by Tara Brunet –
As the 2017 Woman to Watch award recipient, I am so honoured to be writing this introduction for the next Women to Watch special feature. I am incredibly inspired by female entrepreneurs and seeing their businesses grow! My philosophy has been to remain as authentic as possible in my endeavours and create a lasting change and impact on women. I know that any sort of growth comes from changing your mindset first, before anything else. I love to help women change their mindset around their bodies and nutrition in order to see real results without dieting or punishing exercise. I believe mindset is the key to any sort of transformation: from changing your body to starting your own business.
My business started very small, in my bedroom in fact, where I started taking on personal training clients and then running bootcamps out of parks. From there, I moved my “gym” into a carport, and was able to successfully take the leap into full-time entrepreneurship. I have always had my heart set on owning my own studio, and in 2017 I was able to turn that dream into a reality and lease my own space in Sidney. I truly believe that if you have an idea that you want to see come to fruition, anything is possible if you are persistent and relentless in your goals.
My advice to any female entrepreneur is to not let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something. I had a lot of obstacles to overcome when finding my space, and it was very important to continue reminding myself of my vision daily. The first space I wanted to purchase fell through just a few days before receiving the keys. I found out that I was homeless (I had already given my notice) and that I wouldn’t have anywhere to run my business! If I didn’t believe in my ultimate goal, I probably would have given up. The first year of business has been very challenging, with long hours and a big learning curve, but I know my vision of something greater continues to push me through the fear and out of my comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid to think bigger and to continue to challenge the societal norms with your business and your ideas! If you create something in the service of others and always keep that in mind, you’ll never fail.
For the full 2018 Women to Watch feature, visit https://issuu.com/seasidetimes/docs/march2018forwebsite/12