We had the good fortune of connecting with Mi Renyard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mi, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process when starting my second company was that this time I really wanted to work creative and do something that allowed me to take charge of my own calendar. If I wanna have three weeks off it would only affect me and not anyone else. I’m good with planning and I like to feel free. But I also want to have days where I feel that I have worked hard and that I am doing something good with my work time. So I then can enjoy my days off. So the keywords foe my current company was creativity from the heart, health for me and my clients and time management.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
So I run a business where I teach yoga, and during the pandemic I have also developed classes where we combine hiking with yoga. And I also make jewelry made from crystal beads like malas and bracelets eg.
When finding what you really love to create it’s easier to run your business, at least that specific part of producing or creating something. But being a creative entrepreneur doesn’t always go along with paper work and back office duties and that can be something that for me has been what we say in Sweden, a sourdough, something we procrastinate and just avoid. And that can take a lot of energy, knowing the work needs to get done but I rather just teach the yoga class, interacting with clients and creating new jewelry designs or teaching sales techniques. Getting the right help from an accountant eg is the key for me to feel free and creative and get things done. In the future my goal is to hire an assistant that loves doing what I don’t like doing. 🙂 So a good advice for someone who starts their own business is- surround yourself with smart people who can do what you don’t want to do. When I have those people in my network I can focus my energy on my clients and that’s when magic happens! I am as happiest when I get to go out and show my clients our beautiful Colorado on a hike yoga class where we practice yoga postures next to a tree overlooking the mountains and share a few good stories along the hike. Then I find my peace and can be creative with my jewelry designs and also my family and leisure time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A vacation week in Colorado. Yay! We start at our ranch close to Conifer where we go for a trail ride on our horses and enjoying watching the hummingbirds playing at our deck. We then drive down to Buena vista to visit the ghost town St Elmo and stay a night at the Surf hotel. We enjoy a margarita and some Norwegian street food in Buena vista at the food truck. We continue down to The Great Sanddunes and a must see if you like history is to visit the villages built of off the cliff walls in Mesa Verde. We stay the night in Durango and have breakfast at the French cafe with the best croissants. Now we drive North to see Colorado national monument and have a nice dinner at the wineyards in Palisade. After that we drive to Montrose to see Black Canyon and visit our friends Chanel and Adam who runs Colorado Yogahouse. They also make healthy environmental conscious food and their hospitality wants us to to stay for another week but before we leave we soak for a few hours in the hot springs with our friends. We stay one night in Glenwood and enjoy the town. Our trip is getting close to an end and we finalize some celebration in the French bistro in Vail with champagne and visit Georgetown to see the Swedish heritage there. Our last day is spent at our Moonlight ranch again and we visit Taspens where I have been teaching many many yoga classes. We try some of their organic products like the Love spritzer and where also my MalasByMi jewelry can be purchased.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, I have many people that has been supportive throughout the years. I could write a book about this itself. Lol! But I really from the bottom of my heart want to thank my husband Pär. He helped me see the change I needed to do back in 2015 and helped me organize the selling of my consultant agency and allowed me to fully step in to becoming the best version of myself. No longer tired from long hours and too many obligations regarding my company. I also am very grateful to my parents, my brothers and some very dear friends in NYC and Stockholm who have spent hours on the phone or over a coffee throughout the years listening to my thoughts and dreams and sometimes pushing me in the right direction by asking important, and sometimes challenging questions. You know who you are and I love you. Also, a dear friend Teddie Rachlin. She really knows how to make me think in new directions. She has studied psychology and hypnotherapy and runs a popular podcast called “Higher state of being”. She merge all her knowledge about us humans and our psychological triggers and has given me a lot of insights.
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