025 Zen & Tonic Wellness Clinic: How to Start a Business, Leaving Your Corporate Job, Memorable Logo Design & MORE

This week on the show I’m chatting with April + Edward from Zen & Tonic Wellness Clinic,

Zen & Tonic is a wellness space located in Toronto that began in 2016 when April & Edward decided to follow their dreams and turn their passion for wellness into a beautiful community hub.

They both shared the deep desire to educate individuals on the power of natural medicine, and ultimately, make a positive difference. So, With similar intentions, they set out on a journey to help others lead healthier, happier lives through a wellness space called Zen & Tonic.

Their philosophy is about the use of both Eastern and Western modalities for treatments and the effectiveness of your healing. The synergistic healing powers of these alternative therapies will help propel your journey back to balance.

Be sure to check out the show notes at www.kelseyreidl.com for photos of the space and a great recap of the podcast.

If you’e EVER thought about starting your own health space, wellness clinic, or fitness studio - I would highly recommend listening to this podcast or sharing it with a friend.

We chat about: Entrepreneurship, their East meets West philosophy, why April decided to leave her corporate job in pursuit of Zen & Tonic, and SO MUCH MORE!

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024 CELEBRATING OUR 6 MONTH ANNIVERSARY!

6 MONTHS!

I can’t believe I’ve been at this ‘podcast thing’ for six months. I knew I’d love it, but had no idea how much. I feel really grateful that I get to do this work and share it with you all.

I can truly say that I've learned SO MUCH from launching + hosting this weekly show, and I've learned even more from my weekly conversations and interviews with my visionary guests. Everyone has such a unique and powerful message.

Today on the show, I’m celebrating this exciting 6 month milestone in my own Visionary Life by recapping what the last 6 months have looked like, what to expect in the coming 6 months, and announcing a very special GIVEAWAY!

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023 The "Anything But Average" Approach of a Boutique Communications Agency Called Pineapple Collective

Visionaries Emma Andres & Lynsey Walker are the founders of a boutique communications agency called Pineapple Collective. The two of them came from career-backgrounds in education, sales and marketing within the natural health industry; and after years working for other top health brands, they decided to step out on their own, combine over 10+ years of experience, and launch Pineapple Collective.

Pineapple Collective is an agency unlike the others: their 'anything but average approach' is recognizable in everything they put their stamp on!

This interview is a true inspiration if you’ve ever wanted to explore how your passions and your business can beautifully flow together. I am so proud of what they have created in just a few short years, and can't wait for everyone to get a taste of Pineapple in their mouth (or ears?)!

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Melissa Condotta Opened an Apothecary & Has Built a Retail + Online Business Selling Botanical Creations

When big city life didn’t feel conducive to Melissa Condotta's next steps, she and her partner packed up their Toronto condo to begin a new life near The County, and they’ve never looked back.

Her husband Sunny runs The Dog Parc (a really neat dog psychology and rehabilitation center - check it out), and Melissa spends her days crafting products for Sunday’s Company, which started as a side project back when she lived in Toronto between her and a good friend and they worked on it on, you guessed it, Sunday’s.

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Everything You Need to Know About Running a Coffee Shop with Sonya of The Vic Cafe in Prince Edward County

This week we are chatting with Sonya Szabo from The Vic Cafe in Prince Edward County. This is part 3 of our 4 part SPOTLIGHT PEC series.

The Vic is a quaint, cozy and insanely delicious fresh cafe and coffee shop located in Picton Ontario. Within the 4 walls of their cafe, Sonya and her husband Rick have managed to create a space where customer service is unparalleled, where menu items are thoughtfully created with your best health in mind, and where the coffee is held to the most rigorous of standards making it the best cup you’ll have during your stay.

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Parson's Brewery is Creating a Community Hub around their Passion for Craft Beer

Today on the show we are chatting with Samantha from Parson’s Brewery.

Samantha and her husband Chris didn’t always live in the county or have a business in beer. In fact, much of their lives were spent living in Toronto, Ontario where Chris had a career in banking and Samantha had an advertising role with Telus Communications.

Chris began brewing beers in their garage with a single 50 liter tank - and upon receiving rave reviews from thirsty friends - the business of brewing organically started to grow.

