We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Klein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started working quite early, when I was 15 years-old, so working itself was never a problem for me but, starting my own business was definitely a challenge. However, while my careers have changed over the years, my passion for diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has remained steadfast. When I married my husband and moved to the United States in 2016, I truly embarked on an entirely new life – not only have we visited more than 60 countries, but we also started a beautiful family! But even though my two pregnancies were great, with no major issues, my post-partum was hard and full of pain and more so, discoveries. Discoveries which showed me that, if you have the knowledge and the ability to apply them, both, the pre- and post-partum can be carried in a much better way and full of joy and happiness. Therefore, in 2018 I decided to forge a new path for myself by really digging into studying health and wellness. That acquired theoretical knowledge plus the experiences I had, additionally seeing many women suffering from things that are manageable, pushed me to pursue my own business, where my goal is to help women, holistically, reimagine themselves completely and create the best and healthiest life they can live.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
First of all, to get here, I really pushed myself. Besides having studied Marketing and got a master degree in Business Administration, I’ve been studying and complementing my health and wellness education through several programs. I became a Health Coach, a Certified Nutritional Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer and pregnancy specialist. Notwithstanding, business-wise, I’ve been working since my teens in different businesses and companies where I could learn the day-by-day of organizations, led teams and projects. All of that gave me the fundamentals and the basis to get me here with confidence that this was the right path for me. But, of course, I had – I think I still have, by the way – to overcome all sorts of challenges, from lack of trust (even within myself and others) to learn all the regulations and steps to build a business from scratch in a new country (I’ve been living in the US for 5 years now). But I knew that I had the utmost support from my family and the willingness to do whatever I had in my power to succeed. That confidence I mentioned before I believe was materialized when I started building my brand and my logo. That’s when I could really see that I really had strong theoretical and practical knowledge to do what I wanted to do. My brand and my logo represent who I am, passionate, strong, a full trust in the nature of women and how powerful we are. And that’s basically what I envision with this business, sharing tools and knowledge to make all women stronger, powerful and happy! I want the world to know that whoever I work with I will devise a customized and specific food plan that aligns with their goals. I will develop their exercise routine and provide tools along the way to support them in their daily routines. After all, their life is not just exercise and eating, right!? People have their work, family, studies, travels, social life… so much to balance. I am prepared to be the person who can help them juggle all the demands of LIFE in a positive and healthy manner. And, related to maternity – the most fulfilling and demanding career in the world is motherhood – thus, together with my own experience, I can guide women who want to become pregnant, are already pregnant, and those who are in postpartum. I had two healthy pregnancies, extremely happy, but they could have been better if I had the knowledge that I have today which I gained through experience and extensive studying. If you can relate, count me in on your team for this journey, too!
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?
Houston is a very interesting and exciting city. There are places for every tribe. I would start our weekend, bringing her to one of my favorite spots to have a brunch, Tiny’s No5. After that, we can spend the day at Hermann Park walking and talking, and if we are lucky, seeing a concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. On Sundays, I like to run at Memorial Park. There is a 3-mile trail there that I love it. After the daily routine of exercises, it will be a perfect day to enjoy a pool or a beach close to Houston, such as Galveston or Surfside. Most of the year, Houston has a perfect weather to enjoy outdoors. During the week, I would take her to visit some of the best museums that we have in the country right here in Houston, such as Museum of Natural Science, The Menil Collection (I loved the restaurant there too!) and The Museum of Fine Arts that I am a proud member. Another place that is very enjoyable is to go to the zoo. There are always different expositions to see. So even being there a couple of times, it has always something new to see. To eat, I like natural and healthy food, so I would take her to some of my favorite spots like True Food and Flower Child. They offer delicious food made with natural ingredients. And, of course, to finish our weekend, she cannot leave Houston without visiting Nasa and a car ride around the streets of Downtown Houston! I really love this city! 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?
In fact, I do not have a specific person that made me change my life. Since I can remember, I’ve trying to live a healthy life, eating, and exercising correctly. But, if I may recognize someone I would pick my husband that is always backing me up and my first specialization at IIN – Institute for Integrative Nutrition. These two gave me the courage that I needed to see that I was capable to help people. Also, after the experience with my children, I realized that I could focus on women, pregnant or not, because even no pregnant women suffer the same problems as a pregnant woman. Post-partum is hard, I know a lot of people that need help to recovery mentally and physically. I think the facts that happened in my life gave me the “click” to help the others. Here in US, several problems could be fixed without surgeries, but doctors prefer to do surgeries anyhow. I prefer to take the sometimes longer but more rewarding and natural path, finding the roots of the problems and fixing them instead of covering-up them.
Picture: Belly with Adidas tennis – Photographer: Thalita Castanha Picture SUP and me wearing white dress with my family – Photographer: Diego Rodrigues Picture: Pajamas and wearing red dress – Photographer: Paula Ruiz 1st picture: JC Penny Portraits