Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Julie Pullman, Founder of Rise Wellness, located in Cardiff By The Sea, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Hi, I'm Julie! I am a health and wellness coach for teens and the owner of Rise Wellness Coaching. You might be asking what exactly is a health and wellness coach so let me explain. I teach teens how to make lifestyle transformations so they can live a healthy, happy, and higher quality of life. I believe our health is controlled by so much more than just the food we eat. It's the relationships in our lives, how we care for and view our bodies, what we spend our time doing, and so much more. Finding balance in all these areas is the key to optimal health, happiness, and life satisfaction!

Tell us about yourself

As a mom of two teenage girls, I know first-hand the challenges our youth face every day. My degree in Child Development and a minor in Psychology, along with a decade of experience in the fitness industry, drove me to pursue a career helping teens. I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Certified Personal Trainer with ACE Fitness.

I believe health is a journey, not a destination. The difference between a quick win and lasting health changes is in forming the right habits. I work with my clients to help them naturally adjust to making smarter food choices that they will enjoy, finding activities they love and will keep up with, taking better care of themselves during stressful times, ignoring social media noise, and much more.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Teens desperately need guidance, support, and resources that teach them habits to care for their bodies and minds. There are tons of life coaches, personal trainers, therapists, and dieticians out there, but there are so few of them that support all areas of wellness. I believe my biggest accomplishment is starting a business that supports the whole child to help them live a fulfilling and vibrant life by finding balance through health, fitness, and wellness.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

When you are a business owner, you have to learn to wear many hats. I have no doubt in my ability to connect with teens, and I know that the information and resources I'm providing them are going to benefit them for the rest of their lives. If that was all I had to do, it would be a breeze, but we all know it isn't. Learning to be a salesperson, an accountant, a social media expert, and so much more has been the hardest part of owning my own business. However, it's also something I am most proud of.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Find a community of like-minded individuals who you can network with and bounce ideas. It's easy to second-guess yourself when you are the sole decision-maker so having a community to help support you is critical.
  2. There will never be a perfect time to start your business so just go for it. If you have the mindset that everything needs to be perfect before you can start, you never start because life will never be perfect.
  3. Small business owners have so many responsibilities to fulfill in order to be successful and grow. However, in order to be successful, you need to find a work-life balance.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Doing something you care about on an emotional and intellectual level will result in you wanting to do more of it. When you are able to find a career you're passionate about, work can be fulfilling not only for you but for the community of people you support.

Where can people find you and your business?


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