Look out for this Stiletto Gal, ladies! She has been named Today’s Innovative Women in Business Startup Entrepreneur of The Year at the Success Summit in Los Angeles and she takes her health and wellness very seriously. I have mentioned many times how important it is to take time for yourself and stay healthy being an entrepreneur. Katie has taken this to another level. See her story below.
Stiletto Gal: What is your business and how did you get started?
Katie Bressack: I was living in NYC working in marketing and had this horrible sinus infection for an entire year. I went to ten different doctors, an ear nose and throat specialist who wanted me to have sinus surgery and then I finally found a holistic doctor. She spent an hour with me asking me if I liked my job, how I coped with stress and why did I think I kept getting sick. During our conversation I had my ah-ha moment with my health and realized for the first time that I was in complete control of my health. Unlike other doctors who kept prescribing me medication, she told me to get a neti-pot, take probiotics and practice yoga and meditation. From that day forward I fell in love with health and wellness and traded in my corporate gig and slowly built my health and wellness business first becoming a yoga instructor and then a Women's Health Coach. Now I support women and help them make themselves and their health a priority by creating a healthy, balanced and vibrant lifestyle.
SG: Who inspires you and why?
KB: I am inspired by healthy food, music, yoga, sunshine, strong women in my life, like my mother. Growing up my mom inspired me to play sports and find my passion in life. My mom does yoga every morning, has an amazing garden and bakes the most delicious cookies.
SG: What was your biggest mistake in business and how did you overcome it?
KB: I wouldn't say that I have made mistakes; instead I would say that I have learned so much from my experiences. Starting and growing my business has been the most amazing and most challenging experience of my life. Each moment has helped me grow and shape my business. Without bumps in the road, I wouldn't be as confident as I am today with my business.
SG: How Do You Handle Conflict?
KB: I always try to get to the root cause of what is going on. So often conflict occurs because everyone is on a different page, so I try to see the bigger picture and talk it out.
SG: Can you give 3 business tips to women who want to get into your field?
1. Believe in yourself, there might be many people who do what you do but no one has the gifts that you have.
2. Walk your talk!
3. Find a mentor who can inspire and support you
4. Never stop learning, there is so much information about health and wellness which changes every day and it's important to keep in the loop
SG: What kind of shoe are you and why?
KB: I lived in heels when I lived in NYC and have a new found passion for my Haviana's flip flops. They are fun, welcoming and have a little bling!
To learn more about Katie and her business, check out her website at http://www.katiebressack.com
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