Women in Business Wednesday: Rachel Stewart

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“I spiraled into every kind of eating disorder that you can think of during my 15-year battle with my weight and my body. Finding balance and a love for being strong is what finally saved me from myself.” – Rachel Stewart

Girls L.E.A.P. is honored to feature a woman who has overcoming self-doubt and self-destruction to become an empowered, balanced success. Now she is helping others find the same balance and power. Let’s learn more about certified health and fitness coach Rachel Stewart:

“I was born and raised in Ohio, where I still live with my dog Luna. For the past 8 years, I worked as a high school Spanish teacher and also growing my online fitness coaching and personal training business, as a way to supplement my income and fuel my fire for helping women find confidence and freedom in their bodies. Growing up, I was active and healthy, but struggled with my body image and relationship with food from a very young age. I spiraled into every kind of eating disorder that you can think of during my 15 year battle with my weight and my body. Finding balance and a love for being strong is what finally saved me from myself. It is what inspired me to get my personal training certifications and to stop at nothing to build a business that would allow me to help other women celebrate themselves and their power. 

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Girls L.E.A.P: Tell us about your business.

Rachel Stewart: “In my coaching business, I use balanced strength training and flexible nutrition to help women gain strength, lose weight, and feel more energized and confident every day! Being a teacher at heart, my goal is to have the whole coaching experience be educational and empowering so that after working together, my clients have a true understanding of how to fuel and move their bodies. It’s more than just an exercise or weight loss program, it is their first step into creating their healthiest lifestyle. I offer 1:1, totally personalized coaching programs and a group program. On my site, you will also find self-paced nutrition and fitness courses.” 

Q: Why did you decide to take the LEAP to become an entrepreneur?

A: “Finally taking the leap to become an entrepreneur took me a couple of years. For almost 3 years, I worked full time and built my business from scratch. Just this summer, I decided to leave my full-time job and put all of my energy and attention into my coaching business. For me, the decision was about being freaking tired! I was tired of working 2 full-time jobs, tired of splitting my passions, tired of spending every ounce of energy serving others. It was a realization that my own self-care mattered too, and a declaration that I was going to make it work being self-employed. The moment I decided to take entrepreneurship full time, I felt so free! My energy changed, and the Universe responded by creating more opportunities for me to continue following my passion to succeed.” 

Q: What’s the best part about being your own boss? The worst?

A: “The best part of being my own boss is being able to take my time in the morning. Having a calming, intentional morning routine is priceless when it comes to creating a productive, aligned day. Every morning I sip my coffee, journal, and think about how grateful I am to be able to create my own schedule. I have my peak in creative energy in the mid-morning, so I can arrange my day around that, and it has been a game-changer in my productivity. 

The worst part of being my own boss is… well, I am still waiting for a bad part really. I love being my own boss! If I had to choose, I would say the responsibility I feel to make all the decisions and handle all of the administrative tasks.” 

Q: What have been some of your challenges and successes in business?

A: “My biggest challenge at the beginning of my business was my fear that I would be “annoying” when I was marketing my offers. I did a lot of work rewriting this limiting belief. Now I realize that if I don’t promote my business, there is no way that I can bring in new clients. There are people out there waiting for me to invite them in, and they will never be reached if I am afraid to talk about what I have to offer. Those are the people that I focus on when I am promoting, the others can just move on by. 

My favorite success has been my group coaching program! I was hesitant to do a group program at first because I believe so completely in personalized programming for both fitness and nutrition. But, I really wanted to have an offer that was more approachable and inclusive at a lower investment point. I was very careful about how I created and delivered the first round of the group program so that it was adaptable and allowed for a lot of interactive coaching. That first round went so well! I am currently running my 3rd round of the group program, and it has become my signature offer! The perfect balance of group dynamic, great programming, and an intro-level price point that allows me to help so many more people.”

Q: What do you love about working in your city? 

A: “I live and work in Dayton, Ohio. I love this city because it is the home I created when I went out on my own to start my adult life. I love the openness and friendliness of the people, the diversity that I get to work with, and how easy it is to work both online (in my coaching business) and in-person (at the gym where I train and coach as well). This city has been through a lot, and it is so strong because of that.”

Q: What are the 3 skills every entrepreneur should have? 

A: “3 skills every entrepreneur should have: 

  • perseverance – it’s never going to be easy right off the bat. Believe in yourself and keep going, even when it’s hard or feels impossible. You can’t be stopped
  • self-discipline – being your own boss requires you to make sure your stuff gets done in a timely manner.
  • positive energy – it’s what people are drawn to and what will help you to enjoy the process along the way”

Would you like to learn more or start your fitness journey?

Contact Rachel: www.RachelEStewart.com @rachel.stewart.fitness

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Mira Cassidy is an Indianapolis author, journalist, and motivational speaker who from a young age found peace and serenity in writing. A love for the art form blossomed in 2015 when she went back to complete her degree after an eleven-year hiatus. There she took additional English and creative writing courses. During those semesters the depth of her creativity was unlocked, and she produced some of her first short stories and additional poems. As a teen she received the opportunity to continue her studies in Telecommunications via the local Youth Video Institute where she developed a foundation in video production, directing, editing, and journalism. This experience allowed her to interview and meet many individuals from different walks of life including a very young Nick Cannon, David Hollister, and Suzanne Taylor. Today, Mira is a very busy and devoted mother of three. She uses her voice to raise awareness to the pain and suffering caused by domestic violence, adverse childhood experiences, and destructive cycles. Also, she advocates for more funding and focus to be brought into area schools to service children who are exceptional learners.

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