Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Anna Brooke, Founder of Anna Brooke International LLC., located in Nobleboro, ME, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am an interdisciplinary healing arts practitioner, which means I approach the work of healing through a variety of disciplines. I work primarily with people who are in the midst of major transitions, whether huge life changes (divorce, loss, big changes) or quieter and more internal shifts. My clients are people who want to get clear on who they are and what they want, free from external expectations or attachments.
Tell us about yourself
My background is in art, but I got into healing right after September 11th. I had been pursuing work that was leaving me empty, and when 9/11 happened, I had a deep sense that I needed to pursue healing not just for myself but as a way of being of service to the world. Twenty-one years later, here I am doing exactly that.
I am motivated by my own desire to support people in the discovery and reclamation of their empowerment. I have seen what can happen when one person makes a decision to heal or stop destructive patterns and the incredible, exponential effect it has on their relationships, community, and life. It's humbling, and I know that the more I show up to help people, the more accessible healing becomes for us all.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment has been staying true to the work I love by engaging with it. I can only heal in others what I have already healed within myself, and the more honestly and compassionately I show up for my own process, the more I get to do the same for my clients and the changes they are navigating.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The admin. I finally hired a virtual assistant, which has helped a lot, but it's really hard staying on top of marketing and promotion, along with making sure every single t is crossed and dotted.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- If it's in your heart and not going anywhere, do it, whatever it is.
- Be compassionate with yourself as you navigate the inevitable learning curves that come with pursuing your dreams.
- Be quick with gratitude, acknowledgment, and networking. People always remember how you made them feel, so even if you don't get the sale or contract, focus on the relationship because you never know what can happen a year down the road.
Where can people find you and your business?
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