Not only is Ramni Kortman-Bedi the founder of BELIEVE ENERGY, a leader of her local Brownies pack but is also a mum of four – a truly Marvellous Mum!
Which part of the Chilterns do you live?
Chalfont St Giles
Husband Rob, Jaia (11), Milen (9), Kamren (6) and Alisha (4)
Sum up your business in a sentence:
BELIEVE ENERGY runs workshops to help promote YOUR CHILDS emotional wellbeing and resilience.
Our AIM here at BELIEVE ENERGY, is for the child to recognise and feel how IMPORTANT they truly are, how they can make a difference and feel continuously happy.
We offer a learning experience focused on enhancing the EMOTIONAL wellbeing of children and we teach the child:
How to release anxiety and stress
How to have control over their emotional state
Tools and techniques they can use throughout their life
What did you do before starting up your business?
I worked in Industry with SAP (mulitnational enterprise software company) and was a trainer and gave up my job when I had my children.
When did you start your business and why?
I started 10 years ago. I used to help people, adults and children from home when the children were young and used to go to bed by 7pm (oh the days!). I knew I could be more productive so I started a workshop based on everything I had learnt over the years. (I was always into self-improvement and went to many courses over the years as well as life experience with bringing up four children, and being Brown Owl for the local Brownies).
My company is called Believe Energy,
Believe = Believe You Can and Energy = How you feel.
Our moto is Believe You Can you are half way there, change your energy and thoughts then you have arrived. I truly believe it in.
The best part of your day / running your own business?
Sharing it with my family, my children ask about what I am doing and they are totally used to people coming over for help and guidance. I think they are proud of me, that I help people, just like I am proud of them.
And the worst?
Loneliness, working alone a lot of the time when not running workshops.
How do you juggle running a business and family life?
It was much harder before when I still had one child in nursery, I used to pack my life in-between 920-1150am. But this September all four are at school. It will be interesting.
What challenges have you faced?
Communicating what I do. I would like my workshop to be seen as being proactive as well as reactive. Every child at one point in their life will experience unwanted emotions and sadness. The workshop can help every child, as well as the ones who are suffering now. Children come to us when they are suffering from a traumatic experience in their lives, life changes which were out of their control, exam stress, anxiety, puberty, illness, night terrors, they hear/see and feel things differently from other people and may find it difficult to fit into society.
Yet I believe we can also help the quiet child in the class with her confidence, the boy being bullied by another and holds in all of the emotions inside, the bully with their insecurities, the child transitioning to a new school/class or moving abroad, the child that gets tummy aches when they are nervous. Or the child who seems happy and confident but as a proactive measure both the child and the parent are given tools they can fall back on when the time calls for it.
Your biggest success?
Every child I help to make happy.
What business tip/advice would you offer new mumpreneurs?
When you have your own children, especially four, people always say to me ‘why do you do it?’ or ‘I don’t know how you fit it all in’ . Don’t listen to them, people who do, succeed, Believe In Yourself.
To get my workshops into schools and as part of the curriculum and to write a book.
How do you relax?
I know it sounds crazy, but I love to socialize, when I am in the car going to meet friends or on date night I feel totally relaxed.
What do you love most about where you live?
I grew up in Gerrards Cross so I know the area well. I love driving around and remembering where I went as a child and now see my own children doing the same things.
What are you listening to at the moment?
My children laughing playing in the Lego Room
What’s your favourite tipple?
I have a few: A cold bud in the pub with friends to a pinot grigio on a hot summer’s day or a glass of bubbly to start the party right.
Your simple pleasure?
Sitting on the sofa with my husband laughing at the same joke on TV.
It changes, but at the moment The Lego Movie, it’s very funny and we all love watching it together on movie night and then reciting the lines from it.
Excuse me your life is waiting by Lynn Grabhorn. This book motivated me many years ago to do what I always dreamed of doing since a child and that was to make people happy. (Always thought I might become a comedian, but my sisters kept on telling me that I am not funny!)
Tell us a joke?
I love this one makes me laugh every time. “Why do squirrels swim on their back” “To keep their nuts dry!!”
BELIEVE ENERGY Workshop details:
Children’s ‘I AM IMPORTANT’ Workshop
The workshops are 3 hours long filled with fun age related activities and are aimed at children between the ages of 5-13 years old. Please visit our website for more information.
Next Workshop Dates:
Sunday 28th September 2014, 1030am – 130pm
Sunday 16th November 2014, 1030am – 130pm
Price: £55 per child per workshop
(Help another child by bringing a friend and receive 10% off the cost of your child’s workshop).
Location: Chalfont St Giles, Bucks
Limited spaces available