Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Yates.
Wendy, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Honolulu but raised in the AIR FORCE. I have always had an underlying passion to leave the world and the people I meet better than I found it. I have run a variety of businesses and side hustles into my mid 20’s, also working in different jobs, finally realizing that I just really was not happy living the life I was creating for myself, and then took entrepreneurship seriously in 2007.
I redirected and re-launched my design firm in Summit County, Colorado. We are now a national firm working across the country. Working across many disciplines in interiors, product design, development, and hospitality with a current goal of moving to real estate investment. My love for fitness and travel increased. As I grew my design studio, through a number of failures and small successes, I also found myself disconnected from the authentic human connection on a personal level.
In looking for experiences to become more engaged with like-minded people, I found myself creating Well Fit Human to bridge my love of lifestyle design from just interiors to everything that makes a life and with a goal of adding more value in a global and personal way.
Building our first retreat to the Dominican Republic and reaching out to small nonprofits to find out area needs and how I could be of service fueled a joy that I had been missing and from there I have been seeking to create and build culture through experiences in Travel Volunteer Work and Physical and Mental Health because I believe the person’s life design is directly related to the environment in which they live. Create Your Culture Build Your Environment now applies to move through life experiences as well as a place you call home. Wellness is prevalent in our interiors and how we work and how we design beyond space with our retreats, community dinners, wellness days in a goal to fuel the passion of Positive Impact and Personal Growth.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been and continues to be more of a roller coaster. In my early 20’s, I faced drug addiction that could have sent my life in a different direction. There will always be struggles, but I think for me, I try daily to think about how where I am right now is where my past me was wishing to be back then and that gives me gratitude and the grit to keep the passion at the forefront. Currently, managing team members, always trying to work with the intent to add value, can be exhausting and cash flow in a growing business can be discouraging. The greatest things come from the center of the struggles.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Currently, we are bridging our brands to show lifestyle design beyond interiors and how the best design transfers to what you also choose to do with your time, In creating wellness fitness and humanitarian retreats we are bringing people to whether to work with small nonprofits where they travel to and create a positive impact and also share in personal growth with travel companions through a variety of fitness modality and personal development work in a light-hearted manner with free time. Abigail-Elise Interiors as a Studio is known for forward-thinking design as we lead the way we fell in introducing modern style when everyone was reluctant and saw it as a trend that didn’t speak to Colorado design. We do plant trees for every design project we create.
We are also super proud of our team and company culture of creating a virtual office environment so that our best talent can live where they thrive. We also work hard to make adding value to communities and global efforts, including the environment through our practices and moving towards having least half our offering of products be from manufacturers who are offsetting their footprint or creating programs that give back through sustainability, education or humanitarian efforts.
What were you like growing up?
I was very social, outgoing I loved being organized and rearranging my room and I really thought I was going to be a dance choreographer. I loved hip hop dance, fly girl style dancing. Into my teenage years, I was a bit of a party girl but always very driven.
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- Website: aeinteriorsinc.com | wellfithuman.com
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