I have a newfound interest in exercise after a too-long hiatus from doing anything active and I was intrigued when I saw the beautifully-modern sign go up for ELMNT Studio, a new fitness studio in the heart of NDG’s Monkland Village. When I found out it was a friend’s sister that was one of the partners behind the studio I reached out to find out her story. Emilie Bailey’s best advice, the first thing she does when she wakes up in the morning, and some real talk about what it takes to run your own business makes up part of this great interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally.
Eighteen countries in eight years! My sister always jokes that I should have a Guinness record for my travels. Travelling is a passion and a necessity for my well-being. Specifically, I love exploring the culture, language, and lifestyle of the countries I visit.
My fascination with diverse cultures stems from my own heritage. Born in Montreal to a Moroccan mother and a British father, and having an Algerian grandfather and a Spanish grandmother, I consider myself a citizen of the world.
But mostly, I’m interested in what I don’t understand, enthusiastic about what I don’t yet master and love learning. So three diplomas and many fields of interest is totally fitting.
I always thought I would end up working in a field that permitted me to travel the world, but instead I stayed in my hometown working in communications and advertising, then design and today the world of fitness and wellness.
A few months ago, my two partners (Natalie Kakon and Andrew Bathory) and myself opened up ELMNT Studio: the first fitness studio in the heart of the Monkland Village. Our studio combines yoga, spinning, mindful movement and athletic training. It’s a beautiful venture that keeps us smiling and excited for what’s to come.
Why did you decide to start your own business, versus work for someone else?
I would say my curiosity and desire to learn. I’ve never liked being confined to one task, but rather have always wanted to have my hands in everything. That’s why I’ve always worked for small or family businesses as they allow me to be involved in every aspect of the business. After completing my MBA, I knew I wanted to work for myself and not take the corporate route. I wanted to keep learning and have the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of a business. I freelanced in communication & marketing and ran a distribution company for two years, before starting this new venture.
Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned in running a business?
Patience. When starting off, one week can feel like a month or even more. It is important to remember this point and not make changes or decisions too quickly. Be patient with the choices you’ve made and know that you’ve made them for a reason.
If you were magically given 3 more hours per day, what would you do with them?
Funny enough, I would work out….hahaha. Like we say in french “le coordonnier le plus mal chaussé”
In your opinion, what are the top three things someone should consider before starting their own business?
What’s the first app, website or thing you open/do in the morning?
Instagram. I’m always amazed by everyone’s talent to capture beauty, expressions and everyday life. Also, it’s become the best way to stay up to date with what my friends and family are up to…. since I don’t have much time with them.
ps Want more interviews with awesome entrepreneurs here and abroad? Check out my past interviews here.