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Navigating Your Health While Starting a Health Coaching Business with Kendra Perry

Navigating Your Health While Starting a Health Coaching Business with Kendra Perry
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On this episode, our guest is Kendra Perry, a former multiple 6-figure Functional Health Coach turned online business strategist for wellness coaches and health practitioners, speaks with Nikita about her journey into health coaching. Kendra shares her struggles with health issues and how they led her online coaching business in 2014. She discusses her identity crisis after a reconstructive ACL surgery and how it pivoted her. She also talks about how her health issues after the surgery, including chronic insomnia and severe fatigue, influenced her decision to become a health coach. Kendra shares her passion for helping health coaches build their online businesses and shares her insights on how to build a successful health coaching business without sacrificing your health.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • If starting a health coaching business is for you and how to overcome some of the imposter syndromes that may be holding you back from taking the leap.
  • How to decide on a niche for your health coaching business the right way.
  • When and who to ask for help in growing your health coaching business?

If you're interested in learning more about how to start an online business or how to become a health coach, this episode is a must-listen!

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I am so excited to have Kendra on the show. We have connected over a summit a while ago that she threw for wealthy, healthy coaches. And I am excited to have her on the show because she has an experience about growing a business while living with chronic illness or chronic conditions. So please introduce yourself, Kendra, and tell us a little bit about where you are, what you do, and all of that jazz.

Kendra Perry 00:00:24

Well, thank you much for having me, Nikita. It's been fun to hang out with you for number three time in, like, a month and a half. Very cool. Very cool. We didn't even know each other, like, a few months ago, and now we're just hanging out all the time.

Nikita 00:00:36

Yeah, it feels like that, right?

Kendra Perry 00:00:38

Yeah. So I'm Kendra. I'm from Canada. I'm from a really small little mountain town in just southern British Columbia and western Canada, super into everything outdoors and a little bit of adrenaline sports like biking and skiing and spending all my time outdoors. And I started my business in 2014. I started as a health coach. And the reason I got into health coaching is because I was having all kinds of issues at the time. And the issue started in my early twenty s. I got Acne when I was in university and from taking a birth control pill that turns out was recalled, and it was super toxic and all of that. And so I ended up with this Acne issue that I didn't want to take more birth control, I didn't want to take antibiotics, I didn't want to take Accutane. So that's what really kind of pushed me into learning a little bit more about alternative health and wellness. And so I kind of dealt with that. And then as I came into my later twenty s, I was doing some health coaching certifications, and I actually ended up having a reconstructive ACL surgery on my knee me. Because at the time, I was actually trying to be a professional skier. That was like, my jam. I was like, I want to be a skier. I'd been approached from this photographer at the ski hill. He was like, you're a great skier. Do you want to be in Photos and movies? I was like, yeah. Yes, I do. And I've been a skier my whole life and always kind of was involved in the industry, whether competing or other things. So I was like, okay, this is great. I'll travel the world, live this glamorous lifestyle, get paid to ski. Like, what a dream, right? And so training that winter, I just was going pretty hard. Ended up jumping off this little cliff and just not landing properly and just blowing out the knee. It was hard because my whole identity was tied up into being a skier because I'd been a skier my whole life. And so I had this identity crisis. And then at the time I was working in forestry. So I would plant trees. I would fight fires. I designed logging cut blocks for big clear cut logging operations. So a very physical job. So when I had the surgery, I was like, okay, I can't ski and I can't work, so what am I going to do? So that was pretty rough. And then what I ultimately kind of decided through that was, well, to start this online business. And the surgery was really the big trigger for me. With what the health issues that I experienced after. I know I had lots of stuff going on in my body. I was dealing with the Acne. I was a heavy partier. I did a lot of drugs. I was a good time girl, just girl, dancing on the bar, like, bringing all the drinks, doing shots, like having a great time. But obviously that's so hard on your body. And then I had a lot of I didn't love myself. I was just really hard on myself and a lot of self hatred. So I think all that was really weighing on my body. And then the surgery really just triggered something, whatever it was, because after the surgery, I just didn't feel the same again. I just really severe fatigue. I went through chronic insomnia for two years where I was sleeping maybe like two to 3 hours a night. So pretty crazy. Pretty crazy. I definitely feel for women who have babies.

