We had the good fortune of connecting with Roxann irion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roxann, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
The most important thing that I have done as a parent for my two girls so far, is guiding them towards acknowledging, knowing, and valuing their worth, and from that worth, using their voice . I came from a very loving family but back then I believe that conversations around “self-worth” and feeling confident in using my voice, were not as prevalent as today. I was a shy child by nature, surrounded by stronger personalities that I always “allowed” to take away my voice. Part of learning to use my voice as an adult required giving myself permission to be vulnerable, open and I want my girls to feel safe in doing so with healthy, personal boundaries. There is so much power in vulnerability, it heals, creates community, and having the courage to be vulnerable and to “say what you mean and mean what you say” creates profound confidence and freedom. I hope that my girls see my mistakes, observe the emotions, and also celebrate what I have been able to create, and how I have persevered through it all
What should our readers know about your business?
I started A Well-Minded Life Health & Wellness in November of 2018 which started out with simply holistic health coaching for women in their 30+ looking to reclaim their energy so they can create the notable results they seek in health and life, and over the last year and a half I have reintroduced my esthetics practice of 19 years to the offering. I believe that what sets me apart from others is, me. I attract the people looking for my specific guidance because I bring all the parts and pieces of me to the table to share. I don’t just prescribed antidotes, I apply and offer real, manageable and sustainable experiences for my clients. Much of those experiences are as a result of my struggle, vision, and that of previous clients.
I believe I got to where I am today by being as authentic and honest about myself and my business as possible. I am not looking to be an influencer, I believe that I am in the wonderful business place that I am at because my intention everyday is to impact at least one person with a post, a video, a story, whatever, and if it is more than one, then bonus. I trust that how I show up and serve everyday with intention brings the ideal client/coach partnership to me. It is not easy to TRUST every single day that what and how I am managing my business will work, but the motivating factor behind why I started this whole “thing” in the first place is enough to keep me going. So no, being a solopreneur is not easy, but it is worth the struggle and the wins.
Oh the lessons I’ve learned. First, is that trusting my gut instinct wins every time. Second, is that the only person really judging me, is me. If anyone else has an opinion or a desire to criticize what or how I am doing something, that is on them and I have to let it/them go. Lastly, being in the moment and inspired by ONE thing at a time helps me with focus and direction. If I get too many things going creatively, I stop and quit moving forward….I stall out. One inspiration/idea at a time, which can be in a day, a week, or something that needs month long attention.
I want people to know that I have learned that I hold the key, not my neighbor, not a magic potion, but me to my success. I had to uncover this for myself and so that is how I guide my clients. Learning to slow down, focus on one or two key goals at a time, allow some grace and flexibility, and ultimately trust. We have been taught not to trust ourselves, too much external noise out there. I provide women the space to feel safe, heard, and understood so that they too can set their energy levels on fire, which will ultimately open the doors for them in many other facets of their life. Transformation only happens through a holistic lens in my opinion, you can start with “one part”, and watch everything else unfold, always for the better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being an Arizona girl, I so love what the cities of AZ have grown into, so much to do and so many great places to eat. I would invite my bestie up north to the Boulders Resort and Spa for a few nights in Cave Creek, spa, golf maybe, and hike around the beautiful peaks up there. I’d also organize a mountain bike ride at Brown’s Ranch trail, mountain biking is one of my favorite outdoor exercises, fun and exciting! We would spend a couple of nights at the Mountain Shadows resort in Paradise Valley too, to hang pool side, have some cocktails and hike. Camelback Mountain is the backdrop to this hotel and the Echo Canyon hike would definitely be on the list, followed by brunch at the historic landmark, El Chorro. A couple other dining experiences would be at La Grande Orange, which is mellow, cute retail spot and good wine. Lastly, you have to head to downtown Phoenix, art galleries, quaint dinner spots abound, some fun nightlife, and just observing the hustle and bustle of downtown with all the people it brings. End the crazy, fun filled week back at my house to pick up the paddle boards and drive 15 minutes to paddle the salt river and hopefully see our beautiful Salt River Horses.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom has always been my rock. I definitely put her through the ringer emotionally growing up, but she never wavered. My mom always listened and reassured me that everything would be alright, I always felt tremendous love. I can’t forget my Dad too, he was not “in it” as much as my mom, but I always knew how much he loved me, and worked to create a great life for our family. My husband definitely deserves some credit and recognition in my story. I have grown so much in our 21 years together and his drive and perseverance have inspired some of that growth. He is another rock for me, he is very good at playing the “devils advocate” for me in situations or bringing about an optimistic perspective when I was not in an optimistic place. I am very lucky! So is he…
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