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Meet Robin Andes owner at Fit Interiors by Robin

My name is Robin Andes, owner at Fit Interiors by Robin.

Tell us how you are involved in NAWBO.

So far, I have not been able to attend the monthly meetings as I teach Fitness classes every day during the noon hour.  I have recently been placed in a Round Table and am looking forward to this being a rewarding opportunity.

Tell us about your business.

Fit Interiors by Robin is a Residential/Commercial Decorating/Home Staging Business that I run independently.  

What inspired you to get into your business?

I was a stay at home mom while my children were young but, have always taught Fitness classes and Personal Trained part-time.  After my children grew up and went out on their own I decided to pursue another dream of mine, Interior Decorating. I took the educational courses needed to obtain my Certifications in Interior Decorating and Staging and started my own business.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Always go for “IT” no matter how unsure or scary it may be!
  2. Always seek advice and constructive criticism from those who have been there!
  3. Believe in yourself no matter what others may say or think of you. Don’t listen to; you are too old, too young, too fat, too skinny, too quiet, too loud or too anything else, just be your authentic self!

What does your future look like?

Although I love my Interior Décor business, I am still very passionate about teaching fitness, so I hope to develop a plan to expand my endeavors through fitness to more of an outreach rather than only being contracted to teach at various facilities.  By doing so, I’m hoping to somehow incorporate both of my passions, fitness & Interior Décor, into one business.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I love spending time with my husband going to concerts with friends, traveling and anything that involves spending time with our grown sons!  I love working out, especially on the water; kayaking & Stand Up Paddle Boarding being two of my favorites! I’m also very passionate about wine education and can see my husband and I becoming involved in the winemaking process or ownership of some sort in our retirement.

What is your company website?
Fitinteriorsbyrobin.com

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior or habit has most improved your life?

So, this a very interesting question as I have just very recently made a significant lifestyle change!  I am not a morning person, I have always stated that I am a night owl! I’ve always admired people who could get up at the crack of dawn to start their day and wished I could turn my internal clock around!  Well, I was recently led to the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and it’s changed my life!  I am now up at 5:00 a.m. getting stuff done that I always said I didn’t have time for and I’m loving it!!! I’m living my life with more purpose now and it’s amazing! Miracles do happen!!  

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or recent memory)?

The book The Miracle Morning $11.49

What is the book (or books) you've given most as a gift, and why? Or what are books that have greatly influenced your life?

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Everyone I know may be getting The Miracle Morning for Christmas this year!

 

Meet Stacie Boord, Executive Director of Shadowbox Live

My name is Stacie Boord, Executive Director of Shadowbox Live.

Tell us how you are involved in NAWBO.

My first experience was emceeing and being the “entertainment” for an annual meeting a few years ago. I had no idea what to expect but by the end of the program, I was truly inspired. I became a member shortly thereafter and have since had the pleasure of hosting a few NAWBO networking events.

Tell us about your business.

Shadowbox Live, the nation’s largest resident ensemble theater company, presents over 400 performances of 19 original productions in its 300-seat theater. With an annual budget of 3.4 million dollars, our artistic works encompass original sketch comedy/rock 'n' roll shows, meta-media productions, rockumentaries and dance theater - all self-branded with a "rock aesthetic." Additionally, the creators and performers of the shows are the same artists that greet you when you arrive and serve you off our full bar and menu.

What inspired you to get into your business?

The opportunity to delve into theatre and rock ‘n’ roll fell into my lap as I was aggressively pursuing my opera degree as a sophomore in college. Thirty years and many job titles later, I still perform regularly and serve as the Executive Director of this dynamic organization. We aggressively develop new art forms and strive to make them accessible, challenging, and inspiring to our audiences. I’m truly inspired every day by the work we create, students we teach, partnerships we develop, and the amazing talent exhibited every day by my colleagues.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  • Be courageous
  • Share joy.
  • Express gratitude
  • Be authentic.
  • Show kindness.
  • Be truthful.

I know. That’s six. I’m a rebel.

What does your future look like?

Rockin’.

What do you do in your free time?

I certainly LOVE exploring my skills in the culinary arts. I have a very well developed appreciation of red wine. I love working out. But spending time with my family is at top of the list. Especially when it involves travel and new experiences!

What is your company website?
Shadowboxlive.org

 

Meet Alison Forche of Forche Law

My name is Alison Forche. I serve on two committees - programming and communications.

Tell us about your business.

I am a family law attorney trained in mediation, parent coordination, co-parent coaching, as a guardian ad litem, and as an early neutral evaluator. I focus my practice specifically on family (custody) and eldercare mediation and conflict resolution.

What inspired you to get into your business?

I began practice as a family law attorney and loved helping clients transition through this major life change. I stopped practicing to care for my premature child and help run my husband's business. I decided to start my business and focus on family mediation and conflict resolution because I believe the family should have the opportunity to work together to transition through these life changes and should define the best path for their future rather than a court.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Be curious, be open-minded and be present every day.
  2. Define your priorities and make sure your decisions serve/honor your priorities.
  3. Get involved - the most authentic opportunities to make great friends, to learn valuable tools and advice from amazing people and to enrich your life both professionally and personally is to be actively engaged.

What does your future look like?

My future is continuing to grow my business and learn how best to help those I serve, to savor my son's final year of high school and guide him as he makes important choices for his next stage of life and to help my husband grow his business.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy reading, exercising outdoors, practicing yoga and meditating.

What is your company website?

I have not created one at this time - my email is forchelaw at gmail.com.