Name: Linda Frommeyer
Business: Organic Facialist
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Industry: Healthcare, Wellness & Fitness
Reason for starting? Being a military spouse for 16 years, I supported my husband to the rank of colonel. Post-divorce, I went back to my roots as an esthetician. Living in Northern Virginia is a challenge with the congestion and parking. I saw that people wanted personal care services but did not have the time. As I conducted the research, I found no mobile spas in my area (population over 500,00). I started Organicfacialist.com summer of 2017!
As I start my solo mobile spa business, I’m finding it both challenging and exciting. Skincare is my passion. Supporting women is my passion. Making women beautiful is my passion. I want to live a passionate life in this next chapter of my life, while having work/life balance to raise my 16-year-old son and get him into college in a few short years. My life and work is value-based not volume-based. I live and work with high integrity and compassion. I only work with products that are cruelty and toxic free.
How do you define success? My definition of success is a combination of feeling fulfilled, adding value to people’s lives and becoming financially independent. Fulfillment to me is knowing I’m living and providing a high level of integrity and intention to myself and the world. Being filled up internally! Now that is the true meaning of fulfillment. Adding value to people lives is imperative to me. I do that by educating and improving people’s skin. Supporting them to feel good in their own skin. The largest organ of the body, where we all live. Becoming financially independent is a lifelong goal. Being a stay-at-home wife and mother for most of my adult life, I look forward to releasing the ties of my past and embrace my financial future as an entrepreneur.
Biggest success: Being a mother to my son, Zach, has been my greatest accomplishment to date. When he turned 16 in August of 2017, I turned around to see a 5’11” handsome, accomplished, humble, compassionate young man standing in front of me looking down at me! He is a junior at Edison High School in the IB program with a 3.8 GPA. Has been involved with basketball at a competitive level since 5th grade. Needless to say, I’m very proud of him but most of all just honored to witness him grow into the man he will become.
What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? Having no business experience, I’m starting my solo business with an “on the job training” approach with no capital. It really is a gamble that I’m fully cognizant of the risks and challenges that are facing me both professionally and personally. On a personal level, I grew up with multiple waves of abuse both sexually and physically. Being an incest survivor has had a great impact on my life, resulting in a CPTSD diagnosis. I live with the legacy on a daily basis but also embrace the strength, sensitivity and compassion I acquired because of it. I take that compassion and bring it to my clients and the people I love.
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Who is your most important role model? My son. I admire his dedication to his studies, his friends, his cat and even to me, at times. He is a teenager, so my expectations are low. He is an independent thinker, conscientious and self-motivated. I admire all those traits a great deal and hope to obtain them at the high level Zach has.
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Posted: October 10, 2017