Busy Bee Meets Boss Babes Part 16. Christina Ennabe

I made a lot of mistakes in trying to be ‘healthy’ and put too much emphasis on my outward appearance. I did more harm than good by following poor advice. I knew that if I was going to help others along their health journeys, that it wouldn’t be through fad diets and over exercising. I wanted people to realize that health looks different on everyone and there is no one size fits all approach. I also wanted people, women especially, to understand that thinness doesn’t necessarily equate health, and that there’s more to them than a number on the scale.
— Christina Ennabe

Hey busy bees,

I am excited to share another amazing boss babe on the blog today! It's been 2 months since I've last featured a female entrepreneur, and I'm excited to introduce 

Christina Ennabe: Lifestyle & Health Coach!

Christina an I will be meeting at Amber Lilyestrom's Ignite Your Soul Summit in one month! The event is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and I am SO beyond excited to attend this live event. This is an investment in myself, my business, and my future clients.I haven't even attended the conference yet, and it's paying off!

Christina and I connected on social media through the Summit, and we have SO much in common! We are both coaches, business owners, have our Master's and spicy latinas!

We realized we were both  looking to connect with like-minded business women so we started a monthly goals call to chat about all things life and business! We had our first call a few weeks ago and it already lit a fire in me. We ALL need connection and accountability and it's so much better to experience the highs and lows with someone who gets it. 

 I'm honored to share her story with you, in hopes that it will inspire you to take steps towards your big dream today. 

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Let's get started!

Meet Christina:

My name is Christina and I am a Lifestyle & Health Coach. My main purpose is to empower men and women to start taking actionable steps toward making transforming lifestyle changes, which will ultimately help them to feel more fulfillment and purpose.

I live in New Hampshire, among nature, lakes, and mountains. I’ve always been active with sports, and outdoor activities and love to give myself yearly fitness goals and challenges. Four years ago I competed in my first bikini competition, three years ago I started hiking New Hampshire’s 48 4000 foot mountains, two years ago I started Crossfit, one year ago I competed in my first powerlifting meet, and this year I’m running my first tough mudder.

My husband and I have been together almost 8 years, but married for one this May. I’m lucky that he’s been able to be part of most of my fitness challenges, and is always supportive of my goals.
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Tell us about your entrepreneurial journey. What led you to launch a business of your own?

I have my masters in mental health counseling, but realized too late in my schooling that I didn’t actually want to be a therapist. During that time, I worked at an eating disorder clinic and became really passionate about helping people find a balance between exercise, nutrition, and self acceptance. Luckily I found a way to bridge the gap between my background in psychology, and my passion for health and wellness. Thus began my career as a Lifestyle & Health Coach.

For a few years I worked in corporate health coaching and as a personal trainer for gyms. I felt very stunted in what I was able to do with my clients, and what I was able to discuss with them. I knew that I could be doing so much more to help people, but wasn’t sure how. I didn’t even know health coaching was a thing until I found my first job doing it. This was before social media became a platform for growing entrepreneurs. I always believed I’d be working under someone else for the rest of my life. Through a local networking organization I met a woman who specializes in helping solo-preneurs grow their businesses (she later became my first mentor) . She too recognized that I had more to give, and was the one who encouraged me to start my own health coaching business.

This was also around the time of my bikini competition four years ago. That experience really opened my eyes to how skewed society’s views are on what it means to be healthy and fit. I made a lot of mistakes in trying to be “healthy” and put too much emphasis on my outward appearance, and did more harm than good by following poor advice. I knew that if I was going to help others along their health journeys, that it wouldn’t be through fad diets and over exercising. I wanted people to realize that health looks different on everyone and there is no one size fits all approach. I also wanted people, women especially, to understand that thinness doesn’t necessarily equate health, and that there’s more to them than a number on the scale.

My business started out with partnering with local gyms and helping with various challenges and workshops, mainly focusing on helping people improve their nutrition and gym performance. This taught me that in order for people to truly make transforming lifestyle changes, they needed to focus on other areas of their lives beyond nutrition. Stress, work, relationships, family, sleep, habits, mental health ALL play a role in physical wellbeing. I knew that if I wanted my clients to succeed and thrive that we needed to look at the big picture. Now when I work with a client we take a birds eye view and discuss all those different aspects of their life in order to pinpoint what the real issues are, and what it’s going to take to create sustainable results.
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What do you feel is your biggest responsibility as a female business owner? 

One of my biggest responsibilities as a female entrepreneur is to slow down and really take the time to make deep connections with others. When I started the business I was so anxious about always having new clients, and new services, and new programs that I wasn’t taking the time to figure out what people really needed. I was so caught up in the business side of things that I wasn’t prioritizing the service side. And that’s what my business is all about: serving others! I wasn’t able to effectively do that, if I wasn’t slowing down and taking the time to have conversations with people and really listen.
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How do you manage your time as a business owner? 

I’m still working at a full time corporate health coaching job, which makes time management difficult. Luckily the job is flexible and I’m able to find time throughout the day to check emails and respond to clients. However, it’s often sporadic and with no real routine. One thing that helps me stay on track with tasks is creating weekly to do lists. As long as I know what I need to do in a given week, I find the time where I can to check things off the list.
 Christina's Core Business Values

Christina's Core Business Values

What keeps you motivated through the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur?

My job is so rewarding that usually all it takes to keep me motivated is one check in call with a client. It’s so easy to get bogged down with the business side of things and to lose focus on what really matters. Whenever I have a meeting with a client I’m reminded of why I do what I do. Even if something crazy were to happen and I needed to shut down my business, I’d know that I was able to make an impact and help at least one person change their life for the better. That makes all the “downs” worth it.
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What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs, or women reading this? 

The best thing I’ve done as an entrepreneur is invest in myself. Hiring other coaches and asking for help from experts allows me to be a better coach. It’s scary and difficult to be vulnerable and give your time and money to something or someone, but investing in yourself is the best way to acknowledge your worth and value and make a bigger impact on the world.

You can follow Christina at:

www.christinaennabe.com

@christinaennabe on IG

www.facebook.com/christinaennabecoaching

xo,

Danise

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