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Exploring Life & Business with Randee Brookins of Women Who Warrior

Today we’d like to introduce you to Randee Brookins.

Hi Randee, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I got started in my professional career by deciding to leave my corporate cubicle 8am-5pm job to go after my dreams of living in California. I’m from a small farm town in Alberta, Canada and always had dreams to head south. So after saving up every extra dollar I had earned, I made my way down to Santa Barbara to visit and eventually live with my Aunt and Uncle who owned a Martial Arts Studio in town.

They invited me to jump on the mat learning Kickboxing, then Martial Arts which lead me to teaching as a fitness & nutrition coach to eventually managing the studio which had 12 employees and 300-400 members at the time. After six years of my life on and off the mat training and managing a team, I felt a burning desire to up level and learn more about business to become a business owner. Simultaneously (and I don’t suggest this), I started an integrative health and wellness company with my husband called Age Management Institute and a passion project that empowers women to be assertive, confident and safe through self-defense classes called Inner Warrior Project. If that wasn’t enough, a year later I felt inspired to put together a Women’s Retreat because I saw a need for women to feel inspired, gain clarity on their dreams and find the courage to chase after them. It was called the Women Who Warrior Retreat and was a huge success with 64 attendees, 12 speakers, 6 team members, and various vendors. This retreat taught me so much and helped me realize how much I loved coaching women and supporting them as they go after their heart’s desires.

Currently, Age Management Institute is a highly successful wellness company who has doubled in business last year as we were helping with immunity support and preventative health during the Pandemic. We grew in staff and location in a matter of six months. Inner Warrior Project continues to do online empowerment classes for local nonprofits, school divisions, college groups to provide community interaction and safety during these times. Women Who Warrior has turned into an online business to help support women during the pandemic and thereafter until we can recreate our in person Retreat.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say it was a smooth road, no. As a new business owner and someone who comes from a long history of managing teams, I was new to being in a business partnership. All three companies I have partnered up with different people (not to mention one of them being my husband) and it makes moving forward difficult because you are constantly having to ensure that you and your partner are in alignment with the direction of the business. You have different ideas, work habits, goals, desires, expectations, visions and I could go on. It makes decision making very challenging if you are not on the same page. Expanding in business was also challenging because there is a lot of risks involved and so many unknowns. As you grow your liability, risk, overhead, your level of responsibility also increases. So not only are you working IN your business as one of the team members, you have to make time to work ON your business and assessing the priorities as a whole.

We’ve been impressed with Women Who Warrior, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Women Who Warrior helps women who want to be more intentional so they can defend against playing small while building up their businesses, relationships and communities. Our mission is to provide an inclusive and supportive community where women join together to learn, get inspired, make breakthroughs, and take action on their dreams. We aim to help women identify which areas of their life they’re ready to up-level, what their unique gifts are, and how they can empower themselves to step confidently into the warrior woman they have always been. We believe that it is important for woman to give themselves permission to zoom out of their daily multitasking lives to evaluate where they are and where they want to go by making small progress in all areas of their lives so they may life in more harmony. We are known for mixing the masculine energy with the feminine. For example, we can be in our feminine being vulnerable and open to sharing and caring for one another and also in our masculine strong and confident enough to shoot a bow and arrow. We also tend to merge the woo woo way of being with the practical. For example, there are times we dive deep into astrology for guidance and other times we are ready books on how to be more efficient.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
One of my favorite childhood memories would be growing up on the farm. My two sisters, my dad and I lived on a big cow farm and had all kinds of animals that we took care of. In the evening, we’d walk down the long field towards a large pond in the distance where there was a large beaver damn. We knew that every evening around supper time the beavers would come out of their damn to eat. So we’d crawl on top of the damn, sit there ever so quietly and wait for the family of beavers to come out and play. Finally, after 30 minutes of stillness we’d see the little family come out, babies on top of the mommas belly and dive around looking for supper. I remember the scene clearly, sun about to set, glistening off the water, as the beavers created a ripple effect as they swam around. The sound of their tail slapping the water was a sure sign that the beavers had caught us watching them. It is a very special memory to me.

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