Understanding Essential Oils on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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Cha Roberts has been in business since 1999. She began as a massage therapist, progressed to become a colon-hydrotherapist and eventually became part of the teaching staff at the Fingerlakes School of Massage (FLSM) for 10 years. As part of her work there, she taught a 2-day aromatherapy course, Swedish massage and constitutional hydrotherapy. She left the school in 2010 to pursue teaching on her own as the owner of AromaEducators. Cha may be reached at (607) 331-6076 or by email at AromaEducators@gmail.com.  The website is www.AromaEducators.com and they may also be seen on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

What got you interested in Aromatherapy?

As a youngster I loved mixing up scented liquids with creams. Often a cream would lack fragrance and to enhance its smell, perfumes or fragrant oils would be added to create a lovely aromatic experience.  My first real use of essential oils occurred while I was a massage student at FLSM. A two day aromatherapy class was part of the massage curriculum and I was hooked.

After graduating from FLSM, I began co-teaching Swedish Massage and Constitutional Hydrotherapy. When one of the co-owners of the school, Andrea Butje, started the aromatherapy certification program I jumped at the opportunity to be in that class.  My initial training as a Certified Aromatherapist in 2001 eventually lead to co-teaching the very same aromatherapy class I had taken at FLSM.

My vision developed into creating a school to educate others about my passion; teaching students about the molecular components of essential oils and their use in Aromatherapy applications. My primary focus grew into providing information on the proper use and safety of how to use them proportionately in creating products. In 2013 I became certified to teach Andrea’s Aromatherapy Certification Program (ACP) that I had graduated from and in the 3 years since my first class in 2014 I have successfully graduated 35 students in 11 programs at my school.

 What has been the evolution of your business?

While working and traveling for many years, I considered the holistic health field as a second and chosen path. Once I became certified as an Aromatherapist (2001) with my teacher and mentor, Andrea, I continued advanced training through Aromahead Institute and Rhianna Lewis, owner of Essential Oil Resource Consultants (EORC) in Proveonce, France. Both are brilliant educators and have unique styles of teaching about essential oils and their chemical constituents that made it interesting and accessible.  Learning about Essential Oils and the possibilities of their use is deeply nourishing and my passion to teach and share this knowledge compelled me to continue studying with a wide range of Aromatherapy practitioners who are known in this industry.

The ACP is geared toward people who are interested in new and different possibilities in their life. Perhaps a career change or a desire to update their business skills is fueling this decision. Those in the healthcare industry may wish to add aromatherapy and essential oils to their practice. Many of my students are self-employed as distributors for Essential Oil (EO) companies who wish to deepen their knowledge about EO’s in order to support their own client needs and support their business savvy. A comment I hear often is “Wow, I didn’t know that” in reference to some surprising fact when research about an EO they were interested in is highlighted.

My students also learn there are 10 chemical families that we can study and that represent the entire world of essential oils. Each chemical family, in general, has their own therapeutic properties that are helpful. They learn many examples of this.

In the Fall of 2016 I completed a Certified Herbalist Program with Heartstone Herbal School in Van Etan, NY.  Adding this knowledge base to my own education helps to round out my awareness of plant medicine on a deeper level. Essential oils are from plants and they complement the herbal world so very nicely. I am appreciative of how powerful plants are and the role of both combined can be.

What has been your greatest achievement?

Learning how to teach has been a wonderful achievement. In truth, the skills I gained while at FLSM fully prepared me for teaching the aromatherapy classes independently. I enjoy teaching and I love learning. When I am teaching students and don’t know something, when they share something, I am always appreciative. I get a great deal of clarity in my own learning because I am teaching these classes.

There are times when a student is confused about a subject and I have to help them understand the concept at hand. This helps me realize I may also have some confusion around that piece as well. This kind of classroom scenario pushes me to clarify my understanding so I can explain it better now and in the future. But, the real bonus is that I actually “get” it, too.

What have been your greatest struggles, either personally or in business?

I work alone. It’s difficult because there is so much to do. Being organized and focused is a challenge. However, I do work with a phenomenal marketing specialist which is a major plus. I am beginning to seek assistance with others who do help me get better organized in other areas.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

When people come to the program, they are not sure what to expect. Then they learn it is a bit more work than they realized.  Anyone can pass this program, it simply requires confidence. Patience and commitment to achieve the end result will get them there. It’s not difficult, but a wonderful challenge and quite rewarding.

Sometimes I have a person in the classroom who believes they are not receiving enough information. I have come to realize with this type of individual there may never be enough detail to suit them. This class is deeper than most people know, but it is still a basic foundation course. They may have to wait until the next advanced class to find their answers. The training from this course allows them the appropriate terminology and skills to understand the next level of education to build on.

If you could have a Do-Over, what would you do differently?

I would have taken the Teacher Certification sooner. I had an opportunity to do this in 2009 and I didn’t take it for many reasons. When the opportunity came a second time, I jumped on it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Teaching more classes. I still see clients privately and I would like to devote myself to teaching only.

Benefits of Chocolate on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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Life’s So Sweet Chocolates is a business in Ithaca, NY owned by Darlynne Overbaugh that is a maker and purveyor of hand crafted chocolates and retro candies. They have been makers of fine chocolates featuring fair trade chocolate cocoa and unique ingredients since 2008. They went completely fair-trade in 2013. What they do not make themselves, they source from other family owned businesses. Jelly Belly is an 8th generation example of this. Their single location at 116 W. Green St. in Ithaca also sells classic candies and retro candies. Darlynne may be reached at Life’s So Sweet, (607) 882-9842 or by email at lsschocolates@gmail.com.  The website is www.LifesSoSweet.com and they may also be seen on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

What has been the evolution of your business?

It all started with my mom and me making candy when I was a kid for fun and for gifts. I grew up in Rochester and she would take me to the different candy stores. There was Andes Candies and Stevers (now colleagues of mine). We got to know the owners of Kaiser’s Candy across from my elementary school. We had a lot of half days and they would take me to their shop on those days.  I would have my lunch and watch TV on a 3 channel Black & White. It was there that I saw Lucy and Ethel eating the chocolate off the conveyor belt in the candy factory. I was sitting right next to the self-made conveyor belt that they made their assortment boxes from. It was formative. They were sweet and generous and let me help. Even now Mrs. Kaiser is still around and influences me by sharing her tricks of the trade. I am all self-taught. I pass that mentoring on to the people who work with me.

