We had the good fortune of connecting with Sahar Khosrowshahi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sahar, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
During the pandemic I was furloughed from my job at the gym that I had been working for the last 5 years. I was filling for unemployment and during that time I was doing a lot of self reflection. I literally thought to myself what can I do to avoid this situation in the future and I realized I needed to become my own boss and start a personal training business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I guess I would begin my story as a little tom boy girl running around outside and climbing trees. I was always active and loved being outside. Nothing has changed in that department. I would soon transition into playing soccer which lead me to play at a D1 school.
Having a passion for health and wellness lead me to become a personal trainer. I always love helping people and helping them reach their potential. I know what it takes to get to the next level because I was pushed physically, emotional and mentally during my collegiate years. I can relate to the people on how tough it can get and knowing how to push pass ones limit.
I’ve learned many lesson along the way but I truly believe just because you aren’t as ” fit ” as someone else or can’t do as much reps as someone else does not make you any less of a person. Everyone has a different journey and you can never compare yourself to others because it does not give yourself the credit that you deserve.
I want the world to know that my brand represents a collection of a team coming together to build a dream. I would say I built my business on my own, I used resources to help me along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start the trip with hiking, I live in Gainesville Virginia and the Shenandoah Mountains are just our background. There are numerous of different hikes you can go on. We also have a ton of wineries in the area such as La Grange, Barrel Oak. Stone Tower, Winery at Bull Run, Bluemont, Morais Vineyard and The winery at sunshine Ridge Farm. There are also a lot of Brewers in the area such as The Farm, Old bust head, Tin Cannon, 2 Silos Brewing, and Murlarkey.
We would also go visit DC and walk around to see all the monuments and museums. DC is a walkable city so everything is relatively close by. We would visit the capital, the white house, Thomas Jefferson memorial, The Lincoln, and the Washington Monuments. Some free museums include the Smithsonian National Museums of Natural History, National Gallery, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, International Spy Museum, Renwick Gallery, Artechouse DC, and United States Botanic Garden.
If visiting during the spring and summer we would definitely go to a Nationals baseball game and enjoy the food ad weather at Navy Yard. There are so many amazing restaurants in DC so you can never choose wrong. A couple of my favorites are Boqueria, Le Diplomate, Founding Farmers etc.
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?
This is a easy one! I wouldn’t have started my business if it wasn’t the support of my clients. I had no idea where to being or the process of starting a business. I remember getting lunch with a past client and he set me up with his financial advisor and from there the advisor gave my instructions on how to get my business tax ID. Also had other clients get me out with marketing, financials, and preparation. Without the support of my clients I’m not sure where I would be without them!