We had the good fortune of connecting with Shana Lemon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shana, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I have owned my business now for 9 years and the work/life balance has definitely changed over the years. I was single when I opened so there was no reason that I could think of to not focus on my business every minute of every day. I was up for that kind of commitment when I first opened because I knew that was what it was going to take to build a successful, trustworthy business. After a couple years I got married and that changed and then I had a baby and it changed again. I am happy to say that putting all that time in when I first started gave me the opportunity to choose what kind of work/life balance I wanted for myself. I have built something that will run just fine when I am not there. I have been able to let go of some control and spend the amount of time with my family that I wanted to. I love having the ability to work less and stay home with my babies. The gift of time not working is priceless to me. I could make more money if I worked more, but for now I am comfortable with the balance that I have and the continued passion for what I do. Balance is very important in my line of work because it is so taxing on your body. I allow myself to listen to my body and not over do it. Stress is a very dangerous feeling and because I have balance in my life I have control over it. Balance gives me an overall healthier life.
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?
I have a massage studio. From the beginning I have kept the concept simple. You tell us how long of a massage you want and then we customize it to your needs. I wanted people to come in and get what they wanted instead of having to pick a treatment that they weren’t even sure they wanted or needed. I really didn’t know anything about starting or running a business. I was a massage therapist that jumped in the deep end with no flotation device. Luckily, I was already in a networking group with some amazing resources that I immediately tapped into. I went ahead and let people that knew what they were doing tell me what to do. If you know what you are good at and not good at it makes it easy to listen to other professionals. I learned some lessons the hard way which was trial and error. I was up for giving anything a try, but if I didn’t feel it was working for my business I moved on. I want people to know that myself and my therapists are here to make you feel better. My number one focus is making sure clients have an experience that makes them feel better. We won’t heal you in one session or even 5 but we will make you feel better. Life is too short to not feel better.
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My Husband, Scott He has always supported me and encouraged me from day 1. He is always there whenever I need help with laundry, a plumbing issue, supplies, you name it. He is also the best dad to our littles! He has no problem watching them when I work late or extra on the weekends. I am truly so thankful for his partnership.
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