Founder of Welltodo, Australian-born Lauren Armes has created a global industry network platform for wellness brands, entrepreneurs and investors. What started as a project of her passion, turned into a profitable six-figure business that branched out into events. We caught up with Armes, who is also a business mentor and success coach, to talk all things wellness, entrepreneurship and business advice. Which country is best at attracting entrepreneurs? How did you start Welltodo? I moved to the UK almost six years ago. When I arrived I was pursuing a corporate career in marketing and business development, but felt unfulfilled. It was when I noticed that wellness was a fast growing market, making a rapid impact on the UK consumer, that I decided to start writing about it – and so Welltodo was born. View this post on Instagram Are you looking to launch or grow your business in the $4.2 trillion global wellness industry? Join our special guest speakers Jonathan Petrides; Founder of @allplants, Bethany Eaton; Co-Founder of @nushfoods & Owner of coyo_uk and Amy Thomson; Founder of @moodymonth for the latest instalment of the acclaimed Welltodo Founder Series – on Tuesday, 4th December, in London to discover what is driving the wellness industry forward and make your ideas grow! Don’t miss out, get your tickets before they're gone: welltodoglobal.com/founder-series #businessofwellness A post shared by WELLTODO (@welltodoglobal) on Nov 15, 2018 at 9:01am PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> Why did you decide to launch Welltodo? What kind of gap did you see in the market? In exploring my personal passion, something you often do when thinking about ‘starting a business’, I realised that I was fascinated by the intersection of wellness and entrepreneurship. I had worked in a lot of industries and felt that wellness as an industry lacked a hub for insights, market trends, and events designed for leaders and professionals to get together and learn/connect. Welltodo was launched to help people build businesses and careers in wellness. How you helping them? With an initial focus on helping entrepreneurs to launch a product or service in the wellness space, we launched a number of events where attendees would have access to successful founders. This evolved into our Welltodo Summit, which happens each year in London – and incorporates keynotes, panel discussions and round tables for investors, founders and anyone interested in the growth of the industry – to get together and connect in a meaningful way. Our website is full of great content, market and industry reports, and we offer consultancy services for brands. For someone wanting to launch a career – we run an eight-week online course and you can also find great jobs in the industry on our dedicated careers website. 3 female entrepreneurs shaking things up in Hong Kong The wellness industry is now a US$4.2 trillion market. Where do you think wellness is heading? Technology is having a considerable impact. It’s allowing brands to become more personalised in the way they deliver wellness products and services. There is a growing population of empowered consumers who want to discover more meaningful ways to prevent illness – be that through travel, skincare, food and drink, fitness or something else. The industry is now slowing down, but innovation is going to be key in order to stand out. Meditation, reiki, etc have gone mainstream. Do you think the current movement is watering down wellness even though it has opened it up to a wider market? Personally, I don’t feel that way. As long as industries are properly regulated then I think there is space for everybody to play in the wellness space. That doesn’t negate the need for credibility and authenticity in the delivery of products and services, but the more people who discover the empowering nature of well-being and preventive health, the better. What does the future of wellness travel look like? We want to feel good when we travel. With more measurable approaches to well-being, our smart watches will tell us more about the impact of travel and the importance of preventing stress. I think this means we’ll continue to seek out more meaningful, spiritually-enlightening ways of travelling, and experiences that make us feel good, rather than leaving us exhausted by the time we get home. I think there is room for innovation though – especially when it comes to the airport and in-flight experience. How do you define wellness? A measured, conscious approach to living my best and longest life. How do you improve or maintain your own well-being? In many ways – some more consistently than others. I go through phases of really focusing on my mental health in the form of meditation, journaling and reflecting. I also embrace seasons of more vigorous fitness activity and eating really well. But life is cyclical and we can’t expect perfection of ourselves. The stress of needing to be ‘well’ all the time can sometimes do more harm than good. So I take a measured approach, and do the best I can, whilst running a thriving, fast-growing business. 3 Hong Kong vegan entrepreneurs who are shaking up the plant-based scene Do you have a fitness routine? Right now I’m committed to yoga once or twice per week, and two to three HIIT/resistance classes. I also have a tennis lesson once a week. I’m not perfect, but I do know I feel better when I commit to exercising. It’s all about convenience for me. If it’s going to chew up most of my morning or take me an hour to get there, it’s not going to happen. Do you meditate? Yes, but not consistently. What’s the biggest wellness myth? That you need to be perfectly balanced. You also consult and coach people. What is the number one advice you give them? Done is better than perfect. It’s about getting your product or service out there and allowing your customers to provide feedback, for you to learn, and ultimately to get out of your own way and put your work out into the world. K-pop star Jessica Jung: it’s natural to be nervous doing new things What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given? Start now. View this post on Instagram The truth is, you always feel like you should be doing more... because there’s always more to do. But then, sometimes it’s good to just feel like what you’ve done is enough, too. Celebrate it even. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? #realtalk A post shared by Lauren Armes (@laurenarmes) on Nov 13, 2018 at 10:59am PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> What are your plans with Welltodo? What are you working on? We have an exciting new careers platform launching in the next few weeks. We are also growing our events, expanding our content, and discovering new ways to reach people with our online courses and coaching services. Who inspires you? I’m inspired by the understated success story … the person who gives back and is striving to have an impact and create value, not be a celebrity. Oprah Winfrey first black female entrepreneur on ‘500 richest list’ What’s your secret to success? It’s not a secret. Success is a direct result of having a clear vision, persistence, and a willingness to bounce back and try again despite challenges and failures. What are you most proud of? Being brave enough to go for my dreams, building an incredible team, and never settling for a life that felt ordinary. For more on Lauren, go to: welltodoglobal.com and laurenarmes.co Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter This article originally appeared on Destination Deluxe .