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Work From Home & Practice C.A.L.M

Written by Elaine Tan Comeau
As a mom of three, educator, entrepreneur, and creator of Easy Daysies, I am often asked how to successfully work from home as a mom, and also during this time, how to help our children learn from home.
Here is my two-pronged suggestions to help keep C.A.L.M. and thrive as entrepreneurs and as parents, to help our children and businesses rise up through these hard times.
C  —  Create a Daily Schedule and Stick With It
Studies show that visual schedules help alleviate anxiety and help kids to also be more cooperative and independent. Whether you make your own schedule for your kids, or use a product like Easy Daysies you are on the right track. This can work for you and your business as well; create a visual account of what you would like to get done in your day, and keep referring back so you can check things off your list. When we work on a daily schedule, we can set clear goals and accomplish them, which in turn gives you the feeling of accomplishment and success for the day.
A  —  Adjust and Amplify  
For the mompreneur, this means adjusting your priorities and focus to areas where you can increase cashflow when other doors and markets are closed for now. Look to amplify online markets, tele-sales, tele-communications, and social-media presence. For our children, social connections are very important, as well as continued learning over this extended school closure. This means planning virtual playdates, learning online, creating an online book club, cooking classes at home, and lots of board games that engage in critical thinking, problem solving and math skills.
L  —  Lighten Your Expectations
Limit your goals and exceptions to three goals per morning and one solid hour on income generating tasks. This will allow you to focus on important tasks rather than urgent tasks and unnecessary busy-ness. For our children, lighten the expectations on their six hour school days to 2-3 hours of good learning at home. Studies show that only 2-3 hours of daily learning is needed to keep from learning loss over this time away from school.
M  — Make Office Hours and School Hours
Allocating time makes it real and official. You have to work and you need time to do it – so make it happen! For our children, having a set time for school gives them security and predictability so they know in advance what they need to do and when it is supposed to happen. Structure is important for our children and our businesses to thrive in a time when many feel chaos.


Elaine Tan Comeau Vancouver Mompreneurs
Heading up our events and support for members in Vancouver and the West Coast of Canada, Elaine Tan Comeau is an enterprising mother of three young children, a wife, and a former elementary school teacher. She is the founder and CEO of the multiple award-winning Easy Daysies, a visual magnetic scheduler to help children and families with their daily routines. Elaine was named Canada’s 2014 Mompreneur® of the Year and has received the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, as well as an Award in Teaching Excellence, while Easy Daysies was named one of Dragons’ Den favourite deals by Kevin O’Leary and was chosen by Ford Company as one the 2014 Dragons’ Den Driven For Success Companies that exemplified Ford’s Four Pillars of Success.

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Immune System Boosters to Help During COVID-19

Written by Teresa Isabel Dias

I’ve always believed, and experts agree, that a healthy lifestyle incorporating the four fundamentals for good health is also good to maintain a healthy immune system.

It is especially important during the COVID-19 Pandemic that we maintain a healthy immune system to reduce our chances of contracting the disease. There are many unsubstantiated claims flying around to get you to buy products that will protect you against the novel coronavirus; don’t fall for them! Instead practice the four fundamentals of good health to boost your immune system:

1. Healthy Diet

2. Physical Exercise

3. Proper Sleep

4. Being Aware of Your Thoughts

Let’s look in more detail at the four fundamentals of good health to boost your immune system:

HEALTHY DIET
There is little evidence to support the idea that supplements help to boost the immune system. Experts say that the best thing to do is to eat well, meaning lots of colourful vegetables and fruits which contain lots of vitamins and minerals, and drink lots of water.

Vitamin C boosts the immune system, but you should get it mainly from dietary sources, which means the food you eat, not from pills. Eat lots of food rich in Vitamin C, like citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and spinach.

There must be some synergy in all the components of an orange or red pepper, for example, that are better for us than laboratory-synthesized ascorbic acid sold as a Vitamin C supplement. The Mediterranean-style diet is rich in vegetables and fruits, good fats like olive oil, low in red meat and processed foods, and is a real immune system booster. This diet is also good for your brain as noted by Dr. Lisa Mosconi, a neuroscientist and a certified Integrative Nutritionist. Eating healthy foods will also help you to avoid weight gain as you stay at home, as per public health recommendations.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Exercise not only boosts your immune system but also improves your brain function and your emotional health. We are being told to stay home, but don’t hold on to that as an excuse to not move. There are many ways you can still move or exercise.

