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Meet Trailblazer Linda Wells

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Wells.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Linda Wellness Warrior was born in Boston, MA out of grief, burnout, and necessity. I began my professional career as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) and become accustomed to working 13 hour days, 60 hours a week as a social servant and educator. My identity was tied to the job title of Youth Worker and getting it all done. I was following the rules and going through the motions of daily life.

There were plenty of Friday nights, my youth would walk by my storefront office on their way home from a late movie and tell me to go home. They could see I wasn’t present for myself in my life. I told myself that I was building my professional reputation. I told myself that I was working to better position myself for my next position.

January 10, 2010, my cousin Starrick Morgan was murdered by her estranged husband in front of her school. She was also a teacher. We grew up together and were really close. I would spend summers visiting family in Alabama. Starrick and I would have sleepovers and exchange our annual teenage adventures. When she married her second husband we spoke less. Then she was gone.

Her murder became the catalyst for me to start choosing wellness. I spent three days in bed. After I got out of bed, I needed someone to teach me how to live for myself. I spent nearly 10 years giving more to others than I did to myself. I ultimately hired a life strategist to teach me how to practice self-care and wellness. Wellness is defined as an active process of becoming aware of choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. I spent time getting reacquainted with what brought me joy and being in a healthy relationship with myself. Working with a wellness professional led me to make a conscious decision to pursue wellness in all areas of my life.

In 2011, I was done. I was done with being miserable in my body. I was done believing that I could rest when on vacation or when I was dead. I am a miracle. My existence is miraculous and resilience is my superpower. My life ’s work now is to share that nutrition is not just what you eat, it’s about what you feed your mind, body, and spirit.

I was anointed Linda Wellness Warrior by my life coach and strategist. I am a Coach, Yoga Instructor, and Resiliency Trainer. I practice living more intentionally. I practice knowing, loving and accepting myself.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I came to Yoga because it gave me space to look beyond what was happening in the outside world and heal on the inside. I wanted to create an avenue for people of color that believed health and wellness were inaccessible due to socioeconomic barriers. I’ve pivoted from yogi providing meal delivery services, wellness coach and yoga teacher. Now, I’m focused on advancing, leading yoga instruction and wellness retreats. You will pivot and you may decide to go back to a traditional salaried position. Whatever you decide, it’s your decision and your choice. You are perfect, imperfect and you are making the best decision for you and maybe your family.

 

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Linda Wellness Warrior – what should we know?
You hear entrepreneurship is not for the faint at heart. It isn’t and we still see people pursuing their dreams and creating solutions, products, programs and selling what they know. The underlying reason is everyone has something to offer to help someone in need. You may also have a way to charge people for your services too.

Advice for Yoga teachers and entrepreneurs out there-there is enough room in the sky for us all to fly. If you can have a plethora of sub and pizza shops, churches, barber shops and hair salons on various corners, so too can there be multiple entrepreneurs focused on fitness, wellness, and healing?

A term one of my colleagues and coaches Abiola Abrams coined. A spiritpreneur is a changemaker woman entrepreneur, a coach, healer, creative guru, and thought-leader. There are different styles and approaches to yoga as a practice. That does not mean the message is going to be watered down, it may create, expand a better understanding and healthier and happier communities.

I am a connector. It is my nature to help people get what they need. Remember why you came to the practice and why you continue. I bring my yoga practice to everything I do.

Being a full-time yoga teacher and “spiritepreneur” is both a gift and a rocky path to take. You will fail, you will pivot and there will be times you are getting creative about generating cash flow. I have to be gentle with myself and give thanks every day because not everyone gets to live out their purpose and pursue their venture full-time or ever. ≈

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Q4: Barriers to Female Leadership
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
LW Answer: Fear, self-image, family, motherhood, head of household, relationships, lack of self-knowledge acceptance is a barrier.

Access to capital when you are in a service based business when not selling technology or a physical product is a barrier. Having to count on multiple streams of income, the division of my interest and labor are barriers. Shifting the money mindset, exchanging time for money.

Not getting paid or on in a timely manner and people treating yoga as a charity. Being paid with exposure.

Learn to surrender to what is, taking what you need and letting the rest go. Acceptance. Explore Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga, the ten commandments, energetic shift, ancestral exploration, and connections should put you on the path of fulfillment.

My advice for other women starting their wellness, entrepreneurship and self-discovery journey is to complete a fulfillment assessment. Where are you feeling fulfilled and unfulfilled in your life? Do you have an outlet other that involves giving back, pampering yourself and personal development? It is going to show up in your business practices.

One of my mentors said: spend one hour every day on your personal vision for your best life. Do one thing for one hour whether you are on vacation or busy with your dream. If your vision is to live a long healthy active life. Guess what you have to get active for one hour. If you want to travel the world, spend 1 hour working on the master plan. One hour every day.

Pricing:

  • Wellness Warrior Adventure Belize $2777-$3250
  • Women’s Pamper A-way Retreat $495-$695

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Kait Strait, David Vendetti, Jennifer Bowman

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