Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How To Stay Inspired When Owning A Small Business: Advice from the Pink Ladies Boot Camp Owner

When I first met Angela, it was outside of my home in the local park.  She was leading a group of women through exercise. When I asked what they were doing, she informed that she was conducting a boot camp. When I asked how much? She told me $5. $5!!! I was floored. Where can you go to a boot camp for only $5 dollars a session??? But, it was what she said next that really blew me away. "If you can't afford the $5, or you want to pay me later you can. We can work something out, don't worry about the money, just come join us! We'll figure it out."

That statement alone told me that this women was going to succeed at what she was doing. Not because she was a hard worker, or a go getter or a smart business women. She is all of these things, but the reason I knew she would be a success was because she was willing to do it for free, or nearly. She was driving fitness for the joy of it, if success came, that was going to be the icing on the cake. I knew it within in the five minutes I spoke to her. Since then she's grown her Pink Ladies Boot camp in the south bay area, she's become a beach body coach, and she is an amazing inspiration to a huge network of women of all sizes looking for someone to be in their corner. She is testimony not only to women, but to all small business women everywhere, that if you want it, if you love it, and you are willing to do what you love for the sheer joy of it, success will follow.

This is Angela's success story.




1) What was your inspiration behind starting Pink Ladies Boot Camp?

My biggest inspiration behind PLBC is WOMEN! The diversity and all that one can bring is what I wanted our group to be based on. A place where women can feel comfortable, whether they are size 2 or size 16. We are all made with different strengths, weaknesses, backgrounds and talents. I truly believe that the diversity of our group is what makes us unique from other fitness boot camps. As women, we tend to focus on what others are doing or what our culture thinks what we should look like. Let's face it, we all have insecurities but instead of putting ourselves down, why not embrace our strong attributes?

Every PINK LADY can be Strong & Fearless:  Strong in the body and Fearless in the mind.


2) Can you explain how you came across the idea? And how you went about implementing it?

I personally dealt with many self-esteem issues growing up. I was made fun of because I am naturally skinny. Words can be hurtful and after some time, you start to believe the negative comments. Once I was able to see how wonderfully and fearfully I am, I knew exactly what type of Fitness Coach I wanted to be. I wanted to be able to incorporate my faith and really embrace our inner self, rather than our outer appearance. It was 4 years ago this May that I started Pink Ladies. I used Facebook as our platform to brand our name-who would have thought FB would be such a positive outlet? I posted letting my audience know that I wanted to help others start living a happy, healthy, lifestyle. We would meet at Communications Hill twice a week and worked out for an hour. The sessions were free and I started with 5 ladies.

Over the years our group has grown. Our location has changed and we have been blessed with being able to keep our training costs affordable. We've formed a walking/running group, Mommy and Me group, book club, prayer requests and online coaching, just to name a few. Our name has grown and we are Nationwide, which is a blessing in itself. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be a "Strong and Fearless Pink Lady."

3.) What was the biggest challenge you faced?

The biggest challenge that I faced is having FEAR! Fear that I am not capable of leading my own fitness group. Fear over not being successful in achieving my goals. When I first created Pink Ladies, I knew in my heart that I simply wanted to help people, I never wanted it to be about fame or money. My objective has always been to encourage and inspire women to live for greatness. With success always come fear! There is always someone who is going to be bigger and better than you. But instead of focusing on what others are doing, I continuously focus on our brand. I always keep my faith in the midst of it all. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. I tend to share my life, an open book, if you will, with that I truly feel that has made us into who we are today.


4) What are the current challenges you face?

Balance! Balancing motherhood to my toddler, running my own fitness group, and being sure I take care of myself. I truly believe that if I don't take care of myself, how can I set the example to my family and to my community? Over the years I have gotten better about time management and letting things go.

5) What is your favorite part of owning your own business?

I would say my favorite part of Pink Ladies is all the amazing women I get to meet. The friendships, seeing their growth, being able to be part of their goals and knowing that I have made an impact in their lives one way or another. These are everlasting memories that will always have a place in my heart.

6.) What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business?

My advice would be to simply follow your heart. If you believe in yourself, your passion will come alive. Don't listen to naysayers, embrace those that believe in you and always be true to yourself. We are all given a purpose in life; it's what you do with it that matters. 

7) What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I am not "working", I enjoy being a mother to my son Maximus. I am a stay at home mom, so being able to see my son every day brings me joy. He tends to mellow me out when I need to simply walk away from the computer. I also enjoy running. I am currently training for my first FULL marathon. I can easily get caught up in work mode 24/7, so I tend to balance it all out by having a strictly family day on Sundays. It's a no social media, checking emails and texts type of day! Really helps my mind and soul.


8) How do you stay inspired when you hit speed bumps in your business?

I stay inspired by continuously learning how to be a better leader. Attending women's conferences, reading personal development books such as John Maxwell, and always refocusing on my WHY. My WHY changes from time to time, but as I grow it allows me to stay inspired and set new goals in all aspects of my life.

If you happen to live in San Jose/South Bay area in California, Angela is graciously giving away 4 FREE CLASSES to PLBC and a 4 pack of Shakeology. All you have to do is enter our Rafflecopter below and we will announce a winner in 2 weeks. Good luck!


Now it's your turn. Are you a small business owner? Tell us in the comments below: How do you stay inspired to drive your business when it gets rough? What are some of your current challenges you are facing?

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