I graduated from Wells College as a theater major in 2001 and came to Ithaca to work for the Kitchen Theater Company for 2 seasons. I went to Cornell’s Theater, Form and Dance department. I went from there to the Hanger Theater for 2 seasons. I eventually concluded that late nights and “all nighters” were not my thing.  I took a break with some odd jobs until my husband suggested that I convert my love of making chocolate into a larger enterprise. I thought that wasn’t a bad idea. (yeah spouses!) He has been my greatest supporter through all of this. He is a general manager for a local family-owned business that has been going on for 60 plus years.  We both have this entrepreneurial feel in our lives.  We got married in the fall of 2007 and opened Life’s So Sweet in February of 2008, barely 6 months later. I quit my job and ‘went for it’.

My business began with the Trumansburg location in 2008. We lived in Trumansburg and there was a small spot that I kept for 7 years. It is my belief that every town should have a candy store. I don’t sell confections, I sell memories. When people come in to the store, they have a visceral experience. “I remember this candy”! They ask if I can find a candy from their childhood.

Closing the store in Trumansburg in 2015was very difficult. Many people thought that was an easy decision. It was not. It was never my intention to be a franchisable entity. I was never going to be the next Gertrude Hawk. My intention was to have well-crafted, quality offerings. It is difficult to divide myself between 2 places. The quality began to slip. The core of the product was being created in Trumansburg and brought to Green St.. Even though it is only 15 minutes apart, it was as if we were operating 2 separate businesses. People in each location wanted different things and it became increasingly difficult to tap into the pulse of that for each location. You can’t be everything to everyone. Life’s So Sweet focuses on creating the unusual things and sources out items that re a more common commodity. We take local ingredients and integrate them into our confections that are all made by hand. For example, our Honey Pot Truffle is made with local honey. At that time, I was training my assistants, operating 2 locations with different needs, creating the confections and being a mom and wife. It was too much.

I opened this store on Green St. in 2012. It is a great location. We want to make quality confections in a local environment and responsible, ethical and environmental way. The windows are a challenge. Sun ruins chocolate so we are constantly shifting the store to the frustration of some of our customers.

Can you tell us more about Chocolate and the process you use?

Cocoa for 200 years has been grown on small plantations outside of the country – typically third world. When it gets imported into the US, it has to go through a metal detector to extract any bullets and ‘other’ things. Cocoa has a very long history that dates back 2000 years to the Myans. Chocolate as we know it today – easily accessible, available everywhere – only became possible since the Industrial Revolution when the machinery was available.

Life’s So Sweet Chocolates does not make the chocolate ‘bean to bars’. The process is to import beans, roast them; grind them; process them. We partner with Guittard Chocolates in Califormia (another family owned business). They process the beans in a way that I, myself would do. I wanted something a little more unique to reflect the flavor of the Fingerlakes. They push the envelope in terms of responsibility. People come in the store and ask about soy free, dairy free, nut free. When we made the decision to be completely fair trade, the soy was removed and became sunflower lecithin – the emulsifier that helps coalesce everything in the chocolate.

I have NO degree in chemistry. My professional degree is in Theater and performing arts. Everything I learned in those 5 years of work in the theater was around administration, marketing, producing and I was a playwrite at one point, actor, understudy. All those experiences cultivate skills that translate into owning a business.  I get to go to candy conventions. Those are Awesome!

I also noticed that young people were not being given the tools they need to be productive in their work environment. Life Skills. It takes about a year to fully understand the rhythms of the business. Every season has something different. Christmas is one of our biggest seasons, but so is Valentine’s Day and Easter. My employees receive training to produce the product as well as interact with customers.

In order for me to take a step back and be a better mom to my daughter, I had to make a decision NOT to be producing the chocolate all by myself. When I first opened my Trumansburg store, it was all me for the first 4 months – selling, producing, cleaning – everything. It was a lot of work. As the business has grown and I have grown, I now employ a head confectioner. They had to really convince me that they were the right person for the job. The person before them was with me for 4 years.

What have been your greatest achievements?

“We are still here”! That is a culmination of a lot of different things. I am particularly fond of the fact that people continue to come back to discover what we have every season. It’s not so much about achieving as it is the journey and making sure we are ‘still on it’. As a small business not wanting to be a franchise it’s a struggle AND an achievement.

 

What have been your greatest struggles, either personally or in business?

We seems to have a very good presence, but getting the word out is a challenge. Being taken for granted that we will always be here is a danger. When I first started out, I had some donation requests. Now I receive 4-67/day. The need in the community is great and when you are perceived as doing well, you get that.

One of the core tenets when I started this business was to be part of the community. A bit of my problem is that I am a ‘bleeding heart’ and say yes to everything. I have had to toughen up a bit. I have come to realize that if I say ‘yes’ to this, something else has to happen along with it. We have 3 full-time staff and we work as a team. We all have our specialties, but we are knowledgeable about everything.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

People want to know if we make everything we sell. The answer is “NO”. The other misconception is that other companies DO make everything that they sell. They do not. It’s not just about the chocolate. I have been asked about Gummy worms. I believe it is about the food trend across the board. “If you sell it, you make it”. I compare it to a farmer growing everything. They cannot feasibly do that. It takes a balance of the things we don’t produce alongside the things we do produce to be successful, well rounded business.

If you could have a Do-Over, what would you do differently?

More organizational structure internally. There are things that will affect my business on the Federal Level with new regulations being enforced. We have to trace our product from source to here.  Fortunately, I can depend on my supplier of the cocoa for the early parts of that. It takes a lot of paper work and infrastructure. There is potential for automation. It’s just doing it, the cost of it, and how it will impact the cost of the product. We have to be compliant by 2018.

This is not my skillset. I wish I had permitted myself to admit that earlier on. If I had, some of the missteps may not have happened.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I have ideas about new products such as our Fingerlakes Bark collection that is waiting on packaging. In 5 years I would like to be recognized as THE chocolate of the Fingerlakes.

(This interview was delayed from February 14. We had to search a bit for the WENY TV interview before posting).

