We had the good fortune of connecting with Dianna Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dianna, what principle do you value most?
Many values are important when running a small business, but I think humility is one that matters most to me. Humility is key to having an open mind as well as being willing to constantly learn and grow. No matter how successful you become in life it is essential to always be a good student. Humility dissipates arrogance, gives you a clear head to really understand, relate and serve others to the best of your ability. No matter who you are or where you come from everyone deserves to be treated with the same full and open heart.
What should our readers know about your business?
Mini But Mighty LLC is an online health and fitness business centered around helping women become the healthiest, strongest and most confident version of themselves. My companies’ mission is to elevate female’s confidence by educating, motivating and strengthening mindsets through individualized training and nutrition programs. The difference between my business and most is the personalization I try and bring to each program and client Each individual I help is beautiful and unique in their own way, and I believe every program I create should match. I am most proud and excited about the organic growth I have seen in my team over the last 6 months. When I first started Mini But Mighty LLC I started with 1 client and she was my best friend. I am excited to announce that I am currently helping dozens of women become their strongest, healthiest self. Getting to this point was not easy.
There were a lot of moments of doubt and uncertainty. If you are familiar with the fitness industry you know that this field is very saturated. There are a lot of people doing a lot of the same things. Sometimes it made me wonder “can I really do this?” “what makes me any different?” Then I started to realize it wasn’t about what everyone else was doing. It was all about what I was doing and the impact I wanted to make. It’s not about the followers, likes and views … It’s about the education, clarity and guidance I can provide for any number of individuals. Once I started focusing on the difference I wanted to make, that is when things really started to take off for Mini But Mighty LLC.
Over the last several years I’ve learned a tremendous amount. The most impactful lesson being, starting small is still starting. A lot of people don’t start certain things because “it’s not the right time” or “it’s not the right place” or “it’s not perfect yet.” Growing a business is trial and error. Some things succeed and some things fail, but if we understand that failure is just a form of learning, that is when we can really go far. I want people to know that Mini But Mighty LLC is here to serve, educate and understand your health and fitness goals. I want individuals to understand you can achieve a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. All you need is a strong maintainable plan, actionable steps, self- love and little bit of guidance along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were visiting Atlanta, GA for the weekend, I would take he or she all over the city. Some of my favorite spots include the Garden Room in downtown Atlanta, Del Bar located near Inman park, Marietta Square Market in downtown Marietta, The Georgia State Fair located in Hampton GA and Lake Hartwell for a lake day trip! We would start the day with some of the best breakfast in town at the Marietta Diner, which is open 24-7! We would then grab some lunch at the Marietta Square Market where you can choose over from over five different types of cuisines, spend the afternoon at the Atlanta aquarium, grab dinner at Del Bar and finish off the night with dessert and drinks at the beautifully decorated Garden Room! These are some of the most fun and exciting places I have experienced so far living in Atlanta GA. Overall though the city of Atlanta and the State of Georgia have so much to offer these places are just the tip of iceberg!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The success I have achieved in my life is attributed to a lot of inspiring individuals around me. Between my family, friends and wonderful academic communities I was truly given an open runway to chase after my dreams and goals. I would say the three most influential people in my life that helped me get to where I am today are my father, my cousin George Thomas as well as one of my academic mentors Dr. Trisha VanDusseldorp. My father is one of the hardest working individuals I know. Regardless of the situation at hand he always manages to get the job done. He is the definition of hard work, humility and intelligence. Through his mentorship and constant support, I have really learned what it means to work hard for something you are passionate about. He is my largest inspiration in life and my biggest hero. My cousin George has been my biggest fan since day 1 of starting my business, Mini But Mighty LLC. He was there and continues to be there not only in moments of success but also in moments of struggle. Everyone has their doubts and insecurities when starting a new business, but he was always there to believe in me even on days when it was hard to believe in myself. I can always count on his honest opinion and generous heart. He is a big reason my business is what it is today. Dr. Trisha VanDusseldorp also known as Dr. V was one of my academic professors and mentors during my undergraduate studies at Kennesaw State University. She really catalyzed my love and understanding of exercise and sports nutrition while I was working towards my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She was not only a professor but someone I could turn to for advice and understanding on all my professional and personal decisions. She was a big reason I started taking some of my first clients; without her mentorship, guidance and support I would not be where I am today.
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