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Etheria Wellness

Name: Melissa Gallant

Location: Rockledge, FL 

Type of Business:
Health and Wellness Education and Coaching


What does your business do?
Etheria Wellness is passionate about helping people learn to live a healthy lifestyle. We offer free and paid classes on everything from healthy eating to how to manage stress. We have several meditation focused classes to help with stress reduction, pain management, and mindfulness. We also host a biweekly relaxation hour in which we invite the community to come in and just enjoy herbal tea and unwind. Our Health and Life Coaching programs help people with issues such as weight loss, life balance, reaching goals and even overcoming some types of addiction. Everything we do incorporates meditation, holistic wellness, and mindfulness to help people live their best lives.

When and why did you start the biz?
We started our business in March of 2008. At that time, we were only making natural candles, but we had a vision of what we wanted to grow into. We still make candles and soaps, but our vision was to run a meditation center. I became a Registered Nurse in January of 2013, which molded the business idea into what it is now: a holistic wellness center. From the beginning, my husband and I wanted to run a business that would allow us to help people in a profound way. We both know how meditation and mindfulness have helped us overcome the challenges of our lives, and we want to share this with as many people as we can. We feel that the addition of my nursing experience has helped us create the perfect combination of medical science and holist health.

How Many People are in your Company?
2

Where's your office?
Right now, our business is located an office building. We have one large room that we conduct everything from one-on-one sessions to large gatherings in. My dream is to move into an old Victorian house with a combination of large and intimate spaces.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
At this time, the hardest part about our business for me is balancing the business with my job. For the time being, I still need to work at least part time. I hope that with our new location we will be able to expand to the point where we can both give all our working hours to our company. My husband is our web guy. For him, the hardest part is creating a website that he is happy with. He is a perfectionist, so this hard for him, but he is really close!

What's the most fun part?
The most fun part is our group sessions. We have one group focused on mindful living and they are a wonderful group of people. We spend a couple of ours every other week discussing mindful living and how we each practice this concept. We have some very intelligent people in this group, so the conversation is always interesting.

Anything you would have done differently?
There are two big things that I would have done differently: 1) saved more money before renting a space and 2) started sooner. These may seem like conflicting thoughts but let me explain. For a long time, we thought that we needed a lot of money and a big space to run our business from. Our lifestyle made this difficult for a few years, so we kept the business on-line. However, we discovered a website called "MeetUp." This was a great thing for us because it allowed us to put together our first group. We found out that we could use meeting rooms in local libraries for free, so we just "went for it" and our business started to blossom quickly. However, sometimes it was hard to get the meeting rooms when we wanted them. This made us feel like we needed to have our own space. We sort of rushed to find a place. In the rush, we didn't put as much money into the business account as we should have, which made things harder than they had to be. Rushing also led us to choose a space that was not perfect. I do wish that we had stayed the library a bit longer, saved more money and held out for a better space. On the other hand, I also wish that we had found “Meetup” and just started sooner.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
The next big thing for us will be to host retreats. These will be healthy living intensives where people can come from anywhere to spend a few days or maybe even a week, learning about healthy living. We will offer yoga and other physical activities, healthy eating, life balance, and mindfulness workshops. We will also have a lot of fun to show people that life can be balanced.

What advice do you have for others?
The first piece of advice I would offer is not to go into business just to be a business owner. I've done that and failed. To be successful, you need to be passionate about your business. You need to love it and want to nurture it as though it is your baby - which it should be. If you love what you are doing, you will not only be unstoppable, but your customers will see this in you and your success will come faster.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
Idea Cafe is a wonderful source to business owners. I use it to find all types of information. I love the marketing and legal advice pages. I also like to spend time reading about other businesses. You never know when you will stumble on a juicy tid-bit that you can use in your own business. I think this is a one-stop shop for just about anything you need to know about starting or running a business.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
I got my Associate in Science Nursing degree at Keiser University in Orlando, FL and my Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from WGU.

Prior jobs or business?
Oh I've had so many jobs! I began my working career at about 12 years old when I used to make money babysitting. I went on to work in many restaurants, a couple of factories, and a couple of sales jobs. I owned a home day care for about 6 years. I also owned an aquarium maintenance company for a few years. After I became a nurse, I worked in both home health and hospitals for many years before opening my business. I still work part-time as a home health nurse.

Favorite Food?
I love all food, but I enjoy seafood and cake the most.

What are your pets' names?
I have a Russian tortoise named Magoo and about 15 fish. The African cichlids answer to "puppies" and the guppies answer to "kitties."

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Not actively, but the fish are a great souce of relaxation and the tortoise is just a funny little guy, so he always gives a laugh or two.

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
I have wanted to work for myself for as long as I can remember. In elementary school I sold things like Christmas cards during the summer months to make extra money. I guess I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
I would like to thank my wonderful husband Pat, who saved my life, supported me through nursing school and helped me grow into the person I am today.

Contact Info:
Melissa Gallant
1037 Pathfinder Way unit 100
Rockledge, FL 32955
386-235-1901
melissa@EtheriaWellness.com

Website:
http://EtheriaWellness.com


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