Yoga for Beginners on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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The link above takes you to a summary of Wellness Arts Network for 2017. The Directory is in production and Our Women’s Day out is April 22nd. A strong wellness community promotes a strong community in general. The link below will take you to the interview about Doris Farmer. I hope you are sharing these with your circle of influence.

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Doris Farmer has been teaching movement for 30 years in various locations such as JET (Joint Education and Training),  Arnot Ogden Health Services, and St. Joseph’s Hospitals. After a while she decided there were things she wanted to provide for her clients that could not be provided in these locations. An evolution occurred over the years that resulted in Heart to Heart Yoga and Healing at 315 W. Water St., Elmira, NY. This is a centralized location where Doris continues her passion for teaching yoga as well as providing a space for other practitioners to offer their services.  Doris may be reached at (607) 742-9682 or by email at doris@YogaHearttoHeart.com.  You are invited to view a full array of classes on the website at www.YogaHearttoHeart.com.

What has been the evolution of your business?

In 1982 I began with Southport Body Conditioning Studio. It was back in the Jane Fonda days when we were doing a lot of aerobics and toning (very similar to what Pilates is now). It was a small space and I quickly outgrew it. This was all women. To expand, I wanted to include men. There was not much offered then in the way of a fitness center/gym space. About 1983, I purchased used equipment and offered machines and free weights along with aerobic classes.

I always realized that at the end of class it was important to get centered and relax your body. People had a difficult time doing that. I knew how good it felt to me and I wanted to help others feel the same way. I innately had that idea that YOGA was something I wanted to do.

You knew about YOGA back then?

I did. I took a few classes back in the ‘70’s. (I received my certification from Kripalu in 1996).

There were others doing it but I said. “No, this is something I am going to do”. It wasn’t all that accepted back then, either. In fact, I named it something else for a while before changing it to Yoga.

Along the way it was very important to me to learn how to create a business plan. I met Bonnie Gestwicki at the Small Business Development Center. I became part of the Women’s Roundtable group there. I gained a lot of information there. I researched how to do a business plan with projections. I found the process exhilarating to realize that I had that ability.

I added Tanning, as a business within the fitness center. I discovered that in the Fitness Industry things change rapidly. You need to be on the cutting edge as much as possible to keep your clients interested in coming back. One of the first things I did was to join an organization called Dance Masters (I believe). It is now called ACE. They wanted to offer accreditation for instructors. I was constantly taking new courses, new routines. keeping up on what was new.

I went to a convention in NYC and they introduced STEP. I did it, I loved it, I ordered the equipment. I was the third in the nation to do that and I brought it back to Elmira! People did not accept it at first. It meant change. It took a little bit as people started to see it crop up in other places. People were exposed to it. Pretty soon it was “Reservation Only”. However, like everything else, it was left behind for the next big thing. I moved on to what was Progressive Aerobics Circuit Exercise (PACE). That used machines in a circuit. It transformed into what we now call CURVES. (Same equipment).

I was a single parent at the time and making ends meet was very challenging for me. In that time frame I ran up against a new regulation that forced anyone who had a fitness center to be bonded if you have memberships. I did not have the financial resources to do that. I thought about what I really wanted to do with my life. I struggled a lot. I just was not bringing in enough money. There were a lot of expenditures – rent, employees, etc.. Eventually the business was sold to Dave Sherman who reopened it as Elmira Fitness Center.

I went back to college. It was about 1993/4 when I started at Corning Community College. I thought I wanted to study Physical Therapy. I got nervous about my math abilities (which they were not very encouraging about). I transferred to Keuka College and received my Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy. I still had to do the math but not as intense. It was a commute to Keuka College but I still taught my Yoga classes at Arnot. We transitioned from a small space at the Women’s Health Center to the old nurses’ lounge (since converted to the ER space). It was a sunken floor with windows. We enjoyed it very much there. I did 3 classes a night, 2 evenings a week. I went to St. Joseph’s facility when they tore this down in their Wellness room for quite a few years. I was displaced again and went to Grace Episcopal Church.

For about 12 years I settled in to working in Occupational Therapy pediatrics, all the while teaching yoga classes. Teaching YOGA was always my constant. I worked for Pediatric PT Services in Horseheads traveling to multiple counties working in their homes and schools (Pre-K) doing early intervention. I was often requested by families and teachers. The owner of that business knew changes were coming and closed down. I stayed on with Chemung County as an independent contractor. The first year was great. However, changes were coming. When that happened, it became very difficult. It changed from a county program to a state program. We were not paid for three months. I had to take loans out to cover my bills. Working for the state, the second year as an independent contractor, I was audited by the state. I passed with flying colors. I was prepared. I was attentive to what I was doing and keeping up on all the rules and regulations. We had a lovely group of people who networked and supported one another. We were all audited at the same time. For me, it was absolutely overwhelming. I thought, “Do I want to do this anymore”? Enough is enough. If I were 40, 50 – maybe. At this time in my life, I should be thinking about simplifying. As an independent contractor working with New York State, I had none of the benefits of an employee. So I thought about my passion and it was Yoga. This has always been my passion.

When I opened Heart To Heart Yoga and Learning Center, I was still working in Occupational therapy. That was in 2013. I decided at the time I wanted to work with adults. I enjoy working with people. I enjoy helping people. However, we as women tend to be very hard on ourselves. It is so important to create nice community with each other to the best of our ability. Granted we will have challenges along the way. Within my classes I incorporate affirmations. The more we say those things to ourselves the more they imprint and the better we are going to be.

What have been your greatest achievements?

Personally, going back to school at 50 and getting my Bachelor’s degree. That was a tremendous accomplishment. I enjoyed very much when I worked for an agency. It was a wonderful experience that gave me a chance to develop an inner strength and confidence that I don’t think I had as much before. I also developed that wonderful sense of community with other folks that we ARE here to help each other. How beautiful is that?

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks, either personally or in business?

I think I already named a lot of them. There were quite a lot of stumbling blocks – a divorce, raising children by yourself, borrowing money (robbing Peter to pay Paul). I am still catching up.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

I think that often some people have this idea that I am not going to go to the gym until I am in shape. They have the same idea about being flexible. How can I do Yoga until I am more flexible? I tell them Yoga is about gaining those things along the way – together. This is for health and wellness. This is preventative care. All the things we are doing here are evidence-based practices. Evidence-based practice? Yoga for backs. Tai Chi for balance. Therapeutic Massage for neck.