Nikita 00:03:50


Kendra Perry 00:03:51

I can imagine that that's what it's like. Yeah, that's crazy.

Nikita 00:03:56


Kendra Perry 00:03:59

And so through that, I decided to pursue health coaching because I was like, I need a job, but also I need to figure out how to heal myself. So I thought it was kind of like, hit two birds with 1 st, and then I did that until 2019 and then transitioned to business coaching and helping health coaches build their online business.

Nikita 00:04:17

Yeah, all of that story, I feel you, especially about the knee surgery. I've had a knee reconstruction myself. That knee is no joke. I've heard moms say that if they've had knee surgery, it's worse than being giving birth. I'm like, okay, so I feel you on that. What made you think that your healing could happen through health coaching? Obviously, a lot of health coaches get into health coaching for different reasons. Some, they are just so passionate about health coaching for themselves. They've always lived like a natural life, and they stayed away from the things that most of us probably should stay away from. But what beyond the pain said, okay, not just the business and the money, but was there something else that was a little bit deeper connection for you for starting in the health coaching world?

Kendra Perry 00:05:13

Yeah. So at the point where I really lost my health, I was taking really good care of myself. Like, I'd given up drinking. I was eating Paleo, I was eating organic. I was going to bed at 830. I was doing all these things and I wasn't working. So I had a lot of time to commit to all of these things. And I was so sick, and it didn't make sense to me. I was like, Man, I've been prioritizing my health for years. And I've stopped drinking a couple of years ago. I was like, Why am I going through this now? And so what really resonated me with me was functional health coaching. And it was actually a podcast that I was listening to. And there's a program called Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. Great program. And the owner of it was he was being interviewed, and they're talking about lab testing, how you could run these labs and find out what's actually going on in your body. And at that point, I was like, well, that's what I need because I'm doing all the things. I've read all the books, and I'm following the diets and I'm drinking the broth and I'm taking the Probiotics. I was doing all the things. So I really felt like I needed more insight as to what was going on with me. And so that's why it really appealed to me. And initially I actually contacted a practitioner. I'm like, oh, I'm going to work with a practitioner. But then after kind of she quoted me a price, I was like, well, that's what she's charging. And the program at the time, it wasn't that much different, right? I was like, well, why don't I just take the program? I was already doing a diploma in Holistic nutrition, so I was like, well, why don't I just take the program and learn how to do it myself? So that's really what appealed to me with it, was just getting more information. And I'm very analytical. I love numbers. So I was like, Show me the data.

Nikita 00:06:57

I feel you. I find that interesting because I really enjoyed learning about functional medicine. It's something I didn't know anything about for the longest until I actually became an entrepreneur and started being in other spaces with other people that were like functional medicine. I was like, what is this thing that you guys are talking about? Yeah, recently I just started working with one, and it has made all the difference. It's just an interesting experience to see. Aren't doctors taking the same test to an extent. They're just not looking deep enough and not looking at the whole picture, really, and the whole person. And so I appreciate you sharing that part of the story, because I think for most of the women in my show, they're dealing with other challenges, with their health, or just feeling like they've done all like you've just said, I was doing all of the right things, but I was still not getting the results that I wanted to see. So how did you transition from working in a holistic coach place to now serving Holistic coaches from a standpoint of business? Did you build that business and then transition into this? What made this come about?

Kendra Perry 00:08:09

Yeah, so it was actually a very natural transition because I did that certification through Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. And then at the time, because forestry is a seasonal job in Canada, right? Because we have winter and we have crazy mountains and you can't just drive up a snow up a mountain, right. So seasonal and that's what really appealed to me about it, was that I'd work really hard from like, April to October and take the winter off so I could ski. So at the time, because once you get laid off, you get put on unemployment insurance, right? So you go on like this government assisted EI. You get to ski or whatever. It's great. But I was making like, I think it was like $1,800 a month on my EI, and I was like, okay, so how am I going to start this business? Because once you start the business and start making your own income, you can't collect the EI, right?

Nikita 00:08:54

Got you.

