We had the good fortune of connecting with Tisha Marie Pelletier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tisha Marie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I most definitely consider myself to be a risktaker. When you’re an entrepreneur coming up with all sorts of ideas, it’s hard to keep those ideas cooped up inside your head. I’ve always been a “say and do” kind of girl. If I wasn’t, I’d live a life of regrets for not actually starting what my mind came up with. Taking risks, believing in me and putting ideas into motion is what has gotten me to where I am in life. It’s about being fearless. Not being afraid to fail or fall. Giving it your best shot. Investing in your success even though the outcome isn’t clear yet and seeing where it takes you. I have found the risk is always worth the reward, and the many lessons, it brings.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When people hear the name Tisha Marie Pelletier, I want them to remember that I am an “authentic girl with a touch of badass” both in business and in my life. I am the same exact person you meet publically, professionally and personally. I credit Sophia Olivas for gracing me with those words years ago which paved my way and my personal brand. Was this always the case? No. There was a lot of self-discovery, doubt, countless lessons to learn, and struggles to overcome how I got here. Throughout my entire entrepreneurial journey which started back in 2004 (the same year I got married), and after I became a mom in 2008, I always had this feeling that all the experiences I was having would amount to something much greater. I wasn’t sure what that was yet, but now, I know it led me to my greatest strength – connecting the community, and my life’s purpose – inspiring others to move into action and make their vision happen. After owning a marketing firm, an event management company, hosting a national mastermind group for women in business, writing my first book in 2010, and creating several Tisha-style signature events, then having an identity crisis meltdown in a bookstore in 2015, I knew this entire journey I went through was not for nothing. Every single experience was a part of my story with a lesson tied to it. The stories and lessons I knew would benefit so many more people on their journey. I wrote my second book in 2018 titled “What Are the Odds – A mom shares her good, bad and what the f*ck moments in life & business” for a handful of reasons. One, that my kiddos Caleb and Ellie would always have my words and stories to live their life by, and two to inspire others that life is nowhere near perfect. It has its good days and several wtf days, but there is always a silver lining. My story has shaped so much of who I am today and what I speak on whether it be on stages in front of large audiences, at my Social Connect PHX live event, on my podcast and live panel Success over Struggle, mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, or encouraging individuals to get out of their own way and make it happen. Everything I do is to help the next guy along through storytelling, lessons learned and living proof that failure is not final. We all have it in us to move past the struggle to find success in our story. So, what am I excited about now in this new decade? Being authentically me. Challenging myself to new heights by getting on more stages as a professional speaker. Continuing my journey through my blog #confidencerising and rule of life lessons I release every Monday to leave a legacy for my kiddos, and of course, taking more risks 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?
Great question! First, we’d start off by going on a leisurely hike at San Tan Mountains. My family and I enjoy getting outdoors on the Dynamite Trail. Not strenuous at all, but a break from the city and life to just breathe and let go. We’d then hit up the Olive Mill in Queen Creek, a must if you’re visiting, to relax outdoors with a baguette, wine, and a cheese board and chit chat for hours listening to live music and people watching. While it can get crowded a little on the weekends, it’s worth it! There’s so much they offer from tours of their olive mill to olive oil tastings, a cute gift shop, organic food, wine and to top it off, gelato. To unwind from the day, we’d take in a movie at Fat Cats. Unlike traditional movie theaters, we’d lounge out in our super comfy leather recliners, bring a blanket, and relax in front of the big screen – the only way to watch a movie nowadays. Throughout the week, my friend and I would spend the day taking in the exhibits at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, then head back east to the cute, quaint downtown Gilbert scene with so many restaurants to choose from. We’d go to my favorite taco shop Joyride for early happy hour and delicious margaritas for $5, then spend the rest of the evening hanging out at my family’s other favorite place – Culinary Dropout playing cornhole, fuze ball, and ping pong while hanging out on the indoor patio. The rest of the week, we’re heading out of the city and up to Jerome and wine country in northern Arizona. So many cool sights to see, people to watch and of course, wine to taste. We’d settle in at a bed and breakfast for a few days, hike during the day, and be total tourists taking in the town and heading to my favorite places like Haunted Hamburger, Chateau Tumbleweed and THAT Brewery. Pretty perfect week relaxing, taking it easy and enjoying each other’s company.
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?
So many people to thank who have been along the journey with me! I’d say the three biggest influences in my life are my mom, Amelia Kastner who always encourages me to go for it, my older sister Sasha Hirata, who believes in me even when I’m ugly crying and don’t somedays, and my dear friend, Mario Bayne, who I only met a couple of years ago. From the first phone call Mario and I had, I knew he was destined to teach me something extraordinary I could use in my life. And he did. He taught me that if I’m ever in doubt, to bet on me; to understand that I have this tremendous gift and talent and to use it to inspire others and change the world. As far as a book, I swear by this one as it solidified exactly why I do the things I do. I highly recommend every single person reads The Go-Giver written by Bob Burg. It’s a short read, but incredibly powerful in how we should live life being our most authentic selves.
Other: Podcast website – http://successoverstruggle.com
Rule of Life Lessons Blog: https://bit.ly/tishasruleoflifelessons
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