Meet vanessa bourne, founder of boxhaus and ekam yoga & pilates

WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING?

FOR EIGHT YEARS, VANESSA HAD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS, BUT DESPITE HER SUCCESS, SHE FELT LIKE SOMETHING WAS MISSING. BY ASKING HERSELF WHAT SHE LOVED DOING, VANESSA FOUND HER PASSION.

VANESSA BOURNE HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF OFFERING HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES IN THE FORM OF FUN AND ENERGETIC CONNECTIONS FOR OVER 15 YEARS IN THE ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY, WHERE SHE LIVES WITH HER 6-YEAR-OLD SON, KINGSTON. EARLY ROOTED IN YOGA AND PILATES SHE OPENED HER FIRST LAGREE METHOD STUDIO USING THE MEGAFORMER, CALLED PILATES PLUS OC IN 2008 WHICH QUICKLY GREW TO 3 SUCCESSFUL LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT ORANGE COUNTY. SHE OPERATED THOSE LOCATIONS FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS AND THEN SOLD THEM TO START HER 2 NEW FITNESS CONCEPTS, BOXHAUS AND EKAM YOGA & PILATES.

IN THIS EPISODE, VANESSA NARRATES HER JOURNEY OF SUCCESS FROM FINDING WHAT SHE LOVED TO DO MOST. SHE ALSO SHARES HER STORY OF HOW BEING A GOOD LEADER AND BOSS CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF HER BRANDS. AND HOW HER DIVORCE IMPACTED HER IN A GOOD WAY.

DON’T LOOK AT THEM AS FAILURES, LOOK AT THEM AS EXPERIENCES. AND AS LONG AS YOU LEARN FROM ANY EXPERIENCE, WHETHER IT’S SAD, HAPPY, OR HEARTBREAKING IF YOU’RE LEARNING SOMETHING FROM IT AND GROWING YOURSELF, THAT JUST BRINGS YOU UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL

in this episode:

[04:05] VANESSA WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LA BY IMMIGRANT PARENTS. AS A YOUNG ADULT, SHE WAS INTO REAL ESTATE FOR ABOUT 8 YEARS BEFORE SHE DECIDED TO CHANGE HER CAREER. ASKING HERSELF WHAT SHE LOVES DOING, SHE SOON REALIZED THAT FITNESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE PART OF HER LIFE AND THAT LED HER TO HER FIRST LOVE ASHTANGA YOGA.

[06:58] IN 2009, SHE WENT AHEAD AND OPENED A PILATES STUDIO BUT SHE ALSO PUT TOGETHER A BUSINESS PLAN TO PUT UP A YOGA STUDIO THAT HAD PILATES AND SPIN. A THREE-IN-ONE CONCEPT THAT NEEDED MORE FUNDING AND START-UP CAPITAL.

[07:33] SHE ENDED UP CHOOSING THE EASIEST THAN HAVING ALL THREE CONCEPTS. VANESSA CHOSE PILATES AND VEERED INTO THE LAGREE METHOD.

[08:06] IN 2018, AFTER ALMOST 10 YEARS SHE DECIDED TO SELL HER PILATES STUDIO PLATES PLUS AND DECIDED TO OPEN BOXHAUS, A BOXING CONCEPT THAT DIDN’T EXIST YET. SHE ALSO OPENED EKAM YOGA AND PILATES.

[11:26] HER EXPERIENCE IN REAL ESTATE HELPED HER IN NEGOTIATING LEASES FOR HER STUDIOS.

[16:06] VANESSA DARED TO JUMP FROM REAL ESTATE TO FITNESS, TWO DIFFERENT CAREERS, AND THAT DRIVE OF WORKING HARD SHE LEARNED FROM HER MOM.

[19:05] VANESSA WAS NOT A SPORTY PERSON WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER BUT SHE WAS ALWAYS GOOD IN ACADEMICS.

[19:57] AT A YOUNG AGE, SHE WAS ALSO DOING COMMERCIALS AND MODELING. AND SHE LEARNED TO EARN HER OWN MONEY AT THAT AGE.

[22:35] TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION, KNOW THE RIGHT TIMING, AND BE PATIENT.

[23:28] VANESSA IS CLOSE TO HER SISTER CARRA. THEY LOOK DIFFERENT BUT HAVE SIMILAR MANNERISMS.

[30:30] AT 16, VANESSA MOVED OUT OF THEIR HOUSE NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF HER CONTROLLING MOM BUT BECAUSE SHE HAS A STRONG DESIRE TO BE INDEPENDENT.

[30:30] AT 19, VANESSA MOVED TO MIAMI WITH HER BOYFRIEND TO DO REAL ESTATE. THEY WERE BUYING HOUSES TOGETHER AND FLIPPING THEM.