Kendra Perry 00:08:54

So I was like, how do I replace that? Because one, $800 seemed like a huge amount of money to me at the time. How do I just make $1,800 a month? And so I ended up applying for a position with Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, and I actually got hired on as a part time course mentor. And then I eventually went on to develop and create their postgraduate, like, membership program. So I worked for them for three years, and during that time, I was supporting other coaches and practitioners the whole time. And when I went on to the postgraduate program, there was business trainings involved in that because people needed business help. And I ended up running a lot of the trainings just because I was learning how to do this all myself. I was really trying to figure it out on my own. So I was sharing a lot of what I was learning and what I had found with those practitioners. And then when I stopped working for them, I did about three years with them. I was like, oh man, I really missed with practitioners. So I was consulting a bit on the side through the whole time. I do a little bit of business consulting here and there, and ultimately, I think because I had a lot of chronic health issues and because I was doing the testing, I attracted a client that was very complex, and I worked with a lot of really complex clients. So it became really overwhelming at some point, probably around like the 2018, about four years in, because this whole time I was dealing with chronic fatigue, chronic insomnia. I just felt like an absolute bag of garbage every single day. Just going for a walk around the block was like, sometimes too much. And so I was, like, obsessing over my own health and I was, like, obsessing over my clients health. And it's like I became a bit of overload it's like, I needed a break. And simultaneously, this was kind of interesting. I was following this one woman, and she had been a health coach and transitioned into business coaching. When she made that transition, all I felt was jealousy. I was, like, angry at her. It was so weird. And I was like, Why am I feeling this? And what I realized is because I actually wanted to be doing that because I really love the business coaching, and I just decided I needed a break. So what I did was I transitioned, and it was a pretty easy transition because I'd already been kind of doing it, and I had a lot of colleagues and just contacts within the health coach world. So it was a bit of an easy transition. And then I hired my own functional medicine coach because I was just like, I want someone to tell me what to do. Up until the point I've been figuring it all out on my own. And as I'm sure you know, when you're really close to a situation, it's really hard to see it. It was very easy for me to see what was going on with other people. I was just like, I just need to step away and get someone else to tell me what to do. So that was kind of why the transition happened, and I think it was a really good choice for me.

Nikita 00:11:36

I mean, there's so many things in that we can just unpack for a minute, for a few minutes, because I think most of us feel, especially when you're in a business or even if you're working for someone and you're dealing with your own healing journey, it is a challenge to juggle it all. And what happens is we don't end up juggling it at all. Like, we start balls flying and they're just all over the place. And so I really appreciate you sharing that, because I think what you just showed just from that part of your story is that you can still have all of the information that you need to make the change. But if you're too close to something, you're not going to ask the questions that you need to be asking yourself because you're too close to it. Like, you're just too close. And I think it's just really powerful. That's why I strongly believe in coaching in any part of your life. Honestly, having someone bounce and see something you don't see helps you get to where you need to go faster. So with your own journey, with the functional medicine, with your coach, did they help you? And then did you have a coach for your business, or was this kind of just a natural thing that you grew?

Kendra Perry 00:12:53

Yeah, so I do have a coach for my business. I really am a strong believer in coaching. I will always have a coach. I'm pretty sure I did right from the beginning. I think I started having a coach when I was still on my health coaching journey. So I think having a coach is really important. And working with the functional medicine doctor, he is very much an expert in chronic fatigue. Shout out to Evan Hirsch. He's amazing. Loved him. Love him. And yeah, he was really able to help me with some of the things that I knew a little bit less about, because what we ended up uncovering is some undiagnosed Lyme disease, probably some Lyme co infections, and then just a lot of heavy metal toxicity and that sort of thing.

Nikita 00:13:33

Yeah, I think it's so important that we normalize having other people support us in our healing journey, I think. Did you have any fear with giving that away or it's not even to me giving that away, but asking for the help?

Kendra Perry 00:13:49

I think I had that fear earlier on. I think I was really stubborn, and I think that's where I got caught up a lot with impostor syndrome because I was like, well, I can't figure out my own health. And yes, I'd seen improvements. I knew I was improving. It was slow, but that was a bit of a struggle because I'm just, like, I almost felt like, some shame around it. And I had a hard time talking to people in my life about it because they're like, oh, you're so healthy. Because I was like, out of everyone I knew, I'm the one who's, like, eating the good food. And anytime I brought it up, people be like, oh, well, that doesn't make sense. You're so healthy. And I just wanted to punch them in the face. I'm like, you don't get it.

