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Have you heard of Rachel Hollis? Before BOLD, our MINDBODY Conference this year, I had never heard of Rachel Hollis before. After experiencing her presence at BOLD, she truly rocked my world and made a lasting impression on me that I will never forget.
Rachel Hollis is the New York Times best-selling author of Girl Wash Your Face, co-host of the podcast RISE, a successful brand developer, and motivational speaker. She’s been called the "Tony Robbins of Motivational Speaking for Women," but her message truly transcends across gender.
Here are the four lessons I learned from Rachel Hollis that rocked my world:
"You are going to be as successful as you believe you are going to be."
At some point in your life, you were told to believe in yourself. What you may not have been told is that your thoughts and beliefs tend to become your reality. Rachel stressed the importance of believing in your own future success, regardless of your current status. She cited her humble beginnings growing up poor in California's Central Valley on her home street Weedpatch Hwy. Despite her start in life, she always believed that she would be a major success someday. Don't allow limiting beliefs to get in your way, and you will be successful someday.
Rachel cannot stand the concept of "fake it until you make it." She argues that this mentality and attitude portrays arrogance and is at the root of the "imposter syndrome." By faking it, you are pretending to be something you are not, and shutting yourself off to the real learning and development that you need for growth.
Rachel works extremely hard, and cautions her listeners, "you might be working really hard, but you might not be working on the right thing." First and foremost, you should be working on yourself to develop the skills that you need to be successful in your pursuits. She stated that virtually all of the knowledge you need is available online, for free, through Google, YouTube, or Podcasts, and you need to seek it out and synthesize it.
"No one cares about what you create until you prove that it has value."
Rachel learned this the hard way from the books she’s written. No one cared about the first five books that she wrote, but number six became the #1 New York Times Bestseller, skyrocketing her to superstardom. She cited testimonials and reviews on social sharing networks that contributed to the book's success, as well as her podcast.
A final message from Rachel: "Consistency creates community." Whatever you are working towards, be sure to work on it consistently to build your community and feed your following. Rachel practices what she preaches, which is evident in her brand following on social media, where she posts three to four times a day to connect with millions of followers. For more on Rachel Hollis, follow her on social media and be sure to check her podcast RISE, where she posts a new episode each week.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!