Walk around your home or backyard, dance, do jumping jacks with your kids, or go up and down stairs. Take advantage of the many free exercise and yoga classes available online. As it is still allowed, I’m still going outside to walk and ride my bicycle – and you should too. Fresh air and being in nature are also good for you.

PROPER SLEEP
It’s no surprise that all of today’s uncertainties — health, family, job, personal finances, a constant barrage of bad news from all around the globe, etc. — can disrupt your ability to sleep, but proper sleep is essential for good health and a strong immune system.

While you sleep your brain gets rid of toxins that you accumulated during your waking hours and it rejuvenates itself. Neurons (brain cells) grow and are repaired during sleep; that’s also when you create and organize memories. Sleep also helps with decision-making, hence the saying “Sleep on it”!

Many women in perimenopause and menopause report difficulty sleeping. But before you head for the medicine cabinet, ensure that you have good “sleep hygiene” which should include a variety of habits and practices that help in getting a good sleep. Learn more at the National Sleep Foundation.

BEING AWARE OF YOUR THOUGHTS
To calm yourself down, you must become aware of what’s going on in your mind, and you should recognize that catastrophizing is useless. Your thoughts are not reality; the more you think, the more you suffer.

As Eckart Tolle says, “You can stop your thoughts by recognizing the futility and distractive nature of that type of thinking, and begin to see that a lot of unhappiness is produced by the narratives of your mind.” Tolle recommends that you re-direct your attention away from your thoughts to the energy of your body and breath; that will calm the activity of your mind. Thus, take time during the day to stop and meditate, especially when you’re feeling stressed and anxious. Ignore your thoughts by concentrating on your breath, the here and now where you are safe.

Focus on what you can control and ignore what you can’t. Write a list of things you’re grateful for and when your mind wanders into negative thinking remember the things on your list.

Stay safe, stay healthy and remember – we are all in this together.

 

Additional articles and resources surrounding COVID-19 Support >>

 

 

 


Teresa Isabel Dias is an Elite+ Mompreneur member in Toronto, Ontario, and is the founder of MenopausED. As a pharmacist and Certified Menopause Practitioner, Teresa helps women 40+ navigate the menopause transition, induced menopause, and lifestyle changes to optimize healthy aging. She provides one-on-one consultations, in-person and online, workshops, discussion groups, and she helps organizations and businesses support female employees during the menopause transition with educational presentations in the workplace and education and training of managers and HR professionals—because besides affecting quality of life, menopause can also affect women’s work performance.

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Ideas to Help You Manage the Every Day While Self-Isolating

Collated by The Mompreneurs Team

Support for women entrepreneurs during COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

This is an ongoing list; we will continue to add more offers as we receive them!

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

 

  • Author Mieka Forte hosts The Many Sides of Happy Facebook Group, offering discussions and teaching around resilience strategies, mental health coping tools, and happiness tools as well as offering streamed yoga practices. Join here >>

 

 

  • Our partners at HelloFresh are offering 50% off for your first HelloFresh boxes! You can order online here >>

 

  • Colouring and journaling is very good for combating stress! Author Jennifer Robinson is offering porch drop offs (Milton, Guelph, Georgetown – Ontario) of her Butterfly Beauties Self-Care Books, and is throwing in some freebie kids/teen colouring pages to the package so your families can have something to do together. Jennifer also has some new packs of pencil crayons if you need to add those as well. Details >>

 

  • Women’s Health Advocate and Menopause Practitioner Teresa Isabel Dias of MenopausED offers many online tips to help you stay healthy. For example, “Whenever you feel overwhelmed by your thoughts, start thinking about your breath going in and out. Inhale for 4 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds. Do that for 5 minutes and you’ll feel calmer. This keeps you in the moment.”

