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Local Business Spotlight | Carrie Kelly

NAME
Carrie Kelly

COMPANY
Mindful Solutions, Counseling & Consulting, LLC

POSITION
Owner, Mindfulness Trainer, Clinical Therapist and Clinical Substance Abuse Therapist

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
IDEAL Counseling Client ~ Someone who is READY and motivated to be more awake in their lives! Those who are seeking greater understanding and mastery in their lives.

IDEAL Mindfulness Client ~ A progressive company or organization that is looking for fresh and interesting ways to support its workforce by adding mindfulness to its existing wellness program. Programming can be specific to leadership, admin, labor,.. anyone can benefit from being more intentional and strengthening relational attunement. 

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
My own wakeup call was the convergence of several life events,  allowing me to realize that I was the source for much of my suffering. Realizing my reactivity and judgments were keeping me from  what was REALLY important. 

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Mindful Meditation is for hippie-dippie types and requires one to denounce their values, stop their thinking and they will achieve enlightenment if they just breathe. Not exactly, research shows that by incorporating mindfulness based practices into one’s personal and professional life, they can: improve memory, decrease reactivity, and experience more compassion and gratitude (to name a few :-). All good stuff! 

What therapy IS NOT~Just chatting, to a stone faced, blank starring robot-like individual who just wants to "talk about your feelings." Therapy is truly about enhancing tools and resources that an individual already has to enhance resilience, improve emotional stability and experience greater contentment. 

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
That having an objective, honest and clinically trained individual (a therapist) in your corner is not the same as talking to your mother, friends or your hair dresser about your problems. Moving through difficult times with the support of a trained professional can be the difference between lasting suffering or greater contentment.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Despite the occupational hazards of being human, I am fortunate enough to witness the power of human resilience everyday.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Invite feedback and advice from mentors who are honest about their successes as well as their failures.

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
Wherever You Go, There You Are ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Mindful Meditation ~ Many companies talk about mindfulness, but don't know WHAT and HOW to implement something that will work for them. I am always happy to discuss how mindfulness can be adapted for their needs and ultimately enhance the workplace.

Counseling ~ Free 15-minute phone consultations available to discuss questions prior to scheduling an appointment. This is a great way to determine fit and ease any anxiety that may exist prior to that 1st appointment. 

CONTACT CARRIE HERE:

WEBSITE:  

https://mindfulsolutionswi.com
PHONE:
262.806.6722
EMAIL:
mindfulsolutionswi@gmail.com
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Local Business Spotlight | Allison Schweitzer

NAME
Allison Schweitzer

COMPANY
Studio AMS

POSITION
Musician & Teacher

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WHO IS YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?
Families with Children in 1st - 12th Grades

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?
I am a musician who has been playing piano and French horn on a freelance basis since I graduated from college in 2005. One of my first long-term gigs was as a contemporary church music director, playing keyboard at a church for a number of years. Families at the church enjoyed my music, and started asking whether I would consider teaching their children how to play piano. Although that wasn't my original intent, I've fallen in love with private teaching - on piano and horn. I also continue to play those instruments regularly. 

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE think THEY KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Sometimes people think that as a private instructor of piano & horn, I'm "just a piano teacher." Or, "just a horn teacher." I personally put a ton of effort into my own performance opportunities, volunteering in the community (I've done a lot with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), going to workshops, working with professional organizations, etc. I work hard so that I can be an extremely savvy and connected teacher for my students. 

NAME ONE THING THAT YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
Teaching private music lessons is a big commitment - I save my evenings and weekends for students. I love it - but it does mean I have to miss a lot of other opportunities for networking, going out with friends, occasionally family functions. Be kind to your child's music teacher - they give up a lot to do what they do :-)

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Every student is so different; that forces me to think really creatively on how to teach to his or her individual potential.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Be sure to communicate your expectations to families up front - they don't always know what you need from them, unless you tell them!

WHAT IS THE ONE BOOK THAT YOU THINK I SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW?
David Cutler's The Savvy Musician. Although it's geared toward music business, there are many creative fields that could benefit from the read!

CONTACT ALLISON HERE:

WEBSITE:  

www.allisonschweitzer.com
EMAIL:
allison.m.schweitzer@gmail.com


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Local Business Spotlight | Wendy Frausto

NAME
Wendy Frausto

POSITION
Ambassador, SMB Relations

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Who is your ideal client?
Small to medium-sized businesses looking to streamline business processes.

How did you get started in your field of work?
I've always enjoyed getting to know people. Networking is the perfect fit.

What is something people THINK they know about your job? 
People think doing my job comes naturally to me, but it has taken me years to refine people skills.

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
Any success that I've experienced I owe to others who have first gone before me. I am a life-long learner.

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW?
Personality Plus by Florence Littauer


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Local Business Spotlight | Ali Gully

NAME
Ali Gully

BUSINESS
Ascent Astrology

POSITION
Chief Stargazer and Personal Life Navigator

Who is your ideal client?
Someone who is at a crossroads in their life and wants to do something different for a better outcome.

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How did you get started in your field of work?
I opened my first astrology book when I was 11.  After 20 years of being a therapist and 30+ years of astrology studies, I figured out a way to sync my two talents.  I adore helping people get to new flashes of insight about their lives.  I can impact an individual more in one astrology session than in 3 months of therapy.  

What is something people THINK they know about your job?
It’s not just the sun sign!  It’s so much more than the horoscope in the newspaper.  There are 10 planets and their angles and their positions in time and space that influence everything.  I take the chart of the sky the moment you took your first breath and decode the narrative of your natal talents and life path.

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
Astrology is not fortune telling and it’s not fate.  It’s the ongoing planetary cycles interacting with your personal chart.  I give you information so you can make better life decisions.  Having a personal astrologer is an ongoing relationship.  I get consulted for relationship topics, parenting strategies, fertility, weddings, career decisions, and even year ahead forecasts.  

What do you love most about your job?
My clients

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
Read a ton and find a mentor already in the field. Get a professional reading to see if they are a good fit for you.

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW?
"The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology" by April Elliot Kent. Its a wonderful introduction book and her writing has a lot of humor.

CONTACT ALI HERE:
WEBSITE
www.ascentastrology.com
EMAIL ali@ascentastrology.com


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Local Business Spotlight | Sara Nowacki

NAME
Sara Nowacki

COMPANY
Platinum Travel

POSITION
Owner/Travel Consultant

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Who is your ideal client?
Someone who wants an amazing and unique experience when they travel

How did you get started in your field of work?
Travel has always been my passion.  When I had the opportunity to share my passion with others, I jumped at the chance.

What is something people THINK they know about your job? 
People think I travel for free, but that is not the case.  I pay for my travel just like everyone else.

Name one thing you WISH people knew about your job?
I work 24/7 even on "vacation".  If a client is traveling, I am monitoring their flights, making sure they get where they are supposed to be.  If there is an issue (even at 2:00 am) I will take care of that.

What do you love most about your job?
Making people happy

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
Do your research and keep researching.

What is the ONE book that you think I should read RIGHT NOW?
Oh, the Places You'll Go  By Dr. Seuss

CONTACT SARAH HERE:
Company Website
www.PlatinumTravelWI.com

Business Phone
414.377.8611

Email
sara@platinumtravelwi.com

Social Media
www.facebook.com/PlatinumTravelWI/


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