Meet Melissa Carter! She is a Reiki practitioner, marketing coordinator for the Carpenter Contractor Trust and the owner of The Wholistic Package her aim is to inspire, empower, encourage emotional and physical wellness, personally and professionally. However, she doesn’t stop there; she is also a Reiki practitioner, which is a Japanese healing art that balances the energy in the body, she’s a mentor, an author, an inspirational speaker and we are ecstatic that she is also part of the She’s a Boss mentor program. There is a lot you can learn from Melissa; here are the highlights from our conversation.
Melissa’s Career Highlights
Associate Editor at Water Technology Magazine
Legislative Associate for the City of NY-Office of the Mayor
Government Relations Associate at Cynthia Dames Consulting, LLC
Regional Outreach Contractor for the NYSERDA EDGE Program
Center for Economic Growth/NYSERDA
2014 – Present
Marketing Coordinator for the Carpenter Contractor Trust NY/NJ
Reiki Practitioner, Author, Mentor and the owner of The Wholistic Package
Q: Your career path is varied from editorial to government, nonprofits, holistic health, and construction. Can you tell me more about all these different moves?
A: My background is in communications with a minor in psychology. I worked in the governmental field for approximately 10 years. During that time I became very involved with nonprofit organizations, some of which are the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Animal Protective Foundation and I was a board member for St. Paul’s Center, which is a homeless shelter for women and children. My career path took me down various roads. I always knew my passion and mission was to help other people. I have always been passionate about helping others and that’s how I began my own business, as an entrepreneur. I also have always been passionate about writing. I started writing poetry when I was younger and about 5 or 6 years ago I started writing a children’s book.
From idea to fruition, it took approximately 5 years to publish the book and around that same time frame, I became involved with Reiki. I am certified in Reiki and provide sessions in two locations; Saratoga and Colonie, NY. I started my business 2 years ago and the business is called The Wholistic Package. It began as a Reiki business, and has now expanded to include writing, mentoring and inspirational apparel. The concept of The Wholistic Package is to offer products and services, in relation to personal and professional wellness and growth. I have also been in the marketing field in the construction industry for approximately a year and a half.
Q: Construction! How did you get into that?
A: My background is in marketing, and I found the great opportunity to represent union carpenters and contractors. I cover Buffalo to Long Island and I coordinate marketing opportunities among various tasks. There is a lot of pride in seeing the structures that our carpenters and contractors build.
Q: Recently, a lot of exciting things has been happening for you: you were chosen as Ms. New York Woman of Achievement for 2016, you published your first children’s book, your personal story will be featured in an upcoming book, and you just launched an online store. How do you identify and seize opportunities (not necessarily just these mentioned, but in general)?
A: I believe as an entrepreneur that you have to be very proactive. You have to do research, create goals, network and try to achieve at least one thing every day that can be a possible opportunity. You have to possess passion, persistence and patience. I try to bring awareness to my company and my services and products on a daily basis through word of mouth, social media and various other outlets.
Q: In addition to all of those exciting developments, you currently juggle a multitude of various things — you are a marketing coordinator for the Carpenter Contractor Trust, you write books, you’re a mentor and a speaker, you do reiki and you have your own online store. I also have noticed that you love to work out and you travel a lot for work; my question is how are you able to manage it all?
A: Time management and I spend a portion of my nights and weekends on my business, The Wholistic Package as well as making time for work life balance.
Q: Are there any specific techniques or strategies you use?
A: As an entrepreneur, organization is very important. Creating daily goals and accomplishing a few tasks from your to-do-list are essential each day. Multi-tasking is also pertinent, when owning a business. In order to balance a full-time career, my own business and my personal life, all of these things are essential, and it can be done with focus, motivation and a strong work ethic.
Q: What inspires you to keep going and stay motivated?
A: My passion for helping people is what drives me. My passion is to help others succeed and I love every aspect of what I do. I am very excited and enthusiastic and that’s what keeps me going. I know the products and services that I provide are valuable to others, and I find it important to offer them to others for their wellness.
Q: What do you love the most out of everything you do?
A: At the end of the day, I am helping others whether it is emotionally, spiritually, physically or mentally and that I have a positive impact on other people’s lives. I strive to inspire others every day.
Q: What is next for you, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? Is there more you want to do?
A: I set long term goals, but I take everything day by day and my goals include having a positive effect on more people and inspire others to share their strengths and talents. I do hope to produce more writing projects, I hope to educate more people regarding reiki and its benefits and I hope to inspire more future entrepreneurs. My ultimate goal is to help people achieve their ideal life, related to their emotional and physical wellness.
Q: What advice would you give to people that are juggling a lot in their lives?
A: Set long term goals, however take everything day by day. Also, be adaptable and know that not every opportunity is for you, but don’t look at it as rejection, look at it as re-direction. Follow your heart and what your true passions are. We can have it all, but it may come in stages. Also enjoy the journey and process, including the successes and challenges.
Q: What additional advice would you give to future entrepreneurs?
A: Success is not universal, success is defined by you. Everyone has their own definition of success. Something that I have learned, is that I’m always learning and I value other people who have mentored me and continue to mentor me. I want to pass my experience along to other mentees as well and have a positive impact.