Today, Chris & Samantha have moved their life to a beautiful property just outside of Prince Edward County and have opened an adjacent brewhouse, bottle shop and community hub in a restored barn-house.

Dave and I had the chance to sip on 4 of their beers and I can truly say that they are some of the best brews we have ever tasted.

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Social Media: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.. & How It Affects Our Lives

Today I brought one of my very best friends on to the show to chat all-things-social-media.

Samara and I often get together over coffee and chat about our lives. We discuss the highs, the lows, the bad, the good... and I really appreciate her as a friend because I never need to filter my conversations with her. It's 100% real talk and we simply chat about what's in our head and what's on our minds.

In the case of this weeks podcast, we decided to record our conversation about all-things-social-media. The idea came from an Instagram Detox that Samara was currently doing.

I know what you might be thinking...

  • Do we really need to detox from social media?

  • Is your relationship actually that bad with Instagram and Facebook (or whichever online platforms you frequent)?

  • How much of your day is spent browsing and scrolling?

...I’m sure Samara and I are not the only ones who have considered a lot of these topics.

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Laura from Elemental Shift Co. Chatting About The Car Accident That Completely Changed Her Life

Has there ever been an event in your lifetime that completely derailed the course of your life and set you off on an entirely new path?

Maybe it was a breakup, a career transition, losing a loved one, or in the case of this weeks guest Laura… a devastating car accident.

Laura experienced a major change in perspective after a car accident left her to discover who she was, what her purpose was, and what she was really here to accomplish in this lifetime.

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TIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS! Investing in Coworking, Which Monthly Subscriptions You Need, and Best Biz Podcasts!

On today's MINI-Episode of Visionary Life I'm discussing,

  1. Top 3 Online Tools Every Business Can Benefit From

  2. Why I pay to work from a co-working space (when I could techincally work from home in my pyjamas!)

  3. Top Podcasts That Can Help You Uplevel Your Online Business & Marketing Strategy

  4. Why it doesn't matter if you work 2 hours per day or 8 hours per day... and what the REAL focus of your day should be

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The June Motel on Reviving the Motel Industry, Wine & Good Vibes, Launching a Biz with your Bestie

This week on the show we have Sarah Skalsh & April Brown, the founders of The June Motel (aka The June).

As longtime friends, April and Sarah decided on a whim to purchase the former Sportsman Motel in Prince Edward County. They haven't been "moteliers" for long, but the reviews on their Motel are in and they are RAVING!

The decor of this place is dreamy, and the good wine & good vibes are the icing on the cake.

Sarah & April completely redesigned the vintage motel and re-invented the experience of what staying at a Motel looks like. What a visionary endeavor, if I have ever seen one!

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Basd Body Care on Launching a No B.S. Beauty Brand & Finding Fulfillment Through Entrepreneurship

A few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down with Ashley Meston & Phil Lebeau who are the founders of Basd Body Care.

Basd Body Care is a line of organic, plant-basd, cruelty-free products. Ashley & Phils vision behind basd was to be transparent, to use only ingredients they were proud of, and to create a brand that celebrates and nourishes all bodies.

Knowing how much insight they would have in the realms of sales & marketing, entrepreneurship, and living in an inspired state everyday; I knew that you would all love listening to this podcast episode as much as I loved recording it for you.

In this episode we chat about:

  • Why consumer education is imperative in marketing and sharing your business

  • Rituals that help Ashley and Phil perform as high level entrepreneurs

  • What they love most about being CEO’s of their own life + biz

  • The best beauty app that everyone should download immediately!

  • The importance of post secondary education in today’s self-taught era

  • What experience do you really need to launch your own business

  • The early stages of developing basd and the idea for a brand + culture, first and foremost

  • And so much more!

Connect with basd on their website or on Instagram.

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Visionary Travel with Kelsey & Dave

We are back from our European adventures and wanted to share an episode today that focused on #VisionaryTravel.

Today we DO have a special guest and that’s my fiancee Dave. We sat down on one of the last days of our trip to have this 30 min conversation, over a glass of wine in France. It was so fun to have this type of conversation with my guy.

