Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Maggie Fekete, Founder of The Guest Bungalow, located in Athens, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I currently direct and host an electronic retreat center, The Guest Bungalow! Here, we offer on-demand & LIVE STREAM yoga, meditation, & profound wellness insights to help you and your household unearth grace! Our retreat center is completely accessible online and opens 24/7! You can visit & stay for as long as you like, as NOW is the perfect time to retreat! For individuals who desire in-person offerings, we have optional retreat upgrades to best meet their needs!
Our customers are inspired to understand better and utilize the supreme owner's manual for how best to care for their bodies, YOGA! It's a common misconception that yoga is simply an exercise routine or a tool to stretch the body. Yoga is physical movement and yogic posture, but it is so much more than that! Yoga is also how best to care for our internal and external environments.
- It's choosing to go inward rather than being distracted by our senses.
- It's concentration.
- It's breathwork.
- It's meditation.
- It's the integration of everything just mentioned.
- It's the union of the body, mind, and breath (commonly referred to as spirit), meaning that everything is moving in unison rather than in disharmony.
Tell us about yourself
In mid-2012, I became inspired to lay the foundation of my own business. I had completed 10 years as an inpatient healthcare professional providing wellness services within hospitals. As most inpatient healthcare professionals are, I found myself overworked. I also found myself at odds with the highest level of administration. We had dramatically different definitions of quality care. I greatly valued working with the interdisciplinary teams, but I knew it was past time for me to share my definition of quality care with the world rather than being dictated by a subpar definition. In mid-2013, I officially launched my own private practice and have been providing a level of care that always puts the individual in need, first and foremost, with zero exceptions. The ability to set and manage my own schedule was another perk in starting my own business!
I strongly believe that yoga, in its truest and complete definition, as previously shared, can positively change the world, infusing peace, love, respect, and understanding into the lives of those who practice and their communities! This reality motivates me every day and is the reason I created The Guest Bungalow, our electronic retreat center! Here we are always open, on-demand, to best meet your needs!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
COVID shutdowns forced my health and wellness offerings online and led to the creation of www.TheGuestBungalow.com - my biggest accomplishment! I love that my private practice is now available worldwide and on-demand! For the individuals who still desire more one-on-one attention, upgrades are offered for private appointments, and in-person retreats are available for scheduling!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
For me personally, delegation. I have such high standards for care that it has taken me 10 years to build and maintain a core group of individuals that I can trust completely with day-to-day operations. In my current team, we share the same vision for respect, integrity, and quality, which makes all the difference!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Build a wonderful team of individuals you trust to lean on for support and guidance.
- Perfect your ability to delegate as it's too difficult to try to concur every task on your own.
- Ensure you have tools at your fingertips to help you remain positive and move in the direction of your dreams!
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Not enough individuals in our world pause for a retreat-like experience:
- for self-care
- for stress reduction
- for relaxation
- for alone time
- to create a healthy mind space.
At The Guest Bungalow, we are here to change this reality! We make it easy for individuals to work these essential yet neglected aspects of life into the flow of their days!
Where can people find you and your business?
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