IAM1677 – Self-Care Expert Helps Women Take Care of Their Number One Asset–Themselves

Podcast Interview with Sharon Roemmel

Why it was selected for “CBNation Architects”: Sharon talks about how our most important asset is ourselves. Just like in business where we need to remember the importance of the people in business. It is important to understand how that is ourselves to be able to make an impact. Sharon has a “smorgasbord” of modalities that help her serve her clients and it's a great reminder that sometimes we may need a different approach to help us.

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Sharon Roemmel Teaer 00:00

Have this kind of a suite or a smorgasbord of tools, plus its years of experience. I combine the tools, but also with a kind of intuitive approach to that. People will sometimes say to me, wow, 30 minutes of coaching was more effective than three hours of counseling. Not that I'm trying to compete or replace counselors, I think the combination as well, is intuitively knowing what people need and what might be beneficial.

Intro 00:29

Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales, and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place. Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is the I am CEO podcast.

Gresham Harkless 00:56

Hello. Hello, this is Gresh from the I am CEO podcast and I appreciate you listening to this episode. And if you've been listening this year, we're doing something a little bit different we're repurposing our favorite episodes under certain categories or topics that we think are gonna be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business owners, this month is going to be about not forgetting about the human part of business. Often we forget about the human part of life. We often forget about the human part of business. So look forward to for self cares, hips, fitness, burnout, purpose, biz and personal, personal branding, motivation, drive, success, understanding your why and of course how important customer service is. But at the heart of it, it's all about remembering the human part of business. So sit back and enjoy this special episode of the I am CEO podcast.

Hello, hello, hello, this is Gresh from the I am CEO podcast and I have a very special guest on the show today. I've Sharon Roemmel of Practically Enlightened You. Sharon, it is awesome to have you on the show.

Sharon Roemmel 01:54

Thank you. It's great to be here. I appreciate you inviting me.

Gresham Harkless 01:57

No problem. And what I wanted to do was just read a little bit more about Sharon so you can hear about all the awesome things that she's been able to accomplish. And Sharon Roemmel helps women who are excited about their purpose become equally passionate about taking care of their number one asset, themselves. As a self-care expert, she draws on over 30 years of working in the wellness and empowerment field. Sharon's experience includes being a certified coach, a registered yoga teacher, a certified aroma therapist, and a licensed massage therapist.

In addition to working with individuals teaching classes in leading retreats, Sharon has been interviewed as an expert in national and local media, including Natural Health Magazine and on the Mindfulness Mode podcast. Her articles appear in her blog, Align and Thrive, as well as in publications such as Massage and Body Work.

Sharon, are you ready to speak to the I am CEO community?

Sharon Roemmel 02:51

I am. Thank you, Gresham.

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Gresham Harkless 02:53

Awesome. Well, what I wanted to do was ask you a little bit more about your CEO story and hear exactly what led you to start your business.

Sharon Roemmel 02:59

Right. So I started in social work. I have a degree and did that for about 10 years and I realized I wanted to do something more holistic. And so this was back in the late eighties and so I sat down and decided I was gonna be a holistic health practitioner, but I couldn't find a program to train me with that. I couldn't find a job with that, so I decided to create it myself. I became a licensed massage therapist, and then I added those other things. I added yoga and then aromatherapy and coaching and leading retreats.

So I'm one of those people I didn't set out to be a CEO or to own my business, which I know some people do. They're really excited about that. For me, it was more, I wanna do this thing and I can't find somebody to hire me that's going to do this thing, so I'm just gonna create it myself. If I had planned it to do that, I would've known that it was a good thing for me, but I didn't even know that it was gonna be so great.

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Gresham Harkless 03:52

Yeah, that makes sense. It's funny how life in the universe can take path. Sets you on the right path whether you want to or not. And sometimes when you're looking for something and you can't find it, and true entrepreneurial firm, you just decide that, Hey, I'm gonna create it.

Sharon Roemmel 04:04


Gresham Harkless 04:05

So I wanted to drill down a little bit deeper and get an idea of exactly like, how do you help serve your clients? What are the products and services that you have?

Sharon Roemmel 04:11

Okay, great. So I see people remotely for coaching, and those are the women that you were talking about in the bio. Women who know that they want to do something. They know that there's a purpose, but either they're not sure what it is so they need some clarity, they feel stuck. Sometimes they feel overwhelmed. Sometimes they've started their dream business or their ideal job. The dream isn't quite lining up with reality. So they're saying, well, this isn't quite what I signed up for, and maybe this isn't really what I wanna do, or I need to do it in a different way. So really the two main things I help people with in terms of coaching is purpose and self-care.

