Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Rettler.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Hannah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Up until September of 2017, my entire career was in the Public Health industry. Both my undergrad and graduate studies were focused on public health, and my career experience was in the IT side of health data. This was important work, I learned so much from all of my educational and work experiences, but I never felt super connected or passionate about what I was doing. I always felt like there was something else I was supposed to be doing but I wasn’t quite sure what it was.
In 2014, I started dabbling in strength training, and in 2016 (as I was working as an epidemiologist in Boston) I had this crazy nudge to get certified as a StrongFirst kettlebell instructor. I wasn’t sure WHY I felt so strongly that this needed to happen, but I followed my intuition, and it leads to one of the most incredible weekends I had ever experienced. For the first time in my life, I felt the feeling of what I now call “SoulBuzz” – where my entire body felt like I was in the exact right place, at the exact right time, with the exact people I was supposed to meet. My world had opened up, and all of the sudden I saw that my life could have an entirely different path.
At the same time as the certification, I had started to keep a “blog” on my Instagram where I was sharing my health and fitness journey. This started as a fun and creative outlet for me to share my workouts and what I was learning in the gym and quickly became a total passion of mine. My blogging journey started with sharing my fitness journey, and over time, matured into what lessons the gym taught me about goal setting, hard work, determination, alongside humility, patience, and self-love. I openly shared my disordered eating experience, and the self-love journey I set off on to heal my relationship with food and my body. Today, you’ll find me sharing my personal lessons learned about how to keep a positive mindset, spirituality, and bravery.
My whole blogging journey was inspired by several women in the online space who had businesses and brands that I looked up to, and they gave me the courage and permission to believe that if they could do it, so could I. I wanted to have my own online coaching business, and I started to make some big moves to make that dream a reality as soon as possible.
After about a year and a half of trying to balance working a full-time job, while also keeping my blog, teaching fitness classes, and taking some of my own online health coaching clients, I decided to take the leap! I left my full-time job in September of 2017 to put all of my energy into building my own business. Today, my blog and my coaching are focused on mindset, spirituality and being brave to go after the life you want. I work with women who have a big, fiery dream, who know their current path is not meant for them but are scared as heck. I help them be brave.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has been one of the wildest, most uncertain, yet most fulfilling years of my life. When I took the leap, I didn’t have a lot of money saved up, I didn’t have a business plan, I didn’t have any paying clients.
I just had this super strong feeling that I needed to put all of my energy into figuring this out, and that now was the time. And I listened.
Figuring out exactly what I wanted my business to look like and feel like was a struggle. Finding clarity on exactly who I am meant to be serving and working with took some time and investigation. Taking a massive pay cut from my 9-5 salary to making my own money was scary, but also probably one of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned along the way.
The entrepreneurial path is not an easy one, but I believe 100% that I was nudged in this direction for a reason. I feel absolutely certain I am meant to be doing exactly what I am doing right now, I cannot wait to see where this path leads me.
For anyone who may be in the place where they feel uncomfortable and unhappy with their current life path, and feel like they are meant to be doing something else, but are terrified about leaving the comfort of a steady job: there is a reason you are feeling that discomfort and there is a reason why you are feeling nudged to explore something else. Nothing is by accident, and I believe with my entire being that there is something incredible for you on the other side of that fear if you choose to be brave enough to explore it. I believe we all have our own authentic path and purpose here, and life can be something magical if we decide to follow it.
Please tell us about your business.
Today, I coach women on how to be brave enough to live a life that makes their #SoulBuzz. I work with women who are feeling stuck and unhappy on their current path, and I guide them through the inner work it takes to understand and release what is dragging them down and explore what lights their soul on fire. I specialize in helping my clients tap into their intuition, identify their personal core values, break through their limiting beliefs, and I guide them to take inspired action as often as possible. I am known for being the person who helps you be brave to be the truest and aligned version of yourself.
I am most proud of the organic and authentic connections I have built with my community. This journey has helped me to cultivate incredible new friendships, rekindle old ones, and spark conversations with friends and family members on a deeper level. I am also proud of the fact that I practice what I preach, and I stand behind everything that I coach my clients on. I am incredibly grateful that this is the work I get to do and am so honored for the trust that my clients have placed in me to lead them on their own journeys.
There are a lot of life coaches out there, but I think what sets me apart is the fact that I am sharing my own journey along the way – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and it is extremely important to me to show up as real and authentic as possible. I put my whole heart into my clients, and genuinely want them to feel lighter, clearer, and passionate as heck when they are done working with me.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
I have the honor of knowing SO many strong, inspiring, incredible women who have fully stepped into their power over the past few years and are only getting stronger. In my world, this has been the year of women “taking up space” – in their bodies, in their careers, in their relationships. Right now, the fire is hot for any woman who is feeling the nudge to speak up, to try something new, to go after a dream. It is such an exciting time to be a woman, especially a female entrepreneur, and I truly get SO excited when I get to watch people grow and expand their lives. There are so many opportunities for us out there, and I believe that whatever you are feeling pulled to explore or try, that you should GO FOR IT.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamhannahrettler/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hannahmrettler
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