Finding the Real YOU in Entrepreneurship with Heneka Watkis-Porter
You can't serve from an empty pot. That's what Heneka tells us in this illuminating conversation about being an entrepreneur and searching for success, while not losing sight of the real you.
This phenomenal woman came to Smart Conversations from my friend, Kathleen Gage. I saw Heneka on Kathleen's show and knew I had to have her on Smart Conversations, too. She's not only well-spoken, and a prolific writer, she's spiritual and purposeful in everything she does. Her story in this video will inspire you to take a good hard look at what you're doing or not doing in your life around self-care. Yes, it's a cliché, but our bodies are temples and how well we take care of them shows quite visibly, every day.
This conversation doesn't follow any pattern. It's not one of those I ask and she answers, kinds of things. It's a serious conversation about being aware of your self as a spiritual being. Yes, we do get around to talking about diet - but not the "gotta lose weight" kind of diet. Our talk is about eating well diet (as in the food your put in your mouth), self-care, and prayer. Yes, prayer. How often do you pray? Do you join in with others to pray? What do you pray for?
For Heneka, eating right, exercising, meditating, praying, and being centered are all necessary parts of her entrepreneurial journey forward. She does all of this, pays attention to all of it, because she had a serious health scare not that long ago.
"I felt I was losing the real me," she tells us around six minutes in. The real me being her soul spirit - the intuition that guides all of us if we just listen to it. She had success. She had renown. She'd written books and co-authored books and even created an Online Health Summit. But something wasn't right. Something was missing. Where was the joy in all of that? Why was she so tired and listless?
What she discovered was that she is in adrenal fatigue.
I've read a bit about adrenal fatigue and it's serious stuff, folks. The best way to diagnose and treat it is with a naturopathic doctor.
"Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illness to restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person's inherent self-healing process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them. Their Therapeutic Order™, identifies the natural order in which all therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for damage."
Her naturopath advised her to change her diet - to go vegan. And she says she's almost there. But she hasn't forgotten those days of insomnia, fatigue, and depression. I am 100% sure many of you relate.
If you are having even the smallest doubt about your path, your journey, your health as you build your business, you must watch this interview and learn how you can get back on track. Learn how Heneka took charge and began to seriously consider self-care in her daily life. She found a way to stay on the right path - to move with intention - to embrace the real Heneka, not the fake person society wanted her to be!
"We are spiritual beings in a physical body," she tell us at 17:36 in.
It's necessary - note that word: NECESSARY - she says, to recognize and understand what you can control and what you cannot.
You can control your diet! The food you eat to sustain you influences everything about you - including your stomach, your brain, your weight, your thoughts, your energy level. Be conscious of it!
We did talk about one of her books: According to His Word: A 31-Day Devotional for Entrepreneurs and she shared a few devotionals for us:
- Set goals.
- Be in the right mindset.
- Be diligent - purposeful.
- Be grateful. Everything good comes from gratitude.
- And, be a river not a reservoir.
Here's what keeps Heneka grounded in her spiritual journey: the Bible. Prayer. Psalms. And all of that keeps her centered in her business, The Entrepreneurial You.
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