Sales Manager, Training Enthusiast, Fashion Lover
My name is Monica and I am the corporate Sales and Training Manager for iTAN Sun Spray Spa. I started with the company 12 years ago as a Salon Consultant and worked my way to Salon Director, then to Area Manager of 3 locations, then to District Manager of 9 locations, and now I get the pleasure of creating training content and educating all 32 locations on our services, products, and policies. Oh, and I very much enjoy champagne, reading, yoga, and a good pair of pumps.
Can you walk us through your story to becoming the woman you are today... How did you get to where you are? *
Growing up my dad owned his own companies and was a successful sales businessman. Often times, he would bring me to the office and I was able to help out here and there. He instilled in me from a young age that hard work and determination were key and that every day you should wake up with a plan, ready to execute. I carried that with me throughout my life and as I continued both my personal and professional growth I found this to be instrumental in both my successes and failures. When looking back at my failures I think they happened largely because I didn't have a plan and lost focus and when I look at my biggest accomplishments, I had a very clear path of what I wanted and how I would achieve them.
What is the most impactful experience that has shaped who you are today? *
As I mentioned, my dad was and is a person I held in the highest regard and mentored throughout my childhood. When I was around 16-17 my dad began what would be a long and relentless battle with an Oxycontin addiction. He was prescribed medication for a back surgery he underwent and he became addicted. This had a profound impact on me in many ways. Addiction is something that isn't always discussed as I feel there is a lot of shame around this topic. The emotional roller coaster of addiction is relentless and leaves you feeling every emotion imaginable guilt, anger, fear, sadness, lost. However, watching my dad during these times made me realize very quickly that life doesn't always go your way and you have a choice, do you want to let adversity victimize you or fuel you? I chose the latter and do not have this define me but instead be a part of my story. This made me want to be the best version of myself and not allow my past to define my future. It forced me to do a lot of self-reflection and to focus on how I wanted to show up in the world. It taught me patience, forgiveness, the meaning of unconditional love, and strength, all traits that have made me into the woman I am today. Also, this experience provided me with a level of empathy and love for all human beings as we are all fallible and I think being able to find the beauty in the difficult times is when we learn the most valuable lessons.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way, or what was a big challenge you had to overcome, and how did you do it? *
Absolutely not. I think in today's society there is this expectation to be perfect and to have everything figured out, to be the perfect mom, the perfect partner, have the perfect house, the perfect job, to look perfect, act perfect, be perfect. Literally, no one is perfect and I think it's easy to have this negative self-talk within ourselves or to give in to the societal pressures of the world. I'm a firm believer in you are who you surround yourself with. Personally, I surround myself with people that build me up, push me to be the best version of myself, and who make me happy. In keeping my circle small and purposeful and eliminating the toxic people from my life, I became rich beyond measure.
What's something that you're currently doing or working on that excites you or you're most proud of? *
Currently, I am working on creating training content for leadership positions and am most excited/proud of the coaching and developing content. Coaching and developing individuals is my absolute favorite part of leadership. To be able to connect to other human beings, tap into them, and pull out their maximum potential is the most rewarding and awe-inspiring feeling.
How does what you're currently doing now impact you? *
In my role now, I am constantly learning from everyone around me, every single day. From the team members to the franchise owners, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratuity to be able to be around such incredible, intelligent, and innovative individuals. My career allows me continued growth both personally and professionally in an industry that I love.
What advice would you give to fellow women trying to make an impact? *
Ryan Holiday says this the best so I am going to use his words "Three important decisions, made early, can eliminate so much anguish. They can set you up to not only be successful but put you in a position to enjoy that success. These three choices have changed my business life. But they have fulfilled what I think are the two main criteria for anyone making choices about how to run their life and work:
1. They made me money 2. They made me happier."
The three decisions are:
1. Decide your why
2. Decide how you want to live
3. Decide to be okay with what others do
How do you create "balance" in your life with all you do? *
I think it is crucial to have time for yourself. Personally, hot yoga is my release and keeps me balanced. It keeps me calm while pushing both my mental and physical endurance. I think having time alone with yourself to check-in and do some reflection is another key way to create balance and mental clarity.
We as women have many superpowers, what is one of yours? *
I think I have a talent for connecting with people from all walks of life. I am sincerely fascinated by how different we all are and love to hear people's stories and where their individual walk in life has taken them. In that, I think it has afforded me the ability to make deep and meaningful connections. I can also throw together an outfit in record time.
Final thoughts from Miss Monica?
Create the life YOU DESERVE. Become hungry, unstoppable, & thrive. Pain doesn’t have to stop you, it can drive you. Don’t settle. You can change anything in your life if you have the right mindset, tools & framework. So go NOW & create an extraordinary life because YOU deserve just that.
Connect with Monica on Instagram @monicagolloian