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Daily Inspiration: Meet Venetta Kalu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Venetta Kalu. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Living Wholey, Inc. is a lifestyle brand started in 1996 with a focus on wholistic healing. After working several endless and purposeless jobs Venetta went to a wholistic doctor for colonics and felt that she could do this type of work, it felt right, and she felt at home. However, it would take a few years and a spiritual nudge guiding her to setting up a wellness center and establishing herself as a wholistic healer ultimately finding her purpose in life blossoming into a healer, educator, creative, intuitive, motivator, and inventor.

Living Wholey, Inc., reaches the community with healing vibes through music, spoken word, art, spiritual expression, herbal and personal care products, seminars, workshops, public speaking engagements, nutrition screenings, and cooking classes. In addition, Venetta offers healing modalities, nutrition, and consulting services through its dba Path of Life Healing Center, which has been in operation for 24 years. The Path of Life Healing Center is an integrative wellness center that offers 1) functional nutrition consulting, 2) naturopathic consultations which encompasses wholistic living, 3) wellness and healing services that focus on reversing diseases, 4) weight loss, 5) boosting energy through natural remedies, and 6) healing modalities that assist the healing powers of the body with body wraps, vaginal steaming, sauna therapy and various hydrotherapy services and detoxing programs.

Venetta’s mission has always been to promote health and healing through the path of detoxification.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The business was started from savings and income from full-time employment. The business grew strictly from putting services in place and offering products that clients stated they liked and that made money or using the space to hold fun paid events. Every room and wall were utilized to produce income of some type. Through skill, wits, and business sense the business grew and remained stable even during the recession. In 2013, group coupons bombarded the market and controlled the cost of wellness services. Wellness centers popped up everywhere and competition for customers exploded. These changes happened in the wellness world that caused Venetta to take a job in 2014 to keep the business open. Although the interest in alternative medicine blossomed, the online group coupon services hurt sales for established businesses. For example, I offered an initial colonic for $140 and each colonic thereafter for $90. Up and coming wellness centers through these online group coupons offered four colonics for $130 or at times one colonic for $29. This created a big problem for my wellness center and through time, I had to scale way down moving to a one room shared space to save money and stay afloat. With COVID, I was put in a position to have to borrow funds to survive.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
During the 24 years of business, Venetta engaged the community in many ways. Coach Kalu or Dr. Kalu as she is also known is a trailblazer in the wholistic health space. She had clients from all over the world coming to her wellness clinic for her detox programs and treatments. She was located in the Hyattsville area for 18 years before moving to Beltsville. In Hyattsville, Dr. Kalu had clients from Germany, France, and West Africa that would come in yearly for services or call regularly. Dr. Kalu also had clients coming to her clinic from New Jersey, Delaware, South Carolina, Georgia, all parts of Virginia on a regular basis. She stayed involved in the community organizing functions and attending others as follows:

1) Venetta taught Diabetes management classes at a faith-based community organization

2) Venetta held cooking demonstrations

3) Venetta conducted a seminar in healthy lifestyles

4.) Venetta has a traditionally published cookbook and six other books which are offered online on her website.

Venetta now engages the community on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube with healthy foods pictures and explanation/teachings, Healthy quotes and motivation, Healthy tip videos, and teaching videos.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Wellness industry blossomed and became mainstream over the last ten years. Thanks to social media, inclusion of wellness lifestyles into sitcoms and movies, increasing rates of chronic diseases and mental health conditions. Also, Americans turned to the health and wellness industry to address these issues. The millennials wanted more transparency in their food systems, cleaner ingredients in their beauty products, and more efficient ways to cook healthy and exercise harder. People want to look and feel better and have the energy to make more money. Competition for a certain lifestyle and to look better than the next person is driving the trend as well. Also, people all over the world are active in this space and makes the world seem smaller because of access. Looking at this, I believe in five years things will continue to grow. Some people will age out of the competition and others are coming in with fresh ideas. At some point (maybe in 10-15 years) it will implode because it will be too much and will cause the need for more regulations or people will move on to the next big thing.

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