Nikita 00:14:32

Know what you mean? Most of us do that. That's the thing. Everyone's like, oh, but you're so young and you look so healthy, and you're like, yeah, but you don't know. I'm like, dying inside. I'm eating all of the things, but I'm still dying inside. Wow. So for you, what has helped you in your business? And we talked about this in our episode. I feel like the chronic illness journey and the entrepreneurship journey is so parallel. It's like crazy. What has going through that part of your personal health healing journey helped you and served you in growing your business to where it is today?

Kendra Perry 00:15:11

Yeah, so I think one of the biggest things is I've never really been able to hustle. And I think I'm not completely against hustle. I think there's periods of hustle. We kind of go through that. Especially in a new business, you kind of have to a little bit more on the hustling. But I always had to listen to my body, right. I could never take it that far. And that probably served me well because I'm someone who definitely has workaholic tendencies. I can just get locked in on a project and I'm like, whoa, 6 hours just by where am I? Because I really love what I do and I love certain things I do in my business, but it really forced me to be okay with, like, okay, I'm just going to take a day off, or I'm going to cancel my appointments, or I'm going to literally work from my bed. And that is cool, right? And so I really had to figure out what worked for me and my business and only really do things that kind of supported my health. I remember having my first group coaching program, and one of the calls was to just have a group call where everyone was on video and we're all talking. And I quickly learned that I didn't have the bandwidth for that, and so I was like, okay, I can't do that right now. So I moved to just kind of, like webinar style because I was just like, that's just way too much.

Nikita 00:16:27

Yeah. And the thing that I always think about is anything can work. Right? Anything can work. I think we just sometimes get so much in our head about the other things, like, the people, their thoughts we get into their head, versus just accepting our own reality of what the situation is. How has it helped you actually grow even faster by honoring your pace, like, honoring where you are, how your body's working, and how you run your business?

Kendra Perry 00:16:58

Yeah, it's a great question. I think it mostly comes down to just the concept of slowing down. Like, very simple, because I love to rush. I can definitely get into the habit of, like, just got to check things off the list, just got to get it done. But as an entrepreneur, the list doesn't end. So then you're just, like, say it.

Nikita 00:17:17

Again, say it again.

Kendra Perry 00:17:20

Your to do list never ends, ever.

Nikita 00:17:25


Kendra Perry 00:17:26

Yeah. And so I think, like and I think a lot of entrepreneurs struggle with that, because we're used to having jobs where it's like, this is what you need to do, and then you kind of finish it off, and then you're done for the day and you're not thinking about it or whatever. And it's just different when you're an entrepreneur. So I think slowing down has allowed me to just be a bit more strategic. Right. Because it's not about necessarily going fast. And sometimes when you're rushing through things too quickly, you miss things or you miss really key points, or you miss how you could kind of transition something in a different direction. So I think that slowing down has actually helped me quicken my growth, if that makes sense.

Nikita 00:18:03

Yeah, I love that you said that, because we hear the opposite often, right? We hear just go and throw everything at the wall, which there are times for that, and you definitely think there are seasons for trying to discover your thing. But I think this idea of always on the go, the gas is always going, actually slows us down in seeing our results ultimately. Right. It's like a challenge to see what's actually working when you're just going to the next thing, going to the next thing and not tweaking doing those different kind of things. So for you, what mindset have you had to cultivate or overcome to grow your very successful business? What has been the thing for you?

Kendra Perry 00:18:53

I think one of the biggest things is just shifting what I believe to be possible in terms of what I can achieve. Because I think entrepreneurship is really just a journey of shifting what you believe to be possible. Right. Someone who makes, say, eight figures a year, like they have a multiple seven figure business, they've really shifted what they believe to be possible. And when you're starting out, you're like, okay, I'm paying myself $40 an hour, and that feels pretty good. That's like double what I was making in my corporate job. And then you realize that you're like, oh, this is not enough. And so I think it's like, not only in terms of money, but in terms of impact and in terms of opportunities. I would never think that I would be able to be on a podcast and be comfortable like this and just have a conversation, because first podcast I was ever on, like, almost pooped my pants, you know what I mean? And you just think, I can't do that, and I can't just show up and be able to talk and have that confidence. And so it's not just a monetary thing, but it's also confidence and then your ability to impact people and your ability to build legacy. And I think that's also ongoing. I think we're always kind of shifting and believing more and more about what's actually possible for us.