 

  • Stressed, not sleeping well and wondering what you should be eating during this volatile time? Annie Gaudreault of VEEV Wellness is offering a 30-minute complimentary call to give you 3 tactics to support your health, so that you can get back on track and get through this stronger than ever! Book here >>

 

  • As the Vagina Coach says, we still need to do kegels in quarantine! You can gain full access to Kim Vopni’s online pelvic floor health and fitness program, Kegel Mojo, for 7 days absolutely free! Details here >>

 

 

FOR BUSINESS

 

  • Angela Crocker‘s next email newsletter is going to have tips on working at home, virtual meetings, and online teaching. Everyone is welcome to sign up here >>

 

  • This is a great time to come out of your shell and test videos online through Facebook Live – staying connected with your fans, customers and members is essential during social distancing! View our free Mastery Module, Facebook Live for Business >>

 

  • Kate Moir of Thirty-One Gifts has been doing online free bingo, giving away product and showing home school storage solutions on her Facebook Page here >>
    Kate has also started a blog, helpful for those looking to maximize 5 minutes daily to work their side-gig business during social distancing. Read here >>  

 

FOR KIDS

  • The team at Strong & Free have designed a fun and free Canadian Colouring Book, which you can print and let your kids enjoy! Download >>

 

  • You can download the Hire and Fire your Kids gamified parenting app for free! Email jody@hireandfireyourkids.com if you are interested in playing HireandFireyourKids.com – creator Jody is looking for families to share their feedback as she continues to grow and enhance the app.

 

 

FOR FUN

  • Many museums, aquariums, zoos, and theme parks are offering free online tours for all; some top picks include Canada’s Wonderland (virtual roller coasters anyone!), Disneyland, Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto, The Vancouver Aquarium, The Guggenheim Museum, NASA, The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and The Cincinnati Zoo.

 


 

For more resources surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Support section here >>

 

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How to Be Social & Help Others During Social Distancing

Written by Grace Moores

Support for women entrepreneurs during COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing all of us to take pause and readjust the way we live our daily lives. While the upheaval can be tough to adjust to at first, there are so many ways that we can move towards new methods of staying in touch and helping others, while still practicing social distancing.

Here are few things to try:

STAYING SOCIAL THE DIGITAL WAY
There are a number of ways we can be social and check in with family and friends. You can do this by phone or through a messaging app. Top apps to try include WhatsApp, Slack, Nextdoor, and FaceTime. You can also connect via private Facebook groups, or e-mail. Kids can use discord to chat with their friends online as well.

You may want to try video conferencing platforms. My girlfriends and I had a coffee date on Google Hangouts yesterday; if you have Zoom for your business you can send out a link and time.  

If you’re into online gaming with other families, we have used Juke box party pack, where everyone logs in on a device. Note: someone has to own the game and be able to stream it, for others to join.

 

ONLINE TUTORIALS, CLASSES & VISITS
There are also some great Facebook Live videos happening. Lots of small businesses, including our own Mompreneur members, have moved to online offerings such as fitness, art, yoga, meditation, etc.

Also a lot of museums and zoos are doing them too. The Cincinnati Zoo does meet and greet with different animals, online everyday at 3pmEST.

Google Chrome has a Netflix party that you can download, so you and your friends/family can all stream movies together and chat. This would drive my hubby crazy, but I know there are others that would love it.  

 

GETTING OUTDOORS
Instead of playdates outside, we have been going out for family walks instead. During our walks, we’ve found that it’s been easier for our kids to voice their questions and share their uncertainty in a natural way. Getting outside is also great as a change of scenery when everyone starts arguing after being in such close proximity indoors for long periods of time.

While you’re out walking, try a scavenger hunt, or Geocaching. I have also heard of people putting artwork in their windows, for kids to spot as they walk round the neighbourhood.

 

HELPING OTHERS – DON’T WAIT TO BE ASKED
For a variety of reasons not everyone will ask for help, even if their situation worsens. Also some people don’t think they need help. Therefore, it’s important to just keep the connection alive. Be positive and cheerful. Don’t give up even if the first couple of responses are lukewarm or if you haven’t been thanked.

 

MAKE IT A TEAM EFFORT
A small group or network is the best way to share the things that need to be done, especially if there is a lot to do. A team effort ensures you don’t get overwhelmed. There are many simple ways to this with friends and family, as well as small businesses locally:

  • a phone call every day or so
  • a Netflix subscription
  • bringing in the garbage cans
  • picking up prescriptions
  • exchanging emergency contact information
  • walking the dog
  • sending an invite to an online coffee chat
  • buy from local businesses
  • like and share their social media posts
  • refer a local business
  • write them a positive review
  • purchase a gift card to use later
  • if you see an opportunity that might help them, share it with them

 

Be aware, a lot of these options are less intimate than in person contact. Typed words or even lagging videos can be misinterpreted, so be kind, be positive. Everyone is struggling and getting to grips with this new norm; we are all in this together.

