"Leaving the security of full time employment was a bit scary but I worked hard to make sure I've always had coaching clients, acting/ presenting work and have taken the occasional temp contract when needed" - Louise George, Founder of Bodhi Babes
Can you give us a brief overview of what you do in your career?
I am an actress, presenter, coach and the founder of bodhibabes.com – a site dedicated to celebrating & empowering women.
Tell me more about your career before starting your business?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and the more traditional career paths and employment didn’t suit me. As a result I have had many different jobs and a few businesses before Bodhi Babes, including PA/ Property Management and Fitness Coaching.
I studied acting and the creative pull has always been there. Since I was a toddler I have been performing for anyone who was kind enough to watch. I pursued acting on and off for years in my early 20’s but my confidence got knocked more each time I went up for a casting that I didn’t get. I knew no one in the industry back then and with my confidence fading I was moving further away from ever getting a ‘break’.
I did lots of other jobs to try and support my acting career and then put acting on the back burner to work full time and try to get some stability…
In my early 20’s I was unhealthy, unhappy and unkind to myself. I was overweight, with low self-confidence and a devoted party girl, who dreaded Monday mornings!
In my mid 20’s I began suffering from depression, anxiety & panic attacks. I didn’t know what direction my life was going in and I had lost a lot of confidence. I knew there was something better for me and that I had to take control of my life.
It took time to build myself back up again but I am so grateful for that period in my life now. I was forced to focus on myself and what I really wanted from life. I swapped my bad habits for more a more mindful life, including: running, meditation and yoga- making self-care a priority.
I got my confidence back and now live a much healthier, more mindful life and now in my 30’s I am healthy, happy and I feel great. I am fitter than ever, still running regularly, I have completed 5 marathons to date! If you’d have told me that 15 years ago I would’ve laughed!- Back then my motto was “I’ll only run if someone’s chasing me!”
Before I had the amazing toolbox of self-development and care practices I have now, I lacked confidence. I lacked confidence in the desires my intuition knew were there, but I was unable to access. I lacked confidence in the ability to lead a life of my choosing and to do the work I loved… I questioned myself and my ability – was I good enough? How am I? Why would I?
I am now living a life aligned with my cored desired feelings as an actress, coach, Desire Map facilitator & blogger and I am so in love with all I do.
What inspired you to start BodhiBabes.com?
The experiences and transformations I’ve been through. I wanted to share everything that’s helped me to live life on my terms. I also wanted to create a community of support for women, a place of inspiration and celebration, to give women the confidence to love themselves just as they are, without comparison. It’s OK if you don’t fit in a box… in fact, it’s great! We need your individuality!
How did you manage building BodhiBabes.com alongside your full time career?
In the early days I worked as a PA full time and focused on building my acting career and businesses in my spare time.
Leaving the security of full time employment was a bit scary but I worked hard to make sure I’ve always had coaching clients, acting/ presenting work and have taken the occasional temp contract when needed. It hasn’t always been easy but I work best under pressure or faced with a deadline. I recommend starting a business while in secure employment and working in spare time to build it. It’s hard work but you’ll soon find out if it’s what you really want and it’s difficult to be creative if you’re stressed and worried about where your rent money is coming from.
What’s been the biggest highlight?
Every day I work on Bodhi Babes is a highlight – writing, coaching and running workshops lights me up. Knowing that I am making a difference and helping women access their confidence and live their desires, fills me with joy! Acting is the same for me – every time I step on set I feel at home. Filming with Damian Lewis (on Our Kind of Traitor) last year was pretty exciting- he’s a great actor and I’ve been a fan for years.
What’s been the biggest challenge?
The different hats you have to wear as a business owner. I’m a creative person and love the front of the business; writing, planning, coming up with ideas, meeting people. The back end I’m not so fond of – accounts, admin etc. My PA experience has helped me to stay organised and gain the skills needed to be a ‘solopreneur’. I’m not quite at the point where I can employ someone to assist me -yet- but look forward to being able to share the load and focus on my strengths.
What advice would you give to other women who dream of starting their own business?
To use Nike’s tag line: “Just do it”! Life is short and there is never a right time for anything. Don’t just dream, do! It’s won’t be perfect in the beginning and you may end up changing direction but you’ll only grow and learn from starting your journey. As the saying goes “The time will pass anyway”. There is so much support for small business owners and with the internet it has never been easier to access. Start small and be patient, it won’t happen over night but with hard work and perseverance, it will happen!
What’s next for you?
I’m currently focusing on building bodhibabes.com and my Desire Map Workshops – guiding women to make more powerful decisions and have the tools to feel good more often. My next workshop is coming up on 28-29 Mar in London, so I’m busy planning for that. I also have plans for Desire Map retreats later this year, in the UK and overseas. Lots of exciting stuff ahead.
What’s your favourite quote?
It’s so hard to choose just one, I love a good quote. Here’s one from a truly beautiful, inspiring woman and brilliant actress, which fits with Bodhi Babes ethos:
What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and those around you.
That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul. – Lupita Nyong’o
Louise George is an actress, presenter, coach and Founder of BodhiBabes.com
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