1. Are you happy at the moment?
Yes! Extremely happy because I’m exactly where I want to be professionally and get to balance it by also being a parent to my four beautiful kids and get to see them grow into amazing human beings. I really try to stay happy and be present and engaged with whatever I am doing – whether at work or at home. I’ve learned that you never know what’s around the corner, so it’s just important to take in each moment as positive as possible!
2. If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
I would tell myself to continue to pursue the art of dance and motion because it’s very relaxing for me and helps me de-stress every day! I wish I had not quit because although I dance today for leisure, it’s much harder.
3. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I have learned that my time is valuable and I need to focus my initiatives on projects that will ultimately grow our company rather than doing mundane tasks or trying to make everyone happy. It’s all about quality over quantity!
4. What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
At my business, we are currently working on a few different projects which will further streamline the business filing process for not only startups but also for professional and their clients. I’d like to see those project come to fruition within the next 12 months or sooner hopefully!!!!
5. What’s your secret to happiness?
Living a healthy happy life by being present and enjoying the moment while being passionate about what you do. My motto has always been to do what you love and love what you do daily!
6. What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Strength Training with my trainer Jon Blanks. He pushes me out of my comfort and to limits where I could never imagine reaching on my own. I’m blessed to have him in my life.
7. What’s your biggest regret?
Past friendships that were really not friendships but more agenda driven and my inability to see that clearly at the time. However, it was a blessing in disguise as well because I would not be where I am today or the person I am today if I had not had those
8. What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
Always do the right thing, be kind and treat others the way you want them to treat you!
9. What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I would like to stop biting my nails. Whenever I get anxious or stressed, I start buying my nails and its a habit that I really would love to put an end to once and forever!
10. Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
My attitude and disposition towards life in general and the fact that I was able to sell a company at the young age of 31 and be able to provide a great life for my children.
11. When were you happiest?
It may sound strange, but I was the happiest before we made the money we did when my first company was acquired. Then we didn’t have a cushion to fall back on and I was hungry for more in life so worked like crazy all of the time – but I loved it! By all means in no way am I stating that I am unhappy about my past successes, but I truly believe that my past successes have been a hindrance and deterrent to me being successful in what I do currently because I have a tendency to stick to old ways and models rather than innovating and elevating myself!
12. What ten words best describe you?
Passionate, motivated, driven, kind, ethical, loyal, loving, caring, generous, and nurturing.
Nellie Akalp is a serial entrepreneur, small business advocate, speaker and author. She is the founder & CEO of CorpNet.com, an online legal document filing service, where she helps entrepreneurs start, grow and maintain a business.