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Blog to Business with Jadah Sellner – Build an online empire one green smoothie at a time

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Meet the green smoothie goddess. Jadah Sellner. She shares her wisdom on work life balance and the magic of slamming a glass of green every day.

You’ve launched an incredibly successful business teaching people how to make healthy choices with simple green smoothies how do you stay on top of everything?

Something that I always say is that we all have to start at zero but we don’t do this alone. I really believe in surrounding yourself with people who not only believe in your dreams but will help you bring those visions to life. For me with Simple Green Smoothies, I cofounded the business with my business partner, Jen Hansard.

We were able to move so much faster in serving our community and tribe because there were two of us putting our heart, our sweat, our smarts, our hustle, into making something beautiful and world-changing. Currently I am also building a movement around a tribe of world changers, and again I have my amazing right hand, Michele, helping build the foundation of that next level in my business.

Build a team to support your strengths and your vision. ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ ~ African proverb.

Tell us more about when you first launched the business? Where did the idea come from? Did you have any false starts?

My first business was something my husband and I started together; a brick and mortar business in Kauai called Little Sprouts Playhouse.

We didn’t have college degrees, or a background in business or marketing or anything like that. We just had a desire to build a business with the flexibility to spend more time with our daughter.

The business did well but it wasn’t aligned with what we truly wanted to create in the world.

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So we shut it down and moved into my inlaws’ house in California.

I call this my #worstcasescenario because we moved back home with no money and a lot of debt from starting and closing our first business.

That all changed when I was introduced to green smoothies that summer, in 2011.

I didn’t know that Simple Green Smoothies was actually going to be a business, it became my own healthy habit that I had to share with everyone that I cared about.

I didn’t know that Simple Green Smoothies was actually going to be a business, it became my own healthy habit that I had to share with everyone that I cared about.

It wasn’t until about a year after I had my first green smoothie that we started an Instagram account called @simplegreensmoothies and started sharing healthy recipes that my family, and my business partner’s family, had fallen in love with. The movement started to spread as we started to engage with our community on Instagram. We originally had a parenting website called FamilySponge.com and realized it wasn’t just moms following Simple Green Smoothies on Instagram. In November of 2012 we created a website to support the movement and the excitement of the community that we had built on Instagram.

There were many times I should have given up because things were not working out as planned and on my ideal timeline. When we first started, no one was commenting on our social media accounts except my mom and other family members.

When we first started, no one was commenting on our social media accounts except my mom and other family members.

I believe that when you create something, do not give up on your dream. I knew what I wanted to create and why I wanted to create it.

I wanted an online business where I had the flexibility and freedom to spend more time with my family and to travel the world.

I was not attached to how it was going to happen or when.

Originally the plan was the play and learning centre for kids in Kauai, and then it was the parenting blog that I thought would be successful and it wasn’t.

It wasn’t until Simple Green Smoothies that we experienced success, so there were definitely many false starts.

Don’t get attached to how it will happen and when it will happen. I believe that we should not put a timeline on our dreams. Commit to the journey of creating what you want to share with the world.

What are your top 3 tips for keeping a healthy work/life balance? Any unusual things you do to keep yourself at peak performance level?

I love to dance it out, get out of my mind and into my body. If I’m feeling stuck and my brain can’t think, can’t create, can’t problem solve, then I like to go to a dance class or put on three of my favorite feel good songs and just dance it out in the living room, really shaking up the energy and moving my body.

Another thing that I love to do is kickstart my day with morning snuggles with my daughter. Just hugs and kisses and lots of love, reminding me why I do what I do.

I would say the third thing is something that my family and I have started, unplugging together from 6:00pm to 9:00pm during the weekdays.

That’s our space to really put our time and attention on the family and on the home. Of course, drinking green smoothies keeps me energized and getting those fruits and veggies in my body on a consistent basis.


Want more? Click here to read the rest of this interview with Jadah Sellner in issue 4 of the Secret Bloggers’ Business Magazine.

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