Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Janie Chandler, Founder of Energy Medicine Now, located in Ashland, OR, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is Energy Medicine Now. I am an advanced practitioner, instructor, and guide in the art, science, and spirit of energy medicine. I work with (and teach about) the subtle human energy systems that are the blueprint for our physical bodies. Our physical, mental, and emotional health and vitality are strongly impacted by the balance and flow of our subtle energy systems. I help people understand themselves as energy beings and provide them with practical skills to engage and balance their energies resulting in more clarity, vitality, and joy. I work with both laypeople who want a better understanding and more control over their health and practitioners who use energy medicine professionally.
Tell us about yourself
I began my career as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist in 1987, so I've been working in a hands-on capacity for 35 years. In 1999 I began studying the Eden Method with Donna Eden and became an Advanced Eden Method Practitioner and subsequently one of her senior faculty members. Witnessing and partnering in the empowerment and transformation that happens for people when they discover their energy selves is always a thrill. Helping people to navigate embodiment in these epic times we're living in is meaningful work and honor.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Graduating from one-on-one work in the treatment room to teaching at large venues and guiding people in online classes has been an amazing experience. When I look back at where I started in 1987 and then up to where I am now, I can see how each modality and teaching that drew me in and tickled my fancy has added up to the original work that I am able to offer now.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Having to become good at things that aren't necessarily your calling. Like bookkeeping and marketing and tech stuff. I have had to learn SO many things that I'd have passed on if I'd had a choice. But my business wouldn't have continued to develop if I didn't lean in and learn how to do what needed to be done. I feel fairly savvy now about a lot of businessy things that are way outside my wheelhouse.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Show up for yourself. Learn as much as you can about your skill or product or whatever it is you offer, and trust that even the most mundane aspect will end up being valuable. But also - practice self-care, sleep well, eat well, exercise, and take down time. Burnout is all too easy, and then what's it all for?
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
When I started working for myself, I hardly even knew that it was a risky choice; it seemed so natural. I followed what I loved doing, which made me good at it and sustained me as I developed into an expert. When I look back and realize everything I've had to learn and take responsibility for, it amazes me that I am where I am today.
Where can people find you and your business?
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