If you could have a Do-Over, what would you do differently?

We always think that we would do something differently, don’t we? The other night we had a Reiki session here where the idea was brought up that each chakra has a gift and a challenge. If we carry that over in to life we need challenges just as much as we need the gifts.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I don’t believe I will ever stop doing this. It makes me feel good.

I would like to have some younger folks coming up along the way that are going to offer different kind of programs for physical well-being. I would want to still be here but have a little more time to travel or go to a conference.

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Marcia Beecken began her business in August, 2015 doing energy work out of her home. An opportunity came about to co-rent a space in Horseheads, and she took it. She wants to retire from 28 years of  teaching 2nd graders in 5 years and thought it would be a good idea to begin her business now. Marcia is ready for the next stage of her life to begin.  Her specialty is Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). It is similar to Reiki. It works with the Angels who facilitate healing for people, relaxing, releasing cellular memory patterns and blockages, allowing the body to heal itself. I also specialize in working with children. My favorite program is called Steps For Transformation., the basics of working with your angels and releasing Karma, and finding forgiveness. Marcia is also a Reiki Master. She has a degree in leadership and does some life-coaching in a group setting. Marcia can be reached at Beecken of Light, 206 W. Franklin St., Horseheads, NY  14845, by phone at (607) 279-1157 and by email at Marsha@BeeckenOfLight.com. Her new Website is www.BeeckenOfLight.com.

How did you get to this place?

I have a Bachelor degree in Education. I have a Master’s degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Leadership and Education. This is half way between a master’s Degree and a Doctorate (30 credits). I have been teaching 2nd grade for 28 years.

When I became interested in energy work, I began my Reiki training with Haley Sawyers at Fingerlakes School of Massage. I loved the work, but then a friend of mine took an IET class and working with the Angels resonated with me. I took my first 3 levels of Integrated Energy Therapy with Haley Sawyers and Sandra Hartman at Fingerlakes School of Massage. I did my Master Instructor for Integrated Energy Therapy at The Center of Being with Stephen Thayer, Woodstock, NY. He developed the therapy.

I began working out of my home. It was difficult because I am on a hill and a bit out in the country. It was word-of-mouth through friends and their friends coming to the house. It was sporadic. Stephen Thayer inspired me to branch out. He wanted me to begin asking my angels for ‘more’. They will give you want you want and more as long as you believe.

I talked it over with my husband who is an industrial engineer and stained glass artist, and we decided to get a space. He has been instrumental in helping me renovate the space in Horseheads along with the other business owners who are sharing the building with me. It has been a wonderful learning process around creating healthy boundaries and speaking my truth. I incorporate the Four Agreements into every day on this path. It is what H’o oponopono is all about. We all work hard at keeping the energy in the space whole and inviting.

What have been your greatest achievements?

Creating this space on W. Franklin St.. Everyone who comes into the space feels good. It feels meditative, calm and peaceful. With the IET, I have created a Heart Beam in the space I use and the space Nancy Fairchild uses (She is partnering with me). It is a beam of very positive, sacred energy that goes throughout the building. We all do a number of sacred practices to create sacred space.

We also have a boutique, a common area where we hold a variety of different classes and programs. We have a kitchen area where you can sit with tea and coffee. We have an open porch area for the warmer weather and a drumming circle. There are other practitioners who rent the space to have their programs.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks, either personally or in business?

In business, the greatest stumbling block has been the marketing piece in terms of having the financial resources to advertise. We invested in the renovations and need to pay that off before making more of an investment outside of social media. I am fairly new to the area so I believe the paid advertising piece is important.

The personal stumbling block is TIME. I work full time from 7am and then go to Beecken of Light sometimes until 8pm. It’s difficult to then go home to create things for social media. Then scheduling family time and school time for the kids is a challenge.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

Because I am new, I don’t think people have a conception of what I do or who I am. Some of the work is getting the word out about what we do and having to explain that. Then there is educating people about the benefits of incorporating these things into their daily routines. People are so busy doing for others, they neglect their own needs.

I have been in teaching for so long, I have become accustomed to staying away from talking about spiritual topics. There are times when I think I need to speak on a scientific level rather than a spiritual one. It’s a transition I need to make. I have to be more direct when I talk about my Angel Energy Work.  (That could be another stumbling block).

If you could have a do-over, is there anything you would want to do differently?

I would have been a little less impulsive and more thoughtful about the space I needed to do what I want to do. Although I love the space in Horseheads, I can see where it will be too small in the near future. It’s already limiting for the drumming program we have.

Back in May, I put feelers out for people who wanted to be part of a co-op. in retrospect, I would have followed the vision more closely. However, we had to begin somewhere.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself with a co-op, an umbrella business with other people providing their specialties underneath that. I would prefer that to having separate businesses renting separate space in the same building. 2 or 3 heads are better than one so let’s get together and help each other.

I see myself traveling. My mentors are in Sedona, AZ doing trainings. I would love to travel and do programs. It is important to be in the room and feel the energy of the people and the space. Much of the growth that I have had in my life has come from group work. There are so many dynamics there that push you to make gains to do your best. I value the group work.

I foresee a Center with more IET sessions and massage tables to do this work. I see training more people to use this therapy for themselves including people who are empathic – sensitive to energy that surrounds their environment.

Nancy Fairchild and I are coming out with a new color energy oil line in February that goes with our programs.  They are oils that coordinate with your chakras. The logo looks like a lighthouse and will incorporate with Beecken Of Light.

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Randy Parker is the owner of R. S. Parker Landscaping and Garden Center and the newest member of Wellness Arts Network. Randy has been in business for 29 years operating a sole proprietor business involving a Christmas Tree farm, lawn & garden maintenance, renovations, backhoe, and skidsteer (small, rigid-frame, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments – like a scoop). He has a large inventory of nursery stock to choose from whether you use his services or just want to purchase for a DIY project. His newest venture is the former Maple Valley Farm Market at 791 County Road 64 in Big Flats where he will be expanding into produce and other food products in the spring. He can be reached by phone at (607) 739-0082 or (607) 734-6426, by email at RSParkerland@yahoo.com. A website is currently in development.

