This week’s Success Series interview is with Angie, an ever inspiring, down-to-earth, and authentic tribe member within the Breakaway Movement community.
Angie has earned 6 figures within her first 8 months of beginning her online business journey - her success is truly motivational. Throughout this interview, Angie shares why it’s okay to fail, how you will never feel fully ready to dive in to an opportunity and that we all have all the tools needed to start up and become successful within the online business world.
So, if you want to know Angie’s secrets for transforming your life at anytime and how you too can build a successful online business, read on…
FIRSTLY, WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Angie Svinarenko. I could be a lot of things to many people and myself. I like to think of myself as a chameleon. Always shifting, shedding and changing colours. Never quite the same all the time. I am currently a business mentor/coach/homie/cheerleader for my teammates/yogi/chocolate lover/traveler.
I started on a path of self development and healing when I was about 19 years old. A lot of my life I didn’t know what my identity was or what to do with it. I just wanted to be happy. Laugh a lot. I’m a procrastinator by heart. Lot’s of projects started… but never quite finished. I’m a huge advocate of moving my body because my mind is literally a huge chatter box. It just won’t shut up, and sometimes it’d get the best of me.
Growing up I had a few health related issues. A big one was BREATHING. Literally, could not do physical exercises without gasping for air. I had a non cancerous growth in my nose that restricted my breathing most of my young adult life. In result to that, I was always breathing through my chest and not through my abdomen which caused me anxiety frequently with my chatter box mind.
So, I turned to yoga. Yoga brought me HERE. Into the present moment. It took me years to really pay attention to my breath where I’d breathe deeply and regularly outside the 1 hour classes I’d take. I also suffered with poor digestion issues and scoliosis. 1 month in India of yoga teacher training, self love, focus, breathing exercises, and a vegan diet transformed everything.
I realised how important mind body connection really is and what if felt like. I became intuitive. I realised what I consumed mentally, affected my body physically. So during those times of ailments, I found a way to bring healing within. Fast forward... yoga teacher training, reiki training and healing, massage therapy school, and lots of traveling... I started to co-create my life with purpose and intention.
If we’re here on earth for a blink of an eye of existence, don’t we want to enjoy it? So I promised myself, even during trials when I’d want to shut out the whole world and say “I got this on my own”… I’d allow my emotions to be processed, and not shoved down inside. I’d share my vulnerability because that is my strength. I got to KNOW MYSELF. Like really really get to know myself. I’d call myself out on my shit. No more excuses, but handled with as much grace as I could.
So I know this is probably longer than what I’m supposed to share, but I think its worth sharing and maybe worth reading for whomever reads this.
OH and... PS. You’re beautiful.
WHAT IS YOUR WHY? (WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?)
I do what I do because I know I have a gift. We all have them. There is something very unique about you and your existence, and your life’s journey is to find out what that is and use it. To share it. You might think, ‘who does she think she is, thinking she’s so special?’ Well, I am. AND YOU ARE TOO. I’ve been so timid, with low self esteem, and believed I wasn’t as good as anyone who did anything, anything at all. I thought I had no gifts, no talents, no creativity, no control, no balance. I actually believed the thoughts in my mind.
It wasn’t an easy process, all that damn reprogramming. But man oh man… when you hone in on all the things you desire and want for yourself, you proclaim a new paved path that has never existed before. A new way of existence because you CHOSE.
What is my gift? To help people. To be of service. To allow them to believe that they can transform their life at anytime. That’s if they’re willing to do the work. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
If we dive into a typical day for me, it’s usually started off with a cup of hot tea, celery juice, and / or a smoothie with a few alarms snoozed if we’re being honest here. I check in with myself. Deep belly breathing, maybe a few yawns, but usually a slow morning.
