Delighted to feature Leora Mofsowitz, Healthpreneur and Functional Medicine Health Coach and present our interview.
Leora is an incredible human being. She is a powerhouse in business, intelligent, educated, well-read and interesting. She’s also kind, caring and makes you feel right at home in her presence.
Special Thanks to our beautiful mutual friend, Vienie McShane for introducing us.
On with the interview…
Healthpreneur and Functional Medicine Health Coach
Lauren: In your own words, what do you do for a living?
Leora: I am a healthpreneur, and a Functional Medicine Health Coach (FMCHC) committed to empowering people to reach their full health potential.
After 14 years in the Functional Medicine and Neutraceutical world, becoming an FMCHC was the organic next step.
Lauren: If you wear many hats in business, which of these do you love most, which takes most of your time and which brings in the most income?
Leora: I wear many hats for sure (mom, wife and healthpreneur). Being a mom is a fulltime commitment, and there is no greater reward than seeing my children thrive.
As an FMCHC, seeing people ready to change and then guiding them to their goals is extremely rewarding.
Working in groups encourages sharing and behavioural change. This model allows me to offer my clients my services at a lower cost centre, and support a very viable business model.
Leora on Entrepreneurship
Lauren: When did you decide to become an Entrepreneur?
Leora: I don’t believe I ever became one as such. It is something in my blood. My grandfather and father were both entrepreneurs.
The decision made sense when I left my career in sales in South Africa. I wanted to put into practice for myself what I have helped so many others create for themselves.
Covid accelerated the need for my business to come into fruition, together with my move to the UK. I faced my biggest fears of leaving behind everything I knew and loved to pave the way for a different opportunity for my family.
I demonstrated my resilience and ability to manage my health effectively.
It was the logical next step in my journey. This change of life direction gave me TIME for the first time in my life.
Lauren: Who did you have in mind? Who do you serve?
Leora: I serve clients that are READY TO CHANGE. They are people who are genuinely ready to realize their full health potential.
My business focuses on being the detective and the person directing the way for people so they are not sent from pillar to post in managing their health.
My current client demographic includes entrepreneurs, business leaders and CEO’s who want to secure a future for themselves as achieving great heights professionally whilst being the best version of themselves.
Lauren: Is this your first entrepreneurial pursuit?
Leora: My first memorable experience as an entrepreneur was starting my own home tutoring business when I was sixteen.
Being an entrepreneur is about having a vision and then doing the hard work required to realize that vision.
I have always been an influential negotiator, and I could say those heated discussions at home started from when I was very young, always needing to voice my opinion.
Lauren: Would you like to share any highs or lows in your career as an Entrepreneur?
Leora: The HIGHS have been everyone else believing in me and starting to take the necessary steps to realize my dream and the LOWS have been Imposter Syndrome, wondering if I am good enough.
Lauren: What has been the number one highlight of your career?
Leora: I am not sure if I have reached the highlight quite yet, but if I reflect over the last few years, something that stands out is connecting with one of my corporate clients who choose to consult with me as her sounding board for her health and life vision.
It was a WOW moment!
The highlight is that this field is continuously evolving and developing, and I know that I am making a difference.
Lauren: What has been the greatest challenge for you to overcome in your career?
Leora: The greatest challenge has been to work out who I am best able to serve as a Functional Medicine Health Coach. Once I worked out my target audience, my whole business started to gain momentum.
Lauren: Is there anything you feel you missed out on by becoming an Entrepreneur?
Leora: Not that I am aware of, as I have been able to continue working on pursuing my work in organizations with business development.
Lauren: Is there anything you feel you gained by becoming an Entrepreneur?
Leora: I gained the opportunity to believe in myself as someone who can contribute to making this world a better place—seeing myself as being able to contribute to the lives of others and make a difference.
Lauren: Do you feel you chose an easy path or a difficult one?
Leora: No path is easy, but this path is meaningful. Anything in my life that has been worth it has not always been easy, but it has been worth the effort.
Lauren: All things considered, do you feel it was a good decision to become an Entrepreneur?
Leora: Absolutely and it is continually evolving.
Leora on Motherhood
Lauren: What has been the number one highlight of Motherhood for you?
Leora: There are so many highlights; it is hard to pinpoint. I would say that when I see my children developing into the beautiful people that they are, I am grateful. When I pause and see life through their eyes and their pace, those are my highlights.
Lauren: What has been the greatest challenge for you to overcome as a Mother?
Leora: The balancing act as a working mother. Sometimes giving my work my best energy and only having leftovers for my husband and children. It is something that I work on ongoingly.
Leora on Work-Life Balance
Lauren: Has it been tricky balancing work and home life?
Leora: Absolutely, but I am learning to get over the guilt. I continuously remind myself that I am empowering my daughters to make an opportunity for themselves, and to create the life they imagine.