How did you get to this place?

Randy Parker’s entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 16, mowing lawns for neighbors and some of his dad’s customers. This developed into a landscaping business. With that, he began to stock his own landscaping material and stored everything at 1825 Grand Central Ave. in Elmira Heights. Eventually, Randy opened a full Garden Center. They stock every kind of tree, shrub and evergreen. “If it’s a tree you want, we can get it”. They offer hanging baskets in the spring for Mother’s Day and a few bedding plants, but the focus is on landscape design, installation and maintenance. Recently, Randy opened a Farm Market on County Road 64 in the former Maple Valley Farm Market location across from Simmons Rockwell. They will be offering honey, maple syrup, goat milk soaps, farm fresh eggs and bakery items (in the spring).

His expertise is derived from the ‘school of hard knocks’, and a lot of sweat equity says Randy.

What have been your greatest achievements in your business?

My greatest achievements have been building relationships with the community and establishing a long list of good customers. Outside of business I am a coach for Fingerlakes Falcons Baseball and a past president.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks in your business?

I haven’t really stumbled much. It’s always been pretty good. I don’t have any complaints.

It doesn’t sound like you are the sort of person who rushes into anything. You are slow and steady.

I’ve jumped into things before but they have all turned out pretty well.

 Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

I don’t think so. Not that I know of. It’s pretty clear cut. People know what they are getting. (Mom confidently adds, “He presents himself very well”).

 If you could have a Do-Over, what would you do differently?

Not a thing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Doing the same thing. Not much growth. People say to me all the time, “what is your projected growth?”.  I tell them there is none. At 30 years in to this, I am comfortable and happy and where I want to be. I like to stay close to every job.

This is a family business with my wife, my mom and dad, and my son. I have 10 employees who work 9 months out of the year. They have been with me for 20 years or so.

Create a Bouquet on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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Shelley Widrig has been an entrepreneur with her husband since 2008. It began with produce, expanded to flower preservation, fresh flowers and jewelry created from flowers. Shelley has business management training to support what she does. You can reach Shelley at her website (www.Forever-Floral.com), by phone at (607) 483-5776 or by email at ForeverFloral@rocketmail.com.

How did you get to this place?

Shelley Widrig worked a full time job in Traffic Control, Scheduling in the sales department and then in credit at a major manufacturing company when she opened a business with her spouse distributing fruits and vegetables from local farmers. They began working from their home and delivering to people’s homes. In 2012, they opened a produce stand in Nichols, NY. Produce is a seasonal business and they needed something to extend their business to year round. Shelley was searching the internet and discovered flower preservation. The only competition would have been in Binghamton, but that business had closed. She had always loved flowers and thought this could be a good niche for her. It was a ‘whimsical idea’ that Shelly had. Most of the preservation work is done in the winter months anyway. The equipment required to preserve the fresh flowers can only run during the winter months because of how much it heats up.

Fresh flowers were added to expand the income revenue. It also supports the idea of flower preservation. Another opportunity opened up to add another produce location in Waverly and eventually the jewelry made from flowers rounded out the offering.

What have been your greatest achievements in your business?

Being able to expand my business and keep it going all these years has been a big achievement. I ran the produce business alone this past summer since my husband had another job doing landscaping and building maintainance.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks in your business?

My business is marketing and that is a big downfall for me. It was a downfall in college too. It was my most difficult class. Especially in this area, word of mouth is very important. You have to be willing to talk about your business and what you do.

I am on social media, but I find I don’t have time to do it. I’m not as computer literate as I should be, too.

 Tell us more about your Brick & Mortar experience over the past summer.

I wanted a building location in order to expand my business into a different area with foot traffic. I found a place 10 minutes away in Owego. We renovated to make it look like a flower shop – paint inside & outside, carpeting throughout, tongue & groove flooring half way up the walls – things like that. We did a banner as a temporary sign because Owego requires a permit for anything permanent. We added a lot of character to the place and invested quite a bit.

However, it did not give me enough of the street traffic I was looking for and we were not able to sustain enough business to cover our expenses. So rather than struggle through the winter eating up the money we had, we decided to break the lease and close up. It was a great experience and I learned a lot.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

I don’t think people realize how much time it takes to preserve the flowers or the investment I have in the equipment to preserve the flowers. You have to pre-treat the flowers to hold the colors. Electric costs are huge in this area and that powers the machine I use. The cost of the machine alone if I were to purchase it now would be over $50,000. People think this is just drying flowers.

I also have to disassemble the bouquets in order to process them for preservation. Also, each flower type has to be treated differently. Some you pre-treat, some you don’t. Different colors require different treatments, especially the reds and oranges and yellows. Flower preservation is expensive.

I make sure to talk about the cost of an average piece before we do anything so that people have an idea what they are looking at. Out of every four people I talk with, one will decide to have it done.

Another misconception people have is they do not have to be local in order for me to preserve their bouquet. They can overnight them to me. I have preserved flowers and sent them all over the country.

If you could have a Do-Over, what would you do differently?

I would begin my business more organized and with more knowledge about the business. However, there never was anyone locally I could go to and get advice about a flower preservation business. I did have a business plan when I began. I veered off that plan getting distracted with other things. It would have been better to make the plan the ‘law’ in running my business.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully, with a brick and mortar with foot traffic that we can call our own and do things we want to do with the business. We have a produce stand now, but that’s a tent. We would want to be autonomous.

Personality Testing to Manage Stress on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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Peg Davis has been in business in the Corning area since 1995.  She is primarily a counselor, working with individuals and groups, teaching people how to manage their thoughts and emotions, something we can do. Many of Peg’s clients suffer with depression/anxiety disorders. Peg Davis helps them find a way to reach for a better feeling and manage those better feelings in order to reach a higher level of functioning. She accomplishes this through Talk Therapy, Hypnosis, workshops on a variety of topics and Reiki. Peg Davis has a BA in Counseling Psychology and Masters in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and has been a Reiki Master Teacher since 1997. You can reach Peg at her website (www.PegDavis.com), by phone at (607) 738-1454 or by email at The.PegDavis@gmail.com.

How did you get to this place?

