Q: What is your business?
A: Ilka's Healthy Heaven; I'm a Spiritual coach helping people improve their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. I use Young Living oils to do that: releasing their physical stress and pain through the Raindrop Technique and other essential oils and doing an Emotional release 1-on-1 consultations and group classes helping people assess which oils can help release which blocks, So they move forward free and create the life of joy, success and fulfillment they desire!
Q: What was your upbringing like?
A: My parents raised me to respect people and - Mother-nature and to work hard for everything I want; to study and constantly improve. I taught my daughter (and 2 step-daughters) the same.
Q: What was your inspiration to become an entrepenuer?
A: I wanted to make my own schedule/be my own boss; knowing that if I messed up - I can ONLY blame myself; wanted to do things in my business that fit my personality and I like the flexible hours.
Q: What do you enjoy most about what you do?
A: The "rewards" of seeing my clients healthier and happier, more empowered about themselves after a session or a group class with me; hearing their "Thank you! or - "I'm glad I came to your class!", etc.- that's what keeps me going!
Q: What is an example of the work that you do?
A: Having 1-on-1 emotional clearing (release) consultation with someone or doing it as a group class with a few people; scheduling and doing a Raindrop Technique individually on people or if I get (at least 3) people min.: I can teach a class. So- doing the emotional, spiritual and the physical health coaching! And - helping my partners that want to do the same - be successful.
Q: What has been one of your biggest accomplishments?
A: Writing my book on healing the Planet!!! It somehow happened naturally: I love helping PEOPLE heal, and- that's on healing our Earth! Originally I was ready and planning writing a health book but somehow it turned into addressing our MOST URGENT issue we have NOW...It just...went through me: I didn't have a choice...:) It's my MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE to the world!!!
Q: What does a day-in-the-life of YOU consist of?
A: Calling people to answer questions, helping them with their oils (or other products) orders; scheduling classes; 1-on-1 appointments for the Raindrop technique/massage, Emotional release/Ancestral clearings or- chakra clearing.
Q: What entrepreneurial hacks have you developed to stay focused and productive in your day-to-day?
A: When I get overwhelmed and discouraged (taking "NO's" personally): to remember WHY I do what I do; that I might be dealing with people that don't feel good on every level, or are confused on WHAT they need and - FOCUS ON THEM: to try to understand and love them and PUT THEM first (not my ...own little feelings.) And learning to prioritize and write 1), 2) , 3) , etc.: first is the MOST important, and on and on.
Q: How does being an entrepreneur affect your relationships with your friends and family?
A: That is one area that I can always improve on/work on more: sometimes I work late; and I could have tried to finish up earlier. I'm working on being more effective in that area.
Q: How do you achieve work-life balance?
A: My body tells me when I need to take a brake and I do some "eye-closing" meditation, breathing techniques/running E thru my body, yoga, etc. I think (for being 54 now) I learned how to say "NO!" when I have to and... not pick up the phone...
Q: What is the single most important reason for your success?
A: NEVER giving up! I read/heard too many stories of people that inspired me on that, so when I have a hard day: I remind myself: they went through MUCH HARSHER situations in their lives!!!
Q: What is the biggest thing you struggle with as an entrepreneur?
A: Learning NOT to take "NO-s" personally and realizing that most of the time is the fact that people don't have a compassion for themselves: they struggle, but don't want to do nothing about it; they need help, but they don't want to get it. So 15 years ago or so, when I started my Healthy Heaven/the oils business, I was upset and confused with those kind of people: "You don't feel good, but YOU DON'T want to feel better?". So I learned to have compassion for all those people; I learned a lot more then I thought I'd ever need to learn!!!
Q: What did you learn from your biggest failure?
A: To trust that there is a Divine Intelligence out there, so I need TO ALLOW things to happen... instead of pushing and going nowhere with it.
Q: Looking back, what's one thing you wish you understood about entrepeneurship before you ever got started?
A: I wished I learned better the skills of promo and advertising!- I spent a lots of $$$ on things that I shouldn't had...
Q: What was the best piece of advice you ever got? The worst?
A: To trust my intuition and- when hesitating on something to ask myself: "Does that serve THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL?" and - if not- not do it.
The worst: taking advice from others when it didn't feel right.
Q: What is the strangest thing you've ever done as an entrepeneur?
A: Well...many years ago I was awarded a prize for trying so hard and...going nowhere...! My one mentor at that time thought I need an award for being persistent and not giving up, I guess...