#25: Natalie Garay, Founder of Therhappy

Natalie founded Therhappy, offering private Pilates Instruction with a focus on the pelvis, Flower Essence Therapy, mindfulness practices, and the support of an open-hearted community.
Natalie has been teaching Pilates since 2004. All of her work focuses on teaching women that building their physical and inner strength is about more than just their body. She aims to teach people that by taking care of themselves first, in mind and body, they will be more capable of taking care of those around them.

What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business?

My top core values are to have fun, show lots of compassion and kindness, and to empower my clients by educating them about their body.

Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions? 

I can share about many times where I thought I failed as a mother but I don't have any major failure moments as a business owner, thankfully. I will say though, it can be really tough, workshops don't always fill up like you'd like or my client schedule isn't as capacity, it just makes me think of new ways to reach women and find out what works best for them.

What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future? 

I'm currently working on expanding my business so that I can help more women heal physically and emotionally after birth; I'm running a crowdfunding campaign on ifundwomen.com to support this expansion. 
Recently, I started a podcast called {ther • happy} for Mamas where I interview experts in their field about how they support mamas. 
I'm also working on a couple of book projects, their working titles are "Birth Stories of Mamas on The Central Coast," and "Hugs & Kegels: Changing the World One Pelvic Floor at a Time."