I am proud to be teaching my daughters to be independent and work for themselves.
Lauren: What do you love most about being a Mom Entrepreneur?
Leora: The opportunity to build a business that I am proud of and where I am making a difference to bring more good into the world.
Lauren: Where do you work most days?
Leora: These days the world is online, so my home office. I am now a global functional medicine health coach. Clients respond exceptionally well to this medium, and I get to experience them in their homes-where health happens.
Lauren: How many days per week do you work, on average?
Leora: I work daily. Work is life and life is work, but I do my best not to work on weekends. As an entrepreneur, I need to be the driver, and that takes time. There is nothing glamorous about entrepreneurship. It is hard work, and I love it.
Lauren: How many hours do you estimate you work per day, on average?
Leora: 8-12 hours, depending on the day, of course. Does working for my family count?
Lauren: Absolutely, it counts. Do you have any daily rituals to maintain a work-life balance?
Leora: Walking in the gorgeous parks and woods close to my home, my first cup of uninterrupted coffee, sipping on my decaf green tea the rest of the day, watching stand up comedians as my downtime, my weekly yoga classes are without a doubt my most grounding practices.
Leora on Living her Passion
Lauren: Do you feel you are living your passion?
Leora: Absolutely 100%!
At 18, I started my studies to become a psychologist and the one lecturer who inspired me more than any other was Dr Helgo Schomer with this segment on Health Psychology.
I never knew at 18, in first-year Psychology, that in the year 2020 I would be a Functional Medicine Health Coach. This profession did not exist then, but my interest did. My passion is to help others feel inspired and realize their health potential.
Lauren: Do you feel you have already created your best work?
Leora: The best is yet to come. 2020 has unleashed the new me; I am ready and excited for what lies ahead.
Lauren: If you were to die tomorrow, would you be at peace knowing you had lived a full, happy and meaningful life?
Leora: Wow, this is a huge question. I am not ready to go anywhere, but I am 100% clear my life has meaning, and I am grateful for where I am, what I have achieved personally and professionally. I am excited for more.
Leora’s Message to the World
Lauren: Do you have a message you would like the world to hear?
Leora: I want people to know that anything is possible. Living your best life is something that is within reach. Fear is in the mind and facing those demons uncovers a beautiful new YOU. I want the world to be led by leaders who see the best in themselves and others.
Lauren: Is there a book or a song or a movie that has had huge significance or meaning in your life?
Leora: The song “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman.
The book by Kahlil Gibran “The Prophet“.
Lauren: Ooh, two of my favourites too, Leora. What advice would you give someone just starting out as an Entrepreneur?
Leora: See it like having a child. There is no right time, but it is the most rewarding experience. Even if it gives you sleepless nights and you feel like you don’t know what you are doing, this is your business, and you are going to do it well.
If you look at famous entrepreneurs and think it is glamorous and comfortable, know they all started in the same place.
Lauren: Is there anything you know now, that you wish you knew when you started out as an Entrepreneur?
Leora; I wish I would have started earlier and not spent time waiting for things to look perfect before I got going with things.
Lauren: Is there anything you know now, that you wish you knew when you first became a Mom?
Leora: When people say that time moves fast, they are right. I would like to have known that prioritizing myself was a must and not a nice to do when I had time.
Leora’s Hopes and Fears
Lauren: What are your hopes for the rest of 2020 and beyond?
Leora: My hopes for the rest of the year is to help people powerfully end a troubled year and move into 2021 with a renewed sense of possibility.
Lauren: What are your fears?
Leora: My fears are that time moves ahead, and I don’t get done what I have set out for myself.
Leora’s Mentors and Tools
Lauren: Who has been enormously helpful to you? Do you have mentors in business?
Leora: Dr Kristi Hughes, Dr Deanna Minich, Dr Mark Hyman – Functional Medicine
My father, Robin Sharma, network groups, Linkedin communities- Business
Lauren: Which tools of the trade have been enormously helpful for you?
Leora: Connecting with people on Linkedin, my Functional Medicine coaching community, my leadership circle group, my relationship with my husband and children guiding me forward.
Lauren: Are there any courses or studies you feel have been essential to your success?
Leora: Everything I have studied and continue to study has led me to this point. My certification with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, which is the gold standard in Health Coaching, NBHWC approved training program.
How to Give Back to Leora
Lauren: If there was anything I could help you with, what it would it be?
Leora: Sharing my mission with others, so I can realize my mission to empower business leaders to realize their health potential, so there is a ripple effect for good in the world.
Lauren: Who is your target market? If I were to give you a referral, who would I be looking for?
Leora: Business leaders, CEOs and Entrepreneurs
How to Work with Leora
Schedule your complimentary discovery call with Leora.
Go to: www.leoramofsowitz.com