My business began with teaching workshops on how to be a vegetarian. In the late 80’s and early 1990’s, there were many falsehoods and myths about vegetarianism.  For example, the nutritional thinking taught that it was dangerous to be a vegetarian unless you ate all your aminos at one time or they would not work in your body.  This was proven later to not be the case. No one knew how to be a vegetarian.  People began asking me; I started having classes for basic information and healthy cooking techniques.

I had always done a Women’s Weekend once a year. I brought in speakers and practitioners who taught the participants how to take care of themselves. I began incorporating some of those things and started teaching workshops. I was trained by Louise Haye and her team in 1996. It was an 8-day certification process to teach her workshops and her groups. I taught them (and others) for years.

As participants worked through the workshop exercises and discussions to bring positive change to their lives, it often brought up many issues that then needed to be addressed. I believed they needed more personal, individual work in addition to attending workshops. I had met people who were hypnotherapists when I was doing the Louise Haye certification. They inspired me to study for a Master’s Degree in Hypnotherapy, with the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. It is an effective and successful modality to assist changes in emotions and behavior.

Hypnosis is deep relaxation. You can tap into the subconscious, which is 95% of our  whole mind. 5% of our mind is the conscious level. The subconscious is the storehouse of everything we have ever experienced or read or heard or knew. In that deeply relaxed state, that storehouse of information is available to us. It can give us ideas about what we need to do as a person. Most of us know that our best healing is inside of us. We tend to bury it underneath the conscious “have to’s and shoulds”. Hypnotherapy helps you get in touch with that subconscious level of your mind.

That is how my business has unfolded. I knew people needed to go deeper and I had no one to refer people to that would teach them what I was beginning to teach them. That is why I opened my counseling practice and added hypnotherapy to it.

At the beginning of 1996, while I was in California at the Louise Haye training, I discovered Reiki. I loved it. I became a Reiki student and completed my third level in 1997. I never intended to add this to my practice, because the mainstream medical community was beginning to refer people to me in my counseling and hypnotherapy practice, and I thought Reiki might not be accepted.  I had intended to use it for myself, family and friends. However, people began to call me asking for treatments. Once they had treatments, they wanted to be trained. It completely unfolded in a very generic way. The training and the treatments of Reiki have become a huge part of my practice.

In classic psychology, you are taught not to touch a client. You are also taught not to mix modalities (i.e. touch with talk therapy).  In the first few years of my practice I did not. If someone wanted Reiki, I would make a separate appointment from the talk therapy. Over the years, I have discovered that combining has great benefits. My sessions are 90 minutes. The first 45 minutes is talk therapy and the last 45 minutes is Reiki. It anchors what we have discovered in the talk sessions and balances energies to move through issues more easily.. If I began with Reiki, the client would be in an unfocused state for the talk session.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks, either personally or in business?

In business, the greatest stumbling block has been learning how to network. I really enjoy coming to my healing center, my “ivory tower” and just working with whomever is appointed that day.  I truly feel that has been a deficiency for me. Networking is not natural to me. I resisted it.

If I were to begin over, I would form a group of practitioners earlier. If you have noticed in the past few years, I have gathered a group of people around me that I have chosen. We work well together. In the group, we can offer so much more than I could offer individually. I appreciate the comeraderie and the exchange of it.  I came to this later in my practice. I would learn how to do that better earlier on.

 Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

In the beginning, maybe the first five years or so, people would come in and say “Don’t do any of that voodoo you do. Just talk to me”. People were worried about the Reiki. People were worried about the Hypnotherapy.

Here’s a funny story. In the early years, there were 2 doctors who referred people to me for Reiki, Hypnotherapy, and Talk therapy. I was invited to do a presentation on Hypnotherapy at the Women’s Center at Corning Hospital. Everyone was invited, but there were many medical people (doctors, nursed, etc.) who attended. All talks had to be approved by the Board of Directors. I got a call from the Director stating that Hypnotherapy was thought to be a bit out of the mainstream by the board and “ they would rather that you talk about REIKI!”

That night at the presentation, I really learned to trust Reiki. There were about 30 people there. I talked about it, but told the group that they could not understand Reiki unless they experienced it. If there was anyone who was willing to stay after, I offered to give them a sample. Everyone stayed! I put a chair in the middle of the room and gave each one 2 minutes of Reiki. I thought this was never going to work – 2 minutes. What sort of result would anyone get from 2 minutes? That extra hour brought me a full year of business.

 Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself writing a lot more. I write a BLOG on my Facebook page and that transfers to my webpage. I write it once a week and post it on Mondays. It offers tips and techniques on how to take care of yourself, reach for a better feeling, make peace with irritants in your daily life, how to respond in a healthy way to stressors, or whatever is relevant currently. I am making more time in my life to write because I believe that in doing this, I will be able to reach more people.

I am also working more long distance work with people through the telephone and Skype because it is such a mobile society. There will be more of that as well.

Psychic Mediumship on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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Dick Buchanan has been in business as an Optician for almost 50 years as the owner of The Grand Spectacle, however, Dick has been a psychic/medium all his life. He ‘turned off’ his psychic ability at age 6. It reappeared at age 32 and he has been helping people with this ability since then with hypnosis (Stop Smoking, Stress Management, Weight Loss, Aversion Therapy, etc.), past-life regression and psychic mediumship. You can reach him at 110 S. Main St., Horseheads NY, by phone at (607) 732-7500 or by email at gspectacle@stny.rr.com.

How did you get to this place?

I was psychic as a kid growing up in Philadelphia, PA. It was a traditional middle class household. When I was 6 years old, I was having playtime with my spirit family and my mom came around the corner and said, “You know there are no such things as ghosts”. From that day forward, the images stopped until I was 32. In a way, it was a good thing. It afforded me a chance to grow up “normal”. I played sports with my friends, attended college, became an Optician and started my own business. At 32, I had a spiritual experience, and it all came back to me. I had a choice to embrace it or not. I chose to embrace it.

I was at the Elmira Medical Arts Building in the 1970’s. There was a psychiatrist across the hall from me who taught me how to hypnotize people. It had been an interest of mine for a long time. I took many very good courses on regression therapy from Dick Sutphen when he would be in New York City. He is probably one of the best regressionists in the country. During those courses, you experienced regression yourself and that made it more meaningful. I discovered many things about myself that I did not previously know.

