How did you choose yourself? (What do you do?)
I was introduced to the health food business by my mother over twenty years ago when I was between careers. I had formally been a computer field service tech, and I thought that helping people to achieve health and wellness would be more personally gratifying than fixing computers.
Why do you do this, and what drives you?
I have a passion for helping others, and I see what I do as a Devine Gift that has been imparted upon me.
The thing that drives me most, are the stories of successful healing events reported back to me by customers and clients.
Do you have any inspirational quotes you like to follow?
“If it’s the cause – Why suppress it – Address it!”
– Eric Spinner
“Moderation in everything – Including moderation!”
– Trudy Spinner
What is your favorite part about working for yourself?
The ability to make my own hours, and to decide when to take my vacations. What kind of car I’d like to drive, and how much to pay myself.
I was always able to be at my children’s school events and activities as they were growing up.
If you couldn’t do this, what do you see yourself doing?
I could see myself being a Drug Addictions Counselor, or maybe a Park Ranger enjoying the great outdoors.
Was there a turning point in your life that led you to go out on your own & work for yourself?
I was between careers with the computer industry, and the thought of going to work for one of the major corporations did not appeal to me.
I had experience in the food marketing realm, and when my mother told me they were opening a second store I decided to join them in business.
Do you have any advice for others who might want to work for themselves?
Choose something you love. I always say I could make more money doing something else, but if I don’t enjoy it – then it’s not worth it!
Something to encourage them, or something for them to be cautious about…?
Surround yourself with people you like – Be careful who you trust with your cash register.
What has it allowed you to do that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do?
It has allowed me to be like the President of the USA. I live above my shop!
If you could choose again, would you?
Sure – I may make another choice – It hasn’t always been easy being my own boss. Dealing with the ongoings of running a small business has it’s ups and downs. The key is to have more ups than downs!
Who were some of your biggest inspirations in life… people you looked up to?
My Father and Mother, and also some of the bosses I worked for in my youth. I tried to always learn from my mistakes, and try not to repeat them.
What are some things outside of your work that keep you going?
My children for sure, and I love to be out in nature and enjoy all the wonders and joys of experiencing all things spiritual. I also have a passion for searching for the elusive Sasquatch, and being out in the forest helps me recharge and reduce stress.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
Divorce, and the loss of my family, and the loss of our home. Financial struggles with the economy tanking in 2007.
I’m not the only game in town anymore, and I face more competition than ever before. So I strive to maintain exceptional customer service, and provide expertise not found in typical chain stores and big box stores.