Retired Army Captain, Transformational Life and Fitness Coach | Speaker; CEO of Body by Renea | FIT MOM CEO.
Renea Jones-Hudson recognizes that high-achieving, powerful women in their 40s have spent decades building a life that becomes the wall they hide behind. Who you were in your 20s is not who you are in your 40s, and it’s beginning to show.
Your body is starting to betray you with weight gain, fatigue and acute health conditions and you feel disempowered by a lack of confidence, guilt and shame. As a transformational life and fitness coach, She is passionate about restoring their passion to empower them from feeling powerless to powerful.
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We are thrilled to have you join us today, welcome to ValiantCEO Magazine’s exclusive interview! Let’s start off with a little introduction. Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your company.
Renea Jones-Hudson: My name is Renea Jones-Hudson. I am a wife, mother, and CEO of Body by Renea.
I am also a retired Army Captain with over 20 years of experience, and I recognize that high-achieving, powerful women in their 40s have spent decades building a life that becomes the wall they hide behind. Who we were in our 20s is not who we are in our 40s, and it’s beginning to show. Your body is starting to betray you with weight gain, fatigue, and acute health conditions and you feel disempowered by a lack of confidence, guilt and shame.
As a transformational life and fitness coach, I am passionate about restoring their passion to empower them from feeling powerless to powerful. I believe that wherever we are at any given point in our lives, is exactly where we are supposed to be.
2020 and 2021 threw a lot of curve balls into business on a global scale. Based on the experience gleaned in the past couple years, how can businesses thrive in 2022? What lessons have you learned?
Renea Jones-Hudson: Business can thrive in 2022 by collaborating and working to support each other. I did not always understand the importance of this concept, but as I am evolving as a person and as a leader, it is more evident that we get more done by understanding each other’s needs to see how best we can be there for each other.
It’s part of building a community, creating and maintaining relationships and support so that we no longer feel like we are alone.
The pandemic seems to keep on disrupting the economy, what should businesses focus on in 2022? What advice would you share?
Renea Jones-Hudson: Businesses should focus on being flexible about trying different avenues of approach.
So many times, we learn or see things done one particular way and we become fearful to try something different; we fear getting out of the “how we’ve always done this” mindset. If the pandemic taught us anything, is that we should be prepared for anything and be open to trying new approaches.
How has the pandemic changed your industry and how have you adapted?
Renea Jones-Hudson: With social distancing a mandate during the pandemic, fitness facilities like mine, were forced to close their doors. Personally, this was a time for me to reset, in many ways. As a small business, I also closed for obvious reasons but it was also a much-needed opportunity for me to take time and review my business model and learn what I needed to be able to adjust moving forward.
During the pandemic, I transitioned to the online space; this was not a big problem however it definitely took the “personal” out of the training. I was able to adapt by also inserting myself in the coaching arena as a way to address and meet clients where they were.
I also invested in myself and in business, this was definitely a game changer for me in that, I realized that having the right mindset is instrumental in being successful not just with a crisis but in how we approach difficulties in our everyday life.
What advice do you wish you received when the pandemic started and what do you intend on improving in 2022?
Renea Jones-Hudson: The advice I could have used when the pandemic started was to be sure you have support, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially and to collaborate more, work with people in your industry or be sure to have a mentor.
What I intended to improve in 2022 was to be sure I had the right support, hired a coach and get to know other small businesses in my community, and get involved by collaborating with other businesses.
Online business surged higher than ever, B2B, B2C, online shopping, virtual meetings, remote work, Zoom medical consultations, what are your expectations for 2022?
Renea Jones-Hudson: My expectations for 2022 is find a way to improve and sustain my products and services in the online space.
How many hours a day do you spend in front of a screen?
Renea Jones-Hudson: Approximately 6-8 hours total per day.when I’m not actively engaged in community activities.
The majority of executives use stories to persuade and communicate in the workplace. Can you share with our readers examples of how you implement that in your business to communicate effectively with your team?
Renea Jones-Hudson: Communicating is more than just speaking words; it’s also taking action, it’s also leading by example, it’s also working alongside at times, it’s engaging in dialogue and having a genuine interest in the driving forces of each of your team members and learning to appreciate who they are and where they’re at in their journey as well as being available to support.
Business is all about overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities for growth. What do you see as the real challenge right now?
Renea Jones-Hudson: I won’t say I see collaboration as a challenge, but more of a necessity. Supporting each other by promoting and working together to build each other’s businesses.
In 2022, what are you most interested in learning about? Crypto, NFTs, online marketing, or any other skill sets? Please share your motivations.
Renea Jones-Hudson: Being more involved in my community. Doing more speaking engagements and wellness events in the community.
A record 4.4 million Americans left their jobs in September in 2021, accelerating a trend that has become known as the Great Resignation. 47% of people plan to leave their job during 2022. Most are leaving because of their boss or their company culture. 82% of people feel unheard, undervalued and misunderstood in the workplace. Do you think leaders see the data and think “that’s not me – I’m not that boss they don’t want to work for? What changes do you think need to happen?
Renea Jones-Hudson: The changes that need to happen (and that may be happening now), is that employers realize that they must be more engaging. Meet employees where they are., understanding what their needs are, whether it’s personal or professional so that they can have a healthier, more cohesive work environment.
On a lighter note, if you had the ability to pick any business superpower, what would it be and how would you put it into practice?
Renea Jones-Hudson: Innovation and creativity. I would put this into practice by getting out and doing the uncomfortable, pushing my limits and stepping out of the box to be more competitive..
What does “success” in 2022 mean to you? It could be on a personal or business level, please share your vision.
Renea Jones-Hudson: Success for me in 2022 is growth in all areas of my life, especially in myself.
Success is being more engaged in the community, giving back, collaborating and being more supportive.
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Renea Jones-Hudson for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
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