Rowena (BA Sc, Post Grad Dip, B. Psych) is an Intuitive Coach and the brainchild behind Flourish Centre in Stirling. After spending several years working in midwifery she started to notice themes running through clients. If a lady was highly anxious she would often have a predisposition to a certain birth outcome. She wanted to explore more the connection between emotions, life experience and dis-ease. At this point her intuition was getting very strong and she felt she needed to explore that.
She became interested in working with women in the field of self-empowerment, confused as to why so many talented nurses and midwifes were so skilled and yet lacked self-belief, self-worth and constantly doubted their abilities. This was a learning curve and when she personally went to counselling found it to be ineffectual as it didn’t have a holistic approach nor the energy healing work to correct the imbalance or wounding. Hence this led to the degree in psychology.
The Flourish Centre is lots about reflecting the holistic aspect of women. It is a place to gather, heal, collaborate, do business, shop, chat and have a cup of tea with like-minded others.
Rowena is also the author of the Secret Women’s Business Oracle cards and the Living Your Desired Life goal setting journal.
Can you give us an overview of your business?
I am an Intuitive Life Coach and Consultant, I have a product range of a Living your Desired Life Book, The Secret Women’s Business Cards and Guidebook, Secret Women’s Business Journal and a soon to be released Flourish Card Deck and Guidebook. Plus, I moonlight as the owner of The Flourish Centre.
What did you want to be when you left school? Did you study?
I basically drifted when I left school and had no ambition. I was ‘encouraged’ into Nursing and my first degree by my mum, which was a saving grace because I later found Midwifery and my passion for empowering women. I then followed that up with a second degree in Psychology. I was a late bloomer.
What sparked your decision to become an entrepreneur?
Being entrepreneurial is in-bred and finds you when you are ready and have the courage to express yourself creatively. I am first and foremost a healer and therapist. My business side developed out of necessity, a passion to make a difference and was more of a hobby for a long time. It is now gone way past that and is now more balanced with my therapeutic work.
Initially, what difficulties did you face?
Time management, stress, self-belief and commitment, the usual suspects.
Who or what was integral to you overcoming these hurdles?
Every author of every self-help book written! When in doubt there is someone who has been through it and written about it and I have probably read it! Oprah and Bruce Springsteen are my inspirations and Michell Bridges is my…make it happen!
On a practical level I hired a friend, Cindy to help with the technical aspect of my business which assisted enormously. We have each assisted each other expand our individual businesses along the way which has been extremely valuable. Collaboration is the key!
What do you think was the biggest mistake you made in business?
This one is so easy to answer…if you haven’t made a stack of mistakes, go home! But mine is a database. I have such a busy practice and collected emails but didn’t specify whether I could add them to a database and therefore couldn’t use most of them…oops!
What do you believe was the best decision you made in business?
To expand my vision of how to empower women by shifting my therapeutic practice into a wellness centre business and hence… The Flourish Centre.
What was the best advice that you have been given?
Actually, my dad told me not to expand until I was busting at the sides and had too, very wise in hindsight!
How have you personally measured your success?
Everyday I hear from someone who is grateful for the help I have given them and that is priceless. Work- life balance doesn’t hurt either.
Define your own success though. I do believe success is a daily practice, so I am pretty much successful in my own lunchbox if I get up and keep going. This is a great tip for women out there…say to yourself you are successful every day from having done anything from cleaning your teeth to wrangling a big issue. Never stop talking yourself up. Affirmations work and as in space…no-one can here you!
How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?
Never give up! Persevere and view your ideas as circular. I constantly go back to ideas or projects and re-feed energy into them when the timing is right, as timing can be everything. Being very intuitive and seeking guidance all the time means the ideas you get are way ahead of you being able to implement them in reality, straight away. Write ideas down. I have volumes of ideas journals but just don’t get caught running from pillar to post trying to implement them all at once or keep swapping to new and shiny projects!
Other than your business, what other hats do you wear?
Mother, multiple pet owner and couch potato.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
I love what I do so an expanded version of what I am doing now…
Describe/outline your typical day?
I am a very early riser…so it’s a walk on the coast followed by an extensive spiritual practice. I structure in social media early and return emails etc. I head into The Flourish Centre around 9 am and alternate between seeing clients and building the 3 different prongs of my Business. I rarely work on my business at night, this is down time and I am in bed by 9pm, I love my sleep!
Do you have any tips for those struggling to gain a successful work life balance?
Oh, that’s needed. Say No. Get off your phone and stop filling up your day with social appointments. You will then have plenty of time for your business and can enjoy the down time with your family.
Michelle Bridges always says “you want someone to be direct with you, not just fluff your pillows”!
What is your favourite thing to do in your downtime?
What, you mean there’s more to life than Netflix? That would-be hanging with my daughter, Remy, yoga and reading!
Outsource the skill or learn the skill?
Never say never…for the most part, outsource (especially when it comes to cleaning) but occasionally learning a new skill helps you understand an aspect of your business which needs your attention. No-one loves your business like you do!