We had the good fortune of connecting with Kellie Bernardi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kellie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success would easily come down to relationships. I know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without the personal and professional connections that I have. If you are new to being a business owner or looking for advice, mine would be to connect and engage with as many people as you can! You never know who they know, what they have learned or what they could teach you. Whether they introduce you to an app that could save you time throughout the day or to a person who might help take your business to the next level, connections and building that trust is life changing. Being someone who is eager to do everything myself, asking for help or seeking advice is definitely tough. However, when I do, it’s definitely worth it! I’ve learned that almost all people in this world are set out to help others – all you have to do is ask.
What should our readers know about your business?
I launched Health & Kellness a few years ago, and it’s crazy to see how far it has come. I initially started out on Instagram as “@ohhkaleyeah,” just to have a fun account to post about healthy brands and educate about food. However, as I started to grow, I soon realized that people still struggled to view health as a lifestyle, not a diet, and it slowly dawned on me that I wanted to be a part of this solution. I launched Health & Kellness as a way to not only provide 1:1 education and health coaching services to those who needed it, but also offer online resources, in-person grocery shopping tours and so much more. My goal is that you feel educated and empowered to make healthier changes for both yourself and your family and have access to all the resources you need to make that happen. In no way has the journey been easy, but when I receive messages from my followers about the value they receive and how I inspire them on a day-to-day basis, it makes all the stressful days worth it. I’m super grateful for how far I have come and I look forward to so much more growth in the future!
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?
Being a born and raised GA peach, I have seen the city grow in so many ways and in a nutshell, there is NO shortage of things to do! First and foremost, I would take them to the main city attractions downtown – World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, CNN and Centennial Olympic Park to make sure they got a full day (or two) to see what ATL is all about. On another day I would visit Ponce City Market and ride the bird scooters or bikes on the beltline, with a pit stop to LadyBird for some afternoon brunch and a cold drink. Another day I would head to either Mercedes Benz Stadium or Truist Park for either a Falcons or Braves game (depending on the season) – while ATL isn’t always the best at sports, the experience is still worth it! Finally I would take them on a hike, most likely to Stone Mountain to get some history as well as a beautiful view of the city itself. Throughout their visit, I’d also be sure to stop at either Bar Taco or Superica to get some of the best Mexican and (of course) a skinny margarita on-the-rocks and enjoy some healthier foods at True Food Kitchen, Flower Child, Cultivate, or Upbeet. Sounds like a pretty packed week to me!
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?
This is such a hard question! Over the 3 years of navigating entrepreneurship, I have been blessed to have so many supporters along the way. First and foremost – a special thank you to my parents, husband and brothers who have encouraged me in every aspect and have forced me to get uncomfortable, take risks and follow my heart. Additional individuals who have been role models and mentors to me include Kristin Oja, founder of STAT Wellness, Jessica Elizondo, founder of More Than Food, LLC and Allie Weingarten, founder of True40 Studio – they have all played huge parts (whether they know it or not!) in offering advice and guidance into the world of fitness and nutrition and have been there to answer any questions I have had along the way, or have just been a shoulder to lean on for support. I also just look up to them in general and think they are amazing women! For all my other friends and family members who have been a part of my journey as well, I couldn’t be doing it without you!
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