As promised, today we launch Power Talk Tuesday and I am so excited about today’s blog post! For today's edition of Power Talk Tuesday, I get to interview the amazing Samantha Skelly of Hungry for Happiness.
Samantha has been featured on Breakfast Television, The Province, CBC and The Telegraph.
Samantha Skelly is the founder of Hungry For Happiness, an international movement to support women and men around the world who are suffering from disorder eating and body image issues. Hungry For Happiness creates online accessible and affordable recovery to those who are suffering in silence from these eating disorders. Samantha was awarded ‘Top 24 under 24’ in September 2013. In 2014 she was a finalist as the ‘Best Emerging Entrepreneur’ and Hungry For Happiness has won numerous awards as one of the most forwardly progressive companies in Canada. Samantha Skelly aims to create a disruptive company in the eating disorder recovery space, breaking free from the linear model resulting in exponential growth in order to create massive social change and impact internationally.Hungry For Happiness is on track to reach 500,000 women and men by 2016. When Samantha isn’t working on her mission she is probably upside down practising acro yoga, playing guitar, at comedy improve class, dancing (of some sort) or travelling the world.
As an activist for body positivity, this entrepreneur is truly a woman after my own heart. I have such a strong belief in her business and what she does that I could not wait to interview her and share it with you!
Chelsey: So first of all, tell me a little bit about what Hungry for Happiness involves! Samantha: Hungry for Happiness is an online platform for women and men who suffer from eating disorders. We help to create accessible and affordable online treatment globally.
Because there are a lot of stigma around eating disorders and a lot of guilt and shame around these illnesses we have created a platform where people can seek help and all they need is a computer and internet connection.
One of the biggest problems within eating disorders is social isolation and that is one of our biggest fights with eating disorders. We are working to help by creating a community moderated by coaches, doctors, dieticians, and psychologists who specialize in working with eating disorders.
C: Is there a specific point of wisdom or inspiration for you that you’ve tried to incorporate into your business? S: The inspiration I’ve tried to incorporate resilience. A lot of people have told me how much they need what we’re offering.The topic of being resilient is what I’ve tried to incorporate into my business.
C: As an entrepreneur, how did you get your start and what keeps you motivated? S: I got my start when I was 12, I started selling lemonade and beaded necklaces. Through that I got the taste for creativity and making money, I was super proud of doing that.
From there, creativity followed me into adulthood. When everyone was talking about going to university and getting degrees, it didn't interest me at all. I created my education through travel. I spent 4 years travelling the world and learning from others.
What keeps me motivated is knowing that the work I'm doing today will cause ripples in the world. It will cause changes for generations to come and makes a lasting impact on the future. That is what is most exciting for me.
C: In your opinion, how big of an impact does a person’s relationship with food and their body play on their everyday life? S:EVERYTHING. Absolutely everything. I think when you have a dysfunctional relationship with your body and food, it takes up so much energy and space that it stops you from truly experiencing the beauty of life and your body and everything else. It’s all consuming. It’s the first thought when you wake up, the last thought when you go to bed and everything in between.
C:Without giving away too many of the details of what your program entails, do you have one piece of advice or pointer that you give to each and every one of your clients? S: The base of every single program is engrained in compassion. With eating disorders and food patterns and body image issues, we lack compassion for ourselves and others. So compassion is a constant everyday practice in our programs and with it, thats when we transform worlds.
C: What do you do for yourself to stay grounded, balanced and healthy? S: I do something inspired by my friend Hal Elrod, called Miracle Mornings. When I wake up, I meditate for 20 mins, I write for 20 mins, I do affirmations and visualizations and then I exercise. After I work out, I come home and I'm ready to go. When I don't do that I feel disconnected. I cant serve the way I want to, I feel like it’s a critical part of my day.
C: I have to ask, why teal? It is a gorgeous colour, but does it have any specific significance for you? S: Yeah tons. I am a pieces and I love the water. One of my top core values is freedom and I feel I've tapped into that value when I'm in the water. I aim to bring in that feeling and energy into my business. Another one of my top values is travel. Creating my business that is completely mobileis the very freeing.
C: Any other thoughts you care to share with the world about yourself and your business? S: I've sent an intention to dedicate the next 10 years of my life to make Hungry for Happiness the number one platform in the world. I'm never going to develop and exist strategy for my business.
Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to share a few of your thoughts with us. I feel so blessed to be able to have amazing entrepreneurs in my network like Samantha. Check out her website for more information on her programs!