We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie Halpert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melanie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In all honesty, I never once thought about starting my own business. It’s not like it was something intentional that one day came to be. Everything that has unfolded on my professional journey over the last two decades has been totally unexpected, and yet it all worked out to be so completely aligned with my values and with who I am as a person that it’s rather breathtaking to acknowledge in retrospect. Growing up, I felt very out of place as I was repulsed by the linear life that seemed to be the norm – get a degree, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, buy insurance, retire and die. I loathed the prospect of a dreary existence in the rat race, of doing a 9-5 daily grind to earn a paycheck, of a lather, rinse, repeat ad nauseum just to make ends meet. In the end, what life had in store was pretty amazing and I’m grateful for the business that blossomed as a result, allowing me to connect with the right others in ways that are thoroughly fulfilling, purposeful, and which grants me the exquisite joy of being paid to BE ME!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?
Little did I know at the time, out of my desperation to heal mysterious symptoms that had plagued most of my adolescence and early twenties, that an incredible career would emerge offering me the great pleasure of working with clients locally and remotely all around the world. Never in a million years did I imagine that I would wind up with my own private practice in holistic health where I would be sought out for my unique catalytic guidance and customized approach. I certainly did not get to where I am today business-wise because I tried to get here, nor did I have any idea as to the extent of my empathic, intuitive gifts and how they would serve others. One invitation at a time led me down a path where eventually I got to where I didn’t even know I was going, but now that I’m here, I know it’s exactly where I’m meant to be. What sets me apart and what I’m most proud of is that in aligning to who I really am, I do business my way, no hustle, no striving, trusting that those who are meant to cross my path will find me and that they will get exactly what it is that they need. One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned is that it’s not called a practice for nothing and that there is much truth in the saying “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. I’m often asked about confidence – especially by those who are just launching their own practice or who want to take that leap… and I always laugh because what is perceived as confidence developed simply as a result of showing up, being present, getting out of my own way, having reverence for the exchange, reverence for the fact that it’s not just a one-way street, that my clients are as important to my process as I am to theirs. There will always be practitioners who are more skilled, who have more credentials, who are more popular, but they aren’t me – and I now understand that people come to see me for me, and that I’m not here for everyone. For those who recognize me and invite my guidance, I guess you could say I’m a powerful Stranger of Consequence providing practical tools for transformation in revolutionary times, a mechanic for body, mind, and soul, holding keys for healing on all levels and for profound realignment to one’s utmost potential in life.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.
I’ll admit that these days I’m more of a homebody than anything, rather allergic to what’s trendy, and much prefer healing, regenerative treks out into nature than spending time in the city. Aside from perhaps taking a drive across Mount-Royal and grabbing a coffee or tea nearby at one of the local haunts, I’d be more partial to enjoying homemade meals and bonfires in our lush suburban backyard or ordering some takeout sushi or pad thai, and day trips to inspiring places with beautiful scenery that truly show the magnificence of the land. Depending on the season maybe kayaking on a quiet lake in the Laurentians, a relaxing spa day in the Eastern Townships, seeing the changing of the autumn leaves, going snowshoeing in the woods.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like nothing more than to dedicate my shoutout to Nikki Hughes, my best friend of 22 years. Though I’ve been blessed with several mentors and though inspired by many people along the way, there’s something to be said for a cross-border friendship that began once upon a time online, a friendship that has seen the good, the bad, the ugly, that has been through the thickest of the thick and the thinnest of the thin, that has celebrated each other’s triumphs and grieved each other’s heartbreaks, that has witnessed our individual and mutual evolution from our late teens all the way into our forties. From the jungles of Peru to the ruins of Mexico, to the craziest of road trips, to the tears, to the laughter, to the unconditional love and support… we have an indestructible bond and my life wouldn’t be nearly as rich a tapestry without her.

Website: www.melaniehalpert.com

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