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Meet Mariel Witmond - female entrepreneur

Today we’re going to talk about Work/Life balance, a topic that we often (unfortunately) overlook in our busy lives. Meet Mariel Witmond, (@mindfulsonder) the beautiful founder of Mindful Sonder.

"I wanted to find a holistic approach to wellbeing through the things that had personally transformed my life: coaching, nutrition and yoga."

Mariel Witmond
Mariel Witmond

- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I am half English, half Mexican with an American accent. I have lived around the world, but have settled in London. I worked for 11 years in the entertainment industry until I properly burnt out. It took me two years to heal myself and find my way, which led me to become a yoga teacher, health and life coach, which together form the basis of my company Mindful Sonder. - When did your journey start?

I started yoga about 15 years ago, but my journey in building Mindful Sonder only started about a year and a half ago!

- What’s the idea behind your business?

I wanted to find a holistic approach to wellbeing through the things that had personally transformed my life: coaching, nutrition and yoga. - Let’s talk about health and wellbeing. Do you think there is enough awareness among female entrepreneurs regarding a healthy Work/Life balance?

It’s interesting because as an industry, health and wellbeing has become so wildly popular, and yet in many cases there seems to be something of a double standard for many working within it. Being an entrepreneur can be incredibly demanding on our time with pressures often running higher as we seek to make our businesses a success. This can quite often come at the expense of our own wellbeing if we are not careful, which is why our ability to find balance becomes so imperative. On a superficial level we may be aware of its importance… whether we in fact put it into practice may be another subject – but something that we need to keep tackling.

- Have you ever experienced a time in your life in which you lost that balance?

Absolutely. It’s funny because before I started Mindful Sonder, I pushed myself so hard because I felt I needed to prove something, perhaps my worth. It affected the foods I ate, the amount of sleep I got, how I treated my body… With Mindful Sonder, the passion behind what I do has become my driving force – but that drive sometimes need to be monitored as well as it can lead in a similar direction. Though the impetus is far more positive, the desire to grow the business can at times tilt the scales of balance if I’m not careful.

- Do you have a personal life motto?

I have loads!

“The sky is not the limit, you are”

“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”

“Every passing moment is a chance to turn it all around” - What is your main struggle in being female entrepreneur? I am not sure if it is gender specific, although there are studies that suggest it is, but I find negotiating pay or setting the right fees for the services I provide something of a struggle that I have had to work on. - How do you overcome it?

Understanding my worth and the worth in the service that I am providing. - What was your biggest professional achievement during your entrepreneur journey? Becoming a Lululemon ambassador after only teaching for a year was a big personal achievement for me. Something of a dream come true. - What was your biggest personal achievement? Learning to love myself, to value myself, and to believe in myself. - What is the greatest lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur? That it’s harder than it seems! To go after your own dreams takes so much more effort, time, motivation, you name it! … but it’s worth it! - How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals?

Teaching yoga and coaching really helps to keep me inspired. The things I say to students and clients to inspire them are the same things I need to hear to keep me going as well. I always read inspiring words at the end of class to finish on a high note and love coming across new sources of inspiration to share. I love to listen to podcasts and audio books as I walk around London. - How did social media help you to promote your business?

I think social media is an incredible tool to reach a wider audience and to build your personal tribe of like-minded individuals. It has helped me make new professional contacts, find new clients and classes – it’s been really great.

- Do you have any tips to give to new female entrepreneurs, on how to be successful without neglecting self-care and good mental health?

I think it is important to remember that things don’t work unless you do. It is wonderful to have passion and purpose, but not at the expense of your own wellbeing. Create habits that help you come back to yourself, that remind you of the things that matter most.

Thank you Mariel. Discover more at linktr.ee/mindfulsonder

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