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

Hi Rachel, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
How time really works. That’s the greatest lesson. When I was younger, through even my late twenties/early thirties, I really struggled with impatience. Underlying that wasn’t a need to have results fast so I could take pleasure in the success. Rather, it was a fear that if I didn’t experience fast results, I was failing and the results wouldn’t come. I dropped out of a lot of hobbies and work pursuits because I was too insecure to go the full journey. Or I never started because I thought, “I will never (achieve that, learn that,…etc.)”.

Having my business evolve as it has, has shown me that everything ebbs and flows. There are times for planting seeds and times for harvesting. You cannot harvest every month. You will have mini wins and losses. But the time will pass anyway, so you might as well keep going.

That’s the secret. The time passes anyway. You might as well pass it doing something that moves you forward toward the life you want, even if just a little bit. It all adds up. If you think about it this way, it’s easier to be patient, stick with it, and trust the results will come.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
No business venture is easy, but some are easier than others. One segment of my business is fairly straightforward, and has always been more fun than hard. The only “hard” was and remains the personal growth component. You have to be willing to put yourself out there, try new things, and discover who you were really meant to be.

Other aspects of my business have been extremely challenging. In addition to the personal growth, they’ve required educating the marketplace on what the service is, why I’m different, market research, initial and ongoing credentials that require time and money, and a number of other investments to maintain operations.

I think, had I known the latter, I would have started differently. Circumstances conspired to where I just had to throw myself into the deep end. In some ways that’s great, because you don’t have time to second guess yourself and get in your own way. In other ways, it means you have to rebuild the house while you’re living in it, so to speak.

I believe what sets me apart across all areas of my work is:

1) Empathy. I do what I do because I have been where my clients have been. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and not like what you see. I know what it’s like to look at your job and feel completely trapped and unfulfilled. And I know what it’s like to look at your life and think, this isn’t how I want to live.

2) Consultant and Coach. The words mean something to me, they aren’t just regulatory or marketing labels. I genuinely want what is best for my prospective clients and my clients. I will not sell you 10 products if starting with 1 is what is best for you at this time.
I will not try to keep you coming back to me as a coach for the rest of your life so I can profit. My goal is to empower you so that you can coach yourself.

3) Finally, and maybe others will say this, but I am freakin’ fun! Or so I’m told ;). It is easy to get serious when talking about health and wellness and confidence and burnout…and there is a time for that. But there is also a time for joy, levity, and laughter. We have to keep it fun. There isn’t enough of it in our adult lives.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is hard because I just came back from 18 days in France and Spain. So I would probably say, hey let’s hop a plane to Lyon or Biarritz. Because that was the greatest experience of my life.

There is certainly plenty to do in Northern Virginia and the larger DC Metro Area. It would really depend on whether they had been here before, and what they would love to do. Paddleboard regional parks, sail in Annapolis, hike national or regional parks, see the museums and monuments, catch a show or two, enjoy local coffee and ambiance, go to a local team game, enjoy historical walking tours…there are so many options!

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?
My family. My parents and siblings are instrumental.

Website: https://onamission.bio/rachelboehm/

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