We had the good fortune of connecting with Karen Hewitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Karen, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always been independent, however I was always given the advice “Fake it till you Make it:. You see as an introvert the idea of me being the center of attention or the one jumping up and down on a stage being high extroverted energy made me nervous, almost sick to my stomach.

I tried so many options and every time “fake it till you make it’ was given to me like some fix all strategy and that’s when I decided to learn about NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming because I had to remedy my broken introverted self. Which simply put is the way we hold conversations with ourselves.

That was when I started to realize that introverts actually have their own super powers, that they don’t need to fake it, they need to lean into their gifts.

Leaning into my gifts led to success that I never expected and then I saw how many others would be successful if they started being authentic and using their gifts, such as organization, empathy, compassion, observation, learning and strategy.

It was this discovery that led to the creation of my business

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart? I often joke that I am weird. I am introverted but once you know me I am jovial, cuss a fair bit and can be direct.

Business practices or being professional always want you to act a certain way, dress in business casual, be able to command a room by jumping up and down or being the hype of the event. However for every event I attended I would sit back and observe, for every 3 people that were acting the social butterfly, several would gravitate to small intimate groups or be sat back observing the rest of the crowd.

The information and educational session on social media, or business practices were about having a personality for people to be attracted to. Common advice was to rest afterwards, to just do what was needed to succeed. That success was on the other side of your comfort zone. Lets be real how many have heard this advice in business before?

I paid so much for coaching, business training and every time was told that the problem was me, that I wasnt trying hard enough, doing enough, going live enough, doing enough on stage or video. Every coach was fixated on me becoming new and improved, helping me overcome my shyness, when they should have been looking at what were my strengths, how can I overcome my challenges in an authentic manner.

This personal experience has driven me to provide a new form of coaching, one that is supportive, and encourages people to be authentic. When someone tells me they swear and they have been told to hide it to be successful, I ask why, does Tony hide his F-bombs? Or if they dont want to do video, we dig into what it is about video that makes them uncomfortable and we look at other avenues such as article writing, podcasting or social proof from clients.

I share this because it showed me a need in the industry, that in this professional world we expect great speakers, 30 second bites, extroverted influencers and others feel lost and as if they have no opportunity to succeed.

Blossom To Success was born, not because I change others but I help them blossom into their true self. I help them discover their strengths, expand them and to see where the work needs to be exported. Someone that is living authentically is less likely to feel burn out, more likely to wake up excited to take on their day and live with more joy.

I believe that with authentic communication as the top priority there is no reason why someone can not find success in their life and business.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Water front is a priority, I would introduce them to the beauty in some of the lakes we have in Arizona such as Lake Pleasant, spending time watching the wild burros play and embracing nature. Thats the introvert in me, I love to watch the sun rise and set in the desert because its just stunning. We’d grab a Cherry Blossom Breve from Dutch Bros, always hot and explore some of the hidden treasures such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the Japanese Gardens. Finish up at Siam Thai at 51st and Northern or Hello Vietnam Pho & Roll near Lake Pleasant. 2 of my favorite restaurants. We would have to add a shopping trip to down town Glendale and look at some of the antiques and pick up a crystal or two at the Astrology Store.

Our days would be spent laughing, and admiring the beauty that is Arizona.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have many people that I would like to recognize, however I am going to keep the list short.

To those that tell you that you are not good enough, its a reflection of their thought process and not yours.

To my Mother, who recognized I had it in me all along and kept me focused on being authentic and with love always may she rest in peace. Lesley Richards, you may have been small but you taught me how to think big and to stand up for those that need it always.

Website: www.BlossomToSuccess.com

Instagram: www.Instagram.com/BlossomToSuccess

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenhewittblossomtosuccess/

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Image Credits
Bus image taken by Yasmin Tajik at Shalimar Studios

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