We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Hammons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, what do you attribute your success to?
Being true to who I am and using my struggles as my strength to keep going and building my brand. It has been a long hard road to get here (not just in business but in life). It has made me the person I am today and made me a better person to help those struggling with their confidence, health and fitness.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart is my journey and how I developed my passion for what I do. I have always wanted to be in a profession to help others (Enneagram 2 over here, LOL). I just didn’t know which job was for me until I went through one of the hardest times of my life and had to either fight or cease to exist. I had a massive brain tumor at 18. Underwent a 30 hour surgery. Then had to learn how to walk all over again and re-develop fine motor skills. Building strength and confidence took years. Thanks to Pilates I was able to gain those back and it lead me down the health/wellness profession path which I have been on for over 15 years. It has not been an easy road but I am dang proud of how far I have come and that others allow me to share my story, passion and experience with them. They trust me to guide them to be a better version of themselves and allow me to be present in their lives. To me there is no greater reward in being a business owner.
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?
1. We would start the morning with Pilates in the Park. (I teach this during the spring/summer months in my neighborhood). 2. For breakfast we’d either go to Sweet Paris Creperie in MarketStreet for Nutella Crepes and Omelettes OR Top Donuts off of 1488 for Chappell Hill kolaches.
3. If it’s nice weather we’d hike through Jones State Forest OR berry picking at Atkinson Farms.
4. Lunch would be at Deacon Baldy’s where we’d visit the food truck Chef Seddy’s Cajun Creole or Wiches on Wheels (hopefully its a Tuesday when they have $5 margaritas).
5. Go for a mani/pedi at Executive Nails Salon
6. Dinner would be at Red Flame Steak and Grill for Honeybeer Salmon and rolls with Chimichurri dipping sauce.
7. After dinner we may do Top Golf or Smash Therapy (depending on the mood).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom and grandmother to help me during my physical recovery after my brain tumor (which led me into my field). My husband for supporting me and giving me the platform to do what I love.
My sisters (by birth and by choice) who inspire me to be better and work smarter at life and achieving my goals.
1. Melissa Hawkins 2. Dazzling Diva Photography