And then I also teach yoga and that I call purposeful yoga. So I do the same thing with the yoga. And rather than having people serve a form like you're supposed to look this certain way, do this many poses in this order, it's more about what's my intention as a student and what do I wanna get out of yoga?

And then also with the massage, it's about helping people reduce stress and find balance in their lives so they can do what it is that they wanna do. And then the retreats too. So I have a retreat coming up in Mexico. It's a yoga retreat. But again, with that focus on how to be purposeful and, what do you want this time to do for you?

Gresham Harkless 05:24

I love that and I love how you have different modalities, I guess it might be the right term. Yeah and you're able to keep that consistent with the idea of purpose and the idea of fulfilling exactly what it is you're just wanting to do. So you're just not doing yoga for doing it. You're doing it from a purposeful mindset and a purposeful kind of action so to speak.

Sharon Roemmel 05:40

Yeah. I like a lot of writing my life, obviously, but I also feel like having multiple tools really helps me help people. We might start on one path and say, oh, this is another tool that would be useful for you here. So it's again that what started me on this path, in the beginning, was to have a more holistic way that could really address the body, mind, spirit, energy, and emotions. Not just people on one level.

Gresham Harkless 06:05

That makes perfect sense. Now, I wanted to ask you and drill down a little bit deeper, and you might have already touched on it, but for what I call like your secret sauce or kind of like your differentiator, what kind of sets you apart?

Sharon Roemmel 06:15

I think one is that I have, you're right, I think I have touched on that. I have this kind of a sweet or a smorgasbord of tools plus the years of experience. I combine the tools but also with kind of an intuitive approach. The people will sometimes say to me, while 30 minutes of coaching was more effective than three hours of counseling, not that I'm trying to compete or replace counselors, but I think the combination as well as intuitively knowing what people need and what might be beneficial is really what sets me apart.

Gresham Harkless 06:48

Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. And I can imagine that when a lot of people, or some people only have like maybe one kind of tool that they can use, they always say, you have to use this. But you being able to have, like you said, one of my favorite words, smorgasbord of modalities that people can use. They can definitely figure out what works best for them and aligns with them. I think that's awesome.

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Well, what I wanted to do was to switch gears a little bit and ask you for what I call a CEO hack. A CEO hack could be an app, it could be a book, or it could be maybe even a habit or something that you do that makes you more effective and efficient as a CEO.

Sharon Roemmel 07:20

Okay. Probably not as sexy as an app, but my CEO hack could be meditation. I have done it for over 30 years and I do it every morning and some mornings if I've got an extra busy day, it might just be a few minutes even. But I don't know what I would do without it, honestly, because it helps me focus. First of all, it helps me have awareness. So sometimes I'll sit down and it'll even take me a while. I might sit there for five minutes and say, oh, there's this like, loop running in my mind that I wasn't even aware of. And then I can put that aside and say I need to address it or I need to not focus on that.

So it helps me with awareness, it helps me with clarity, with focus, and just to be a happier, healthier person instead of obsessing all the time about certain things. Just to say, okay, I can have more awareness that I'm doing that and let it go.

Gresham Harkless 08:08

Yeah, that's huge. And especially for like any entrepreneur, business owner, CEO, there are 1,000,001 things happening and coming and going to be able to take that time and say, okay, this is what it is. Let me release it and letting it go is a big thing. Doing that on a regular basis is huge.

Sharon Roemmel 08:21

And sometimes, just to add, I'll find that when I clear the decks, then I'll have an aha moment if something will come in like, oh, you should contact this person, or this would be a great idea for a class. Whereas when that busyness is going on in my mind, then I don't have access to that. But it helps in that way too. So, I mean it has a direct impact on my business.

Gresham Harkless 08:42

Yeah, and I love that, the idea of clearing the decks, because sometimes, and I feel like you know, I'm no doctor or anything, but I feel like there's a certain limit to the number of things you can hold onto. So when you're able to clear the deck, as you said, sometimes it opens up other opportunities or maybe insights or answers to problems that we have that we didn't even know we had the answers to.

Sharon Roemmel 08:58

Yes. Yeah, absolutely.