Nikita 00:20:12

I love that you said that. I know I keep saying that, but the possibilities things is something that I talk to my clients about often, which is like, seeing what could be is just as powerful, because our brain doesn't really know the difference between real and imagined in a lot of instances. So if we kind of just vision ourselves in that place, what if you did charge $150 an hour when you thought you could only charge $50?

Kendra Perry 00:20:39


Nikita 00:20:39

What would that look like? How would that change the way you run your business? So if someone's just starting and they're doing that transition, living with chronic illness, living with chronic pain, fatigue, and they're feeling like they're juggling the balls and things aren't moving right. I don't know about you. If you've had an experience where you at some point in your business where things felt like they were plateaued or stuck, what did you do and what advice would you give?

Kendra Perry 00:21:11

Yeah, first off, if you're dealing with a chronic illness and you're starting a business, you absolutely can do it. There's a lot of people out there. And I think a really great place to look is like, the health coaching world, right? Most health coaches have had chronic health conditions, and that's why they're in that position. So it's totally possible. But I think when you're plateauing and when you're stuck, it's kind of the same way that I felt with my health when it was pulled, plateauing and it was stuck. It's like, get help, right? Reach out, ask for support. We don't have to do it all on our own. A lot of us really struggle to ask for help. I know I did. Now I have no problem. I'm like, you help me, you help me. Everyone, let's help me. I have two counselors. I have my functional medicine coach. I have all this have this whole team of people to help me be my best self. And I think there's nothing wrong with reaching out for help. And I think that's what can really help you when you feel like you're juggling. Because really, in the beginning of a business, most people are not getting education in this, especially people in who are healers, like health and wellness. Typically, they're really focused on health coaching or spirituality or whatever it is on that side. And they don't really understand this whole online business thing. It's this whole different beast. And you can waste so much of your time just trying to figure out what to do. But if you get help and sure, yeah, it's going to be a bit of an investment, but if someone can.

Nikita 00:22:34

Lay out a path for you, then.

Kendra Perry 00:22:35

You just need to execute. And that can actually save you a ton of time and help you feel like you're juggling less balls. So I think mentorship is just, for me, is just such an important value, and I think it's really important for people to pursue even when they're early on in their business.

Nikita 00:22:49

Yeah, I really agree with you on the point of asking for help becomes easier. I think we all kind of get stuck in like, well, I should be able to do this. I use these things online. Like, I use Instagram. I use Facebook. So I can easily grow my business on those platforms or TikTok or wherever. And I have noticed for myself personally, as I've grown in my business, I actually came from the marketing background in the first place. And as I shifted more into mindset coaching, it's almost like you cannot be focused on two places. Like you cannot do it. And so if your focus is to become a better health coach in this specific niche, how much bandwidth do you actually have to learn all the marketing things? Like, you just don't really have it, and you can work with someone else to help you support you in that. So you're not sitting there like you said, spinning your wheels and feeling like I'm not doing enough. That's a common thing I hear from clients. It's like, well, I'm doing this and I'm doing all of these things, but maybe I'm just not doing enough in my marketing, and that's why it's not working. What could be some other symptoms for someone who is working to grow their business and they're not seeing results? What could be the symptom that they need to pay attention to that says, actually, I just need help?

Kendra Perry 00:24:09

Yeah, well, I would say a lot of people are like, I don't even know where to spend my time. So that would be a big one because if you have a roadmap, then you know exactly where to spend your time. And I think a lot of time gets wasted. Okay, I'm like sitting down, got my coffee, I'm at my computer, and then I'm like, okay, so what should I work on versus having a plan and sitting down and knowing what you need to actually be working on? So I think that is helpful. I think another one is I don't know what content to create. I don't even know what content to create because what that tells me is you haven't defined, like, a nation ideal client, a clear and concise message, because when you know that stuff, then it's much easier to create content because you're creating content for a specific person. I call it niche drama. I'm sure you've countered this, but that's a big block. That's a big mindset block. It's also really hard to conceptualize and understand, especially for people in health and wellness and personal development who are just like, I just want to help everyone and heal the world with intuitive eating and all these things. And it just from a messaging and communication standpoint, doesn't really work. So I think you could use a lot of help with that too. Because I know personally, it took me a lot of years to really be able to grasp the concept of ideal client, niche message brand, like all those things that define you online.

