We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Renzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, how do you think about risk?
There are two things I live by when it comes to my business: one, always find the beauty in every situation that is thrown my way and two, without risk, there is no reward. Risk is a mindset. Too many people see risky challenges as something to avoid, like the plague, but for others like myself, I see risk is an opportunity to grow, learn and make connections. Three years ago I was in a new state with no friends or family around. I longed for a sense of purpose outside of being a military wife and mom. I searched for jobs in the area, but due to my husband’s schedule and our child only being in daycare for half of the day, I struggled to find something that fit. Then, I was given an opportunity to start my own business! I knew it was a risk; my success in this opportunity would be entirely up to me. I was scared, but there was something inside me much bigger that kept pulling me towards taking that risk. So, I trusted my gut and dove head first. I have big dreams and you do not achieve your dreams by playing it safe. You have to be willing to risk it all and accept that failure is a part of the journey that will lead you to the success you desire. So, instead of running and hiding from that fear, take the risk and don’t look back.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a sexual health consultant. Empowering, educating and entertaining women about their sexual health and well-being. I love being able to give women the empowerment that they need to truly see their beauty and worth, for themselves and in their relationships. Though, I graduated from Lesley University with a Secondary Ed & History degree, I quickly learned that my passion for teaching wasn’t in a high school setting. Instead, I now teach women 18+ about their sexual health. I have been in business for a little over 2 years now. During the first year I struggled to get going for the first few months. There were moments of uncertainty if this was the right path for me, then the government shutdown. In January 2019, my husband’s “guaranteed” paycheck disappeared, but our bills did not. So, instead of freaking out, I started working my business with true intention. I booked ten parties and because of those parties, I was able to pay all of our bills during the shutdown. Everything clicked. From there, I was able to accomplish “Rookie of the Year”, which is an award that only about ten ladies receive in their first year of business, and earned an expense paid trip to the Bahamas. That shutdown could have shutdown my business. Instead, I am thankful that it happened. It proved that I could provide for my family with this business, showed me who I truly am as a business owner and allowed me to grow within myself.
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?
When I have friends coming into town there are a few places that I love to take them. First, I would schedule a style session with Retail Therapy in Carlsbad, which is an adorable local boutique. They pick out beautiful outfits for you to try on and then take you out around town for a mini photo shoot. We would go to my favorite beach in Encinitas, at Moonlight state park and go surfing. I would take them to my favorite mexican restaurant in Cafe Coyote in Old Town. They have the best tortillas and they make them fresh! Liberty Station is another must see, Monikers has such great coffee and there is this shop Pigment that I love to go to. San Diego is absolutely beautiful, I have only been here 3 years and I feel like I am finding new places all the time.
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 would love to shout out Gin Tasulis, for nominating me to be a part of this series. I would also like to thank my amazing clients, team and sister consultants who have been there for me every step of the way. Most of all, my leader Caroline, for giving me this business opportunity. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am today. I would love to give a shout out to my family and my beautiful friends who have always supported me. To my son, who is the reason I work so hard. Lastly, to my husband for always supporting me, no matter how crazy the adventure may be, I love you.