Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jessica LeCheminant, Founder of Light A Fire, located in Whittier, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business includes Health, Wellness & Happiness coaching, education, and motivation. I teach and inspire people to elevate their Health, Wellness & Happiness through Movement, Mindset & Moxie to live a life on Fire. I help people understand and get back to the basics so that they can start their own personal evolution revolution and find the Spark they needed to live their best lives. I do this through workshops, classes, public speaking, the Light A Fire blog and podcasts, retreats, social media, and online courses/challenges.
My customers are anyone who is looking to improve their Health, Wellness, and/or Happiness. I have worked with ages ranging from 7-70; everyone deserves to live their healthiest and happiest life!
Tell us about yourself
I am a former (though I like to think forever) professional dancer and dance instructor who was always an athlete outside of dance as well. Movement is a part of who I am. As I got older, I was tired of hearing people talk about how age slows you down/stops you/hinders you from being strong, athletic, healthy, etc. So I set out to do my first triathlon at age 35 to prove all the naysayers wrong. During that first training process, I remembered how movement and mindset had gotten me through some incredibly dark times in my life. I needed other people to know that they could have the same; that was how Light A Fire was born. I realized that I wanted to help others get past their limiting beliefs and see that they CAN, in fact, find happiness, even in the dark, they CAN get healthy and do things they never saw themselves doing before (or people told them they couldn't do), and they CAN make overall wellness a part of their lives no matter what they've been through or where they're at in their life. As a 24/7/365 single mother who has gone through a lot of the bad, I know firsthand how to not only find the good but how the good can transform your life. I know it's not always easy, but finding the Spark to light that inner Fire will always be worth it.
Every class I teach, a person I help, or the Spark that I light in someone is what keeps me motivated. When we heal and elevate ourselves, we heal and elevate the world. I'm on a mission to Light the Fire in people to see every possibility in themselves. It's a passion that often doesn't need much motivating, but on days that I've got to dig deep, the people I get to help every day keep me going.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Starting the business! Big dreams often come with big scary leaps of faith in yourself. So simply starting is one of the biggest accomplishments I've had with my business. I'd thought about this idea for so long but had no idea how to bring it to fruition, how I was going to make it an actual business if people would be interested, and all of the other worries that come with venturing out on your own. But once you START, that's when all the fun starts too! I'd also like to note that a tie for first place in biggest accomplishments would also be the fact that I've helped even one person get healthier and/or happier, let alone hundreds +. That's a success in my book!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
My business is a one-woman show, so for me, the hardest part of being a business owner is doing it all myself. Perhaps that won't always be the case, but in the meantime, that means: holding myself accountable, doing all of the creating, editing, writing, building, showing up, breaking down, figuring out, planning, getting leads, finding the people to bring your message to, etc. That takes a LOT of time, patience, effort, and sometimes skill that you don't yet have or haven't yet honed. I put my whole self into my business, and though it's because I'm passionate about Health, Wellness & Happiness, it's also because I genuinely want it to work, so there is no halfway. Sometimes that can be a fair amount of pressure to put on oneself, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Believe in yourself enough to take the leap and START. You can't accomplish your goals from the sidelines; you need to get in the game.
- There will be times when you feel like you have no clue what you're doing, how to get where you need to be, or what step to take next. Don't let that stop or deter you- It's all part of the process of learning, growing, and building.
- Growth doesn't happen overnight, and thinking about how long it can take is enough to scare anyone away from starting their own business. But when you are consistent with serving your tribe, bringing value, and loving what you do- it WILL happen. Patience and consistency is the key to this long game.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I am a certified health coach and behavior change specialist. My podcast can be found on many podcasting platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Currently, I am building LAF in the public speaking realm, working on a workbook that will be out at the beginning of next year, and finding ways to bring LAF to public schools.
I believe anyone can build a dream they are passionate about/believe in. Thank you SO so much for asking me to do this interview. It was an absolute pleasure and honor. I'm grateful for the opportunity.
Where can people find you and your business?
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