Thea Pueschel is a yoga teacher trainer, a 500RYT and a Hypnotherapist.
What are some challenges that women face as business owners that most men don’t, and how do you overcome those challenges?
As a woman business owner people will make requests of you that seem unreasonable, and not think twice about it, and when you have to say no, often they will press. People are less likely to press a man and will take no for an answer the first time. I overcome it by having healthy boundaries and not backing down. Being in business for yourself means you have to be a boss, an employee, and an advocate.
What does work life balance look like for you?
When you are an solopreneur it can be really easy to get caught up in what you are doing 24/7 and lose perspective. I know this is especially true for myself. So work life balance looks for me is like having a creative outlet that’s not associated with my hypnotherapy or teaching yoga practice, having real quality time with friends and family. Unplugging, and disengaging before I get to the point of exhaustion. It’s a work in progress but I’ve grown a lot. Sometimes it’s easier than others.
How do you make time for self-care?
Since, I was a teen I have had a tendency to work toward exhaustion. Meaning getting diagnosed with exhaustion and being prescribed rest, it’s taken me years to figure out how to create the balance. When I was working in the film industry, I had sick days, I had vacation days, so if I worked myself into the ground I had the space to recover. Not the healthiest way to be but it’s kind of the corporate world MO to work yourself into the ground, however now that I am in the healing arts world I know I have to I make self-care a priority, I can’t serve my clients if I don’t serve myself first. My clients and students need me to be able to hold space for them and their personal growth, to do that I have to make sure I have the energy to provide the space. Self-care can manifest in many ways sometimes it’s having someone hold space for me, others it’s movement, or being creative. Right now, I am setting 45-minutes aside a day to be creative, to paint or shoot silly art films that no one will probably ever see just to stay connected to the divine source that moves me forward.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Have reasonable expectations. There is no easy way. It all takes work. Word of mouth isn’t enough, it may work for a while but eventually it dries up. There is no magic 6-figure solution, those who are making 6-figures have teams and spend tens of thousands of dollars. It is doable but it takes a lot of time and patience. You have to be willing to sell, you have to share your talents and be seen. It’s hard but it will be worth it. Working for yourself is the highest highs and lowest lows of any job. The journey is unique and soul brightening.
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