 

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Helpful Financial Links During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Compiled by Sara Clarke

Support for women entrepreneurs during COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the effects it will have on small business. Here are some helpful links and resources to guide you:

 

Read the CRA’s updates for Financial Relief here >> 

 

The banks are here to help; read up on how Canada’s 6 Biggest Banks are taking action to help customers impacted by COVID-19 here>>

 

Canada’s tax deadline is being pushed back; read details here >>

 

As a professional bookkeeper for over 20 years, Sara has developed lots of helpful resources for entrepreneurs. She is offering her Cashflow Sheet for free during this stressful time, which you can find here >>

 

If you’re like most people, and you are stressed about your financial options during these uncertain times, there are 2 books that Sara highly recommends to help you align your thoughts with a money mindset:
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
You Are a Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero

 

If you’re looking to get in touch with an important financial institution to inquire about Mortgage Deferral options, the numbers listed below are helpful and easy to keep handy.

Mortgage Deferral Contact Information

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Mompreneur® Awards Spotlight on Mélanie Levenberg of PL3Y Education

Mélanie Levenberg is a Finalist for The 2020 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award, recognizing her success and leadership as a service-based or non-profit business supporting the greater community (locally or globally), as the Founder of PL3Y Education Inc.

Mélanie is an international speaker, TEDx presenter and Chief PLAY Officer at PL3Y International Inc, a Vancouver-based company that provides movement and mental wellness programming to schools and recreation centers across the world. A certified trainer and fitness instructor, Mélanie holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, a B.Ed. in Health and Physical  Education and B.A. Hrs in Kinesiology.  Applying best practices in positive thinking, personal development, fitness, health and physical education, she has created various physical literacy programs that inspire kids, teens and adults to get active as they claim their Bubble of Awesome and live the 3 Rules of PLAY: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself. 

Her proudest accomplishments include being a mom to 2.5 year old Joey, wife to Justine, and building a company that has impacted over 3 million kids worldwide and created over 250 jobs where people make a living doing something they love.

Mélanie’s Top Tips for Other Women Thinking of Starting a Business:

  1. Get Clear On Your DESIRES. Why are you desiring to start this business? What would it mean for you and what would you want to create for yourself/your family? Having a clear understanding of your desires for starting a business will help you to identify how you’d like to build your business, who you need to support you and what kind of business model will work for you.
  2. Get Yourself a POSSE. Entrepreneurship is an exciting journey. Our brains tend to think that it’s going to be like going for a long walk through the fields of Saskatchewan…when really, you need to be preparing yourself for a trek over the Rockies. Having a community of mentors who have been along the path before you is a game-changer when that heavy ‘weather’ kicks in.
  3. Get Real, Not Perfect. If you’re waiting for things to be perfect (Perfect timing, perfect hair, perfect social media plan, perfect website, perfect headshot, perfect e-book, perfect financial situation) you’re going to wait a LONG time. Here’s a truth bomb: Your perfection doesn’t activate people, your ACTION does. Don’t wait, do it now. Your new business is going to serve someone who needs you, who is waiting for you to take action so you can help them. One step is all that’s needed for action to happen…
  4. Get Talking and Connecting! When starting your company, YOU are the energy of the business. Get excited to share share share what you are doing! Learning how to communicate how your business helps others allows you to more fully serve your purpose on this planet! Get out there so that your ideal clients can find out!
  5. Get Used to Being Uncomfortable. At first I thought business was about serving others. Then, I shifted to the purpose of business was ‘making money’ doing what I love. (Yes…that’s the second phase…I’m one of those people who started a business and didn’t really know how to make money… and as long as I was helping people I was happy). Once I learned the money game, I then really stepped into what, to me, business REALLY all about: growing as a human being.

Some people say that you’ll never discover as much about yourself as you will in business. I say, those people don’t have kids, because to me, being a Mom has taught me so much about myself, and given me so many opportunities to grow.

As I evolve and choose to take my company to the next levels of revenue, scaling, impact and reach, I’m constantly facing the fears, challenges, attitudes, and perceptions that I hold.

