Leah Guy is an intuitive trans-personal healer, spiritual teacher, professional speaker, and media personality. She offers wisdom from a lifetime of personal triumphs and more than 22 years of helping clients transform their lives from fear and disconnection to heart-centered, soulful living.
She is a sought-after inspirational speaker who has appeared on numerous television and radio shows on topics such as meditation, the mind-body connection, energy medicine, intuition, and addiction, as well as emotional and spiritual healing.
Also known at The Modern Sage, she owns the Modern Sage Healing Center and product line, and A Girl Named Guy Productions, LLC. Her book, The Fearless Path offers a radical approach that will heal trauma, fear, heartache, and mental and physical health. Leah lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I started my first healing services business when I was 26 years old. I love to work with others but I also love to have the freedom and energy to create my own vision. So that’s what prompted me in the first place, and still today!
Tell us about your business.
My work is multi-layered. I own a lifestyle media company called A Girl Named Guy Productions. I produce and host health and lifestyle videos and create show ideas for third party clients. I’ve shot commercials, industrials and celebrity interviews for over 15 years.
I also own Modern Sage, which is a brand of products for personal and spiritual care. We make specialty items such as Aura Mists, Chakra Rock-&-Roll perfume oils, balms and facial products. Every liquid product has a genuine crystal in the bottle to help energize the quality. This was inspired by my passion to assist people on their journey towards healing and peace.
In addition to these prongs of my business I also see private clients as well as speak and teach about mindful and positive living to groups around the country.
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
For anyone that signs up for my newsletter at www.ModernSage.com you will receive the first chapter of my book free! I also provide a free meditation CD for people who leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites. Otherwise, we do giveaways on my Instagram account @leahthemodernsage.
- Certified Massage Therapist
- Female owned business since 2006
Where is your business based?
Jersey City, NJ.
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
I’m a big believer in ACTION. If we wait until we have it all figured out, we usually get behind the eight-ball so-to-speak. Life happens and changes regularly. Make a solid plan, and make sure you can lose what you are risking to put into your plan, and then start doing. Every step is one step closer to an open business.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
I’d have to say social media and word of mouth. I don’t do a lot of hard-core advertising as I prefer an organic build.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
I recently closed my brick & mortar and am planning to go mobile. I mean with wheels, not just online. So the challenge is figuring out how to generate income steadily and monetize what I have to offer.
How did you overcome these challenges?
I’m still working on them! I put one foot in front of the other and make sure I keep up with my lists. Things get overwhelming when you are a solo business owner, so knowing when to delegate helps, even if you feel you can’t afford it, it’s worth the price for the weight off your shoulders!
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
I need to take a lot of breaks and stay grounded by doing tangible tasks. I can’t write articles every day or see clients all day long. I have to be varied and balanced, that’s what keeps me sane. Oh, and stabilized blood sugar!
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I am in the sector of “New Age” or “New Thought” but I believe I am much more accessible and raw than a lot of my competitors. I bring a great deal of real-life experience to what I teach and to my clients. I offer that with love, not just seeking a paycheck, and I believe that energy is felt. I may not be the wealthiest person or the most famous, but I am moving at a pace that feels authentic and full of integrity.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
Take this “down-time” and make a vacation of it. I talk about that a lot with my clients – if we only could trust ourselves and the future a bit more, we could relax more when we have transition periods. It’s hard not to get caught up in the fear or worry or concern that we are loosing our place in the ‘world/workforce/relationship’ – but if you want to get closer to something sometimes you need to take some space.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
If the idea comes from your heart, you probably have to try it or you will have regrets. If it’s just a mental or financial decision, spend some extra time to listen a little deeper and see what your heart is telling you.
What are your favorite business tools/resources and why?
Friends! Whatever I don’t know I usually source the information from a friend or colleague. I don’t pretend to know it all, and to try to do so would make me a crazy person. So I am not shy to admit my short-comings and just ask for help.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
“Women Who Love Too Much” by Robin Norwood. It may not sound like it’s about business, but you can apply it to any aspect of your life, especially if you are a woman and find yourself being a fixer, pleaser or healer.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
How to be more effective with creating online tools and marketing them; ie webinars, paid groups, etc.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
I am designing my new mobile vehicle as well as planning workshops and courses for 2018. Every day I do a little of both. I plan to have the mobile van out on the road in January, and I will work my way through cities and states introducing my products, meeting new people and teaching.
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