Abraham Hicks morning meditation on YouTube followed by reading a page of The Book Of Awakening By Mark Nepo gets my mind aligned to a high vibrational day. (Stop the habit of grabbing your phone as soon as you wake up, its a big no no for me that I’m trying to master.) I’ll check my emails, run a few coaching calls, send in paperwork, and shut off my computer for almost the rest of the day. I’ll still be in contact with our team throughout the day if they need anything at all, but also remembering to honour my time to myself. I’ll get outside in nature, and find a way to move my body. Dance, yoga, surfing, hiking, and sometimes some sauna action.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ONLINE MARKETING?
I have always worked towards making an income online. I started an instagram pretty much as the app launched and worked with brands, creating content. I’ve worked with Roxy, Fox Sports, Go Pro, lots of bikini, surf and wellness brands. Some projects were just exchanges with little to no money generated. Some paid well. I knew the potential to market things online and potentially make a living, but I didn’t exactly know what to sell of my own.
I started a brand called Blooming Alchemy. I created plant-based blush, organic eye serums for lashes and brows, salves and body oils. But my business didn’t have a strong structure, and all the money earned went back into my pocket to pay for small bills, and not into the business. I didn’t trust myself enough. I didn’t want to invest more time, money and energy into something that could FAIL. I was scared of being bigger than I was.
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IF YOU HAD ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WAS INTERESTED IN STARTING UP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
One piece of advice I’d give you is to know that IT'S OKAY TO FAIL. There’s an infinite amount of talent out there that’s probably better than most of the successful people out there. The only difference is the DOING. Some people wish, dream, and create - but they don’t DO. They don’t take action with a masterpiece in the making. When will you ever actually be ready?
ONE DAY? OR DAY ONE?
Just start. Just leap. Just freaking do it. And if you need help? Just ask. Observe, ask questions, and invest into yourself… because if you don’t, who will?
WHAT HAS ONLINE MARKETING ALLOWED YOU TO DO?
Online marketing is such an ADVANTAGE. I’m laughing at myself with writing out these bold words, but you get the point. RIGHT? See…
We virtually have all the tools we need to pretty much to do anything. ANYTHING. We have the world at our fingertips. LITERALLY. We can use the internet to research and teach ourselves skills, meet friends and potential business partners around the world, share our art, music, minds, and start a business with NO PHYSICAL STORE, and no inventory to hold. How incredible is that???
I have been able to make 6 figures in less than 8 months by working from my iPhone and laptop. I just need some wifi and usually a good meal with a slab of dark chocolate.
Six figures is $100,000 and more - COMPLETELY ONLINE.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE ADVERSITY AND DOUBT?
Facing adversity and fear comes with NON COMPARISON, and realising that failure leads to success. You find out what doesn’t work, and what does. Then you build momentum and consistency, and figure out what areas you need to keep structuring properly. Know it's a learning process.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE TOP 3 SKILLS YOU NEED TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL?
Top 3 skills to be successful are:
1. SHOW UP. If you don’t show up for yourself, or for your business, how do you expect others to do the same?
"If 80 percent of success is showing up, then 20 percent is following up”
2. AMBITION. It is easy to give up when the going gets tough, but the most successful entrepreneurs persist because of their ambitious nature.
3. COMMUNICATION. Build connection. Know what you’re talking about. Become educated and confident in what you are saying.
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Advice I’d give to my younger self would be to ask myself “IS THIS HELPING ME GROW AND IS THIS MAKING ME HAPPY?” before doing or continuing to do something.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE TO SOMEONE?
The last gift I gave to someone is to my boyfriend. I booked us a retreat coming up, that will transform our very lives and allow us to dive deeper into our soul's purpose
IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?
So, I was going to share exactly what the title of the book I’d write about myself would be, if I were to create one… but I’ve decided that’ll be a mystery worth the wait ;-)
Now, who’s ready to just start, take a leap and take freaking action TODAY towards your goals and dreams?
Disclaimer: You’ll never feel ‘ready’. So, it’s time to invest in yourself and take advantage of what online marketing will allow you to do, create and accomplish!