Moving to new phases in business means that you have to let go of versions of yourself that may be holding you back. Being uncomfortable is part of the deal. Just like when the doctors handed you your first born, and you thought: ‘How can I love something so much and be equally terrified that I have no idea what I’m doing?”, starting a business is one of the most wonderful and exhilarating things you can do.

Just like having and raising that adorable baby, it’s challenging, it will bring you to your knees, you’ll find strengths and qualities you never knew you had, and discover that with a positive attitude and open mind, the lifestyle, freedom and fulfilment that you get are so worth it!

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Mompreneur® Awards Spotlight on Kay Habib of Skilled Accents

Kay Habib is a Finalist for The 2020 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award, recognizing her success and leadership as a service-based or non-profit business supporting the greater community (locally or globally), as the Founder of Skilled Accents.

Kay is the Founder and CEO of Skilled Accents, a social enterprise that employs refugee women in London, Ontario, to create decorative pillows from recycled fabric collected from local furniture and drapery stores. 

An interior designer by profession, Kay is passionate about creating ways to repurpose decor items to reduce the waste created in the design industry. She started Skilled Accents as a social enterprise that provides meaningful employment to marginalized refugee women and reduces textile waste by recycling fabrics into decorative pillows. The company’s bottom line includes People and Planet, to create positive impact socially, environmentally and economically.

Kay believes that the women employed by Skilled Accents have skills that can be utilized regardless of whether they are able to speak English, or whether they have a certain certification. Skilled Accents also contributes to the sense of accomplishment and confidence of the women employed, and helps them overcome the trauma they have experienced in their war torn countries. The women are also able to learn new skills such as merchandising, marketing, customer service and quality control. Skilled Accents is on Amazon and Etsy, and is dedicated to helping the refugee women through ongoing skills training and promoting their stories.

Kay’s Tips for Other Women Thinking of Starting a Business:

  1. Trust your intuition when it comes to working with people, the partnership may seem attractive and lucrative for the time being but if your gut tells you otherwise, listen to it!
  2. Have a heart centred aspect to your business to keep your motivated to work at it, if you are only in it for the money then you will not get make it too far.
  3. Have a third party evaluate your feasibility, when we are standing too close to something, we can only view it from a certain perspective. 
  4. Collaborate with people with similar vision as yours, combining your efforts to reach a goal will make the journey easier and more rewarding.
  5. Delegate the things you don’t love doing and focus on your strengths.
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Mompreneur® Awards Spotlight on Julie LeJeune of Wish & Give

Julie LeJeune is a Finalist for The 2020 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award, recognizing her success and leadership as a service-based or non-profit business supporting the greater community (locally or globally), as the Founder of Wish & Give.

Julie created Wish & Give to solve a problem. As a dedicated volunteer, she noticed small, local charities don’t always have the time or the means to raise funds and awareness.

“These organizations are making an incredible difference at the grassroots level,” says Julie, who has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 20 years. “But the staff members can barely find the time to fundraise. Sometimes they’re struggling just to keep the lights on. I wanted to find a way to help with that.”

“Friends often tell us they want to give back to their community, but they don’t have time to volunteer,” comments Julie. “That’s when I had the idea to help them fundraise through the events they’re planning anyway. Everyone wins!”

And that’s how Wish & Give was born – as a way to help Canadians help local charities help others. So Julie went to work, creating a unique, easy-to-use platform for community members to plan events and raise money for their favourite charity.

The Top Things Julie Couldn’t Succeed Without:

  1. My Supportive Husband – honestly there is no way I could be doing this if he wasn’t supportive. This is completely personal and not advice to others, but I could not have spent personal finances to launch the company and forgone a salary for two years if he were not supportive and willing to pay the mortgage while I grow the business. He is forever optimistic that Wish & Give will scale and grow.
  2. Family & Friends – again completely personal. I have an amazing community of support. I have not heard one person doubt that I can do this or question if the business is viable. I have girlfriends in sales, marketing, social media, and business who have provided endless hours of support to help Wish & Give. I am forever grateful.
  3. Small Business Group – being a member of a business group has provided much needed advice and emotional support. I have met amazing women who are doing incredible things and who are always willing to lend a helping hand, collaborate, or commiserate.
  4. Community – the community around me has been amazing at using the site and putting up with the glitches that come with a new website. I now have customers who have used the site 3 years in a row!
  5. Our Kids – they keep me going. Every day when I walk my two kids to school and hold my 8-year-old’s warm little hand, I’m reminded how happy I am that I made the choice to leave the 9 to 5 world with international travel so that I can now work from home. I’m no longer jet setting to Asia, but instead I am present with my kids in this short season of life.
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Mompreneur® Awards Spotlight on Erin Woodward of The Girly Book Club

Erin Woodward is a Finalist for The 2020 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award, recognizing her success and leadership as a service-based or non-profit business supporting the greater community (locally or globally), as the Founder of The Girly Book Club.