[35:03] SHE ENJOYED THE SALES PART OF THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS BUT SHE FELT SOMETHING WAS MISSING AND THE BEST PART OF HER DAY WAS WHEN SHE WAS DOING YOGA AT HOME.

[37:31] HER ENTHUSIASM WHEN DOING SALES WAS EVIDENT SINCE HER REAL ESTATE DAYS AND BELIEVING IN THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE SHE’S SELLING MAKES SUCCESS EASIER FOR HER.

[41:36] BUILDING THE RIGHT TEAM, BEING PRESENT FOR HER STAFF, AND UNDERSTANDING THE NEEDS OF THE CLIENTS FORMS A LASTING RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR CONSUMER.

[45:18] BY ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS HER TEAM IDENTIFIES THE NEEDS OF THE CONSUMERS.

[49:16] IN CHOOSING HER TEAM, VANESSA TRIES TO WEED OUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT STAYING THERE FOR THE LONG TERM BECAUSE CONSUMERS LIKE SEEING THE SAME PEOPLE AND THE SAME FACES BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THEY SEE A SENSE OF COMFORT AND FAMILIARITY.

[54:38] AS A MOM, IT HELPS TO HAVE A 50/50 SPLIT OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOOKING AFTER THEIR KIDS WITH HER EX-HUSBAND.

[55:52] 2017 WAS CHALLENGING FOR VANESSA, IT WAS WHEN SHE WAS DECIDING TO DIVORCE HER THEN-HUSBAND AND PLANNING HER BUSINESSES.

[57:23] IN 2020, THINGS GOT BETTER, DESPITE THE PANDEMIC, HER EX-HUSBAND AND SHE WERE BETTER FRIENDS AND IT WAS EASY TO CO-PARENT.

[01:05:19] DON’T LOOK AT THEM AS FAILURES, LOOK AT THEM AS EXPERIENCES. AND AS LONG AS YOU LEARN FROM ANY EXPERIENCE, WHETHER IT’S SAD, HAPPY, OR HEARTBREAKING IF YOU’RE LEARNING SOMETHING FROM IT AND GROWING YOURSELF, THAT JUST BRINGS YOU UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

[01:06:17] FAST 5 QUESTIONS.

[01:14:06] VANESSA SAW HER BOSSINESS IN THE PAST AS A BAD TRAIT BUT IF YOU DELIVER IT WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE, GRACE, AND COMPASSION IT COULD BE A GREAT THING.

about Vanessa Bourne

VANESSA BOURNE HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF OFFERING HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES IN THE FORM OF FUN AND ENERGETIC CONNECTIONS FOR OVER 15 YEARS IN THE ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY, WHERE SHE LIVES WITH HER 6-YEAR-OLD SON, KINGSTON. EARLY ROOTED IN YOGA AND PILATES SHE OPENED HER FIRST LAGREE METHOD STUDIO USING THE MEGAFORMER, CALLED PILATES PLUS OC IN 2008 WHICH QUICKLY GREW TO 3 SUCCESSFUL LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT ORANGE COUNTY. SHE OPERATED THOSE LOCATIONS FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS AND THEN SOLD THEM TO START HER 2 NEW FITNESS CONCEPTS, BOXHAUS AND EKAM YOGA & PILATES.

BOXHAUS IS A STATE-OF-THE-ART MODERN BOXING-INSPIRED FITNESS STUDIO, PROVIDING GROUP AND PRIVATE TRAINING LOCATED IN NEWPORT BEACH. ITS SESSIONS BOOST EMPOWERMENT AND SELF-CONFIDENCE IN A JUDGE-FREE ENVIRONMENT. SIMPLY STATED IT’S BOXING MADE FOR EVERYONE AND ANYONE, IT’S SAFE, WELCOMING, AND MOTIVATING. THIS STUDIO IS DECKED OUT WITH THE MOST MODERN AMENITIES AND THE COOLEST BOXING GEAR, ACCESSORIES, AND APPAREL. THE COMPANY IS NOW BUILDING A FRANCHISE PLATFORM TO EXPAND THE BOXHAUS BRAND, EXPECTED TO LAUNCH IN SUMMER 2022.

EKAM YOGA & PILATES IS A COMPASSIONATE & CARING WELLNESS COMMUNITY CREATED AROUND FORMING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. OFFERING GROUP OR PRIVATE – YOGA OR PILATES SESSIONS AND A VARIETY OF WELLNESS WORKSHOPS. YOU CAN ALSO ENJOY THE PLEASURES OF A SELF-SERVING ALKALINE WATER STATION, ORGANIC TEA BAR, KOMBUCHA BAR, SHOWERS/LOCKERS, AND AN AMAZING RETAIL STORE WITH THE BEST FINDS.

BOTH BOXHAUS & EKAM NOW OFFER ON-DEMAND OPTIONS THAT VANESSA EXPECTS WILL CREATE A LARGE WINDOW OF GROWTH AS THE BRANDS EXPAND!

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