We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophie Smelkinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
When I decided to do yoga teacher training in 2017, I didn’t know I’d end up making a career out of it. I thought I’d teach some classes for fun because I loved yoga. But as I began teaching on the side while having a full-time corporate job, I slowly started to feel depleted. Pursuing a career in yoga and wellness was a no-brainer because I’ve always been a lover of movement and public speaking. Figuring out how to make this a full-time job wasn’t easy, but I knew deep down that it’s what I had to do.
Curiosity has always been the driving factor in what I do. My yearning to learn about the human body has allowed me to develop a full-time career in this field. I love to read books and listen to podcasts. I have spent many weekends taking workshops and getting certifications. Sometimes this requires sacrifice and missing out on social events, but it’s all worth it in the end. When you do what you love, there is no question of whether or not you should do something. You just do it. I will say, quarantine helped me get laser-focused on my goals. I spent most of my time listening to podcasts, researching, and learning. You should never stop learning if you want to have a successful business.
What should our readers know about your business?
I help busy entrepreneurs transform their bodies and minds without sacrificing a lot of time. I do this through my free Facebook group, Balanced Bodies: Fitness and Yoga for Busy Entrepreneurs. There is a lot of good content in that group and I go live weekly on different topics, often with other experts in the wellness field. I also work with people one-on-one in their homes and through Zoom. I am a certified assisted stretching professional and personal trainer, so when I work with clients, we do whatever they need most that day. My main focus right now, however, is building online courses to best serve those who need it. I love the online space because there’s no limit to how many people I can help. Additionally, people love training via Zoom because they have the freedom to be themselves. It’s more comfortable for them. It also saves them a ton of time because they don’t have to travel anywhere. The next online course I’m offering is called Strong and Supple: 8 Weeks to Body Transformation for Busy Entrepreneurs. Readers can reach out to me via my contact information below if they want to know more.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Admittedly, I spend more of my time in the mountains than I do exploring the city. In terms of restaurants, City-O-City and Watercourse Foods are musts. I usually take my friends on my favorite trails when they visit. St. Mary’s Glacier, Lost Lake in Nederland, and Three Sisters are some nice ones.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Emily Sussel, creator of the Abundant Yogi Collective has been a fantastic coach and mentor through my journey of being an entrepreneur in the yoga world. Believe it or not, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki pushed me to start my own business. That book taught me that I need to do whatever it takes to be my own boss and it’s up to me to make it happen.