Gresham Harkless 09:00

Well, cool. So now I wanted to ask you for what I call a CEO nugget, a CEO nugget is a word of wisdom or a piece of advice you might have for entrepreneurs and business owners.

Sharon Roemmel 09:08

So it segues way a little bit from what I was just saying. If there's something that keeps getting your attention, when it's almost like something's knocking at your door and it won't let you alone pay attention to it. So it's easy sometimes when we're busy, whether I've had people say before, oh, I feel like I'm done with this part of my work. Or maybe even completely done with this occupation, but they're afraid to let it go. But that thought keeps coming to them. Or it could be, Hey, I should offer this new service.

Or it might be their body that's talking. So boy, I've noticed that my right elbow's really sore cause I've been on the computer a lot, but I got to push through here. So those kinds of things that we all have fleeting ideas and you know, these little genius moments that pop up, but those ones that just like keep coming back to you, I think it's really crucial to pay attention to those. As part of the nuggets on our path of a life of joy, purpose and wellness.

Gresham Harkless 10:06

Yeah, and I'm a big believer that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the universe talks to you even when you have your blinders on and your ears closed, and sometimes those things that repeatedly tap on your shoulder, so to speak, to say, Hey, you know, pay attention to me. Whether it be an idea or like you said, maybe a nagging injury or something like that is something you should pay attention to.

Sharon Roemmel 10:24

Yes. Yeah, absolutely.

Gresham Harkless 10:25

Awesome. Well, now I wanted to ask you for what is my favorite question, which is the definition of CEO. We're hoping on this podcast to redefine and look at what exactly a CEO means and have different guests on this show to answer it. So I wanted to ask you, what does being a CEO mean to you?

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Sharon Roemmel 10:40

And like I said, I love that you're doing this, I talked before we started recording, but I love that you're redefining it because like I said in the beginning, I wasn't somebody who said, yeah, I wanna do this, but now that I am doing it, have been doing it for all these years, it really means to me that I get to have this value-based business. And because values are so important to me, everything I do in my work is values-based, so from what I purchase, whether I purchase recycled paper for my printer or the policies that I set, who I work with, where I work, the hours I work, all of that is really values-driven. And then therefore, even without me saying that out loud to people, I attract people who are in alignment with my values because it's such a part of my mission and who I am in this business.

The other thing I would say is self-responsibility. When I was an employee, I was a good employee. But I always felt like, oh, I've got to stay later or work harder on this because my boss wants me to. And then when it was just me, it didn't take me long to say, oh, wait a minute, all those years it was really me. It wasn't the boss. So I really like that. People say the buck stops here in a negative way, but for me, the fact that it's like I'm responsible for what happens in my business, I'm not totally responsible for the results my clients get because it is a partnership, but I am responsible for how I show up, what I bring to the world, those kinds of things. And I love that. It's like ultimately, if I'm not happy, if I'm not well, if I'm not liking what's happening with my business, it's me and I get to then choose to do something different. So I love that.

Gresham Harkless 12:18


Sharon Roemmel 12:18

And that's I guess that's for me, that's the definition of being a CEO is that it gets to be values-based and that I am responsible.

Gresham Harkless 12:25

Yeah. I love that definition and kind of what it hits on as far as the values, but also the self-responsibility, like you said. And having more control over your outlook on things or how things are going. You don't control everything, but you do have greater control to some degree. So I think that's a phenomenal definition.

Sharon, I truly appreciate you for taking some time out of your schedule. What I wanted to do is pass you the mic, so to speak, just to see if there's anything additional you want to let our readers and our listeners know, and then how best people can get ahold of you.

Sharon Roemmel 12:52

I can't think of anything else. I really enjoyed this. I loved your questions. It was really fun. And people can get ahold of me at my website, which is, or they can find me on Facebook, it's Sharon Roemmel. Oh gosh, I should know this. It's coaching and retreats, I think there aren't too many Sharon Roemmel out there, so you probably have in your podcast how to spell my name, so they can find me that way.

So yeah, I would love to connect with people and hear their thoughts and ideas and answer any questions for them.

Gresham Harkless :13:20

Absolutely, and what we'll do is we'll have the links in the show notes so anybody can click through and hear more about all the awesome things that you're doing. So Sharon, thank you so much again. I truly appreciate you and hope you have a phenomenal rest of the day.

Sharon Roemmel 13:30

Thanks a lot, Gresham. You too.

Outro 13:32

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