About Takara Bullock
1) What did you do before becoming a FIT4MOM franchise owner?
Prior to becoming owner of FIT4MOM Honolulu, I lived and worked in Japan for six years, first as a Fulbright Fellow, researching at Tohoku University in Sendai, and later as an executive search consultant (headhunter) in the web tech industry in Tokyo, where I helped US-based tech companies find talent in Japan. It was a very high-paced career and I enjoyed being a high-earning career woman in Tokyo.
Shortly before my first baby was born, I Ieft my job to take up a full time role at home. Due to the earthquake and resulting tsunami in 2011, we returned to the US and decided to put down roots in Hawaii.
2) What inspired you to change paths and own a FIT4MOM franchise instead of your prior career/life path?
I was inspired to change paths instead of return to my previous career primarily to spend as much time with my kids as possible.
3) How do you feel a company like FIT4MOM empowers women?
FIT4MOM helps women realize that motherhood is not the end. It's not the end of your body and fitness level, and it's not the end of your ambitions and dreaming big.
4) Have you found support from other FIT4MOM franchise owners? How?
Absolutely! One of the reasons I chose to become owner of the Honolulu franchise was because of my friendship with another owner in Hawaii, who had four kids. She was the one who encouraged me to go for it, even though I was initially very nervous about having three kids under the age of four and running a business. She was encouraging and was an invaluable resource when getting started. I would text her daily, we'd meet up, and if it weren't for her, I wouldn't have moved forward with becoming an owner.
5) How has being a FIT4MOM franchise owner helped you have a career that is balanced with motherhood?
With FIT4MOM, it feels like being a mother is an asset, and not a liability. In traditional companies, female executives try to conceal their pregnancy as long as possible, as they may fear the consequences. Contrast that with FIT4MOM, I love when my instructors are expecting another baby, because that's one more expectant mom in the community telling everyone about FIT4MOM; that's one more instructor who will be more invested in the community for even longer. I don't know any other company that looks at motherhood in that way.