Local Gem: Vita Wellness Massage
Created and led by entrepreneur Autumn Elias, Vita Wellness Massage Boutique offers signature massage-based wellness programs to anyone in need. Their motto? Vita thrives and strives to "we believe a massage can change the world!" Learn more about Autumn's beginnings and how Vita Wellness got its start below.
Q: What inspired you to start working in your industry? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?
A: Over 10 years ago, I was ‘pulled' to seek out new career opportunities. I left my sales position and went to massage school—I just leaped. If I had known how much personal growth would come from growing my own private practice and business, I [laughs] never would have said yes! I sought out a fabulously supportive business coach to keep me focused, learning and expanding my vision.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?
A: Nurture it/them. Surround yourself with people that also support your passion (or even different passions). The key for me is having a diverse support network that is unified by the commitment to manifesting our visions.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?
A: My most memorable game-changing moment came when I graduated from UT. I finally had the time, energy and space to choose building my business (over my degree) and get creative about how I wanted to go about doing just that.
Q: What have been your most challenging moments in your career, thus far?
A: Staying the course. It is SO easy for me to get excited by all the sparkly ideas out there. The most challenging has been making decisions based on the cold, hard numbers over my emotion and desire to ‘make it happen right now.'
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: When I’m discouraged, I dance. I’m addicted to latin dance, salsa, bachata, merengue. I’ve also been known to eat a bag of Skittles in 12 minutes or less…