Today we’d like to introduce you to Blair Flynn.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Blair. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I think most people are surprised to hear what I was doing before versus what I am doing now. After college, I went on to receive my Master’s Degree in Spanish & Latin American Literature because I wanted to teach Spanish and ESL to middle school children. I was attending school for teaching and then received a job opportunity in higher education that I couldn’t pass up, I was extremely passionate about education, teaching, and understanding how we can better our school systems and curriculum that I even applied & was accepted in a doctoral program at Northeastern University that focused on the previous mentioned..
Everything that I am doing now, was just a fun side hobby – a way to relieve stress from my day to day school & work. I eventually found myself staying up late and waking up early to work on this hobby of mine (building my brand/blog, creating recipes, writing for wellness websites, teaching yoga, etc.) and knew that this was something that I wanted to be doing full time. It didn’t happen overnight, I put in the work and eventually went all in; left my job and everything else behind me – it was the best decision! A scary one for sure, but I am the type of person that puts their mind to something and I will make it work- no matter. I knew that working for myself and continuing to build my brand wasn’t going to fail, because it simply wasn’t an option. Ironically, the reason I started my blog was actually from a negative period that I was going through in my life. I was dealing with many digestive health complications a little after college and needed an outlet to try to connect with others that were in the same boat as me. I was in and out of doctors offices every week, developing food allergies, on multiple medications, feeling pretty alone, but nothing was making me feel better.
My blog was a way that I could talk about what I was going through in hopes to either find others who had similar issues, learn about different ways that I could improve my health naturally or simply help others who were going through the same. To be honest, 10 years ago no one was gluten-free, understood food allergies, and for me at least, did not make eating healthy a priority, but today it is all the rage and much easier to eat a certain way without being questioned – there’s something for everyone. Through my blog I was able to hold myself accountable to treat my body better take care of it from the inside out – now, I feel pretty amazing most days and can be a source of inspiration for girls that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if you just stay positive and listen to what it is that you need to do in order to feel your best more days than none.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Is there ever a smooth road when you are an entrepreneur? Of course, I have had setbacks, roadblocks, and days where I have no idea what I am doing. Every day is different for me in terms of what I am working on (blogging, teaching, creating recipes, traveling, hosting events, etc) I have a somewhat set schedule, but no set salary, it is just me putting in the work so I can live the way that I want to. I have to be extremely flexible and always looking for ways to expand my brand. Working for yourself; you have to stay motivated and are constantly thinking about and feeling the pressure of how you can stay relevant or ahead of the game.
I think one of the most important things is to figure out what sets you apart from everyone else and hone in on that. Go with it, find your own voice, put yourself out there while staying true to who you are. It took a while for me to do that, but eventually, as time went on it just comes to you – you start to be more comfortable with you are as a person. This not only goes for teaching yoga (or any fitness class for that matter) but for my blog and anything that I am doing social media related. There really isn’t this magical pill or one road to success, I think that you just have to put in the work every single day into something that you are passionate about and you will be surprised as to what you can accomplish when you put your mind to something, distractions aside.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Balancewithb story. Tell us more about the business.
I run a pretty successful health and wellness blog called Balancewithb that focuses on creating healthy recipes, personal blog posts that range from my journey with my digestive health issues, gut health in general, stress, routines, yoga & so much more! I also host different events in the area or throughout the US, speak/teach at colleges, write for different online health/wellness websites and teach yoga. I feel grateful that I can wake up every single day and do what I do. Sometimes, I think what isn’t that I do, I find that when you work for yourself you are always thinking of next times- you never want to get too comfortable.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
I think that putting yourself out there is one of the best ways to get out of your comfort zone, figure out who you are, where you want to go, and you will start to figure out who you connect with best. For me, it has always been to surround myself with others that are going to raise me up instead of reducing me. I try to never say no to anything as well because you never know who you are going to meet or where that will lead. Some of the best things that have ever happened to me were simply by chance and if I had said no; I wouldn’t have received that opportunity.
- Website: www.balancewithb.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @balancewithb
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