We had the good fortune of connecting with Kay Scantlebury and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kay, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Deciding to work for myself was a real leap away from the safe and familiar and into the career outback. The single best decision I made that has supported my success, even through a pandemic, was to cultivate a success mindset. I knew wanted to be the owner of a successful business so like any self-respecting millennial…I googled it. Through research, business networking and even my own introspection I came to see the critical value of daily programming my mind to achieve the day’s goals. For me, this meant an honest exploration of my ideas around money, relationships, my skills, strengths, weaknesses and triggers. This allowed me to identify and release self sabotage and embrace problem-solving as a mantra.
What should our readers know about your business?
Bend Twist Bliss is a massage and yoga business that specialises in pain and stress relief. It is unique because of the combination of skills that goes into a treatment session. I feel most accomplished when clients experience personal epiphanies after they finally start to relax a little. So much of life is lost when we’re constantly consumed with anxiety and tension.
I built the business from the ground up through much learning and knowing when to hire help. It took determination, because there were a few times when I felt like just filling out a job application…and I’m still not where ‘d like to be. Along with the moral support from friends, what helped was gratitude. I had to remember all the perks and benefits of self-employment.
One win doesn’t make you a success, one loss doesn’t make you a failure. Entrepreneurship isn’t a sprint and success is a lifestyle.
Bend Twist Bliss is a haven for people struggling with pain and stress, both in Barbados and around the globe.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The day would start with an early morning hike along the breath-taking East Coast. Breakfast is definitely at Bliss Cafe, a beautiful little family-run cafe on the south coast with the best waffles. A trip to Harrison Cave is NOT to be missed. Every beach in Barbados is beautiful and a catamaran cruise must be included. Evening drinks are at Mojo’s, Chillz bar, 6Mix and Cafe Sol because these spots are always lively.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Everton Holligan is a local businessman who has encouraged and inspired me. I’ve received great business coaching from Darryl (DJ) Turner. The support of friends and family is also key on the hard days.
I like the books The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I can always revisit them for fresh insight.
Many thanks to my teacher Yirser Ra Hotep who trained me in yoga teaching and Andrea DeSouza who trained me in massage therapy.