When I was a child, I had visions of myself fighting in the Civil War. I found a painting by Mort Kunstler of Union cavalry troops shooting Confederates behind a stone wall at Gettysburg on the 2nd day of battle. It was exactly what I saw in my mind as a 3year old. Upon further research, I was a cavalryman in the 3rd Pennsylvania Company H. When I was in Gettysburg in 2010 I found the exact position that I fought in with the stone wall still in place after 147 years .

In my hypnotic practice, I have documented cases where people have regressed into a past life. Many times, we can document the results. One local man discovered that he was a Captain in a Massachusetts regiment. He deserted and found himself as a sheriff in Lander,Wyoming only to be bushwacked by a gang of outlaws. In his current life, he carried the scar on his back where he was shot in that previous lifetime. The man had reoccurring dreams of being buried alive from that previous lifetime, which subsided upon his finding out the cause.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks, either personally or in business?

Some people come to me and say “You are in this business (The Grand Spectacle) and you are a psychic?” as if there is a conflict. I don’t see one. One is science and the other is metaphysics. I just wear 2 different hats.

 Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

Yes. There are always misconceptions about what a psychic does. If it was not for women, I would not be in business.  Women are much more open than men. For example, women will go to a doctor and men won’t. It’s a mindset.

 If you could have a do-over, what would you do differently?

Nothing. I like being in business for myself. I like being independent. I’d rather set my own course. I am happy that way.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

RETIRED! I will retire from The Grand Spectacle, but I will continue to do the psychic work out of Ithaca. There seems to be a void there. I enjoy the work, especially if I can help someone.

 

Oncology Massage on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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PK Smith has been in business for 22 years problem-solving people’s aches and pains. Although she is happy to offer the traditional massage, it is intriguing when people come in and say, “My hip really hurts, and I don’t know what I did”. PK will bring a variety of techniques to the table to begin the process of healing and offer some relief. She works from her home at 211 E. Second St, Corning, NY and can be reached at (607) 936-2814 or by email at PKSmith211@gmail.com.

How did you get to this place?

I started out at the Swedish Institute of Massage in NYC. It is one of the oldest massage schools in the country. It specialized in Medical Massage. I come from a medical family; my father was a doctor (pediatrician) and my mother was a nurse. As a child, we sat at the kitchen table talking about childhood illnesses and how to solve them. I was never squeamish about the body. Also, how the body heals has always been of interest to me. That was one of the reasons I chose the Swedish Institute. I wanted that grounding in Western Medicine versus Energy Healing before going on to the Holistic Health aspect.

NY State has a very rigorous program, requiring 1000 hours of training before you can sit for a state licensing exam. Not every state does that. It is changing. (22 years ago in California, a massage therapist registered with the police because it was looked upon as a sexual act. That has been a big perception massage therapists have had to overcome). That has happened. I now have medical doctors who refer to me.

Once I learned the muscle, tendon and bone relationship and how to work with muscle, I then became interested in the connective tissue. It runs throughout the body and can affect how the muscle is holding its particular tension. I received training in Cranial Sacral Therapy through 5 different programs. The Upledger Institute teaches in different parts of the country. You go for a series of 3/5-day workshops. This is where I first learned manual Lymph drainage techniques. After practicing those techniques over a period of years, I began seeing patience who were coming to me seeking treatment after being diagnosed with cancer. When I attended massage school, we were told NOT to work on people with cancer for fear of spreading it throughout the body. As it turns out, that is a very outdated and incorrect view. However, you do need to be very careful. You do not want to be working over a tumor site simply because it could be very painful. If you have radiation, the bones become brittle. A massage therapist has to be keenly aware of the amount of pressure you use.

I decided to study at the Peregrin Institute of Oncology Massage. Unfortunately, it is no longer offering the program, but provides online support for any of the former students, operating more as a mentoring program. It was a 2 year program of on-site, week-long classes, returning home to practice what you have learned, writing case studies, testing and another tier of advanced learning. This pattern continued for those 2 years before taking an exam for certification.

I continued with additional Lymph Drainage training. I wanted to feel confident in these techniques and I just love it. There is a real need for it in this area, but I always tell people to go to their Lymphodema Center. It is part of their insurance coverage and they need to understand what these facilities offer. There are certain things I cannot do because I am not a nurse. (I cannot bandage nor measure people for compression garments). Having said that, they do not do the same hands-on work that I do.  Often, people do not get the fluid cleared out of their body regularly or in the way they need.

I also offer my services to oncology patients at a discounted rate to keep this affordable to people.

The next evolution was an interest in tuning forks.  It was intriguing to me and I found a local therapist in Hornell, NY. (Liz Cox) It began with a treatment. I found a deep, deep relaxation that I get with massage. When I came home, there was a sustained energy that helped me get much more done than I was used to. Liz said that was typical and would last for about 2 weeks. In my experience, people who are receiving tuning fork therapy from me, are reporting the same results. They want this before their massage to assist them find deep relaxation in the beginning.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks, either personally or in business?

When I started in this area, no one knew me. I could not afford a business rent AND a home rent. I lived in a tee-pee for 4 years in Hornby. There were many wonderful things around that and many difficult things. I progressed from working in a chiropractic office where I rented a room to renting an office space above another business. I realized that home mortgages were cheaper than business rent. I also felt my client base was big enough that they would come to my home. I think that initially, with no one knowing me, that would not have happened. Also, massage was beginning to build in its reputation.

I began searching for a house that would have the right layout. When I found this house, I made the purchase-offer contingent on the city approving me having a business here, which they did. In 12 years, I’ve probably saved $70,000 in business rent over time.

Another stumbling block in the past was the ‘cloud’ that people wondered if you were a sex worker. No one would believe that you could make a living doing therapeutic massage full-time. In this day and age, the negative veil has been lifted. However, one of my biggest complaints has to do with the movie industry depicting a sex act accompanying a massage therapist.

That would answer the “Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business question”.

If you could have a do-over, what would you do differently?

