• Tamra Andress

F.I.T. Biz Tips - 5 Business Lessons From My Childhood Home


In this episode, I am walking through my childhood home for the last time. My intent in sharing is to truly help you understand from a business level how the home is, and where the heart actually applies to your business as well. I could get emotional or sentimental, but I'm going to try and do this as best I can and try and teach you how this home - the heartbeat is actually the same heartbeat as your business has. No matter where you go, we know ultimately our home is our heart, and therefore, whether it's the bones of a childhood home or it's the bones of your business, there's actually so much to be learned in this concept.


This week I talked about a business in my coworking space, Ardent Candle. It is a product-based business, but it doesn't just focus on the product. The founder, Koby Lomax, just went viral on Tik-Tok simply by being himself! You know the company because he is not afraid to be funny and show his face. He is the host in the process of you finding a great candle! You have got to check out their breakfast cereal candles and his posts on Instagram!


Jesus is home. If home is where the heart is, He is the heart. His it the host of all hosts. He is the hostess with the mostest. He is the living host.


This week I shared from my childhood home. I spent over 25 years in this house, which was full of fun and joy. My mom was she hostess with the mostest and her entrepreneurial spirit is what sparked my own journey. The home was where I could be myself and you need to be sure you are being yourself in your business as well. Be the hostess with the mostest, and lead your clients and customers!

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Show Notes: 5 Business Lessons Learned from My Childhood Home

Welcome to the fit and faith podcast. It is an acronym representing founders, innovators, and trailblazers who are looking to live a life wholly fully, authentically, and truly fit a space for us to connect on the raw real stories of mind, body, and soul alignment of entrepreneurs in kingdom leaders. I'm your host, Tamra and dress.

And this podcast, isn't like the cookie cutter interview experience. I've been coined the entrepreneurial rabbi. And so we do go there unscripted, no matter how far wide, deep or high there is. My desire is to see people rise from the inside, out, into their greatest calling, by sharing their truest stories.

And tips as a purpose activator and brand builder. I believe our successes and failures are derived from who and whose we are not what we do, but strategy and vision are equally as important to the mission. So let's cut to the chase together and get fit in faith.

Good morning. We are live in an action and it sounds like there's a bit of an echo. So hopefully you guys are hearing me well, and the sound of the podcast is good, but I am coming at you in a place that is echoing because there is no furniture. There is no anything because it has been. For a new homeowner.

I am standing in the middle of my childhood home and, uh, after gosh, 25 ish, 27, 29, I don't know the exact year of these 29 years. Um, we're selling it and it's been sold. And so this is the last time you were going to actually be standing in here. And when I was thinking of what I wanted to share this week, I knew I wanted to come at you in a special location.

And so while it might not be special to you, it's very special to. And my intent in sharing is to truly help you understand from a business level, how home is where the heart is actually applies to your business as well. And, uh, I could get emotional or sentimental, but I'm going to try and do this as best I can.

Um, and tired and teach you how this home, the heartbeat is actually the same heartbeat as your business has. And no matter where you go, we know ultimately our home is our heart and therefore, whether it's the bones of a childhood home, or it's the bones of your business, there's actually so much to be learned in this concept.

So I'm going to teach you the five things. That I have learned and will take with me from my childhood home. So stay tuned, write these down. It's a really good one. It's actually going to build upon a couple of other shows that we've done. So if you've never tuned into core sock, it's only five minutes, ish, five ish minutes.

If you know me, I can be long-winded. So it's very hard to stay with the program, but you got to tune back in and check them out. So number one, lesson from my childhood home is to open it. And my family's doors have always been wide open, um, specifically the backdoor because my mom ran a daycare and preschool in these very doors for the 29 years that we've lived here.

And it was always open access to families, to parents, to moms, to grandmas, to all the people you could possibly imagine. The front door was never honestly used very much unless there was a party. And we'll talk about that next, but what, how does that apply to yours? Is to keep your doors open. I mean, you need to go public.

You need to let people know that you exist. If you have private accounts and you're trying to flourish a business, you get to have a little bit of difficulty. So open your Facebook page, open your Instagram page, become a public avenue for people to come into community with you and better yet beyond just opening your doors.

Let there be a. Blow through your home. And what I mean by that is making sure that your Facebook page is linking to your website. Your website is linking to your Instagram. Your Instagram is linking to this page. Your podcast goes to this page. There should be this symmetry through your business and your brand and your home.

Just like my mom and dad have created here specifically my mom, cause she's the interior decorator of the clan. So open your doors. Don't be silly. Don't keep it shut out for the public. Okay. Open your. But at the very same time, lesson number two is to watch out for mosquitoes. All right. My childhood home is literally right near a swamp.

