We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Wells and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
A successful business can be defined in a number of different ways. The most obvious is monetarily. I’ve found that if I focus solely on how much money I’ve made in a day, week, or year, it can overshadow the larger impact of my business. Because I work primarily with individuals, I remind myself to define my success on a more subjective level. Working with clients to help them achieve their long-term health and wellness goals, while also connecting with what they need on any given day is my mission. If a client ends their session with me feeling an improvement both mentally and physically, then I know it’s been successful!
What should our readers know about your business?
As a health and wellness coach, I believe that there is no magic bullet, nor is there one program that works for everyone. I like to take a more holistic approach to wellness. This means figuring out what is a realistic and sustainable course of action for each individual. I recognize that everyone is starting from a different place, and we need to set goals that are realistic for each client. My favorite thing about my work is the personal connections. I consider myself extremely grateful for the relationships I’ve developed over the years, both with my clients and with my colleagues. While I primarily work one-on-one with clients, in this past year, I’ve been focusing on reaching more people. I’ve made a number of appearances on the local news, hosted corporate wellness seminars, and started teaching Zoom group-exercise and mindfulness classes. All of these opportunities light me up inside! Being able to work on a larger platform to spread knowledge of health and wellness is what excites me the most. Being an entrepreneur is challenging. It takes constant motivation to keep building clientele and constant innovation to keep moving forward. I’ve tried many different business ideas over the years. Everything from healthy cooking parties, to bootcamps, to wellness seminars and a variety of things in between. Not everything lands perfectly. In fact, being an entrepreneur means allowing for failure, but never giving up on your ultimate goals. It can be very frustrating to put time, energy, and money into your own projects, only for them to fizzle out. I’ve found that the only way to stay in a positive mindset, is to make sure you’re learning something from each experience. How would I do it differently next time? What worked and didn’t work? It’s okay to feel badly if something doesn’t work out. I like to give myself a cut-off time that I can feel sorry for myself, then it’s back to the drawing board. The most important idea that I always keep in mind with my business (and my life in general), is that it should always be evolving, shifting, and changing. When you have your own business, nobody is going to push you or motivate you to change besides yourself. Take the Coronavirus “shelter-in-place”, for example. Since my business primarily takes place in-person, it was a new challenge for me to figure out how to maintain my business and adapt to the new restrictions. I’ve started pivoting my business to a more virtual model, which is totally new to me and I’m really enjoying it! A stagnant business becomes monotonous not only for me, but for my clients, as well. I do my best to stay educated with new classes/certifications, collaborate with colleagues to enhance the client’s experience, and keep building on what my business platform has always been: helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. We are all a constant work in progress. This applies to our mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. There is always more to learn about how we can keep improving our health. This means really listening to what you need on any given day. Sometimes, we need to be more compassionate with ourselves, and sometimes we need to be pushed a little harder. The goal of Allison Wellness is to be present with my clients each day, and work together to achieve their optimal health. I look forward to continuing to evolve my brand and expand my reach to best serve the wellness community.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Monday, we’re going to start off the week at the Huntington Gardens & Library in South Pasadena. We’ll have High Tea in the tea house, and then spend the rest of the day strolling through the plethora of gardens and exhibits on display. Then, we can stop at Golden Road Brewery for dinner and a local brew on our way back to the valley. Tuesday afternoon, let’s take the metro red line (train) downtown. We’ll get off at Pershing Square and pop into The Last Bookstore for some one-of-a kind finds, before catching rooftop happy hour at the Freehand Hotel. Then we can wander through the Grand Central Market and choose from an array of different food vendors for dinner. Wednesday, let’s hang in my Studio City hood. We can get our minds quiet and centered at Den Meditation before enjoying a delicious tapas hour at Kiwami Sushi. Then, end the evening with a movie at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood for a reasonably priced ticket and extra yummy popcorn. Thursday, we’ll go for a local hike at either Fryman or Runyon Canyon during the day, then hit the Yamashiro farmer’s market for some live music, food trucks, and an incredible view of the city. Friday morning, after traffic has died down, we’ll get on the road and head to the South Bay. We can grab brunch at MB Post before renting bikes and enjoying a leisurely ride down the Strand, taking us along the waterfront through Hermosa and Redondo Beach, and back again. After stopping in at the various cute shops (Diane’s Swimwear, anyone?), we can end the day with a sunset cocktail on the upstairs patio of The Strand House, and wait out the traffic while enjoying dinner at Fish Bar in North Manhattan Beach. Saturday, after a garden brunch at Alcove Cafe, we can take a stroll through the streets in Los Feliz, popping into various consignment shops and boutiques. Later on, let’s pick up some snacks and drinks at Trader Joes to take to our outdoor movie night at The Autry, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or any of the other outdoor movie venues L.A. has to offer. On Sunday morning, let’s start with an early spin class at Evolv Cycle before hitting the Studio City farmers market for supplies for the week ahead. Then, we can jump in the car and head up to north Malibu for a seafood lunch at local’s only Neptune’s Net.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to Shoutout my loyal and committed clients for their hard work over the years. These are the relationships that make my job so rewarding! A few mentions are: Lauri Brenner, David Korduner, Hadas Proper, and David Riberi. I also want to Shoutout my best friend and biggest cheerleader, Christianna Carmine. She’s helped me with all of my entrepreneurial ventures, produced social media content, and has been a sounding board for all of the ups and downs that having your own business entails. Finally, I’d like to Shoutout my parents, Elaine and Rich Wells. They have been such steadfast supporters of me over the years. They both had their own businesses, so they offer a unique, personal perspective of how to determine success, maintain integrity, and roll with the ebbs and flows of business.
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