We had the good fortune of connecting with Geomyra Pollard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Geomyra, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have been an entrepreneur for 16 years right out of college. I started the journey of entrepreneurship knowing that I ultimately wanted to be my own boss. I anticipated that at some point in my life that I would want to have a family and career. But more importantly, a career that would support the lifestyle that I had in mind for my family and myself. After years of working as a wedding and event planner, I pivoted and opened up a coaching firm for small business owners. I did so because I want creative business owners to design a life that feels well-rounded without sacrificing sanity in the process. My thought process was to share my decade-plus of experience and insights with other creatives so that they can work smarter, and not harder like I had to do. I was always aware of the fact that being your own boss allows for freedom, flexibility, and the option to soar on your own terms. In my current role as a business coach, I am blessed to help others achieve all three.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My coaching firm and podcast, Living Well-Rounded with Geomyra was cultivated behind the idea that we all deserve a life (and business) filled with grace, passion, and purpose. What sets Living Well-Rounded apart is that my clients and I build businesses and opportunities around the principles that family and self will always come first. My clients work hard to ditch the idea of work/life balance if it means that they have to sacrifice the things that matter most to them. We believe strongly that you can curate a profitable business you love AND also be present for your family and self. What I’m most excited about with my business and brand is the ability to shift someone’s mindset from chasing work/life balance to living a well-rounded lifestyle. I am able to do so because I have walked in the shoes of my clients and have been where they are. In my past career as a wedding planner, (while also working a 9-5 corporate job), I was often overworked and underpaid for my efforts. I was reminded after a health diagnosis that life is too short and that it is up to me to make the needed changes if I wanted to live my best life. It was not an easy decision to leave what was comfortable or what I thought was the norm for an entrepreneur such as the hustle and hamster wheel mentality. However, once I realized that my purpose was to serve and help others, I knew that if I was willing to make adjustments, things would fall into place. I’ve learned that although it may feel uncomfortable at first, sometimes we just have to take the leap if we want to soar to new heights. I also learned that we have to define our own success and make our unique plans to achieve what is meant for us. It is my hope that through me, others are able to see that it is ok to step into new areas and make adjustments if it ultimately means you find peace and comfort in that new space. Go after what feels authentic and what you are most passionate about. Lastly, I often remind my clients that we all have a purpose and unique gifts here on earth. We sometimes have to do some digging and uncovering to identify exactly what our purpose is and shine brightly when we do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother will always be the person that I admire and respect on the ultimate level. Her hard work ethic, drive, and positive get-it-done, attitude have always motivated me. Through my mother’s teachings and the legacy she left behind, I am the women and business owner that I am today.
My husband, Philip also deserves a shoutout for many reasons. His unwavering support, encouragement, resources, and prayers have allowed me to achieve goals that I sometimes thought were impossible. I’m able to pour into my clients and family because of the solace that he provides me on a daily basis.
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