We talk about:

  • How we met (surprise surprise, it was while travelling)

  • Encouraging each other to continue pursuing travel at every stage of our lives, whether solo or together

  • Our adventures living & working in Swizterland

  • Being persistent in the pursuit of what you want

  • The benefits and challenges of falling into routine while living in Toronto

  • The main differences we noticed in European culture

  • Should you live to work, or work to live?

  • Taking chances and trusting your gut when traveling

  • Our desire to explore every corner of the earth, and follow the stars

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Kara Foley on Navigating The Gifts Life Gives Us, Moving from Big City to Small Town, and Launching a Yoga Studio

Today’s guest is Kara Foley.

Some of the words I would use to describe Kara include kind, a total boss babe, hard working, compassionate, and just a beautiful soul to be around.

And let me tell you, the challenges and unexpected bumps in the road over the past few years could have completely de-railed Kara, yet somehow she continues to move forward. To see her challenges, to face them, and then to fuel her fire with them.

Kara is the founder of Physio Bodhi; a wellness shop, yoga studio, smoothie bar, health clinic, and holistic space in Deep River, Ontario.⠀

We chat about:

  • all things spiritual
  • finding community after moving to a small town
  • what wellness hacks are REALLY necessary to live a healthy life
  • what prompted her to take her yoga teacher training and launch a studio of her own
  • managing the health of her family despite some major challenges
  • keeping the vibes high and healthy for everyone who is in her presence

She’s truly a superwoman if I’ve ever seen one. Let’s get into it, here’s this weeks episode with Kara Foley.

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Cheryl Torrance (aka The Dancing Chef!) on Being Rich (not in the traditional sense), Living on the Streets & Why Happiness Trumps All

Thanks @chef_inked for being 1 of my first 10 guests on the Visionary Life Podcast. I loved this real-talk interview that went down in Cheryl's spin studio, Torq ride in Toronto.

We chat about the moment we lost our jobs together, why happiness is more important than luxury cars & vacation homes, and feeling rooted in online and offline communities.

KEEP SMILING

KEEP DANCING

BE AWESOME

(those are the words of Cheryl!)

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Darielle Teitelbaum on Being a Spiritual Lawyer, Protection of your Intellectual Property Online & More!

Darielle is a corporate lawyer (& a spiritual one - which we chat lots about!), and she’s the founder of Awe Legal which stands for Athletes, Wellness Professionals and Entrepreneurs. Awe Legal is awhich is a boutique law firm based in Toronto & online.

I loved this conversation with Darielle. Her and I met less than 1 year ago through the gym that we both teach indoor cycling at here in Toronto and I’ve been in AWE (sorry bad pun) of her business since meeting.

We chat about her career evolution from working TIRELESSLY at a criminal defense firm, to her travels where she was enlightened about spiritual law, and also about things every influencers or ambassador should consider before signing with a brand.

I love how Darielle is challenging the traditional paradigm of what we expect in a lawyer and is instead paving her own visionary path using her skills and infusing her passion for wellness. She’s so approachable, knowledgeable and I know you’ll learn so much from her.

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Is Your Hardware Half Alive?

It's a solo episode today!

 

As I navigate some major tech issues, launching a new website, and growing my business - I thought I would jam on some current topics that are my reality. I hope you enjoy this audio hangout with me!

 

In this episode, I chat about...


  • the comparison between my dead laptop and our bodies

  • upgrades to our health + career that need to be made

  • my desire for constant change, and why being stagnant scares me

  • our job of continually evolving

  • what's a life without health?

  • signs that you need to change your job
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Becka Crowe (aka Going Grainless) on Being Let Go From A Dream Job, Intention Setting, & Re-Branding Your Business

Today on the show, we have Becka Crowe!

Becka is the blogger behind the holistic lifestyle blog Going Grainless & she is the co-host and producer of the Vibe Tribe Wellness podcast

Her and I share a similar story in our career paths– namely, being let go from “dream jobs” and finding the silver lining in moving on from them to find what we were REALLY here to do.

Becka has a passion for real food, holistic health, personal growth, non-toxic beauty, developing grain free recipes and so much in between.

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