As a transformational sleep coach, it is Ines Zdelar‘s mission to help individuals and families achieve restful, restorative sleep. She helps her clients establish healthy sleep patterns and habits that support overall health and wellness, through a holistic, spiritual approach based on consistency, patience, and trust. By taking a holistic approach that considers the unique needs and circumstances of each individual, she is committed to helping families achieve their sleep goals and experience the transformative power of restful sleep. Here Ines talks to The Natural Parent Magazine about the inspiration behind what she does, the pros and cons of running her own business, and her hopes and dreams for the future.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
What inspired me to set up my business is a deeply personal journey that has shaped my passion for helping families find the gift of restful sleep. Five years ago, after completing my Maternity Nurse course, I embarked on night shifts and witnessed first hand the profound impact of sleep deprivation on babies, mothers and the entire family unit. Little did I know that this experience would lead me on a path of self-discovery and transformation.
As I worked nights, I began to feel the effects of sleep deprivation taking a toll on my own wellbeing. Life seemed to pass by without my active participation and I longed for a sense of connection and vitality. It was a challenging time, as I found myself unable to enjoy the simplest of pleasures due to exhaustion. Desperate for a solution, I tried various methods, but none brought consistent results. It was during this period that I stumbled upon a 21-day meditation challenge, and it changed everything.
With unwavering commitment, I embarked on this journey of self-care and mindfulness. The impact was profound. Within just seven days, I started experiencing better sleep and a renewed sense of wellbeing. It was a revelation that sparked a deep desire within me to share this newfound gift with others.
This personal breakthrough became the foundation for my business.
The launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
Starting my business was a journey of growth and learning. At first, I focused on connecting with people I knew, sharing my passion and services. It was all about personal conversations and recommendations from friends. This helped me build a solid foundation and understand what my clients wanted.
As my business grew, I embraced the digital world. Creating a website and using social media, especially Instagram, opened up exciting opportunities to reach more people and engage with them online.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. There were times when the growth was overwhelming, and I had to take a step back to find balance. I realised the importance of blending online interactions with the personal touch that made my business special.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
The biggest breakthrough in my business journey has been the realisation of the incredible power of community and mentorship. Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals who understand my challenges and genuinely support my success has been invaluable.
My mentors and peers have guided me, encouraged me, and shared their wisdom, shaping my approach to business. They’ve taught me the importance of perseverance and the willingness to learn from trial and error. Their experiences have brightened my path, and their encouragement has kept me motivated.
This breakthrough in understanding the value of a supportive business community has been essential for my personal growth and the growth of my business.
Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
Balancing work and family life is a constant journey, especially when running your own business. I’ve learned that taking care of myself is the key to finding harmony. Starting my day at 5 am gives me precious moments of solitude and reflection. It’s my time to meditate, sip my coffee, and set a positive tone for the day ahead.
By prioritising self-care, I have more energy and focus to give to my business and my family. It’s like filling my cup first so that I can pour into others’ lives with abundance. This practice has become essential in maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life, both personally and professionally.