaged in school in a different way. I visit schools, libraries, historical societies, social clubs, and historic sites, all in person and virtually throughout the United States.

For Beautycounter: Anyone who wants to be have personalized service by me with results driven clean beauty that is sustainably sourced. Beautycounter is available in the US and Canada. We also have a truly rewarding Band of Beauty Member Program for those who like to earn rewards when they shop.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

For Martha: What my visits provide is a unique way to touch history – I do not do performances, but visits. These are conversations between the guests and Martha. Visits generally have a theme, such as Martha as a wife/mother/mother of our country or joining Martha as she gets dressed while catching up on the news of the day. As well, visits may happen with me dressed as Martha, but sharing thoughts as to how to make history relevant to present people, or WHY it is important to make history relevant to present people.

For Beautycounter: I provide a safe place to make the change to clean beauty with complimentary consultations for skin/body/haircare and color cosmetics. I want people to love what they are using and feel good about their choices. And I help people to understand how to choose cleaner products, even if they are not mine! One by one, Beautycounter is leading a movement to a future where all beauty is clean beauty. We are powered by people, and our collective mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Formulate, advocate, & educate— that’s our motto for creating products that truly perform while holding ourselves to unparalleled standards of safety.

 

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Laura Ingalls was my escape, the books more than the TV show. Since I was 8 years old, she was more of a life goal for me, rather than a role model. I truly wanted to live like her, taking care of the farm, hauling water, walking with a lunch pail to a one room schoolhouse. Until I “discovered” the 18th century, I thought that the 1870’s were the place for me. Little did I know that I was off by 100 years. But, I was introduced to historical costuming, and different times and places, and that there were different ways of thinking that didn’t fit with how I was brought up to think and act. When I started studying the 18th century in 1998, I felt like I had found my true home.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

I will always head for the woods when I need to reset. If there is a stream, a brook, or a river in those woods, then I have hit the  jackpot!

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. A massage.
2. A romance novel.
3. or a hot bath!

Also, unplugging!!!! Yes, I know that is 4…

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I love to write as Martha, using quill and ink on parchment paper, and writing by candlelight. And during the pandemic, I have been learning how to play piano.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The most impactful book ever for me was Outlander. Without it, I would never have started researching the 18th century. It led me down a rabbit hole that changed my entire life.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Dirty Dancing – I am an 80’s girl at heart. It always makes me smile.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

Quote: “Don’t worry until you are told there is something to worry about.”
Mantra: “Peace and Ease.”

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Stepping out in front of a room full of people and NOT passing out.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Listen so you can truly hear. Don’t spend your time while listening thinking of what you want to say next.

Advice to Younger Self?

You have no idea what awaits you in life. Be open to anything and embrace the non cookie cutter path.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My hair – because I can do so many things with it, including playing Martha convincingly without a wig! I stopped coloring my hair back in 2014, before it was trendy. Got a lot of flack from my friends about it, but it felt right to me.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

This Collaborative is really so much more than networking. It is a group of like minded women who lift each other up and who learn from one another. When you walk into the room, it’s like a group hug, even if we are socially distanced.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

So looking forward to seeing everyone in person again soon!

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

Makeup bag and bathroom cupboard makeovers are my specialty! I am always available to consult (via Zoom right now) on how to see if your current products are safe for you, and if not, how to get ones that are. Also always available as a free resource for healthy living outside of makeup and skincare.
Martha Washington: www.themrswashington.com
Beautycounter: www.beautycounter.com/sandyspector
For Martha: marthawashington1775@gmail.com; and for Beautycounter: sandy@wolkon.com
Game Changer Interview: Olga Goldberger

Game Changer Interview: Olga Goldberger

Name of Your Business

Arboretum Skincare.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

My passion is to make women more beautiful, make them feel good about themselves and i do it by formulating clean natural active skincare  products.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

Intelligent women over 40 who like to take care of themselves.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Natural facial products with anti-aginf properties without emulsifiers, parabens, fragrances and amines.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

My aunt Lelya was my role model growing up.She was beautiful and smart and very kind, and passionate about her work (she taught chemistry), adored by her students.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

Cape Cod, Falmouth and all National Seashore beaches.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Meditation.
2. Yoga.
3. Sauna.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I LOVE formulating skincare products, and always make something new in my lab.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

I read 11 books by Isabelle Allende, especially her books about amazing women (Daughter of Fortune, Island Beneath the sea and Paula).

