Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    Savor Woman of the Week: Laura Garnett!

    July 12, 2012

    Our Woman of the Week is Laura Garnett, Business Matchmaker. 

    What I love about Laura is how she exudes sensual joy and passion through business. When she enters into a room, she's the kind of gal that gets you to sit up and feel more alive and fresh. Laura is a 7 Figure Club member, and during our meetings, she is always reminding us to live passionately, joyfully, and yes, to amp up our sex lives, too! 

    This farm girl-turned globe-trotting personal branding guru is on a mission to get you to live in your zone of genius. Read more on why she feels that when you get in touch with your "truth", you flourish in business and in life. 

    P.S. I did a branding session with her just a few months ago, and she told me that my brand essence is all about identifying challenges in my business and life, coming up with solution-formulas, and then helping other women by sharing the formulas. I now use that as a filter for everything I do. If it doesn't speak to that, I don't even bother.

    I loved the process so much that I asked her to give YOU a special exclusive on her branding sessions so you could figure out what your brand essence is, too. See below for the special! 

    Hey, Laura! How did you get started?

    I grew up in a dairy farm in Charlottesville, VA and knew from a very young age that I wanted to travel the world, live in a big city, and not be a farmer. I always had a vision of doing something in business that was big. My brother and I spent most of our time planning and running businesses left and right. What I loved most was coming up with creative ways to sell things that we could get for free. My grandfather never resisted the zip lock baggies of marshmallows that we sold at our country store. Who wouldn't want some marshmallows-to-go?

    After being in the corporate world for eleven years and living abroad for six, I decided in winter of 2009 that I was going to create my dream job. I have since made a commitment to creating a business that is a reflection of my passion. The process of running my own business has been one of the most stimulating and invigorating journeys of my life.

    I have also discovered that running your own business is a tool for personal growth. The more you get in touch with your truth and what you are best at, the more your business will flourish.

    True success comes from knowing exactly what your zone of genius and brand are and staying focused on that. Branding and authentic business growth is an extension of how I see the world and how I think. My work feeds my soul and my desire to be a better person every day.

    What was one of the biggest obstacles you faced when starting your own business?

    The biggest obstacle was not listening to all the nay sayers or the concerns from my family. What I was doing seemed crazy, and I was often asked when I was going to get a "real" job. Sticking to my guns and not falling prey to the social pressure to do something more "secure" was a constant challenge. At the time I was single and had little support, so it was all about believing in what I knew was right for me.

    My advice would be to ignore most advice. Most people will offer advice that is linked to their own insecurities. Good advice will feel helpful, and if it doesn't, don't listen to it. Listen to your gut, do activities that get you in touch with your intuition. That is the path that is right for you. Stick to that.

    How did you fund your business?

    I funded it from my personal savings.

    Is there one person in your life you found to be the most supportive during your start-up?

    In the beginning there were two people: my friends Dana and Carol. Without them I don't think I would be where I am today without them. They both were also building their own business and were tireless in their support and encouragement.

    Today, I owe so much to my 7 Figure Club mastermind and a new man who is my soul mate. At the moment they are both providing support that is proving to be a big game changer for me.

    What is your ultimate goal for your company?

    My ultimate goal is to help others get in touch with their gifts and help them make money doing work that they want to do every day. I am inspired by people who are operating in their zone of genius. It means that they have tapped into their innate gifts and have not given up no matter what challenges they face.

    In one word characterize your life as an entrepreneur.


    If you are having a rough day at work, is there anything that can instantly turn your day around? How do you recover from a tough day?

    I go to the gym or to 5 Rhythms. Dancing has been a huge help for me to get re-focused and get in touch with my intuition. More recently, I get a hug and a kiss from my boyfriend. His support and love for my work has been a huge help to not fall prey to any doubts.

    If you got to play "hookie" from work one day, what would be on your list of fun things to do?

    Being with my partner who shows me every day how to live life joyfully. It would involve eating an amazing meal, cooking a challenging array of food for a group of people, exploring a new city or country (I now live in three countries: Italy, Romania, and the U.S.), hiking, running, swimming or reading. I would also want to make plans with a group of amazing women who I can share everything with.

    As a woman entrepreneur you have to be one tough cookie! What is your soft spot? What is the one thing that makes you melt?

    Someone really loving me and telling me why.

    What did you want to be when you were a little girl? :)

    I always had a vision of being in a big city wearing a suit. I guess I knew from the beginning that farm life was not my calling! I didn't envision the specifics, but the feeling was always big, different and fun. I believe what we see or think of as a child is a powerful indication of what we were meant to be doing.

    Who do you consider to be one of the most successful women in history? What do you think women entrepreneurs can learn from her?

    Oprah. She is truly aligned with her passion. She created a business and a brand that is completely her. She was the first person to show herself for who she was to her audience and everyone loved her for it. She is honest, intelligent and always stretching herself to give and do more.

    What is the most valuable thing you have learned from Savor? How has it helped you?

    That support from other established women is essential in life and business!

    Do you have an exclusive offer you'd like to offer the Savor community?

    Yes! I would love to offer any Savor community members $100 off of my Brand Sessions for the Month of July. I would like nothing more than to identify and help you all get into your zone of genius.

    Thank you so much, Laura, for being our Woman of the Week!

    Angela Jia Kim is a woman entrepreneur advocate, organic lifestyle guru, doting mom, New York City (not house)wife, and author-in-the-making.

    She uses her organic skincare business, Om Aroma, to empower and inspire other business owners by openly sharing mistakes (the kind most sweep under the rug) and lessons learned (the kind most keep as secrets to get ahead).

    She believes that building business is directly tied to self growth, that it takes a village to raise a business, and that your business is meant to serve the life you want to live. 

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