Erin was born in the small town of Lindsay Ontario. After high school she moved to Ottawa to pursue a degree in Communications, spending her last year in France at the University of Stendhal. After University she spent a year traveling the world which cemented her love for travel. When she was 27 years old she moved to London, UK for a boy she’d met in Africa (as you do!)

It was a year later after living in London that she realized she was extremely lonely. She started the Girly Book Club as a way to meet others in a strange city. She worked in Corporate Communications for Small Luxury Hotels of the World in both London and New York, before returning to Canada in 2016 when both her parents fell ill. This was also the time when she set up The Girly Book Club as a Canadian company and she hasn’t looked back! Two years ago she met her now husband and she’s a mother to a 15 month old, a 15 year old step son and she is expecting in June!

Erin’s Tips for Other Women Thinking of Starting a Business:

  1. Join a community for women entrepreneurs. This will change your life. So many good suggestions, helping you get past the fear of going out on your own. They will rally around you like no one ever has and help you start.
  2. Just do it. Life is so so so so short. If you can find a way, give it a go.
  3. Get a mentor. There are so many incredible women out there that have been in the trenches, have done the dirtywork and are willing to impart their wisdom to you. Take it!
  4. Get a bookkeeper! I say bookkeeper because I HATE that part of business. But really it’s just support staff forwhatever piece of the business you can’t stand to do. Heathy finances are particularly important so if it’s this areaof business sit down with someone who can explain to you the ins and out of your business on a financial level.
  5. Survey your current clients? If you’ve launched and managed to attract some customers use them to further yourbusiness – ask them what they want to see next. It’s such vital and rich information. As founders we sometimes think we’re the expert on what our communities want next – but they know better than anyone!

I learned all of these lessons eventually, along the way and they were the five pieces of the puzzle that had true impact on my business so I am happy to share them with others.

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Mompreneur® Awards Spotlight on Shontelle DuBois of Shontelle DuBois Fitness Inc.

Shontelle DuBois is a Finalist for The 2020 Mompreneur® Award of Distinction, recognizing her success and leadership in the service industry as a successful business owner with Shontelle DuBois Fitness Inc.

Shontelle DuBois is the epitome of a phenomenal woman who faced many hardships, and who’s journey has gone viral with 6.3 million views. Shontelle was in a 7 car accident, unconscious at the scene and did 3 years of rehab. She became a chronic binge eater weighing 245 pounds. Shontelle worked out losing 105 pounds. Shortly after, Shontelle was fired from work and had an eviction notice. A single mother and desperate, Shontelle turned to her Jane and Finch apartment stairwells to show people how they could lose weight like she did. Many laughed, but she kept going to avoid becoming homeless with her daughter. She turned to social media, and her clients finally came slowly, allowing Shontelle to help transform each person in 30 days. After training in the stairwells for 2 years, Shontelle opened her own fully equipped gym in Woodbridge, Ontario. She is now a highly sought trainer and has a 4 month wait list of clients eager to be transformed by her.

What Shontelle Couldn’t Have Succeeded Without:

  1. I could not have succeeded without my child. Knowing that I had to provide for her gave me the strength to make it through my struggles. The fact that I was a single mother meant that I had no one to depend on but me. I had to figure it out.
  2. You have to have an idea and be willing to see it through even when the odds are stacked against you.
  3. Staying strong. We teach our children that when people laugh and tease them about their ideas that they should continue on their path and stand strong and believe in themselves.
  4. Intuition. You have to have a firm belief in what you want to do and follow your heart and mind where it leads you.
  5. The ability to multitask. As a mompreneur I wear many different hats and I have to able to adapt to many different situations while doing the first most important task of raising a child. Being a mom coupled with being a trainer, nutritionist, marketer, social media correspondent, designer, accountant and manager is not always an easy feat and provides many constant challenges.