We had the good fortune of connecting with Gem Munro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gem, what matters most to you?
That we are all equal and are one. No one is better than anyone else. This means I am a ‘rule follower’ as I believe that by not following laws or rules you are saying to the world that you are better. We will have more peace and equality if we adopt these same principles.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m a New Zealand born and raised Entrepreneur, High Performance Life and Business Coach, Creative Director, Mentor, Model, and Speaker. I began my career 18 years ago in Sales and Marketing Management and then I moved to America in 2008. I had a deep passion for health and fitness and since I moved to a new country, I decided to completely pivot from corporate and start my own fitness business. I competed in a bodybuilding competition and suffered severe panic attack disorder and anxiety post competition. I thought my health was my priority, but I was wrong. Looking a certain way was my priority and I did everything I could at the expense of my mental and physical health. My recovery was long as I decided to heal naturally and organically. Through meditation, yoga, Ayurvedic living, organic foods, and less extreme exercise, I not only completely recovered, but I got my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification and taught others how to heal and live holistically as well. I spent 8 years in the health and fitness business, and as it was so rewarding and life changing, for not only myself but everyone around me, I couldn’t deny my lifelong love affair with fashion. When 2020 hit and I watched my beloved boutiques and small businesses struggle, I pivoted once again. With my successful business history, my adoration for small businesses and boutiques, and my love of fashion, I have made it my mission to support Entrepreneurs in this industry and help them grow their businesses whilst enriching their lives with my life coaching experience and holistic approach to life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Avalon Blvd in Alpharetta so I would naturally start here and take them to the best happy hours, including Colletta and Kona Grill. I would also take to them to all my favorite Boutiques in the area, including Society Boutique, Scout and Molly’s Avalon, Magnolia Moon, Nina + Leigh, Willow Jane… and so many more! I would then take them more north to Dahlonega where we would spend the day walking around the town center shopping, eating, and drinking coffee. We would end at the North Georgia Outlet Mall where they can get designer labels for less, like Gucci and Burberry. We would spend a weekend making our way north to the north Georgia mountains, stopping at my favorite breweries on the way, like Nofo Brewery, Tantrum Brewing, and Nocturnal Brew in Hayesville. I would take them to Bell Mountain to get pics in front of the graffiti rocks and take in the mountain air. We would come back via Amicolola Falls and then head home.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gabrielle Bernstein, my spiritual teacher. Her book saved my life in 2016 when I went through a divorce in a country where I had no family. I continued with her teachings and became her level 2 student. She taught me how to surrender, how to heal my past, and how to grow into the grounded powerful woman I am today.
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