Any strength can also be a weakness. Working alone and building my business up, I believe I have a good reputation. People can count on me. In one way, I feel very isolated. For a while I was saying to people, “You work at Corning, Inc. You are around so many people. I feel so isolated”. One day someone made the point that they did work around a lot of people, but that did not mean they ‘knew’ them. I thought about that. I may see about 20 people in a week. Some of them I have known my entire career. I have a very intimate story that is ongoing with people. They too have shared their health issues, their joys and disappointments. I have too. It’s a strength that I have built this business and yet, I am very single.  I would not know how to do that over.

The end of the day clients have been very reliable. I work until 7pm. That puts a dent in your social life. That part I would like to do differently, but I’m not sure exactly how to do that.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself doing what I am doing. I hope the oncology massage will continue to grow. I have been very fortunate that my joints and tendons have been able to take the work that I do. I have clients who want deep tissue work. So far, I have not had aches and pains that have compromised that ability for me to do work. I want to continue that.

The Oncology Massage by nature asks me to work more gently with people who are ill. I am thinking that over time, I may transition into that.

As an aside, is there something you are doing for yourself that allows that?

For one thing, DIET. I am very good with vegetables and protein in a low glycemic diet. I have very little sugar. I am certainly not perfect in that, but compared to what a lot of people are eating, I am very careful to get the minerals and nutrients my body needs to stay strong.

Some of it is just genetics. I have had teachers who after 3 years of doing massage have joints that just broke down.

There is one thing that has been very helpful to me and my hands. Laser Wand Touch is an over the counter laser device. A client told me she knew about it from a local chiropractor who will lend the device to you for a week to see if it will help you and allow you to purchase it at cost. The client offered it to me to use. I did not have any issues at the time.  About 6 months later, I got this shooting pain in my hand. For someone in my profession, this is deadly. I called her right up and said I was ready to try her device now. It takes 4 minutes to do. 50% of the pain was gone the next day. I went back and used it another 4 minutes. Again, another 50% of the pain was gone. By the third time I used the device, all pain was gone. I immediately bought one. About once or twice a year, I may experience some achiness or soreness that I know is not going to go away easily and I use it. The pain is gone – boom! That has been huge. However, I have only found it effective on my hands as opposed to other areas on the body.

Getting back to the 5 year plan, it sounds like you will be in business and transitioning more of your work into Oncology Massage.

We shall see. I love that work because it makes people feel better. It also fills in more of my daytime hours. My massage therapist is 76 years old and still working to supplement her retirement. I have a long-term perspective.

Lacto-Fermentation on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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Sheryl Henkin-Kealey has been in business for about 5 years with her partner David Paxon. The Healing Retreat Center is located at Route 287 in English Corners, PA. It is multi-faceted. The initial intent was to bring people in for weekend retreats where they would have a spiritual learning on a variety of healing arts with various teachers. People would learn together, eat healthy food together and, in the same place, living the energy of that for the weekend. It also houses the other skill sets that Sheryl has – medicinal aromatherapy, “The Scentual Soul” – Fine Aromatherapy Products body care product line created and produced by her, cancer education, teaching nutrition and how to cook healthy. Sheryl may be contacted at (570) 634-3777, SycamoreSpirit@gmail.com or www.SycamoreSpirit.com.

How did you get to this place?

I took aromatherapy classes and wanted more. I earned my certification and went for a second certification. I then began The Scentual Soul: Fine Aromatherapy Products. That was about 17 years ago.

I named the product line Scentual Soul because I wanted the spirit of the plant to be part of the concept. My logo is a rose whose stem comes down and turns up into the body of a woman in white with dark hair. It comes together at the tip of the rose. The aura (the energy) comes together with the flowers and the person as one.

You are a certified teacher. Did that come first?

I have a teaching degree from Penn State in elementary and Kindergarten education. Knowing I wanted to have children, I ended up in the corporate daycare world in the Philadelphia area. I advanced into a manager and director position over the years. One place I managed was at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

I became interested in aromatherapy. My certification is through Barry Kapp at Wisdom of the Earth. He is now in Cottonwood, outside of Sedona, AZ. My children were still young and I could not find products that had ingredients I was happy with (even at Whole Foods). I purchased a cosmetics ingredients dictionary and could not believe the ingredients that people listed as safe and ‘OK’. Out of necessity, I began to make my own things for my children and family. Friends began asking for the things I was making and The Scentual Soul was born.

As my children aged, I decided to stop teaching. I went to work at Whole Foods Market for about 6 years. I moved to Northern PA for a life change and a better quality of life with 50 acres and organic gardens. I divorced. I worked at Wegmans in Elmira for 6 years. I was the very first manager of the Natural Health section – Nature’s Market – in Elmira.

A back injury prevented me from continuing at Wegman’s. During this time, I was searching for a space to open the Retreat Center. Life Changes!

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks, either personally or in business?

In business, trying to wear so many hats has been a stumbling block. I am really good at teaching. I am really good at working with people. There are things I am great at, but Marketing is not one of them. Trying to get things out on the computer in a timely manner is a challenge. When you are attempting to do something you are not so good at, it can take you five times the amount of time as someone who is good at it.

Then there seemed to be family stumbling blocks that kept coming in. My back continues to be an issue for me. My son’s car accident and my aging parents ill health has been a challenge.

Do people have misconceptions about you or your business?

I have a difficult time easily describing what my business is, so there are misconceptions. When people ask me “What do you do here?” there is no easy answer. I think that has hurt me. I needed to clarify what I wanted my business to be and speak that to the world. I have not narrowed it down enough.

If you could have a do-over, what would you do differently?

I would hire someone who is very competent to do the computer/business end of things. I would spend more time focusing on what I am good at. We can’t all be good at everything. The rest was life so I can’t say I would change any of that even if I could.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I will be in a new location. I know it will not be in Philadelphia, but I don’t know that it will be here. I am very drawn to the water, trees and mountains. I know that this time, we will build a building from scratch and not shape another space into what we want. We would incorporate the feedback from people into the design of the new space. I would not live in the business space. (I did not realize how hard that would be).

I am focusing now on getting out to other areas and teaching. Maybe the building won’t be as much a concern as I am sitting here and thinking about it. Maybe it’s not about the building. I very much want to teach. I very much want to help people heal and teach them ALL the power they really do have. That is the essence of who I am.

Sounds like a building might be a detriment to that.

As we are talking, that is coming to me. That is awesome! In my heart, you just helped me to see something.