The North Iowa Women In Business Series continues with Shari Hagen of Inkedandeducatedmom.com. Shari has a a passion for helping people live healthy. Her passion is health and wellness, and of course, living life to the fullest. Meet Shari Hagen.
Shari Hagen is the owner of Inkedandeducatedmom.com. She has been active in her business since January of 2014. It has been fun to watch her business grow the past couple years. Her story will inspire you to follow your passions and your dreams. I personally have enjoyed watching her business flourish and look forward to the bright future that she has ahead of her.
Why Did You Start Your Business?
I wanted to be able to help people with everything health and wellness. My son was diagnosed with Autism and many other diagnoses at a very young age. We were unable to find the resources that we needed in North Iowa when dealing with the biomedical side of it. My family has also dealt with chronic Lyme Disease, for years, without any help. So, I wanted to provide that resource. In addition, I focus on teaching people how to live healthy on a budget, as many are struggling with their finances.
What Advice Would You Give A Woman Wanting To Start Her Own Business?
The advice I would give a woman wanting to start her own business, is to ignore the naysayers. The perfect example is someone in my community is old-fashioned especially when it comes to business women. I recall being at a business meeting and he saw me and asked, “You sitting in the bosses lap today?” I instantly was disgusted and thought of the different responses I felt like saying. However, I calmly responded, “I am the boss.” Even though we have come far in our society about roles of men and women; there are still people who have not changed their opinion. Don’t let this detour you.
Who Has Mentored You Through The Process of Building Your Business
I have had several great mentors on my business building journey. Val Heard (who has been her own boss for 12+ years), The Colemans of BEWELLness of Clear Lake (owning their own health and wellness store and being very good friends), and Sara Broers (sharing the social media aspect of business).
Tell Us About Your Family
I have been married five years to a wonderful, understanding man and have a six year old son named Levi. My son has been the main reason I embarked on my health and wellness journey. Even though he was nonverbal and had many behavior issues four years ago; through removing toxins, diet changes, and other biomedical interventions today, he is a normal Kindergartener. Our struggles with Lyme Disease are much less severe. Now we love to spend quality time taking trips and being a blessing to as many people as we can.
Shari reminds each of us that it’s important to be an advocate for your health. If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong and you are not getting answers you want from traditional medicine, remember that you do have options.
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