Favorite Movie and Why?

It’s a wonderful life- because it was the first American movie I saw in 1984, and the first one I could understand.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” Leonard Cohen.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Escaping from Russia in 1984.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Push yourself out of the comfort zone, even a little bit, every day.

Advice to Younger Self?

Don’t stay silent when you disagree, your actions do make a difference.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love babies, kids and all animals (except snakes), and can enjoy life almost anywhere I can find.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

This is a great beautiful meeting space for women who support each other, a refuge, and a place to network and meet new friends.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Let’s listen and learn from each other!

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10% off on my website on all products with discount code “SHEBREATHES”. Get in touch at www.arboretum-skincare.com

Game Changer Interview: Kyeana Jones

Game Changer Interview: Kyeana Jones

Name of Your Business

Kyeana Jones Photography.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I am able to use my natural ability to create a calming and stress-free environment through the business of photography.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is a women who is a service-based business owner. She can confidently call the shots in her business, but when it comes to being in front of the camera, she shrinks. She becomes anxious because she isn’t educated about what it takes to have a successful photoshoot and assumes it is her sole responsibility to know how to BE in front of the camera. Preparation and being educated about the process is a must for her. She does not do well when not in control. She also needs someone who actually listens to her needs. They should be able to possibly anticipate them when she may not be able to articulate what exactly it is that she needs.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

My newest offering is my “Visualize and Plan” virtual sit-down session. It is currently included with all of my photography packages. I have designed a stand alone service for those who want to begin the planning for a future photoshoot, but may not be in the market just yet to book a photography session. Session topics include:

-We discuss where there are gaps in your online presence and how to fill those gaps.

-We discuss the vision for a future shoot

-We will brainstorm 2-3 photo stories (a plan for how you will be photographed)

-Prop ideas

-Wardrobe evaluation (determining if a wardrobe stylist referral is needed)

-Location Scouting(virtual)

-Hair/Makeup

*option to apply payment as a credit toward a full session booked within 60 days of planning session.

I offer headshot & profile sessions for those who are in need of a profile image refresher. I offer both full and half day branding sessions for those who have done a complete business branding revamp or have started a new business and need a large collection of images for a variety of needs other than to update their profile image.

You can view the services offered at my website: www.kyeanajones.com.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Growing up, I collected newspaper and magazine articles of random women who became successful and overcame huge obstacles. I read Entrepreneur and Success magazine a lot. These women (my mom included) helped me see the possibility in anything I was determined to do.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

I learned very shortly before the shutdown that I enjoy what they call “work vacations”. Fly anywhere, rent a hotel, bring your laptop, get to work. Make time to try different restaurants and explore the area.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Gelato muffin bowl (take a chocolate chip muffin, warm it in a bowl (45 sec), add 3 scoops of your favorite Talenti gelato. Enjoy!)
2. Journaling (I’ve been doing so since the 4th grade)
3. Unplugging from my cell phone

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I’m still figuring this out.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. It is a book that found me when I most needed it. It’s about letting go things when you do not know HOW to. This book teaches you the HOW.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Crooklyn–It is the story of a black family in Brooklyn living in the 1980s. Bits of it is nostalgic, but it’s a bittersweet movie. Powerful at best.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

A scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

I’m not sure yet.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

When someone shows you who they are, believe them.

Advice to Younger Self?

Everyone put on your path is there to strengthen you.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My ability to help people believe in themselves. So many of us do not.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

You get back what you put in. (Taking my own advice here).

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Don’t be afraid to say “hello” and I’ll do the same!

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

Yes, they can have my free download which is the photoshoot checklist that I give my clients 1-2 weeks before their shoot day. http://bit.ly/KJPchecklist

Contact me at kyeanajones.com