Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruchi Kalra.
Ruchi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I came to the US as a young 15-year-old college student from Africa. Over the years I graduated in Math, Computer Science, and an MBA in Marketing. I worked in various roles in corporate America in revenue accounting/sales planning and analysis to marketing for an orthodontist. Through these times I ran across some visa issues and had to stop working and go under my husband Vivek’s support visa to wait for our green card. Through this journey, I dabbled in all kinds of fun things from art camps for kids, to making greeting cards to starting a travel agency to starting a jewelry design company- RGK D’zines. The jewelry company was very successful, and the pieces were worn by Hollywood celebrities from national publications to being worn on the red carpet at the Emmy’s, Golden Globes, MTV awards to name a few. I was a one-woman show that wore many hats from prospecting, marketing, photography, inventory to sales, and everything in between.
Through my own solopreneur challenges, I decided I wanted to help other solopreneurs struggling with their passion, vision, and execution. I didn’t want their stories to get lost to the challenges of being a sole proprietor. And, this was the WHY behind starting my own coaching firm, Dancing Raindrops. I wanted to help them not lose sight of their dreams and help them tell their stories authentically.
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?
I wouldn’t call it smooth sailing but how boring would that be if it was. I love the challenges that each and every moment has taught me. Being a business owner is only a small part of my life’s purpose and journey. I have never looked at a business as solely a way to make money but more as a way of building authentic relationships. I hope that through each one of my ventures and connections, I can make a small impact on people’s lives.
Over the years I have learned the art and importance of balancing personal and business goals. To me, the struggle is just another word for “lesson learned”.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Growing up, my mom would always be amazed at the number of stories I would relay to her. I not only love to tell stories but also love to hear other people’s stories. Storytelling is such a great way to connect with others to get to know people better. Many solopreneurs are so busy working on their business that sometimes it’s hard for them to step back and look at the big picture. They find it hard to manage everything given the limited resources, manpower, and time. They start to lose the passion that had ignited the journey in the first place and also their personal and business life starts to take a toll.
When I first meet with a business, I love to ask them a bunch of “get to know” them vision questions. Through these vision sessions, I am able to hear their story, their WHY, their personal and business dreams.
With these conversations, we work together on setting systems and structures in place to effectively achieve their goals. I believe my ability to empathize and understand their challenges, helps me see the bigger picture and help motivate them to move forward towards their dreams and goals. I am able to support, encourage, and cheer them on, but also at the same time point out things that are not working. I help them rediscover their passion for their WHY.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I was born in India and moved to Africa when I was nine, so honestly can’t pinpoint just one memory. When we moved to Africa, we left most of our pictures back in India in wooden trunks and over the years the termites got to them. So for the most part my memories of India are the stories my parents have told me. On the other hand, my memories from Africa are filled with so many stories of gardening with my dad, family safari trips, trips to out of town picnics with family friends, and the innocence of just simpler times. If only we could go back to those times and remind ourselves to live in the NOW.
Having been raised in different parts of the world at a young age is what ignited my passion for travel and curating life experiences which I share on my blog, IG (Footprint The World), Thrive Global, and Medium. Giving back is also a big part of my life and being involved with organizations over the years like NCL (National Charity League) and HHT (Help Humanity Today) has given me a deeper sense of purpose. I also am an amazon bestseller author and storyteller and have been honored to present on platforms like USA Today Storytellers Network and ASU Kerr Cultural Center.
Arizona has been my home for the last nearly 30 years where I live with my husband Vivek, and kids Riya and Eshan, and fur baby Jax.
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