So I am not only allergic and get massive wealth when I get mosquitoes, but they are swarming everywhere, no matter what repellent or no matter what process we use. However, how does this relate to your. This is you. As you open these doors need to also be armored up. You need to have the word of God around you.

You need boundaries in your business, whether that's boundaries in your schedule, boundaries and access points to who you connect with and reach out to your emails, your time zones, any of those. So when I say to watch out for mosquitoes, there will be, and you opened up the flood gates. There will be people who sneak in and fights you.

I've been bit a couple of times in my business. I'm sure you can think of how you've been bit too. So think through those and how can you create a boundary that is a safe boundary that protects you and your business and potentially your employees or your team, and also protects your client, but that's a day another story.

All right. So number three is to be the exact. My mother, literally emulates so many things, um, specifically in entrepreneurship, which is how I get to be standing here. She modeled it so well for my entire life. Um, and there's a lesson that my pastor often says that you may have heard me say on another podcast, but I want to example it here because I think it's really important when you are a coach or an expert or a consultant or a business of any sort.

You should first do this first. When somebody comes in as a client, you're going to show them how to do the thing. Well, if you're a service-based or if you're a product based company, this applies. So think about it, open your mind to what this means, show them how to do it. Well, second, come alongside them as you're teaching them and supporting them and then actually doing it.

And then third, you stand back and let them actually do the thing really. So, how does that work? From an example standpoint, if I was coaching somebody, I'm going to show you how to do it. I'm actually going to be the example for you. Then you're going to emulate it with me so I can make sure that you have the training wheels essentially.

And then lastly, we'll take the training wheels off and I'll push you on your way and wave as you go. But I'll also be there watching, in case something. And that is how I coach and how you can also work your business. So it's very important. Be the example like my mom was, uh, if you listened to the last episode, we've the D I Y DWI and the D F Y concept that basically flips it on its head and it does it in a backwards order.

So go back and listen to that one. So, you know what I mean? It's really helpful way to build your business, but this is the way that we should be operating on a consistent basis from a human human. All right. Number four, lesson learned in my childhood home. This is where I am standing still. If you're not watching and you're listening to the podcast, um, it's, it's a special place.

And the next lesson is to be. Again, mom, you get all the kudos in this regard, in addition to opening the doors, in addition to sat and safe boundaries for us as children. In addition to being the example, she was the hostess with the mostess and she will continue to be, um, but how can that affect your business?

I want you to realize that as a business owner, as an entrepreneur, you are the host of your brand. People should come into experience with you directly, even if you're a product based. I have a product-based business and my coworking space who just went viral on Tik TOK, Arctic candle. You have to check them out.

His name is Coby. You'll love his energy. You'll love him specifically because even though his business is a product and ardent candle is the name, you know, Coby, you know, a space, you know, the experience you're going to get when you buy his. So, this is just one example of the many I could think of, but I wanted you to understand that being the example, being a host in that process is so important because if you don't host people well, there's a thousand other people, hundreds of thousands, probably doing what you do.

I could get my candles from anywhere. I could go to a party anywhere, but I want to show up to my mom's party. I want to get my candles from home. Right. And so really experiencing the hostess with the most as concept. And how can you do that better as a company? All right. If I think of my childhood home, this lesson, okay.

Here it is. Be American-born span. Literally you as a human being D of Mary Poppins bag, or at least carry one with you everywhere you go. My mom is amazing at this. She literally has a cooler packed, a bag, packed a Grammy bag, packed at any given time. And the concept is that if you need it, she's. So, how can you do that in your business?

I create resources. I create relationships so that my clients, if I can't do something well, because I can't be the, know it all right. I have an expert in certain areas as our view. And so be that for them. However, next up connects them with the people who are experts in the things that they mentioned.

The more you can support, the more resources you provide, the more access you give them to the tools and the, in your Mary Poppins bag. The more they feel free to know, like, and trust you and can continue to work with you. All right. So those are my five lessons. So home is where the heart is. How has that biblically understood you guys?

There are so many lessons, so many parables with each of those five examples that I just gave you. But the one thing that I want you to know is that Jesus. Home and in home is where the heart is. He is the heart. And if he is the heart, then we know that he is the host. He is the hostess with the mostess.

He is the host of all hosts. He is the living host. And so there's this parallel and everything that we learn in business, there is a parallel and how you develop your home, which is how you should develop your brand, which is how you will develop your. And so I'm believing in you today. I'm the leading in all of these areas to round it out.

One more time, open your doors, watch out for mosquitoes. Be the example, be a host and own a Mary Poppins bag, or be a Mary Poppins bag. It's been a joy. I hope this bless you. Hey, y'all it's me again. I hope in today's episode, you sent an ignite to an Ember within you, something mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually moving that creates and sustains a fire within your journey.

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