We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacquelyn Fisher Joanna Huckins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacquelyn Fisher, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our social impact is broken down to the individual connection we have with our existing community and those who find our brand to help encourage them on their personal health and wellness journey. When we first started Sweat and Tell back in 2018, our goal was to make all women feel accepted and encouraged to be the best possible version of themselves. We personally found strength and fulfillment in incorporating fitness and wellness into our daily lives, and wanted to provide an inclusive approach for other women to do the same. Our niche really began with women who are just unsure how to balance it all, especially with having a full time/demanding job and all the other priorities in our lives. Our brand’s mission is to help women treat their bodies with respect and find strength internally and physically to reach their highest potential while consistently leading with self-acceptance.
We believe mental health and physical health go hand and hand, and if you approach health and wellness with a mindset of self-love, you can live an intuitively balanced lifestyle. The purpose behind sharing all of our own reviews and tips, is to truly help out our community by further educating, inspiring and encouraging them. Additionally, we are strong advocates of spreading awareness around mental health and we aid in ending the negative stigma that surrounds it. By telling our own stories and encouraging conversation in order to normalize both therapy and mental health support, we have created a safe space for people to share their journeys. We’ve created a community of support and inclusivity through various resources and our genuine desire to help others.
We also use our platforms to share more than just fitness reviews, self love inspo and health tips. People support a business and/or a brand because the values that they have instilled since day one. Getting involved with our communities is a core pillar of our business, and we put a heavy focus on charitable events and volunteering. We want to help others, and make an impact outside of running our business – Jacqs is actually in the process of training for an upcoming triathlon for charity and is making a financial impact through donations! We recognize that as a small business, we have the privilege to promote ethical practices in everything we can. Another core pillar for us is around sustainability, and how to imperfectly switch our habits to become more eco-friendly and mindful of the planet and its future. We have definitely evolved in this category since we first started, and it now has a strong impact on our actions as well as the brands we choose to support/partner with. We’ve actually written a blog post here about our efforts around being more sustainable and eco-friendly.
Sweat and Tell is a space of acceptance and positivity. We encourage others to live a balanced and fulfilled lifestyle, while also illustrating the raw reality and imperfections of everyday life. Health isn’t always drinking celery juice in the morning before a 6 am workout and wellness definitely doesn’t always look like a massage every weekend – we want a balanced life to be achievable for all. XO!
Jo and Jacqs
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We understand we are influencers and have a presence and brand on social media, we have always considered our brand and community as a business and planned on going in the entrepreneurial direction as well..We both studied business and communications in school, so we tried to treat this as a business venture right out the gate. We created a business plan and launched with a bang. It is nerve racking to put yourself out there for anyone to judge. At some point you have to decide if your goal is worth taking the risk and you make the commitment to take the leap of faith!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Jo visited Jacqs in Nashville last November and it was a blast. We tried to squeeze as much as possible into the short amount of time we had together. We made an entire blog post about where we went and our favorite spots. A few of our favorite spots/things to do are:
– LA Jackson rooftop – This was the first rooftop Jacq’s ever hit up when she moved to Nash and is hands down her favorite. It is right in the Gulch and sits on top of the Thompson hotel. It is one of the few spots that you don’t need to make a reservation and can usually get a table right away. The views of the city are amazing and I love to sit outside. Their drinks are delicious, but be sure to GET THE FRENCH FRIES.
– Five daughters – This placed has the BEST donuts, hands down. Eating one of their 100 layer donuts is like sugary magic in your mouth.
– Walk around 12 south and the Gulch – tons of cute restaurants, shops, and antique stores to check out.
– Spend a day in Franklin and check out Arrington Winery – about a half hour out of the city this charming town will steal your heart. Then you can head to the gorgeous vineyards and bring your own lunch to enjoy with a bottle of their wine.
If you want to check out the full post, we linked it here https://www.sweatandtell.co/blog/2020/11/3/nashville-long-weekend-guide
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When we think back to how Sweat and Tell started, it was when we both were sharing the same corporate job and sitting in our cubicles. When you hear it out of context it sounds very mundane, doesn’t it? But we had a manager that made it feel anything but. Her name was Tangerine and she deserves a shout out because she helped us believe we had the ability to truly shoot for the stars and taught us that you can find worth in a job well done.
Sometimes we thought she was crazy, but her passion, grit, and resilience was truly admiring. She taught us the importance of short term goal setting and really celebrating those milestones. She also was our first guiding force in the sales world and to be honest, a lot of our grit comes from that field as well. Tangerine taught us endurance and how to stay positive when in the face of adversity and hearing “no.”
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