SelfMade Speed Round - Tami Conway

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If the Blonde Ambition Tour were a real thing in Chicago, Tami would be leading the way. Funny story how we met. We were set up on a blind friend date by another mutual friend and no one was there but Tami. I did not know what she looked like or who she was but there was a blonde sitting at the bar. I just had a feeling. I walked up to her, stuck out my hand and said, "Hi, I’m Johanna.” When she turned to look, it was immediate warmth and we just started talking…like we had known each other for eons.

Come to find out at that dinner that Tami is one driven chick. Three kids, an entrepreneur, a happy marriage and down right personable. Her partner, Leanne, was featured recently on my blog as well. They are the dynamic fitness duo and who I credit my most recent fitness boost to. I will also have you know that Tami is the real deal. Both her and partner, Leanne are honest and down-to-earth. No wonder SALT is thriving and attracting all sorts of new clients. They are building a community without any pretense and all are welcome!

ENTREPRENEUR: TAMI CONWAY

CITY: CHICAGO

COMPANY: SALT FITNESS

  1. What’s the name of your business?   SALT FITNESS

  2. Two sentences or less...what is the goal of your business? To provide a space that provides more than one discipline under one roof, giving you a solid foundation of essential elements to be your strongest, healthiest and happiest self.  To be an instructor, a friend, a place to let go, a place to fit in, a community to rely on and to be happy!

  3. How long have you had your business?  I’ve owned fitness studios for 10 years.  I have owned SALT for 1.5 years.

  4. What was the hardest part about getting started?  Not listening to the noise!  Ignoring people, successful people who did not think I would succeed.  

  5. What is the biggest triumph you’ve experienced thus far?  Rebranding without a nanny for my 3 kiddos!

  6. What’s for breakfast?  Egg bake if I am good about my Sunday food prep, Ezekiel and avocado if I am not

  7. Kids - yes/no and if yes, how many/ages?  Yes, 3 kiddos….11, 7 and 4

  8. Workout? What do you love to do?  SALT of course!  I try to go to other places, but SALT has everything I need:  Barre, Cycle, FIT, Stretch.  Hard to go anywhere else.

  9. Favorite snack? Nuts or peppers

  10. Favorite guilty pleasure?  Wine!

  11. Best vacation you’ve ever taken and why?   Cabo - 2 months after my 2nd child was born and 2 months before I opened my 2nd studio.  I clearly needed a break, it was peaceful and I was able to still work in the house we rented, looking over to the water in peace and had tons of help from my family.  Clearly I like to work.  :( 

  12. One must have item in your purse?   It used to be Beautycounter lip gloss but since 40 it’s Beautycounter eye pen.  

  13. Go-to everyday uniform?  Leggings, tank top and cropped sweatshirt

  14. Favorite luxury beauty product?  Beautycounter - safe and high performing!

  15. Favorite drugstore beauty steal?  Not sure, I only shop on Amazon for drugstore purchases

  16. Milk or dark chocolate?  Milk

  17. What did you want to be when you grew up?   A movie star

  18. What’s your party trick?  I can do the worm

  19. Name one destination on your bucket list?  Well, my 5 year bucket list is Italy and long term is South Pacific

  20. Favorite TV program?  I haven’t found a new one but it was Ozarks

  21. Beyonce or Jay Z?  Beyonce

  22. Wine or cocktail? What kind? Both. Tequila is my choice for cocktail and wine, no preference - love them all!

  23. Your friends’ nickname for you is?  My sister calls me T. 

  24. What’s next for your business?  I have lots of ideas.  Trying to slow my life down, which is so hard, meditate and tap into my ideas!

  25. Pets? What kind/name?  Yes.  Dog. Vizsla. Gunner / CRAZY!

  26. Favorite neighborhood in Chicago?  Bucktown!

  27. Podcast listener? Which one? Yes, love so many! Right now into Rachel Hollis

  28. Biggest pet peeve? When someone is eating loud in my ear

  29. What’s your sign? Aquarius

  30. What’s your favorite quote?  “Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.”  Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Thank you Tami. xx