Nikita 00:25:37

Yeah, and I was actually talking to someone in my DMs earlier this week, and she was saying something. She's a health coach, a gut coach. And I sent her your page.

Kendra Perry 00:25:50

Of course she DM me.

Nikita 00:25:53

We were talking about this. We were talking about other coaches that are just talking about business coaching, which is more monetary, that aren't necessarily linked to health coaches. Right? And she's like, she was looking at other coaches that were not necessarily only serving health coaches. And she's like, it's a completely different game. You are working with a coach who understands marketing as a health coach. Even that is a huge difference than someone who's like, I'm offering services and a service based company messaging all of the weird things, like all of the different things that's out there. So what makes someone know what type of coach, when it comes to their business, they need? Because there are generalized business coaches out there and then there are sales and marketing coaches out there. What should someone like, the person I'm talking about, what should she be looking. For.

Kendra Perry 00:26:54

I always think that you should invest in a mentor who has built the kind of business that you want to build. I think that is really helpful. And so I agree with you. Health and wellness is very different and even down to some of the basic things around messaging and Niching. If you're working with a general business coach as like a health and wellness coach, you're going to say something like, oh, I want a niche in helping people with their blood sugar. And then they're going to be like, oh yeah, that's super specific and that works. But I know that that's a root cause. And regular people don't have the awareness of blood sugar. They want to lose weight. Right, right. And so this is where health coaches go way off the rails is they're Niching in the root cause and their human hasn't really achieved that level of consciousness yet. Most people are focused on superficial issues just because they don't have the education. They didn't go to health coaching school. They probably don't even care about health and wellness. They just have this problem and they're looking for a solution. Right. So I think when it comes to health and wellness, personal development, like the whole kind of healer space, I think the person should have experience in that industry because I get people coming to me all the time where they were working with kind of more of a general and it's not to say those people aren't good. I think they can still be helpful, especially maybe later on in your business journey where you really understand online marketing because then you can kind of get that more targeted approach. But you're totally right in health and well, it is so different and you're dealing with a very sensitive topic. It's not just selling business coaching. It's not just selling online products. Right. It's people's health and wellness, which is personal, which is sensitive and it is really confusing.

Nikita 00:28:39

And I think it's really important. I think what you're saying is so important for us to remember that nine times out of ten, I honestly believe this in most places, people aren't really aware of any of the root causes for anything they're experiencing. They are just consumed just like we have been. I always think about this when I started working with my health coach, the things that she's taught me, it's like it's not that they're so boom out of the window, like amazing. It's just like I had no awareness to know that that's something I should even look at. Like I had no clue. And I think it's the same kind of concept I have learned in my own business as well as growing it's. Just realizing that, you know what, there are things in my business that I do not even know to look at. Yeah, right. And if you are working with other people that are in the place that you want to be, obviously they figured it out. Obviously they figured it out. So for you, if you were to give some high top tips mindset wise, like one tip mindset someone would want to start working on or cultivating in their business as they're transitioning with chronic illness, and I say transitioning as they're growing a business with chronic illness, what is the action step? They need to embrace that this is a journey and not like a destination that's going to happen tomorrow.

