Minerva Maharajh is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Toronto, Ontario. She is a certified Life & Spiritual Coach, Reiki Practitioner, and owner of Goddess of Wisdom Spiritual Life Coaching. We are excited to share Minerva’s Success Story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I decided to become an entrepreneur to create more opportunities for myself and to offer something special to the world. I was in a job and totally different career path that was unfulfilling and making me unhappy, so I decided to quit and go on a soul-searching journey to figure out once and for all what I am meant to do in life. I wanted to find what my gifts, talents and passions were so I could use them to help others, make an impact, and wake up loving what I do – and I found it through Spiritual Life Coaching!
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The best part about owning my business is how much it challenges me to grow and become better. The more I grow, the more my business grows. The more I grow, the more I have to offer to my clients and to the world. It’s a really cool process and it also makes you face your lower self, your deepest worries, fears, limiting habits and beliefs; and should you choose to face it, on the other side of the challenge is a greater and better version of who you thought you were. I feel like my business is an expression of who I am – where I get to share the deepest, realest and most important parts of me in order to help others overcome their own struggles, deepest pains and achieve success. Nothing brings me more joy!
Can you describe a typical day?
Every day I ensure each part of my selves receive attention, since we make up different bodies: Mental, Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Self. So a typical day for me starts off with waking up early in the morning, cuddling with my dog, and enjoying a cup of tea and lemon water. I meditate, do affirmations or some form of motivation and positive mindset to set myself off on a good foot. I either read a passage from an inspirational book, watch a motivational video, pick a meditation card or quote and I visualize my “winning story” (mental & spiritual self). I then do my best to fit in stretches and/or an hour at the gym or dance class to ensure I get my sweat on (physical self). I then eagerly get to work on my business. My days are a mix of coaching clients, preparing for the next retreat and/or talk, networking events, social media, recording videos and meditations, along with other marketing and production tasks (mental & spiritual work for me). I do my very best to save evenings and weekends for myself and family/friends. I got into business to create a life of freedom and happiness, so it is important to me to set aside time to do what makes me happy and spend quality time with who I want – hubby, my sweet pup Tulip, and family and friends, as well as alone time for me (or else I’d go nuts if I don’t!).
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
Honestly, my greatest support has been my amazing husband, Devendra. Every step of the way he has been so supportive, from the nights I would cry because I was severely unhappy in my old job/career path, to allowing me to quit my job just to soul-search, to finally deciding to leave my old life/career behind and start a whole new venture – it brings me to tears how loving and supportive my man is. From the times I felt overwhelmed or discouraged, to the times where I am excited and doing my ‘happy dance’ when I book a new coaching client or retreat participant, he is and always has been my #1 fan.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
Sometimes I do work evenings and weekends, which does cut into hubby and me time, but again, my husband is so supportive and knows it’s a sacrifice I need to make for our future and family.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
Haha! Yes, I do know what a day off is but thanks for the reminder. I totally get how it can get pushed aside or completely forgotten. I really do my best to set aside one day a week to do anything I want and just nurture myself. I either get my hair or nails done, go for a massage, go to the movies by myself, take a long bath with candles and essential oils, or find a babysitter for my dog and pick up my favourite book and go to a café or restaurant and just be by myself.
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
I think it is so important to support your local businesses and events to build a sense of community and meaningful connections. I do my best to attend local events and spend money on passionate entrepreneur businesses, because I understand what is involved from the inception of a brilliant idea to actually starting a business and then growing it. I think its especially important to build connections in your “own backyard” before venturing out to larger groups because you learn so much, create momentum that will spread like wild fire (word of mouth) and you will learn so much to strengthen your offering before presenting to larger audiences. Plus small businesses are the backbone of our country so I choose to support local over corporate where I can.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
Any person who has a passion and viable idea and goes after it always inspires me! However one person in particular would be Tessa Kampen of Mompreneurs (Guelph/KW) for her passion, genuine approach and skills as a business woman.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
The future of Goddess of Wisdom Spiritual Life Coaching consists of a full coaching practice, sold out retreats, more speaking engagements to reach more beautiful women, and the start of my first book. (Eek!)
Any tips for other women thinking of starting a business?
Honour the calling in you if you have an inkling of doing something different and offering the world something more (I’m sure being a mother is gratifying in itself). There are resources and people waiting to support you to make that dream a reality – you don’t have to wait until the kids are older, or when you’re making more money, the time is always NOW. You are important and the world needs your talents and gifts. Allow yourself to step out and shine. Trust the call. You just have to be open and willing to receive the guidance and help. It always showed up for me even in times when I did not know and it always led me to the highest and best.