Kendra Perry 00:30:03

Yeah, well, I would just say that everyone experiences mindset blocks at every stage of business. So I think one of the most important things that I find helpful for me and that I think can be helpful for anyone, is just to learn how to feel it. Feel it because what we do is we distract, we suppress, and then it keeps coming up, and it's not comfortable to feel your emotion. And maybe, yeah, you're feeling a lot of fear, like, can I do this? Or you're like imposter syndrome. Like, who am I to help people? Because what do I know? Or whatever it is that you're experiencing a lot of times we just want to avoid that, distract ourselves and not deal with it. But you will deal with it a lot faster, and it will pass a lot faster if you just allow it to be there. And I know you mentioned on the podcast episode that we recorded about breath work. I'm a big fan of breath work. And just when I'm feeling those feelings, it's just like, okay, stop, lie down, sit down, go into the body. Where am I feeling this? Where is it? Where does it live? Sitting with it, feeling with it, and just allowing it to be. And that might take five or ten minutes or even longer to just allow it to kind of do its thing. And then once I've kind of found it and allowed it, it's like, at that point, I might move into some meditation or some breath, work with it and start breathing into that space, but it's not comfortable. But I think that also serves you. If we can learn to sit with the discomfort of our emotions, then we can do the uncomfortable things in our business, because getting on a live video, in a way, is less scary than sitting with your anxiety. For real?

Nikita 00:31:34

For real, for real. I totally, 100% agree. Even if you haven't learned the scale of what that feels like, being your body, even if you think about it, if you're working with a therapist and you have to get with your feelings, that is a lot harder to do than to jump on alive on Instagram. I'm straight.

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Nikita 00:31:57

It's completely a lot harder. I love that you just said it is so true.

Kendra Perry 00:32:03

And then it's like, you survive that and you're like, oh, suddenly these other things don't seem so scary because I just got through that. And I think it's a big problem in our society. Right. We're not given the tools and it's like, oh, you're feeling anxious? Go for a run. I'm like, well, okay, but sure, that's going to give you that runner's high and it'll make you feel good and it'll make you forget about it. But what if you just sat with it?

Nikita 00:32:26

Yeah, I love that you share that. I have one well, two more questions. Just one more question. So my one question is, do you think that running your business and living your life have to be separate?

Kendra Perry 00:32:42

No, because they're not. I don't know about this work life balance thing. I haven't quite figured it out. I feel like it's like this teeter totter and it kind of just shifts. Right now I'm a bit more work focused. Now I'm a little bit more life focused or whatever it is. And I just feel like I live a more rich life because of my business, because of the freedom and the flexibility that it gives me to do what I want when I want. And yeah, if I have a day where I'm tired, I just take the day off.

Nikita 00:33:09

Yeah, we take the day and just do what you need to do for yourself.

Kendra Perry 00:33:15

Totally. Exactly.

Nikita 00:33:17

So what's the one thing that lights you up in your business?

Kendra Perry 00:33:21

The one thing that lights me up is honestly just supporting my students. I love it. I love being on live coaching calls and helping them work through things and answering questions like that to me, is really fun.

Nikita 00:33:34


Kendra Perry 00:33:35


Nikita 00:33:36

I think that's for most coaches, that's the thing that we love the most. And we could do that all day, every day, we would be happy. But then there's all this other stuff we got to do.

Kendra Perry 00:33:44

There's all this other stuff. Yeah.

Nikita 00:33:46

Anybody wants to connect with you, how can they find you and hang out with you?

Kendra Perry 00:33:51

So Instagram is where I typically hang out. My handle is at Kendra Perry Inc. It's my handle across pretty much all social media platforms. I also have a podcast, the Wealthy Coach podcast, which Nikita was a guest on. So definitely check that out. And my website is kendeperry.

Nikita 00:34:06

Net. Well, thank you so much for being on the so Kendra and I'm sure we're going to talk at another time. Of course.

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Kendra Perry

Health Business Expert

Kendra is a former multiple 6-figure Functional Health Coach turned online business strategist for wellness coaches and health practitioners. She is on a mission to stop health coaches from being broke AF by helping them build BOOMING 6-figure businesses that they love. She has helped hundreds of practitioners grow their practices, attract consistent clients and blow up their bank accounts.
She is the creator of Health Coach Accelerator™ which turns scared, scattered and self-conscious coaches into confident, focused and high-performing health entrepreneurs.
In addition, Kendra is one of the World’s top experts in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis; a functional test which analyzes the mineral content of the hair. She founded the top practitioner training program on the planet, HTMA Expert, which has trained over 350 practitioners in 27 different countries.
Kendra has been featured in Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, CEO Blog Nation and Authority Magazine for her expertise on sales.
When she isn’t getting fired up about business & marketing, you will find her indulging in her love of adrenaline sports in the remote mountains of beautiful British Columbia, Canada.